Case Studies Region: Canada

Phil Johnston – Best Buy Canada

Est. reading time: 4 mins

It’s a concept Phil Johnston reckons is catching on in Canadian retail and maybe elsewhere. Indeed, he assures, the early feedback has been positive from consumers at a new and condensed Best Buy location at the Sherwood Park Mall just outside the Alberta capital of Edmonton. “We could be trend-setters,” he tells Blueprint in November. […]

Andrea Wolf

Est. reading time: 5 mins

A 2022 article in Bloomberg magazine emphasized how recent labor shortages have led to women smashing past the concrete ceiling in the construction industry. Meticulously charting her path through the similar and adjacent boy’s club of corporate real estate, Andrea Wolf spent the past three decades firmly ignoring ceilings. Instead, she developed her guiding philosophy […]

Steven Piepgrass – Green Impact Partners

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Caring for the environment has long been a passion for Steven Piepgrass, whose first job out of college involved cleaning up Distant Early Warning Line stations and oil and gas sites in the Arctic. During the 1950s, the U.S. military built approximately 30 bases from Alaska across northernmost Canada and into Greenland, with the goal […]

Doug Carles – Ribbon Communications

Est. reading time: 4 mins

In the past 15 years, Doug Carles has been a part of several significant milestones for Ribbon Communications, including its rebrand to Ribbon after the 2017 merger between GENBAND and Sonus. As the company’s vice president of global real estate, he’s putting his experience in telecommunications engineering and facilities management to use as Ribbon continues […]

Frank Geyer – Richmond School District

Est. reading time: 5 mins

For more than 20 years, it’s been Frank Geyer’s mission to limit distractions for students by making sure their learning environments are in good operational order. Most of the time, that’s involved making repairs, like turning up the heat, tending to roof leaks or fixing rips in the carpets. But with his retirement pending, Geyer […]

Janet Mininch – Headwaters Health Care Centre

Est. reading time: 4 mins

A hospital never sleeps. So reminds Janet Mininch, who adds that the one she works for in south-central Ontario has never seemed so active. COVID-19 kept Headwaters Health Care Centre at full capacity the past couple of years. That’s had Mininch, who oversees facilities, paying extra attention to infection control practices and supply chain management, […]

Pete Godau – School District #62 (Sooke)

Est. reading time: 5 mins

In most school construction projects, the bulk of time is spent, well, building the school. At School District #62 (Sooke), however, a whole year was dedicated solely to blasting rock. That’s because its two new schools were built on the side of a cliff. “We usually aim to build on flat land, but we’re running […]

Alex Klimsiak – Holt Renfrew

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Even in today’s Amazon-driven economy, some things just can’t be bought online. Among them, the store experience. Not just any store experience, says Alex Klimsiak who has done much to enhance Holt Renfrew locations over the past year. The luxury department store chain is Canada’s version of such south-of-the-border high-end retailers as Saks Fifth Avenue […]

Allison Wright and Kerri Souriol – Calgary Stampede

Est. reading time: 4 mins

The dust has long settled, and the horses and livestock have returned to the ranches of Western Canada and elsewhere. What, for 10 roarin’ and rompin’ July days, had been the Province of Alberta’s third-largest city—actually, a city within the city of Calgary—has been mostly vacated. But a year passes quickly for those entrusted with […]

Jeffrey Knight – Canadian Pacific

Est. reading time: 5 mins

It’s the template for the Canadian Pacific’s expansion. There, near the robust Port of Vancouver, where around 150 million metric tons of goods comes and goes annually aboard container ships, the iconic railway is enhancing its means to deliver to and fro. Last September it opened the Pacific Transload Express, a long white rectangular 117,000 […]

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