Students take a place at the podium at Green Building Festival


New voices in the conversation around sustainable buildings on October 8th in Toronto

Supporting the Climate Strike movement with an effort to bring younger and new voices to the table, Sustainable Buildings Canada has created new high profile opportunities to showcase emerging green building leaders at the 14th Green Building Festival.


On the main Festival stage, two pairs of Ryerson architectural and building science graduates will present research projects that connect science with design. Dima Ahmad and Jessica Feng present their project ‘Arbour ‘ and Stephen Jones and Alexander Moroz present their project ‘Getaway Cabin’. Posters and models will be displayed on site to support the young graduates’ work.


For the first time, the Green Building Festival’s Academic Poster Competition offered students from accredited graduate programs at Ontario colleges and universities the opportunity to enter posters which describe research projects that take a simple or a complex approach or perspective to addressing sustainability in the built or urban environment. Five winning posters have been selected by an expert team to display their posters at the Festival and students will be on hand to answer questions during the post-session networking reception.


Up to 3 annual SBC Bursary Awardees receive financial support from SBC in the pursuit of their educational goals at Canadian post-secondary education institutions. 2019 recipients Priyanka Pai (Energy Management, Algonquin College), Kyle MacGowan (Architectural Technology, George Brown College) and Jean-Francois Brodeur (Natural Building Intensive, Endeavour Sustainable Building School) will be introduced to the audience and their work profiled in poster format at the Festival.

  The students join hundreds of professionals working in the sustainable building sector, and ten expert presenters, on October 8th at the Toronto Marriott Downtown hotel, for an action-packed day of education about solutions to net-zero, climate resilient buildings and cities.  

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To purchase a Full Delegate Festival Pass which includes meals, programming, networking and continuing education hours (GBCI, OAA, OALA, IDC and OPPI), visit https://gbf19.eventbrite.com/?aff=sbcwebsite

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.