Past Chapter Events

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.

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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.

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Our fourth and final LEED Breakfast Series of 2014, held on November 27th, focused on the important relationships between tenants and their green buildings.  The adoption of LEED by Toronto's downtown Class A office market has been both rapid and impressive. Now, after five years, we were able to discuss and answer some critical questions such as:
What is the experience of tenants? 
Which tenants are putting a priority on being in LEED certified spaces? 
What do they value most about being in a LEED EB:O+M certified building? 
What is the uptake of LEED Commercial Interiors among larger tenants? 
Are any tenants reporting on LEED space in their CSR reports? 
View photos from the event here.


Bill MacGowan, Director, Smart Connected Real Estate, Cisco

Bill MacGowan is the Director, Smart Connected Real Estate for Cisco’s Industry Transformation Business Division in Canada. Bill has extensive experience within the AEC (Architects Engineers Constructors) Space and is intimate in the design, implementation and operation of dynamic building systems. Bill has been intimately involved with the progress of open communication standards and converged base building networks. Bill has developed deep knowledge in the areas of Converged Building Systems, Enterprise Integration and the Delivery of High Performance Business Value. Bill is an honors graduate of the Queens University Electrical Engineering Program and is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM) with the American Energy Engineers (AEE) Association. Bill resides in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Graham Takata, Senior Manager, Energy and Sustainability, Enterprise Real Estate, TD Bank Group

As the Senior Manager of Energy and Sustainability for TD Bank, Enterprise Real Estate, Graham is accountable for advancing Enterprise Real Estate’s North American environmental strategy in retail and corporate spaces.  By integrating environmental benefits into green building design, operations, and experience, Enterprise Real Estate supports TD’s commitment to be an environmental leader.

Prior to joining TD, Graham provided sustainability planning, green technology, and carbon strategies to governments, industries, and NGOs. His experience includes creating the first comprehensive environmental baseline for Ontario’s hospitals, establishing some of Canada’s first carbon-financed projects, and enabling large enterprises to manage their environmental impact through technology.

Lisa Fulford-Roy, Senior Vice President, Workplace, Strategic Accounts and Consulting, HOK

Lisa Fulford-Roy, as Senior Vice President Client Strategy for Workplace, Strategic Accounts and Consulting, leads HOK teams and collaborates with HOK clients to design innovative, business-aligned workplace solutions. Lisa partners with clients to define and solve their increasingly complex workplace challenges, identifies opportunities and strategies for change and provides solutions with the vision of their enterprise in mind.  Lisa’s area of expertise is in workplace design, facility and portfolio planning, occupancy strategy, utilization and workplace innovation.  With an overarching expertise in Change Engagement, Lisa and her team provide proven methodologies to assist clients in maintaining high levels of employee engagement and productivity throughout the diverse phases of workplace change and transition.

Lisa is dedicated to sharing her knowledge as an industry thought-leader and is a member of the CoreNet Canadian Chapter Leadership Council and has served on Toronto CREW’s Board. She participates regularly in speaking engagements regarding the future of workplace including Cisco’s Workplace of the Future media event and was formerly a sessional instructor at OCAD.

Ruth Weiner, Manager, Energy & Environment, Corporate Real Estate, RBC

Ruth Weiner is the Manager, Energy & Environment for Royal Bank of Canada's Corporate Real Estate department.  In this capacity Ruth leads the sustainability strategy and associated programs for over 22 million sf of RBC's corporate real estate globally, with a focus on strategies that reduce the environmental impact and improve the sustainability performance associated with RBCs 1,900 major office and retail locations.  

Ruth works across all major CRE disciplines to ensure that environmental strategies are embedded across the CRE value chain, and works with key industry partners to champion the tenant perspective on sustainability.  Ruth is a Professional Engineer and a LEED AP. 

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Lunch & Learn Webinar: Toronto 2030 District

On September 22nd we hosted a Lunch & Learn webinar session on the Toronto 2030 District as part of our World Green Building Week celebrations. The Toronto 2030 District is a unique public-private-NGO collaboration focused on long term reductions in building-related energy use, water use and transportation emissions across the downtown core.  As on of the newest emerging members of a growing network 2030 Districts across North America (and the first non-US District), the Toronto 2030 District is committed to ensuring long term economic competitiveness, resilience, and quality of life in the city.

