May 18th Product Knowledge Forum – Innovative Ontario Solutions for Energy and Environmental Performance

Please join us on Wednesday May 18, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. in the Steam Whistle Gallery for an exciting series of presentations and informal discussions featuring Ontario-based products and solutions. This forum will feature innovative approaches to radon control, energy storage, heat recovery, wall systems, and water re-use. The presentations will be followed by a cocktail and networking reception catered by Steam Whistle Brewing and Daniel et Daniel.

The featured products include: Vertical Indoor Garden (VIGA), SolarWall, Greyter Water Systems, RadonGuard, and Quad Lock Insulated Concrete Formwork technologies.

We look forward to welcoming our expert presenters Mr. Phil Fung, Mr. Todd Marron, Mr. John Bell, Mr. Richard Baumgartner, and Mr. Shawn Eldebs


6:30 – Doors open

6:45 – SBC Intro

7:00 – Phil Fung – Vertical Indoor Garden

7:15 – Todd Marron – Solar Wall

7:30 – John Bell – Greyter Water Systems

7:45 – Richard Baumgartner – Radon Guard

8:00 – Shawn Eldebs – Quad Lock Technology

8:30 – Networking Reception Begins

9:30 – Event Ends

Please visit our Eventbrite page to register – Cost is $47.46 to attend.

Vertical Indoor Garden:

 Vertical Indoor Garden (VIGA™) is a revolutionary indoor regenerative design concept inspired by biomimicry and biophilia. VIGA™ houses three mutually-beneficial ecosystem components: the ‘Wetland’ uses a combination of biochar, earthworms, and fish to grow air purifying plants and root vegetables; the ‘Farm’ produces rapid growing organic vegetation with nutrient rich water; and the ‘Pond’ provides system conditioning by generating nutrient-abundant fish food. VIGA™ brings nature into indoor spaces, thereby facilitating organic food production, occupant wellbeing, and interactive education to produce net positive impacts to the indoor environments.

Presented by Mr. Phil Fung:

Mr. Fung is a P. Eng. and Designated Consulting Engineer in Ontario, holding a B.A.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering and a M.Sc. in Systems Engineering. Mr. Fung holds several professional designations including LEED AP BD+C, Certified Sustainable Building Advisor, and Certified Energy Manager among many others. Starting his career as an Automation and Robotics Engineer at Digital Equipment Corporation in 1987, he joined SRS Consulting Engineers in 1997, and became its Managing Principal in 2004. In 2012, Mr. Fung accepted the part-time professorship at Humber College. In the course of his career, Mr. Fung designed and built his first Vertical Indoor Garden (patent pending) in early 2014 which was based on biomimetic and biophilic design principles. Mr. Fung is conducting biomimetic design research with McMaster University and the University of Toronto. He has published biomimicry articles in PEO magazine, delivered biomimetic design lectures at Ryerson University and York Schulich MBA, and conducted a biomimetic design seminar at the IIDEX Show.


For over 25 years, Conserval Engineering has been the unquestioned world leader in solar air heating for the Commercial, Industrial, Institutional, and Agricultural sectors. Conserval’s flagship SolarWall® product is an architecturally versatile, low-cost, building-integrated system that displaces large amounts of energy. With projects completed in over 40 countries, implementation of the SolarWall® system has demonstrated an exceptional return on investment while providing significant carbon reductions. The SolarWall® technology has been the recipient of numerous awards, as well as commendations from both the US and the Canadian Departments of Energy for its efficiency and design.

Presented by Mr. Todd Marron:

With over 20 years of business development, government relations, project management, and technical experience, Todd Marron is SolarWall’s North American Sales Manger.  He has been instrumental in developing policy initiatives to advance the solar thermal market across the U.S., and his body of work places him among the world leaders in installed building-integrated solar thermal capacity.

Greyter Water Systems: 

 Greyter Water Systems offers industry proven, out-of-the-box water reuse management solutions, which reduce the water and wastewater demands of commercial and residential buildings. This year, Greyter Water Systems expects to launch the first NSF 350 approved residential greywater system that is cost effective, energy efficient, has a small footprint, and requires minimal user maintenance. The Greyter HOME will meet the rigorous testing standards of NSF 350, which calls for near potable water, and is expected to be market-ready by November of 2016.

Presented by Mr. John Bell:

John Bell is V.P. Business Development and co-Founder of Greyter Water Systems. He has been actively involved in the water conservation and greywater recycling industry since 2009, and will head the residential division of Greyter’s upcoming NSF 350 certified residential solution 2016 launch. A former sports broadcaster, Bell has over a decade of television experience, including hosting World’s Greenest Homes, which featured some of the world’s most sustainable builds (HGTV Canada/Daily Planet Green U.S.A). Bell has worked in the construction industry for more than a decade project managing both renovations and new builds, and is the chairman of the Sustainable Housing Foundation, a non-profit with the mandate to increase the number of sustainable homes in Canada.


Indoor radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in Canada, and breathing it over prolonged periods can present a significant health risk to families all over the country.  Radon gas can enter the indoor environment and contact people as a result of the way homes, schools and workplaces are designed, constructed and maintained. This presentation will provide a brief overview of the cause of radon, where radon occurs, how radon enters structures, the status of current building code requirements, and a review of solutions for mitigating risk of exposure. The presentation will feature an introduction to RadonGuard, which includes Plasti-Fab’s RadonGuard insulation as a component of this CCMC approved mitigation system.

