Building Solutions for a Low Carbon Economy

February 20, Ottawa, ON



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The Honourable Catherine McKenna
Minister of Environment and Climate Change

Bio

Catherine McKenna was elected as the first female member of Parliament for Ottawa Centre on October 19th 2015, and appointed Minister of Environment and Climate Change shortly thereafter. She helped negotiate the Paris Agreement and secured Canada’s first plan with provinces, territories and Indigenous peoples to address climate change and grow a clean economy.

Before entering politics, Catherine practiced competition and international trade law with leading firms in Canada and Indonesia, and was senior negotiator with the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission on the Timor Sea Treaty. She co-founded Level Justice, a charity that levels the playing field and increases access to justice for marginalized communities worldwide. She served as Executive Director of the Banff Forum, a public policy organization for young leaders, and taught at the Munk School of Global Affairs. Catherine is a graduate of the University of Toronto, the London School of Economics, and McGill Law School; and is called to the Bars of Ontario and New York State. Catherine and her husband live in Ottawa with their three children and their dog Skoki. During her free time, she can be found in the water - swimming, canoeing or kayaking.

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The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi
Minister of Natural Resources

Bio

The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi is the Member of Parliament for Edmonton Mill Woods and the Minister of Natural Resources.

Prior to being elected Member of Parliament, Minister Sohi was a three-term Edmonton City Councillor. This experience taught him the importance of infrastructure as the foundation for strong, sustainable, and inclusive communities.

Dedicated to improving Edmonton’s infrastructure and liveability, Minister Sohi represented the city on the Canadian Urban Transit Association and strongly advocated for light rail transit. He also brought forward his passion for inclusive city-building through his representation at the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association and in leading City Council’s Immigration, Multiculturalism and Racism-Free Edmonton initiatives.

Upon assuming the Infrastructure and Communities portfolio, Minister Sohi oversaw the design and early implementation of a plan of more than $180 billion over 12 years — the largest infrastructure investment plan in Canada’s history. This plan invests unprecedented amounts in public transit, green infrastructure, clean water and waste water, affordable housing, trade-enabling infrastructure, rural and northern communities, and more.

Minister Sohi was appointed the Minister of Natural Resources in July 2018. His work focuses on developing Canada’s natural resources in an environmentally responsible way. His experience with communities has taught him the importance of building partnerships to advance common goals.

Minister Sohi has received several awards in recognition of his community leadership. He lives in Edmonton with his wife and daughter.

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Thomas Mueller
President and CEO – Canada Green
Building Council, GBCI Canada

Bio

Thomas Mueller is a Founding Director of the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) and became President & CEO of the Council in 2005. As Chief Executive, he leads the Council’s national green building strategy, programs and standards along with advocacy and policy initiatives. In 2018, he was appointed as CEO of Green Business Certification Inc. Canada.

As a past Board member of the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI), the World Green Building Council (WGBC), and as a Board member of the Cornerstone Standards Council (CSC) and Building Energy Innovators Council (BEIC), he supports the transition toward green building, neighbourhoods and cities at home and globally.

Thomas is a well-known advocate for green buildings and sustainable community development. He participates frequently in government and industry consultations on green development and is a nationally and internationally recognized authority and speaker on green buildings.

He is currently participating in a number of initiatives and groups including the WorldGBC Global CEO Network, and the Advisory Committee of Energy Efficiency in BC’s Built Environment Research Project at UBC.

Thomas has an Undergraduate Degree in Geography, Planning and Applied Ecology from the Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich, Germany; and holds a Master’s Degree in Regional Planning & Resource Development from the University of Waterloo, Ontario.

For his green building work, Thomas has received numerous awards. Most recently, he became a recipient of Canada’s 2015 Clean50 Award and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) in 2016.

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Akua Schatz
Sr Director of Advocacy and Market Development – Canada Green Building Council

Bio

Akua Schatz is the Sr Director of Advocacy and Market Development at the Canada Green Building Council. She leads market research and policy initiatives to advance green building in Canada. Her areas of expertise include energy benchmarking programs, the retrofit economy and zero carbon development in support the de-carbonization of Canada. Over the course of her career she has honed a deep understanding of tools to drive change including the strategic use of market-based levers, government policy and behavioural economics.

