Past Chapter Events

Emerging Green Builders Green Roof Bike Tour

Date: Saturday August 20, 2016 
Time: 10:00AM-2:30PM
Starting Point: City Hall's Podium Green Roof
 100 Queen Street West Toronto, Ontario M5H 2N2 

Event Details 

On Saturday, August 20, 2016 Emerging Green Builders joined together as they tour Toronto's green roofs by BIKE. EGBs came to network with green building experts, be inspired by Toronto’s green roofs, and embrace pedal power.

The tour focused on buildings within the Greater Toronto Area with exceptional sustainable features, providing attendees with the opportunity to learn and be inspired. 

Buildings Featured: 

Starting Location: City Hall's Podium Green Roof 100 Queen Street West Toronto, Ontario M5H 2N2 
Please meet at the large Toronto sign in Nathan Phillips Square for registration. 

City Hall's Podium Green Roof 
Approximately 3,250 m2 (35,000 square feet) of concrete on the podium roof has been transformed into living vegetation to reduce the building’s environmental impact and for residents and visitors to enjoy all year around.

The Kooper Koo Family YMCA – Canary District
Brand new construction and fully accessible, having officially opened only a few months ago. The green roof was constructed by Restoration Gardens and local volunteers.

University of Toronto’s GRIT Lab
The Green Roof Innovation Testing Laboratory, or GRIT Lab, is located at the University of Toronto, John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design. A platform for multidisciplinary collaboration, GRIT Lab links the fields of Landscape Architecture, Biology, Hydrology and Building science, with the goal of investigating the environmental performance associated with ‘green’ & ‘clean’ technologies such as green roofs, green walls, and photovoltaic arrays.

Ryerson Urban Farm
As participants move through the farm observing each crop rotation, guides will cover the following topics:

  • History of the project
  • Overview of green roof benefits
  • Toronto’s green roof bylaw
  • Converting the green roof to a farm
  • Sustainable agriculture practices
  • Farm design
  • Integrated programming
  • Education and engagement

Enwave: Deep Lake Water Cooling - John Street Pumping Station
Enwave is the largest provider of district cooling from a renewable resource in North America, with over 30 buildings connected to the system and capacity to serve an estimated 100 buildings.

Enwave’s Deep Lake Water Cooling system began operation in July 2004 and helps keep downtown Toronto buildings cool year-round while enhancing the supply of potable water with a clean water source, decreasing electrical demand and consumption, increasing employment opportunities, and helping businesses and Toronto residents reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve outdoor air quality.”


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Drive for Change Golf Tournament 2016 

On June 9, 2016 was our first annual Drive for Change Golf Tournament at the Royal Woodbine Golf Course. Participants enjoyed a morning of golf, and finished off the afternoon with a hearty lunch and raffle draw for some amazing prizes. Guests took this excellent opportunity to network with fellow delegates, clients, friends and business associates at the close out of the 2016 CaGBC Building Lasting Change Conference.

2016 Drive For Change Golf Tournament

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On June 8, 2016, attendees of the Building Lasting Change Conference ended off the week with the Annual Chapter BBQ at the Allstream Centre. Chapter members and green building supporters from accross the country took the opportunity to cement relationships established over the conference! 

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2016 Building Lasting Change Green Building Tours 

Delegates of the 2016 Building Lasting Change Conference began the week with Green Building Tours. The tours included professional facilitators who engaged participants providing them with a first hand and often behind the scenes look at unique green buildings. These tours featured many of the incredible green building sites and projects across the Toronto area, including:

Bill Fisch Forest Stewardship and Education Centre: Living Building Challenge and LEED NC Platinum Candidate
The facility is expected to join a short list of 12 buildings worldwide, in meeting Living Building Challenge (LBC) requirements, recognized as one of the world's strictest environmental certifications. 

What’s Next, Waterfront Toronto?
Waterfront Toronto is the public advocate and steward of waterfront revitalization, this project is one of the largest waterfront brownfield revitalization projects in the world.

Revitalizing Regent Park
Revitalizing Regent Park involves demolishing all existing buildings and replacing with new rental buildings creating and updating parks and carving out space for community groups and initiatives.

Canary District: Life after Pan Am
Previously the Pan Am Athlete's Village and currently Toronto's newest neighbourhood located just east of Downtown Toronto. All buildings in this new neighbourhood are targeting LEED® Gold Certification.

Sustainable Buildings’ Technologies
This tour included a visit to Cisco Canada's new Headquarters, housed in Oxford Properties' LEED® Platinum (targeted as of January 2016) RBC WaterPark Place and allowed participants to learn the process behind the application,  from the very first Canadian pioneers, Menkes Property Management Services.


2016 Legacy Event - Eva's Phoenix

On June 6, 2016 CaGBC’s annual Legacy Event took place, it provided conference delegates from the 2016 Building Lasting Change Conferene with the opportunity to volunteer their time and skills to leave a lasting legacy for a community project. This year, Eva’s Phoenix: a transitional housing residence for 50 homeless youth, was selected as the Legacy Project. Delegates teamed up with the CaGBC to ‘bring the outdoors in’ at the new Eva’s Phoenix location. 


