Past Chapter Events

Ontario's Mandatory Energy Benchmarking for Large Buildings

Date: March 7, 2018
Time: 8:00am - 9:00am
Location: Queens Quay Terminal Building 207 Queens Quay West, Suite 615 (6th Floor – MCW Energy Consultants) (map)


Course Description

This course explored the recently announced Ontario regulation mandating Energy and Water Reporting and Benchmarking for large buildings. Available details were be explored in-depth, including: 

  • Reporting deadlines and phase-in requirements for various building types and sizes 
  • Methods for accessing data from utility distributors 
  • Verification requirements 
  • How to report to the Ministry of Energy 
  • Information about what kinds of data will be shared publicly 
  • Additional information available through the Ministry of Energy and local distributors 
View the full presentation.

Date: March 1, 2018
Time: 6:30 - 8:30PM
Location: WSP, 21st Floor, 2300 Yonge St., Toronto
Speaker Series – Case Studies on Innovative Design Solutions
Come join us on March 1st for the Emerging Green Professionals annual Speakers Series. This year's speakers will be sharing insights and experiences on design and building solutions that boost the “green” characteristics of building through two in-depth case studies. This is a great opportunity to learn how passive design and climate engineering strategies are applied to reduce the impact buildings have on the natural environment while improving conditions for occupants.


Krista Palen
Design Lead, Transsolar Inc.

Krista brings to the Transsolar New York team a passion for design at the intersection of architecture, engineering, computation, and ecology. Her expertise in passive design includes daylight modelling, thermal simulation and natural ventilation design.  Krista’s varied education in environmental engineering, architecture and interdisciplinary design provides a unique skill set to manifest Transsolar’s mission of creating elegant high comfort low energy buildings. Before joining Transsolar Krista was a researcher with MIT’s Sustainable Design Lab, a designer for at the Harvard Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Design and a consultant with Hallsall Associates in Toronto. Her project Zaryadye Park with Diller Scofidio + Renfro recently won Building of the Year award in the category of Public Architecture on ArchDaily.



Cameron Laidlaw
Passive House Consultant, Peel Passive House Consulting

Topic: Cameron will present on a 57-unit affordable mixed-use residential building in Hamilton that currently under construction. This high-performance project was designed based on targeting EnerPHi and showcases many principles of Passive House retrofit design.

Cameron comes from a background in energy efficient design and construction. Having completed his Master of Building Science at Ryerson, he brings this knowledge to bear in helping to deliver projects that meet the Passive House standard.

Cameron primarily works in certification and consultancy, working closely with clients on Passive House projects around the world. His residential projects include single family homes, multistory apartment buildings, townhouses, retirement homes, and mixed-use developments. On the non-residential side, Cameron's projects include offices, retail spaces, restaurants, production facilities, libraries, galleries, and community centers.


Date: February 15, 2018
Time: 7:30 - 9:45am
Location: Territories Room, Fairmont Royal York Hotel, 100 Front Street West (



The conservation landscape is moving faster than ever and keeping up to date is always a challenge. This event reviewed the most significant new and updated policies and programs related to building energy, carbon and sustainability in the GTA. 
Programs included:
  • Municipal – Final details of Toronto Green Standard v3, Local improvement charge financing, TransformTO
  • Provincial – Energy and Water Reporting and Benchmarking, Net-Metering, Green Ontario Fund
  • Utilities – Electricity and Gas conservation programs
  • Market – Voluntary programs and rating system updates
Attendees learned about: 
  • Timelines for program launches and updates
  • New program or regulatory criteria
  • Who is impacted or eligible
  • Key contacts and resources for compliance and participation

7:30am - Hot breakfast and networking
8:00am - Speaker presentation & discussion
9:30am - Networking
Bryan Purcell, Director of Policy and Programs, The Atmospheric Fund (TAF)
Brian Byrnes, Senior Advisory, Ontario Ministry of Energy 
Bruce Manwaring, Manager New Construction, Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc.-
Corey McBurney, President, EnerQuality - presentation
David Hall, Program Manager, Environment and Energy Division, City of Toronto - presentation
Jeff Ranson, Regional Director, Greater Toronto Chapter, Canada Green Building Council - presentation
Rob Edwards, Business Manager, Private Sector, IESO - presentation
Tim Stoate, VP, Impact Investing, The Atmospheric Fund (TAF) -  presentation
Click here to learn more about our speakers.
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Date: February 12, 2018 
Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm
Location: The Spoke Club, 600 King Street West, Toronto (
Event Description  
True building innovation demands an advanced collaboration between design disciplines. This pub night brought architects and engineers together to network and learn about recent experiences in designing ultra low-energy and low-emission buildings. Participants recieved a certificate for 1 hour OAA CE credit to be counted as structured learning and may self report their participation as a 1 hour GBCI CE credit. 
This pub night featured the uniquely modern Evolv1 building, presented by Richard Williams, Principal and Oleksandra Onisko, Sustainable Buildings Consultant, both of Stantec Architecture Ltd.

