Healthy Buildings, Healthy Planet.

for the 2019 Green Building Festival: October 8 2019

at the Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre

Thank you to Festival speakers, sponsors, partners and delegates for participating at the 2018 Green Building Festival.

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SAVE THE DATE for the 2019 Green Building Festival: October 8 2019 at the Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre. 


Healthy Environments Large and Small 

We tend to think of ‘health’ in terms of our personal well-being but it is inextricably dependent on the environments we create and affect. From indoor environmental quality standards to net zero projects, from material choices to biophilic cities, GBF18 examines how we can build healthy environments while maintaining a healthy environment. The Green Building Festival offers top quality programming that pushes the boundaries of how sustainable buildings and cities are designed, constructed and managed.  

Join 400 green building professionals to increase your professional knowledge, earn valuable continuing education hours, and network with leading minds at GBF18!

Date: October 11 2018, 8 am – 7 pm
Location: Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre, 525 Bay Street, Toronto ON M5G 2L2 CANADA
Cost: Full Delegate pass only $295
Pass includes: Action packed full day of inspiring speakers and expert programming, meals, networking reception, continuing education hours certificate for 5.5 hours GBCI, OAA, OALA, OPPI and PEO

Learn more about what we mean by #GBF18 theme ‘healthy buildings, healthy planet’, laid out in the fantastic Spacing Radio GBF18 podcast featuring GBF18 speakers Vivian Manansc of Manasc Isaac Architects, wsp’s Scott Armstrong and celebrated Dutch artist / innovator Daan Roosegaarde.

Check out exciting GBF18 programming highlights in Festival Programmer Tom Ponessa’s LinkedIn article.

Discounted hotel room rates for GBF18 Delegates: For special delegate hotel room rate of $319 per night from October 8-13, 2018 at the Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre, click here.

Drew Adams, B.E.S. (planning), M.Arch., OAA, MRAIC
Architect, LGA Architectural Partners

Uninsulated walls. Leaky envelope. Zero carbon.
Can the heritage character of a century-old shed be maintained while achieving zero carbon?

Drew Adams is an architect at LGA Architectural Partners in Toronto, where he focuses on the adaptive reuse of historic and post-industrial buildings. As project architect, Drew currently leads Evergreen Brick Works’ carbon-neutral retrofit of the Historic Kiln Building. His portfolio includes laneway houses, the design of a carbon-neutral multi-unit demonstration project in Yellowknife, and competition-winning net zero affordable housing design in San Francisco.

Drew holds professional degrees in architecture and urban planning, with a specialization in urban design and a minor in geography. He has taught at the University of Waterloo and the University of Toronto. He has won an OAA Design Excellence Award, Canadian Green Building Award, National Trust for Canada Heritage Award, and RAIC National Urban Design Award.

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Scott R Armstrong,  Dipl. Arch. Tech., BSSO, CET, LEED AP BD+C
Project Principal, Building Sciences, WSP Canada

Can Façade Design and Retrofits Contribute to Healthier Cities?

Scott is passionate about buildings: their design and construction, ongoing performance, deterioration and failure, and, ultimately, their renewal. His projects have spanned commercial, institutional, heritage, recreational, residential, and neighbourhood development in Canada, the Caribbean, and the Middle East. Scott has 20 years’ experience in high performance buildings, building enclosures, façades, existing building repair and renewal, roofing and green roofs, and integrated design.

A LEED Accredited Professional, past Secretary and Board member of the CaGBC Greater Toronto Chapter, a Building Science Specialist of Ontario (BSSO), and Certified Engineering Technologist (CET), Scott successfully bridges the traditional gap between Architectural and Engineering disciplines. Scott speaks regularly on topics such as enclosure design, high performance building design, and existing building retrofits.

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Dr. Timothy Beatley, PhD
Teresa Heinz Professor of Sustainable Communities, School of Architecture, University of Virginia

Designing Cities that Love Nature:
Promise and Potential of the Global Biophilic Cities Movement

Timothy Beatley is Teresa Heinz Professor of Sustainable Communities in the Department of Urban and Environmental Planning, School of Architecture at  University of Virginia where he has taught for the last thirty years. He is the author or co-author of more than fifteen books on the subjects of biophilic cities and urbanism, including Green Urbanism: Learning from European Cities (recently translated into Chinese), Native to Nowhere: Sustaining Home and Community in a Global Age, and Biophilic Cities: Integrating Nature Into Urban Design and Planning. He has written a column for Planning Magazine (every other month, called Ever Green) since 2008. Beatley directs the Biophilic Cities Project at UVA and is also co-director of UVA’s Center for Design and Health, within the School of Architecture.

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Bettina HoarBSc (Hons), MBA, CSBA
Sage Living Toronto

WELL and FitWel:
What these building wellbeing systems measure, how they work, who is using them and why, and how they compare

Bettina Hoar is the founder of Sage Living Toronto, a consulting firm specializing in sustainable and healthy renovations.  Bettina is a frequent collaborator with Enbridge’s Savings By Design program, providing insight into how builders and developers can improve the Indoor Environmental Quality for their clients.  She presents throughout Ontario on issues of health and wellness in the built environment. 

