Building Solutions for a Low Carbon Economy

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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Past Event Speakers

May 28, Vancouver, BC



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Adam Stoker
Sustainability Consultant – University of Calgary

Bio

Adam Stoker has more than 15 years of experience working with energy efficiency and sustainable buildings. His background in mechanical engineering, project management and green design allows him to offer a broad range of knowledge and expertise on sustainable design and environmental stewardship. Adam has been involved in more than 50 LEED projects across western Canada and has worked directly with designers, contractors, and building operators in all phases of the sustainable building process. In his current role with the University of Calgary he is focused on the delivery of high performance green buildings and sites, and is part of the team delivering the $280 million MacKimmie Complex Redevelopment Project – one of 16 projects participating in the CaGBC Zero Carbon Building Pilot Program.

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Akua Schatz
Vice President, Market Engagement and Advocacy – Canada Green Building Council

Bio

Akua Schatz is the Vice President, Advocacy and Market Engagement 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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Chris Doel
PEng, MEng, CEng, MCIBSE, CPHC, LEED Green Associate – Principal

Bio

For over 15 years, Chris has been passionately working with clients to deliver cost effective and sustainable mechanical engineering solutions. He draws on extensive industry experience within the Canadian construction market, and further a field in Europe. Chris’ areas of expertise includes detailed mechanical system design of high performance buildings including passive house and neighbourhood energy master planning and system design. Chris is well-versed in all aspects of sustainable building design, across a number of sectors including institutional, mixed-use commercial developments and district energy systems. Through the design of energy efficient buildings, he has gained experience in developing robust engineering solutions that are innovative and compatible with the architect’s vision. Chris truly understands the needs of his clients and puts high priority on nurturing valuable relationships with them.

 
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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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Jennifer O’Connor
President – Athena Institute

Bio

Jennifer O’Connor is President of the Athena Sustainable Materials Institute, a non-profit research group that advocates for environmental performance measurement and accountability in the built environment through life cycle assessment. Jennifer has been working in building-industry sustainability for over three decades, with diverse multidisciplinary roles in research, design and education in Canada and the U.S. Her professional experience has an emphasis on energy efficiency, sustainable design, and overall building performance. She has worked at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the California College of Art and Architecture, the PG&E Energy Center, several architectural and HVAC design firms, and FPInnovations.

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Julie Anne-Chayer
Vice President, Corporate Responsibility – Groupe Ageco

Bio

Julie-Anne is a specialist in ISO standards related to environmental life cycle analysis. She provides support to businesses of various sizes and sectors in integrating life cycle thinking in their business processes. Through her work, she has developed a unique expertise in the sustainable building sector, in which she is especially active and recognized. She has been Chair of the Board of Directors of the Canada Green Building Council (Québec section) since June 2016 and is often called upon to develop and provide training in this sector.

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Kevin Quinlan
Principal – Quinlan Consulting

Bio

An accomplished strategist with more than ten years experience working with municipal, provincial and federal governments, Kevin Quinlan is the Principal of Quinlan Consulting. He specializes in strategy and policy analysis for governments, businesses and non-profits focused on climate change, infrastructure, and sustainable finance.

As Chief of Staff to the Mayor of Vancouver, he helped implement an ambitious urban agenda. His work included securing policy and political support to enable the Broadway Subway as part of a $7 billion regional transportation plan, as well as approving Canada's first Renewable City strategy, which outlines how Vancouver can shift off of fossil fuels by 2050. He was named a 2019 Clean50 Emerging Leader in Canada for demonstrating leadership on sustainability and climate change at the City of Vancouver.

 
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Laura Sampliner
BES, LEED GA, Sustainability and Energy Coordinator – City of Port Moody

Bio

Laura Sampliner is the Sustainability and Energy Coordinator at the City of Port Moody. Joining the City in June 2018, Laura has previously worked for various other government organizations and private sector in British Columbia, Alberta, Quebec and Ontario in similar roles. As a LEED Green Associate, graduate from the Environment and Business program at the University of Waterloo, and currently completing the Sustainable Energy Management Advanced Certificate at BCIT, Laura has a diverse set of skills related to climate policy, environmental protection, energy management, and community climate change planning.

Her experiences include developing, managing, and piloting sustainability focused programs and initiatives at the community level, managing building energy performance and green certification, and most recently developing an Energy Step Code strategy for Port Moody that includes regulating greenhouse gas intensity in new construction. Laura will also be leading the development of Port Moody’s Climate Action Plan that will take place over the next year.”

