Past Chapter Events

Date: Friday, October 26th 2018
Time: 8.30am* - 12.30pm.
Location: Ivey Tangerine Leadership Centre (located inside the Exchange Tower)
                 130 King St W, Toronto ON, M5X 1K6 (Map)


Ready to take on the challenge of Zero Carbon?
This half-day workshop introduced participants to zero carbon buildings, with particular emphasis on the CaGBC's Zero Carbon Building (ZCB) Standard. Participants were equipped with important foundational knowledge, as well as an understanding of how the ZCB Standard could potentially be used for their current or future projects. The workshop covered the requirements of the Zero Carbon Building Standard for both new and existing buildings. This includes:

  • The zero carbon balance;
  • The zero carbon transition plan;
  • Thermal Energy Demand Intensity (TEDI);
  • Energy Use Intensity (EUI)
  • Peak demand;
  • Renewable Energy; and
  • Embodied carbon

This workshop provided the opportunity to learn from a subject matter expert in a facilitated environment. Exercises and group discussion helped to reinforce the material. Note: This workshop was not intended to provide professional level knowledge on how to develop strategies or prepare supporting documentation for program compliance. 

This workshop provided 4 GBCI-approved Continuing Education (CE) hours.



Matthew currently works with designers, builders, and developers across North America to deploy geothermal heat pump and renewable energy systems through financing and installation services, in pursuit of significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions and ultimately reaching Net-Zero building operation. He has previous experience working as a Building Energy Consultant developing whole building energy models, conducting energy audits, and creating carbon reduction strategies for new and existing buildings and building portfolios. 

Matthew is actively involved in the North American Passive House community, and is passionate about extending Passive House construction practices to the commercial market as a primary means of reducing heating and cooling loads. He is also a Sessional Instructor at Ryerson University, where he leads courses and seminars in sustainability, building science, and energy modeling. 


Interdisciplinary teams of 4-5 were given one day to design and pitch their plan for creating a sustainable urban neighbourhood in a community in Scarborough. Teams worked to meet carbon emissions, waste, and wastewater reduction targets through innovative design and an effective community engagement strategy.

Teams were given 5-minutes to pitch their design ideas to a panel of expert judges. Winning teams received great prizes, including free admission to the CaGBC Ontario Awards Gala and Vertical Neighbourhoods Summit!

Read about last year's Design Charrette event and the winning projects in the spring 2018 issue of our Toronto FOCUS magazine (page 20).

1. Networking and Team Assembly Meeting 

Date: September 21st, 2018
Registration: 5:30 - 6:00PM
Networking and Team Assembly: 6:00 - 7:30PM
Location: Jason George, 100 Front St E, Toronto ON (Map)

2. Design Charette Main Event

Date: September 22nd, 2018 
Registration: 8:00 - 8:30 AM
Main Event: 8:30AM - 8:00PM
Location: Lassonde Mining Building, University of Toronto, 170 College St, Toronto ON (Map)



Sheila Boudreau 

Sheila Boudreau is a landscape architect (with Seal, OALA, CSLA), and an urban planner (RPP/OPPI, MCIP), with a Masters of Arts (Planning) from the University of Waterloo, and undergraduate degrees in landscape architecture and fine art from the University of Guelph. She brings over 25 years of professional experience and community service in both the private and public sectors to her role as Senior Landscape Architect at the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority. From 2011 to 2017 she worked as an urban designer in City Planning, City of Toronto on the development of design guidelines and standards and innovative green infrastructure pilot projects, work that involved the coordination of interdisciplinary working groups with community engagement.

She teaches courses on green infrastructure at Ryerson University and the University of Toronto, is on the Board of Advisors for Ryerson Urban Water, and represents the Ontario Association of Landscape Architects on the Green Infrastructure Ontario Coalition steering committee. With Landscape Architecture Canada Foundation funding, she is co-leading an Indigenous youth internship program, in partnership with the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto, and the University of Toronto. 

Ahmed Allahwala 

Ahmed Allahwala is an Associate Professor (Teaching Stream) in the City Studies program and the Special Advisor to the Dean on Experiential Education at the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC). Originally from Germany, Dr. Allahwala holds an M.A. from FU Berlin and a PhD from York University. As a critical urban policy analyst, Dr. Allahwala’s work focuses on urban social policy within the context of contemporary state and economic restructuring in North America and Western Europe.

