Past Chapter Events


Date: Thursday, September 19, 2019
Registration Time: 7:00am
Tee Off: 8:30am

Location: Glen Abbey Golf Club, Oakville, ON (Map)

The fourth annual Drive for Change golf tournament will take place at the famous Jack Nicklaus-designed Glen Abbey Golf Club, which has hosted the Canadian Open 28 times! The event features a hot breakfast, lunch, golfing competitions, and great raffle prizes. With attendee growth in its first three years, we expect this year’s event to sell out. 


About the Glen Abbey Golf Club

Designed by legendary golfer Jack Nicklaus, Glen Abbey has hosted the RBC Canadian Open, a PGA Tour event and Canada's National Open Championship, 28 times.
A distinguishing feature of the Glen Abbey course are the "Valley Holes", numbered 11 through 15. On number 11, a par 4, players tee off a cliff to a fairway that is approximately 60 feet below on the valley floor. The second shot must clear Sixteen Mile Creek to the green. Holes 12, 13 and 14 all use Sixteen Mile Creek as a hazard of one form or another. Number 15 is a short par 3 with a sharply-sloping green, after which players climb out of the valley to the 16th hole.
The property is also home to the Academies of ClubLink, the headquarters of Golf Canada, the Canadian Golf Museum and Hall of Fame, and the TaylorMade Performance Lab Prizes. The course is Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf-certified.

Silent Auction

The Drive for Change 2019 silent auction is now live! Click here to see and bid on great prizes that will assist CaGBC - GTC's efforts to lead and accelerate the transformation to high-performing, healthy green buildings, homes and communities throughout the Greater Toronto Area. A portion of these funds will also go towards Food 4 Kids Halton, an organization that provides a supply of healthy foods for children living in poverty sustaining entire weekends without food. See to learn more.

The online silent auction will close to bids at noon on September 18th (the day before the tournament) but will be open to bids at the tournament until just after play ends.



If you are interested in learning more about Drive for Change sponsorship opportunities please contact Paul Erlichman.
Platinum Sponsors



    Breakfast Sponsor                                     Lunch Sponsor




        Longest Drive Sponsor                   Closest to the Line Sponsor



Closest to the Pin Sponsor                      Snack Cart Sponsor




           19th Hole Sponsor                        Putting Contest Sponsor

                                     EQ Building Performance


    Sustainable Transportation Partner



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Date:  Thursday, June 13, 2019
Time: 9:00am - 4:30pm (Registration and breakfast begins at 8:15am)
Location: 135 Fennell Ave W, Hamilton, ON 


Event Details 

Ontario’s post-secondary institutions are leading the way in green building design excellence, and in demonstrating how green building projects can serve as catalysts to spur academic research, curriculum development and job opportunities for students. The Post-Secondary Summit: Advancing Green Building on Campus will highlight green building excellence at Ontario universities and colleges in four sessions:
  1. New Green Buildings on Campus
  2. Building Performance and Retrofits on Campus
  3. Interactive Discussion: From Campus Projects to Market Transformation - Connecting Buildings to Research, Training and Curriculum
  4. The Future of Green on Campus
This event will also feature a tour of Mohawk College's Joyce Centre for Partnership and Innovation, a cutting-edge building that was the second in Canada to earn the Zero Carbon Building – Design certification.
The intended audience for this event is on-campus facilities operations and sustainability program staff, educators and institutional leaders, architects, engineers, public sector employees, students, and technology manufacturers.


9am Introduction to Summit & Joyce Centre for Partnership and Innovation
  • Jeff Ranson, Regional Director, Greater Toronto Area, CaGBC
  • Tony Cupido, Chief Building and Facilities Officer, Mohawk College

New Green Buildings on Campus, sponsored by Montgomery Sisam

  • Robert Davies, Principal, Montgomery Sisam
    Alice Liang, Principal, Montgomery Sisam
    Daniel Ling, Principal, Montgomery Sisam
    Daniel Teramura, Principal, Moriyama & Teshima Architects
    Suzanne Brant, President & CEO, First Nations Technical Institute
    Katherine Rinas, Project and Program Manager, Sustainable Energy Systems, Sheridan College

    Buildings Presented:

    - First Nations Technical Institute
    - Myhal Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship
    - Sheridan College HMC2
10:15am New Green Buildings on Campus - Q&A
10:30am Break

