Existing Buildings Summit


Thu April 6, 2017, 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
St. James Cathedral Centre - Toronto, Ontario
Education (Chapter)



Date: April 6, 2017 
Time: Presentations 8:30am-4:30pm & Reception 4:30-6:00pm 
St. James Cathedral Centre, 65 Church St, Toronto, M5C 2E9 (Map)

*Please note registration begins at 7:45am


Learn how to accelerate deep retrofits and maximize the performance of existing buildings at this unique CaGBC forum
In metropolitan centers, buildings are responsible for approximately half of all emissions. In fact, cities like Toronto attribute 53 per cent of their emissions to the built environment. We know that over 80 percent of Canada’s building stock today will be operational in 2030 and beyond. In order to reach a low carbon future, it will be essential to retrofit existing buildings.
In research commissioned by CaGBC, it was found that retrofitting large commercial, institutional and high-rise residential buildings can reduce GHG emissions by up to 44 per cent - equivalent to a 19.4 million tonne reduction from the 2005 baseline by 2030. This would result in $6.2 billion in energy savings; but in order to do so, we need to accelerate a robust and innovative retrofit economy.
To help guide the industry, the CaGBC is holding an Existing Buildings Summit in Toronto on April 6, 2017. This event will provide an opportunity to learn about exceptional deep retrofit projects; explore different approaches to optimizing building performance; and understand provincial and federal initiatives to drive the energy efficiency improvements for Canada’s existing buildings.
This event has been approved for 5 CE hours. 

Group Rate*: $150 +HST
Member: $200 +HST
Non-Member: $250 +HST

*Group rates apply to groups of 3 or more individuals, email jmalta [at] cagbc.org to receive your group rate. 





8:30 am - 9:30 am

Persuasion: The Science Behind How We Think and Act in the Age of Climate Change.

Keynote Speaker

James Garvey, Philosopher and author of The Persuaders: The Hidden Industry that Wants to Change Your Mind  

9:30 am - 10:00 am

Future of Buildings and Canada’s Role

Existing buildings are key to a carbon-free future. They make up over 80 per cent of Canada’s building stock which will continue to be in operations in 2030 and beyond. This presentation will showcase research findings that offer a roadmap for the role that commercial, institutional buildings over 25,000 sq.ft. and high-rise residential buildings 5 storeys or greater, can play in meeting climate change targets while fostering economic growth and energy savings.


Thomas Mueller, President & CEO, CaGBC

10:00 am - 10:15 am


10:15 am - 11:00 am

The New Business Case for Retrofits

Rethinking how we assess and manage our building assets is the first step in improving the way buildings perform. Panelists will explore the emerging business case for retrofits and how that has begun to reshape decision-making in the industry. Considerations for retrofits extend beyond energy savings and payback schedules, rather they include there is evidence they positively impact leasing rates, tenant retention and attracting new talent.

Panel Discussion

Moderator: Morgan McDonald, Director of Operations, Ledcor Renew


  1. Philippe Bernier, Director of Sustainability, Triovest 
  2. Derek Billsman, Director of Real Estate & Sustainability, HOOPP
  3. Jonathan Westeinde, CEO and Co-Founder, Windmill Developments Group

11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Exceptional Building Retrofits

Considering improvements in your building portfolio? This session will explore examples of three distinct building typologies - commercial heritage, office and multi-unit residential building - that have undertaken deep retrofits. The panelists will describe the motivations for upgrades, outcomes of audits and retrofit option analysis, the strategies and technologies that were employed and the overall impact on environmental and economic factors.

Panel Discussion

Moderator: Robert Edwards, Business Manager, Private Sector, Conservation & Corporate Relations, Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO).


  1. Matthew Hirsch, Project Principal, Sustainability & Energy, WSP Canada
  2. Kevin Stelzer, Principal, B+H Architects
  3. Roger Thompson, VP Strategy & Sustainability, FirstService Corporation
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm


1:30 pm - 2:15 pm

Building Performance Data: the New Gold

In order to get the benefits that result from optimizing building performance, property executives and facility managers increasingly consider the data they can collect in buildings and the analyses they can complete to inform decision-making. Advanced information technology has expanded the volume, velocity and variety of data, or “big data,” that can be collected. Get the inside scoop on where the industry is going and what it should expect from the future of building performance data.

Master Speaker

Scot Horst, President & CEO, ARC Skoru Inc.


2:15 pm - 3:30 pm

Ontario’s Energy Benchmarking Regulation

Discover how you are affected by Ontario’s mandatory Energy and Water Reporting and Benchmarking (EWRB) legislation for Large Buildings and learn how the initiative will be rolled out over the next year. This workshop will explore reporting deadlines and phase-in requirements for various building types and sizes; methods for accessing data from utility distributors; verification and reporting requirements; and the framework for public disclosure.


Instructor: Eric Chisholm, Technical Lead, WSP Canada 

Speaker: Brian Byrnes, Senior Advisor, Conservation Programs and Partnerships, Ministry of Energy 

3:30 pm - 3:45 pm


3:45pm - 4:30pm

Securing Retrofit Financing

Building owners can be reluctant to invest in retrofits, as they don’t know if a project will generate enough savings to service their new debt. Learn about the Investor Confidence Project (ICP) and its Investor Ready Energy Efficiency project certification, which aims to reduce the risk associated with retrofit projects through standardized methods and third party verification, increasing certainty around energy savings and financial return. Learn how the ICP system is being deployed in the US and Europe is leading to lower transaction costs and increased access to capital, and how it can lead to increased energy efficiency in Canada.

Announcement and Presentation

Speaker: Ron Dizy, Managing Director, Advanced Energy Centre, MaRS



4:30 pm - 6:00 pm



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