Dr. Allahwala has taught a wide variety of courses in Germany and Canada on topics including welfare state analysis, immigration and settlement, city politics, community-based research, and urban planning. His pedagogical innovations in experiential learning and community-university partnerships have been recognized both nationally and internationally. He was the recipient of the Government of Canada Award and a teaching fellow at the John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies in Berlin.

Nadine Ibrahim

Nadine is a civil engineer who is passionate about the sustainability of global cities. She is a triple graduate of the University of Toronto, and holds a BASc (2000), MASc (2003), and PhD (2015) in Civil Engineering, and a Certificate of Preventive Engineering and Social Development.  Nadine has leveraged her industry experience to expand her inquiry into cities through urban and environmental projects in Canada and abroad.  In 2010, she received the Early Career Award, awarded by the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering at U of T to one alumnus, in celebration of 10 years of achievements. 

From undergrad research in structural engineering, to sustainable infrastructure in grad school, her vision is to develop urban sustainability strategies to teach and build cities of the future to address the impacts of climate change and urbanization, and she strives to find ways to re-imagine and redefine engineering of the future.

Sandra Leigh Lester

Sandra is Founder and CEO of AFFECTING CHANGE whose clients include architects, designers and agencies working in the “built environment” and change-making organizations that want a high performance facility. Sandra combines unique technical knowledge with the educational background to affect change management. She holds a Bachelors of Technology in Architectural Science from Ryerson University and a Masters Certificate in Organization Development from Schulich.

Sandra has worked with a number of public and private organizations, and aided in the creation of the $500 million Low-Carbon Innovation Fund for the retrofit of College and Universities across the Province. 






Date: Wednesday, September 26th, 2018
Time: 7:15 - 10:00am
Location: Lennox Hall - Toronto Region Board of Trade,
                 77 Adelaide St. West, First Canadian Place, Toronto ON (Map)


The election of the new PC Provincial government has brought about significant policy changes that impact the green building industry in Ontario. These reflect a different vision of how industry and government should work together to tackle important challenges like climate change, affordability and environmental protection while stimulating jobs and investment.

This breakfast session helped to clarify the priorities of the new government, examined changes to the policy and program landscape and revealed how industry is adjusting their goals and strategies.

Keynote Speaker:
A New Vision for Ontario - with the Hon. Rod Phillips, Minister of Environment, Conservation and Parks (pictured right)


See Jeff Ranson's Chapter presentation here, and Chris Loreto's presentation on the new Ontario government here.
Photos from the event can be found here.



7:15 – 8:00am: Registration and hot breakfast
8:00 – 8:15am: Introduction
8:15 – 8:30am: A New Vision for Ontario - the Hon Rod Phillips, Minister of Environment, Conservation and Parks
8:30 – 8:45am:The new policy landscape in Ontario - Chris Loreto, Principal at StrategyCorp
8:45 – 9:30am: Panel Discussion: How should the industry reorient their thinking to succeed under Ontario’s new approach to sustainable development?
9:30 – 10:00am: Networking



Jeff Ranson - Regional Director, CaGBC Greater Toronto Chapter (Moderator)

As the GTA Regional Director for the CaGBC Jeff is focused on leading green building market transformation in southern Ontario and building a strong community of practice through the CaGBC’s Greater Toronto Chapter. Previously, Jeff served as the founding Executive Director of the Toronto 2030 District and Manager of Education for Sustainable Buildings Canada. He was lead facilitator for Enbridge’s Savings By Design energy conservation program delivering sustainable design workshops for over 100 development projects across Ontario. Jeff has consulted for numerous private and public sector organizations in Canada and internationally with a focus on capacity building and strategic planning for sustainable development, climate change mitigation and resilience outcomes.

Jeff holds an Honors in Business Administration from the Western University’s Richard Ivey School of Business and a Masters of Design in Strategic Foresight and Innovation from OCADU where he received the President’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Graduate Studies.


