March 6, 2012 

Calendar of Events

Join or renew your Alberta Chapter membership today

March 6 & 7
LEED Green Associate Study Course - Calgary

March 9
Last day to vote - Board of Directors election

March 14
Annual General Meeting

April 11
Government of Alberta webinar 

April 18
Government of Alberta webinar

May 3 
Alberta Sustainable Building Symposium - Calgary 

June 6 - 12
Canadian Society for Civic Engineering annual conference - Edmonton

June 11-13
CaGBC National Conference & Expo 2012 - Toronto



Positive Impact - Downtown District Energy

and Annual General Meeting
March 14, 2012

Join the Alberta Chapter - Canada Green Building Council as we celebrate our accomplishments of the past year, gather with fellow members.

Mr. Rehn is delighted to speak about District Energy with Combined Heat and Power and the positive impact the two can have on the community and sustainable development.  

More than just a pilot project, ENMAX Downtown District Energy Centre is an example of how ENMAX is leading the way with a sustainable solution for existing structures as well as new developments. 

TIME: 5:00 - 5:30 pm  Registration & Networking
5:30 - 6:15 pm  Annual General Meeting
6:15 - 7:00 pm  Dinner
7:00 - 8:00 pm  District Energy presentation
8:00 - 8:30 pm  Networking

Executive Vice President, Generation, ENMAX Corporation

Mr. Dave Rehn is responsible for the negotiation, construction and operation of ENMAX's fleet of generation facilities.

Prior to joining ENMAX in December 2007, Mr. Rehn held several key positions including Senior Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer of Constellation Energy and President and Chief Executive Officer of Rovsing Dynamics. His experience also includes 25 years with Duke Energy Corporation, where he held a variety of positions including President and Chief Executive Officer of Duke Energy Power Services North America.

Mr. Rehn holds a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Engineering Mechanics from North Carolina State University and is a Registered Professional Engineer.

He also served as a board director for the United American Energy Corporation, Duke/UAE LLC, American Ref-Fuel Company and the United Way of Rock Hill, South Carolina and Richland, Washington. 

The Kanahoff Centre
Suite 200, 1202 Centre Street SE

Edmonton  (via video link)
MacEwan University
Robbins Health Learning Center
at City Centre Campus
Room 9-101

FEES: Full event including dinner
Alberta Chapter Members - $40
Non Members - $50

AGM Only - no dinner or presentation - no charge

Corporate Social Responsibility in the Design Industry
March 22 7:30 am

Edmonton Click here to register

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is a competitive advantage for any organization. Due to rapid resource consumption and increasing global inequity, organizations are increasingly expected to take responsibility for their environmental, social, and economic impacts. As clients, employees, and investors demand greater transparency on these issues, an organization’s CSR performance is becoming more critical.

This presentation will give an introduction to CSR, highlight emerging trends, and outline some examples of current best practices in the global design industry. We will discuss how the design industry can positively impact society not only by the designs it creates, but also by the way that design organizations operate and by how they engage with their stakeholders, such as their employees and the communities in which they operate. Through consideration of CSR issues, design organizations and professionals can increase their positive impact on the world.

Time: Edmonton:
7:30 – 8:00 am     Registration, Networking & Breakfast
8:00 – 9:00 am    Presentation

Click here to register


Laura Franceschini, B.Sc., EPt, LEED AP, LEAD Fellow
Sustainability Coordinator
Stantec Consulting Ltd.

Laura is the sustainability coordinator for Stantec, a global design consulting firm. She completed her B.Sc. and BA at the University of Alberta, and she also holds a post-graduate diploma in environment from McGill University. Since launching Stantec’s corporate sustainability program in 2006, she has developed and implemented a variety of initiatives to make its operational policies, procedures, and practices more environmentally and socially responsible. This has contributed to Stantec winning several awards, including Canada’s Greenest Employers and Canada’s Most Socially Responsible Corporations.

Laura authored a discussion paper for the City of Edmonton’s The Way We Green environmental strategic plan and served as a jury member for the Ukraine National CSR Case Contest. She is actively involved in her community and is the co-founder and vice chapter leader of the Net Impact Edmonton Professional Chapter, a group for professionals interested in CSR. She is committed to helping clients transition sustainability challenges into market opportunities.

Julia Beresford, B.Sc., EPt, GHG-V
Sustainability Lead
Williams Engineering Canada Inc.

Julia joined Williams Engineering Canada Inc. in January 2008. She is a graduate of Acadia University. Julia began as an environmental consultant, working on environmental site assessments, hazardous material inspections, and remediation projects. Julia's strong commitment to making a positive environmental impact and her knowledge of the current environmental opportunities led her to her current position of Sustainability Lead.

As Sustainability Lead she is involved with internal sustainability initiatives as well as bringing sustainability opportunities to our clients. She is currently developing our environmental services while helping the company become more sustainable. She has training in GHG inventories (ISO 14064-1), projects (ISO 14064-2) and verification (ISO 14064-3).

Location: Edmonton
Edmonton Public Library
7 Sir Winston Churchill Square
Price: Alberta Chapter - CaGBC Members:  $30.00
EGB/Student Members:  $25.00 (please email)
Non-members:  $40.00

GBCI Continuing Education:  1 CE hour - live presentation 

Government of Alberta webinars
Planning for a sustainable workforce

Alberta is projecting a labour shortage. Learn how you can hire and retain temporary skilled foreign workers to help plan for a sustainable workforce. Register online to attend one of two webinars hosted by the Government of Alberta on April 11th and April 18th.

USGBC Rating System Development: Third Public Comment Period

The US Green Building Council (USGBC) has opened the third public comment period for the proposed update to its LEED green building rating system, coined LEED 2012. The comment period, which will close on March 20, 2012, is the next step in the continuous improvement process and on-going development of the LEED program.  Comments will be welcomed on any substantive changes made since the second public comment period (Summer 2011).

The Canadian rating system requirements must closely match those established by the USGBC. It is therefore important that Canadians participate fully in the USGBC public comment process.

For a quick overview of some of the key proposed changes, read this article from LEEDuser. We strongly encourage all Canadians interested in the continued success of LEED to have their voices heard as well!

To view previous LEED Bulletins and Technical Bulletins, please visit the CaGBC website.

News & Views is the biweekly e-blast of the Alberta Chapter, Canada Green Building Council.

Do you have a short submission you would like included or websites you would like to share? E-mail Tanya Doran, Executive Director.