Stream 1 - Green Real Estate: Taking the Lead in Canada

Room 200 AB


Driven by tenant demand and institutional investors, building owners are at the forefront of the transformation of the commercial real estate sector. The newest sustainability trends and innovations in green real estate in Canada and around the world will be the focus of this stream. Presentations range from the emergence of investor-focused global Green Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB) which drives the adoption of green building tools and performance indicators; to the development of mandatory energy benchmarking, reporting disclosure policies and programs to engage building owners across a range of asset classes and building types. Tenant engagement and health and well-being in the workplace are other fast growing trends that offer opportunities for learning. The application of LEED in new asset classes such as retail and industrial projects will also be part of this stream.

Conference delegates will be given access to PowerPoint presentations which will be posted to the website over the next two weeks.


Day 1 - Tuesday, June 7

9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Google and CaGBC Test the LEED v4 System

1 GBCI CE hour
Presented by: Kati Kallins, Real Estate and Workplace Services Team, Google; Doug Webber, Sustainability and Energy Director, WSP Group; Martin Nielsen, Principal, DIALOG; Marsha Gentile, Construction Sustainability Specialist, Ledcor Construction Limited.
Description: Interior Design and Construction under LEED v4 – what’s changed for the project team? Join Google, WSP, DIALOG and Ledcor as they highlight the key differences on two of the first projects attempting LEED v4 ID+C in Canada; Google’s Waterloo office and CaGBC’s new Vancouver office. The audience will learn from the perspective of an owner, a sustainability consultant, a designer, and a contractor. Panelists will provide a short summary on key differences with their LEED v4 project, their successes, and their lessons learned. A Q&A session will follow with the four panelists.

11:05 a.m. - 12:05 p.m.

Achieving Real Change in Real Estate

1 GBCI CE hour, LEED Specific, O+M

Presented by: Fin MacDonald, Sustainability Analyst, Morrison Hershfield
Description: While LEED EB: O&M provides information to assist with decision-making and demonstrates industry leadership in greening existing buildings, it can also act as a catalyst for owners in development of their climate change strategy or corporate social responsibility initiatives. This presentation will also review the LEED EB: O&M v4 hidden potential, in order to assist owners with their broader corporate greening strategies.


4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Sustainability Training Presentation for Investment Managers (Collaborative Session)

1 GBCI CE hour

Presented by: Nada Sutic, General Manager, Bentall Kennedy
Description: This interactive workshop was developed by Bentall Kennedy and delivered to their own investment managers over the past two years. Facilitated peer-to-peer learning helps to establish a new norm that a strong environmental, social and governance (ESG) framework enhances long-term value by reducing risk, increasing net operating income and increasing tenant loyalty. The debrief focuses on explaining how the activity can help align and deepen the involvement of executives and investment managers to an ESG framework and actions.A final discussion will focus on how to engage non-sustainability people within an organization through adult learning/participatory learning techniques.

Day 2 - Wednesday, June 8

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Follow the Money: Integrating Sustainability into Property Planning

1 GBCI CE hour

Presented by: Neil Pegram, Corporate Sustainability and Responsibility Manager, National, Morguard; Morgan McDonald, Director of Operations, Ledcor Renew; Francisca Quinn, Founder and Managing Partner, Quinn & Partners
Description: There is a blame game going on between Investors/Owners, Asset Managers, and Property Managers. They all claim to support sustainability, but that the other one is blocking the implementation of green initiatives in existing buildings. The reality is that each have different needs and drivers. By increasing sustainability disclosure in property planning and investor dialogue, we can align the needs and create significant change. Learn the key non-financial indicators that are driving those discussions to understand where your organization sits in that disclosure so you can be a catalyst not a block.


10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

National Energy Benchmarking Framework

1 GBCI CE hour

Presented by: Thomas Mueller, President and CEO, Canada Green Building Council; David Ramslie, Principal, Sustainability Planning and Research, Integral Group; Marco Iacampo, Supervisor, Policy, Environment and Energy, City of Toronto
Description: Learn how a standardized approach to energy benchmarking simplifies policy development and implementation. By providing reliable data to support strategic building improvements, energy and GHG emissions targets, benchmarking is fundamental to achieving objectives in corporate and community energy plans. Participants get an overview of energy benchmarking approaches in the U.S. and Canada as they relate to components of a national strategy, and can provide feedback on proposed mechanisms for a national framework.


1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Green is the New Black: Case Studies in Sustainability at TD Centre

1 GBCI CE hour, LEED Specific, O+M

Presented by: David Hoffman, General Manager, Cadillac Fairview (Master Speaker)
Description: Sustainability is a business necessity in the real estate industry. Recognizing this, Cadillac Fairview and the team at TD Centre embarked on a sustainability journey in 2009, making investments at the property that also support tenants and their corporate objectives. Along this journey, TD Centre has achieved LEED EB:O&M Platinum certification, published North America’s first property-specific Sustainability Report, and implemented a broad-reaching tenant engagement program focused on health and well-being. This session will explore the challenges, successes and lessons learned at TD Centre. We’ll share practical insights on sustainability initiatives relevant to property owners, managers and operators that will help differentiate and add value to property and tenants’ businesses.


3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

Should we Save Energy, or Just Talk About it?

1 GBCI CE hour

Presented by: Peter Daldoss, Project Principal, WSP Group; Adrienne Cressman, Embedded Energy Manager, Cadillac Fairview
Description: From investigations at over 150 buildings, we have found that significant energy savings in the range of 10 to 20 per cent is often practical at a reasonable ROI. Owners profit by implementing both operational strategies like efficient scheduling, and capital strategies like equipment installation. Yet many opportunities are postponed while energy costs continue to rise. What prevents us from saving energy? Join this session for a practical discussion of barriers, risks and opportunities, and the value of prioritizing activities, internal resources, and understanding financing options.