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Antoni Paleshi
Senior Energy Performance Specialist, Buildings, Sustainability & Energy – WSP

Bio

Antoni Paleshi is the national practice manager of WSP Canada’s building performance analysis team with 15 years of experience in the field. He specializes in the design, simulation and evaluation of building energy efficiency and carbon reduction measures with experience leading teams towards high-performance buildings in all major sectors. In addition to energy modeling and analysis, Antoni’s broader consulting expertise includes enclosure design, energy and water measurement and verification, indoor air quality design, and environmental life cycle assessment. Antoni also has a passion for corporate sustainability action and has helped to lead WSP’s Kitchener, Ontario office towards low-carbon operations for the past 10 years.

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Matt Carlsson
MASc, PEng, CPHD, Building Science Consultant – Morrison Hershfield Ltd.

Bio

Matt Carlsson is a building science consultant with Morrison Hershfield and a professional mechanical engineer in Ontario. Matt is a certified Passive House consultant and holds a master’s degree in building science. Matt’s professional experience has also included large industrial construction project management, residential HVAC system design, energy modelling and hygrothermal simulation.

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Fin MacDonald
C.E.T., LEED AP O+M, Manager, Zero Carbon Building Program – Canada Green Building Council

Bio

Fin started his career in green buildings and sustainability in 2012 after spending five years in the financial sector. Over the past six years he has delivered sustainability consulting services for various projects related to carbon accounting, energy benchmarking, and green building rating systems. As manager of the Zero Carbon Building Program at the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC), Fin represents the CaGBC as a subject matter expert in zero carbon design and operations through ongoing dialog with stakeholders and the media. He is responsible for the broad adoption of the program and for driving reductions in the carbon footprint of buildings through collaboration with industry, governments, utilities, and other stakeholders.

Fin MacDonald has a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) from St. Francis Xavier University, and an Honors Diploma in Energy Sustainability Engineering Technology from the Nova Scotia Community College. He is a Certified Engineering Technologist (C.E.T.) with the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists.

 
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Frank Lohmann
Manager, Codes Development System, Codes Canada – National Research Council Canada / Government of Canada

Bio

Frank Lohmann is the Manager, Codes Development System at Codes Canada – a group that is part of the NRC’s Construction Research Centre in Ottawa. Codes Canada is the host and secretariat for the national codes development process. In this role, Frank is also the Deputy Chair of the Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes, and independent body created by NRC to oversee the development of Canada’s National Model Construction Codes & Guides.

Frank has been with NRC for 23 years.

After starting in NRC’s building envelope and indoor air quality research labs he joined Codes Canada 19 years ago.

Since then he has been the Technical Advisor to two different CCBFC standing committees and was the lead advisor in developing the energy efficiency requirements for housing and small buildings in Part 9 in 2012.

He holds a Bachelor Degree in Building Physics from the University of Applied Sciences in Stuttgart, Germany (HfT).

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Jonathan Westeinde
Managing Partner, Windmill Development Group

Bio

Jonathan is founder and CEO of the Windmill Development Group, one of Canada’s most well-known green building developers. Windmill has completed over $1B of developments since inception in 2003 with a strong pipeline of future projects in place. Jonathan is specifically interested in creating alternative financing vehicles to embed sustainability into projects and is a recognized leader in Canada for finding innovative solutions for non-conventional lifecycle financing issues. This ingenuity has led to firsts in the green building industry, including innovative partnerships to create zero carbon district energy systems, energy services contracts to introduce geothermal, and green loans. Jonathan’s most recent focus has been a new targeted sustainable communities impact investment fund which is currently underway.

Prior to founding Windmill Jonathan was a partner in Venbridge, a venture capital services firm that was a partnership with Gowlings Law firm. Prior to that he was a partner in LOSC, Inc., a Boston based venture capital firm, and held senior positions with Corel Corporation and Exocom Consulting after completing his MBA.

Jonathan sits on a number of profit and non-profit boards.

Jonathan holds an MBA from Trinity College, Ireland and a BA Economics from the University of Western Ontario.

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Lisa Westerhoff
PhD, MA, BA, EcoDistricts AP – Associate, Integral Group

Bio

Leading the Sustainability Policy and Planning team at Integral Group, Lisa brings her expertise in climate change, sustainability and resilience planning and policy to her work with academic, government, and not-for-profit institutions. Lisa works at multiple scales on projects ranging from the creation of zero emissions buildings plans, to sustainable neighborhood and green building post-occupancy evaluations, to the design of city-wide climate and energy strategies. Lisa holds a PhD in urban sustainability, a Masters degree in climate change adaptation and resilience, and is also an EcoDistricts Accredited Professional.

