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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

Jeremy Rifkin

Opening Plenary Keynote
Speaking on Wednesday, May 31
Time: 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Location: VCC West, Ballroom CD

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.


Eric Usher

Lunch Plenary Keynote
Speaking on Thursday, June 1
Time: 11:30am to 1:30pm
Location: VCC West, Ballroom CD

Eric Usher is currently Head of the UNEP Finance Initiative, a global partnership with 230 banks, insurers and fund managers working to promote the sustainable finance and responsible investment agendas. UNEP FI’s work includes a strong focus on policy – by fomenting country-level dialogues between finance practitioners, supervisors, regulators and policy-makers, and, at the international level, by promoting financial sector involvement in processes such as the global climate negotiations. Prior to leading UNEP FI, Mr. Usher has over twenty years of experience in the low carbon sectors, spanning commercialisation of renewable energy technologies in Canada, solar rural electrification in Morocco and financial sector development across emerging markets. During 2011 Mr. Usher worked at the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change on establishment of the Green Climate Fund and its Private Sector Facility. Eric is co-editor of the Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment report published annually with Bloomberg New Energy Finance and was lead author of the IPCC Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources. Eric sits on several industry bodies including the Board of the Principles for Responsible Investment. Before joining UNEP, Eric was General Manager of a solar rural electrification company based in Morocco.



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


Tony Arnel

Global Director Sustainability
Norman, Disney and Young

Heather Bretz

Principal Architect

S. 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

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

Kalum Galle

Sustainability Specialist
Morrison Hershfield

Ed Garrod

Operations Director, Head of Integrated Design and Sustainability
Integral Group

Carson Gemmill

Manager, Engineering
Enwave Energy Corporation

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

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

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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