Past Chapter Events


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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The Materials Summit was a one day workshop that delved into the issues surrounding materials and their impacts on health and the environment. Delegates heard first-hand from industry leaders and experts about the new tools, programs and ideas surrounding building materials and their impact on human health and the environment. With the introduction of LEED v4, there is greater demand and commitment to phase out materials which have negative human and environmental impact, with particular focus on the life-cycle and repurposing of materials. Product specifiers learned how they can use the information and assessment tools that are becoming available in order to choose healthier, more sustainable products.




Please see below for the PowerPoint presentations from the Summit, any missing presentations will be available shortlly. 

SESSION 1: Little Things Matter: The Impact of Toxins on Health, Bruce Lanphear, Simon Fraser University (available shortly) 

SESSION 2: The Owner and Tenant Perspective, Gerry Guidice, TD Bank Group

SESSION 3: Material Requirements in LEED v4, Mark Hutchinson, CaGBC

SESSION 4: Manufacturing Greener Materials, David Wilkerson, Shaw Industries Inc & Doug Hietkamp, Teknion 

SESSION 5: Sourcing MaterialsCharles Marshall, DIALOG

SESSION 6: The Tools and Programs to Help You, Julie-Anne Chayer, Groupe Ageco; Mike Manzi, Boora Architects, Amy Hunsicker, Green Screen & Max Richter, Perkins & Will 

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Biomass Energy from Urban Wood Residue


Held on November 4th at the City of Toronto Archives, this session explored the availability and uses of Low-Value Wood. Traditionally it is minimally used for structural work given that higher quality wood can easily be sourced. High-value urban wood is often salvaged for furniture and interior design. The residual, low-value wood by-products have been mainly used for mulch or for heating purposes. The City of Toronto has been exploring opportunities to repurpose this wood residue as a biomass energy source. While this application has not been typically in North American urban centres, it is a common practice in Europe for the purposes of eco-district heating, etc. The Biomass Energy from Urban Wood Residue event touched on the status of biomass availability and the bio-economy in Ontario, northern Ontario energy initiatives, as well as some pilot biomass energy use frameworks being implemented by a number of municipalities to support biomass energy generation around the Greater Toronto Area.



Moderator: Bernie McIntyre,Senior Manager, Community Transformation, TRCA


Background on Biomass Energy - What Have We Learned From North Ontario Initiatives

Dawn Lambe, Executive Director, Biomass North Development

Presentation slides are available here.


Bioenergy and Ontario Status Update

Howlan Mullally, Infrastructure Ontario

Presentation slides are available here.


The Future of Biomass Energy in the GTA

Malaz Sebai, Project Manager, Waste Management, Partners in Project Green, TRCA

Presentation slides are available here.


Robert Maxwell, Manager, Toronto Renewable Energy Office, Environment and Energy Division, City of Toronto

Presentation slides are available here.

For more information about Viessmann and to participate in their upcoming webinars, please check their webpage here.


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.


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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. 

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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

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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.