Mandatory Building Benchmarking comes to ontario!


Date: April 5, 2016
Time: 7:30am - 9:30am
Location: Upper Canada Room, 18th Floor, Fairmont Royal York Hotel, Toronto (map)




The provincial government has introduced amendments to the Green Energy Act to enable the implementation of the Ministry of Energy’s proposed large building energy and water reporting and benchmarking initiative, which will help Ontario’s large building owners manage their energy and water consumption and save money on their utility bills.

Come to our first LEED Breakfast Session of the year to hear experts weigh in on what mandatory building benchmarking reporting means, how it works and what this means for your organization.

Eligible for 1.5 CE and OAA hours.

7:30 – Hot breakfast and networking
8:00 – Speaker Presentations with Q+A
9:00 – 




Lisa Westerhoff, Intermediate Sustainability Planner, Integral Group 

Lisa holds a PhD in urban sustainability and is proficient in sustainable neighbourhood and green building post-occupancy assessments, including occupant interactions with green technologies and the needs of building operators and managers. Lisa also brings considerable experience in municipal climate change planning for emissions reductions and adaptation strategies to the building and neighbourhood scales. She is versed in strategies for community engagement in planning and decision making in climate, energy, and sustainability. An excellent writer and communicator, Lisa’s background makes her highly proficient in integrating and communicating ideas from across diverse sectors and disciplines.


Ufei Chan, Program Manager, City of New York, Institute for Market Transformation 

Ufei oversees compliance efforts for Local Law 84, which requires building owners to annually submit their buildings' energy usage data to provide a better understand of energy and water consumption, eventually shifting the market towards increasingly efficiency, high-performing buildings. Prior to joining IMT, she worked in the Corporate Sustainability unit of Citi, where she reported on the bank's environmental metrics including its GHG emission and energy usage, and participated in a research piece on infrastructure finance in cities. Prior to that, she worked in a residential wind energy startup and consulted to Exelon Generations on its wind fleet.

Usman Syed, Director, Conservation and Energy Efficiency, Ministry of Energy 

Usman Syed is the Director of Conservation and Energy Efficiency at the Ontario Ministry of Energy. Among his responsibilities, Usman oversees policy implementation of the province’s electricity and natural gas conservation programs and frameworks, as well as energy efficiency codes and standards. Prior to this role, he was the Deputy Director of the Energy Networks and Innovation Policy unit at the Ministry of Energy where he led a variety of key initiatives, including the province-wide implementation of smart meters and time-of-use pricing as well as the design and launch of Ontario’s $50 million Smart Grid Fund.

Usman is currently co-chairing the Canadian Energy Strategy Energy Efficiency working group and the federal governments Steering Committee on Energy Efficiency working group. 

Mark Hutchinson, Vice President, Green Building Programs, CaGBC

Mark Hutchinson has worked with the Canada Green Building Council for the last seven years. Mark is responsible for overseeing the strategic direction and operation of the LEED building certification program in Canada. Prior to joining the CaGBC, Mark successfully developed business plans and launched new products while working for Trojan Technologies, an environmental technologies company.



(includes a sit-down hot breakfast) 

  • Members: $55 + HST  (Login to receive your discount) 
  • Non-Members: $75 + HST
  • EGB Members:$40 + HST (Please email to receive your discount) 


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