Brian Byrnes, Senior Advisory, Ontario Ministry of Energy
Brian has been involved in the development and management of conservation and renewable energy initiatives including the Municipal Energy Plan Program, Broader Public Sector Reporting, the Home Energy Savings Program (HESP), the Ontario Solar Thermal Heating Initiative and is currently the lead on Energy and Water Reporting and Benchmarking (EWRB). Prior to joining government Brian worked in the real estate development. Brian has a B.A. from University of Waterloo and an MES in Urban Planning from York University.
Bruce Manwaring, Manager New Construction, Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc.
Bruce Manwaring joined Enbridge Gas Distribution in 1993, and has worked on a number of projects within the organization, including: the development of natural gas for vehicles; the Enbridge Gas New Brunswick expansion; and management of Direct Purchase contracts and compliance for Large Volume Customers and Gas Brokers. Bruce is currently responsible for the overall development and delivery of Enbridge’s energy efficiency programs in the new construction and renovation market sectors for residential and commercial projects, which includes affordable housing. Bruce brings 35 years of experience in project planning and implementation, with a strong background in energy use and delivery. With the belief that Demand Side Management programs should become more inclusive, while delivering real value to builders, renovators and their customers.
Bryan Purcell, Director of Policy and Programs, The Atmospheric Fund (TAF)
Bryan Purcell is the Director of Policy and Programs at The Atmospheric Fund (TAF), an award-winning public agency dedicated to addressing climate change and air quality in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. Bryan’s work focuses on accelerating the decarbonization of the built environment through development of innovative policies, programs, and business solutions. He directs the TowerWise Program, through which TAF has financed and implemented major energy and Indoor Environmental Quality retrofits in ten low-income housing towers, using the buildings as living labs to advance understanding of the impact of retrofits on GHG emissions, indoor air quality, and occupant comfort. Bryan also collaborates with the City of Toronto on the development of green building policies including the Toronto Green Standard.
Corey McBurney, President, EnerQuality
EnerQuality’s President Corey McBurney has been a driving force behind the adoption of energy efficiency in Canada’s housing sector since 2005.Founded by the Ontario Home Builders’ Association in 1998, EnerQuality is Canada’s #1 certifier of energy efficient homes and the market leader in builder education and engagement. As well as offering workshops on ENERGY STAR, Net Zero, the Ontario Building Code and other topics of interest to the building industry, EnerQuality holds its annual Housing Innovation Forum and Awards on February 22nd. Building on the successful ENERGY STAR® for New Homes program, EnerQuality, in partnership with NRCan, IESO, Enbridge and Union Gas will be launching ENERGY STAR® for Multi-family High Rise this spring.
Jeff Ranson, Regional Director, CaGBC Greater Toronto Chapter
As the GTA Regional Director for the CaGBC Jeff is focused on leading green building market transformation in southern Ontario and building a strong community of practice through the CaGBC’s Greater Toronto Chapter. Previously, Jeff served as the founding Executive Director of the Toronto 2030 District and Manager of Education for Sustainable Buildings Canada. He was lead facilitator for Enbridge’s Savings By Design energy conservation program delivering sustainable design workshops for over 100 development projects across Ontario. Jeff has consulted for numerous private and public sector organizations in Canada and internationally with a focus on capacity building and strategic planning for sustainable development, climate change mitigation and resilience outcomes.
Jeff holds an Honors in Business Administration from the Western University’s Richard Ivey School of Business and a Masters of Design in Strategic Foresight and Innovation from OCADU where he received the President’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Graduate Studies.
Rob Edwards, Business Advisor, Private Sector, IESO
In his role as Business Advisor, Private Sector, Rob maintains relationships with the largest commercial businesses in Ontario - primarily those that have multiple locations throughout the province. These include commercial real estate, retail, financial, accommodation, foodservice, multi-unit residential. Working at the corporate level with a provincial focus, he provides strategies to help these organizations participate in the many Save on Energy for business incentive programs delivered by local hydro companies throughout the province as well as programs offered directly by the IESO.
Susan Cudahy, Strategic Account Manager – Residential and Commercial Programs, Union Gas Limited
Susan joined Union Gas in 2013 and has held a variety of positions including roles in Public Affairs and Community Liaison for Major Pipeline Installation Projects. In a past role Susan worked with Consumers Gas in the Marketing Division focused on the introduction and growth of natural gas vehicles, forklifts and ice resurfacing machines in both aftermarket and OEM production. Before assuming her current position with Union Gas, Susan was President and CEO of Economic Development Corporations in Ontario and BC focused on government relations, attracting investment, retaining and expanding business and job growth.
Tim Stoate, VP, Impact Investing
With nearly 30 years of experience in corporate finance, Tim oversees TAF’s impact investing and designs and tests new financing options that support low-carbon solutions. Tim focuses on structuring capital funding for energy-efficient retrofits in the high-rise residential/condominium sector and the MASH (municipalities, academic institutions, school boards, and health and social service providers) sector. In addition, Tim oversees TAF’s investments in low-carbon enterprises. He also serves on the board of the Green Ontario Fund (GreenON).