Vision, Values, Engagement
“Each one of us is responsible for all of humankind, and for the environment in which we live…We must seek to lessen the suffering of others. Rather than working solely to acquire wealth, we need to do something meaningful, something seriously directed toward the welfare of humanity as a whole. To do this, you need to recognize that the whole world is part of you.” – Dalai Lama
. . . embrace and execute continuous improvement processes (CIP) as a respected and trusted specifications leader in the construction documents industry, preparing world-class science-based specifications for licensed professionals, and recognized for a distinctive approach that delivers outstanding results for clients, communities, and our environment.
Our services are devoted to you, our direct client: what you need and want, what lies in your best interest, what serves your purposes. Scientext™ will never forget that, will always listen carefully and respond with thoughtfulness, and ensure that the documents delivered express and support the excellence of your designs.
Demonstrate leadership by championing cutting edge, evidence-based materials and methods consistent with current trends and best practices.
Confidentiality and Intellectual Property
Scientext™ recognizes the social value of beauty in the built environment and respects the artistic effort it takes to do architecture, engineering, and other design work well. All work is confidential and protected.
Scientext™ searches for the best way to express graphics and conceptual ideas in a manner that manages risk and meets both technological and best practice tests. Creative solutions are often needed to best represent client interests and reflect the integrity and strength of the design and ideas being expressed. What starts in the mind must find expression in the completed project, and Scientext™ commits to facilitating that result with creativity and integrity.
Scientext™ will not express an opinion without evidence or substantive supporting experience and wide consensus amongst construction leaders. Scientext™ will deliver on its promises, will support its clients, and will stand behind the documents its supplies.
Scientext™ is committed to integrity and probity at its highest levels, at the level where honesty, civility, decency, and fair play can be trusted as intrinsic to the company’s leadership and way of doing business. We respect our client’s right to privacy, ownership of their intellectual property, and fair billing practices. Our clients shape our built world and do so brilliantly. Scientext™ understands that technical specifications must support and express these designs in a manner that upholds the good name and reputation of the licensed professionals responsible, and considers it a privilege and honour to provide specifications that guide builders as they turn an outstanding design into built reality.
Scientext™ regards client information as confidential and avoids or discloses conflicts of interest should they arise for any reason. We will immediately disclose any direct or indirect interest that might prejudice or appear to prejudice our judgment. As trusted specifiers, we consider it our duty to the public, to our clients, to other specifiers, and to ourselves, to act at all times with fairness and loyalty to our clients, uphold fidelity to the public good, devote ourselves to high ideals of personal honour and probity, continually acquire knowledge of developments relevant to services that are undertaken, and exhibit competence in the performance of those services.
To stay abreast of industry developments and maintain competencies, we actively engage government and industry through memberships, attendance at workshops, seminars and trade exhibitions, and undertake research to maintain currency with industry best practices and areas of knowledge, and enlarge our circle of knowledge by engaging learning opportunities and certification-track courses and examinations.
Registered Specification Writers (RSW) are bound to a Code of Conduct and Practice as set forth by Construction Specifications Canada, and Scientext™ President, David Organ, RSW, understanding that the better world to which we aspire takes work and commitment to ethical practices and decency, embraces this Code.
“The time is always right to do what is right.” – The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (1968)
Conflict of Interest Policy
Scientext™ works with a wide variety of clients across diverse jurisdictions. Conflicts of interest may occur and a policy is important to have in place to guide assessment and resolution.
The Law Society of Ontario has noted online a series of steps to help lawyers identify and resolve conflicts of interest. While Scientext™ is not a lawyer or legal service, Scientext™ commits to these general steps as sensible practice. The series of steps noted online by the Law Society of Ontario are as follows:
“Is there a conflict of interest?
- Determine who your client is.
- Consider the nature of your assignment and the duties to your client arising from your assignment.
- Determine whether the duties that you owe to current clients, former clients and any third persons might affect the duties owed to your client. Similarly, determine whether you have any personal interests that might affect the duties owed to your client.