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Lisa Westerhoff
MSC, CBSA, Ecosystem Planner – City of Burnaby

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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Lise Townsend
Ecosystem Planner – City of Burnaby

Bio

Since 2010 Lise has been leading the development and implementation of sustainability policy at the City of Burnaby. Increasingly, this work is focused on climate action, including green building policy. She has a background in environmental science and is inspired by a vision of society having a positive impact on the Earth’s ecosystems and climate.

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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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Patrick Enright
Green Building Engineer – City of Vancouver

Bio

Patrick Enright, P. Eng, CPHC, LEED AP BD+C, is the Green Building Engineer with the City of Vancouver's Sustainability Group, where he works on green building policy for large new buildings. Current priorities include the implementation of the Zero Emissions Building Plan, with the first step being the recent update of the Green Building Policy for Rezonings. Patrick is a professional engineer with years of experience in the building industry, including a number of years in Vancouver with a mechanical engineering firm in design and energy modeling. Prior to moving to Vancouver, Patrick worked in the national project management office of Defence Construction Canada located in Ottawa.

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Victoria Burrows
Head of Advancing Net Zero – World GBC

Bio

Victoria is Head of Advancing Net Zero, the pioneering WorldGBC global project to ensure that all buildings are “net zero” carbon by 2050. In this role, Victoria oversees and supports Green Building Councils participating in the project, as well as a number of other partnerships which provide funding and support, marketing and communications, and the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment. 

With a strong background in the sustainable development industry, ranging from client side advisory services, green building rating tool consultancy, and an on-site Head of Sustainability for a major international contractor, Victoria brings a unique perspective to the Advancing Net Zero project. 

Victoria has a degree in Architecture and Environmental Design from the University of Nottingham, and co-authored the book: A Whole System Approach to High-Performance Green Buildings

Victoria is based between London, UK and France. 

 

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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 Vice President, Advocacy and Market Engagement 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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Alex Blue
Principal & Building Energy Practice Lead – Morrison Hershfield

Bio

Alex Blue is the Building Energy Practice Lead for Morrison Hershfield. Alex works on energy analysis for new and existing buildings, with a focus on providing practical solutions for energy efficiency and reduced life cycle cost. She combines her background in mechanical engineering with experience in early design parametric modeling, calibrated modeling, and energy audits, and has worked with teams across North America on over 100 projects for a variety of building types.

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Aman Hehar
Energy Efficiency Manager – Humber College

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Aman Hehar manages energy efficiency for Humber College. Within this role, he is responsible for implementation of the Integrated Energy Master Plan (IEMP) – Humber’s ambitious plan to reduce energy consumption, water consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. Aman is a Professional Engineer, Certified Measurement & Verification Professional and LEED Accredited Professional and has 10 years’ experience in the energy sector. Prior to joining Humber, Aman’s primary focus was on using energy simulations to assist design teams in understanding the impacts of their decisions during the planning and design phases of new construction projects. His past experience also includes having operated his own business performing energy audits on single-family homes.

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Andrew Pride
Chair, Standing Committee on Energy Efficiency – National Reseach Council Canada

Bio

Andrew Pride, P.Eng., LEED® APA is a strategic advisor and technical expert who creates long-term vision with sustainable strategies. Years of pragmatic executive experience in green building design and energy efficiency from both the private and public-sector perspectives. Creates a unique qualification to bridge business needs, social responsibility and brand value. Passionately researches, analyzes, develops and promotes multi-faceted stakeholder-centric solutions with a keen focus on measurable results

In addition to Andrew’s consulting business, he is the Chair of the Standing Committee on Energy Efficiency– the group responsible for all national energy codes in Canada - the National Energy Code for Buildings, and the energy section (9.36.) of the National Building Code. Andrew will help foster in a Net-Zero-Energy-Ready building code. Previously, he was the Vice President of Conservation for the Ontario Power Authority, creating the award-winning Save on Energy brand and overseeing a $3 billion energy efficiency budget.

Andrew may be best known for his innovation and drive to transform a large privately-held real estate company, the Minto Group, into an internationally recognized green leader. There are many firsts and accolades to describe Andrew’s career, including the commercialization of net-zero-energy homes with Minto; the creation of Energy Master Plans; as Vice-Chair of the Canada Green Building Council and as an entrepreneur in the ESCO (Energy Services) Industry.

