Powerful New Opportunities for Emerging Green Professionals at Building Lasting Change

Emerging Green Professionals are:
  • 30 years of age or younger, or
  • New to the industry within five years, or
  • A full-time student, and
  • A member of their local Chapter

We recognize that emerging green professionals are the creative and outgoing future leaders of Canada’s green building industry. That’s why we’ve added things like the half-day Hackathon, our EGP Innovation Challenge and the Mentor Lounge to the Building Lasting Change program. In addition to the important industry education (up to 16 GBCI CEU hours to be exact) we’ve created unique ways for all our delegates to make connections and capitalize on opportunities to grow careers.

  • Sign up for the Hackathon on Monday, May 29 and problem-solve this: The cost of living in Vancouver is HIGH. What does it means for today’s youth and future generations who call this progressive city “home”. For students or new graduates interested in learning more about sustainability in the green building industry this high-energy half-day hackathon give you the opportunity to problem-solve a real-life issue affecting all of us right now. Student and Member rates are available. Find out more here.

  • Swing by the Mentor Lounge at Building Lasting Change on the Green Business Showcase floor where EGPs will have the chance to meet with Master Speakers and Industry Experts and find out how they got their start in green building.

  • We’ll be announcing three EGPs selected to present at the new EGP Innovation Challenge soon. In front of an invitation-only audience, these EGPs will test their concepts and tame some butterflies, share their vision and walk away with valuable feedback from subject matter experts.

  • Give a little and benefit big. We still have room for a few more volunteers at the conference. Volunteers are able to attend sessions when they aren’t assigned to specific tasks such as greeting and directing delegates, helping at registration and scanning badges. Fill out your application form today !


EGP Innovation Challenge

The EGP Innovation Challenge is a new initiative in 2017, open to all emerging green building industry professionals who are under 30, currently pursuing a career, or already working in the green building industry.

All EGPs with ideas that will help accelerate Canada’s transformation to high-performing, healthy green buildings, homes and communities, are invited to attend the inaugural Innovation Challenge this year on Thursday, June 1, 2017 at Building Lasting Change 2017.

Thursday, June 1, 2017
7:15 – 8:30 a.m.
Vancouver Convention Centre West, Meeting Room 105

EGP Innovation Challenge

7:30 a.m. – 7:45 a.m.

Energy Awareness through Collective Change

For Canada to reach Net Zero by 2050, there must be a public shift in awareness of energy usage and carbon consumption of current ways. This presentation will address the actions we can take within public infrastructure and knowledge to address our urgent goal. Public renewable generating goods such as solar paneled roadways, educational curriculum that teaches the science of climate change and services that alter the perspective of consumption like repair centres are all examples of platforms we need to make a large-scale change. A shift in awareness can only be realized when a different platform is created for individuals to build from.

Presented by: Audrey Lee

7:45 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

Energy Relationships

This presentation will explore the relationships between increasingly electrified homes and vehicles and how a symbiotic relationship between the two can be developed. This will be done specifically through the interesting lens provided by the increasing prevalence of tiny, portable homes.

Presented by: Ethan Borlé

8:00 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.

Lessons from Integrated Project Delivery and the Challenge of Improving Building Performance in Practice

New concerns about resource stewardship and environmental quality have reshaped expectations about buildings and their performance. New innovations have fallen short of their promise with significant and persistent discrepancies between design expectations and building performance in practice. A leading theory contends the industry and the processes of designing, building, commissioning and operating a building are carried out by different actors in a largely fragmented industry. Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) is a cutting-edge contracting approach that has been developed to tackle fragmentation and enforce collective responsibility for the performance of the building. IPD is now finding favour in Canadian projects.

Presented by: Ghazal Ebrahimi

8:15 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

The Benefits of a Net Positive Approach to Net Zero Energy

NEXUS is a theoretical student housing project and winner of the Award of Merit for the Architecture at Zero competition. NEXUS creates a Net Zero energy, high-performance building, while utilizing design as a catalyst in the formation and maintenance of social support networks for resident and commuter students. This presentation speaks to Nexus’ design evolution. It will demonstrate a net positive approach to design that is driven by renewable energy generation, system efficiency and social connectivity, results in program organization and building form, creating an architecture that mutually benefits people and place at multiple scales of operation.

Presented by: Jason Heinrich, DIALOG; Geoff Cox, DIALOG

Applications for 2018 will be accepted in October 2017. Applicants must be an Emerging Green Builder member of the CaGBC. If you aren’t a member yet, join your local Chapter today.


Hackathon 2017

Are you a student or a new graduate who is interested in learning more about sustainability in the green building industry? Join CaGBC on May 29th for a high-energy half-day hackathon where you will have the opportunity to problem-solve a real-life issue currently being experienced: the high cost of living in Vancouver, and what it means for the youth and future generations who call this progressive city home.

Course participants will have the opportunity to take part in charrettes where they will examine new ideas surrounding sustainable urban development and emerging forms of housing, including elements relating to the needs of changing lifestyles and the concept of a sharing economy. Groups will report back at the end of the day, with the winning group members will be awarded free CaGBC education.

A “hack-a-thon” can be defined generally as an event which brings people together to creatively solve problems. Though shorter than a ‘typical’ hack-a-thon, CaGBC hopes this event will foster fruitful discussion among some of the most motivated and creative of individuals: students and young professionals. Participants will walk away with a fresh perspective on what can be done to better Vancouver’s urban center.

A pizza lunch will be included.

Time: 9:00AM to 2:30PM.
Location: Suite 180 • 200 Granville St
Vancouver, BC V6C 1S4

Member: $35 | Non Member $40
Students: please send education@cagbc.org a copy of your student card or transcript to receive a 25% off discount code.


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