Robin Hutcheson - Arborus Consulting

Robin Hutcheson, P.Eng., LEED AP, CxA
President, Arborus Consulting

Engineering the Ottawa Carbon Neutral District: Holistic approach to energy strategies and technologies delivers a net zero carbon emission outcome

Robin Hutchison, a 30+ year veteran of the design, construction and facility management fields and electrical/energy engineer, is president of Arborus Consulting, a performance engineering practice located in Ottawa. Robin has been working with Sustainable Buildings Canada since 2005 and is an active board member.  He has led Savings By Design integrated design workshops for the past four years, and has taken a lead position in the emerging area of net-zero buildings. Robin has spent the last fifteen years working exclusively on energy efficiency, green building and renewable energy projects and is recognized as an industry innovator and trusted resource in the areas of energy & buildings.

Robin has been involved in advancing environmental issues since the 1980s and is a Climate Leader with Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project.

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Grace Jeffers, BA, MA
Creative Director, Inside Materials Inc. 

Global Forestry 101:
Navigating wood purchase and export issues and empowering yourself with the tools to do the right (and legal) thing

Grace Jeffers is an esteemed design historian who focuses exclusively on materials. A graduate of the Bard Graduate Center, Jeffers is intent on considering the “big picture” of design. Her unique approach blends material science with social history, art history and design practice. She teaches people how to think differently about design.

Jeffers has become an innovative designer of patterns for paper, flooring, laminate and a range of other decorative surfacing materials, working for over ten different major manufacturers which include NASA, Burberry and Airstream.  Her core interest lies in the intersections between design and nature.

Jeffers has served as a contributor and design editor to architectural trade magazines such as “Interior Design” and “Surface” for over seventeen years; all told, she has written over 400 articles on the subjects of design, materials and design history. Whether teaching, lecturing, designing or writing, Jeffers questions preconceptions about design and gives her audience a new framework with which to consider the material world.

Design for Global Forestry

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Vivian ManascAOE, Architect AAA, AIBC, MBA, FRAIC, LEED AP
Principal, Manasc Isaac Architects Ltd.

Emerging Trends in Sustainable Design and Green Buildings

Vivian Manasc leads Manasc Isaac, a 60-person international Architectural and Engineering Studio, is Past President of the RAIC, and past VP of the CaGBC. Vivian leads the design of many of Manasc Isaac’s projects such as the LEED Gold Water Centre in Calgary, the Academic Research Centre at Athabasca University, and the post-fire reconstruction of the Slave Lake Government Centre and Library.

Vivian has been recognized nationally as a Green Building Champion. She is a member of the National Capital Commission Advisory Committee on Design, Chair of the Board of Governors of Athabasca University and a 2017 recipient of the Alberta Order of Excellence. She studied Architecture at McGill and completed an MBA at the University of Alberta.

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Daan RoosegaardeB Arch, M Fine Arts & Design, M Arch
Studio Roosegaarde: Social Design Lab

Landscapes of the Future

Dutch artist and innovator Daan Roosegaarde presents ‘Landscapes of the Future’, highlighting his innovative practice which merges people, technology and space to create a better world.

Virtual floods, smart highways and smog sucking towers; Roosegaarde pulls technology out of the screens to examine and activate solutions to improve daily life in urban environments. In his interactive talk, Roosegaarde explores the social role of design, the importance of “Schoonheid” (a Dutch word meaning both beauty and cleanliness) along with his vision for the future.

As the new ‘hippie with a business plan’ to quote the New York Times, Roosegaarde has been selected as a creative change maker by Forbes and Good 100 and is a young global leader of the World Economic Forum.

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Scott Rouse, P. Eng., MBA, CEM, CSDP
Managing Partner, Energy@Work Inc

Approaching Net Zero:
While the leap to net zero is necessary, simple, incremental measures can eliminate huge amounts of CO2 in the meantime

As Managing Partner for Energy@Work, Scott’s focus is helping customers achieve sustainable results by improving their ‘triple bottom line’: economic prosperity, environmental performance and social responsibility.  

Scott is a Professional Engineer, Certified Energy Manager / Sustainable Development Professional (CEM / CSDP) with the Association of Energy Engineers.  He is also an advisor for the Industrial Energy Technology Conference as well as a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE).  As an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer, Scott has presented in South America, Singapore, Australia and South Africa.  As a member of BOMA Toronto Energy and Environment Committee and founding chair of the Canadian Energy Manager Network, Scott continues to be an active energy efficiency advocate for sustainable customer benefits.

Scott’s international recognition was achieved by developing practical solutions as well as the experience gained by implementing the energy efficiency program that won the Canadian and the US EPA`s Climate Protection Awards. 

Simone Skopek, Integrated Sustainability Solutions

Simone SkopekB Ed
Program Director, Jones Lang LaSalle

Green and Productive Workplace: How healthy buildings lead to healthy profits

Simone Skopek has had a long career developing and pioneering programs and online software tools that address sustainability. She and her husband Jiri Skopek together developed Green Globes which morphed into BOMA BEST. She also pioneered a tool called GREEN+PRODUCTIVE WORKPLACE used by JLL Fortune 500 clients to help optimize space, reduce energy, water and waste, while providing a comfortable, efficient workplace that fosters human connection and demonstrates corporate social responsibility.

She recently wrote her second book on the topic, called SMART, Green + Productive Workplace – which received a high level of industry endorsement. It’s  a practical desk companion that outlines the technologies, industry standards, best practices and practical considerations for a smart, green and productive workplace that every corporate real estate professional should be versed in.

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