Well here we are just two and a half weeks into 2010 and we're rolling into high gear at the Chapter. With all of the events and programs coming up, it seems obvious that green builders are not deterred by the Winter weather (what little we've had)! We'll do our best to keep you updated and in the loop with regular notices of what's going on via email. Also be sure to check our Chapter Web site calendar of events regularly for the full picture of industry events throughout our region this year. We're really excited about 2010 and wish all of our members a healthy and successful year ahead. Why not get started right now and join fellow Chapter members in the events and activities below!


Chapter Meeting - The Challenge of Greening Existing Buildings, February 1st, Toronto City Hall Council Chambers
Integrated Design Process Workshop - March 4th
Sustainable Building Challenge - Call for Canadian Entries
CaGBC LEED Buildings in Review - SAB Magazine
A World without Oil - Conversations in Design - This Thursday - LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER!
Volunteer Opportunities
Green Drinks - January 20th - Tomorrow!


Chapter Meeting - February 1st, 2010, Toronto City Hall Council Chambers

The Greater Toronto Chapter of the Canada Green Building Council will hold its first Chapter Meeting of the year on February 1, 2010 in the Council of Chambers of City Hall! Join fellow members for a great educational and networking opportunity featuring the following presentation:

The Challenge of Greening Existing Buildings.


We're very excited to present presentations by experienced experts in the area of green retrofits. With the introduction of programs like the Mayor's Tower Renewal, the RealPAC 20 by '15 Challenge, the many incentives offered by organizations like the Better Buildings Partnership and the launch of LEED® Canada for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance last year, green retrofits have become a HOT topic in the Greater Toronto Region. The evening's presentations will feature some of the top Toronto experts in green building retrofits as they offer expert advice and their experiences in greening existing buildings. 

Eleanor McAteer, P. Eng. MBA
Project Director, Tower Renewal
City Managers Office
Director, Greater Toronto Chapter of the CaGBC

Eleanor will provide us with an update on the progress of the Mayor's Tower Renewal Project and fill us in on the success and challenges of this exciting project.

Barbara Ciesla  LEED® AP, ARIDO, NCIDQ 019872
Vice President
Leader, Sustainable Design Consulting

Barb will provide us with an overview of the delivery process for LEED EB and highlight some of the challenges she and her team overcame during the delivery of LEED-EB. She'll also highlight the opportunities presented by occupant engagement strategies in the implementation of LEED Canada EB: O&M.

Scott R. Armstrong, Dipl. Arch. Tech., A.Sc.T., LEED® AP
Manager, Sustainable design services
Halcrow Yolles
Director and Secretary, Greater Toronto Chapter of the CaGBC

Scott will discuss some of the challenges and opportunities he and his firm encountered in the LEED EB project at 483 Bay Street in Downtown Toronto.

Click here to Register Now for this exciting Event!


Integrated Design Process (IDP) Workshop

Back by popular demand, we're delighted to offer this IDP course to our members this year. Space is limited so be sure to sign up soon to secure your spot! Also, stay tuned for other exciting workshop offerings later this winter!

Date: March 4th, 2010
Time: 8:30am to 4:30pm
Location: Black Creek Pioneer Village, 1000 Murray Ross Parkway, Toronto
Cost:     CaGBC National Member    $325 +GST (Proof of CaGBC National Corporate membership required)
             Non-Member                       $385 +GST 


This full day workshop has been designed for people who will play a leading or support role in the facilitation of IDP and want to improve their skills and ability to design, facilitate, and enable this process. It will also assist project team members to make the case for IDP to their clients and colleagues, and develop methods to communicate the value of facilitation of IDP to a design team.

The workshop takes an in-depth look at the art and practice of facilitating the integrated design process.  It will focus on IDP through the lens of facilitation in order to better understand the purpose of this role, how the ¬integrated design process itself is designed, the skills required for effective facilitation of IDP, and tools and strategies to use in the facilitation of integrated design.

