The Vancouver Section has an active calendar that includes various educational courses as well as multiple opportunities to network and socialize with industry peers. To keep abreast with our upcoming events follow the calendar below.

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Lighting + Acoustical Design Solutions @ Terminal City Club
Dec 13 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Speaker: Ken Downing

Ken Downing, an architect by trade, has spent the past two decades working in architecture and lighting. His experience was founded on commercial & residential architecture then evolved to a focus on architectural lighting. He currently works for Luceplan, an Italian lighting manufacturer, fulfilling his passion of bridging the lighting needs of designers with product manufacturers.

Learning objectives:

  • Describe how good lighting +acoustical design increases wellness for projects
  • Discuss general lighting and acoustical design concepts for meetings with clients
  • Improve acoustics using three different acoustical lighting solutions for projects
  • Explain the positive benefits of acoustic design for different project types and review case studies

This seminar is worth 1 LU credit.


Lighting Controls Now & Then @ BC Hydro
Feb 20 @ 7:00 am – 11:30 am

The IESBC is happy to present a lighting controls workshop on February 20th with speakers from PLC Multipoint, Osram-Sylvania, and Technilum presenting on the then/now/future of lighting controls. Topics will include light sensor technology, Light system management, LiFi, and lessons we can learn from technologies used in Europe.

Breakfast & Snacks Included

6 Vendor tables available.
Contact Nikolay @ BChydro for more info (
This event is worth 3 LC Credits!

Event Schedule
6:00am – Vendor table setup
7:00am – Registration open
7:20am – Opening remarks
7:30am – 8:30am Presentation by Norm Dittman
8:30am – 9:00am Break
9:00am – 10:00am Presentation by RB Evans.
10:00am – 10:30am Break
10:30am – 11:30am Presentation by Perrick Le Luherne
11:30am – Wrap up


Norm Dittmann
President at PLC Multipoint

Specializing in lighting control systems for tunnel and bridges, Norm and his father, Fred, took over PLC Multipoint in 1991. Operating out of Everett, Washington, PLC projects branch from designing and manufacturing lighting control systems for Air Rights Tunnels and the Caldecott Tunnel, to fixing lights in tunnels in New York from Hurricane Sandy, to producing light sensors for GE.

Presentation Overview / Learning Objectives

Light Sensor Technology

  • Traditional (illuminance, luminance) vs New (Multi-Spectrum Sensor Analysis)
  • Utilization of color control: Projection, Reflection, Detection
  • Devices and Protocol

R.B. Evans
Business Development Manager at Osram-Sylvania-Encelium Controls

R.B. Evans spend 25 years of his career as one of the Nationa/Regional Management for multi-state and national markets, specializing in new product introduction and re-building territories & under-performing products. Under Enceluim Lighting Controls, R.B. work closely with building owners and have developed an agency and distribution network to offer state of the art lighting control for commercial buildings. Years prior, R.B. was the national sales manager at Aleddra LED and developed and grew LED products to obtain UL and other safety certifications.

Pierrick le LuhernePierrick le Luherne
Sales Manager at Technilum

Pierrick is the sales manager for Technilum in Canada. Coming from France he arrived in April 2018 and currently live in Montréal. Before that he was based in Paris, still working for Technilum. He participated of the realization of major lighting project in the French capital.
Graduated from a business school he first worked in Construction then Pharmaceutical field before discovering his passion: participate to the transformation of the cities through the urban lighting furniture.

Presentation Overview
LiFi technology for “Light Fidelity” is a new method to connect wirelessly mobile devices and other connected devices used LED lights. LiFi enabled lightbulb transmit data at speeds at 50 Mbps, with theoretical speeds of 224 Gbps. With 14 billion light points in the world, LEDs make LiFi a strong candidate to become the 3rd generation communication network. This technology has applications in multiple applications such as offices, hospitals, smart cities, transportation, and more. Urban campus Paris-Salcay, AKA “French Silicon Valley”, aims to showcase this innovative technology in their lighting solutions.


  • What is Lifi?
  • In what circumstances it can be propose ?
  • How can it be applied to an outdoor environment?
  • With a concrete example, what are the key steps and main difficulties to deliver this technology?

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Illumination Yaletown Walk & Social Night @ Yaletown-Roundhouse Station
Mar 8 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm


Join IESBC to walk Illumination Yaletown and grab a drink afterwards. This event is one night outdoor light exhibition showcasing a curated selection of contemporary light installations. Some designers will be available for Q & A.