Locally, Andrew is a resident of Burlington and is an advisor to Burlington’s Community Energy Plan. Recently he was elected in as a Board Member of Sustainable Hamilton Burlington, a social enterprise focused on increasing the value of Burlington and Hamilton companies with sustainability strategies.

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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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Barbara X. Rodriguez
Ph.D. Candidate, MSc., EMPA, LEED AP – University of Washington -CBE, Carbon Leadership Forum, Urban Ecology Research Lab

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Barbara X. Rodriguez has devoted more than a decade to the study of GHG emissions in the built environment. In 2007 she became the first LEED AP woman in Chile, and since then she has contributed unceasingly to the AEC industry adoption and development of better analytic tools to assess operational and embodied carbon for Net Zero Carbon buildings. She was the Chief Sustainability Officer at the Center for Innovation, Research and Development of Building Structures and Materials at Universidad de Chile, where she led the first EPD program for the building industry in Latin America. She was the director of ECOBASE, the first nationwide LCI for building materials in Chile, including the online calculator created for the local building industry. She is currently a Drawdown Research Fellow and a PhD Candidate in the Built Environment Program in the University of Washington where she works for the Carbon Leadership Forum, focusing on embodied carbon in HVAC systems and refrigerants.

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David Potter
Chief Building Official – Corporation of the Town of Newmarket

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Dave Potter has held positions of Plans Examiner and Building Inspector as well as responsibilities for Bylaw Enforcement and Property Standards during his 34 year career working in the municipal sector.

He has provided Building Code Consulting Services to other municipal jurisdictions, the Insurance industry, builders and designers on matters related to the application and interpretation of the Building Code.

Dave's formal education includes a Diploma in Architectural Technology from Centennial College, a Bachelor's Degree in Construction Management from Ryerson and a Diploma in Public Administration from the University of Western Ontario. He obtained his Instructor Training Syllabus Certificate from the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing 16 years ago and has delivered a variety of courses and seminars to Building Officials, designers, builders and Home Inspectors. Dave developed the 'Speaking in Code' seminar series based on the 1998 Code changes which included air barrier systems, soil gas control and guard design standards.

As a member of the Metro Area Code Interpretation Committee Dave chaired the committee that developed the original TACBOC Standard Details and he chaired the 1992 Annual OBOA conference in Richmond Hill.

Dave is a founding member of the Building Code Conservation Advisory Council which provides strategic advice to the Minister on matters relating to energy and water conservation.

He is currently Chair of the Ontario Building Code Part 5 and Part 12 Technical Review Committees, a member of the OHBA/OBOA working group on SB-12 and a representative on Tarion’s CPG Industry Review Committee.

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Dirk Kestner
PE, LEED AP BD+C, Principal, Director of Sustainable Design – Walter P Moore

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Dirk Kestner is a Principal and the corporate Director of Sustainable Design for Walter P Moore, a 600-person structural and enclosure engineering firm with a worldwide portfolio. Dirk is a licensed Professional Engineer and is a LEED AP BD+C. He received a BS from Cornell University and a MS from The University of Texas at Austin.

Dirk is the current vice-chair of the LEED Materials and Resources Technical Advisory Group (MR TAG) and was the founding chairman of the Sustainability Committee for The Structural Engineering Institute, an organization which represents over twelve thousand structural engineers nationwide. He also served as an editor and coordinator of the committee’s book Sustainability Guidelines for the Structural Engineer and is currently leading development of a pre-standard for defining a reference building for Whole Building Life Cycle Assessment (WBLCA) comparisons.

He is currently pursuing the LEED WBLCA credit via Pilot Credit 63 and LEED v4 on five projects including Capitol Tower, the first LEED V4 project in the US to attempt the LCA credit. He has also performed comparative LCA’s on ten other buildings that did not pursue LEED ratings. He has extensive experience with both the ATHENA and Tally WBLCA tools, and was the invited speaker at The Athena Institute’s 2016 general meeting.

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

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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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Frances Yang
SE, LEED AP BD+C, Sustainable Structures & Materials Specialist – Arup

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Frances specializes in how environmentally preferable and healthier materials contribute to whole-life sustainability performance of our built environment. She is active on the Carbon Leadership Forum, AIA Materials Knowledge Working Group, and Health Product Declaration Technical Committee. She also recently vice-chaired the USGBC LEED Materials and Resources TAG and led authorship of two recently published texts: the SEI Whole Building LCA Guide: Reference Building Structure and Strategies, and the AIA Prescription for Healthier Building Materials: A Design and Implementation Protocol. In leading Arup's Americas Sustainable Materials Consulting practice, Frances has brought healthy and low-carbon aims into the day-to-day consideration of materials alongside selection for their technical performance on a variety of buildings and infrastructure projects.

