Opening Plenary Keynote
Wednesday, May 29 | 8:45 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

 

 


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Chris Turner
Sustainability and Global Cleantech Expert

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The Built Environment and the Global Energy Transition

Drawing on 15 years of reporting on the challenge of climate change and the global wave of innovation that has emerged to solve it, renowned author, journalist and strategist Chris Turner will provide an overview of the emerging shift to a low-carbon economy worldwide. The way we build and bind together our urban environments is a crucial tool in the fight against climate change. Hear how better design, stronger communities, and smarter communication can accelerate our energy transition, enhance quality of life, and help sell the public on the virtues of low-carbon living.

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Sustainability and global cleantech expert, Chris Turner is one of the world’s leading voices on climate change solutions and the global energy transition, who draws on recent breakthroughs in state-of-the-art renewable energy and urban design to paint a vivid portrait of a new, sustainable world order that will allow individuals and businesses alike not only to survive but to thrive in the twenty-first century economy. Author, speaker and strategist, Chris Turner provides Canada’s authoritative voice on sustainability and the global cleantech boom. He’s the author of The War on Science, and the bestsellers, The Geography of Hope: A Tour of the World We Need and The Great Leap: How to Survive and Thrive in the Sustainable Economy where he sheds light on the global sustainability movement. His reporting on energy, climate and sustainability issues appears regularly in The Walrus, The Globe & Mail, Canadian Geographic and many other publications.

 

 

Lunch Plenary Keynote
Thursday, May 30 | 11:45 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.

 

 

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Amy Erixon
Principal, Managing Director – Investments, Avison Young
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Andrew Chisholm
Member of the Board of Directors, Royal Bank of Canada
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Anna Murray
Vice President, Sustainability & EHS, Bentall Kennedy
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Bryan Purcell
Vice President of Policy and Programs, The Atmospheric Fund (TAF)

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Sustainable finance: Investing in better buildings.

(1 GBCI CE HOUR)

Eliminating barriers to retrofit financing is critical to foster a healthy retrofit economy. Learn how financial lending institutions and instruments in the building construction and retrofit industries can play a critical role in increasing the pace and depth of our built environment’s much needed transition.

Attend the Lunch plenary to gain unique insight into how Canada’s financial services industry can aid market and product development that supports and encourages investment in climate resilience and low-carbon growth, while at the same time maximizing their financial returns.


  • Anna Murray, Vice President, Sustainability & EHS, Bentall Kennedy and Co-chair of the United Nations Environment Program Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) group will share key findings of the Global Real Estate Investor ESG Survey, the largest ESG-focused survey of global real estate investors ever conducted.

  • Bryan Purcell, Vice President, Policy and Programs, TAF, whose work focuses on accelerating decarbonization of the built environment through development of innovative policies, programs, and business solutions will explain how incentives and products can enable deep retrofits.

  • Andy Chisholm, Director, Royal Bank of Canada, who was invited by the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change and the Minister of Finance to be a member of the Expert Panel for Sustainable Finance will discuss key conditions that must be in place in order for capital to flow.

This session will be moderated by Amy Erixon, Principal and Managing Director of Avison Young’s Global Investment Management practice.



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Anna Murray has spent her career advancing corporate sustainability around the globe at major multinationals. She is Vice President, Sustainability & EHS at Bentall Kennedy, one of the largest global real estate investment advisors with ~$49 billion of assets under management. Anna holds a Master of Business Administration and a law degree.

Anna has been awarded Canada's Top 40 Under 40, Top 100 Women in Canada and the Making a Difference for Women Award. She is the founder of the non-profit Young Women in Energy and is the co-chair of the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) Investment Committee Property Working Group.


Andrew Chisholm is a member of the Board of Directors of Royal Bank of Canada. Prior to that he spent most of his career at Goldman Sachs & Co, which he joined in 1985 in New York. He served in a variety of progressively more senior leadership roles within the organization during his 30 year career including as Senior Strategy Officer of the firm globally from 2012 - 2014, as Head or co-Head of the Global Financial Institutions Group in both London and New York from 2002 - 2012, and as co- Chair of the Firmwide Commitments Committee (primarily overseeing the firm's equity underwriting activities) from 2011 - 2015.

He is currently a member of the Federal government’s Expert Panel on Sustainable Finance.

He holds a B. Comm from Queens University (1981) and graduated with an MBA from the Ivey Business School at Western University in 1985. He is Chair of the Ivey Business School Advisory Board, is a Board Member of Evergreen, and sits on the Advisory Board of ArcTern Ventures. He lives in Toronto with his family.