Richard Joy - Executive Director, Urban Land institute (ULI) Toronto

Richard Joy is the Executive Director of ULI Toronto. Since his arrival as the first full-time Executive Director in 2014 the organization has doubled its membership and its staff and significantly increased its brand recognition throughout the Greater Golden Horseshoe. Key initiatives that Richard has implemented include the Urban Leadership Program, Urban Plan Program, Meet The Chiefs dinner and two regional Symposiums. Prior to joining ULI, Richard served as the Vice President Policy and Government Relations at the Toronto Region Board of Trade as Director of Municipal Affairs and Ontario (Provincial Affairs) at Global Public Affairs, a leading Canadian Government Relations firm. Richard’s extensive public policy knowledge and experience comes from years of service at Queen’s Park and Toronto City Hall, where he was the Senior Policy Advisor to the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, responsible for the public policy development for the City of Toronto Act.

Richard received his Bachelor of Arts in History from Carleton University. He currently sits on the Community Hubs Advisory Group for the Government of Ontario and the Advisory Committee for Ryerson’s Centre for Urban Research and Land Development.


Joe Vaccaro - CEO, Ontario Home Builders' Association (OHBA) 

In the summer of 2013, Joe Vaccaro was named Chief Executive Officer of the Ontario Home Builders’ Association. Prior to that, Mr. Vaccaro acted as OHBA’s Chief Operating Officer, after serving as the VP of Policy and Government

Relations at the Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD).

AS CEO, Mr. Vaccaro oversees operations of the Ontario-wide organization which is comprised of 4,000-member companies organized into 29 local associations representing professionals within the new home and renovation industry. OHBA is focused on improving new housing affordability and choice for Ontario’s new home purchasers and renovation consumers by positively impacting provincial legislation, regulation and policy that affect the industry. Prior to his industry association career path, Mr. Vaccaro served as a senior advisor and assistant to the Ministers of Economic Development and Trade, Chair of Management Board and the Minister of Government Services.

A graduate of York University where he received his Honours Degree in Political Science with a minor in Philosophy, Mr. Vaccaro identifies his summers working in the family residential framing and new construction business as shaping his understanding and appreciation for the social, economic and environmental impact the building and land development industry has on local, provincial and federal public policy development and decisions.


Chris Loreto - Principal, StrategyCorp 

Chris is a Principal at StrategyCorp specializing in helping public, private and not for profit clients create conditions for success with advice on public policy development, strategic and business planning, organizational and operational design, and stakeholder communications and engagement. Chris has more than 18 years of experience working in both the public and private sectors at the executive level and advising senior industry leaders in government, healthcare, education, infrastructure, and real estate.

Prior to joining StrategyCorp, Chris was a Vice President & Director with the Infrastructure Advisory and Project Finance practice at Deloitte & Touche LLP where he specialized in the design, business case analysis and procurement of P3/AFP and major real estate developments.

Chris is also a director on the Council of the Royal Society of Canada, chair of ArtsBuild Ontario, and vice-president of select hockey for the Streetsville Hockey League.

Chris has his BA in Political Science from the University of Toronto and his MBA from the Schulich School of Business at York University.


Melissa Jacobs - Director of Sustainability, First Capital Realty Inc. 

Melissa has over a decade of experience in implementing a range of sustainability programs in both the commercial real estate and retail sectors. In her current role as Director, Sustainability at First Capital Realty (FCR), she provides leadership and support to the Company in the national development and implementation of FCR’s sustainability strategies and initiatives. 

Her past roles include Manager, Sustainability at Bentall Kennedy and Sears Canada and Manager, Projects and Research at the World Green Building Council.

Melissa is active in a number of industry associations including the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC), Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) and REALpac. Melissa received her Bachelor of Environmental Studies from York University.


Date: September 12, 2018
Registration Time: 7:00am
Tee Off: 8:30am

Location: Rattlesnake Point Golf Club, Milton, ON (Map)

Join us for our third annual Drive for Change Golf Tournament at Rattlesnake Point Golf Club on September 12, 2018. This is an excellent opportunity to network with fellow green building professionals and enthusiasts.

Event Details

Participants will be met with coffee and a light breakfast, followed by a morning of golf, and finally winding down with a hearty lunch. Learn your way through 18 holes, each with fun facts about sustainable building solutions! 

If you are interested in learning more about sponsorship opportunities please contact Paul Erlichman.

About the Golf Course 

RattleSnake Point Golf Club offers premium-quality golf and family activities in abundance. Featuring 36 championship holes, the nine-hole Rattler Academy Course, a state-of-the art 18-acre practice facility and a spectacular 35,000 square-foot clubhouse, RattleSnake Point Golf Club is the perfect for golf or business or pleasure.