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Jeff Ranson
Regional Director – Canada Green Building Council, GTA

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Jeff is the GTA Regional Director for the Canada Green Building Council, leading market transformation in southern Ontario through advocacy, education and community building. His leadership roles in the green building industry include serving as a sustainability expert on the Waterfront Toronto Design Review Panel, founding Executive Director and current advisory board member of the Toronto 2030 District, and Manager of Education for Sustainable Buildings Canada. As lead facilitator for Enbridge’s “Savings By Design” energy conservation program he delivered sustainable design workshops for over 100 development projects across Ontario. Jeff has consulted for numerous private and public sector organizations in Canada and internationally with a focus on market transformation for sustainable development, climate change mitigation and resilience outcomes.

Jeff holds an Honors in Business Administration from the Western University’s Richard Ivey School of Business and a Masters of Design in Strategic Foresight and Innovation from OCADU where he received the President’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Graduate Studies.

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Lisa King
Senior Policy Planner – City of Toronto

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Lisa King is a Senior Policy Planner for the City of Toronto, City Planning Division. As a sustainability practitioner for over 20 years in the public and private sectors, Lisa works to integrate sustainability principles into land use and strategic planning policy and processes. She specializes in the areas of sustainable design, climate change, energy and resilience policy and standards. She has been central in the development and scaling up of the Toronto Green Standard (TGS), tiered sustainable performance measures for new construction and Toronto's Zero Emissions Buildings Framework for which she was named to Canada's Clean50 2018 for contributions to clean capitalism, and she is a recipient of the Canada Green Building Council's Government Leadership award. She completed her graduate work in Environmental Studies at Antioch University Midwest, Ohio USA, with a focus on policy and community planning and has an undergraduate degree from Western University in London, Ontario.

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

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

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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

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

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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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Meghan Lewis
Supply Chain Sustainability Manager – WeWork

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Meghan Lewis is the Global Supply Chain Sustainability Manager at WeWork, where she leads efforts to source sustainable materials for their growing portfolio of over 400 communities in 100 cities across the globe. She uses her background in materials research, architecture and life cycle assessment to lead initiatives that support the vision of a carbon neutral, circular supply chain. Before joining WeWork, Meghan was a practicing architect at Mithun, where she worked on a range of project types and developed office-wide sustainability guidelines as part of the firm’s sustainability team. She also led internal efforts to integrate LCA and low carbon material selection into the design process, through R+D and implementation on active projects. Meghan is an active member of the Carbon Leadership Forum and a contributing editor to the Practice Guide for the Life Cycle Assessment of Buildings. She received her Master of Architecture and Master of Environmental Management from Yale University.

 
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Peter Duckworth-Pilkington
Principal – ZAS Architects+Interiors

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As a specialist in sustainable design, Peter has overseen the design of a diverse range of projects from “off-grid” green homes to corporate campuses and in locations as varied as Canada, the Middle East, South America, Africa and China. Examples of local “green” projects include: the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (Target LEED Platinum), River City Condominiums (LEED Gold), Gore Meadows Community Centre & Library (LEED Gold), Bergeron Centre for Engineering Excellence York University (LEED Gold), and CFB Borden Curtis Kitchen (LEED Silver). Peter was also the lead author of the Green Schools Design Manual for Ontario’s Ministry of Education.

He has also lectured and written widely on sustainable building and urban design. His projects have appeared in noted publications such as The Globe and Mail, Dezeen, ArchDaily, Canadian Architect, Toronto Star, National Post and Treehugger.com.

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Sheena Sharp
Principal – Coolearth Architecture

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Sheena Sharp is the Principal of Coolearth Architecture inc., a firm specializing in low carbon design for new buildings and major retrofits. The firm also provides energy related consulting.

She is a Past President of the Ontario Association of Architects (OAA), and currently serves on the OAA Sustainable Built Environment Committee, acts as the OAA representative to the Toronto 2030 District, acts as the OAA representative on the Compass Tool Advisory Board, and serves as the Owners representative for the OAA's Net Zero Carbon Renovation, which is scheduled for completion April 2019.

 

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