Bryan Purcell is the Vice President of Policy and Programs at The Atmospheric Fund (TAF), an award-winning public agency and impact investor dedicated to addressing climate change in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. Bryan’s work focuses on accelerating decarbonization of the built environment through development of innovative policies, programs, and business solutions. Bryan has been instrumental in designing and testing innovative financing options for energy efficiency in buildings. Notable examples include TAF’s Green Condo Loan for new construction, and the non-debt Energy Savings Performance Agreement through which TAF has financed major retrofits in 20+ buildings housing over 2500 households. Through the award-winning TowerWise Program, many of these buildings serve as living labs to advance understanding of the impact of retrofits on carbon emissions, indoor air quality, and occupant comfort. Bryan has also been a key contributor to the development of the Toronto Green Standard and Zero Emissions Buildings Framework.


Amy Erixon is an industry expert in real estate technology, greening strategies and smart cities. She leads Avison Young’s Global Investment Management practice, which is active across all major and select speciality property types in North America and Europe.

Prior to joining Avison Young, she was CEO of IGRI, a full-service development and investment firm that built the first LEED-certified projects across Canada in the mid 2000s. With more than 35 years of industry experience, she has acquired, developed and repositioned portfolios valued in excess of $9 billion, and completed large-scale rezoning and development projects in numerous North American cities. Amy Erixon serves as an educational counsellor for MIT and sits on the Ontario Board of the Nature Conservancy of Canada and is a member of Avison Young’s Executive Committee.

A graduate of MIT in city planning and real estate development, she is an active speaker, blogger and publisher of topical reports and white papers. Follow her on LinkedIn, Twitter @ErixonAmy, and YouTube. Her blog can be found at blog.avisonyoung.com

 

 

Closing Plenary Keynote
Thursday, May 30 | 3:15 – 4:30 p.m.

 

 


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Dr. Kristie Ebi
Professor, Environment and Occupational Health Sciences Department of Global Health, University of Washington

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Cross roads and health challenges imposed by climate change and how healthy and resilient buildings can help tackle vulnerability

Dr. Kristie Ebi’s expertise on the health risks of and responses to global climate change complement the green building industry’s primary focus – the achievement of a resilient low-carbon future. A resilient society is comprised of several factors – from water to energy supply, ecosystems, infrastructure, transportation and the built environment. The built environment plays a significant role in the protection of human health. We already know the greatest influencer of carbon emissions come from the buildings where we live, work and play. A resilient, low-carbon, built environment is critical in the creation of long lasting, healthy environments. The time is now for innovative policies, standards, technologies, approaches and pathways to make cities more resilient and lead to stronger health outcomes. While mitigation policies vary by region, using data and research to achieve resilient societies is necessary. As resiliency improves, so does the mitigation of risk.  

Join us for a compelling hour on Thursday May 30 as Dr. Ebi discusses the conclusions of the IPCC special report on global warming of 1.5C, the health risks of climate change, and the co-benefits of mitigation policies. 

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Kristie L. Ebi is the Rohm & Haas Endowed Professorship in Public Health Sciences and she been conducting research and practice on the health risks of climate variability and change for over twenty years.  Her research focuses on the impacts of and adaptation to climate variability and change, including on extreme events, thermal stress, foodborne safety and security, and vectorborne diseases.  She focuses on understanding sources of vulnerability, estimating current and future health risks of climate change, and designing adaptation policies and measures to reduce the risks of climate change in multi-stressor environments.  She has supported multiple countries in Central America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Pacific in assessing their vulnerability and implementing adaptation measures, in collaboration with WHO, UNDP, USAID, and others. She also is co-chair with Tom Kram (PBL, The Netherlands) of the International Committee on New Integrated Climate change assessment Scenarios (ICONICS), facilitating development of new climate change scenarios.  Dr. Ebi’s scientific training includes an M.S. in toxicology and a Ph.D. and a Masters of Public Health in epidemiology, and two years of postgraduate research at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.  She has edited four books on aspects of climate change and has more than 180 publications.

 

 

Speakers

 