Master of Ceremonies
Birgit Siber
Principal, Diamond Schmitt Architects 
Fin MacDonald 
Manager, Zero Carbon Building Program, CaGBC
Oleksandra Onisko
Sustainable Buildings Consultant, Stantec Architecture Ltd.
Richard Williams
Principal, Business Centre Discipline Leader, Stantec Architecture Ltd.
6:00-6:30pm - Drinks, food and socializing
6:30-7:30pm - Presentation
7:30-8:00pm - Q+A followed by informal networking
Presented in Partnership With 
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Supporting Sponsor


Green Power Supplier






Date: January 16, 2018 
Time: 5:30-9:00pm
Location: Concourse Lounge, Commerce Court
, 199 Bay St, Toronto (Map)


For the 3rd year in a row CaGBC-GTC and the City of Toronto partnered to host the Urban Wood Forum, which showcased wood utilization in the urban context. This event ighlighted the connection between urban intensification, wood design and climate change. This free public event brought together architects, designers, developers, real estate professionals and design enthusiasts from across the region. 
Participants enjoyed a post-forum reception, held in the Commerce Court lobby featuring the IIDEX Woodshop Exhibit – an expo of innovative prototypes for reclaimed urban wood. 
  • Dave Bowick, President, Blackwell Structural Engineers 
  • Gary Williams, President, Timber Systems Limited
  • Ian Chodikoff, Director of Marketing & Programming, IIDEXCanada
  • Jenny McMinn, Managing Director, Urban Equation
  • Megan Torza, Partner, DTAH Architects
  • Patrick Chouinard, Founder & CEO, Element5

Available Presentations 

Megan Torza, Partner, DTAH Architects & Dave Bowick, President, Blackwell Structural Engineers 
Part 1 / Part 2 / Part 3 / Part 4 

Patrick Chouinard, Founder & CEO, Element5
Presentation Part 1 / Part 2 / Part 3 


5:30pm - Registration 
6:00pm - Presentations and Q&A
7:30pm - Reception 

Presenting Sponsor







Date: December 7, 2017
Time: 6:00 - 9:00PM
Location: Galbraith Building, University of Toronto Campus, 35 St. George Street
The Emerging Green Professionals’ (EGP) executive committee was proud to present: “Young Sustainability Professionals Speaker Panel”, aimed at helping students, new graduates and emerging professionals in the sustainability sector discover effective ways of building their personal career brand, networking and making connections, getting their foot in the door, and most importantly, successfully establishing and advancing their careers in this sector.
This speaker panel featured 5 young professionals currently working in the sustainability sector who have successfully navigated their way into their respective positions at reputable companies who are doing great work in various fields - such as green building construction, renewable energy, and sustainability consulting.
Panel discussion included topics like:
  • How to discover your personal strengths and career interests
  • Importance of networking and mentorships
  • Advice for professional development
  • Essential skills and attributes needed to succeed at the job
  • Common career paths in the field
  • Lessons learned and general career advice
  • And more!


Anureet Kaur
Business Operations Analyst at Internat Energy Solutions Canada

Joanna Kipp
Consultant at Quinn and Partners
Matthew Tokarik
Building Energy Consultant & Certified Passive House Consultant
Nick Brown, Team Lead
Nithya Vijayakumar
Senior Advisor, Pembina Institute 

Date: November 30, 2017
Time: 5:00 - 7:30PM 
Location: Room 713A, Metro Toronto Convention Centre South Building, 222 Bremner Blvd, Toronto


Resilience planning and design is emerging as a new challenge of our age. In addition to carbon reduction strategies, practitioners must re-imagine a more adaptable built environment. This session highlighted the physical, social and economic opportunities and challenges of planning an ever growing, resilient city with a focus on transformative strategies for smarter buildings and neighbourhoods.

