1st October 2020, Virtual Summit

 

How can the industry improve, better prepare and prosper in a changed world?


9:00

Welcome and opening remarks from the Chair

Ivan Yates

Ivan Yates

radio and TV broadcaster, author, entrepreneur and former politician

9:10

OPENING ADDRESS:

Resetting amid Covid-19

Most of us are still coming to terms with the effects of the pandemic on our sector. But, is there an opportunity in the crisis to introduce changes to the system? Is there a “Covidend” where Government removes barriers to delivering essential housing and infrastructure enabling our industry to accelerate our journey towards a digitalised, green, modular-led diverse and inclusive industry to learn, improve and better prepare for the future?

Pat Lucey

Pat Lucey

B.E. C.Eng F.I.E.I., President, Construction Industry Federation

9:20

GOVERNMENT ADDRESS:

Government address from An Taoiseach, Micheál Martin TD

Micheál Martin TD

Micheál Martin TD

An Taoiseach

What’s the economic outlook in the short, medium and long term?

9:35

ECONOMIC OUTLOOK PANEL:

With a contracting economy, a collapse in private consumption and an uncertain Brexit beckoning, what is the outlook for an economic rebound? And, what contribution can Ireland’s construction sector make to economic recovery?

Annette Hughes

Annette Hughes

Director, EY-DKM Economic Advisory Services

Dr Martina Lawless

Dr Martina Lawless

Research Professor, the ESRI and member of the Fiscal Advisory Council

John Moran

John Moran

Chair, Land Development Agency and Chair, SME Recovery Ireland

10:05

Networking break

Is the post Covid-19 world the “new normal” for our future built environment?

10:20

MORNING KEYNOTE ADDRESS:

The next normal in construction: How disruption is shaping the world’s largest eco system

Construction, which encompasses real estate, infrastructure and industrial structures, is the largest industry in the global economy, accounting for 13% of the world’s GDP. A closer look at its underlying performance highlights the industry’s challenges in good economic times, let alone in times of crisis. We’ll hear from the lead author of a recent McKinsey report that outlines a set of 9 shifts to radically change the way construction is done. Companies that can adjust their business models stand to benefit handsomely, while others may struggle to survive.

Maria João Ribeirinho

Maria João Ribeirinho

Partner, Global Leader of Engineering, Construction and Building Materials Practice, McKinsey & Company

10:40

INTERNATIONAL GUEST SPEAKER:

How digital innovation can fight pandemics and strengthen democracy

A special interview with Audrey Tang, Digital Minister of Taiwan

Ivan talks to the Digital Minister of Taiwan, who is a globally known democratic innovator, with a background as a civil activist and a technologist. At age 35, Audrey became the youngest minister in Taiwanese history. She believes that digital tools can be effectively used to build stronger, more open, more accountable democracies. Taiwan is demonstrating the best ways technology can be used to marry the energy and talents of civil society with the administrative powers of government bureaucracy. She is a fervent believer in open data, open governance, and civil society-government collaboration and discusses how tech can build trust, tame mis-information and strengthen democracy. Ivan will seek to learn from Minister Tang how society in Taiwan is transforming through radical transparency, civic participation and rough consensus

Audrey Tang

Audrey Tang

Digital Minister, Taiwanese Government

   11:05              Networking break 

11:20

PANEL DISCUSSION:

How the disruption from the Covid-19 crisis will accelerate change in Ireland’s construction industry and our built environment

This won’t be the first time in history that the built environment will be reimagined in response to an increased understanding of disease. How will the pandemic reshape property demands? What could it mean to design buildings for a world that will never be quite the same, especially when it comes to how we gather in and use large public spaces, like airports, hotels, hospitals, gyms and offices. Could the pandemic be the driver for new approaches to how we build in a post-coronavirus world?