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Adam Stoker
Sustainability Consultant
University of Calgary
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Akua Schatz
Vice President, Market Engagement and Advocacy – Canada Green Building Council
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Alex Wong
Associate
Integral Group
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Alex Blue
Principal, Building Energy Practice Lead
Morrison Hershfield
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Alexandra Setmajer
Project Manager & Materials Specialist
Brightworks Sustainability
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Ali Nazari
Senior Principal, Energy & Sustainability Director
Integral Group
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Aman Hehar
Energy Efficiency Manager
Humber College
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Anton Falkeis
Founder
falkeis2architects
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Antoni Paleshi
Senior Energy Performance Specialist, Sustainability & Energy
WSP
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Aram Hernandez
Architect
Perkins+Will
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Dr. Azzeddine Oudjehane
Instructor
SAIT
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Betsy Agar
Senior Analyst
Pembina Institute
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Brandy Burdeniuk
Chief Customer Officer
GBCI Canada
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Brent Bauman
Associate
Stantec
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Brenda Martens
Director of Research and Collaboration
Lighthouse Sustainable Building Centre
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Brent Gilmour
Chief Commercial Officer
Canada Green Building Council
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Carolyn Johanson
Senior Consultant, Sustainability & Energy
WSP
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Celine C. Mertenat
Specialist in Sustainable Development - Architect
Provencher_Roy Architectes
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Charlotte Matthews
Director of Sustainability
Sidewalk Labs
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Chris Higgins
Green Building Planner
City of Vancouver
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Christian Cianfrone
Executive Director
ZEBx
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Chris Palmer
Manager, Advanced Technology Services
PCL Construction
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Chris Pyke
Senior Vice President, Product
Arc Skoru
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Craig Edwards
Manager, Energy and Utilities
City of Vancouver
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Daniel Hawreluk
Partner
Iredale Architecture
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Darryl Neate
Director, Sustainability
Oxford Properties Group
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Dave Ramslie
Vice President, Sustainability
Concert Properties
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Dirk Kestner
Principal - Director of Sustainable Design
Walter P Moore
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Ed Dornn
President
Greenstone Structural Solutions
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Eric Corey Freed
Sustainability Disruptor
Morrison Hershfield
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Frances Yang
Sustainable Structures & Materials Specialist
ARUP
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Gordon McDonald
Principal
Integral Group
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Graham Twyford-Miles
Principal
Stantec
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Guillaume Martel
Architect
Provencher Roy associés Architectes INC.
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Harrison Chan
Principal
WZMH Architects
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Holly Jordan
Senior Associate
B+H Architects
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Hugo Lafrance
Director, Sustainable Strategies
Lemay
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James Kao
Partner
DA Architects + Planners
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Jamie Gray-Donald
Senior Vice President, Sustainability & EHS
QuadReal Property Group
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Jason Manikel
Senior Consultant and Practice Director, Building Analytics Team
Energy Profiles Limited
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Jenn McArthur
Assistant Professor
Ryerson University
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Jennifer Sanguinetti
Managing Director, Infrastructure Development
University of British Columbia
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Jenny McMinn
Managing Director
Urban Equation
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Jeremy Trigg
Director, Facility and Environmental Management
Vancity Credit Union
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Joanne Perdue
Chief Sustainability Officer
University of Calgary
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Joe Stano
Partner
Kane Consulting
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John Metras
Associate Vice President, Facilities
University of British Columbia
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John Souleles
Principal
DIALOG
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Juhee Oh
Project Director, Sustainability and Energy
WSP
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Julie-Anne Chayer
Vice President - Corporate Responsibility
Groupe Ageco
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Kalum Galle
Senior Sustainability Specialist
Morrison Hershfield
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Karen Jalon
Senior Director, Sustainability & Energy Management
Cadillac Fairview Corporation
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Kate Simonen
Director
Carbon Leadership Forum
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Kathy Wardle
Director of Research, Vancouver
Perkins+Will
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Kevin Shea
Principal
AME Group
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Lisa Chandler
Vice President, Development
Oxford Properties Group
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Lindsay Austrom
Team Lead, Sustainability
Williams Engineering
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Lisa Westerhoff
Associate
Integral Group
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Lynn Mueller
President & CEO
SHARC International Systems
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Maria McGibbon
Senior Technical Advisor
Public Services and Procurement Canada
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Mark Hutchinson
Vice President, Green Building Programs and Innovation
Canada Green Building Council
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Marsha Gentile
Director, Sustainability
Ledcor Construction Limited
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Martin Roy
President
Martin Roy et associés
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Matthew Tokarik
Vice President, Development
Subterra Renewables
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Max Richter
Senior Project Manager, Associate
Perkins+Will
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Michael Austin
Chair
Seattle Planning Commission, City of Seattle
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Michael Brooks
Chief Executive Officer
REALPAC
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Michael Leckman
Principal
Diamond Schmitt Architects
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Mike Walters
Principal / Campus Energy Market Leader
MEP Associates LLC
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Meghan Kahnert
Senior Consultant, Energy & Sustainability
Arup
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Nadia Yen
Director, Green Development
First Gulf
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Peter Dushenski
Managing Director
GlasCurtain inc
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Philippe Bernier
Vice President, Innovation and Sustainability
Triovest
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Dr. Randy Van Straaten
Senior Project Engineer
RDH Building Science Inc.
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Rebecca Holt
Sustainable Building Advisor
Perkins+Will
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Regan Smith
Director Sustainability
Manulife
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Ryan McCuaig
Chief Technical Officer
OPEN Software Development
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Scott R Armstrong
Senior Façade Specialist
WSP
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Scott Ghomeshi
Project Manager
Integral Group
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Sindhu Mahadevan
Architect
Perkins+Will
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Stefan Holst
Energy Engineer
Transsolar
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Steve Kemp
Principal, Senior Energy and Sustainability Specialist
RDH Building Science Inc.
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Steve Murray
Director, Building Science
Morrison Hershfield
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Tim Conway
Vice President of Sustainable Development
Shaw Contract
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Zlakto Puljic
Principal
AME Group
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Zina Berrada
Sustainability Coordinator
HCMA Architecture + Design
 

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