Join us on June 6 for the 2016 Materials and Health Summit.
This one-day event is being held prior to the start
of Building Lasting Change in Toronto.

Allstream Centre
105 Princes' Blvd., Exhibition Place, Toronto, Ontario

The Materials and Health Summit Sponsors are:

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At the Summit you will hear first-hand from industry leaders and experts about the new tools, programs and ideas surrounding building materials and their impact on human health and the environment.

The program incorporates a number of hands-on activities throughout the day, providing a fun, interactive learning experience. Attendees will get a chance to walk through the LEED v4 Building Product Disclosure and Optimization credits, experiencing first-hand the product documentation used to support credit requirements.


Member rate: $225 + HST
Non-member rate: $300 + HST

Continuing Education (CE) Hours: This Summit is approved for 6.5 LEED Specific BD+C, ID+C GBCI hours. GBCI hours will be reported automatically only if your badge is scanned upon entry to each session. Delegates must self report and provide proof of participation in order to collect CE hours from any other association. Please email AFTER June 9 and she will provide you with the necessary documentation.

CaGBC Materials and Health Summit 


CE hours and Speakers will be posted upon confirmation.

6.5 GBCI CE hours, LEED Specific, BD+C, ID+C

Materials and Health Summit – June 6, 2016
Allstream Centre, 105 Princes' Boulevard, Toronto, Ontario

 7:30 a.m.

Registration and breakfast

 8:00 a.m.

Welcoming Remarks from Jamie McKay, Principal, Morrison Hershfield

Photo of Jamie McKay Jamie McKay is a Principal at Morrison Hershfield Limited Ottawa, Ontario, Canada Office.  He has worked across Canada on LEED and Green projects in the area of Building Science, specializing on high performance building envelopes, green roofs, building durability and building envelope commissioning.  Jamie has acquired a wide range of knowledge in sustainable design and building science through his experience at Morrison Hershfield, USGBC/CaGBC lectures, teaching at Carleton University, and acting on a CaGBC Review team and Material Technical Advisory Group (TAG). Jamie received his LEED Fellowship from the USGBC in 2014.

8:05 a.m. to 8:50 a.m.

Session 1 - The Impact of Toxins on Health

Presented by: Kathleen Cooper, Senior Researcher and Paralegal, Canadian Environmental Law Association

This session will kick-off the day by exploring the science behind building materials and their health implications.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the science of toxicity;
  • Identify the concentrations of toxins able to affect health and wellness.

Photo of Kathleen Cooper Kathy Cooper has worked in environmental research positions for 30 years. As Senior Researcher at CELA, and a paralegal, she provides casework support to environmental litigation, conducts law reform and public legal education, and serves on the steering committees of the Canadian Partnership for Children’s Health and Environment (CPCHE) and the Low-Income Energy Network. She has authored several publications about the effects of environmental contaminants on fetal and child health as well as links between early life exposures and later life chronic disease. Recent work has addressed the integration of environmental health protection into energy efficiency programs, a project to address indoor environmental health issues for low-income tenants in Ontario, and research and advocacy about law and policy across Canada concerning radon.

8:50 a.m. to 9:20 a.m.

Session 2 - Materials and Resources Requirements in LEED v4

Presented by: Mark Hutchinson, Vice President, Green Building Programs,CaGBC

This session will explore the materials and resource requirements in LEED v4 including the future direction of these credits.

Learning Objectives:
  • Explain the evolution of the Materials credits in LEED
  • Break-down the details of the LEED v4 Building Product Disclosure Optimization credits
  • Describe the future direction and refinement of the credits

Mark Hutchinson has worked with the Canada Green Building Council for the last seven years. As VP of Green Building Programs, he oversees the strategic direction and operation of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) building certification program in Canada. He participates on the LEED International Roundtable and collaborates with the LEED Canada Steering Committee. He currently serves as incoming Chair of the USGBC’s LEED Steering Committee, which oversees the development and application of the LEED program globally.

