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Speakers at Building Lasting Change 2017.

This year's presenters include an impressive list of industry leaders. Register now and plan your conference schedule to include our must see presenters.

Keynote Speakers

 Opening Plenary Sponsor

Opening Plenary Keynote
Wednesday, May 31 | 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. | VCC West, Ballroom CD

Jeremy Rifkin

Economic and Social Theorist
Opening Plenary Keynote Speaker


Jeremy Rifkin is the author of The Zero Marginal Cost Society: The Internet of Things, the Collaborative Commons, and the Eclipse of Capitalism and The Third Industrial Revolution: How Lateral Power is Transforming Energy, the Economy, and the World. Mr. Rifkin is a political advisor to the European Union, the People’s Republic of China and to heads of state around the world, and president of the Foundation on Economic Trends in Washington, DC. He has also served as an advisor to the leadership of the European Parliament and numerous heads of state on issues related to the economy, climate change, and energy security.

As the principal architect of the long-term economic sustainability plan to address the triple challenge of the global economic crisis, energy security, and climate change, Mr. Rifkin will present information, ideas and evidence that will inform and educate attendees about a new economic paradigm that is poised to dramatically change the way we organize economic life on the planet.


Lunch Plenary Keynote & Panel Discussion
Thursday, June 1 | 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. | VCC West, Ballroom CD

Eric Usher

Head of UNEP Finance Initiative
Lunch Plenary Keynote Speaker

Michael Emory

President & CEO
Allied Properties REIT
Panel Discussion Participant

Amy Erixon

Avison Young
Panel Discussion Participant

Andrew McAllan

Head of Real Estate Management
Oxford Properties Group
Panel Discussion Participant

Michael Brooks

Real Property Association of Canada
Panel Discussion Moderator


Lunch Plenary Keynote and Panel Discussion

Keynote: Eric Usher, Head of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Finance Initiative, will share how the UNEP Finance Initiative supports sustainable real estate investment in the context of the Paris Climate Agreement and emerging global and domestic carbon policies. Leveraging his international insight, Mr. Usher will set the stage for a panel featuring four of Canada’s most influential green real estate entities who will discuss their approaches to carbon mitigation and portfolio planning.

Panel Discussion:  Getting to 2030: Commercial Real Estate Investment in a Low Carbon Future

There is clear evidence of the urgent need to accelerate Canada’s transition towards a resource-efficient, low-carbon economy. Given its presence in the country’s overall carbon footprint, this can only be achieved with the active involvement of the real estate community. Buildings are responsible for a significant portion of GHG emissions in Canada and globally.  In the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change, the federal government recognizes the building sector as key in achieving Canada’s ambitious climate change targets by 2030. Measures include pricing carbon pollution, making new and existing buildings more energy efficient, and changes to the building codes to support building retrofits and net zero energy performance. In this new context, leaders from the commercial real estate sector will share their vision, insights and plans on investing in carbon mitigation, generating positive returns and increasing the value of their real estate assets. 

Participants include:

  • Michael Emory, Allied Properties REIT
  • Amy Erixon, Avison Young
  • Andrew McAllan, Oxford Properties Group


  • Michael Brooks, REALPAC


Sorted alphabetically ascending (A to Z) by first name. Click on stream title and time under name to find out more about their presentation(s).
Presenters are subject to change. Additions will be posted as details are confirmed.


Craig Applegath


Heather Bretz

Principal Architect

Michael Brooks

Real Property Association of Canada (REALPAC)

Matt Cable

Energy and Sustainability and Team Lead

Remi Charron

Assistant Chair and Associate professor

Eric Chisholm

Technical Lead, Green Planning and Design

Terry Connors

Director, Western Portfolio Operations
Cadillac Fairview

Tony Cupido

Chief Building and Facilities Officer
Mohawk College
Net Zero Summit

Pooran Desai

Co- founder & International Director

Paolo Di Trapani

CoeLux Srl

Ralph DiNola


Craig Edwards

Energy & Utilities Manager
City of Vancouver

Noah Friedman

Senior Urban Designer, Associate

Andrea Frisque

Senior Building Performance Engineer

Markous Gad

Sustainability Specialist

Ed Garrod

Operations Director, Head of Integrated Design and Sustainability
Integral Group

Kaitlyn Gillis

Project Manager
Light House Sustainable Building Centre

Matt Golden

Director of the GBCI Investor Confidence Project

Jenny Hong

Senior Project Manager
City of Edmonton

Scot Horst


Mark Hutchison

Green Building Programs
Net Zero Summit

Randy Irwin

Mechanical Engineer

Steve Kemp

Principal, Senior Energy and Sustainability Specialist, RDH Building Science
RDH Building Science
Net Zero Summit

Lisa King

Senior Planner
City of Toronto

Mark Lucuik

Director of Sustainability
Morrison Herschfield

Richard Macintosh

Energy and Sustainability North American Director
Brookfield Global Integrated Solutions

John Madden

Director Sustainability and Engineering

Vivian Manasc

Principal Architect
Manasc Isaac

Tom Martin

Project Manager / Technical Secialist/ Technical Lead, Green Planning and Design

Joanne McCallum

McCallum Sather Architects
Net Zero Summit

Jenny McMinn

BuildGreen Solutions

Howlan Mullally

Building Sustainability Specialist
Infrastructure Ontario

Neil Myers

Williams Creek

Ali Nazari

Integral Group

Heidi Nesbitt

Senior Associate
Local Practice Architecture + Design

Ringo Ng

Manager, Embedded Energy
Cadillac Fairview

Martin Nielsen

Architect AIBC, MRAIC, P.Eng., LEED®AP

Goran Ostojic

Vice President Western Canada
Integral Group

Mark Porter

National Practice Lead of Buildings
Associated Engineering

Melissa Potter

Specialist, Property Sustainability
Cadillac Fairview

Lisa Prime

Prime Strategy & Planning Inc.

Chris Pyke

Chief Strategy Officer

Dave Ramslie

Principal, Research & Planning Practice Leader

Zoë Rezac

communications and Indigenous engagement specialist

Kevin Stelzer

B+H Architects
Net Zero Summit

Wilco Van Bemmel

Affordable Housing Specialist
World of Walas

Kamilia Vaneck

Project Manager,
Sustainability and Energy

Elena Veneziani

Sales, American Continent
and APAC region
CoeLux Srl

Do Janne Vermeulen

Architect-Director and founding partner
Team V Architecture

Doug Webber

VP Sustainability and Energy

Kevin Welsh

Integral Group

Mike Williams

Principal, Sustainability

Gabe Wing

Director, Safety and Sustainability
Herman Miller

James Woodall

Sustainable Design Specialist
HCMA Architecture + Design

Kelly Worden


Michelle Xuereb

Sustainability Strategist, Senior Associate


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