A key attribute of the 2030 District is to identify and support organizations like CaGBC who are active in helping building owners and tenants work toward the 2030 performance targets, and to provide a strong collective voice for conservation activities in Toronto. This webinar will introduce the 2030 District model, will explain how current programs including LEED ND align with the goals of 2030, and will discuss opportunities for organizations and individuals to become involved in District's efforts.

You can find the presentation slides from our webinar here.

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Jeff Ranson, Executive Director, The Toronto 2030 District 

The Annual Chapter BBQ

On June 4, 2014, guests from all over the country gathered on the patio of the Richmond-Adelaide Centre to eat, drink, network and reflect on CaGBC's National Conference on Building Lasting Change. Additionally, a tour of the OMERS Ventures Incubator space was given to guests. 


111 Richmond Street West was fully redeveloped in 2011 to its current status as a Class A LEED Gold-CS Certified building. Home to the Google offices and OneEleven, Canada’s first community for data-driven entrepreneurs, this venue in the heart of downtown was the perfect location to celebrate green building with a BBQ and live entertainment.

A joint effort by OMERS Ventures and Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE), OneEleven offers a space for intensely screened entrepreneurs to be part of an eclectic community that also includes venture capital, industry, academia and government. This unique environment nurtures opportunities for social interaction, collaboration and innovation.


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On April 30th, guests bumped elbows with all of the Chapter's green building enthusiasts at the first large networking party of 2014! Held at the Centre for Social Innovation (Annex), guests got the chance to play with our 4'x6' touch screen, interactive green building map and listened to presenters blast their way through 8 2-minute presentations on local green building projects.
Projects at the Building Blitz included: 

Minto’s 775 King St. West – Wells Baker
Niagara West YMCA – presented by Ross Hanham
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) – presented by Nuno Duarte
The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (EFTO) Headquarters – presented by Mike Williams
CANMET Materials Technology Building – presented by Cecily Eckhardt
North Star Homes’ Cottonlane – presented by Jordan Lane
GE Grid IQ Global Innovation Centre – presented by Carolyn Risely
CitiBank Canada Head Office – presented by Lesley Melliship

Click here to see the presentations slides!

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Ontario Building Code Breakfast

The 2012 Ontario Building Code (Ontario Regulation 332/12) came into effect on January 1, 2014. The Code includes enhanced minimum requirements for energy efficiency, carbon dioxide equivalents and peak electric demand. 


7:30 - 9:30AM
April 29, 2014
Loyalty One, 438 University Ave
Conference Centre
12th Floor


Our three expert panelists highlighted the energy efficiency compliance alternatives, as set out in Part 12 and Supplementary Standard SB-10 of the Building Code, described energy modelling strategies and design specifications that comply with the new requirements, and shared some examples of projects that have strived to meet those requirements. 


Cengiz Kahramanoglu, Building Code Advisor & Building Services Specialist, Building and Development Branch, Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing

The new edition of the Ontario Building Code (OBC), which came into effect at the beginning of 2014, introduced further changes to the enhanced energy efficiency requirements established in 2012. Cengiz gave an overview of the OBC and talked about the alternative compliance paths and recent changes to Part 12 and Supplementary Standard SB-10 of the Building Code.

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Brian Tysoe, Associate, National Manager of Energy Modelling Services, MCW Group

Brian showed the application of advanced energy modelling tools and techniques to meet SB-10 and improve building design and operation.

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Michelle Xuereb, Associate, Sustainability Strategist, Quadrangle Architects Limited

Michelle described various case examples of projects that have put particular attention on optimizing the building envelope.

