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Vancouver Convention Centre | May 28-30, 2019


Striking a balance between carbon reduction, health and resilience

The reality of climate change is upon us. Future-proofing Canada’s building stock to respond to our new reality requires actionable solutions that balance the need to reduce carbon emissions with enhanced resilience and improved health and well-being in the spaces where we work, live and play.

New, low carbon green buildings are part of the solution, but it will also be essential to retrofit the millions of square feet of existing buildings to achieve our social, economic and environmental objectives. Canada must step up its efforts to establish a retrofit economy that attracts investments for recommissioning, renewable energy, performance measurement, and fuel switching actions. We need to prepare Canada’s workforce with the skillsets required to be successful in a low carbon world. And to accelerate the achievement of our goals, we must aim for the highest levels of sustainability tools and programs and ramp up the use of the latest innovations in green building technology and materials.

This is the path leading us forward to greater technological and environmental advancements that will build lasting change.

We look forward to seeing you in Vancouver.


The Call for Presentations is now OPEN!

All CaGBC members are invited to apply for the opportunity to share their expertise and insight with Canada’s largest network of green building industry professionals. The following streams will form the continuing education portion of the event. Submissions will be reviewed by our esteemed program committee whose expertise represents all key areas of focus. Not a member yet? Join now »

Stream 1 – Examining the intersections between green buildings and new technologies

Transformative technologies, access to vast amounts of data, and smart cloud-based solutions are transforming how we design, construct, operate and benchmark our built form. By leveraging innovative technologies, combined with new policies and sustainable strategies, building performance is being optimized, leading to better decisions and planning for the future. The sessions in this stream will address how innovation in advanced manufacturing, construction processes, data-access and analytics, and cloud-solutions is redefining the interface between green and smart. We will also learn how technology has influenced how we think about renewable energy generation, delivery and storage for buildings.

Stream 2 – The role of sustainable buildings in the new low carbon world

As we continue on the path to zero carbon, the way forward is defined by the policy, innovation and integrated approaches that are needed to accelerate real results. In this stream, sessions will showcase strategies for zero and near-zero carbon buildings, including applications of CaGBC’s Zero Carbon Building Standard. Innovation in energy efficiency, renewable on-site and district energy systems, and the most current thinking on embodied carbon will be explored, as well as the impacts of Canadian carbon policies and the costs and opportunities of the low carbon economy.

Stream 3 – Accelerating and broadening your impact

Led by the industry’s top practitioners, take part in advanced discussions about the evolution of Canada’s leading green building tools. Navigate the challenges and opportunities associated with LEED v4 and the exciting improvements that will make LEED v4.1 an even better tool to guide and verify holistic sustainability. Explore how these programs reflect resilience and climate change mitigation, including significant updates in the way they assess energy performance, and discuss the tools and measures that will help ensure ongoing high performance. Hear from early adopters of the RELi resilience standard, TRUE Zero Waste program, the Parksmart certification system for parking structures and the Sustainable SITES Initiative for landscapes.

Stream 4 – Retrofits for a clean and resilient economy

Retrofitting 55,000 large existing buildings across the country is essential to meet Canada’s GHG emission reduction targets. A robust retrofit economy requires the private, public and non-governmental sectors to work together to make Canada’s existing building stock capable of withstanding, responding to and recovering from climate change. This stream covers portfolio-wide retrofit strategies, district energy systems and new financing models. Increase your understanding of energy benchmarking as a means to identify and prioritize retrofit opportunities. Explore IREE certification for quality assurance and consider the value of bundling projects for major investments.

Stream 5 – Harmonizing social, economic and environmental sustainability

As the industry focuses on low carbon solutions, it’s critical that we do not lose sight of the economic, social and broader environmental benefits of green buildings. The spaces in which we live and work should have a positive impact on our productivity, job satisfaction and well-being, leading to stronger employee recruitment and retention, lower operating costs, and higher rent revenues for owners and operators. Learn about new programs and research, the embodied energy of materials and explore case studies of projects that are successfully balancing green building, health and wellness with business priorities.


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Delivery Models

The program committee is looking to assemble a dynamic education program that gives delegates an interesting selection of session styles designed to enhance their time at the conference. When applying to present at Building Lasting Change, you will have the option to choose the delivery model that best suits your content and presentation style. Choose all that apply and the committee will be in touch to finesse the details with the successful applicants.

Interactive Learning (two-hour session)

Lead a mini workshop within the conference program for enhanced hands-on learning.

These hands-on, facilitated learning sessions will be enhanced with the support and guidance of the CaGBC education team. Building on the concepts proposed by the applicants, our education experts will help create and deliver a two-hour session to achieve key learning objectives.


Provide global green building insights that shine light on new approaches and innovation.

New perspectives, best practices and leading examples from outside of Canada provide valuable insight for our delegates. Ideally, there will be one international presentation in each stream.

Panel Presentation

Propose a panel of subject matter experts for a cohesive, aligned session, with different perspectives.

These sessions are submitted as a fully integrated session or panel discussion with no more than three presenters. The presentation should be configured to provide equal time for each speaker and allow for questions from the audience. Panelists may be from different companies.


Suggest policy-centric sessions that discuss the impact and potential for growth and change in the green building industry.

As the political landscape in North America morphs into a new reality, discussions around current policies, proposed changes and future requirements will influence every aspect of the industry. One session in each stream will address relevant/related policy and the advocacy positions taken.

Technical Deep Dive

Skip the formalities and take a closer look at the details.

These sessions provide delegates with the opportunity to participate in a technical, comprehensive exploration of a specific, issue-driven deep dive. If you have something that fits the bill in any of the streams, select this model and provide delegates with in-depth insights they might not otherwise receive.

Tour (two-hour session)

Showcase a site or project that’s close to the Vancouver Convention Centre and accessible by bike, foot or kayak, or augment your unique teaching style by taking participants outside.

This year we are integrating tours into the education program on core conference days. Two hours will be allotted to each tour, which will be designed with the support of the CaGBC education team to deliver a unique learning experience to delegates who are up for a little adventure.



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