CIQS Congress 2020 – Winnipeg, Manitoba – July 9-12, 2020

Congress 2020 — Winnipeg, Manitoba

July 9–12, 2020

CIQS Congress 2020

CIQS Congress 2020

Save the Date!  July 9–12, 2020

Make the CIQS Congress one of your chosen conferences for 2020! Ask your employer to send you as part of your professional development program. Add the event to your departmental conference budget. Either way… Join us in Winnipeg on July 9-12, 2020.

We look forward to welcoming you to Winnipeg!

Vogue calls Winnipeg, “an absolute must-visit destination,” while National Geographic has listed it as “one of the best trips on earth.” With world-class performing arts, an incredible culinary scene and attractions that include polar bears swimming overhead and an architectural marvel that celebrates human rights, Winnipeg keeps moving from the centre of the continent to the centre of attention.

CIQS Congress is the perfect way for members to make long-lasting friends and business connections while gaining CPD points.


Full Registration includes 2 days of education programing (including technical site tours), welcome reception, meal which include 2 breakfasts, three networking breaks, and two lunches.

The Chair’s Dinner and Golf Tournament are not included in the registration fees and must be purchased separately.

New this year

Partner Program: Includes Welcome Reception, Friday Breakfast and Lunch, Saturday sightseeing tour.

Student Registration Fees: Discounted registration fees for students enrolled in a CIQS accredited program.

No one under the age of 18 will be permitted into Congress events.

Early bird Fee to May 15, 2020 Regular Registration Fee
2 days education programming, welcome reception, Friday breakfast, lunch, two breaks. Saturday AGM breakfast, break, lunch
Member $500 $600
Non-Member $650 $750
Education Program for single day, 1 breakfast/lunch
Member $300 $400
Non-Member $350 $450
STUDENT (with proof of enrollment in an accredited program) (NEW)
2 days education programming, welcome reception, Friday breakfast, lunch, two breaks. Saturday AGM breakfast, lunch
Full Registration $200 $200
Friday/Saturday Daily $100 $100
Reception, 3 course meal with wine, entertainment
Member / Non-Member $125 $125
GOLF TOURNAMENT (Thursday 11:00am)
Green fees with cart, lunch, transportation, prizes
Member / Non-Member $150 $150
Welcome Reception, Friday Breakfast and Lunch, Saturday sightseeing tour
Member / Non-Member $250 $250

Educational Program

Call for Presenters

We are seeking dynamic, engaging, and knowledgeable presenters for the 2020 Canadian Institute of Quantity Surveyors Congress.
Conference Theme:
Vision 2020 – The Future of Quantity Surveying
Presentation Dates:
Friday July 10 – Saturday July 11, 2020


The primary conference audience consists of multiple levels of professional quantity surveyors, from entry-level cost consultants to senior level managers and corporate executives. Entrepreneurs and educators will also be in attendance. Technical session content should be geared to a level that is appropriate for the target audience.


Proposals are solicited for 45-minute, 60-minute or 90-minute presentations that are creative, dynamic, and feature best practices. The presentation timeframe will include introductions, presentation material, and a question and answer session. Attendees should leave with specific knowledge and skills about various aspects of the topic and how it relates to their future development. Presentations should provide attendees with educational value and refrain from promoting a specific business, product, or service.


  • Future of Quantity Surveying
  • Leadership
  • Innovation
  • Emerging Technologies
  • International Construction Measurement Standards
  • Notable Local Infrastructure Projects
  • Sustainable Construction
  • Real Estate Development – Emerging Trends, Economics and Opportunities
  • Adjudication and Prompt Payment
  • Public Private Partnerships (P3 Projects) or Alternative Contracting Methods
  • Skills for Career and Professional Development
  • Promoting or Building Your Firm / Business Development in Construction
  • Human Resources – Recruiting / Retraining / The Changing Workplace

If you have an industry topic that is leading edge and within the areas of focus but is not on the list above, we encourage you to submit your idea for special consideration.


All abstracts must be submitted via email to: by January 15, 2020 using the subject line “2020 CIQS Congress Abstract”.

Abstract Guidelines (in word or pdf format)

  • Proposed topic of presentation
  • Proposed title of presentation
  • Brief description of what the core content will include
  • Format of presentation (panel, workshop, power point)
  • Previous presentation experience
  • Highlights of key takeaways for participants
  • Expected length of presentation (allow for question time)

Presenters are encouraged to attach a photograph and a bio at the time abstracts are submitted. Bios are limited to a maximum of 150 words. The goal of the presenter bio is to provide us with a high-level view of your career and your major accomplishments. Photographs and presenter bios will be included in our marketing materials.

