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Canada’s premier green building conference is back

Building Lasting Change returns this October, with a new online program. For Canada to meet its new 2030 carbon targets, the building sector must be united in its commitment and actions. We have a significant role to play in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and helping Canada meet its international obligations under the Paris Accord.

To meet these goals, BLC 2021 will focus on meaningful action. This year’s theme is Moving Forward, Together, reflecting the need for the entire building sector to commit. Through innovative approaches and strategies we can make greener, healthier, zero-carbon buildings the norm. Together, we will transform Canada for the better – with accessible and resilient buildings that contribute to the social and economic health of our communities.

What to expect

BLC features three days of exciting sessions, featuring insights from leading experts, innovative approaches and practical solutions designed to inspire and prepare you for the next level of sustainability action.

Check out the program.

We’ll also celebrate CAGBC Award recipients, with spotlights on this year’s Green Building Leaders and the Green Building Excellence award-winning projects. With a more condensed schedule, more engaging formats, and more audience participation,– Building Lasting Change can’t be missed.

 
 
 
 

Program Updates

Building Lasting Change’s program offers four streams over three days. Dive into a priority topic or sample from each. A detailed schedule follows.

 
Zero Carbon - Buildings offer a low-cost, proven pathway to significant carbon reductions. Together, we’ve proven zero carbon buildings are achievable. Now, they must become the norm. Let’s get started.
Retrofits - Retrofits of existing buildings are critical to meeting new climate commitments, creating low-carbon jobs, and improving our communities. What does the retrofit path look like?
Human Focus - Green buildings are made for people, with benefits that help improve health and well-being, and even increase productivity. Learn how Canada’s most transformational projects optimize for occupants.
Workforce - Zero carbon buildings need high-performance teams. Learn how the sector is coming together to upskill and grow the workforce for a future of low-carbon building.
 

BLC 2021 will also feature the return of the Women in Green symposium, sponsored by First Capital, mcCallumSather, PCL Construction and Perkins+Will.

 

Tuesday, October 26

Time (Eastern)
Stream
Session Title
Featuring
10:00-11:00
Networking café
 
11:00-12:15
Plenary Keynote

Everything is connected: Leadership in the 21st century

Ms. Watt-Cloutier is an environmental, cultural and human rights advocate who offers a new model for 21st century leadership. She speaks with passion and urgency on the issues of today — the environment, the economy, foreign policy, global health, and sustainability — not as separate concerns, but as an interconnected whole. Join us as she offers her insights into sustainability and how the green building sector can be part of the solution.

Sheila Watt-Cloutier
Nobel Peace Prize Nominee, Officer of the Order of Canada, Author and Environmental Advocate
 
12:15-12:30
Break
 
12:30-13:30
Zero Carbon

Tackling upfront embodied carbon

Upfront embodied carbon is a major source of emissions. To meet Canada’s climate targets, carbon associated with the production and transportation of construction materials must be addressed –including concrete, steel, and timber. This session will provide an overview of the embodied carbon requirements in the newly updated Toronto Green Standard. We’ll also cover other relevant policies, tools, data, methodology and best practices for managing embodied carbon and conducting whole-building life-cycle assessments.

Presenters:
Ryan Zizzo, Mantle Developments
Lisa King, City of Toronto
Kelly Alvarez Doran, Daniels School of Architecture, University of Toronto

Additional presenter TBC
 
12:30-13:30
Human Focus

Rising expectations for buildings

Join an expert panel and interviewers Aaron Cameron and Adam Powadiuk, hosts of the Commercial Real Estate Podcast, as we explore two decades of building design. Learn how occupant needs are influencing green building approaches and operations.

Moderators:
Aaron Cameron, First National Financial
Adam Powadiuk, First National Financial

Panelist TBC
 
13:30-14:15
Break
 
14:15-15:15
Workforce

Fast-tracking low carbon skills

Demand for low carbon buildings requires a rapid re-tooling of training and credentialling systems for dozens of occupations. The institutions that provide this training must navigate similar questions. How will buildings change? What do workers need to know? How do we get them ready? This session will look at programs currently on this journey and explore what it will take for industry-wide preparedness.

Panel:
Paul Armstrong, Mohawk College
TBC, Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC)


Other panelist TBC
 
14:15-15:15
Retrofit

Doing our part: Achieving targets through retrofits

For Canada to achieve its carbon emissions targets, significant emission reductions in existing buildings are needed. These reductions will come from the development and acceleration of building decarbonization activity and the shift to renewable energy systems. Using results from several research studies, we’ll showcase some of the most efficient, cost-effective, and impactful ways to enable Canada’s building sector to decarbonize by 2050.

Panel:
Steve Kemp, RDH
Malcolm Edwards, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariate
Ralph Torrie, Corporate Knights
Brendan Haley, Efficiency Canada
 
15:15-16:00
Leadership Spotlight
Superior Essex | Minto | Telus
Details to come
 
16:00-17:00
Networking – social hour
 

Wednesday, October 27

Time (Eastern)
Stream
Session Title
Featuring
10:00-11:00
Networking café
 
11:00-12:15
Panel Plenary
Topic TBA
 
12:15-12:45
Break
 
12:45-13:45
Retrofits

Zero carbon transition pathways

Continuous infrastructure improvement and upgrades are fundamental to responsible building asset management, yet standard efficiency upgrades typically deliver only minor performance gains. More needs to be done to achieve the significant emissions reductions expected from the building sector in this critical decade for climate action. This session will show how assessing high-performance upgrade options can help us supercharge building equipment and renewal activities to find deep carbon reductions.

