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Special Pre-Conference Event : Green Real Estate Executive Lunch

Sustainability Leadership: Driving Success for the Built Environment

0.5 GBCI CE hour

Working together to advance green building in commercial real estate, REALpac and CaGBC present a pre-conference Green Real Estate Executive Lunch, featuring Leith Sharp, founder and director of a new Harvard University program offering Executive Education for Sustainability Leadership.

Ms. Sharp will discuss Sustainability Leadership: Driving Success for the Built Environment, and present a powerful new model for enacting high-impact sustainability leadership that positions sustainability as a driver of organizational engagement, authenticity, agility, innovation, and change-capability. This new model has been validated at Harvard's executive education programs and is being widely reviewed as representing a crucial breakthrough in sustainability leadership.

Date: Monday, June 6
Time: noon - 2 p.m.
Location: Arcadian Court

Fee to attend: $150 for CaGBC or REALpac members/$200 for non-members.

If you have already booked your full conference pass for Building Lasting Change, please contact and we can update your purchase.

Join us for this inaugural Building Lasting Change Green Real Estate Executive Lunch.

Opening Plenary Discussion

Framing a Green Building Strategy to Achieve Canada's Climate Change Targets

Tuesday, June 7
8:00 a.m.  - 9:30 a.m.
Allstream Centre, Hall D

1 GBCI CE hour

This plenary panel presentation and discussion will begin with a 10-minute speech by Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, followed by a panel discussion featuring: Glen Murray, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change for Ontario; Kevin Radford, Assistant Deputy Minister, Public Services and Procurement Canada; and Andrea Reimer, Vancouver City Councillor and former Deputy Mayor. The panel will be moderated by Globe and Mail Political Columnist Adam Radwanski. Panelists will explore municipal, provincial and federal perspectives on climate change issues, commitments and opportunities for Canada’s green building industry.

Participants include:

Kathleen WynneKathleen Wynne is Ontario’s 25th Premier. Since taking office in February 2013, some of Premier Wynne’s accomplishments include the largest infrastructure investment in Ontario’s history and completing the single-largest climate change initiative in North America by eliminating coal-fired electricity generation in the province. In addition to infrastructure investments in roads, bridges, transit, schools and hospitals, her plan is investing in a low-carbon economy driven by innovative, high-growth, export-oriented businesses. The Premier’s economic plan for Ontario builds on her number-one priority: growing the economy and creating jobs.

Glen MurrayMinister of the Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Glen Murray has had a lifetime of activism in urban planning, sustainable development and community health, and is a founding member of the Canadian AIDS Society. He served as mayor of Winnipeg from 1998 to 2004 and has also served as a Visiting Fellow at the Faculty of Architecture and Landscape Design at the University of Toronto, was appointed Chair of the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy in 2005, and was named president and CEO of the Canadian Urban Institute in 2007.  Murray was first elected to the Ontario legislature in 2010.

Andrea ReimerAndrea Reimer, Vancouver City Councillor, (and former Deputy Mayor) is recognized as a key architect of Vancouver’s globally-recognized and award-winning Greenest City 2020 plan. She was first elected to Vancouver City Council in 2008, and re-elected in 2011 and 2014.  Andrea served for six years as Chair of Planning, Transportation and the Environment, was the City's first permanent Deputy Mayor and currently serves as Chair of the newly created Policy and Strategic Priorities Committee.

Kevin RadfordKevin Radford, Assistant Deputy Minister of the Real Property Branch, Public Services and Procurement Canada was appointed last year. He is responsible for the delivery of the entire suite of real property services to federal departments and agencies. Mr. Radford was a key leader in the creation of Shared Services Canada in 2011 where he served as Senior Assistant Deputy Minister, Operations and was responsible for all back office support, networks and security for 43 departments and agencies.  He has held numerous senior executive positions in both the Chief Information Officd Materiel/Procurement branches of National Defence.

Adam Radwanski
This panel will be moderated by Globe and Mail Political Columnist, Adam Radwanski.

"When Mountains Move"

Gala Keynote announced – acclaimed photographer and founder of Extreme Ice Survey, James Balog

1 GBCI CE hour
Tuesday, June 7, 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.


James Balog will deliver the Building Lasting Change Gala Keynote on June 7, 2016. Join James and your colleagues and peers from across the Canadian green building industry on June 7 at the Liberty Grand Entertainment Complex for this inspiring keynote address, sponsored by CRH.

A revolution in human perception is underway, yet few of us know about it. For countless millennia, humanity has believed that nature was strong, we were weak, and everything we did to survive was justified. Recently, though, we have come to realize that the impact of Homo sapiens profoundly alters the biology, chemistry, and physics of our planet. In recognition of that impact, science has coined a new word, “Anthropocene,” to describe the current epoch of geologic time.

