Education & Research Committee


Education & Research Steering Committee

Pietro Ferrari, Committee Chair

MRAIC, Assoc.AIA. Professor, Architectural Studies, George Brown College

Pietro Ferrari is a Professor and Program Coordinator in the School of Architectural Studies at George Brown College’s Centre for Construction and Engineering Technologies (CCET) in Toronto, where he has been a Faculty member since 2004 and also part of the Implementation Team  for CCET's BIM Management Post-Grad Certificate Program. In addition to his role in academia, Pietro remains active as a design consultant, with over 25 years of experience in the building and construction industry.Pietro received his Bachelor of Technology from Ryerson Polytechnical Institute in Toronto and both a Bachelor of Architecture Professional Degree and a Master of Architecture from Lawrence Technological University in Southfield, Michigan.

Simon Brodeur

Conseiller pédagogique, cégep du Vieux Montréal

Simon Brodeur est conseiller pédagogique, responsable de trois programmes BIM au cégep du Vieux Montréal, lequel forme un consortium sur le BIM avec le cégep Limoilou. Il œuvre en éducation depuis une vingtaine d’années, en tant qu’enseignant et formateur, au Canada et à l’étranger. Il a participé à la conception de programmes de formation technique et à des partenariats d’affaires entre les secteurs privé et public.

Il a travaillé à titre de technicien à la Faculté de l’aménagement de l’Université de Montréal, ainsi qu’à l’École nationale du meuble et de l’ébénisterie où il acquis une expertise en modélisation 3D et en programmation de machines à commandes numériques. 

Kirk Stalkie

Design Technology Manager, NORR

Kirk is a BIM Manager at the Ottawa office of NORR Limited and specializes in campus style commercial projects, using BIM to organize the large magnitude of deliverables. Technology inspires him to continually search for the better way to do things, especially when confronted with “It was always done that way”. As a member of NORR’s BIM Technical Committee, he is involved with developing the standards that this global Architectural and Engineering firm will use world-wide.

Gary Gerard

Academic Coordinator / Professor – BIM and Integrated Practice, Fanshawe College

Gary J. Gerard is entering his 11th year of full time instruction at Fanshawe in London Ontario as both a professor and academic coordinator in the Donald J. Smith School of Building Technology.  Gary holds a keen interest in the areas of BIM; Project Procurement and Project Management and their emergences and evolutions in the AEC sector. 


Gary holds an advanced diploma in Architectural Technology (Fanshawe) and a honours Bachelor of Science in Construction Project Management (ITSligo – Ireland) as his credentials.  His professional background includes employment within the  architectural; engineering; and constructions sectors in a variety of capacities and roles.


As part of his continued studies and professional development, Gary studied the adoption of BIM in the AEC Sector and its reliance of emerging methods of procurement that would assist in solving the AEC major issues.  The BIM and Integrated Practice program discusses the challenges of the AEC Sector and how different procurement methods employing BIM may assist in bettering the AEC sectors in the more collaborative and communicative sector.


Fanshawe is continuing to adopt additional courses and curriculum involving BIM for all its programs across the entire  DJS School of Building Technology at Fanshawe. 

Kirby Reycraft

Faculty, Civil & Building Technologies School of Trades and Technology, NSCC

Kirby Reycraft is an accomplished instructor/educator in the Civil & Building Technologies Department at the Nova Scotia Community College. With more than 15 years experience plus years industry experience previous to this he has a keen interest in design and construction and it’s ever changing dynamic.  Having recognized the impact of Building Information Modeling, he has championed the inclusion of BIM content in NSCC’s curriculum.  That inclusion is in early days but he foresees content will increase each year providing employers with graduates well versed in the concepts.

Susan Brattberg

CEO and Co-Founder Global eTraining

Susan Brattberg is proud to be a a member of the CanBIM board, and an Education Committee member, to utilize her relevant expertise and extensive network to enhance the Canadian BIM community.  Susan holds a MBA from the joint UofC and UofA Executive MBA Program, and has a background in Organizational Dynamics Sociology.  She has been running organizations as an entrepreneur for over a decade and has experience in training, project management, client relations as well as marketing, advertising and sales.  Susan’s expertise is in working with industry partners to raise awareness of the benefits of education and to develop and implement high in-demand training programs. Susan is the CEO and co-founder of Global eTraining and has been consulting to employers and implementing corporate and vocational training programs for the past decade. Susan has worked with AEC firms, Education Institutions and Autodesk Authorized Training Centers (ATCs) from around the world to effectively integrate eTraining as part of their BIM training programs.  Susan has attended, exhibited and presented at many BIM and technology related conferences, and is excited to share her learning of the best practices in BIM to CanBIM.  Susan is a supporter of ‘Women in BIM’, as she believes that BIM will improve by attracting and retaining more diverse groups of BIM champions to the industry.

Paul F. Loreto

President, L360 ARCHITECTURE

Transformation of Paul F. Loreto Architect Inc. into L360 ARCHITECTURE, Canada's only Architecture company to achieve the designation of Certified Revit Solutions Professional designated by Revit Technologies, original developer of Autodesk Revit BIM technology.L360 ARCHITECTURE's reputation of virtually constructing 100 % of their projects before releasing tender documents is rapidly increasing within the Architecture, Construction, Engineering, Owners, Operators and Facilities Management sectors.

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