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Mark Hutchinson
Vice President, Green Building Programs – Canada Green Building Council

Bio

Mark Hutchinson is the Vice President of Green Building Programs at the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC). He oversees the strategic direction and operation of the LEED building certification program in Canada and serves on the USGBC's LEED Steering Committee, which oversees the development and application of the LEED program globally. Mark also oversees the development and application of new certification programs, including the Zero Carbon Buildings Standard. Mark holds a Masters in Business Administration from McMaster University and a Masters in Environmental Studies from University of York.

 
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Mike Godawa
PEng, LEED® AP BD+C – Senior Principal, Director of Engineering Services – Canada East, Integral Group

Bio

Mike has been on the front end of innovative mechanical systems design since 1987. In his career as a Mechanical Engineer, Mike has continually endeavored to find new and innovative ways to design buildings that raise the bar in energy efficiency. A licensed engineer in seven provinces, his breadth of experience spans multiple sectors including mixed use facilities, healthcare, education, sports & recreation, justice facilities, laboratories, and commercial buildings. Mike has always supported finding innovative and more energy efficient ways of designing buildings including Net Zero and Passive House Design.

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Steve Kemp
M.A.Sc., B.Sc., B.Eng., P.Eng. LEED® Fellow – Principal, Senior Energy and Sustainability Specialist – RDH Building Science Inc.

Bio

Steve Kemp, M.A.Sc., B.Sc., B.Eng., P.Eng. LEED® Fellow, is a Principal, Senior Energy and Sustainability Specialist, and Practice Area Leader for Energy and Sustainability at RDH Building Science Inc. He is a building science engineer specializing in energy modelling and low energy building design, and sustainability. His work experience includes a wide range of projects including green building design facilitation, renewable energy technology studies and energy research.

He has assisted the design of dozens low energy buildings, including Passive House and Net Zero Energy and Net Zero Carbon projects. As these projects have been completed Steve is involved in monitoring their performance as well as troubleshooting their energy systems.

Steve has undergraduate degrees in Physics and Engineering as well as a Master of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering from Dalhousie University. He is a registered professional engineer in Ontario, a director of the Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance, a past-president of IBPSA-Canada, and a member and former chair of the Energy & Engineering Technical Advisory Group for the CaGBC. In 2014 Steve was presented with the CaGBC Green Building Champion Leadership Award and in 2017 he was awarded with his LEED® Fellow designation.

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Stephen Willis
General Manager, Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development – City of Ottawa

Bio

Stephen Willis is the General Manager of the City of Ottawa’s Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development Department. Stephen is a Registered Professional Planner and Professional Land Economist with more than 20 years of experience in the public and private sectors. He has held a number of positions in the Ottawa area, including Executive Director of the Capital Planning Branch for the National Capital Commission, and positions with major multidisciplinary consulting firms.

The role involves the oversight of:

  • Planning Services (including development approvals and Building Code services)
  • Economic Development and Long Range Planning
  • Right of Way, Heritage and Urban Design
  • Infrastructure Services (design and construction of major municipal infrastructure and building projects)

Stephen is responsible for increasing the City’s economic viability through planning and infrastructure initiatives as well as finding economic opportunities to create new growth and prosperity in the Ottawa area. As General Manager, he is responsible for a $102 million operating budget and a $500 million capital budget.

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Tony Cupido
Chief Building and Facilities Officer – Facility Services, Mohawk College

Bio

Tony is a broad-based engineering and operations senior professional with over 37 years’ experience in Facilities Management and Sustainability. He has considerable institutional experience, particularly with McMaster University and Mohawk College were he is commencing a new role as Research Chair, Sustainability with responsibility for supporting and advancing sustainability research and innovation.

In his leadership capacity at Mohawk College he was responsible for the planning, design, construction and operation of the first Net-Zero institutional project in Ontario – The Joyce Centre for Partnership and Innovation.

He has a doctorate degree in Civil Engineering with a focus on green buildings and policy and is a former adjunct faculty member at McMaster University. He is a lead author on three peer-reviewed journal research papers related to green buildings.

 

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March 28, Toronto, ON



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Lisa Westerhoff
PhD, MA, BA, EcoDistricts AP – Associate, Integral Group

Bio

Leading the Sustainability Policy and Planning team at Integral Group, Lisa brings her expertise in climate change, sustainability and resilience planning and policy to her work with academic, government, and not-for-profit institutions. Lisa works at multiple scales on projects ranging from the creation of zero emissions buildings plans, to sustainable neighborhood and green building post-occupancy evaluations, to the design of city-wide climate and energy strategies. Lisa holds a PhD in urban sustainability, a Masters degree in climate change adaptation and resilience, and is also an EcoDistricts Accredited Professional.

