Green Building Breakfast Series: Understanding the New Strategic Direction for Green Building Policy in Ontario


Wed September 26, 2018, 7:30 am - 10:00 am
Lennox Hall - Toronto Region Board of Trade - Toronto, Ontario
Education (Chapter)




Date: Thursday September 26th, 2018
Time: 7:30 - 10:00am
Location: Lennox Hall - Toronto Region Board of Trade, 77 Adelaide St. West Toronto, ON M5H 4A6 (Map)


The election of the new PC Provincial government has brought about significant policy changes that impact the green building industry in Ontario. These reflect a fundamentally different vision of how industry and government should work together to tackle important challenges like climate change, energy costs and environmental protection, while stimulating jobs and investment.

This breakfast session will help clarify the priorities of the new government, examine changes to the policy and program landscape and hear from different industry leaders on how they are adjusting their goals and strategies.

How should the industry reorient their thinking to succeed under Ontario’s new approach to sustainable development?



7:30 - 8:00am - Hot breakfast 
8:00 - 9:30am - Speaker panel discussion and Q&A
9:30 - 10:00am - Networking 


Jeff Ranson - Regional Director, CaGBC Greater Toronto Chapter (Moderator)

As the GTA Regional Director for the CaGBC Jeff is focused on leading green building market transformation in southern Ontario and building a strong community of practice through the CaGBC’s Greater Toronto Chapter. Previously, Jeff served as the founding Executive Director of the Toronto 2030 District and Manager of Education for Sustainable Buildings Canada. He was lead facilitator for Enbridge’s Savings By Design energy conservation program delivering sustainable design workshops for over 100 development projects across Ontario. Jeff has consulted for numerous private and public sector organizations in Canada and internationally with a focus on capacity building and strategic planning for sustainable development, climate change mitigation and resilience outcomes.

Jeff holds an Honors in Business Administration from the Western University’s Richard Ivey School of Business and a Masters of Design in Strategic Foresight and Innovation from OCADU where he received the President’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Graduate Studies.


Richard Joy - Executive Director, ULI Toronto

Richard Joy is the Executive Director of Urban Land Institute (ULI) Toronto. Since his arrival as the first full-time Executive Director in 2014 the organization has doubled its membership and its staff and significantly increased its brand recognition throughout the Greater Golden Horseshoe. Key initiatives that Richard has implemented include the Urban Leadership Program, Urban Plan Program, Meet The Chiefs dinner and two regional Symposiums. Prior to joining ULI, Richard served as the Vice President Policy and Government Relations at the Toronto Region Board of Trade as Director of Municipal Affairs and Ontario (Provincial Affairs) at Global Public Affairs, a leading Canadian Government Relations firm. Richard’s extensive public policy knowledge and experience comes from years of service at Queen’s Park and Toronto City Hall, where he was the Senior Policy Advisor to the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, responsible for the public policy development for the City of Toronto Act. Richard received his Bachelor of Arts in History from Carleton University. He currently sits on the Community Hubs Advisory Group for the Government of Ontario and the Advisory Committee for Ryerson’s Centre for Urban Research and Land Development.


Chris Loreto - Principal, StrategyCorp

Bio to come


Joe Vaccaro - CEO, Ontario Home Builders' Association (OHBA)

Bio to come


Additional panelists from REALpac to be announced.



Not-yet Member: $75
Member: $55
EGP Member: $40**

**Please email to receive your EGP discount code.

Hot breakfast will be provided at the event, please inform us of any dietary restrictions or allergies.
If you have any questions regarding this event, please contact Yvonne at yho @


Lennox Hall - Toronto Region Board of Trade
77 Adelaide St. West