Building Towards a Low Carbon Future
Royal Conservatory TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning – November 23rd - 5:30pm
Over 300 industry professionals joined us on November 23rd, 2011 for an energizing evening of live music, local cuisine and networking in support of the Greater Toronto Chapter’s continuing education and training programs. The theme of the second annual Gala celebrated that a low carbon future is within reach and that the built environment will play an important role in helping us achieve this goal.Keynote speaker Tom Rand, Senior Advisor, Cleantech, MaRS Discovery District, demonstrated that with smart buildings it is easy and profitable to significantly reduce carbon emissions from the built environment and discussed how the building industry will play a key role in facilitating the much larger job of fostering a new, low-carbon society.
Our co-hosts for the evening festivities were the Co-Chairs of Greening Greater Toronto’s Commercial Building Energy Leadership Council, which launched the RACE TO REDUCE this spring - Linda Mantia, Chief Procurement Officer and Head of Enterprise Services, RBC and Michael Thornburrow, SVP Corporate Real Estate and Strategic Sourcing at BMO Financial Group. The Race to Reduce is a friendly corporate challenge to landlords and tenants to improve air quality and reduce energy use in office buildings across the Toronto region. Linda and Michael helped us celebrate our theme “Building Towards a Low Carbon Future”, through their involvement with the Race!
We were delighted to host this year’s Gala at the Royal Conservatory TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning (RCM). The RCM was designed by Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects (KPMB), an internationally recognized Canadian firm. The TELUS Centre is also the recipient of the AIA/CAE Educational Facility Design Award of Excellence and is featured in the July 2011 issue of Architectural Record.
It was also our pleasure to announce that SPONSORS and VIPS were treated to a special tour of Koerner Hall, led by partner-in-charge of the design of the TELUS Centre, Marianne McKenna . Architectural critic Paul Goldberger praised McKenna’s work on the RCM in the New Yorker and in 2010 she was one of Canada’s TOP 100 Canada’s Most Powerful Women. The annual Gala was an important part of the CaGBC Greater Toronto Chapter’s fundraising campaign. Proceeds raised from the gala went towards maintaining the Chapter’s numerous education and training programs and networking events.
Thank you to our 2011 Gala Sponsors!