This riveting multimedia presentation reveals the Anthropocene revolution through his unique global perspective as an environmental photographer, scientist, and mountaineer. Mr. Balog’s exploration of elemental substances—wildfire and wildlife, ice and water, air and climate— celebrates the amazing beauty of the world we all share, while leading us into a deeper and more sustainable relationship with nature.                                                                                                                                                                       

Acclaimed Photographer Featured in Chasing Ice, Adventurer, and Founder of the Extreme Ice Survey

James Balog For three decades, James Balog has been a leader in photographing and interpreting the natural environment. An avid mountaineer with a graduate degree in geography and geomorphology, James is equally at home on a Himalayan peak or a whitewater river, the African savannah or polar icecaps.

To reveal the impact of climate change, James founded the Extreme Ice Survey (EIS), the most wide-ranging, ground-based, photographic study of glaciers ever conducted.  The project is featured in the highly acclaimed documentary, Chasing Ice, which won the award for Excellence in Cinematography at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, as well as dozens of awards at film festivals worldwide.

Chasing Ice was shortlisted for the 2013 Academy Awards. It has been screened at The White House, the U.S. Congress, the U.K. House of Commons and the United Nations. It has been the subject of features on the NBC Evening News, ABC Nightline, The Late Show with David Letterman, PBS’s Moyers & Company, and Real Time with Bill Maher.

James has been honored with many awards, including, in recent years, the Heinz Award, the Missouri School of Journalism's Honor Medal for Distinguished Service, the Aspen Institute’s Visual Arts & Design Award, and the North American Nature Photography Association’s “Outstanding Photographer of the Year” award. He recently received an Honorary Doctor of Science Degree from the University of Alberta and the American Geophysical Union Presidential Citation for Science and Society.

Mr. Balog is the author of eight books. ICE: Portraits of Vanishing Glaciers was published by Rizzoli in 2012. Among his other titles are Tree: A New Vision of the American Forest (2004) and Survivors: A New Vision of Endangered Wildlife (1990), hailed as a major conceptual breakthrough in environmental photography.

James’ work is in dozens of public and private art collections, including the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Corcoran Gallery, the Denver Art Museum and the Gilman Paper Company. It has been extensively published in most of the world’s major pictorial magazines including The New Yorker, National Geographic, Life, and Vanity Fair. National Geographic showcased EIS in major features in 2007, 2010 and 2013. EIS is the subject of a 2009 NOVA/PBS documentary, Extreme Ice.

Luncheon and Plenary Panel

GRESB: Driving Green Building in Canada's Real Estate Sector

Wednesday, June 8
11:30 a.m.  - 1:30 p.m.
Allstream Centre, Hall D

1 GBCI CE hour

This plenary panel presentation and discussion, moderated by Michael Brooks, CEO of REALpac, will provide an overview of the adoption of GRESB (Green Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark) and its impact on green building in Canada. The panel will provide insight into their experience with GRESB, why it is important to their business, the role of LEED and health and wellness as important sustainability strategies.

Panelists include:

Amy ErixonAmy Erixon, Principal and Managing Director – Investments, Avison Young joined the company in August of 2010 to develop the company’s cross-border and investment management activities. Since joining she has launched a number of products and separate accounts working across property sectors in four countries. Prior to joining Avison Young, Amy was Chief Executive Officer of IGRI, a privately held Canadian investment and development company, which she joined in 2005. While at IGRI she grew third party assets under management to $800 million and oversaw completion of in excess of $1 billion of investments and green development projects.

Chris PykeChris Pyke, Ph.D., Chief Operating Officer, helps GRESB provide actionable information on the environmental, social, and governance performance of real assets around the world, including real estate, debt, and infrastructure investments.  He directs the Green Building Information Gateway (, a global platform providing information about green building projects around the world. Prior to joining GRESB, Dr. Pyke was the Vice President for Research at the US Green Building Council and a scientist with the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Global Change Research Program.

Stephen TaylorStephen Taylor, Vice President, Real Estate, Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP) is responsible for overseeing HOOPP’s Canadian and international real estate investment programs. HOOPP is one of Canada’s largest pension plans with over $60 billion in net assets.  The Plan’s real estate holdings include $10 billion in properties located in Canada, Europe and the United States. Prior to joining HOOPP in September 2014, Stephen was President and COO of Morguard Investments Limited, a major Canadian real estate company providing management and advisory services for over $15 billion in real estate assets held by institutional and corporate investors.

Paul ZemlaPaul Zemla, Chief Investment Officer, Canada, Bentall Kennedy joined the company in 1998. With over 24 years of direct real estate investment experience, Paul has overall responsibility in Canada for the company’s acquisitions and dispositions programs, and has a key role in its business development activities. In addition, Paul works closely with the company’s portfolio management teams and the research group in determining client and fund strategies. Paul has led the company in more than $14 Billion in transactions.

Michael BrooksThis panel will be moderated by Michael Brooks, CEO of REALpac, the senior Canadian trade association for large public and institutional investment real estate companies. Michael has led the industry in sustainability initiatives since 2006. He has been the driving force behind the development of the REALpac sustainability platform, including its Green Lease, Green Lease Tenant Guide, Corporate Social Responsibility guidelines and industry outreach with various national and international organizations.