Bio Guidelines (in word or pdf format)

  • Full name, current job title and organization’s name
  • Description of your role in the organization and the products/services it provides
  • Highlights from your career as it relates to your current position
  • Key civic activities and personal interests
  • Degrees, certifications, awards, honors and authored publications

Photo Guidelines

  • High resolution 300 dpi JPEG file
  • Cropped head to shoulder in a medium close up shot

Company Logo Guidelines

  • High resolution 300 dpi JPEG file

Submitting the Full Presentation

PowerPoint Presentations should be submitted via email to: The subject line should read “2020 CIQS Presentation (Your Name)”:

  • Full Presentations should be submitted no later than July 03, 2020.
  • Presentations should be saved with the following naming convention: Current Year, Underscore, Presentation Title, Underscore, First Initial and Last Name.
    Example: 2020_CostManagementTechniques_JDoe.


As a presenter for the 2020 CIQS Congress your conference registration for the day of your presentation (Friday or Saturday) is complimentary (up to two tickets per presentation). The registration includes access to the full day of technical presentations, breakfast, lunch and refreshments. A discounted full registration will be available to speakers if they wish to attend the entire congress.

Additional benefits include access to the CIQS discounted room rates. CIQS does not pay presenters a honorarium or speaker fee. Presenters are responsible for their own travel and lodging expenses.


A variety of technical presentation formats are desirable at the conference and may include lecture format, panel presentation, or roundtable discussions. Handouts may be appropriate, depending on the complexity of the topic. Presenters are responsible for providing copies of workshop handouts and any additional equipment that will be used during presentation. Playback of PowerPoint presentations will be available for use during the technical sessions.


  • Abstract Submission Due: January 15, 2020
  • Acceptance Sent: February 05, 2020
  • Full Presentation Due: July 03, 2020

Hotel Accommodations

Delta Hotels Winnipeg

350 St Mary Avenue,
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 3J2

We have secured a room rate of $129 per night and are offering a special Early Bird Registration to offset this year’s increase in registration fees. We encourage everyone to take advantage of our Early Bird deal. Register before May 15, 2020 for a discount on our full Congress registration! The room rate is available until June 9, 2020 but there is a limited number of rooms so we recommend you book your rooms early as we expect the group rate to sell out.

Get a room for $129/night. Book today!

Located in the heart of downtown Winnipeg, Delta Hotels Winnipeg provides nothing short of streamlined, comfortable accommodations. Less than a five-minute walk from RBC Convention Centre, Bell MTS Place, and the University of Winnipeg, our hotel makes it easy to access the most popular locations in downtown Winnipeg. Spend your free time shopping at Polo Park, or feed your love of the arts at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. Wake up and visit our coffee house, Urban Bean, for a fluffy pastry and signature Starbucks® drink. Then, Blaze Restaurant & Lounge serves hearty Canadian meals and cocktails. When you are ready for a workout, our hotel offers cardio equipment and weights in the fitness center. End your day of excitement in our rooms and suites boasting pillowtop beds, free high-speed Wi-Fi, wall-mounted TVs, large ergonomic work desks and breathtaking views of downtown Winnipeg. Delta Hotels Winnipeg will exceed your expectations and open the door to what Canada has in store for you.

FireworksCongress 2020 Sponsorship Program

The Congress 2020 sponsorship program is currently in development.

Should you be interested in sponsoring Congress 2020 in Winnipeg, please contact Alexandra Parliament at to discuss current packages or to create a customized sponsorship opportunity.
YQS Social Activity at Stadaconé Distellery, Québec City
YQS Social Activity at Stadaconé Distellery, Québec City

YQS Bursary Program

The David Lai YQS Congress Bursary Program funds one Young Quantity Surveyor (YQS) from each chapter across Canada to attend Congress as a way to allow members who may not otherwise be able to attend, experience our annual conference and to make valuable contacts from all parts of the country.