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Kenny Smith
PEng, CEng, MEng, MCIBSE, LEED® AP – Managing Principal, Integral Group

Bio

Kenny’s passion lies in driving energy efficiency and improving performance through new technologies, out of the box thinking and true integrated design. His outlook goes beyond just buildings, into communities and infrastructure. If there is an opportunity to make a difference and improve environments and communities around the world, Kenny pursues and goes beyond the traditional to find commercially viable and implementable solutions. Kenny has worked in a multitude of different sectors and climates and involved in mechanical, energy management, and sustainable solutions. Kenny is the Managing Principal for the Toronto studio and he is focused on high performance buildings, net zero design, assessments and analysis, implementation measures, district systems and application of renewable and resilient strategies.

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May 28, Vancouver, BC



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Antoni Paleshi
Senior Energy Performance Specialist, Buildings, Sustainability & Energy – WSP

Bio

Antoni Paleshi is the national practice manager of WSP Canada’s building performance analysis team with 15 years of experience in the field. He specializes in the design, simulation and evaluation of building energy efficiency and carbon reduction measures with experience leading teams towards high-performance buildings in all major sectors. In addition to energy modeling and analysis, Antoni’s broader consulting expertise includes enclosure design, energy and water measurement and verification, indoor air quality design, and environmental life cycle assessment. Antoni also has a passion for corporate sustainability action and has helped to lead WSP’s Kitchener, Ontario office towards low-carbon operations for the past 10 years.

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Fin MacDonald
C.E.T., LEED AP O+M, Manager, Zero Carbon Building Program – Canada Green Building Council

Bio

Fin started his career in green buildings and sustainability in 2012 after spending five years in the financial sector. Over the past six years he has delivered sustainability consulting services for various projects related to carbon accounting, energy benchmarking, and green building rating systems. As manager of the Zero Carbon Building Program at the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC), Fin represents the CaGBC as a subject matter expert in zero carbon design and operations through ongoing dialog with stakeholders and the media. He is responsible for the broad adoption of the program and for driving reductions in the carbon footprint of buildings through collaboration with industry, governments, utilities, and other stakeholders.

Fin MacDonald has a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) from St. Francis Xavier University, and an Honors Diploma in Energy Sustainability Engineering Technology from the Nova Scotia Community College. He is a Certified Engineering Technologist (C.E.T.) with the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists.

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Mark Hutchinson
Vice President, Green Building Programs – Canada Green Building Council

Bio

Mark Hutchinson is the Vice President of Green Building Programs at the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC). He oversees the strategic direction and operation of the LEED building certification program in Canada and serves on the USGBC's LEED Steering Committee, which oversees the development and application of the LEED program globally. Mark also oversees the development and application of new certification programs, including the Zero Carbon Buildings Standard. Mark holds a Masters in Business Administration from McMaster University and a Masters in Environmental Studies from University of York.

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September 30, Halifax, NS



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Antoni Paleshi
Senior Energy Performance Specialist, Buildings, Sustainability & Energy – WSP

Bio

Antoni Paleshi is the national practice manager of WSP Canada’s building performance analysis team with 15 years of experience in the field. He specializes in the design, simulation and evaluation of building energy efficiency and carbon reduction measures with experience leading teams towards high-performance buildings in all major sectors. In addition to energy modeling and analysis, Antoni’s broader consulting expertise includes enclosure design, energy and water measurement and verification, indoor air quality design, and environmental life cycle assessment. Antoni also has a passion for corporate sustainability action and has helped to lead WSP’s Kitchener, Ontario office towards low-carbon operations for the past 10 years.

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Fin MacDonald
C.E.T., LEED AP O+M, Manager, Zero Carbon Building Program – Canada Green Building Council

Bio

Fin started his career in green buildings and sustainability in 2012 after spending five years in the financial sector. Over the past six years he has delivered sustainability consulting services for various projects related to carbon accounting, energy benchmarking, and green building rating systems. As manager of the Zero Carbon Building Program at the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC), Fin represents the CaGBC as a subject matter expert in zero carbon design and operations through ongoing dialog with stakeholders and the media. He is responsible for the broad adoption of the program and for driving reductions in the carbon footprint of buildings through collaboration with industry, governments, utilities, and other stakeholders.

Fin MacDonald has a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) from St. Francis Xavier University, and an Honors Diploma in Energy Sustainability Engineering Technology from the Nova Scotia Community College. He is a Certified Engineering Technologist (C.E.T.) with the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists.

