Past Chapter Events

Date: Friday, October 26th 2018
Time: Forum:1.30pm* - 4.00pm; Reception: 4.00 - 5.00pm 
Location: Ivey Tangerine Leadership Centre (located inside the Exchange Tower)
                130 King St W, Toronto ON, M5X 1K6 (Map)



Heating buildings is typically the largest greenhouse gas emission load for buildings in Canada. Emerging technologies for heating buildings with electricity (particularly heat-pumps) are common features in Zero Carbon Building projects seeking to take advantage of the lower emissions factor associated with electricity in Ontario relative to more common natural gas heating.

This session’s panel dicussion topics included:

  • The status of electric heating technology today and on the horizon
  • A case study of the heating system design for Zero Carbon Building -certified Evolv1 in Waterloo
  • Implications of electric heating on the design process, including energy simulation
  • Evaluation of the business case for electrically heated buildings
  • Implementation challenges through construction and operation of electrically heated buildings


1:30 - 1:35pm: Introduction by CaGBC-GTC
1.35 - 1:50pm: Presentation on zero carbon heating technologies by Mitsubishi Electric 
1:50 - 2:05pm: Presentation on evolv1 - Canada's first Zero Carbon Building Standard-certified project - by Stantec
2:05 - 3.00pm: Panel discussion
3:00 - 3:30pm: Audience Q&A
3:30 - 5:00pm: Networking reception


Antoni Paleshi - Senior Energy Performance Specialist, WSP (Panel Moderator) 

Antoni has spent most of his 15-year career as a building energy analyst, helping commercial building owners: (i) set targets for energy use, (ii) understand the cost-benefit and environmental performance of technologies that can help achieve those targets and (iii) verify, using advanced metering techniques, that the targets have been achieved. For the last three years, Antoni has focused on net-zero energy and carbon neutral buildings in both the new and existing commercial and institutional building sector in Canada.


Since completing his degrees at UW, Antoni has dedicated his career to sustainability in buildings. He  has worked as a consultant in projects across the country – from Vancouver to Cornerbrook and all the way up to Iqaluit. Antoni also has a personal passion for sustainable corporate action and has helped to manage WSP’s pledging commitment to Sustainable Waterloo Region for the past 10 years. Similarly, he is trying to go carbon-neutral in his own life and is currently embroiled in a deep energy/carbon retrofit of his 1921-era home near downtown Waterloo.


Steve Kemp – Principal and Senior Energy & Sustainability Specialist, RDH Building Science 

Steve's career has touched on nearly all aspects of sustainable buildings, including both developing and using building energy models, daylighting models, and human comfort models. He has also been involved in building research under contract with the government, developers and utilities. He has published over dozen papers and articles. He has assisted the design of numerous low energy buildings, including Passive House and Net Zero Energy and Carbon projects. As these projects have been completed Steve is involved in monitoring their performance as well as troubleshooting their energy systems.

Steve is a registered professional engineer in Ontario, a director of the Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance, a past-president of IBPSA-Canada, and a member and former chair of the Energy & Engineering Technical Advisory Group for the CaGBC. In 2014 Steve was presented with the CaGBC Green Building Champion Leadership Award and in 2017 he was awarded with his LEED® Fellow designation.


Kevin Stelzer - Principal, Brook McIlroy

Kevin is an architect, Building Science Specialist of Ontario (BSSO), and a LEED accredited professional with deep experience in ultra- energy efficient design. He has extensive experience in systems design, construction documentation, and engineering coordination, with a focus on  laboratory, retrofit/renewal, commercial and educational building sectors. He served on the CaGBC Energy & Engineering Technical Advisory Group and on the UN Sustainable Buildings & Climate Initiative Task Force, and volunteers with the World Green Building Council. He is a principal with BrookMcIlroy Architects.

In his previous role as a Principal at B+H and as an architect at architectsAlliance, Kevin participated in some of Canada’s most compelling sustainable projects, including the Mohawk College Net-Zero Energy Joyce Centre for Partnership & Innovation(B+H Architects/McCallum Sather), the UBC AMS Nest (B+H/ DIALOG), the Centre for Engineering Innovation at the University of Windsor (B+H architects), the Integrated Learning Centre at Queen’s University (B+H architects), the TDCCBR at the University of Toronto (Architects Alliance/ Behnisch), and the York University Computer Science Building (Architects Alliance/Busby). 


Adrian Conrad – COO, Cora Group 


Having graduated with a Bachelor of Math and a MBA, Adrian Conrad’s background led him to be a natural partner at The Cora Group Inc. Adrian has extensive experience in commercial development and leasing for small and large tenant needs. This, combined with his knowledge of project management and financial analysis, defines Adrian as a discerning commercial developer.

Adrian is a strong proponent of LEED and sustainable development and is committed to building spaces that work for tenants and their communities.



Olivia Keung – Architect, Stantec 

Olivia is an architect at Stantec Architecture with over 10 years of experience in the design of civic, commercial and education projects.  In the role of Project Architect, she has a strong ability to lead and pull together integrated design teams to ensure both the design vision and sustainability goals are carried through every aspect of a design. She is a Certified Passive House Designer and is currently carrying out research under Stantec's Creativity & Innovation program to understand how new technologies can be used to lower the cost of sustainable design and construction. 

Olivia was the Project Architect on Evolv1, which is targeting Net Positive Energy and was first building in Canada to achieve certification under the CaGBC's new Zero Carbon Building standard.


Suzanne Wiltshire – Business Development Representative, Mitsubishi Electric 

With a passion for efficiency of all types, Suzanne believes in making the world a better place without depleting its precious resources. Specializing in renewable energy design, and application to the built environment, Suzanne has led engineering, utility and developer business units, completing more than fifty geothermal, wind, hydro, and biomass energy projects.

At Mitsubishi Electric, Suzanne leads high-rise building projects through mechanical system design and installation, adding efficiency to efficiency to provide low carbon technical solutions that surpass 2021 standards and beyond. Suzanne is proud to be a member of the team responsible for Evolv1, a 110,000 square foot commercial building open now in Waterloo, which received the First Zero Carbon Design Certification in Canada from the CaGBC.



The Zero Carbon Innovation Series is a set of regional events advancing awareness and capacity for Zero Carbon Buildings in Canada. The inaugural series in 2018 sponsored by Mitsubishi Electric showcased evolv1, Canada’s first Zero Carbon Building-certified project and highlighted the role of heat-pump technology in meeting major heating demand with low-carbon electricity.

This event was proudly sponsored by: