The 8th Annual ACEC-MB Young Professionals Gala was held on Wednesday, October 19, 2016. Just over 100 people attended the fantastic event held at the Assiniboine Park Tundra grill. Those that arrived early were lucky enough to be entertained by two of the Polar Bears hanging around and playing at the windows in the viewing area. Those that arrived later were entertained by the Grace Hrabi Jazz Band and enjoyed great appetizers. The polar bears may have assumed some of the guests looked like appetizers! ACEC-MB Young Professionals Gala was graced with an address from Grant Koropatnick on behalf of Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba. A wonderful dinner was enjoyed by all and followed by an interesting and engaging keynote address delivered by Doug Corbett of Corbett Architecture.
Doug Corbett is the Executive Architect for the project, providing advocacy and consulting to Assiniboine Park Conservancy and the international consultant team. He presented the design for the project and discussed the unique aspects of the iconic Leaf building including the design process, innovative ETFE roof structure, environmental challenges related to the horticultural biomes, and sustainable strategies the Park is attempting with the project and the development of Canada’s Diversity Gardens.
With the design of Canada’s Diversity Gardens, the Assiniboine Park is embarking on the third phase of the $200 million Imagine a Place Campaign. The Assiniboine Park redevelopment campaign has completed its first two phases. Phase 1 included the Nature Playground, the expansion of the Riley Family Duck Pond, and the building of the Qualico Family Centre. Phase 2 was focused on the Zoo including the creation of the internationally award winning Journey to Churchill exhibit. Canada’s Diversity Gardens is a $70 million horticultural attraction that will be located in the southeast corner of Assiniboine Park. It will have four cornerstone attractions including The Leaf, and three main outdoor spaces — the Indigenous Peoples’ Gardens, the Cultural Mosaic Gardens and The Grove. Doug’s engaging presentation helped ACEC-MB Young Professional Gala attendees to share and understand firsthand the complexities of engineering design.
Thank you to the following sponsors who made this event possible