- Determine if there is a substantial risk that your duty of loyalty to the client or the representation of the client would be materially and adversely affected by your own interest or your duties to another client (current, former or joint clients) or a third person. If so, there is a conflict of interest.
If there is a conflict of interest, can you act despite the conflict of interest?
- Determine if you are being asked to represent both sides of a dispute. If so, you cannot act or continue to act.
- If you are not being asked to represent both sides of a dispute, determine whether you reasonably believe that you are able to represent each client without having a material adverse effect on the duties owed to the other client.
- If you do not reasonably believe that you are able to represent each client without having a material adverse effect on the duties owed to the other client, then you cannot act.
- Alternatively, if you reasonably believe that you are able to represent each client without having a material adverse effect on the duties owed to the other client, then you may act if there is consent from all of the affected clients, which consent must be fully informed and voluntary after disclosure.” – Law Society of Ontario.
“We are looking ahead, as is one of the first mandates given us as chiefs, to make sure and to make every decision that we make relate to the welfare and well-being of the seventh generation to come. … What about the seventh generation [about 140 years into the future]? Where are you taking them? What will they have?” – Oren Lyons, Chief of the Onondaga Nation, “An Iroquois Perspective”, pp. 173, 174 in American Indian Environments: Ecological Issues in Native American History. Vecsey C, Venables RW (Editors). Syracuse University Press, New York.
Pathways of Engagement
Scientext™ adheres to a range of principles and methodologies to achieve sustainable results.
We believe sustainable construction needs to offer long-term economic, social and environmental outcomes. We are committed to doing our part in assisting Canada in meeting its commitment to the Paris Agreement under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
Our economic and social objectives are reinforced by our obligation to serve our community.
In order to achieve this, our business practices aim to create value for society. Dedicated to high standards of transparency and accountability, and creating positive social and environmental benefits, we serve through the following key pathways:
Whenever feasible in meeting our client’s design requirements we specify local materials and products.
We purchase our products and services locally.
Personally engaged by the Principal, David Organ, Scientext™ has arrangements in place with several Canadian professionals and specifiers who have the requisite experience and expertise to perform specifications work under individual contract, serving to bolster capacity and address times of absence or the demands of multiple projects with simultaneous schedules.
Engaging with clients, professional associations and government, and helping to shape industry policy.
Consulting with clients and user groups.
Charitable support, donations, and sponsorships for community organizations.
Specifying sustainable and environmentally sensitive practices, standards, assemblies, products, and materials whenever the design and program permits.
Recycling, reusing and reducing waste.
Industry Engagement and Beyond
Memberships and Affiliations
We contribute to specification best practices in Canada by actively participating in key conferences and industry initiatives. We are members of and contribute to the work undertaken by the following organizations:
- A current member, David Organ has been a continuous member of Construction Specifications Canada for over 20 years, has taught certification courses, participated in Developing a Curriculum (DACUM) storyboarding processes for new courses, and provided financial support to its flagship Directory through advertising dollars.
- Scientext™ is a RAIC Affiliate organization.
- Scientext™ is a corporate member of the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships (CCPPP).
- David Organ is also a member of the following additional organizations:
- Construction Association of Nova Scotia (CANS). The Construction Association of Nova Scotia is the leading voice of the Nova Scotia construction industry, respected by members, government, industry and the public as a provider of the highest quality and value-added services.
- International Code Council (ICC). The International Code Council is a member-focused association with over 64,000 members. It is dedicated to developing model codes and standards used in the design, build and compliance process to construct safe, sustainable, affordable and resilient structures. Most U.S. communities and many global markets choose the International Codes.
- Canadian International Council (CIC). An organization that promotes public engagement with Canadian foreign policy and international relations in order to increase and deepen public understanding of Canada’s place and potential in the world. CIC accomplishments have included publication of a ground-breaking study of Canada’s international role and priorities entitled, “Open Canada: A Global Positioning Strategy for a Networked Age.”