Building Performance and Retrofits on Campus

  • Aman Hehar, Energy Manager, Humber College
    Amandeep Deol, Director of Engineering, Enerlife Consulting Inc 
    Humber College Campus Integrated Energy Analysis and Retrofit – from energy targets to savings at the meter

  • David Riley, Senior Mechanical Engineer, McCallumSather
    MacNaughton Building - University of Guelph

  • Simon van Wonderen, Partner, MCW Custom Energy Solutions Ltd
    Energy and Sustainability at the University of Guelph - A Perspective on Past and Future Initiatives
11:45am Building Performance and Retrofits on Campus - Q&A
12pm Lunch

Introduction to Afternoon Program and District Energy On Campus

  • Julia St. Michael, Director, Sustainability Engagement, Enwave Energy Corporation
  • Mike McLean, Director, Facilities Planning & Design, Western University
    Amit Chakma Engineering Building

From Campus Projects to Market Transformation - Connecting Buildings to Research, Training and Curriculum - Moderated by Jenn McArthur, Ryerson University

  • Tom Davis, Professor, Fanshawe College
    Low-Carbon Learning Communities

  • Peter Love, President, Love Energy Consultants Inc.
  • Interactive Discussion
2:30pm Break

The Future of Green on Campus

  • Veronica Madonna, Principal, Moriyama + Teshima
    The Arbour at George Brown College

  • Edmund Wong, Senior Energy & Sustainability Consultant, Arup
    Neil Stroup, Associate, KieranTimberlake
    University of Toronto - New Science Building

  • Natasha Arsenijevich, National Manager, Business and Strategy Development, Sustainability & Energy, WSP
    Centennial College & University of Toronto Scarborough
3:45pm The Future of Green on Campus - Q&A
3:55pm Closing Remarks
4pm Reception












































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Spring Open 2019
 Tuesday, May 7, 2019
Time: 5:30pm - 9:00pm
Location: 130 Queens Quay East, East Wing – 4th Floor, Toronto, ON 

Event Details 

Join us at our first networking event of the year at the beautiful Artscape Daniels Launchpad, the newest addition to the burgeoning East Bayfront District. The building is a first-of-its-kind centre for entrepreneurship, providing facilities, programs, services and support that are tailor-made to help artists and designers thrive. The evening will kick-off with CaGBC member-exclusive tours and will continue with networking, complimentary drinks and food, followed by the Building Blitz – 6 rapid-fire presentations highlighting the newest and most sustainable buildings in Southern Ontario.

Tours of Artscape Daniels Launchpad will be offered exclusively to CaGBC- Greater Toronto Chapter members. Tours will be hosted by Quadrangle. If you are not yet a Chapter Member, please register here. Members will be emailed a unique link to select a tour time 1 week before the event.

Building Blitz Projects

  • Centre for Urban Innovation, Ryerson University, Toronto, ON
    Presented by Ronen Bauer, Principal, Moriyama & Teshima Architects

  • WE Global Learning Centre, Toronto, ON
    Presented by Stephanie van Es, Project Manager, Kohn Partnership Architects Inc.

  • Curvy Eco Home, Toronto, ON
    Presented by Craig Race, Principal, Craig Race Architecture Inc.

  • Milton District Hospital Addition, Milton, ON
    Presented by Chris McQuillan, Principal, B+H Architects

  • Westinghouse HQ, Hamilton, ON
    Presented by Joanne McCallum, CEO, mcCallumSather & Christina Karney, Associate, mcCallumSather


Member Tours of Artscape Daniels Launchpad: 5:15 & 5:45pm (RSVP required)
Spring Open Registration: 5:30pm
Networking: 5:30 - 6:45pm
Building Blitz Presentations: 6:45 - 7:45pm
Networking: 7:45 - 9pm

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mindful Materials – An Industry Commitment to Material Health
Date: Tuesday, April 23rd
Time: 8:00 A.M. - 10:00 A.M. EST Sign-in begins as 7:30 A.M.
Location: Steelcase WorkLife Center Showroom, 200 King St W #2400, Toronto


Event Description

Every architect, designer and contractor looking for healthy, sustainable materials knows how challenging it can be. Finding products with the right documentation for LEEDv4.1 or WELL, assessing embodied emissions for Zero Carbon Building projects, or just maintaining a material library in a rapidly changing environment all present significant investments in time and resources.
Similarly, industry is evolving to meet demands for both better materials and increased transparency expectations for the disclosure of material and ingredient information in products. Manufacturers have invested in programs like C2C, HPD, EPD and Declare so that you know more about the materials that you specify.
The mindful Materials platform is creating a market movement that will simplify the material health and product transparency specifications for the A&D community. 
This event will show how the mindful Materials database is driving industry transformation by providing tools for A&D and supporting the improvements made to the BPDO credits in LEED Beta v4.1. 
Learn how the mindful Materials platform is building a community between architects, designers, contractors, manufacturers and owners so that we can all design with intent for the health of our people and our planet.


