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Speakers at Building Lasting Change 2017.

This year's presenters include an impressive list of industry leaders. Register now and plan your conference schedule to include our must see presenters.

Opening Plenary Sponsor:   

Keynote Speakers

Opening Plenary Keynote – The Zero Marginal Cost Society
Wednesday, May 31 | 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. | VCC West, Ballroom CD

Jeremy Rifkin

Economic and Social Theorist
Opening Plenary Keynote Speaker


Jeremy Rifkin is the author of The Zero Marginal Cost Society: The Internet of Things, the Collaborative Commons, and the Eclipse of Capitalism and The Third Industrial Revolution: How Lateral Power is Transforming Energy, the Economy, and the World. Mr. Rifkin is a political advisor to the European Union, the People’s Republic of China and to heads of state around the world, and president of the Foundation on Economic Trends in Washington, DC. He has also served as an advisor to the leadership of the European Parliament and numerous heads of state on issues related to the economy, climate change, and energy security.

As the principal architect of the long-term economic sustainability plan to address the triple challenge of the global economic crisis, energy security, and climate change, Mr. Rifkin will present information, ideas and evidence that will inform and educate attendees about a new economic paradigm that is poised to dramatically change the way we organize economic life on the planet.

 Lunch Plenary Sponsors:

Lunch Plenary Keynote & Panel Discussion
Thursday, June 1 | 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. | VCC West, Ballroom CD

Eric Usher

Head of UNEP Finance Initiative
Lunch Plenary Keynote Speaker

Michael Emory

President & CEO
Allied Properties REIT
Panel Discussion Participant

Amy Erixon

Avison Young
Panel Discussion Participant

Kevin Hydes

President & CEO
Integral Group
Panel Discussion Participant

Michael Brooks

Real Property Association of Canada
Panel Discussion Moderator


Lunch Plenary Keynote and Panel Discussion

Keynote: Eric Usher, Head of the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI), will speak about the climate imperative and business case for investing in the low carbon transition.

Panel Discussion:  Getting to 2030: Commercial Real Estate Investment in a Low Carbon Future

There is clear evidence of the urgent need to accelerate Canada’s transition towards a resource-efficient, low-carbon economy. Given its presence in the country’s overall carbon footprint, this can only be achieved with the active involvement of the real estate community. Buildings are responsible for a significant portion of GHG emissions in Canada and globally.  In the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change, the federal government recognizes the building sector as key in achieving Canada’s ambitious climate change targets by 2030. Measures include pricing carbon pollution, making new and existing buildings more energy efficient, and changes to the building codes to support building retrofits and net zero energy performance. In this new context, leaders from the commercial real estate sector will share their vision, insights and plans on investing in carbon mitigation, generating positive returns and increasing the value of their real estate assets. 

Participants include:

  • Michael Emory, Allied Properties REIT
  • Amy Erixon, Avison Young
  • Andrew McAllan, Oxford Properties Group


  • Michael Brooks, REALPAC
 Closing Plenary Sponsors:

Closing Plenary Keynote
Thursday, June 1 | 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. | VCC West, Ballroom CD

Dr. Ray Cole

Influential Trailblazer and Educator
Closing Plenary Keynote Speaker


The CaGBC is proud to present Dr. Ray Cole, one of Canada’s most influential educators and trailblazers of sustainable architecture, as the final keynote speaker of Building Lasting Change 2017. It is our privilege to set the stage for him as he delivers his final official presentation before he embraces the luxury of his well-deserved retirement. 

Charting a Positive Future – Rethinking Environmentalism

We are entering an increasingly dynamic and uncertain period where the global physical climate is changing, populist political movements are gaining momentum and faith in scientific rationality is waning.  These, and other contextual developments, provide an opportunity to rethink the traditional notion of environmentalism as it relates to the built environment and to formulate fresh approaches to chart and maintain a positive path through such uncertain times. While the future is unknowable, this presentation explores approaches that are likely to gain significance for the green building community and which current ones are likely to become less potent.