9:20 a.m. to 9:35 a.m.


9:35 a.m. to 10:20 a.m.

Session 3 - Environmental Product Declarations

Presented by: Josée Lupien, President, Vertima & Patrick Lavoie, Senior Scientist, FPInnovations

This session will describe and define Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) and Life Cycle Assessments (LCAs) . An interactive component will provide the opportunity to review EPD documents and critically evaluate their strengths and weaknesses.

Learning Objectives:

  • Differentiate between EPDs and LCAs
  • Describe what types of EPDs and LCAs are accepted in LEED v4
  • Identify specific information from within an EPD
  • Recognize the strengths and weaknesses of EPDs and LCAs

Photo of Josée Lupien Josée Lupien has over 20 years of experience in architectural specifications. Collaborations with architects and decision-makers have allowed her to become actively involved in greening the construction industry. In 2004, she became director and founding member of the Quebec Chapter of the Canada Green Building Council and is currently Past President since 2014. Josée founded her company, Vertima, with her partner Jean DesRosiers. Vertima is a group of experts in environmental analysis of products and construction materials. The company is recognized as an independent third party working with manufacturers to produce their Validated Eco Declarations, Life Cycle Assessments (LCA), Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) and Health Product Declaration (HPD) in connection with the requirements of the new LEED v4 system.

Photo of Patrick Lavoie Working as senior scientist for FPInnovations’ sustainability group, Patrick Lavoie has recently been involved in research projects addressing the environmental footprint of wood building systems and the recycling of construction wood waste. Over the last few years, M. Lavoie has contributed to the publication of several environmental product declarations (EPDs) and is participating in standards development on environmental topics like EPDs. He has a good understanding of the drivers for green construction and environmental communications and has played a key role in a number of R&D projects about wood-based insulation products. Patrick Lavoie has a master’s degree in environmental studies from York University and a sociology degree from Laval University.

10:20 a.m. to 11:05 a.m.

Session 4 - Sourcing of Raw Materials

Presented by: Marsha Gentile, Construction Sustainability Specialist, Ledcor Construction

This session will focus on what is involved in sourcing raw materials. It will include an interactive element that will involve working in groups to review a Corporate Sustainability Report (CSR) for compliance with LEED v4 requirements.

Learning Objectives:
  • Define what is meant by a self-declared report
  • Explain what a CSR is and what particular features they must have to qualify under LEED v4
  • Describe how FSC, recycled content and other features contribute to optimization under Option 2 of the credit

Photo of Marsha Gentile Marsha Gentile is the Construction Sustainability Specialist at Ledcor Construction.  She was one of the first in Canada to graduate from the National Sustainable Building Advisors program. Marsha has 14 years of hands-on experience with LEED projects across Canada and the United States and managed the LEED v4 material documentation process for the CaGBC Vancouver Office project.  Marsha is an assistant instructor at BCIT and is proud to be a past recipient of the Vancouver Regional Construction Association’s Educator of the Year Award.

11:05 a.m. to 11:20 a.m.


11:20 a.m. to 12:05 p.m.

Session 5 - Material Ingredient Reporting Option 1

Presented by: Joel Ann Todd, Director of Technical and Education Programs, HPD Collaborative

This session focuses on the reporting of material ingredients. An interactive component will provide the opportunity to review actual Health Product Declarations (HPDs), evaluate strengths and weaknesses, and identify requirements for LEED v4 compliance.

Learning Objectives:
  • Elaborate on what is meant by a manufacturer’s inventory
  • Describe the contents of an HPD
  • Recognize the strengths and weaknesses of HPDs
  • Review HPDs and manufacturer inventories for LEED v4 compliance

Photo of Joel Ann Todd Joel Ann Todd, Education and Technical Director of the Health Product Declaration Collaborative, has more than 25 years of experience in green buildings and building materials.  Beginning in the early 1990s, she developed Materials Reports for the AIA’s Environmental Resource Guide.  Joel began working with the USGBC in the late 1990s on LEED, served as Vice Chair of the Technical and Scientific Advisory Committee, and as Vice Chair and then Chair of the LEED Steering Committee.  She was a contributing author for USGBC’s Better Building Materials: Understanding Human Health and Environmental Attributes.  Recently, Joel joined the staff of the Health Product Declaration Collaborative, where she manages education and technical programs.

