Past Chapter Events


Increasing amounts of evidence-based medical research demonstrate that there are resonating connections between the buildings where we spend more than 90 percent of our time and the health and wellness impacts on us as occupants. Our second session of the 2015 LEED Breakfast Series focused on the WELL Building Standard®, the newest solution to address these impacts. The WELL Building Standard® is a performance-focused system for measuring, certifying, and monitoring features of the built environment that impact human health and wellbeing. Optimized for commercial and institutional buildings, WELL focuses on best practices in design and construction in order to enhance the affirmative environmental elements of air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort, and mind. The WELL Building Standard® was developed through consultation with leading medical researchers and building industry practitioners.

Speakers discussed key questions such as:

What does the WELL Building Standard® measure and how do projects get WELL® certified?
Which projects have already achieved certification and what is unique about them?


Whitney Austin Gray, Executive Director of Research and Innovation, Delos

At Delos, Dr. Whitney Austin Gray is responsible for the oversight of health research and the development of innovative design strategies and products that seek to improve human health and wellness through building design.

Prior to joining Delos, Dr. Gray served as the Health Research and Innovation Director for Cannon Design, a global healthcare design firm, where she oversaw the company’s primary and secondary research, prototyping and innovation platforms. During her tenure with Cannon Design, she delivered transformative projects to clients and worked to develop and promote new ideas that increased the impact of health research and innovation on the design industry. She holds dual appointments as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Georgetown School of Nursing & Health Studies, with research interests that include the development of innovative and sustainable design strategies, processes, and products that provide a safe and healing environment for patients and staff.

Barbara Ciesla, Senior Vice President, Occupier Strategies & Solutions, Jones Lang LaSalle

Active in sustainable initiatives throughout her career, Barbara is focused on helping clients assess and manage their environmental impacts, and providing innovative solutions that support and add value to achieving business objectives tied to environmental and human capital objectives. Barbara's work includes providing strategic direction on sustainable practices and in identifying green operating solutions. By combining her understanding of tenant’s organizational needs, building operations & behavioural science, she developed an industry leading and award winning program for occupant engagement.

Martha MacInnis, Design Director, Workplace Experience, TD Bank Group

Martha MacInnis is Design Director for Workplace Experience at TD Bank Group. She is responsible for developing strategy for design and Employee experience for TD's North American corporate portfolio engaging stakeholders and industry leaders in conversation about the evolution of workplace design and the impact on the Bank's real estate strategy. Martha is a licensed Interior Designer with more than 8 years' experience working within the Architecture & Design industry. She is passionate about creating environments that support an engaging and memorable occupant experience with a focus on developing programs and tools to measure the qualitative and quantitative impacts of design.  Martha recently participated in the inaugural WELL AP Workshop at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute and earned a provisional WELL Accredited Professional credential through the International WELL Building Institute.


Presenting Sponsor
Silver Sponsors 


CHAPTER BBQ - June 2015

On June 11, 2015, Chapter Members and green building supporters joined us on the rooftop patio of the George Brown College's Waterfront Campus for the annual Chapter BBQ. Guests enjoyed a fun evening of networking, delicious food and live music. A tour of Waterfront Campus was offered to attendees. 

Thank you to our Partners and Event Sponsors:

Gold Sponsors



In Partnership with




Our first networking event of the year took place on April 30th at the brand new RBC WaterPark Place! The evening kicked-off with a members-only tour and continued with networking, complimentary drinks and hors d'ouevres, followed by our crowd pleasing Building-Blitz – 10 rapid-fire presentations highlighting the newest and most sustainable buildings in Southern Ontario. 

