Building Resilient Communities

October 1, 2015

The 2015 Green Building Festival focuses on community-scale planning and development for a more resilient urban landscape, delivering new ideas and workable solutions from experts in Canada, the United States, and around the world.

Eric Corey Freed

International Living Future Institute

Eric Corey FreedEric Corey Freed is VP of the International Living Future Institute, a global hub for visionary programs, including the Living Building Challenge and Living Product Challenge. As a licensed architect, Eric brings over 20 years of experience in helping architects, builders and homeowners use sustainability to improve the design and operational savings for thousands of buildings around the country. Eric has helped thousands of companies monetize sustainability by showing them how to cut their real estate operations costs in half.  Full bio.  Short sample video.

Craig Applegath


craig-applegath-instagram2Craig Applegath is passionate about finding planning and design solutions that make sense in a world challenged by climate change. Since completing studies at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University, Craig has successfully led a wide range of complex, sustainable planning and architecture projects. He is highly respected for his work for in environmentally responsive design and urban resilience. Full bio.

Paul Dowsett


Paul_DowsettPaul Dowsett is the founding Principal Architect at SustainableTO. With more than three decades of design and project management experience, Paul is uniquely qualified to lead a highly collaborative design team for projects of diverse scales, types, and complexities. At the core of Paul’s philosophy and practice is the belief that design and construction solutions should be simple, sensitive, and sustainable. Full bio.

Graham Finch

RDH Building Engineering

GrahamFinchGraham Finch is a building science engineer who specializes in research and investigation work and leads RDH’s research group. His work experience includes a wide range of projects including building enclosure condition assessments, forensic investigations, research studies, energy assessments, building monitoring programs, field review, and testing services for new and existing buildings across North America. Graham has authored several publications and practical industry guideline documents related to building enclosures including the Guide for Designing Energy-Efficient Building Enclosures and the new Guide for Tall Wood Buildings in Canada published by FP Innovations. In addition to RDH, Graham is a part-time instructor at the British Columbia Institute of Technology where he teaches building science courses to students at the Diploma and Masters levels.  Full bio.

Ian Gray

MMM Group Limited, OALA

Ian_GrayIan Gray is a Landscape Architect with over 25 years of extensive experience. As a project manager and design lead he has been responsible for the design, coordination and administration of multi-disciplinary urban design and landscape projects including campus master plans, parks, streetscape and urban open space.  Full bio.

Mohamed Hage

Lufa Farms

Mohamed_HageMohamed Hage is a young entrepreneur with a demonstrated track record of success, a talent for inspiring passion in employees, and an incredible knack for forging connections with experts from a diverse range of specialties. He conceived of Lufa Farms in the early 2000s based on his childhood experiences with agriculture and fresh produce in a village just outside of Beirut.  Full bio.

Sarah Hall

Sarah Hall Studio

TORONTO, Apr. 21, 2006, STAINGLASS MAKER SARAH HALL. Stain-glass maker Sarah Hall poses in her West Toronto studio with a model of the new UBC tower where her installation out of photovoltaic glass will be placed. Photo by MALCOLM TAYLOR.


Sarah Hall is an internationally recognized artist creating large-scale art glass installations and solar projects. Her exceptional contribution to the built environment has garnered ‘Honor Awards’ from the American Institute of Architects and the ‘Allied Arts Award’ from the Ontario Association of Architects. Hall’s artistic achievements were acknowledged by her induction into the Royal Canadian Academy of Art in 2002 and annual listing in our Canadian Who’s Who. Sarah is well known for her artistic innovation and pioneering of new glass techniques. Her ground breaking work was recently featured in the CBC documentary series “Great Minds of Design”.  Full bio.

Alex Lukachko

Building Science Consulting Inc.

AlexLukachkoAlex Lukachko is a Senior Associate at Building Science Consulting Inc. He manages the firm’s Waterloo laboratory facility and consults with clients in Canada and the United States, including building material manufacturers, constructors, and architecture firms. Alex also teaches the integration of energy, building science and design concepts in the architecture programs at the University of Waterloo and the University of Toronto.  Full bio

David Moses

Moses Structural Engineers

David_MosesDavid Moses has been involved in hundreds of projects in Canada and the U.S. and brings with him over 20 years of expertise. He specializes in natural building materials and was the specialty timber project engineer for the Art Gallery of Ontario renovation completed in 2008. This Toronto landmark is the most sophisticated wood structure in North America and sets a precedent for the city.  Full bio.

Anna Siefken

Pittsburgh 2030 District

Anna_SiefkenAnna Siefken has almost 25 years of experience fostering internationally-recognized brands in partnership with corporations, non-profits and the government sector. Ms. Siefken currently serves as the Pittsburgh 2030 District Director at Green Building Alliance (GBA), where she leads the largest 2030 District in North America via its two boundaries in Downtown Pittsburgh and Oakland, PA. In this capacity, Ms. Siefken was awarded the Pittsburgh Business Time’s 2015 Energy Leadership Award for Corporate Social Responsibility. Full bio.

Alex Speigel

Windmill Development Group

AlexSpiegelAlex Speigel is actively involved in a diverse range of sustainable urban projects as a partner with the Windmill Development Group, managing the new Toronto office.  Current development projects include Union Lofts adaptive re-use, mixed-use projects in Toronto and Hamilton as well as the community scale project, Zibi, on the former Domtar lands in Ottawa.  In addition to a development role, he also serves as a sustainability advisor and project manager to other developers, asset managers and social enterprises through Build Green Solutions.  An architect with over 35 years of experience in design and development, he is strongly committed to a high standard of design and sustainability.  Full bio.

Coert Zachariasse

Park 20|20, Zachariasse Consulting

CoertZachariasseCoert Zachariasse 
is a board member of the Dutch Green Building Council (DGBC) and his responsibilities lie on the field of implementing Circular Economic principles in to the built environment as well as co-defining a strategic vision for the DGBC. DGBC is also supporting Coert’s efforts in developing The Valley at Schiphol Tradepark, Holland’s national research hotbed for the circular economy as well as creating a worldwide network of similar CE research hotbeds. Last, but very much not last, Coert is leading DGBC in it’s efforts to integrate Cradle to Cradle® as well as human and biological health and increased productivity through healthier and safer buildings into the Dutch standards for BREEAM. As such Coert would be interested to talk to experts an policymakers in the above mentioned fields as well as developers and policymakers to explore the concept of a CE hotbed in Toronto. Full bio.

Stay tuned for more 2015 speakers and panelists around the theme of building resilient communities.

From @SustBldgCan