RSVP to receive free drink ticket at the pub if you’re involved with the lighting industry.

Fundamentals of Lighting – April 2019 @ BCEA
Mar 20 @ 8:00 am – Mar 27 @ 5:00 pm

The Fundamentals of Lighting course is a 3-day course cover topics: Light, Vision & Colour; Lighting Design Guide; Light Sources & Ballasts; Luminaires & Controls; Lighting Calculations & Photometry; Lighting for Interiors; Lighting for Exterior; Energy Management.

To be more environmentally and fiscally responsible, the BC Section of the IES has changed how we provide course material. We will be distributing PDF versions of the course material. Printing is your option but the total number of pages is in excess of 1,000. So, you will need some type of device (laptop, Surface Pro, IPad, etc.) to use in class. We will also have other files available through Dropbox. We can provide a printed version of the course material but we will have to charge an extra $85.00 and you must advise us at least 2 weeks before the first day of class. More information on this complete process will be supplied to you once you have registered and paid for the course.

Course Outline

Day 1 – Thursday, Aril 25
Light Vision & Colour
Lighting Design Guide
Light Sources & Ballasts
Luminaires & Controls

Day 2 – Friday, April 26
Lighting Metrics, Photometry, Calculations

Day 3 – Saturday, April 27
Lighting for Interiors
Lighting for Exterior
Energy Management

For more information, refer to the Registration Form.
(Download Registration From PDF)

A minimum of 15 students is needed to run the course. Full refunds will be reimbursed if course is unable to reach the minimum.

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Intermediate Lighting Course 2019 @ BCEA
Apr 1 @ 6:00 pm – Jun 17 @ 9:00 pm

The intermediate Lighting Course is broken into three segments. Upon successful completion of all three segments, a certificate will be awarded. This educational program is designed as the “next step” for those who already completed FOL-09 (ED100) or those with a number of years of experience in lighting. This course is a good next step for those preparing for the NCQLP – LC Exam.

The course is typically held on weekdays after office hours (6pm – 9pm). Please visit Event Registration for upcoming course dates.

The Intermediate Lighting Course is a 10 session course. Upon successful completion of all the sessions, a certificate will be awarded. There will be homework after each session and a final individual project to be presented on the last night. This educational program is designed as the “next step” for those who have already completed Fundamentals of Lighting or those with a number of years of experience in

(Download Registration PDF)

Sessions are from 6:00PM to 9:00PM

If you plan to pay by cheque, please make cheque payable to: “IES – BC Section”, complete the registration form online and bring a cheque on the first night of class. The minimum number of students is 7.

Please note that 7 of the sessions will be presented via webinar to make it easier for students to arrive to class on time. Ensure that your hardware works with Webex.

NOTE: Cancellations must be received 1 full week prior to the start of course or full payment is required.
Payment required by start of course or attendance will not be permitted.

If you are outside the Lower Mainland, please contact Owen Stevens at to arrange for sessions 1 & 5 to be provided through the webinar. Distance Ed. Students are expected to attend the final session but special arrangements may be possible.

Healthcare Lighting Design @ Holiday Inn
Apr 18 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm


With advancements of electric light technologies and the availability of online information, it can be a challenge to decide what make sense for your application. Therefore this presentation will take a high level approach to what is possible, what is necessary and what fits into the budget.

Alison will touch on our current lighting design, what are the client needs and how to work within budget restraints.

She will comment on LEED, WELL Building with an overview of successes and challenges of lighting design and installation at the New TACC facility.

Learning Objectives:

  • Deciphering lighting technologies and understanding what they are.
  • What is right for the client and works within their budgets.
  • What questions to ask, are all product created equal.
  • Why are lighting controls important and where are they headed.

This event is worth 1 LC Credit


Allison WhiteAlison White Assoc. IALD, MIES, IDA, LC, presently with The Lighting Group at SMP Engineering in Calgary AB, spent most of her career in eastern Canada, relocating to Alberta 11years ago. Her education is Architectural; however, her experience started in electrical design but has specialized in architectural lighting for over 25 years.

Alison has been an instructor and guest lectured at several university programs in Architectural, Interior Design and Electrical Engineering. She presented at the ESCC 2018 – 5th International Conference on Energy, Sustainability and Climate Change in Mykonos, Greece, on LED Lighting Systems and Energy Savings.