Ray’s many great accomplishments have contributed to the creation of the vibrant green building industry we all know today. Join us, and many others, who have been inspired and influenced by Ray over the course of his distinguished career.


Dr. Ray Cole is a former director of the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, where he has been teaching environmental issues in building design for over 35 years. His current research interests relate to regenerative design, building environmental performance assessment, and human and automated intelligence.

Ray was selected as a North American Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture Distinguished Professor for “sustained commitment to building environmental research and teaching” in 2001. In 2003, he received the US Green Building Council’s Green Public Service Leadership Award. Ray was the recipient of the 2008 Sustainable Buildings Canada Life-Time Achievement Award and the 2009 Canada Green Building Council’s Life-Time Leadership Award. He is a past director of the Canada Green Building Council, an honorary member of the Architectural Institute of BC, Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, and holds the UBC designation of Distinguished University Scholar.

 Green Real Estate Executive Breakfast Sponsors:

Green Real Estate Executive Breakfast
Thursday, June 1 | 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. | VCC West, 2nd floor foyer

Dr. Sybil Seitzinger

Executive Director
Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions
Green Real Estate Executive
Breakfast Speaker


With the overarching theme: The Scale of the Challenge, Dr. Seitzinger will discuss the carbon policy landscape, including carbon tax, and the challenges that lie ahead for companies, governments and individuals in reaching decarbonisation targets. Dr. Seitzinger will explore recent key findings from Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions researchers that will shed light on the importance of facing these challenges head-on and the real impact that the built environment will have on reaching multiple decarbonisation goals.


Dr. Seitzinger’s research has centered on nutrient biogeochemistry in coastal marine and freshwater ecosystems, spanning a range of spatial scales from molecular level organic chemical characterization to models at global scales, with the impact of human activities being a common theme. She is highly cited, with more than 130 peer-reviewed publications to her credit.



Sorted alphabetically ascending (A to Z) by last name. Click on stream title and time under name to find out more about their presentation(s).
Presenters are subject to change. Additions will be posted as details are confirmed.


Craig Applegath


Tony Arnel

Global Director Sustainability
Norman, Disney and Young

Alex Blue, P.Eng., LEED AP BD+C, BEMP

Principal, Building Energy Consultant
Morrison Herschfield

Heather Bretz

Principal Architect

Victoria Burrows

Project Manager
Advancing Net Zero

Matt Cable

Energy and Sustainability
and Team Lead

Remi Charron

Assistant Chair
and Associate professor

Julie-Anne Chayer, Eng.

Director, Business Relations
Groupe AGÉCO

Yichao Chen

Building Energy Consultant
Morrison Hershfield

Eric Chisholm

Technical Lead,
Green Planning and Design

Clara Bagenal George

Environmental Designer
Integral Group

Barbara Ciesla

Senior Vice President
Jones Lang LaSalle Real Estate Services, Inc.

Terry Connors

Director, Western Portfolio Operations
Cadillac Fairview

Tony Cupido

Chief Building and Facilities Officer
Mohawk College
Net Zero Summit

Niall Crosson

Senior Engineer
Ecological Building Systems

Pooran Desai

Co- founder & International Director

Craig Edwards

Energy & Utilities Manager
City of Vancouver

Nick Farina

Director of Business Development
eStream Energy Partners

Susanne Formanek

President, IBO
Austrian Institute for Healthy and Ecological Building

Mark Frankel

Technical Director
New Buildings Institute

Noah Friedman

Senior Urban Designer, Associate

Andrea Frisque

Senior Building Performance Engineer

Markous Gad

Sustainability Specialist

Kalum Galle

Senior Sustainability Specialist
Morrison Hershfield

Ed Garrod

Operations Director, Head of Integrated Design and Sustainability
Integral Group

Carson Gemmill

Manager, Engineering
Enwave Energy Corporation

Kaitlyn Gillis

Project Manager
Light House Sustainable Building Centre

Matt Golden

Director of the GBCI Investor Confidence Project

Jacquelynn E Henke

Vice President,
Sustainability &
Innovation Director
TD Bank Group

Jenny Hong

Senior Project Manager
City of Edmonton

Scot Horst


Mark Hutchinson

Green Building Programs
Net Zero Summit

Randy Irwin

Mechanical Engineer

Karen Jalon

Director, Corporate Responsibility
Cadillac Fairview

Steve Kemp

Principal, Senior Energy and Sustainability Specialist, RDH Building Science
RDH Building Science
Net Zero Summit