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Where to TO? - December 2013

On December 4, the room was filled with Chapter Members after Construct Canada to discuss the advocacy options for the Chapter as we move into 2014. We had eight experts proposing eight different topics within 5 minutes each and the members voted for the top three pressing topics. Then we dived in to discuss the specific steps the Chapter could take next year to implement the chosen advocacies. There was a light buffet dinner available with a cash bar. On December 4, the room was filled with Chapter Members after Construct Canada to discuss the potential advocacy options for our Chapter as we move into 2014. We had eight experts proposing eight different topics within 5 minutes each and the members voted for the top three pressing topics. Then we dived in to discuss the specific steps our Chapter could take next year and beyond to implement the chosen advocacy initiatives. Along with the hot discussion, there was a light buffet dinner available with a cash bar. 

Toronto Green Standard Breakfast


The City of Toronto recently adopted version 2.0 of the Toronto Green Standard which comes into effect on January 1, 2014. The new Toronto Green Standard (TGS) Minimum Energy Performance will require developments to be designed to achieve the energy efficiency levels 15 percent better than the current Ontario Building Code for Tier 1 and designed and constructed 25 percent better than OBC for Tier 2. Ninety-five guests us at the January 28 breakfast session. Our four speakers answered questions about the new version of TGS, specifically, what this mean for developers and green building professionals as it relates to LEED for New Construction and the Development Charge refund.



Lisa King, M.A., Senior Policy Planner, City of Toronto

Lisa King is a Senior Environmental Policy Planner for the City of Toronto, City Planning Division. She leads the Toronto Green Standard, Toronto's two-tier set of performance measures for sustainable new development. Her career spans 20 years of work in conservation authorities, sustainable design consulting and municipal government at the City of Toronto. 


Mitch Gascoyne, P.Eng., CEM, LEED AP, Manager of Sustainable Design Services, MCW Consultants Ltd

Mitch Gascoyne is the Manager of Sustainable Design Services at MCW Consultants. MCW Consultants are Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Consultants with 300 + employees, 60 + LEED APs and 9 offices located across Canada.  Mitch is also a CaGBC LEED Faculty Member and has worked as a LEED Consultant in Toronto for the last 7 years.


Craig McIntyre, P.Eng., LEED AP BD&C, Engineering Manager at Provident Energy Management Inc.

Craig McIntyre is a sustainability consultant and energy modeller with Provident Energy Management. He advises developers and building owners on achieving energy targets, meeting LEED and Toronto Green Standard goals, and metering post-occupancy energy consumption. Provident is a TGS Tier 2 Project Evaluator.



Wells Baker, P.Eng.,LEED AP, Manager of Sustainable Developments at Minto

Wells is responsible for sustainable design strategy and overseeing the LEED certification process for all of Minto’s residential and commercial new construction projects. He became a LEED AP in 2002 and has over 10 years of experience working as a consulting engineer and LEED facilitator on a variety of commercial building projects. He is proud to have worked on some of Canada’s first LEED buildings including St. Gabriel’s Church (LEED-Gold) and the K-Rock Centre (LEED-Silver). Wells helped to form the Toronto Chapter of the Canada Green Building Council and has served in several capacities including Board Member. Wells has worked closely with the City of Toronto to apply the Toronto Green Standard Tier 2 to minto 775 King West.

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Legacy Gala and Awards Program 2013

On October 22, 2013, over 250 green building professionals and supporters joined the Greater Toronto Chapter at the Arcadian Court for our fourth annual Legacy Gala! The annual Legacy Gala supports the Greater Toronto Chapter’s continuing education and training programs and networking events that promote the success and viability of sustainable building practices. 

The evening included an elegant reception, sit-down dinner and a presentation by keynote speaker Jennifer Keesmaat, the Chief Planner of the City of Toronto. Our Master of Ceremonies for the evening was Michael Brooks, Real Estate Practice Group Leader at Aird & Berlis LLP and the former CEO of the Real Property Association of Canada (REALpac).

The Chapter introduced a new awards program at the event which recognized projects and individuals that demonstrate advancement in the green building industry in Southern Ontario.

Click here to see the Innovation in LEED Winners & Finalists

Click here to see the Individual Awards Winners & Finalists


Thank you to our sponsors and volunteers for a terrific evening! Click below to see photos of the Gala.



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