She is a past president and an active volunteer with the IES Calgary Section.

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Lighting Upgrades in Existing Buildings – A Lighting Designer’s Perspective + Hydro Incentive Program Update @ BC Hydro Dunsmuir
May 13 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm


How to identify retrofit opportunities with existing lighting systems
How to estimate energy savings potential, costs, and payback
How to idenfity the major retrofit obstacles
How to incorporate the latest NECB or ASHRAE 90.1 requirements into a retrofit


7:30 – 8:00 Registration and Check-In
8:00 – 9:00 Presentation by Len Horvath
9:00 – 9:15 Coffee Break
9:15 – 9:45 Hydo Incentive Program Update

This event is worth 1 LC credit!

Len HorvathLen Horvath, M.Sc. President, Quantum Lighting Inc.

Len is an industry executive with over 45 years of experience in the commercial and industrial building industry. Prior to founding Quantum Lighting, Inc. in 1994, Len had a 25-year career with BC Telecom (now Telus Corporation) and was responsible for their building and real estate division.

Currently Len is a member of the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA BC) Education Committee and was the founding President and is currently a Director of the BC Advanced Conservation and Efficiency Association (BC ACE). He serves as an advisor for the Energy Management program of the New York Institute of Technology.

Len is a CSA member and serves on technical committees in the building energy efficiency and lighting fields. He is a well-known speaker on the topics of energy efficient lighting design and new lighting technologies.

Peter Kan, P.Eng, LC

Peter KanPeter is the Senior Lighting Consultant and Project Manager, at Quantum Lighting, with over 2 decades of experience in the field of General and Solid State Lighting. Applying his degree in Engineering Physics, he has invented & co-invented various optical designs for SSL products resulting in 4 published patent applications.

He has provided technical leadership with early concept engineering teams, and has demonstrated strong interpersonal skills as a project manager. Peter is registered as a professional engineer (P.Eng) with APEGBC, a lighting certified (LC) professional with NCQLP, and, and is currently the Treasurer for IES BC section.

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IESBC Industry Partners

2019 LIGHTFAIR International @ Pennsylvania Convention Center
May 19 – May 23 all-day
2019 LIGHTFAIR International @ Pennsylvania Convention Center

The connected future is yours to discover here: LIGHTFAIR® International 2019. The lighting and design industry’s source for all that is new and next. Where brilliant solutions in lighting, connectivity, design and integration will unfold in a synergy of light in life. In the unsurpassed resources of the world’s largest annual architectural and commercial lighting event.

Circadian Rhythm & Lighting @ Symmetry Lighting
Jun 12 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Emerging Professionals Vancouver hosts Circadian Rhythm & Lighting on June 12th with guest speaker Eszter Laszlo from Nano-lit Technologies. This event will shine light on your circadium rhythm while optimizing your lighting to better emulate the natural environment.

Circadian Rhythm & Lighting

IES 2019 Annual Conference @ Omni Louisville Hotel
Aug 8 – Aug 10 all-day
IES 2019 Annual Conference @ Omni Louisville Hotel

The Illuminating Engineering Society’s Annual Conference August 8-10, 2019 in Louisville, Kentucky provides a range of educational programming—including workshops, seminars, immersive experiences, tours, networking, and paper and poster presentations—on the art, design, science, and research of lighting relevant to lighting professionals, educators, and related design disciplines. As always, professional education is paramount, with a broad selection of CEU credits available through participation at the conference.

The 2019 Annual Conference will endeavor to bring experiences, education, networking and inspiration together to foster personal and career growth.

We encourage you to make your Annual Conference 2019 hotel and air travel reservations as early as possible in order to take advantage of competitive fares. Room Block closes July 15, 2019.


The conference begins Thursday evening August 8 — Opening Night — with the Illumination Awards Gala, followed by two exciting days of accredited educational programs, networking, skill sharpening, product demonstrations and time to relax and enjoy the camaraderie of your peers, catch up with old friends and meet new people.


The theme for the 2019 IES Annual Conference is Light.Affect / Light.Effect. This expansive theme relates to numerous aspects of how light and darkness affect our vision, health, behavior and experience. The objective of the conference is to provide educational sessions and experiences relevant to the audience of lighting professionals, academics, and peripheral design disciplines. This year’s theme is bringing focus to the powerful interrelationships between light affects and light effects. In addition, the Conference program will also consist of technical papers and posters on a wide range of lighting-related topics.