In order to be eligible, CEC and PQS members and Associates must be under the age of 40 and in good standing with the CIQS. Submissions are reviewed and six applicants (one from each chapter) are invited to attend that year’s Congress, all expenses paid.*

Other submission requirements include:

  • Documentation outlining the personal and technical benefits they anticipate gaining by attending Congress;
  • Career aspirations and how attending Congress may support this;
  • Leadership skills/experience that will enhance the ability to have an impact on the profession;
  • A plan for knowledge transfer to peers upon return to their place of employment; and
  • A demonstration of the value of membership and importance of participation in CIQS

* Expenses covered are the Congress Registration, return economy airfare up to $1000 (within Canada), 3 night’s accommodation, 1 ticket to the Chair’s Dinner, 1 ticket to the invitation only Welcome Reception and Social Activity.

Please find below testimonials from the 2019 YQS Bursary Recipients.

To learn more about the YQS Bursary Program and/or the submission process, contact Sharon Lui at

Sami Moufti, PQS

Prairies & NWT Chapter

Senior Consultant at Turner & Townsend

“Looking back at my travel to attend the 2019 CIQS Congress…home may still be the same; and yes, I may have come back to the same old job, but my horizons have truly expanded and that changes everything… Upon my arrival, I was invited to join other YQS members for a warm and lovely welcome reception. This was such a great ice breaker and a perfect opportunity that got young members to socialize and form friendships in the first hour!... In my review, the technical program was a huge success, [which ended with] an eloquent and progressive discussion among panelists who are pioneers of the industry. The discussion was very insightful and offered rich views on significant matters of our profession. Participants on both sides of the table benefited from sharing views on technological advances, the holistic approach to life-cycle estimating, and benchmarking efforts…It is an opportunity of a lifetime to be part of the largest national assembly of the Quantity Surveying profession in the country! An event of this kind and scale certainly inspires a lifelong impact on one’s personal and professional life.”

Alexander Ings, Associate

Newfoundland & Labrador Chapter

Cost Consultant at Altus Group

“I found this bursary extremely beneficial as a young quantity surveyor, and especially as a first-time Congress attendee and I hope it continues in the future…The technical sessions that I found the most interesting were…‘Analytical Approach to Problem Solving’ by Michael Zegarelli and ‘Promoting Collective Intelligence by Developing People’ by Catherine Privé…because they were off-topic presentations which I believe is beneficial to include as many attendees are most likely educated on the Quantity Surveyor presentations…If it were not for [the YQS Bursary Program], I most likely would not have attended Congress and am grateful for the opportunity as I now feel inclined to attend future Congresses.”

Daniel Josiah, PQS

Ontario Chapter

Director, Contracts & Commercial at Lakeland Consulting Inc.

“Attending the CIQS 2019 Congress in Quebec City was a positive sharing and learning experience. In addition to meeting new people, I was fortunate to learn many new technical aspects as I continue my journey as a professional Quantity Surveyor…Following the technical sessions, there was an evening social activity for young quantity surveyors held at the Stadaconé Distillery. We were given a tour of the distillery…with a unique aspect as they have incorporated an escape room activity within the tour. It was also great having our Executive Director, Sheila Lennon, and David Dooks, the CIQS Chair participate…I would like to thank CIQS for providing me this opportunity and a happy 60th anniversary.”

Gabriel Effiong Esu, PQS

British Columbia Chapter

Senior Quantity Surveyor at ACCIONA

“I want to express my sincere appreciation to the CIQS family for the rare privilege granted me to enjoy the Bursary, and in a special way, the CIQS Executive Directors, Sheila Lennon and her team for the diligent organization of the programme…I simply have only good things to say…By 5:15pm when the last [technical] session ended, there was absolutely no doubt that tons of knowledge and rich professional insights had been gained in generous measure, and there was no doubt that every single delegate walked out of that hall a better and more informed Quantity Surveyor…Another high point for me was the opportunity to mingle with other young Quantity Surveyors…we formed a WhatsApp group just to keep the fire burning after the Congress…What we have in CIQS is great, and I hope we can keep nurturing it to greater heights for the future generations of Quantity Surveyors. I have already packed up for the next Congress in Manitoba in 2020.”

If you are a YQS, you could win a CIQS Congress YQS Contest package, which includes:

  Congress Registration

  Return economy airfare (within Canada)

  3 night’s accommodation at the Delta Winnipeg

  1 ticket to the Chair’s Dinner

  YQS Welcome Reception

  YQS Social Activity

There are 6 Congress Packages available,
one recipient per CIQS chapter:

  CIQS – British Columbia

  CIQS – Prairies and NWT

  CIQS – Ontario

  CIQS – Québec

  CIQS – Maritimes

  CIQS – Newfoundland and Labrador




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