Past Chapter Events

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.

Panelists

 

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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NeighbourWood: Urban Wood Utilization Forum & Reception

On October 24, 2013, a panel of industry and municipal experts convened at Toronto City Hall to discuss urban wood utilization initiatives, challenges, and solutions from across North America. Click on the panelists to view their presentation.

LEED Breakfast Series, Session #3 - September, 2013

On September 18, 2013 the Toronto Chapter hosted our third Session of the LEED Breakfast Series. Gathering for another delicious breakfast at the Royal York Hotel, building owners, managers, real estate developers, and other green professionals learned about what it takes to achieve LEED Platinum for new and existing buildings. Our speakers from Halsall and Enermodal examined the 'rule of thumb' LEED Platinum performance requirements that owners can reference, and discussed how easy is it to transition from LEED C&S to LEED EB:O&M Platinum. Stay tuned for the final session of the LEED Breakfast Series coming up on December 6 at the Shangri-La Hotel!

The CaGBC Greater Toronto Chapter Gala and Awards Program, which occured on October 16 at the Arcadian Court, was a huge success! Congratulations to all of our award winners!

Chapter Boat Cruise - September 2013

On September 11, 2013 Chapter Members and green building supporters set out to explore the revitalization project of Waterfront Toronto and watch the sun set aboard the Norther Spirit! This lively evening included a waterfront tour, dinner, great music, and an amazing view of Toronto's skyline. Pictures of the evening will be coming soon.

On September 11, 2013 Chapter Members and green building supporters set out to explore the revitalization project of Waterfront Toronto and watch the sun set aboard the Norther Spirit! This lively evening included a waterfront tour, dinner, great music, and an amazing view of Toronto's skyline. Continue reading to view photos from the event.

 

 

Spring Open - April 2013

On April 30, 2013 over 175 people joined us at the Steam Whistle Roundhouse to welcome spring and celebrate green building. The event launched Green Doors Open, an initiative to engage the public and building professionals in green buildings in their communities and across Ontario. We invited select green buildings to present in our Building Blitz - a concise, fast-paced and engaging presentation format in which presenters showcase their buildings in under 2 minutes.

Chapter BBQ - June 2013

On June 18, 2013 over 140 people joined us on the green roof of the beautiful, newly constructed, George Brown Waterfront Campus to ring in the summer. Highlights of the evening included included delicious local food, live music and a special member's tour of the Waterfront Campus. Continue reading to view photos from the event.

LEED Breakfast Series, Session #1: LEED Certified, Now What? - April 2013

On April 3, 2013 the Toronto Chapter hosted the first session of our new LEED Breakfast Series. Over one hundred building owners, managers, real estate developers, and other green professionals gathered at the Royal York Hotel for a delicious breakfast and an informative presentation by Mark Hutchinson, Director of Green Building Programs at the CaGBC. The theme of the session was "LEED Certified, Now What?" and the following questions were addressed: How do you manage the goals and metrics included in your policies? What are the expectations for getting your building re-certified? What guidance does CaGBC have in this area?

Don't miss out on Session #2 - LEED + Performance: How strong is the connection? on June 19, 2013.