Stephen McCarthy

Stephen McCarthy

Managing Director, Astra Construction Services Ltd

 Donal McCarthy

Donal McCarthy

Chief Operating Officer (COO) Ireland & Europe, MD Ireland East, John Sisk & Son

Marian Finnegan

Marian Finnegan

Managing Director-Residential & Advisory, Sherry Fitzgerald

Niamh Moore-Cherry

Niamh Moore-Cherry

Associate Professor of Urban Governance and Development, School of Geography, UCD

11:55

INTERVIEW:

Niall Gleeson discusses Irish Water’s investment plans under Project Ireland 2040

Niall Gleeson

Niall Gleeson

CEO, Irish Water

    12:15              Lunch

1:00

Welcome back from the Chair

Ivan Yates

Ivan Yates

radio and TV broadcaster, author, entrepreneur and former politician

Productivity and the impetus for change

1:05

INTERNATIONAL CASE STUDY:

Could Covid-19 be the catalyst for the shift to off-site construction?

The construction industry has yet to address a fundamental structural problem at the heart of how we build things. At the moment most construction is as it has always been – by hand, brick by brick, out on site come rain or shine. Unlike almost every other sector, construction has yet to update how it works and take full advantage of advances in technology. Now we need to change that. It’s time to embrace a new way of building

Gerry McCaughey

Gerry McCaughey

CEO, Entekra, USA

1:25

PANEL DISCUSSION:

How do we accelerate effective innovation and increase productivity

With many industry professionals forced to work remotely, is now the perfect time for construction to invest in R&D and get up to speed with all things BIM and digital and modular?

David Purdon

David Purdon

Senior Technical Consultant, Diatec/C-CAD

Simon Crowhen

Simon Crowhen

Sales Manager Geomatics, Topcon Positioning Ireland

PJ Rudden

PJ Rudden

Chairman Innovation and Digital Adoption, CSG/DPER and Managing Director, Aengus Consulting Ltd

Stephen Creaner

Stephen Creaner

Executive Director, Enterprise Ireland

2:00

Networking break

2:10

Future builders:

People are the answer to the construction productivity challenge

Our panel explores:

  • What new skills are capabilities will be essential to shape and deliver the projects of the future?
  • Is the construction industry prepared to work from home?
  • Could remote working hasten gender parity in the industry?
  • Could remote working promote gender equality in the industry?
Frank Kelly

Frank Kelly

Construction Director, Walls

Niav O’Higgins

Niav O’Higgins

Partner and Head of Construction and Engineering Group, Arthur Cox

Maura Winston

Maura Winston

Chief People Officer, Cairn Homes plc

John Downey

John Downey

Director, Downey Planning & Architecture

Project Ireland 2040: The future of housing and infrastructure

2:45

MINISTERIAL ADDRESS:

Darragh O'Brien TD

Darragh O'Brien TD

Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage

3:05

PROJECT IRELAND 2040:

Project Ireland 2040: Challenges to the vision

Is balanced growth and regional investment and development elusive?

Frank Crowley

Frank Crowley

Economist and Lecturer, Cork University Business School (CUBS) and Director, Spatial and Regional Economics Centre, CUBS, UCC

3:20

LOCKNOTE PANEL:

Creating certainty in the infrastructure pipeline to ensure we can deliver a renewed NDP and Project Ireland 2040

Investment in infrastructure is likely to be a critical pillar of economic revitalisation. But returning the businesses, projects and supply chains to operational health are immensely
challenging. How do we ensure that our most pressing construction-related needs are met?

John Fitzgerald

John Fitzgerald

Honorary Fellow, TCD and Adjunct Professor, the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, UCD

Ann Doherty

Ann Doherty

Chief Executive, Cork City Council

Robert Watt

Robert Watt

Secretary General, Department of Public Expenditure and Reform

Conor Gunn

Conor Gunn

Associate Partner, Strategy and Transactions, EY Ireland

3:50

Closing remarks and conference close

Tom Parlon

Tom Parlon

Director General, CIF