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Date: May 23rd, 2018
Time: 6:00 - 9:00pm
Location: Bar Hop Brewco, 137 Peter St,
 Toronto, ON M5V 2H3 (Map)

Emerging Green Professionals' Mentor Mixer event was an opportunity for emerging professionals to mix and mingle with some of Toronto’s foremost leaders in the green building industry. Leaders in sustainable construction, renewable energy, property management, engineering, and more came out to meet with industry up-and-comers to share stories about their personal career journey, talk about industry trends, and provide advice on professional development.

The general structure of the event was to have rotating groups of mentees (5-6 people) shift tables every 15-20 minutes to sit with a mentor for informal discussions. 

This event was a great opportunity for students, new grads, and entry-level sustainability professionals with backgrounds in engineering, policy, environmental science, corporate sustainability, etc to come learn more about the industry's trajectory and get personal career advice.

 Theme for this event: Zero Carbon.


6:00 - 6:20pm Doors Open and Registration
6:20 - 6:30pm Event and Mentor Introduction
6:30 - 8:00pm Speed Mentoring
8:00 - 9:00pm Networking


Jeff Ranson, Regional Director at CaGBC-Greater Toronto Chapter (Industry segment: Green Buildings/ Not-for-profit)

Julia St. Michael, Director of Sustainability Engagement at Enwave Energy Corporation (Industry segment: Sustainable Energy)

Charles Marshall, Associate & Sustainability Consultant at DIALOG (Industry segment: Engineering/ Sustainable design)

Mary Pickering, VP of Programs & Partnerships at Toronto Atmospheric Fund (Industry segment: GHG reduction/ Municipal)

Adrian Wang, Director of Innovation & Sustainability at Tridel (Industry segment: Real estate/ Construction)

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Date: May 17th, 2018
Time: 7:30 - 9:45am
Location: Confederation 5/6 , Fairmont Royal York Hotel, 100 Front Street West (Map

As building projects across Canada target significantly higher performance levels - such as Net-Zero Energy, high energy efficiency, and Zero Carbon Building standards - they are forced to consider new design strategies and technologies that they may not be familiar with. At the same time, financing, investment returns and 3rd party certifications may be tied directly to the successful achievement of these ambitious goals. This is especially true for P3's, performance contracts, pay-for-performance incentives or climate innovation grants. How can building owners and developers interested in leading-edge buildings proceed with confidence?

This breakfast event presented some of the most recent Canadian experiences in advanced green building projects to help stakeholders and investors better understand best practices in constructing high performance buildings, with a focus on the kinds of evaluations, certifications, quality control processes, and contracting that are being used to ensure that projects achieve their most ambitious goals.


7:30 - 8:00am - Hot breakfast 
8:00 - 9.15am - Speaker presentations and discussions
9:15 - 9.45am - Networking 


Not-yet Member: $75
Member: $55
EGP Member: $40



EllisDon - Lessons learned in constructing Mohawk College's Joyce Centre: Ontario's first Zero Carbon institutional building

Presenter: Andrew Bowerbank, Global Director of Sustainable Building Services, EllisDon 

As the project developer for Mohawk College's Joyce Centre, which is pursuing the Zero Carbon Standard, EllisDon through its Carbon Impact Initiative is releasing a market report outlining key success strategies for Zero Carbon projects. This presentation will focus on the findings of that report and how the market needs to evolve to scale-up our capacity to deliver Zero Carbon projects reliably. 

Read the full report here.


MaRS Discovery District - Investor Confidence Project (ICP) Early Adopters Program

Presenter: Shawn Peterson, Senior Associate, Buildings and Community Energy, MaRS Discovery District

The Investor Confidence Project compiles a suite of energy efficiency performance protocols to certify commercial and multi-family retrofit projects as "investor ready", reducing financing transaction costs and opening up energy efficiency as a secure investment opportunity. 

Learn about the Investor Confidence Project and the Early Adopters Program, which aims to test the Investor Ready Energy Efficiency (IREE) Certification in the Canadian market. This program is being led by the MaRS Advanced Energy Centre, with support from the Province of Ontario, and in partnership with CaGBC and GBCI.


