Opal Group SpArc Canada 2020

November 9, 2020

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With the changing landscape among numerous industries due to COVID-19, the need to meet is more relevant than ever. Opal is eager to keep education and networking a priority amongst this community. At Opal, we understand that the current environment makes the prospect of travel complex. However, the desire to meet and engage with your industry peers hasn't diminished.

COVID-19 has disrupted the AEC and specifications community in so many ways. As we continue to learn more about the virus and its impact on buildings and its spaces, the time to collaborate on best practices and share innovative products is now. Opal Group SpArc Canada brings together specifiers and architects from Canada’s most active firms. This year’s summit has gone virtual so we can continue to provide an opportunity for industry to come together for informational face-to-face meetings and enlightening presentations in a safe and productive environment.

Our goal is to deliver an experience that is engaging and highly participatory through a virtual summit focused around design and construction in a COVID-19 world. We are providing a platform to connect with industry from around the country to learn more about innovative products and new ideas for design and specification writing. Share your stories and collaborate in creative problem-solving to tackle issues we are all facing in light of the pandemic.

Current as of

Scheduled times are all EST


Virtual World Opens – Review Navigation Tools


Welcome & Opening Remarks




Quality Control of Drawings & Specs

Gerry Conway, President, Conway Architect Inc.


Boardroom Meetings




Talent Development – Where have all the Specifiers gone?

Keith Robinson, Specifier, DIALOG


Networking Break & Solution Provider Showcase


Boardroom Meetings




COVID-19 Design Toolkit: The Definitive System for Social Distancing

Tim Fendley, Partner & Creative Director, Applied Wayfinding




Designing for Behavioral and Mental Health

Susan Drew, Market Segment Manager, Senior Living and Behavioral Mental
Health, Altro Americas




Working Remotely – the Challenges and Wins

Brian Wiles, Owner, SPECWRIGHT Construction Specifications


Closing Remarks & Close of Summit

Marriott Downtown at CF Toronto Eaton Centre
Toronto, Ontario

1 user/pass
Architects & Spec Writers Complimentary*
Manufacturers/ Solution Providers $149

*Subject to Opal Group’s verification and approval. Only individuals who are architects or spec writers of firms or independent qualify for a complimentary pass. Specification writers of vendor companies do not qualify. Practitioners and executives representing solution provider organizations or manufacturers must register as a sponsor attendee.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Opal Group SpArc Canada is currently seeking solution providers to present case studies and share cutting edge solutions. Learn more about sponsored thought leadership and meeting host opportunities by contacting
  • IPD
  • BIM
  • LEAN Trends
  • Recruiting and Mentoring Staff
  • Integrated Project Development
  • WELL Standards
  • Building Science Innovations
  • Building Envelope Detailing
  • Trends in Modular Constructions
  • Project Delivery Strategies
  • Sustainable Design & Construction Approaches
  • Managing Change
  • Staffing Shortages
  • How to Increase Productivity + Profitability for Design Services
  • Prescheduled One-to-One Meetings
    Each participating solution provider and attendees will have pre-summit access to our matching software that allows you to completely customize your meeting agenda. The password protected website provides the information needed to make your selections on who you want to meet with.

  • Exceptional Networking Opportunities
    We strive to maximize your face-to-face time by providing a multitude of avenues to engage the senior executives in attendance. The agenda incorporates cocktail receptions, networking lunches and a specially selected offsite dinner at a nearby venue. Leverage the meeting’s relaxed atmosphere and after hours networking activities to build strong personal relationships with current and future clients.

    Great conference, very diverse topics. Partner

    MQN Architects

    I very much enjoy this conference. The smaller size allows a chance to meet a broad range of skilled people in the industry. Talks tackle a variety of relevant issues and are high quality. Senior Associate

    CS+P Architects Inc.

    A great event, Well organized and delivered. Principal

    Two Row Architect

    Overall a great experience and a well-organized event. I will definitely be attending next year. Senior Associate

    Kohn Partnerships Architects Inc.

    A useful learning experience. I dissolved a number of new products. Principal

    Specwright Construction Specifications

    Excellent contacts made. Worth my time! Specifications Writer, Associate