The following buildings were featured in our Building Blitz:

  • RBC WaterPark Place: Host of this event, this building is aiming to be the city’s first office building to achieve LEED Platinum for Core and Shell!
  • 25 York Street: This building is LEED Platinum for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance (Menkes Union Tower), LEED Gold for Core and Shell, LEED Gold for Commercial Interiors (Desjardins Securities Inc.), LEED Silver for Commercial Interiors (HudBay Minerals Inc.) and will be the first project in Canada to utilize the LEED Dynamic Plaque!
  • 438 University Avenue: This multi-tenant office building constructed in 1992 is LEED Gold for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance: 2009!
  • Orillia Public Library: This building is LEED Silver for New Construction and Major Renovations 1.0! Learn about how this unique green building caters to many interests and plays host to a variety of public spaces including a library, an outdoor music space and a farmer’s market!
  • Forensic Services and Coroner’s Complex: Creates a unique central gathering space called the Forensic Commons to enhance collaboration between the following agencies: the Toronto operations of the Center of Forensic Sciences (CFS), Office of the Chief Coroner (OCC), and the Ontario Forensic Pathology Unit (OFPU).  This building is LEED Gold for New Construction and Major Renovations 1.0
  • Hadden Hall: Hadden Hall is heated and cooled by a state-of-the-art geothermal system located under the soccer field. This building is LEED Gold for New Construction and Major Renovations. 
  • Robinson Place (300 Water Street): Robinson Place is the first government facility to reach LEED Platinum for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance!
  • CIBC Pan Am/Parapan Am Aquatics Centre and Field House: This redevelopment project was built on a brownfield site, and achieved LEED Gold for New Construction and Major Renovations.

View presentation slides from the event:

Spring Open 2015 presentation slides part 1
Spring Open 2015 presentation slides part 2

Presenting Sponsor


Gold Sponsors



Silver Sponsors 



Venue Sponsor 


In Partnership with


WHAT NOW, TO? - Chapter Membership Appreciation 2014

Our annual member event held on December 3rd provided a progress report to attendees on our previously voted upon topic of 'Building Benchmarking'. Our presenters, Gaby Kalapos, from Clean Air Partnership and Marco Iacampo, from the City of Toronto, shared their expertise and thoughts on future advocacy initiatives before we divided into small groups for discussion. Members were able to share what they thought the important issues were in planning the next steps of our 2015 advocacy efforts. The event took place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre following the Construct Canada event.


The CaGBC Green Homes Summit was a one-day, regionally-focused education event focused on residential construction, including both single-family and multi-family homes (up to mid-rise level). There were speaker presentations throughout the morning and a panelist discussion in the afternoon followed by a tradeshow and reception. The team were in attendance for the day, and featured the Toronto Green Homes Summit in an article found here


Keynote Address: Home Builders: Role in Transforming Cities and Economy

Chris Higgins, Green Building Planner & Policy Analyst, City of Vancouver

Home Builders in Ontario

Rod Buchalter, 1st Vice President, Brantford Home Builders' Association

Municipalities: Harmonizing Standards & Driving Change

Gaby Kalapos, Clean Air Partnership

Whole House Labeling

John Bell, Sustainable Housing Foundation

Building & Selling Sustainable Homes

Amy Burke, Municipality of Clarington, Bobby Stewart, Brookfield Residential, Paul Dowsett, Sustainable.TO, Thomas Green, CMHC

How can we be effective in communicating and raising interest, and demand, for sustainable homes in Canada?

Moderated by Derek Satnik, Mindscape Innovations Group Inc


Andrew Peel, Peel Passive House Consulting, Andy Oding, Building Knowledge, Brian Kelly, Region of Durham, Chris Chopik, Sage Real Estate, John Amardeil, BAM Creative, Lou Bada, Starlane Homes, Lenard Hart, Summerhill Group

 Trade Show Exhibitors Included:

Building Products of Canada Corp., CertainTeed Gypsum and Insulation Canada, CMHC, Dow Building Solutions, Inline Fiberglass Ltd, Henry BlueskinVP, Panasonic, RenewABILITY Energy Inc, Strathcona Energy Group, Sustainable Housing Foundation and TRCA. 