The workshop explores the theory of integrated design, how it differs from conventional design, and how IDP can result in more cost effective, efficient, integrated and elegant projects. The workshop will draw on the experience of participants to explore the range of ways that IDP is used in practice, and the successes and challenges associated with different applications.

It will also provide participants with the opportunity to learn and practice basic skills fundamental to effective participation in IDP.

It is anticipated that participants will be people who are already working as IDP facilitators or wish to begin doing this kind of work, and will include a mix of designers, planners, project managers, owners, and facilitation consultants.

What will you learn?

  • Develop an understanding of the range of ways that IDP is used in practice, an the benefits and challenges associated with different strategies
  • The fundamentals of pre-charette preparation and post-charette follow-up, such as what to communicate to participants, and when;
  • How to ensure optimum participant performance both during and in-between charettes
  • How to enhance interdisciplinary collaboration – how to maintain the energy and integration throughout the design decision making process;
  • How to improve personal facilitation skills to provide confidence in conducting effective charettes and an IDP
  • Enabling an organic and synergistic creative process by guiding participants through phases of idea generation and decision-making

Who should attend?

  • Existing IDP facilitators
  • Those expecting to facilitate IDP
  • Designers
  • Municipal and Government staff
  • Project Managers
  • Owners
  • Consultants
  • Educators
  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Builders / Contractors
  • Facility Managers
  • Product manufacturers
  • Real estate managers, owners & tenants

For more information please e-mail Claudia Duggan at


Sustainable Building Challenge - Call for Canadian Entries

The Sustainable Building Challenge is an International co-operative process to develop understanding of performance assessment tools and highlight innovative sustainable building design techniques. The Challenge will form a key part of the Seventh World Sustainable Building Conference (SB11) to be held in Helsinki, Finland, from the 18th to 21th of October, 2011.

The SB Canadian Team is soliciting submissions for projects to be evaluated and presented at SB11. The closing date for this call is April 30, 2010

Click HERE for more information on how to participate.


CaGBC LEED Buildings in Review - SAB Magazine

Show your project in the CaGBC LEED Buildings in Review - A Special supplement in the January/ February 2010 issue of Sustainable Architecture & Building Magazine (SABMag).

Book your space now and send your material by January 25th!

For more information, please contact Sue Lewis at and 613-656-1943 or Don Griffith at and 1-800-520-6281 ext. 304.


A World without Oil - Conversations in Design

International designers lead this new symposium that addresses a world no longer dependent on oil.
Presented by InterfaceFlor and Jaga / Produced by the Interior Design Show/MMPI Canada
Join internationally recognized designers and share in their practical experiences in sustainable design at the new all-day symposium on January 21 at the DX/Design Exchange. Their mandate – imagine a world without oil, the impact on society, and if it can be done.
Twelve of the world’s leading designers have been invited to provide critical insight to the new and alternative practices, materials, technologies and products.
Thursday, January 21, 2010, 9 AM – 6PM
Toronto’s DX/ Design Exchange (234 Bay Street)

Tickets: $250 – all day symposium
To Register and for more information, visit


Volunteer Opportunities with the Chapter

The Canada Green Building Council - Greater Toronto Chapter is looking for 1 volunteer for each of the upcoming LEED workshops. The volunteer will be required to be present at the location early on the day of the workshop and stay for the whole duration of the full day event.

For available dates and more information on how to volunteer, please visit our website or click HERE.


Green Drinks - January 20th - Grace O'Malleys

The first Green Drinks of 2010!

Join Chapter members and other like-minded green sector folks for an evening of fun and networking at Grace O’Malley’s.    

Meet & share a few laughs with >200 others - Catch up on enviro-news & business

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010
Every 3rd Wednesday of the month - People start showing up at 5:45 p.m. and the mingling goes until you say stop!
5:45pm to 9:00pm - Networking
9:00pm to ??? - Music and fun

New location - Grace O’Malley’s 14 Duncan Street, Toronto
One block north of King St., 2 blocks west of St. Andrew’s subway.


We look forward to a 2010 full of growth and positive change! Thank you for your continued support of the Chapter! 

- The Greater Toronto Chapter Board of Directors and Staff.  

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