  • Brandy Burdeniuk, GBCI Canada
  • Dustin Heiler, Steelcase
  • Randy Butler, Superior Essex
  • Anita Snader, Armstrong Ceilings 
  • Tracy Backus, Teknion 
  • Kendra Martz, Construction Specialties 
  • Brent Trenga, Kingspan

Accelerating to Zero Summit: Building Solutions for a Low Carbon Economy
Date: Thursday, March 28th 2019 
Time: 8:30am* - 6:00pm  
Location: Evergreen Brick Works - Future Cities Centre, 550 Bayview Ave, Toronto ON. 



This full-day event at Evergreen Brick Works will bring architects, engineers, building owners, property developers, trade unions, utilities and technologists together for a deep dive into the business case for zero carbon, insight into recent zero carbon certifications, and best practices from industry leaders.



Accelerating to Zero Welcome - Fin MacDonald, CaGBC

Making the Case for Zero Carbon - Mark Hutchinson, CaGBC & Antoni Paleshi, WSP

Local Zero Carbon Case Studies:

Innovative Solutions for Zero Carbon Buildings - Kenny Smith & Lisa Westerhoff, Integral Group

Local Zero Carbon Case Studies:

Don’t Be Afraid of Whole Building Life Cycle Assessment - Barbara Rodriguez D., Project Drawdown; Frances Yang, Arup; Meghan Lewis, WeWork



Alex Blue
Principal & Building Energy Practice Lead,
Morrison Hershfield
Matt Carlsson
Building Science Consultant,
Morrison Hershfield
Barbara Rodriguez Droguett
Research Fellow,
Project Drawdown
Aman Hehar
Energy Efficiency Manager, Humber College
Mark Hutchinson
Vice President, Green
Building Programs – CaGBC
Lisa King
Senior Policy Planner,
City of Toronto
Meghan Lewis
Global Supply Chain Sustainability Manager, WeWork
Fin MacDonald
 Manager, Zero Carbon
Building Program – CaGBC

Antoni Paleshi,
Senior Energy Performance Specialist,
WSP in Canada
Peter Duckworth-Pilkington
ZAS Architects+Interiors
David Potter
Chief Building Official, Corporation of the Town of Newmarket
Andrew Pride
Chair, Standing Committee on Energy Efficiency,
National Reseach Council Canada  Bio
Jeff Ranson
Regional Director,
Canada Green Building Council, GTA
Sheena Sharp
Coolearth Architecture
Kenny Smith
Managing Principal,
Integral Group
Tristan Truyens
Senior Energy Analyst,
Lisa Westerhoff
Integral Group
Frances Yang
Structures and 
Sustainability Specialist,
Arup  Bio


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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 provided some major updates on benchmarking and disclosure programs, and showcased 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 (Presentation)
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 (Presentation)

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 (Presentation)
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 (Presentation)
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 (Presentation)

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 (Presentation)
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



Green Building Offsite Tour: PCL Modular Construction Facility 
Friday, December 7th 2018
Time: 7.30am – 10.00am
Venue: PCL Agile Toronto, 161 The West Mall, Etobicoke, ON (Map)

Event Description

CaGBC and the PCL Agile team hosted a site tour of PCL’s Agile Facility in Etobicoke to witness off-site, modular construction in action, and learn about current trends in the prefabricated modular construction market. A presentation was given by Terry Olynyk, Director of Business Development at PCL and Troy Galvin, Manager of PCL Agile Toronto to explain how the facility works and the various benefits of prefabricated modular construction and the Agile approach.

About PCL Agile for buildings and civil construction:

By using industry-leading virtual construction technology, the PCL Agile engineering and modeling team is able to identify elements of a construction project that can be prefabricated as modules of various sizes and complexity in a controlled factory environment. By doing this, the quality, productivity and efficiency of the construction process is significantly improved, while reducing the time that would have been required to build these components on-site. The PCL Agile approach is also inherently more ‘green,’ as it generates less waste and reduces vehicle traffic to and from the main jobsite.