WSP -  Banking on performance: How to meet performance targets through a building’s life cycle

Presenter: Luka Matutinovic, Director of National Performance Analysis, Sustainability & Energy, WSP

This presentation will demonstrate how projects can factor in – and overcome – associated risks and barriers at each stage of building development, from design to construction through to occupancy. We will also discuss strategies for delivering proven performance, through energy modeling, Measurement & Verification (M&V) and commissioning. Case studies and lessons learned will be shared with a large sample of projects that have successfully met their predicted performance targets, this presentation will focus on the strategies and risks to be aware of throughout a project's life-cycle - from design/modeling to construction/procurement to post-occupancy, to measurement/verification and commissioning. 


Brookfield Global Integrated Solutions (BGIS) - Meeting the goals of the Vancouver Declaration on Clean Growth & Climate Change in federal facilities operated by BGIS

Presenter: Daniel Gosselin, National Director of Energy, BGIS

BGIS is working closely with Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) to implement aggressive measures to reduce the environmental impact of facilities owned by the federal government across the country. In addition to discussing the approach and challenges related to the mandate, the presentation will focus on the importance of relationships, communication and collaboration between all stakeholders to achieve aggressive greenhouse gas emission reductions while maintaining long-term fiscal responsibility.    

See Daniel's presentation here.





Date: April 26, 2018
Time: 6:00-9:00pm 
Location: EY Tower, 100 Adelaide Street West, Toronto (Map)

Event Details 

Join us at our first networking event of the year on April 26, 2018 at the brand new EY Tower! The evening will kick-off with member exclusive tours and will continue with networking, complimentary drinks and hors d'oeuvres, followed by our crowd pleasing Building-Blitz – 6 rapid-fire presentations highlighting the newest and most sustainable buildings in Southern Ontario. 


5:15pm – 5:45pm Round 1 & Round 2: Member exclusive tour*
6:00pm – 7:15pm Registration and networking
7:15pm – 8:00pm Building Blitz presentations
8:00pm – 9:00pm Networking
9:00pm Event concludes

Building-Blitz Projects

  • 80 Atlantic Avenue, Toronto, ON
    Presented by Quadrangle
  • Zero House at the Endeavour Centre, Peterborough, ON
    Presented by Ryerson University, Department of Architectural Science
  • Kiln Building at Evergreen Brick Works, Toronto, ON
    Presented by LGA Architectural Partners
  • Museum of Contemporary Art, Toronto, ON
    Presented by ERA Architects Inc. 

  • University of Toronto - The Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Toronto, ON
    Presented by Montgomery Sisam Architects Inc. 

  • York University Student Centre, Toronto, ON
    Presented by CannonDesign


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Earth Week Party 2018

Date: April 18, 2018
Time: 6:00-9:30pm 
Location: Rock 'n' Saloon, 250 Adelaide Street West, Toronto (Map)


Event Details 

Green Drinks Toronto and Canada Green Building Council - Greater Toronto Chapter (CaGBC-GTC) were proud to host Earth Week Party 2018, a networking event for environmental leaders and green building professionals. The event will tookplace at The Rock 'n' Horse Saloon, on Wednesday, April 18th from 6:00pm to 9:30pm.
Since its inception in 2010, Green Drinks Toronto has hosted over 300 attendees each year at an Earth Day celebration and networking event. This year, proceeds go to CaGBC-GTC's Emerging Green Professionals programming. CaGBC-GTC's mission is to lead and accelerate the transformation to high-performing, healthy green buildings, homes and communities throughout the Greater Toronto Area. Its Emerging Green Professionals are students and young professionals committed to being leaders of change in the green building industry.
The audience for this event included movers and shakers in the Toronto green industry - architects, designers, engineers, facility managers, developers, politicians, members of the energy sectors, academics and students. Make sure to register beforehand, as this event frequently sells out!


General Admission: $25
Emerging Green Professionals: $10 



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Date: April 9, 2018
Time: 7:00-9:00pm 
Location: Shawn & Ed Brewing Co., 65 Hatt Street, Dundas, ON (Map)

Event Details 

Canada Green Building Council – Greater Toronto Chapter (CaGBC-GTC) invites you to the Hamilton Green Building Social. This meet-and-greet event will convene key green building stakeholders in Hamilton-Burlington, and will introduce attendees to CaGBC-GTC and the organizations doing great work to grow the local green building market.

CaGBC-GTC is pleased to be hosting this event at Shawn & Ed Brewing Co. in Dundas, housed in a beautiful retrofit building dating back to the 1860s. 


All registrants: $10 (includes one drink)

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