 Presented by Mr. Richard Baumgartner:

Richard has over 30 years of experience in the construction information and building product industries. He joined Plasti-Fab Ltd. as Sales Manager, Ontario & Quebec in 2006, and his responsibilities include P&L and sales for the Ontario and Eastern Canadian market. Richard has been a regular participant in various industry meetings and events throughout Canada and the United States. Other professional experience includes positions as Export Manager and General Sales Manager for an architectural metals company, Director of Sales at an engineering asset management software firm, and District Manager and Regional Manager at Sweet’s/McGraw-Hill Construction Information Group. He is also founding President of South Stewart Lake Cottagers’ Association, where he continues to be actively involved with lake stewardship initiatives. Richard graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Wilfrid Laurier University in 1982. He resides in the GTA, and works out of Plasti-Fab Ltd.’s Ajax and Kitchener offices. When not working, Richard can be found spending time at his family cottage in Muskoka.

Quad Lock Insulated Concrete Formwork:

Quad-Lock is a panel type Insulated Concrete Formwork wall system consisting of panels, ties, metal track, and metal brackets. Quad-Lock Panels are made with high density, fire retardant expanded polystyrene (EPS) which uses no formaldehyde, HFCs or CFCs. Seven panel types and eight types of plastic ties allow design flexibility using standard components. R-values range from R-22 to R-59 and more – the highest in the industry. ICF systems are growing in popularity for low to mid-rise construction projects as demand for energy efficient assemblies grows. Applications for ICF systems include above and below grade wall assemblies as well as shear walls, demising walls, and fire resistant wall assemblies.

Presented by Mr. Shawn Eldebs:

Shawn Eldebs (Bachelor of Applied Science in Civil Engineering and M.B.A.) has 5 years of management experience in civil engineering and structural restoration. Shawn has a passion for innovative sustainable solutions. He applies this passion at HC Products where he promotes sustainable construction solutions with Quad-Lock ICF, as well as a number of other innovative construction products. Shawn’s goal is to be able to make a difference by increasing the usage of sustainable products in the construction industry. HCP’s core values are Teamwork, Innovation, Sustainability, and Service.

Natalia Ortiz Moreno

Natalia Ortiz, student of Project Management Environmental (PME) program in Seneca Polytechnic, has an Environmental Engineering background completed at Universidad El Bosque in Colombia. She has always been involved in sustainability roles and projects that included Environmental Management Systems implementation, Water Treatment Systems’ design and operation, Hazardous and Conventional Waste management and minimization practices, as well as Ecosystem’s Conservation and Energy
Efficiency programs.

For the PME – Applied Project Management Course, Natalia developed a Green Roof Assessment Tool for Seneca Polytechnic’s Office of Sustainability, with the aim to provide green roof technology recommendations best suited to a particular scenario, taking into consideration multiple aspects of green roofs and buildings; infrastructure, design, materials, environmental factors, and costs, as well as the Toronto Municipal Code – Green Roof bylaw. Natalia also has a scientific journal publication as the main author of the project “Selection and sizing of industrial wastewater treatment units required at the
new maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) aircraft facility owned by Avianca S.A. in Rionegro Antioquia” in the El Bosque University Journal of Technology.

Natalia strongly believes there are several research topics left to be developed, and the importance of
working towards Sustainability from different backgrounds, knowledge, and cultures to build strong, productive, and resilient communities.
With the vision of growing cities and infrastructure along with nature, always preserving and respecting the ecosystems’ attributes and services, Natalia would like to keep researching and acquiring more experience in Sustainability roles.

Emily Smit

Emily is a second-year PhD student in Geography at the University of Toronto, and a co-operator of a small home renovation company, Magnus Home Improvements. Her research seeks to determine how single-family homes can quickly and best be retrofit to achieve Toronto’s emissions reductions targets – including net-zero by 2040 – as part of the TransformTO climate action plan. Specifically, she will assess the impact of municipal home energy reporting and disclosure programs, as well as produce recommendations for growing the retrofit labour force in ways that attend to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Further, her research seeks to understand how home retrofit activities can be regenerative and produce net-positive impacts for humans and the environment towards transformative, place-based sustainability. When not at her computer, Emily can be found cycling with her kids to and from school or making funky sounds on her analog synthesizer.

Bofa Udisi

Bofa is a sustainability professional with over seven years in the energy and environment industry. He has a Bachelor of Science in Energy and Petroleum Studies from Novena University in Nigeria and graduate certificates in Energy Management and Environmental Project Management from Seneca College in Toronto. In 2020, he graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Master of Environment and Business degree. He is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in the Building Science program at Toronto Metropolitan University, researching whole-life carbon reduction in new construction and building renovations.

Bofa‘s work experience is primarily in the built environment, working in the private and public sectors in roles that involve structural and environmental assessment of building structures, HVAC engineering design and sales, and facilities management. Bofa is a member of several industry associations, such as the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE), the American Society for Heating Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), and the Project Management Institute (PMI). SBC’s bursary will go a long way in supporting Bofa‘s research and his desire to learn.