PCL’s GTA-based production facility provides the capacity to prefabricate many different project components. With easy access to road, rail, and ship, PCL is able to serve the prefabrication needs of clients across North America.

Click here to learn more about PCL's Agile facility.

Case Study: Humber River Hospital - "Lean, Green, Digital"

Through virtual construction technology and offsite manufacturing techniques, PCL successfully prefabricated and installed 360 patient washrooms and 14 telecommunications/data rooms at Humber River Hospital, reducing critical path of their 43.5 month schedule for the construction project. Read this case study here.

About Modular Construction:

Modular construction is a process in which a building is constructed off-site, under controlled plant conditions, using the same materials and designing to the same codes and standards as conventionally built facilities, but in half the time. Buildings are produced in “modules” that when put together on site, reflect the identical design intent and specifications of the most sophisticated site-built facility.

Modular construction services are designed to mitigate the logistical challenges associated with traditional onsite construction approaches. 


7.10 - 7.30am Registration
7.30 – 8.00am Breakfast
8.00 – 8.45am Plant Tour #1/ Presentation #1 by PCL
8.45 – 9.30am Plant Tour #2/ Presentation #2 by PCL
9.30 - 10.00am Networking

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Date: Tuesday, December 4th 2018
Time: 5.30pm - 8.00pm
Address: 420 Wes Graham Way, Waterloo ON (Map



CaGBC Greater Toronto Chapter and the Cora Group invited green building leaders in the Kitchener-Waterloo Region to an exclusive building tour of evolv1, Canada’s first ever Zero Carbon Building Design-certified building, and a meet-and-greet mixer. Attendees took a first look at this uniquely modern commercial office building that has demonstrated design excellence and successfully modeled a zero carbon balance for future operations.

Adrian Conrad, COO of the Cora Group, spoke about the vision for the project and how this landmark achievement as part of the Zero Carbon Building program proves that building Zero Carbon can be commercially viable. Members of the design team (Stantec) and HVAC suppliers (Mitsubishi Electric) were on hand to answer technical questions.

Following the tour, we held a reception where KW green building leaders can network and talk with evolv1 and CaGBC team members.



5.00-5.30pm   Registration
5.30-6.30pm   evolv1 building tour
6:30-6:45pm   Welcome Remarks by CaGBC GTA Chapter, Cora Group, and Mitsubishi Electric
6.45-8.00pm   Networking Reception



The vision for this three-storey, 110,000 sq.ft. commercial multi-tenant office building is the realization of a collaboration between the Cora Group, Sustainable Waterloo Region, the David Johnston Research + Technology Park, and anchor tenant EY. It is one of 16 participants in CaGBC’s Zero Carbon Building Pilot Program.

evolv1’s project team – including Stantec, the designers of the building, and construction firm Melloul-Blamey – employed a highly integrated design process that incorporates both active and passive systems to optimize value against construction cost. The building’s design includes elements aimed not only at maximizing its energy efficiency, but at producing more energy than it consumes:

  • High-performance building envelope
  • Geo-exchange / variable refrigerant flow (VRF) HVAC system
  • Triple pane glazing
  • Solar wall for preheated ventilation
  • Combination of carport and roof-mounted photovoltaics producing 700kw of electricity for the grid
  • Three-storey green wall, promoting improved indoor air quality

The building’s performance will be measured over its first 12 months of operation in order to demonstrate achievement of a zero emissions balance, which would allow it to earn a Zero Carbon Building – Performance certification.


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 sponsored by:



Event Partners

Cora Group (evolv1 developer and host)

CaGBC-Greater Toronto Chapter (event organizer)

Technical Partner

Stantec (design and sustainability services for evolv1)

Promotional Partner

Sustainable Waterloo Region

EGP Career Panel: Launching Your Career in the Green Building Industry
: Thursday, November 29th 2018 
Time: 5:30 - 6:30pm
Location: Room 706, South Building, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto, ON (


The Greater Toronto Chapter's Emerging Green Professionals (EGPs) have assembled a panel of industry leaders to share their insights on what makes a great job candidate! Hear from established architecture, engineering, and construction representatives as they share advice on how to make your application stand out, what to do once you land that interview, and how to make the most of your education and experience to further your career.