Thank you to our generous sponsors:

Title Sponsor


Gold Sponsor


Silver Sponsor







LEED Dynamic Plaque has been launched by the US Green Building Council to drive a more performance-based approach to LEED and to continue to enhance interest in the LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance standard.  It is evolving as an efficient option to maintaining LEED certification and is available to all previously certified LEED EB, NC, CS and CI projects. At LEED Breakfast Session I, attendees learned about the opportunities LEED Dynamic Plaque presents and the plaque’s value and use in the market.

Read about the session in Property Biz Canada 


Scot Horst, Chief Product Officer, U.S. Green Building Council

Scot Horst is Chief Product Officer at the U.S. Green Building Council.  In addition to product vision, research and development, implementation and execution, he is overseeing the building of a platform of products that rate and score the built environment from cities to homes.  

Scot has been pivotal to the dramatic growth of LEED.  He recently led staff and volunteers in the development of LEED v4.  He is lead inventor of the LEED Dynamic Plaque, a new measuring device for whole building performance. Scot established the global, regional and local growth strategy that led to LEED as a global benchmark, including the LEED International Roundtable, now comprised of thirty-five countries and responsible for LEED’s technical development around the world.

Prior to joining USGBC, Scot was President of 7group, a leading green building consultancy, and Athena Institute International, a non-profit dedicated to the life cycle assessment of buildings.  He created a carbon-offset program with the Climate Trust for cement and concrete companies that reduced portland cement clinker in thousands of projects, mitigating over five hundred thousand metric tons of carbon. 

Scot co-authored An Integrative Design Guide to Green Building and speaks widely on LEED and the transformative potential of green building.  He serves as director or advisor to the Sustainable Building Alliance in Paris, the Resilient Design Institute, Cradle to Cradle, and the Buildings Retrofit and Finance Steering Committee of the World Economic Forum.

Scot holds dual degrees in philosophy and voice performance from Oberlin College and the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.  He sang opera professionally, and maintains a furniture design studio.


Presenting Sponsor


Making the Most of Toronto's Urban Wood 'Waste'

Creative Green Designs for Furniture, Interiors and Other Uses


Date: January 18, 2016
Time: 7:00pm - 10:00pm


7:00-8:30pm - Talk & IIDEX Woodshop Exhibit - City Hall Member's Lounge, Toronto (map)

8:30-10:00pm - Reception  & IIDEX Woodshop Exhibit  - City Hall Rotunda, Toronto (map)



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.




Forest Landscape of Ontario

Rob Keen, Forests Ontario


Urban Forest Valuation

Janet McKay, LEAF


Update on Ontario Wood

Jason Koivisto, Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry


Toronto's Initiatives to Utilize Urban Wood Resources

Rob McMonagle, Economic Development & Culture, City of Toronto


Sawmilling and Urban Wood Re-Purposing

Sheila and Sid Gehdron, Sawmill Sid



Lars & Jason Dressler, Brothers Dressler


Presenting Sponsor
Event Partners 

LEED Breakfast Series

SESSION #1: Demystifying Commissioning

The annual LEED Breakfast Series is targeted at building owners and managers that have achieved – or are working towards – LEED certification.  Led by the Canada Green Building Council - Greater Toronto Chapter, the series is intended to foster a community of learning and elevated performance around LEED.
In Session I of the 2014 LEED Breakfast Series, speakers shared insight into the goal of commissioning, examples of owner's requirements, best practices, energy performance measurements and verification, system optimization, and the impact of commissioning on whole building performance, occupant comfort, and operations and maintenance.
View Photos from the event here
Luka Matutinovic, Project Manager and Performance Simulation Leader, Halsall Associates

Overview of retro-commissioning: best practices, getting the most value from the process, making occupant comfort and energy performance complementary not competing priorities, maintaining performance gains.

