Past Chapter Events

Using Urban Wood Forum

Date: January 17, 2017 
Time: 6:00-9:00pm
Council Chambers Members Lounge, City Hall, 100 Queen St W, Toronto (Map)


On January 17, 2017 participants gathered to explore the initiatives that have been established to support urban wood utilization and showcase valuable end uses including furniture and green building designs. Designers, architects and other industry experts spoke about their salvaged wood designs and experiences working with diseased ash wood. Following the speaker session, a reception was held in the City Hall Rotunda where the IIDEX Woodshop Exhibit displayed the 15 prototypes. 


6:00pm - Registration 
6:30pm - Presentations and Q&A
8:00pm - Reception in Rotunda


Robert Akermann, Facility Manager, Weston Golf & Country Club
Jeffery Forrest, Founder & Director, STACKLAB 
Miles Keller, Owner & Design Director, Dystil 
Daniel Kunanec, Green Industries Teacher, Toronto District School Board
Justin Nadeau, Green Projects Team Leader, Plant Operations and Sustainability, Toronto District School Board  
Joseph Rotondi, Property Manager, TRIOVEST
Tim Stainton, Supervisor, Facilities Management Services, TRIOVEST 

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LEED Breakfast Series Session III: Innovation in LEED Buildings 

Date: November 23, 2016
Time: 7:30am - 9:30am
Location:  Library Room, Fairmont Royal York Hotel, Toronto (map)


On November 23, 2016 participants gathered to learn why LEED is a driving force for greener management practices and technologies in buildings. As project teams work to achieve top energy, water or material performance – on Gold and Platinum projects – they investigate a lot of options. What are the most innovative technologies being used in Canadian LEED projects? What are the impacts they are driving? How do owners and project teams differentiate between “leading edge” and “bleeding edge” technologies? How do innovative management practices compare to new technologies in terms of impact? . These were some of the questions answered at this session.


7:30 – Hot breakfast and networking
8:00 – Speaker Presentations with Q+A
9:00 – 



Andy Schonberger, Director, Client Services, Intelligent Buildings, LLC  


Mike Anderson, Senior Associate, The HIDI Group
Dmitri Gerchikov, Global Director, Strategic Solutions, Brookfield Global Integrated Solutions 
Geoff Olsen, Sales Executive, View | Dynamic Glass
Jennifer Sicilia, Vice President & General Manager, RYCOM

The course has been approved for 1.5 CE hours please email for your CE hour code. 


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CaGBC-Greater Toronto Chapter Gala & Awards Program 

On October 13th, 2016 we held our annual CaGBC-Greater Toronto Chapter Gala. This event is the Chapter's largest networking and fundraising event of the year, bringing together 300 industry leaders and supporters. Each year, the Chapter hosts its annual Innovation Awards program which distinguishes individuals in the green building industry, as well as projects in Southern Ontario which go above and beyond the normal scope of sustainable best practices. 

Click here to see the winners and finalists of the 2016 Innovation Awards Program.

The evening included an elegant reception, sit-down dinner and a special keynote presentation by David Miller, President and CEO of the World Wildlife Fund-Canada.The Chapter continuined with the awards program, introduced in 2013, which recognizes projects and individuals that demonstrate advancement in the green building industry in Southern Ontario. 


CaGBC Greater Toronto Chapter Gala & Awards 2016

Browse through photos of the 2015 CaGBC Greater Toronto Chapter Gala here 

06:00 PM  Registration and Welcome Reception
07:00 PM  Dinner and Individual & Innovation Awards Presentation
08:00 PM  Dessert & Keynote Presentation 
10:00 PM  Event Ends 
David Miller, President and CEO of World Wildlife Fund – Canada, Canada’s foremost conservationorganization. The WWF creates solutions to the most serious conservation challenges facing our planet, helping people and nature thrive.

David Miller was Mayor of Toronto from 2003 to 2010 and Chair of the influential C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group from 2008 – 2010. Under his leadership, Toronto became widely admired internationally for its environmental leadership, economic strength and social integration.  He is a leading advocate for the creation of sustainable urban economies, and a strong and forceful champion for the next generation of jobs through sustainability.

Mr. Miller has held a variety of public and private positions and university affiliations. He is currently an adjunct Professor at York University and a member of the Board of Directors for Centennial College. In his former capacity as Counsel, International Business & Sustainability at Aird & Berlis LLP, Mr. Miller advised companies and international organizations on issues surrounding the creation of sustainable urban economies.

David Miller is a Harvard trained economist and professionally a lawyer. He and his wife, lawyer Jill Arthur, are the parents of two children.

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LEED Breakfast Series Session II - Understanding the True Value of LEED v4: A Google Case Study

Date: September 22, 2016
Time: 7:30am - 9:30am
Location:  Library Room, Fairmont Royal York Hotel, Toronto (map)


Transitioning to LEED v4 can be a big leap for all involved on a project. At our second annual LEED Breakfast Session of 2016, industry experts currently working on the new Google Office Phase 2, targeting LEED v4 CI Gold, plunged into the intensive certification process. Speakers explained the value of pursuing LEED v4 from the owner, consulting, architecture and commissioning perspectives.  


7:30 – Hot breakfast and networking
7:45 – Speaker Presentations with Q+A
9:00 – 


Doug Webber, Vice President, Sustainability and Energy, WSP  

Andrea Janus, Facilities Manager, Google Canada 
Meaghan Kahnert, Project Manager, Green Planning and Design, WSP
Deanna Hayko, Partner, iN STUDIO
Adrian Sluga, Senior Vice President, Commissioning & Building Analytics, JLL Canada 

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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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