Rebecca Hobbs, Director of Talent, MHB Group

Rebecca is the Director of Talent at MHB Group with 12+ years of successful recruitment experience. Specialized in recruiting for energy, engineering, construction, property and architecture. 

She started her career working for a boutique agency in Victoria, BC where she recruited for a large contract in the public sector. In 2007, she returned returned to she home city of Toronto and joined an international publicly traded recruitment consultancy, as a Corporate Recruiter. Filling roles across Canada, she successfully increased the company’s national headcount from 80 to 240 staff in less than two years before returning to a recruitment consultant role and working with external clients and candidates.

In 2012 she co-founded a boutique recruitment agency that specializes in the sustainable, renewable/cleantech industry; heading up the recruitment of junior to c-level positions for mainly engineering, construction, sales, and supply chain. Now she is applying her recruitment expertise as the Director of Talent with MHB Group, a consultancy focused on construction, engineering, property and architecture.  

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

Steve is a building science engineer specializing in energy modelling and design, and sustainability. His work experience includes a wide range of projects including green building design facilitation, renewable energy technology studies and energy research.

Steve has assisted the design of numerous low energy buildings, including Passive House and Net Zero Energy and Net Zero Carbon projects. As these projects have been completed Steve is involved in monitoring their performance as well as troubleshooting their energy systems.

Steve has undergraduate degrees in Physics and Engineering as well as a Master of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering from Dalhousie University. He 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. 

Peera Butrsingkorn, Principal, MCW Consultants Ltd.

Peera joined MCW in 2018 with over 15 years of experience in electrical design and project management for building services. With a focus on clients and delivery, Peera has consulted for mixed-use residential, commercial, public-private partnership, design-build, and complex hospitality buildings. 

Most recently, with a seven year tenure as Partner, he led the electrical engineering department of a consulting firm in Toronto, where he was responsible for procurement, management, and implementation, as well as fostering team success through collaboration and quality results. Peera's key areas of expertise are in power distribution, fire alarm system, sustainability, communication, emergency, lighting, and security design. 


As a Principal at MCW, Peera ensures all projects translate successfully from the design into construction. He establishes and maintains positive relationships with key stakeholders to assure projects run smoothly and to resolve concerns promptly and efficiently. He leads the design team to prepare working drawings and specifications, allocates staff resources to warrant project commitments are delivered on time and in their best quality. 

Raymond Chow, Partner, gh3*

Raymond brings to gh3* an expertise grounded in more than fifteen years of professional architectural practice. Raymond negotiates all phases of project development, from enabling client and consultant dialogue, through to design development and construction administration. His commitment to the realization of architectural excellence is based on keen attention to technical detail and astute management of the design process. He has worked across multiple jurisdictions and through scales of practice that range from small renovations to large multi-stakeholder institutional projects. 


Raymond joined gh3* in 2006 and became a named partner in 2015. He became an associate of the Ontario Association of Landscape Architects in 2013, and is currently working toward full registration as a landscape architect. He is key to the firm's integrated, studio-based design practice with technical capacity across the design fields of architecture, landscape, and urban design. A strong advocate for BIM and for design practice connected to industry, Raymond oversees gh3*’s digital modelling processes, rendering, and all other technical interfaces. He is currently project architect for the Natural Swimming Pool in Edmonton, the Storm Water Control Facility at Toronto’s waterfront, as well as several large-scale residential projects.



Vertical Neighbourhoods Summit
Date: Monday, November 19th 2018 
Time: 8:30am* - 5:00pm  
Location: Sidewalk Toronto, 307 Lake Shore Blvd E, Toronto, ON (Map)



Southern Ontario is seeing an unprecedented boom in high-rise residential master planned developments, particularly in light of the numerous new master-planned developments emerging throughout GTA, including Waterfront Toronto, Vaughan Metropolitan Centre, CityPlace, and the Mirvish Village and Galleria Mall redevelopments. This relatively new development typology presents a number of unique challenges and opportunities:

  • Are we building communities with a high quality of life?
  • Can these developments support economic vitality?
  • How should we approach public realm or infrastructural investments?
  • How can we ensure the environmental performance of the developments through design and occupancy?
  • What new technologies or strategies should we be incorporating into these buildings and communities?


The Vertical Neighbourhoods Summit was an intensive, full-day conference that explored ways in which we can create high-performance, livable, sustainable, and resilient high-rise neighbourhoods - covering topics surrounding environmental sustainability, infrastructural innovations, and the social and economic vitality of these new communities.