Legacy Project 2016





On April 28th 2016, guests gathered at the brand new Queen Richmond Centre West building for networking, 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. 

Spring Open 2016

Building Blitz Projects Featured 

The Bill Fisch Forest Stewardship Education Centre 
This Project, aiming for LEED Platinum on New Construction and the Living Building Challenge was presented by DIALOG
Kew Beachhouse
This LEED Platinum for Homes project was presented by The Ideal Environment/Brian Lee Architect
West Don Lands: 585 King Street East 
This Toronto Community Housing attained LEED Gold for New Construction. This project was presented by WSP | MMM Group Limited. 
Forensic Services and Coroner's Complex
The Forensics Services and Coroner's Complex attained LEED Gold for New Construction. This project was presented by Stantec.
Regent Park Community Centre 
The Regent Park Community Center, aiming for LEED Gold, was presented by CS&P Architects. 
Eva's Phoenix - Bringing the Outside In 
The 2016 Legacy Event, a Chapter-run event, helping to "bring the outside in" at the new Eva's Phoenix facility. This project was presented by Greening Homes. 

View presentation slides from the event below:

Building Blitz Presentations Part 1
Building Blitz Presentations Part 2

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On May 5, 2016 participants gathered at The Craft Brasserie and Grill for the opportunity to meet and interact with some of Toronto’s foremost leaders in the green building industry. Leaders in green construction, architecture, consulting and more came out to meet with industry up-and-comers to share their stories and advice for career development. Participants were placed into small groups and had the opportunity to sit down with each of the leaders. The night was complete with a drink and hors d'oeuvres.
6:30 - 6:45 Registration
6:45 - 7:00 Industry Leader Introductions
7:00 - 8:30 Mentor Mixing
8:30 - 9:00 Networking

Hazel Farley, Regional Director, Greater Toronto Chapter of the Canada Green Building Council
     Industry Segment: Non-Profit
Eddie Camilleri, National Energy and Sustainability Program Manager, Brookfield Global Integrated Solutions
     Industry Segment: Property Management
Dan Stone, Senior Associate, Planscape
     Industry Segment: Land Use Planning
Jeanne Medland, Director, Sustainability, KingSett Capital
     Industry Segment: End User
Subhi Alsayed, Innovation Manager, Tridel
     Industry Segment: Construction
Chris Phillips, President, Greening Homes
     Industry Segment: Entrepreneur

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Date: April 5, 2016
Time: 7:30am - 9:30am
Location: Upper Canada Room, 18th Floor, Fairmont Royal York Hotel, Toronto (map)



Mandatory building benchmarking comes to Ontario!

The provincial government has introduced amendments to the Green Energy Act to enable the implementation of the Ministry of Energy’s proposed large building energy and water reporting and benchmarking initiative, which will help Ontario’s large building owners manage their energy and water consumption and save money on their utility bills.

This was our first LEED Breakfast Session of the year and got to hear experts weigh in on what mandatory building benchmarking reporting means, how it works and what this means for your organization.

Was eligible for 1.5 CE and OAA hours.

7:30 – Hot breakfast and networking
8:00 – Speaker Presentations with Q+A
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Lisa Westerhoff, Intermediate Sustainability Planner, Integral Group 

Speaker Presentations

Ufei Chan, Program Manager, City of New York, Institute for Market Transformation

Usman Syed, Director, Conservation and Energy Efficiency, Ministry of Energy 

Mark Hutchinson, Vice President, Green Building Programs, CaGBC


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The 2nd annual Green Homes Summit was on January 28, 2016. This was a one-day, regionally-focused education sessions for developers, builders, designers, architects, and anyone involved in building ‘better than code’ housing.

This Greater Toronto Chapter's Green Homes Summit focused on residential construction and covered both single-family homes (including townhomes and various attached styles) and multifamily projects up to the midrise level (up to 12 storeys). The Summit also included sessions on LEED Canada for Homes, and many regional energy and green building standards. Eligible for both 8 GBCI and OAA hours, course code will be sent to attendees after the Green Homes Summit.  



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More than 100,000 trees are lost each year in Toronto due to old age, storms and diseases.  These trees are often considered as waste when they are removed.  Yet urban trees can create beautiful lumber that can be used in uniquely urban furniture and green building designs.  The City of Toronto is leading the way to exploit this urban natural resource with local sawmills processing City owned fallen trees, facilitating projects made from the Maple Leaf Forever Tree across Canada and working in conjunction with IIDEX Canada and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry on the Woodshop Exhibition which features 15 top designs each year made from Ash trees killed in Toronto by the Emerald Ash Borer.

This set of talks highlighted the efforts and initiatives that have been established to support urban wood utilization for valuable end uses including furniture and green building designs. Designers spoke about their salvaged wood designs and the IIDEX Woodshop Exhibit was on display in the City Hall Rotunda showcasing some of the amazing examples of the salvaged wood which were transformed to make beautiful and unique items.  A reception afterwards allowed attendees mix and mingle with Toronto's top urban wood designers.

Please click here for information on the 3rd Annual IIDEX Woodshop. 



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