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ShockProof Your Project

October 5 2021: Registration is Open

Attend In Person (Toronto, ON) or Virtually (Online)

Continuing Education Hours certificate available

Shockproof Your Project

Sustainability, regeneration and resilience have given the building community many ways to think about and react to the longer wave of climate change.

But if climate change is like a tumultuous tide, COVID-19 is like a quick, fierce tsunami. It foreshadows the acceleration of change that we will be facing and reminds us: we need to prepare for shock profiles both rapid and sustained.

At the 2021 Green Building Festival, programming will explore intersectional designs and solutions to shockproof your project at all scales.

Two ways to attend the 2021 Green Building Festival: In Person or Online


Last year’s Green Building Festival took place virtually, which generated a lot of positive feedback about the experience. But many repeat Festival attendees told us that they prefer the in-person experience, so this year we’re offering both options to our community.

Onsite Festival Delegate Pass

Gather at the Toronto Downtown Marriott for a day-long conference featuring the top-notch speakers, networking and event extras that make the Green Building Festival a must-attend event for innovators and leading practitioners in the sustainable built environment. Limited passes are available, and organizers will apply best-practices to ensure a safe and healthy event.

$350 Onsite Festival Delegate Pass includes:

  • access to all onsite programming
  • live Q&A’s
  • meals and networking reception
  • plus a continuing education hours certificate for industry associations and partners

Virtual Delegate Pass

$50 Virtual Delegates Pass includes:

  • access to all live-streamed programming
  • the chance to participate in live Q&A’s with all presenters through chat
  • continuing education hours certificate for industry associations and partners.


Tuesday – October 5, 2021

Radically Local Solutions: Demain Montréal Project

Daniel Pearl
Speaker Bio

In 1992, Daniel Pearl founded l’ŒUF (l’Office de l’Éclectisme Urbain et Fonctionnel) with Mark Poddubiuk, where he works mainly in the fields of environmental architecture, urban housing, residential and commercial renovation. Danny is also a professor specializing in architectural research, criticism and theory.

For more than seventeen years, l’ŒUF has developed its reputation particularly in the fields of sustainable and environmental architecture. The expertise of the partners is recognized for the architectural quality of their projects, their technical and professional skills and their active participation in the academic, professional and community context. This expertise is always based on the search for a balance between the appropriate technique, the economic feasibility, the architectural expression and the environmental impact of the project.

Presentation Outline

Today’s migration to cities is staggering, driving an urgent need for urban growth. The climate risk this creates is immense.

Past development was carbon intensive and based on cheap energy, long supply chains and cars. Changing this worldview is a cultural and lifestyle challenge. Cities must drive down carbon fluxes, increase social justice, enrich cultures and be radically local to meet the challenge.

Danny Pearl and his office L’OEUF are part of the winning C40 Reinventing Cities project, “Demain Montreal”. By focusing on process, contextualization, and co-creation of local circular and sharing economies, the Demain Montreal project facilitates massive collaborative impact by people working together.

Targeting 100% renewable energy and renewable construction materials, the project has an ambitious Carbon Positive objective based on both a reduction of the embodied carbon of the building and a strong strategy to capture carbon during the operational phase. Site planning will focus on biodiversity with enhanced vegetative cover, an urban forest and local food production.

Pearl’s project boldly forecasts massive carbon reductions through high-performance and embodied carbon approach to construction. It puts emphasis on innovative occupations supporting the circular economy, materials, mobility, food and smart learning technologies, and proposed strategies of co-learning and lifestyle change.

Time: TBA

Two-Eyed Seeing: Centennial College Project

GBF21 speaker Eladia Smoke
Eladia Smoke | KaaSheGaaBaaWeak, OAA, OAQ, MAA, MRAIC, LEED®AP

Smoke Architecture Inc. (Hamilton ON)

Speaker Bio

KaaSheGaaBaaWeak | Eladia Smoke is Anishinaabekwe from Obishikokaang | Lac Seul First Nation, with family roots in Alderville First Nation, Winnipeg, and Toronto. Eladia has worked in architecture since 2002, founded Smoke Architecture as principal architect in 2014, teaches as a Master Lecturer at Laurentian’s McEwen School of Architecture, and serves as a founding member of RAIC’s Indigenous Task Force.

Eladia represented Canada at the 2018 Venice Biennale Unceded exhibition as part of an international team of Indigenous designers and architects. Current professional work includes community-based and institutional projects working alongside Indigenous stakeholders, collaborating with First Nation communities, and listening closely to our Elders.


Eladia has worked in architecture since 2002 and founded Smoke Architecture as principal architect in 2014. Her career includes principal architect with Architecture49, Thunder Bay, and architect with Prairie Architects, Winnipeg. Eladia’s priority is to bring the traditions, heritage, and cultures of indigenous people back into the field of architecture, in collaboration with Elders, traditional knowledge holders, and other community leaders. She uses a collaborative and participatory approach in her work, since a meaningful and inclusive process is the path to relevant design and teaching.

Eladia has worked at many scales of institutional, commercial, and residential design starting in 2002, responsible for guiding projects through all phases, from conception to completion.

Some example of past professional projects include the Aboriginal People’s Television Network new studios, Migiizi Agamik Aboriginal Student Centre at University of Manitoba, and Makkonsag Intergenerational Learning Centre (completed in Winnipeg with Prairie Architects).

Current work includes community centre, office, and multi-family residential projects specializing in First Nation clients.


Time: TBA

Designing for Resilience: Lessons Learned from COVID

Michelle Xuereb
Michelle Xuereb, Director of Innovation

BDP Quadrangle

Speaker Bio
Michelle is an architect at BDP Quadrangle and Human Space with over 25 years of experience. She has worked on projects ranging from the first mass timber office building at 80 Atlantic to some of the most intricate adaptive reuse projects such as 700 Bay and 130 Bloor Street West.

She is a passionate environmentalist, setting the green strategy for the firm and staying abreast of rapidly evolving requirements through wide-ranging industry connections, education and advocacy.

At TEDx Toronto in 2019, Michelle delivered a talk called “How Architecture can Fight Climate Change”. As BDP Quadrangle’s Director of Innovation, she harnesses expertise from across the practice and the industry to collaboratively test ideas that respond to the pressing global issues of our time.

Presentation Outline
BDP Quadrangle has been thinking about resilience and how buildings can help foster community connections and increase a community’s resilience in the face of emergency, especially in the wake of the Covid 19 pandemic.

Michelle will present three projects:
- Neighbourhood Nests is a reimagining of residential amenity space as a community connector and resiliency centre in the face of climate change emergency.
- Imagining the Future of Living looks at the intersection of shrinking residential unit sizes and design impacts as a result of Covid 19.
- The Nightengale Hospital in the UK converted a Convention Centre into a Covid 19 hospital in the early days of the pandemic demonstrating how existing community assets can be converted expediently during emergency.

Learning goals:
How fostering social connection is key to building community resilience;
How we can capture the lessons learned from the pandemic and integrate them into our work, using our collective experience and shared vocabulary to explain why we need to build for resiliency;
Why working across disciplines is what is required to solve some of the big issues of our day.

Time: TBA

Green Building Festival 2021 Sponsors

Thank you to valued Green Building Festival sponsors for their support

Platinum Sponsor:

Enbridge logo
Silver Sponsor:

Dialog logo
RDH Building Science logo
Bronze Sponsors:
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Cricket Energy logo
Internat Energy Solutions logo
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