12:05 p.m. to 12:50 p.m.

Networking Lunch

12:50 p.m. to 1:35 p.m.

Session 6 - Google’s Healthy Materials Program: Lessons Learned & Looking Ahead

Presented by: Kati Kallins, Environmental [e] Team Design + Construction, Google

This session focuses on Google’s Healthy Materials Program. Starting in 2010 the program highlights Google’s focus on indoor environmental quality in their office spaces. The Healthy Materials program set out to assess and procure healthy, non-toxic building materials for Google’s workplace. . Six years later this program still continues on a challenging road due to lack of government chemical regulation and proprietary manufacturer information. Luckily though, there is a hopeful future outlook in this space as the industry is increasingly focusing on key issues around building product health and ingredient transparency.
Learning Objectives:
● Learn an owner's’ perspective from 6 years of healthy materials advocacy and implementation at scale
● Understand the value of today’s progressive material and health industry standards
● Discuss how to build future partnerships around material disclosure across sectors in the building industry

Kati Kallins is on Google’s Real Estate and Workplace Services [e]Team, which is charged with delivering exceptional environments, experience and ecology on Google buildings. She has led sustainable design and construction projects with teams in North America, Europe, and Africa. Using her in-depth expertise on healthy building materials, indoor environmental quality metrics, and strategic communications, she works with project teams to deliver innovative office spaces that promote health and productivity. Kati also is the [e]Team communications & marketing lead, and supports strategic internal partnerships for Prior to joining Google, Kati held positions at Mary Davidge Associates, was an ORISE Fellow at the Environmental Protection Agency, and consulted with the City of Melbourne Australia on sustainable water management policy. Kati is a LEED Accredited Professional and holds a BA in Environmental Studies & Politics from Whitman College.

1:35 p.m. to 2:20 p.m.

Session 7 - Specifying, Sourcing and Tracking Compliant Materials—Lessons from the Field

Presented by: Max Ritcher, Senior Architect, Perkins + Will; Marsha Gentile, Construction Sustainability Specialist, Ledcor

This session will provide lessons learned from firms with experience specifying, sourcing and tracking LEED v4 compliant materials.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe strategies that can be used to specify, source and track compliant materials
  • Elaborate on areas of difficulty and how they can be dealt with
  • Identify inter-relationships between requirements, challenges that can result, and strategies to manage them

Photo of Max Ritcher Max Richter is a Senior Architect in the Vancouver office of Perkins+Will. He contributes to mixed-use transit oriented developments, higher education projects, and complex, multi-modal transportation projects. In addition to his design work, Max co-chairs Perkins+Will's internal Material Health Task Force, dedicated to advancing the agenda for healthy building materials and advocating for industry. Max is a trusted advisor to the firm, and was key project team member for both Centre of Interactive Research on Sustainability, and the VanDusen Botanical Gardens Visitor Center, both certified LEED Platinum and pursuing the Living Building Challenge.

2:30 p.m. - 2:35 p.m.


2:35 p.m. to 3:50 p.m.

Session 8 - Choosing Products

Presented by: Max Ritcher, Senior Architect, Perkins + Will

This interactive session will involve working in groups to choose a product based on a set of environmental objectives and client priorities.

Learning Objectives:

  • Evaluate products to meet environmental objectives and client priorities
  • Recognize the limitations and complexities of using numerous forms of documentation to evaluate products holistically

3:50 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Wrap Up and Closing Remarks from Jamie McKay, Principal, Morrison Hershfield

*Please note that the times and content of this schedule are subject to change