- Centre for Entrepreneurship Education and Development (CEED). CEED is Nova Scotia’s premiere resource for business support, delivering innovative programs and services that empower individuals and communities to achieve their full potential. CEED’s broad mandate encompasses social and economic principles, working towards a vision of a vibrant and entrepreneurial Nova Scotia.
- Halifax Chamber of Commerce. The Halifax Chamber mandate is to create value and prosperity for its members by providing the services they need and advocating for conditions to enhance their prosperity. It’s a job they’ve done for over 250 years.
- Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB). The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is the country’s champion of small business. With over 110,000 members, the CFIB is Canada’s largest non-profit organization devoted to creating and supporting an environment where small businesses can succeed. CFIB provides a personalized connection to practical resources, including advice from dedicated business counsellors, important business news, and tools and templates to help you manage your business.
- Better Business Bureau (BBB), maintaining an A+ rating. BBB’s mission is to be the leader in advancing marketplace trust. They do this by:
- Setting standards for marketplace trust.
- Encouraging and supporting best practices by engaging with and educating consumers and businesses.
- Celebrating marketplace role models.
- Calling out and addressing substandard marketplace behaviour.
- Creating a community of trustworthy businesses and charities.
- The Champlain Society. David Organ is a Lifetime Member. Founded in 1905, the mission of The Champlain Society is to increase public awareness of, and accessibility to, Canada’s rich store of historical records. For more than 110 years, the Champlain Society has increased public access to Canada’s rich documentary heritage. It aims to help Canadians (and others!) explore four centuries of adventure, travel, social change, economic growth, and nation building through the Society’s books and online Digital Collection. This is our history – members are invited to experience it through the words and images of those who were there.
As part of our commitment to share best practices, we regularly attend and contribute to industry conferences and presentations, and feedback sessions with our current and prospective clients.
Social Engagement – Serving Our Community
We regularly pursue sponsorship and donation opportunities to support community organizations.
- We supported Make-A-Wish® Canada, Atlantic Chapter, with a donation supporting local initiatives. The foundation grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich their experience with hope, strength, and joy.
- We support Souls Harbour RESCUE Mission, Halifax, Nova Scotia, donating an amount equivalent to 500 meals, supporting those who need help the most.
- We support our local Nova Scotia SPCA – Dartmouth Shelter with an annual financial contribution that pays the cost of one animal enclosure for the duration of the year.
- We support the Philae Shriners’ annual drive for children by donating to “The Holiday Magic Show”, which is a local event devoted to children’s fun and enjoyment.
- When a local social enterprise, Hands-On Halifax, offering space, tools, equipment, and support for carpentry projects suffered a major loss through theft of tools and equipment, and closure seemed imminent, we stepped in and provided a sizable donation sufficient to offset the loss so they could stay open and continue to serve the community.
- We made a donation in memory of one of the founding partners of one of our clients to the Baycrest Health Sciences Centre in Toronto.
Environmental Engagement – Serving Our Planet
“Sustainability implies considering intertemporal decisions, decisions relating and balancing flows of responses occuring at different times. We do something in the near future, in anticipation of someone receiving some benefit in the more distant future, or at least not having their future well-being undermined.” – Ian Ellingham, PhD, PLE, FRAIC, from “Assessing Tough Sustainability Decisions: Informing Expert Intuition”, Construction Canada, October 2018, Vol. 60 No.7, p.73.
We believe investment in environmentally-sustainable construction is not only responsible investment but also a smart investment.
As well as being socially responsible by reducing carbon emissions, energy-efficient construction saves owners, governments and operators money by reducing total energy and lifecycle costs.
Whenever our client’s design and program permit, we specify identified aspects of the Canadian Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) standards, or the Green Building Initiative (GBI) Green Globes® standards, either of which result in more environmentally sustainable construction of which our communities can be proud. We ensure that our client’s desired environmental objectives are clearly identified and expressed in the requirements specified.