Register Now | October 26-28

Countdown is on to BLC 2021

 
 

Canada’s premier green building conference is back, October 26-28. Join green buildings’ leaders and innovators at Building Lasting Change, featuring three days of insightful conversation and actionable strategies to help you reach your sustainability goals.

Why attend BLC

The building sector has a significant role to play in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and helping Canada meet its international obligations. At BLC, we’ll explore the innovative approaches and strategies needed to transform built environment with accessible and resilient buildings that contribute to the social and economic health of our communities.

At BLC you can:

  • Connect and learn from industry peers
  • Discover innovative projects and the sustainable strategies and practices used
  • Understand and benefit from the trends shaping the building sector
  • Maintain your LEED credentials with up to 11 hours of education
  • Get inspired – hear from the visionaries shaping our built environment
 

Members only offer

Take advantage of this limited time offer for members only.
Buy two BLC 2021 tickets and get one ticket free.

Register now to take advantage, or contact our conference team for details.

 
 
 

What to expect

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

In addition, BLC attendees will find new ways to connect and network on the online platform. Leverage your personal profile space on the platform to automatically match with people and businesses with similar interests. Join in ad hoc discussions in the virtual lounge or visit our sponsor’s online booths where you can find downloadable resources, information or set up meetings to chat. Finally, our leaderboard rewards engaged BLC attendees, so plan to make the most of your BLC experience!

BLC 2021 will also means the return of the Women in Green Symposium on November 2, which is included in your BLC ticket price.

 

Program

 
 

Tuesday, October 26

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

Everything is connected: Leadership in the 21st century

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

Sheila Watt-Cloutier
Nobel Peace Prize Nominee, Officer of the Order of Canada, Author and Environmental Advocate

with opening remarks from Thomas Mueller, President & CEO, CaGBC
 
12:15-12:30
Break
 
12:30-13:30
Zero Carbon

Tackling upfront embodied carbon

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

 
12:30-13:30
Human Focus

Rising expectations for buildings

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

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

Fast-tracking low carbon skills

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

 
14:15-15:15
Retrofit

Doing our part: Achieving targets through retrofits

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

Panel:
Steve Kemp, RDH
Malcolm Edwards, Senior Engineer – Greening at Centre for Greening Government
Ralph Torrie, Director of Research, Corporate Knights
Brendan Haley, Policy Director, Efficiency Canada
 
15:15-16:00
Leadership Spotlight
BGIS BEIC | Minto | Telus
 
 
16:00-17:00
Networking – social hour with Trivia
 
 

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Wednesday, October 27

Time (Eastern)
Stream
Session Title
Featuring
10:00-11:00
Networking café
 
11:00-12:15
Day Two Keynote with Cristina Gamboa
 
 
12:15-12:45
Break
 
12:45-13:45
Retrofits

Zero carbon transition pathways

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

 
12:45-13:45
Workforce

The human side of new technology

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

 
13:45-14:45
Break
 
14:45-15:45
Human Focus

Keeping your social commitments

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

 
14:45-15:45
Zero Carbon

All in: Making a zero-carbon commitment

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

 
15:45-16:30
Leadership Spotlight
Mitsubishi Electric Canada | Schneider Electric | RJC Engineers
 
16:30-17:30
Networking – social hour – Green Drinks
 
 

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Thursday, October 28

Time (Eastern)
Stream
Session Title
Featuring
10:00-11:00
Networking café
 
11:00-12:15
Day Three Keynote with Barbara Zvan
 
 
12:15-12:30
Break
 
12:30-13:30
Human Focus

The value of putting people first

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

 
12:30-13:30
Zero Carbon

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

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

 
13:30-13:45
Break
 
13:45-14:45
Workforce

Building your team for the future

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

Moderator:
Akua Schatz, Vice President – Market Engagement and Advocacy, CaGBC

Panel:
Dave Ramslie, Vice President – Innovation & Sustainability, Concert Properties
Zeina Elali, Senior Sustainability Advisor, Perkins+Will
Erica Brabon, Black & MacDonald
 
13:45-14:45
Retrofits

Retrofit action through aggregation

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

 
14:45-15:00
Networking
 
15:00-16:30
Plenary session & closing keynote
 
 
16:30-17:00
Networking – social time
 
 

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Tuesday, November 2

Women in Green Symposium

11:00 am – 1:00 pm Eastern
Women in Green Symposium

Implementing Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Best Practices

This session will explore practical issues and considerations for organizations in the green building sector seeking to implement EDI strategies. Panelists, drawn from different green building segments, will discuss strategies and approaches to heighten EDI awareness and effectiveness in the workplace.

Moderator Sarain Fox will draw upon her indigenous background and, as an advocate for gender and cultural inclusion, will highlight the importance of EDI in all organizations. Through a moderated Q&A format, our panel will discuss the importance of EDI in the green building sector and how best to develop strategies to champion and incorporate EDI mandates into day-to-day operations.

Moderators:
Sarain Fox, Cultural & Gender Inclusivity Advocate
Kathy Wardle, Perkins & Will, Principal

Panelists:
Jenniffer Sheel, Director of Municipal Services; co-chair of the VP Finance & Operations EDI Committee, UBC
Michele Walkau, Senior Vice President, Brand and Culture, First Capital REIT 
Kait TyschenkoProject Manager, Pomerleau
 
 

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Sponsorship Opportunities

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

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

Returning sponsors

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

 

Learn how your company can connect with BLC attendees.

Read about the available sponsorship packages.

 
 

 

Presenting Sponsor

Mirsubishi Electric Heating and Cooling