Municipal Leaders Working Group


November 9, 2017 - Municipal Leaders Forum - TransformTO: Climate Change Action Planning 

Climate Action for a Healthy, Equitable and Prosperous Toronto 
Pathway to a Low Carbon Future 
Low Carbon Economic Modelling

See full event details here. 

November 8, 2016 - Net Zero Energy Housing's Role in Getting Us to Net Zero Energy Communities

Building the Market for Net Zero Homes
Case Study of Low Rise Net Zero Homes

Net Zero Energy in Multi-Residential High Rise Buildings

Taking Net Zero to Scale-Framework for Commercial-Institutional Buildings

The Salus Ottawa Experience- Passive House Construction in Non-Profit Housing

Where Are We Now With Net Zero Energy Homes

April 7, 2016 - Housing, Aging & Flexible Sustainable Design 

Accessible & Adaptable Housing by Design 
Aging 2.0
Dumb is the New Smart: Good Architecture Makes Cognitive Wayfindings Easy 
Getting to Aging 2.0
Housing for Older Canadians
Housing Our Seniors: A Systems Approach

June 22, 2015 - Vaughan City Hall, Vaughan

Local Improvement Charges for the ICI Sector + District Energy Systems
Integrating Climate Change into Decision Making through Evidence Informed Planning in Peel
Ontario’s Energy Community of Practice: Building Capacity for Community Energy Planning

January 13, 2015 - Public Health and Sustainable Built Environments, Brampton

Caledon - Promoting Healthy Lifestyles 
A Decade of (re)discovery: Public Health and the Built Environment 
Planning for Health: The Implementation of the Healthy Development Index 
Application of Active Design: Peel Affordable Housing Developments 

June 27, 2014 - York Region Administrative Office, Newmarket


Markham's Municipal Energy Plan 
The Guelph Community Energy Initiative
Urban Heat Island Analysis in York Region

December 12, 2013 - Vaughan City Hall


Green Building in a Higher Density Ontario
Sustainability Tools: Provincial and Private Sector Perspectives
Provincial Perspectives: Approaches and Tools for Sustainability
Advancing Community Energy Planning in Ontario: A Primer

February 20, 2013 - Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives (PAMA)

November 20, 2012 - Vaughan City Hall
May 8, 2012 - Black Creek Pioneer Village, Toronto

Prepared by The Planning Partnership for the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority


February 7, 2012 - Halton Regional Centre, Oakville


Dan Stone - Municipal Leaders Working Group
Elana Horowitz - LEED for Neighbourhood Development:Smart Growth, Urban Design, and Infrastructure Highlights
Brian Kelly - Progress Report : Community Climate ChangeLocal Action Plan - Phase 2

December 6, 2011 - Durham Region

Presentation Summaries
Dan Stone & Scott Armstrong - Regional Addenda Project Update
Larry Brydon - "Are You Ready for the New OBC?" - Building Labelling Systems and SB12

September 22, 2011 - Town of Caledon

Dan Stone - Municipal Leaders Working Group Update
Don Sinclair - Legal Challenges to Implementing LEED at The Municipal Level
Jeremy Schembri -Town of Caledon Green Development Standards

June 30, 2011 - City of Vaughan

Peter Love - Opportunity, Challenges and Benefits of Energy Efficiency for Municipalities
(Peter Love is the  Former Chief Conservation Officer, Province of Ontarioand the current Hydro One Visiting Distinguished Research Fellow at Ryerson’s Centre for Urban Energy)
Stephen Dixon (City of vaughan) - Vaughan Energy Use and GHG Emissions Forecasting
Chris Wolnik -  Vaughan LEEDing by Example video/interactive tool

March 22, 2011 - City of Toronto

here to view the minutes form this meeting.

Lisa King (City of Toronto) - Toronto Green Standard & Green Roof By-Law
Lesley Sovran (Waterfront Toronto) - Revitalizing the Toronto Waterfront
Dave Potter (Town of Newmarket)- Update on Ontario Building Code Review

October 27, 2010 - Earth Rangers Centre

The Municipal Leaders Working Group discussed the National Toolkit update and GTA addendum, as well as Municipal sustainability policies.

National Toolkit Update - Scott Armstrong
BILD Perspective on Municipal Sustainability Policy - Paul Golini, Empire Communities and Chair BILD Green Committee
Retail Development Perspective on Municipal Systems Policy - Sandra Kaiser, Vice President Corporate Affairs Smart Centre

here to view the minutes form this meeting.

July 12, 2010

To better share knowledge of best practices for sustainable building and development between representatives of the Municipal Leaders Forum the following are templates of best practices for the GTA context.

We would like to thank the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, Greening Greater Toronto, the Association of Municipalities of Ontario and the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation for their support and contribution for this event.  
Click the links below to download the Report on the Municipal Leaders Forum on Green Building (

Municipal Leaders Forum FINAL REPORT
Municipal Leaders Forum APPENDICES

June 18, 2010 - Greater Toronto Chapter Office

The Municipal Leaders Working Group met to discuss how to collaborate with other organizations in sharing Best Practices. The meeting was also a chance for municipalities to be upated on the Municipal Leaders Forum Sponsorship Campaign.

The presentations that happen during the meeting can be found below.

Presentations (

Julia McNally - "OPA Municipal Research Projects"
Brent Gilmour - "Municipal Policy Toolkit"

Dan Stone - Overview of the GTA Chapter Addendum Project

March 5, 2010 - Kortright Centre - Archetype House B

The Municipal Leaders Working Group met to discuss the common challenges and barriers at the Municipal Level. There were two presentations during the meeting which can be found below. 

Presentations (

Doug Weber - Overview of the Municipal experience with sustainable development
Dan Stone - Overview of the Municipal Leaders Forum Working Group

November 6, 2009 - Black Creek Pioneer Village

The Municipal Leaders Working Group met to discuss the growth and development of the Municipal Leaders Forum. There were three presentations during the meeting which can be found below. A report on this event will be made available in December.

Presentations (

Dan Stone - Towards a GTA Approach to Green Municipal Policies and Practices
Larry Brydon - Building Labeling Supporting Green Building in the Ontario Construction Market
Sonja Persram - Green Liens for Energy Retrofits Local Improvement Charges and Community Improvement Plans

June 19, 2009 - Black Creek Pioneer Village

This meeting of the GTA Municipal Working Group focused on a review of the CaGBC's Municipal Green Building Toolkit. The Toolkit, which was developed by the Chapter and the CaGBC is designed as a resource for municipal workers to advance the practice of green building within their spheres of influence.

Final Report (PDF)
Municipal Leaders Forum - Municipal Green Building Toolkit Review

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Representatives from thirty-eight (38) Ontario municipalities attended the Municipal Leaders Forum on Green Building held at Black Creek Pinoneer Village. The forum presented the challenges facing key stakeholders in “building green” at the municipal level. Our four keynote speakers represented perspectives from municipal planning and building departments, developers and builders:

Leo Grellette, Director of the Building Standards Department, City of Vaughan  
Michael Pozzebon, Project Manager, Metrus Development | Sustainable Communities
Val Shuttleworth, Director of Planning and Urban Design, Town of Markham 
John Godden, President of Clearsphere