Past Chapter Events


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. 

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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.


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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


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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.
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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.

For more information on the District visit:


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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