Panel:
Jamie Gray-Donald, Quadreal Property Group

Other panelists TBC
 
12:45-13:45
Workforce

The human side of new technology

The adoption of new green building technologies is often limited by workforce capacity issues, real or perceived. Without a strong market demand, trainers and workers can be reluctant to invest in developing the skills required to benefit from these advances in technology. This session explores approaches to technology-centered skills development and how we can close the gap on acceptance and move new technologies to the mainstream.

Moderator:
Jeff Ranson, CAGBC

Panel:
Peter Moonen, Canadian Wood Council

Other panelists TBC
 
13:45-14:45
Break
 
14:45-15:45
Human Focus

Keeping your social commitments

Corporate values are shifting towards environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) and equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) commitments. In this session, you’ll hear from industry leaders that have publicly disclosed their ESG and EDI goals. Learn how they are using green building standards, tools and certifications to champion environmental and social change in the communities they impact.

Moderator:
Melissa Jacobs, First Capital REIT

Panel:
Karen Malone, LitPark
Steven Pacifico, Epic Investment Services
Dan Winters, GRESB
 
14:45-15:45
Zero Carbon

All in: Making a zero-carbon commitment

Meeting Canada’s climate targets will require commitments from developers, asset managers, designers, and governments. This panel discussion features participants who have made public commitments to zero carbon. They will share their perspective on what a zero carbon commitment means to their organizations.

Moderator:
Fin MacDonald, CaGBC

Panel:
Megan White, Integral
Terry Olynyk, Multiplex
Brent Trenga, Kingspan

Other panelists TBC.
 
15:45-16:30
Leadership Spotlight
Mitsubishi Electric Canada | Schneider Electric | RJC Engineers
 
16:30-17:30
Networking – social hour
 

Thursday, October 28

Time (Eastern)
Stream
Session Title
Featuring
10:00-11:00
Networking café
 
11:00-12:15
Panel Plenary
Topic to be announced
Opening remarks & moderator:
Thomas Mueller, CaGBC

Keynote address: Cristina Gamboa, World Green Building Council
 
12:15-12:30
Break
 
12:30-13:30
Human Focus

The value of putting people first

It’s a proven fact that green buildings are better for people, the environment, and the bottom line. This panel of experts will share how green building certification and platforms support human-focused benefits and experiences that drive value for all stakeholders.

Opening remarks and moderator:
Brandy Burdeniuk, GBCI Canada

Presenters:
Jill Zeigler, Brookfield Properties
Stephane Larocque, Autocase
 
12:30-13:30
Zero Carbon

Carbon neutrality and sustainability for Canada’s iconic parliament building.

The historic Centre Block Rehabilitation Project is the largest of its kind undertaken in Canada and one of the largest globally. This historic project includes site rehabilitation, Centre Block conservation restoration and modernization, and the design and construction of the Parliament Welcome Centre. Such an undertaking is an unprecedented opportunity to modernize Centre Block and the Parliament Hill landscape, integrating contemporary expectations of accessibility, wellness, safety, and sustainability, balanced against heritage conservation. This session will explore the sustainability vision for the Centre Block Rehabilitation, looking at existing conditions; approach, methodology and analysis; key strategies; heritage implications; targets and objectives; and lessons learned. In keeping with the zero carbon stream, the session will focus primarily on the carbon neutrality objective but will also highlight key sustainability objectives.

Presenters:
Martin Sing, WSP

Other presenters TBC.
 
13:30-13:45
Break
 
13:45-14:45
Workforce

Building your team for the future

The rapid shift toward zero-carbon, high-performance buildings impacts every aspect of the sector, from real-estate to construction, from services offered to staff roles and responsibilities. Companies working with buildings are navigating an organizational shift as they introduce new skills, work processes, and performance metrics. This session examines the strategies employers use to build organizational capacity for high-performance buildings including engagement, training, recruiting, and change management.

Moderator:
Akua Schatz, CaGBC

Panel:
Dave Ramslie, Concert Properties
Zeina Elali, Perkins+Will

Other panelists TBC
 
13:45-14:45
Retrofits

Retrofit action through aggregation

For building retrofits to play a significant role in reducing real estate-driven emissions we need a coordinated approach. Tackling existing buildings in a piece meal way is cost-prohibitive and time intensive. There are new innovative programs and models available to streamline retrofit activity. Join us and learn about these new programs, including Canada Infrastructure Bank’s financing program that promotes aggregation, Special Purpose Vehicles (such as SOFIAC in Quebec) that support business with retrofit project development and implementation, and the Alberta Urban Municipalities program for efficiency and renewable projects.

Moderator:
Levi Higgs, CaGBC

Panel:
Leon Hawkins, Trane

Other panelists TBC
 
14:45-15:00
Networking
 
15:00-16:00
Plenary session
Closing keynote
Keynote speaker to be announced.
 
16:00-16:30
Plenary session
Closing remarks
 
16:30-17:00
Networking – social time
 
 
 
 

Sponsorship Opportunities

As Canada’s premier green building conference, Building Lasting Change is the place to meet and connect. The online platform will enable new ways to facilitate conversations, spark ideas, and help realize our ambitions to move forward, together.

For brands and organizations looking to make an impression at BLC, virtual breakout sessions, booths and our new Networking Lounge are designed to help you quickly connect with attendees and showcase your leadership.

Returning sponsors

Mitsubishi Electric Sales Canada returns this year to Building Lasting Change as presenting sponsor. Other returning sponsors include Enbridge Gas Inc., Superior Essex Communications, PCL Construction, RJC Engineers, and mcCallumSather. New sponsors for 2021 include Schneider Electric Canada and The University of British Columbia. Sponsor opportunities at all levels are still available. To find out more, check out the BLC 2021 sponsorship overview, or contact the Client Experience team.

 

Learn how your company can connect with BLC attendees.

Read about the available sponsorship packages.

 
 

 

Presenting Sponsor

Mirsubishi Electric Heating and Cooling