Webinar: Building Retrofits Initiative at Scale
Date: May 19, 2021
Time: 12:30pm - 4:00pm Eastern
The Canada Infrastructure Bank’s (CIB) $10 billion Growth Plan is committed to stimulating jobs for Canadians and strengthening Canada’s economy through infrastructure investments, including $2 billion for building retrofits.
With 750 million square metres of public and commercial buildings worth an estimated $2 trillion, equivalent to the economy’s annual output, Canada’s buildings contribute an estimated 55 Mt CO2e per year to its carbon emissions.*
The CIB Building Retrofits Initiative combines public and commercial sector streams to support the vision that by 2030, there is a well-functioning marketplace for decarbonizing and modernizing Canada’s existing public and commercial buildings with sufficient capacity to help meet Canada’s climate targets.
Join the CIB for an afternoon discussion on how the bank’s commitment will impact Canada’s building sector and accelerate retrofits and carbon reductions nationwide. The afternoon will be divided into two sessions – the first an in-depth conversation with the CIB’s Frederic Bettez and Divya Shah, followed by a technical debrief on the CIB’s Commercial Building Retrofits Initiative run concurrently in French and English.
*Globe Series, 2021.
Session 1: In Conversation with the Canada Infrastructure Bank
Time: 12:30pm to 1:30pm EDT
Hear from Canada Infrastructure Bank executives Frederic Bettez and Divya Shah on how the bank’s $10?billion Growth Plan will impact Canada’s building sector. We will explore how the CIB’s $2 billion for both Public and Commercial Building Retrofits Initiative will accelerate retrofits and carbon reductions. CaGBC President and CEO, Thomas Mueller will facilitate the conversation, with opening and closing remarks from REALPAC CEO Michael Brooks.
Session 2: Technical Debrief on the Commercial Building Retrofits Initiative
Time: 2:30pm to 4:00pm
Offered concurrently in French and English.
Join members of the Canada Infrastructure Bank to learn more about the Commercial Building Retrofits Initiative. The technical briefing will address the application process focusing on intent to apply, financial due diligence, and technical due diligence. Information will also be shared on the process to provide applicants with feedback as they develop a business plan, including investment vehicle, deal structure, and technical project description. Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions.
Frederic Bettez joined the Canada Infrastructure Bank in September 2019 as the Managing Director, Investments. He is responsible for leading the Commercial Building Retrofits Initiative, investments in broadband, and overseeing activities in the province of Quebec across all sectors. Before joining the CIB, Frederic was President of Cosime Infrastructure and Energy Inc., providing advisory and asset management services to project developers and owners.
Divya Shah is Managing Director with the Investments team at Canada Infrastructure Bank. She is responsible for advising, sourcing, evaluating, developing, and executing infrastructure investment opportunities in Canada. Prior to joining CIB, Divya was the Senior Vice President of Transaction Finance at Infrastructure Ontario where she structured and negotiated a variety of large and complex P3, commercial, and real estate transactions.
Michael Brooks is the Chief Executive Officer of REALPAC, the Canadian trade association for large public, private and institutional investment real estate companies. Michael is a former Adjunct Professor and Executive in Residence at Ryerson University’s Ted Rogers School of Management. He is a special advisor to the United Nations Environment Program Finance Initiative Property Working Group, and a Board member of Toronto Foundation, and a former Board member of GRESB BV.
Thomas Mueller is the President and CEO of the Canada Green Building Council. He leads the Council’s national green building strategy, including programs, standards, advocacy, and policy initiatives. In 2018, he was appointed CEO of Green Business Certification Inc. Canada (GBCI CA) to deliver advanced building performance standards to the market. Thomas is an advocate for green buildings, sustainable community development, and market-based carbon solutions.
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.