2019 OAPPA Annual Conference – Hosted by:

MAY 28 - MAY 31, 2019

St. George Campus, Toronto, Ontario

Keynote Speakers


Dr. Rick Huijbregts - Key Note Speaker May 29th

Vice-President, Strategy & Innovation , George Brown College

Toronto, Ontario

As Vice-President, Strategy & Innovation, Dr. Rick Huijbregts oversees strategic planning and partnership development to ensure George Brown College remains well positioned to evolve and adapt for the digital and rapidly changing future. He strives to advance community and industry innovation while providing students with relevant and hands-on learning opportunities through applied research and entrepreneurship.

Among his many career accomplishments so far, Rick spent 12 years with Cisco, most recently as Vice-President of Digital Transformation and Innovation at Cisco Canada. He was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 for his transformational work in municipal innovation in Canada. Rick is still also a frequent speaker and thought leader in matters of innovation, digital transformation, and Smart Cities and serves on various Smart City advisory boards such as Toronto, Markham, and Vaughan. Rick is a faculty at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design Executive Education where he focuses on Smart Cities, Smart Buildings, and Digital Transformation.

Before moving into his current role, Rick was an Executive-in-Residence at George Brown and Chair of the Building Automation Program Advisory Committee. In honour of his many contributions to the college, in 2017 he was granted an honorary Honours Bachelor of Technology (Construction Management).

As VP, Digital Transformation and Innovation at Cisco Canada, Rick engaged in digitization and business development in many sectors, including education, health care, oil and gas, financial services and real estate. Prior to his VP role, Rick was General Manager for Cisco Canada’s Smart + Connected Communities practice and he was Managing Director Americas, Internet of Everything (IoT) and Industry Solutions Acceleration. Before his time at Cisco, he was the Executive Director of the Center for Design Informatics at the Harvard Design School and was co-founder and CEO at Edificium, an internet-based construction collaboration platform.

Rick holds a Doctorate from Harvard University Graduate School of Design, a Master’s of Science from Delft University, and a Bachelors  degree in Construction Management from the Tilburg Polytechnics College in the Netherlands.

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Trent P. Tursi, CompuCom - Key Note Speaker May 29th

Director, Digital Buildings

Charlotte, North Carolina, USA

Trent Tursi is a highly accomplished Fortune 500 Executive Leader with exceptional vision, strategy and sales acumen complemented by proven results in business transformation models. With his unique background in Construction, Electrical, Mechanical, and Information Technology, he brings forward financial models to executives that impact the bottom line.

Having worked for Johnson Controls Inc. Trent currently is in charge of the digital building / digital workplace segment for CompuCom, a wholly owned subsidiary of Office Depot (NASDAQ: ODP), where he leads pursuit across Building Owners and Information Technology executives sharing the ‘new way’ to deliver functionality across IT systems.

With his experience across numerous verticals, and having worked on 200+ ‘smart buildings’ here in North America, his unique experience helps foster new thoughts and facilitate discussions regarding the end-user experience and leveraging technology.  Trent currently serves as an advisory council member for the IBCon Conference which is arguably considered one of the larger Intelligent Buildings Conference’s in the world.

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Martin Powell - Plenary Speaker May 30th

Head of Urban Development at Siemens / General Manager at The Crystal; A Sustainable Cities Initiative from Siemens

New York, New York, USA

Martin is The Head of Urban Development within Siemens Global Centre of Competence for Cities. This involves working with Mayors and leaders providing advice and support to cities as they strive to meet tough economic, social and environmental targets and looking at economic and technical models of delivering solutions at scale.

Martin was previously the Mayoral Advisor on the Environment to the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson. As Executive Director of Environment he also had responsibility for delivery of London’s Environmental Projects and Programmes.

As Managing Director of Cambridge Management & Research, an organisation working with a number of cities, Martin was a Special Advisor to The C40 Cities Group, Chaired by former Mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg.

Martin is co-author of ‘Our Urban Future’ and ‘Better Cities, Better Life’ and the forthcoming book about ‘The Smart City in the Digital Age.’

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E. Lander Medlin - Opening Address, Guest Speaker

Executive Vice President

Alexandria, Virginia

Lander Medlin is the Executive Vice President of APPA: The Association of Higher Education Facilities Officers. Representing more than 1,600 institutions of higher learning internationally, APPA serves the needs of Facilities Professionals in Management, Planning, and Development of Campus Facilities, and provides leadership on significant facilities issues.

Prior to joining the APPA staff in 1994, Medlin was the Assistant Director for Administrative and General Services for the Department of Physical Plant at the University of Maryland, College Park. She also worked for the American Physical Society in Washington, D.C., for which she created an Office of Public Affairs. In addition, Medlin serves as the Executive Director for the Governor’s Science Advisory Council for the state of Maryland.

Medlin earned a Bachelors and a Masters from the University of Maryland, College Park, and is currently working on her doctorate in Higher Education Policy, Planning, and Administration.

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