Lisa King

Senior Policy Planner,
City Planning Division Strategic Initiatives, Policy & Analysis
City of Toronto
Net Zero Summit

Jonathan Laski

Director of Global Projects and Partnerships
World Green Building Council

Trevor Langdon

Executive General Manager
Green Standards

Brad Liljequist

Director, Net Zero Energy Program
International Living Future Institute (ILFI)
Net Zero Summit

Mark Lucuik

Director of Sustainability
Morrison Herschfield

Richard MacIntosh

Energy and Sustainability North American Director
Brookfield Global Integrated Solutions

Josha MacNab

Regional Director
Pembina Institute

John Madden

Director Sustainability and Engineering

Vivian Manasc

Principal Architect
Manasc Isaac

Tom Martin

Project Manager / Technical Secialist/ Technical Lead, Green Planning and Design

Zachary May

A/Director, Policy and Codes Development
Office of Housing and Construction Standards, Government of B.C.
Net Zero Summit

Joanne McCallum

McCallum Sather Architects
Net Zero Summit

Jenny McMinn

Urban Equation

Ian Meredith

Program development Officer, Buildings and Industry Division, Office of Energy Efficiency, NRCan

Howlan Mullally

Building Sustainability Specialist
Infrastructure Ontario

Neil Myers

Williams Creek

Ali Nazari

Principal Energy & Sustainability Director
Integral Group

Darryl Neate

Director, Sustainability
Oxford Properties

Heidi Nesbitt

Senior Associate
Local Practice Architecture + Design

Guy Newsham

Principal Research Officer
National Research Council Canada

Ringo Ng

Manager, Embedded Energy
Cadillac Fairview

Martin Nielsen

Architect AIBC, MRAIC, P.Eng., LEED®AP

Jennifer O’Connor

Athena Sustainable Materials Institute

Goran Ostojic

Vice President Western Canada
Integral Group

Chris Piché

Regional Director
Integral Group

Mark Porter

National Practice Lead of Buildings
Associated Engineering

Melissa Potter

Specialist, Property Sustainability
Cadillac Fairview

Colin Powell

Project Manager for Better Places for People

Lisa Prime

Prime Strategy & Planning Inc.

Chris Pyke

Chief Strategy Officer

Dave Ramslie

Principal, Research
& Planning Practice
Integral Group

Zoë Rezac

Communications and Indigenous Engagement Specialist

Sheena Sharp

Principal, Cool Earth Architecture
Chair of the Building Committee, OAA

Kevin Stelzer

B+H Architects
Net Zero Summit

Wilco Van Bemmel

Affordable Housing Specialist
World of Walas

Kamilia Vaneck

Project Manager,
Sustainability and Energy

Elena Veneziani

Sales, American Continent
and APAC region
CoeLux Srl

Do Janne Vermeulen

Architect-Director and Founding Partner
Team V Architecture

Bernd Vogl

Head of Municipal Department for Energy Planning
City of Vienna

Wayne Ward

Executive Chairman

Doug Webber

VP Sustainability and Energy

Kevin Welsh

Sustainability Designer
Integral Group

Mike Williams

Principal, Sustainability

Gabe Wing

Director, Safety and Sustainability
Herman Miller

James Woodall

Sustainable Design Specialist
HCMA Architecture + Design

Kelly Worden

Project Manager, Health Research

Michelle Xuereb

Sustainability Strategist, Senior Associate


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