Building Lasting Change 2015 - Keynote and Plenary Speakers


Opening Plenary Speaker:

Professor Dr. Michael Braungart, Founder and Scientific Director of Environmental Protection and Encouragement Agency, Hamburg, Germany

Buildings like Trees, Cities like Forests - How to use 40 years of environmental debate for innovation in the built environment

For decades, Prof. Dr. Michael Braungart has pioneered the Cradle to Cradle design concept. He has worked with a number of organizations and companies across a range of industries, and has developed tools for designing eco-effective products, business systems and intelligent materials pooling. Saving energy, being abstemious, making production processes more efficient and less harmful – these current principles of sustainability do not sound particularly attractive to Prof. Dr. Braungart; they lack real innovation, positivity and effectiveness. Cradle to Cradle is different: products and production processes designed through its principles are healthy and even beneficial to both humans and nature. Products function in material flows so that there are only useful resources, or a better word: nutrients. This approach paves the way to a new economic system for which, innovation, positivity, quality and creativity are key. That this can work, show hundreds of products that have been developed according to this principle. Nature is for Cradle to Cradle a source of inspiration. The smart systems and beautiful materials found in nature, and the needs and well-being of people specify the development of C2C in buildings and show us how we can increase our positive footprint and celebrate life.


Leadership Awards Gala Keynote Speaker:

Edward Mazria, Founder and CEO of Architecture 2030

Edward Mazria, FAIA, is founder of Architecture 2030 and an internationally recognized architect, planner, author, and educator. His award-winning architecture spans a thirty-five year period, each project employing a cutting-edge environmental design approach. He is the author of numerous published works, including a key book in solar design, The Passive Solar Energy Book.

His current research reshaped the dialogue on climate change to incorporate the role of the building sector. He issued the 2030 Challenge – strategies to dramatically reduce sector CO2 emissions – and the 2050 Imperative, targeting zero CO2 emissions in the built environment by 2050 and adopted by International Union of Architects representing over 1.4 million architects from 125 countries.

Road to Zero

Does 2015 mark the beginning of the end of the fossil fuel era? Mr. Mazria will deliver the keynote presentation on June 3 at the CaGBC Leadership Awards Gala on the road to zero emissions and the transformation that is underway to address the most pressing issues of our time – urbanization, energy, and climate change.

(1 GBCI CE hour)


Day 2 Luncheon Plenary Expert Panel:

The Drive Toward a National Energy Benchmarking Strategy in Canada

Over 30 per cent of total energy consumption in Canada comes from residential, commercial and institutional buildings. At the city level the impact is even starker as buildings become the primary source of greenhouse gas emissions with over 50 percent attributed to their heating, cooling and lighting.

Energy benchmarking has long been discussed as an essential component to the reduction of GHGs in existing buildings. A number of Canadian cities and provinces are exploring the introduction of mandatory energy benchmarking and reporting, and Canada's largest property managers with portfolios across the country support a uniform national approach to benchmarking and reporting policies. Despite this, benchmarking tools and practices in Canada have not yet become as widely adopted as in the U.S., where municipal and state-led energy benchmarking and reporting policies have gained traction over the last five years.

Now, with Natural Resources Canada's successful adaptation of the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager widely available, Canada stands to match this model, and vastly improve transparency on energy consumption in existing buildings.

Join some of the North America's foremost energy experts on Day 2 of Building Lasting Change, for a panel discussion about how energy benchmarking policies can play a strategic role in improving the efficiency of our building stock. The panel discussion will include an overview of the historical uptake and impact of energy benchmarking in the United States, and will also cover the growing interest and support for energy benchmarking policies in Canada – both by the public and private sectors.  

When: Thursday, June 4, 2015, Luncheon Plenary

Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Where: East Ballroom ABC, Vancouver Convention Centre

David Ramslie, Principal, Integral Group

Dave is also head of Planning and Research for Canada. A planner by training and a thought leader on urban sustainable development, and energy policy, his work has been recognized by the Canadian Institute of Planners, The Cascadia Regional Green Building Council, and the World Green Building Council. Last year he was specifically recognized by the Natural Resources Defence Council as one of nine global leaders who are fighting climate change in cities. When not working with a global client base he spends as much time as he can with his family or on his bike.

Nat Gosman, Director of Energy Efficiency Policy, B.C. Ministry of Energy and Mines

Nat is responsible for leading and overseeing energy efficiency initiatives in the policy, regulatory and program domains, including oversight of utility demand-side management planning, codes and standards development, and provincial program development. Nat is currently working with his team to roll out $2.2M in Innovative Clean Energy Fund energy efficiency and conservation initiatives to strengthen the home energy performance industry, advance technology options for net-zero buildings and accelerate adoption of energy management practices in the industrial sector. Nat holds an M.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of Victoria.

Jayson Antonoff, Technical Director, City Energy Project, Institute for Market Transformation

Jayson has been with the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) since May 2012. The City Energy Project is a national initiative to work with ten of the leading cities in the U.S. to improve the energy efficiency of their existing buildings. He also serves as the U.S. Director of the Global Building Performance Network, an international network working to significantly reduce the energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions of buildings. Jayson holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and an MS in Sustainable Energy Planning from Aalborg University in Aalborg, Denmark.

Ross MacWhinney, Policy Advisor, NYC Mayor's Office of Sustainability

Ross is a Policy Advisor for New York City’s Greener Greater Buildings Plan (GGBP) working full-time in the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability through the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT). He assists the Office in the implementation and improvement of the City’s energy and water benchmarking law, Local Law 87. Ross develops legislative modifications and expansions of existing policies to increase the scope and effectiveness of the GGBP. He also assists with analytical projects such as the City’s annual benchmarking report and the City’s analysis of energy audit data. Ross graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a Bachelor of Science in Information and Decision Systems and received a Master of Public Administration in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University. He is a Certified Energy Auditor and LEED Green Associate.​