Green Building Breakfast Series: New Ontario Government, New Strategic Direction for Green Buildings


Wed September 26, 2018, 7:15 am - 10:00 am
Lennox Hall - Toronto Region Board of Trade - Toronto, Ontario
Education (Chapter)



Please note that this event is now SOLD OUT. We unfortunately will not be accepting walk-in registrations.

Date: Wednesday, September 26th, 2018
Time: 7:15 - 10:00am
Location: Lennox Hall - Toronto Region Board of Trade,
                 77 Adelaide St. West, First Canadian Place, Toronto ON (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 different vision of how industry and government should work together to tackle important challenges like climate change, affordability 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 how industry is adjusting their goals and strategy.

A New Vision for Ontario - with the Hon. Rod Phillips, Minister of Environment, Conservation and Parks (pictured right)



7:15 – 8:00am: Registration and hot breakfast

8:00 – 8:15am: Introduction

8:15 – 8:30am: A New Vision for Ontario - the Hon Rod Phillips, Minister of Environment, Conservation and Parks

8:30 – 8:45am:The new policy landscape in Ontario - Chris Loreto, Principal at StrategyCorp

8:45 – 9:30am: Panel Discussion: How should the industry reorient their thinking to succeed under Ontario’s new approach to sustainable development?

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, Urban Land institute (ULI) Toronto

Richard Joy is the Executive Director of 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.


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

In the summer of 2013, Joe Vaccaro was named Chief Executive Officer of the Ontario Home Builders’ Association. Prior to that, Mr. Vaccaro acted as OHBA’s Chief Operating Officer, after serving as the VP of Policy and Government Relations at the Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD).

AS CEO, Mr. Vaccaro oversees operations of the Ontario-wide organization which is comprised of 4,000-member companies organized into 29 local associations representing professionals within the new home and renovation industry. OHBA is focused on improving new housing affordability and choice for Ontario’s new home purchasers and renovation consumers by positively impacting provincial legislation, regulation and policy that affect the industry. Prior to his industry association career path, Mr. Vaccaro served as a senior advisor and assistant to the Ministers of Economic Development and Trade, Chair of Management Board and the Minister of Government Services.

A graduate of York University where he received his Honours Degree in Political Science with a minor in Philosophy, Mr. Vaccaro identifies his summers working in the family residential framing and new construction business as shaping his understanding and appreciation for the social, economic and environmental impact the building and land development industry has on local, provincial and federal public policy development and decisions.


Chris Loreto - Principal, StrategyCorp 

Chris is a Principal at StrategyCorp specializing in helping public, private and not for profit clients create conditions for success with advice on public policy development, strategic and business planning, organizational and operational design, and stakeholder communications and engagement. Chris has more than 18 years of experience working in both the public and private sectors at the executive level and advising senior industry leaders in government, healthcare, education, infrastructure, and real estate.

Prior to joining StrategyCorp, Chris was a Vice President & Director with the Infrastructure Advisory and Project Finance practice at Deloitte & Touche LLP where he specialized in the design, business case analysis and procurement of P3/AFP and major real estate developments.

Chris is also a director on the Council of the Royal Society of Canada, chair of ArtsBuild Ontario, and vice-president of select hockey for the Streetsville Hockey League.

Chris has his BA in Political Science from the University of Toronto and his MBA from the Schulich School of Business at York University.


Melissa Jacobs - Director of Sustainability, First Capital Realty Inc. 

Melissa has over a decade of experience in implementing a range of sustainability programs in both the commercial real estate and retail sectors. In her current role as Director, Sustainability at First Capital Realty (FCR), she provides leadership and support to the Company in the national development and implementation of FCR’s sustainability strategies and initiatives. 

Her past roles include Manager, Sustainability at Bentall Kennedy and Sears Canada and Manager, Projects and Research at the World Green Building Council.

Melissa is active in a number of industry associations including the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC), Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) and REALpac. Melissa received her Bachelor of Environmental Studies from York University.









Not-yet Member: $75
Member: $55
Student / 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
Postal Code:
M5H 1P9