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Mark Hutchinson
Vice President, Green Building Programs – Canada Green Building Council

Bio

Mark Hutchinson is the Vice President of Green Building Programs at the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC). He oversees the strategic direction and operation of the LEED building certification program in Canada and serves on the USGBC's LEED Steering Committee, which oversees the development and application of the LEED program globally. Mark also oversees the development and application of new certification programs, including the Zero Carbon Buildings Standard. Mark holds a Masters in Business Administration from McMaster University and a Masters in Environmental Studies from University of York.

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Oct 16, Calgary, AB



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Antoni Paleshi
Senior Energy Performance Specialist, Buildings, Sustainability & Energy – WSP

Bio

Antoni Paleshi is the national practice manager of WSP Canada’s building performance analysis team with 15 years of experience in the field. He specializes in the design, simulation and evaluation of building energy efficiency and carbon reduction measures with experience leading teams towards high-performance buildings in all major sectors. In addition to energy modeling and analysis, Antoni’s broader consulting expertise includes enclosure design, energy and water measurement and verification, indoor air quality design, and environmental life cycle assessment. Antoni also has a passion for corporate sustainability action and has helped to lead WSP’s Kitchener, Ontario office towards low-carbon operations for the past 10 years.

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Fin MacDonald
C.E.T., LEED AP O+M, Manager, Zero Carbon Building Program – Canada Green Building Council

Bio

Fin started his career in green buildings and sustainability in 2012 after spending five years in the financial sector. Over the past six years he has delivered sustainability consulting services for various projects related to carbon accounting, energy benchmarking, and green building rating systems. As manager of the Zero Carbon Building Program at the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC), Fin represents the CaGBC as a subject matter expert in zero carbon design and operations through ongoing dialog with stakeholders and the media. He is responsible for the broad adoption of the program and for driving reductions in the carbon footprint of buildings through collaboration with industry, governments, utilities, and other stakeholders.

Fin MacDonald has a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) from St. Francis Xavier University, and an Honors Diploma in Energy Sustainability Engineering Technology from the Nova Scotia Community College. He is a Certified Engineering Technologist (C.E.T.) with the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists.

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Mark Hutchinson
Vice President, Green Building Programs – Canada Green Building Council

Bio

Mark Hutchinson is the Vice President of Green Building Programs at the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC). He oversees the strategic direction and operation of the LEED building certification program in Canada and serves on the USGBC's LEED Steering Committee, which oversees the development and application of the LEED program globally. Mark also oversees the development and application of new certification programs, including the Zero Carbon Buildings Standard. Mark holds a Masters in Business Administration from McMaster University and a Masters in Environmental Studies from University of York.

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November 7, Winnipeg, MB



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Antoni Paleshi
Senior Energy Performance Specialist, Buildings, Sustainability & Energy – WSP

Bio

Antoni Paleshi is the national practice manager of WSP Canada’s building performance analysis team with 15 years of experience in the field. He specializes in the design, simulation and evaluation of building energy efficiency and carbon reduction measures with experience leading teams towards high-performance buildings in all major sectors. In addition to energy modeling and analysis, Antoni’s broader consulting expertise includes enclosure design, energy and water measurement and verification, indoor air quality design, and environmental life cycle assessment. Antoni also has a passion for corporate sustainability action and has helped to lead WSP’s Kitchener, Ontario office towards low-carbon operations for the past 10 years.

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Fin MacDonald
C.E.T., LEED AP O+M, Manager, Zero Carbon Building Program – Canada Green Building Council

Bio

Fin started his career in green buildings and sustainability in 2012 after spending five years in the financial sector. Over the past six years he has delivered sustainability consulting services for various projects related to carbon accounting, energy benchmarking, and green building rating systems. As manager of the Zero Carbon Building Program at the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC), Fin represents the CaGBC as a subject matter expert in zero carbon design and operations through ongoing dialog with stakeholders and the media. He is responsible for the broad adoption of the program and for driving reductions in the carbon footprint of buildings through collaboration with industry, governments, utilities, and other stakeholders.

Fin MacDonald has a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) from St. Francis Xavier University, and an Honors Diploma in Energy Sustainability Engineering Technology from the Nova Scotia Community College. He is a Certified Engineering Technologist (C.E.T.) with the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists.

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Mark Hutchinson
Vice President, Green Building Programs – Canada Green Building Council

Bio

Mark Hutchinson is the Vice President of Green Building Programs at the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC). He oversees the strategic direction and operation of the LEED building certification program in Canada and serves on the USGBC's LEED Steering Committee, which oversees the development and application of the LEED program globally. Mark also oversees the development and application of new certification programs, including the Zero Carbon Buildings Standard. Mark holds a Masters in Business Administration from McMaster University and a Masters in Environmental Studies from University of York.

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