Date: April 28, 2021
Duration: 1.5 Hour
Time: 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Eastern
Location: Online via Zoom *Please note, registrants will receive login information to this webinar 1-2 days before it takes place.
In recent years the green building and real estate industries have seen a surge of uptake and participation in ESG integration to further embed sustainability and CSR goals into their organizations. This is driven by a growing demand by clients, tenants, investors, and shareholders who are starting to realize the positive value-add of ESG-aligned portfolios and investment strategies, as well as its long-term risk management potential.
On April 28th, the EGP committee will be hosting a Speaker Series event that will dive into the topic of ESG as it relates to the buildings and real estate sector. The event will provide an introduction to ESG, explore how the adoption of ESG practices and strategies can help to meet sustainability and business goals, and share best practices and examples in ESG data measurement, reporting and disclosure - such as GRESB, SASB, SDGs.
Hear from industry leaders with experience and expertise in ESG strategy creation, implementation and reporting to understand how ESG integration is making an impact on the real estate and green building industry, and the opportunities available for green building professionals preparing to enter into this space.
- (Moderator) Kris Kolenc, Manager of Sustainability and Research, REALPAC
Kris joined REALPAC in 2017 and leads the association’s sustainability and research projects. His sustainability work includes Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) reporting, equity, diversity & inclusion (EDI), green leasing, energy and water benchmarking, and climate risk. Kris also leads REALPAC’s federal, provincial, and municipal environmental policy submissions that are made on behalf of the Canadian commercial real estate industry. His research projects include REALPAC’s ongoing COVID-19 sector surveys, biannual industry Sentiment Surveys, and the annual REALPAC/Ryerson Canadian Commercial Real Estate Research Symposium.
Kris chairs REALPAC’s ESG Committee which consists of the sustainability leaders from REALPAC’s member companies and meets regularly to discuss industry ESG trends, REALPAC’s sustainability projects, and active environmental policy files. Kris also co-chairs REALPAC’s Research Committee which brings together academics and industry research practitioners to discuss commercial trends and research projects of interest to the Canadian commercial real estate industry.
- Ailey Roberts, Manager of Sustainable Investing, BentallGreenOak
Ailey Roberts is Senior Manager, Sustainable Investing with BentallGreenOak, a leading, global real estate investment management advisor and a globally-recognized provider of real estate services. BentallGreenOak is a leader in ESG, achieving top rankings in the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB) for 10 consecutive years. Ailey oversees the implementation of BentallGreenOak’s ESG strategy to drive performance at over 700 office, retail, industrial and multi-family residential properties. This includes implementing energy, water and waste management strategies, and building certification programs, including LEED, BOMA BEST, Fitwel and ENERGY STAR. Ailey also manages BentallGreenOak’s formal energy and greenhouse gas emissions reduction program intended to optimize building performance through system and equipment upgrades and operational efficiencies.
Most recently, Ailey led BGO’s Fitwel Viral Response efforts for its US office portfolio, which was awarded Fitwel’s 2021 Best in Building Health Award for Most Approved Assets and is now guiding the firm’s Fitwel VR certification efforts in Canada. Ailey holds a Master’s of Environment and Sustainability from Western University, LEED Green Associate designation, and was recognized as one of Canada’s 2020 Clean50.
- Colin Powell, ESG Advisor, WSP Canada
Colin Powell is an experienced project manager in the Climate Change/ESG sector, with a focus on corporate climate change strategy, greenhouse gas (GHG) accounting and verification, ISO-14044 aligned product life cycle assessments (LCAs), and climate risk assessment and disclosure.
Colin leads WSP Canada’s corporate decarbonization work in the Climate Change, Resilience and Sustainability (CCRS) Practice with clients across the financial services, consumer goods, food and beverage and energy and mining sectors. Prior to joining WSP, Colin was a Manager in EY Canada’s Climate Change and Sustainability Services practice, with a focus on climate change strategy, GHG emissions, and LCA.
- Marlee Kohn, Sustainability Manager, Oxford Properties Group
With over 10 years of experience, Marlee plays a key role for Oxford’s long-standing global sustainability program. Marlee focuses on driving reporting, green building certifications, and stakeholder engagement across the organization’s key commitment areas, namely Climate and Energy, Materials and Resources, Community, and Wellbeing.
Prior to joining Oxford, Marlee started her professional career with Summerhill Group, an environmental consulting organization, where she worked with retailers and manufacturers to remove harmful contaminants from our environment. Underpinning her professional experience is a Master’s in Environmental Studies from York University and a bachelor’s degree in International Development and Economics from McGill University.
The Canada Green Building Council is a not-for-profit, national organization that has been working since 2002 to advance green building and sustainable community development practices in Canada. The CaGBC is the licence holder for the LEED green building rating system in Canada and supports the WELL Building Standard and GRESB (Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark) in Canada.
Together with our membership of over 1,200 industry organizations and more than 2,500 individual Chapter members involved in designing, building and operating buildings, homes and communities, the Council has made excellent inroads toward achieving our mission of reducing the environmental impact of the built environment.
Acting as the voice of the green building industry, the CaGBC advocates for green building policies with all levels of governments and the private sector across Canada. The Council has also educated over 45,000 green professionals to answer the demand for knowledge and jobs this new green marketplace created. As a result of this advocacy, education and the hard work of our members, thousands of commercial and government buildings, schools, homes, community centres and historical structures have been retrofitted or newly constructed to green building standards.