Green Building Breakfast: Leadership in Benchmarking and Disclosure


Wed February 6, 2019, 7:30 am - 10:00 am
Lennox Hall - Toronto Region Board of Trade - Toronto, Ontario
Education (Chapter)


Date: Wednesday, February 6th 2019 
Time: 7.30am - 10.00am
Venue: Lennox Hall, Toronto Region Board of Trade, 77 Adelaide St. West, Toronto ON (Map)

Event Overview

Building performance benchmarking and disclosure programs are rolling out across Ontario and Canada ushering in a new era of transparency. This trend will create both a tremendous resource in data and challenges as properties begin to participate in these new programs. The CaGBC Greater Toronto Chapter’s first Green Building Breakfast session of the year will provide some major updates on benchmarking and disclosure programs, and showcase new tools for the real estate and design community. Topics include:

Ontario’s Mandatory Energy and Water Reporting and Benchmarking policy: 

What was learned from the first EWRB reporting period in 2018 and what do you need to know for phase 2 in 2019.

Speakers include:

Brian Byrnes, Senior Advisor at 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.





Neal Bach, President at Energy Profiles Ltd 

Neal has been the driving force behind the growth of EPL since 2000. He has prepared detailed energy audits, done complex energy modeling, acted as a Project Evaluator doing Measurement and Verification for large utility company incentive programs, advised key clients on energy purchasing, and designed and supported the implementation ang ongoing management of submetering systems. He is an acknowledged expert on the cost of electric cooling and is a regular speaker at industry conferences. He was instrumental in pioneering hosted energy and sustainability data management software systems more than 15 years ago – way ahead of the industry – and continues to drive development.
Neal holds a B.Sc. in Engineering Physics and a Master of Mechanical Engineering. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in Ontario and Quebec, a Senior Member of the Association of Energy Engineers, a Certified Measurement and Verification Professional (CMVP), an Eco Canada Certified GHG Professional, and speaks English, French, and Danish.


CaGBC Disclosure Challenge:

Leading real estate firms including Quadreal, Concert Properties and Triovest have committed to voluntary disclosure of energy and GHGs across their portfolios. Learn how their efforts are shaping national market transformation.

Speakers include:

Dave Ramslie, Vice President of Sustainability at Concert Properties 
Dave Ramslie is the Vice President of Sustainability for Concert Properties, responsible for the ongoing development and implementation of Concert’s Sustainability Framework. Prior to joining Concert, Dave worked extensively on climate and sustainability issues in both the private and public sectors for clients all over the world. Dave is member of Canada’s Clean 50, and his work has been recognized by the World Green Building Council, the Canadian Institute of Planners, and the Canadian Green Building Council. In 2014 Dave was specifically recognized by the Natural Resources Defense Council as one of nine global champions fighting climate change in cities. 




Anika de la Flor, Sustainability Manager at QuadReal 
As sustainability manager at QuadReal Property Group, Anika manages the creation and implementation of new programs while developing and communicating the corporate strategy throughout the portfolio. Focusing on the key areas of efficiency, community, health, and innovation, she is currently supporting the team’s transition with ambitious energy targets while developing QuadReal’s new tenant and corporate community engagement programs nationally. Anika has experience in brand management and more recently directed diverse social development projects in the Andes of Peru, her home country. Fully bilingual, Anika holds a BCom from the University of British Columbia and an MSc from Maastricht University in the Netherlands, where she won the Kremers Award for her investigative thesis.


New Tools in Benchmarking: 

Exciting new tools on the market are enabling public reporting and driving action in the marketplace.

  1. – A free tool that unlocks the power of benchmarking in building design by leveraging the wealth of information in energy simulation model.
  2. 2030 Platform – Harnessing big data at the community scale to increase market engagement
  3. ARC - A digital platform that uses data to help measure and improve sustainability performance across the built environment, from buildings to cities and beyond. 

Speakers include:

Amanda Smith, Managing Director at Canadian Urban Institute and Executive Director at Toronto 2030 District 
Amanda's work focuses on supporting lower carbon and more resilient communities and improving resource management. She leads teams, conducts research, produces events and connects with stakeholders to develop tools, resources and plans to respond to these complex issues. Before joining CUI she led the development of several LEED hospital projects and the stadium venues for the 2015 Pan Am Games while at Infrastructure Ontario. She is a past Director and Secretary of the Board of the Canada Green Building Council – Greater Toronto Chapter and has undergraduate and masters degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Toronto



Brandy Burdeniuk, Chief Customer Officer at GBCI Canada 

Brandy is the Chief Customer Officer of Green Business Certification Inc. Canada (GBCI Canada) responsible for advancing GBCI Canada’s service offerings nationally including: LEED, Arc, Zero Carbon, Parksmart, SITES, Investor Confidence Project (ICP) & TRUE Zero Waste Certification. 
As an executive, industrial designer, entrepreneur and troublemaker Brandy has worked with leading designers, businesses, institutions & governments to excite them about creating, living, working, and thriving in healthy sustainable buildings. 
Brandy is always eager to share her knowledge and experience, presenting to numerous audiences throughout North America. She is an engaging and entertaining speaker and is known for her ability to communicate challenging topics in a way that breaks down barriers to sustainability and gets people excited for change.


Chris Frankowski, Sustainability Consultant at RWDI 
Chris is a Sustainability Consultant within RWDI’s Sustainability and Energy Modelling group. Chris is the lead developer of, an energy benchmarking tool for modelled building energy performance. Chris also provides a variety of services for clients including data visualization, developing and implementing the LEED certification plans for projects, as well as modelling of building energy performance and providing feedback to the design team. Prior to joining RWDI, Chris worked as an Energy Manager in the brewing industry, where he identified and implemented energy and water conservation measures and forecasted utility usage and costs.



Jennifer Harmer, Sustainability Specialist at RWDI 

Jennifer is a sustainability specialist at RWDI with a focus on energy efficiency in the built environment. She leverages technical expertise in energy modeling and building enclosures to help projects achieve a wide range of sustainability objectives, including LEED, Passive House, and net-zero carbon buildings. She helps all parties—owners, designers, and operators—discover how to achieve outstanding real-world performance while finding the best balance between first costs and operating costs. Recently, Jennifer has been involved in the development of, a new energy benchmarking and reporting tool.






7:30 – 8:00am: Registration and hot breakfast
8:00 – 8:10am: Introduction
8:10 – 9:10am: Speaker presentations
9:10 – 9.40am: Panel discussion and Q&A
9:40 – 10:00am: Networking


CaGBC Member $55
Non-Member $75
EGP/Student 30% discount


Please contact Yvonne at if you have any questions about this event.


Lennox Hall - Toronto Region Board of Trade
77 Adelaide St. West
Postal Code:
M5H 1P9