Liviu Botan, Manager, Energy and Technical Services, Oxford Properties Group, National Programs

Existing Building Commissioning: Achieving and Sustaining Energy Performance - examples of 'when we didn't do commissioning, this was the result' versus 'when we did, this was the outcome.' Establishing the case for the importance of retro-commissioning and the impacts it can have on whole building performance.

Michael Tiffe, Founder TAB Mechanical Inc.

What are the elements of building commissioning that the construction trades struggle with the greatest? Looking at the need for increased awareness of the commissioning process, its strengths and weaknesses and the impact on project budgets. How will a successful building commissioning project effect the buildings’ on-going operation and maintenance? 

View the slides available here.
Platinum Sponsor: 

Session #2: Materials: The Quiet, Emerging Force of LEED

The newest version of the LEED rating system (LEED v4) emphasizes life cycle assessment of materials. This means more attention is placed on the raw ingredients that are being sourced, the energy conservation practices adopted during the manufacturing process, the methods used for transporting products, local factors that impact material production, and this will translate into a more targeted procurement of “green” products. This breakfast session explored what this means for green building professionals, building owners and facility managers? 


Brad Liljequist, Technical Director, Living Building Challenge, International Living Future Institute

Brad is a sustainable building expert, urban designer, planner, and program and development manager with 25 years of successful management of many change-accelerating, sustainability-oriented projects, plans, and programs. He directed development of Petal and Net Zero Energy Certified zHome, the first multifamily zero net energy community in the United States, as well as Issaquah Fire Station 72, the world’s most energy efficient fire station and recipient of the international 2012 ASHRAE Technology award.  He brings a pragmatic, results oriented focus to catalyzing deep change throughout the built environment, with a particular passion for zero carbon footprint buildings and communities.

Jim Lord, Principal, Ecovert Sustainability Consultants 

Jim is a founding principal of Ecovert Sustainability Consultants, a Toronto based consulting firm that specializes in green building certification, green product certification, GHG calculation, sustainable policy development and occupant engagementJim brings Ecovert’s clients a fluent understanding of corporate social responsibility, implementable sustainability tools for facility managers and 20 years of real estate experience as a Tenant and Landlord.

Bronze Event Sponsor: 

Session #3: Measurement and Verification of Energy Savings

On September 30th we held the third breakfast in this years series, focusing on the measurement and verification of energy savings.  We discussed important topics such as: current practices of measurement and verification of energy saving projects, best practices and technologies, government incentives and for LEED certification requirements, and more.  The event speakers, Ian Jarvis and Joe Bile, were able to thoroughly cover these topics and give us a picture of where the industry now stands, and where it is headed in the future.

Participants were also able to learn how Simcoe Place, an already LEED EB:O&M Gold Certified building, has identified and implemented several data-driven measures over the last three years to become one of the most energy-efficient buildings in North America, and how measurement and verification played a role.


Ian Jarvis, President, Enerlife Consulting

Ian Jarvis has been President of Enerlife Consulting since 2001, and is a leader in the fields of energy efficiency, green buildings and sustainable communities.  From 1992-1999 he was CEO of Rose Technology Group, a leading energy performance contractor responsible for several of the largest energy retrofit projects in North America. Ian was the founding chair of the Canada Green Building Council from 2003-2007, and served as a director of Milton Hydro, one of the most progressive local electric distribution utilities in Ontario, from 2000-2007. Ian is a member of the National Advisory Council on Energy Efficiency, and of the Minister’s Advisory Committee which advises the Ontario Minister of Energy. Ian also serves as an adjudicator of the NAIOP REX Green Award for commercial buildings.

Joe Bile, Manager of Conservation Demand Management Program Delivery and Business Development, Toronto Hydro 

Joe has over 24 years of experience in the energy management industry. Joe graduated as a mechanical engineer from the University of Waterloo in 1986 and received a MBA with Distinction from the Schulich School of Business in 2004. He is a Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario and a LEED Accredited Professional.

Platinum Sponsor