Walas highlights collaboration at WSP Conference

The theme of the 2018 WSP Buildings Innovation Conference in Vancouver Canada was ‘What If We Can’, and it was an inspiring day of ideas, collaboration and education.

WSP is one of the worlds largest and most diverse professional services firms, with over 500 offices around the globe. They develop creative, comprehensive and sustainable engineering solutions for a future where society can thrive. Equipped with an intimate understanding of local intricacies, world-class talent and proactive leadership, they plan, design, manage and engineer long lasting and impactful solutions to uniquely complex problems.

The West coast offices of WSP held their annual gathering at Vancouver’s Terminal City Club, hosting industry experts from across the country to share ideas, insights and learnings on different subjects.


The lineup for this year’s conference included an opening keynote by WSP Senior Vice President Tom Marseille, who was responsible for overseeing the design, implementation and execution of the Amazon Spheres project in Seattle. Tom shared the challenges they faced creating the sustainable working environments for Amazon, and the future of innovation in this area. Subsequent presenters shared their expertise in buildings and innovations on topics ranging from Automation and Biophilia to Senior Project Manager Collin Vaness’ sobering best practices regarding Disaster Preparedness for buildings in the rapidly changing extreme climate environment.

Gerben’s closing keynote, ‘Collaborate or Die’ highlighted the Walas Way and our commitment to the future of people, cities and collaboration. Gerben shared insights on Walas’ global mission and reminded the attendees that we can all walk the walk. We look forward to future opportunities with WSP and wholeheartedly agree with WSP Global VP of Sustainability & Energy Andrew Bowerbank, when he said, ‘Walas is spot on!’

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