5:00 PM Welcome Reception 
5:45 PM Panel Session 
6:45 PM Closing Reception 
7:30 PM Event Ends 
*One complimentary drink included & cash bar to follow 

Dr. Blair Feltmate
Head, Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation, University of Waterloo

John Malueg
Senior Principal, Manager of Resilient Programs, Stantec

Stewart Dutfield
Project Lead, Resilience - City of Toronto

Date: November 23, 2017 
Time: 7:30-9:30AM 
Location: Territories Room, Fairmont Royal York Hotel, 100 Front St West, Toronto, ON (Map)


7:30 – Hot breakfast and networking
8:00 – Panel discussion with Q+A
9:00 – 


Our final Green Building Breakfast Session of the year made for an in-depth panel conversation that explored energy conservation and sustainability programs in asset classes beyond commercial office buildings. Industry experts from the industrial, retail and high rise residential classes discussed hot topics such as; key stakeholders requests from the sustainability and/or energy management perspective, the  value of sustainability initiatives and how  these initiatives impact the non-office asset classes. 



Karen Jalon
Senior Director, Sustainability & Energy Management at The Cadillac Fairview Corporation Limited


Anika de la Flor
Sustainability Manager, QuadReal Property Group

Liviu Craiu-Botan 
Manager, Energy and Technical Services, Oxford Properties

Subhi Alsayed
Mattamy Homes, Vice President, Sustainable Development    


Presenting Sponsor

Silver Sponsor 



Date: October 12, 2017
Time: 6:00 - 10:00 PM
Location: Arcadian Court, 401 Bay Street, 8th Floor (Map)


On October 12, 2017, the Chapter welcomed 300 industry professionals to the Arcadian Court for its 8th annual gala event. The night kicked off with an elegant reception, followed by a sit-down dinner while guests saw the winners to the 2017 Innovation Awards revealed. The Innovation Awards were introduced in 2013 and recognize projects and individuals that demonstrate advancement in the green building industry in Southern Ontario. Click here to see the winners of the 2017 Innovation Awards.

We truly thank everyone who took this opportunity to support the Chapter and attend one of the largest green building networking events in the Greater Toronto Area!


06:00 PM  Registration and Welcome Reception
07:00 PM  Dinner and Individual & Innovation Awards Presentation
08:00 PM  Dessert 
10:00 PM  Event Ends 


Ian Jarvis, President, Enerlife Consulting. 

Ian Jarvis has been President of Enerlife Consulting since 2001, and is an authority in the fields of energy conservation and green building performance. He has pioneered the development of building performance analysis for nearly three decades. Ian has helped to initiate and currently co-chairs the working group of CivicAction’s Race to Reduce, a large-scale, collaborative program among landlords and tenants aiming to substantially improve the energy and environmental performance of office buildings. He is also a member of the National Advisory Council on Energy Efficiency, and an adjudicator of the annual NAIOP Real Estate Excellence Green Award for commercial buildings.

Ian served as founding chair of the Canada Green Building Council in 2003-2007, and as a director of Milton Hydro in 2000-2007. From 1992 till 1999 he was CEO of a leading energy performance contractor (ESCO), responsible for many of the largest energy retrofit projects in North America.

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Award Sponsors
Gold Sponsors 
Silver Sponsor 



Date: September 19, 2017
Registration Time & Breakfast: 7:30am
Tee Off: 8:30am

Location: RattleSnake Point Golf Club (Map)

Save the date for our 2018 Drive for Change Golf Tournament 

September 12, 2018

Click here to be notified when registration opens! 

Drive for Change Golf Tournament 2017

Event Details

On September 19, 2017 we held the second annual Drive for Change Golf Tournament at RattleSnake Point Golf Club. Over 100 guests took this excellent opportunity to network with fellow green building enthusiasts, win prizes and enjoy the sun. Participants enjoyed coffee & a light breakfast, followed by a morning of golf, and finally winding down with a hearty lunch all while learning their way through 18 holes, each with fun facts about sustainable building solutions.The event included over $20,000 in prizes and giveaways, including a Hole in One prize of a 2017 Giant Quick-E+ bike from Sweet Pete's Bike Shop, so everyone went home a winner! 

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.


Platinum Sponsor

Lunch Sponsor


19th Hole Sponsor 

Closest to the Pin 

Longest Drive 

Putting Contest Sponsor

Snack Sponsor

Hole Sponsors

B+H Architects
Enwave Energy Corporation
FirstService Corporation
Integral Group Inc. 
Intelligent Buildings
International Solar Solutions Inc.
MediaEdge Communications Inc. 
Orchestra Marketing
The Mitchell Partnership Inc.

Hole in One Prize 

2017 Giant Quick-E+ Bike from Sweet Pete's Bike Shop