This workshop provided 8 GBCI-approved Continuing Education (CE) hours.



Douglas Farr
Founding Principal & President, Farr Associates

Douglas Farr is an architect, urbanist, author, and passionate advocate for sustainable design thinking.

He was the founding chair of the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED-ND Core Committee and has served on the boards of urban sustainability organizations including the Congress for New Urbanism, Bioregional, EcoDistricts, and Elevate Energy. He heads Farr Associates, a Chicago-based firm that plans and designs sustainable and aspirational buildings and places.

Douglas is the author of the books "Sustainable Urbanism" and "Sustainable Nation". In 2017, Planetizen readers named him one of “the 100 most influential urbanists of all time.


Visit this page to learn about our Speakers: 
Speaker Biographies



8:30 a.m. to 8:40 a.m.

  Jeff Ranson
Regional Director, CaGBC-Greater Toronto Chapter

8:40 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

  Douglas Farr
  Founding Principal & President, Farr Associates

9:30 a.m. to 10.00 a.m.

  SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES IN A VERTICAL CITY (Presentation Slides: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3)
  Ada Fung 

  Director, Hong Kong Green Building Council & World Green Building   Council

10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.


  1.   DISTRICT ENERGY SYSTEMS (Presentation Slides)
  Presenter: Catherine Thorn, Director of Community Energy Planning, Enwave Energy Corporation

  2.    MICROCLIMATE & HUMAN COMFORT (Presentation Slides)
  Presenter: Gonçalo Pedro, Associate & Project Consultant, RWDI

  3.    URBAN DESIGN & MENTAL HEALTH (Presentation Slides)
  Presenter: Colin Ellard, Director at Urban Realities Laboratory, University of Waterloo

10:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.


10:45 a.m. to 11:55 a.m.


This session will share innovative thinking on the provision of infrastructure and services for vertical neighbourhood developments and how they can enhance or disrupt traditional systems, including topics like transportation, district energy, public-private partnerships, and community engagement. 

  Hugh Clark, VP of Development, Allied Properties
  Nadia Yen, Director of Green Development, First Gulf
  Kristina Mlakar, National Operations Manager & Project Lead, Canadian Urban Transit Research and Innovation Consortium (CUTRIC)

  Julia St. Michael, Director of Sustainability Engagement, Enwave Energy Corporation

11:55 a.m. to 12:40 p.m.


Few places exemplify good urbanism more than a great commercial main street. This session will explore how tall buildings can create the right platform for the development of vibrant retail destination strips and attractive public realms. 

  Denis Gervais, President, GHA Design (Presentation Slides)
  Tyler Gilchrist, Vice President of Design Research & Strategy, Figure3 (Presentation Slides)

12:40 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.


1:30 p.m. to 2:40 p.m.


Vertical Neighbourhoods will be facing social, economic and climate uncertainty in the near future. This session will explore how we can create strong and resilient communities in these neighbourhoods, ways for them to adapt to climate change impacts, and how better building design can support these goals. 

  Graeme Stewart, Principal, ERA Architects
  Julian McNabb, Senior Director of New Community Development, FirstService Residential Ontario
  Blair Feltmate, Chair, Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation

  Mike Mulqueen, Lead of CDM Business Development, Toronto Hydro

2:40 p.m. to 3:10 p.m.

  4.    THE FUTURE OF ZERO CARBON BUILDINGS (Presentation Slides)
PresenterLuka Matutinovic, Co-Founder & Principal, Purpose Building

Presenter: Jenny Hill, Research Scientist,Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA)

  6.    DESIGNING FOR FAMILIES (Presentation Slides)
Presenter: Jeanhy Shim, CEO & Founder, Housing Lab Toronto

3:10 p.m. to 3:25 p.m.


3:25 p.m. to 4:35 p.m.


This session will explore how developers can balance innovation, investments and risk in pursuit of environmental, social and quality of life improvements in residential buildings. Topics include the business case of building green, economic challenges, and realizing design innovations. 

   Adrian Wang, Director of Innovation and Sustainability, Tridel Group of Companies
Aaron Knight, Vice President of Hi-Rise, Great Gulf
  Jenny McMinn, Managing Director, Urban Equation

  Subhi Alsayed, Vice President of Sustainable Development, Mattamy Homes

4:35 p.m. to 4:50 p.m.