The annual 2014 Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat International Conference took place in Shanghai on September 16 – 18. Mark Garland, one of the CTBUH Canada Chapter Leaders, along with other select LCL Builds personnel, were in attendance for the conference.
Regional CTBUH Representatives and Leaders met at the Grand Hyatt Conference Centre in Shanghai on September 18 to discuss various CTBUH topics. Among the discussions were how extensive the reach of CTBUH is – at least 58% of the world’s tallest buildings have a CTBUH Council member involved. Because of this, it is likely that those involved with CTBUH can influence urban planners and sustainability issues. Antony Wood, CTBUH’s Executive Director, emphasized to Leaders that ‘everyone does not need to do everything, but everyone needs to do something,” whether it be sharing their technical expertise or supporting quality research.
The CTBUH Canada Chapter is the best run “country” chapter in the organization. At the Leader’s Meeting in Shanghai, Richard Witt, the Chairman of CTBUH Canada, explained what process the Chapter went through to get started. He stated that a successful chapter would require about four people. CTBUH Canada conducts building tours, panel discussions and breakfast events, which allows for raising money through ticket sales and sponsorship.
Being a part of the CTBUH Canada Chapter allows for many networking opportunities. Mark Garland, also a CTBUH Canada Leader, explained that his involvement has led to more work and contacts within the industry.