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Sustainable Buildings Canada Human Resources Policy

Code of Conduct

 Respectful Workplace

(Representatives) acting on behalf of Sustainable Buildings Canada shall conduct themselves in a manner that contributes to a respectful, positive and safe workplace environment for all, free from harassment and discrimination, wherever the work of the organization is conducted. The organization maintains a no-tolerance standard in this regard. SBC is committed to investigating reported incidents of harassment in a prompt, objective, and sensitive manner, and will actively seek resolution, including retaining professional third party expertise where required. Sustainable Buildings Canada is dedicated to operating in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code, and as such, will not tolerate discrimination because of race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, marital status, family status or disability.

Accessibility

Sustainable Buildings Canada is committed to accessibility and accommodation for persons with disabilities. SBC will accommodate all necessary arrangements for those with accessibility needs in a manner that respects the dignity, independence, integration and equal opportunity of persons with disabilities.

Ethics Code

Members of the Board, staff, volunteers, partners, and all other Representatives acting on behalf of Sustainable Buildings Canada shall maintain high standards of personal, professional and ethical conduct and comply with all laws, regulations and codes in their representation of the organization and work undertaken. Activities shall be transparent and relationships open, and any conflict of interest, real or perceived, related to the organization’s activities shall be promptly announced. The Board will determine an appropriate course of action in such circumstance.

Dress Code

SBC maintains a business casual dress code for its day-to-day activities. SBC Representatives shall maintain a professional presentation and shall be mindful of expectations when meeting with clients, attending events, or otherwise representing the organization in the industry.

Confidentiality

SBC Representatives shall execute a Confidentiality Agreement for any and all engagements. All information provided by SBC to the representative, not in the public domain, shall be deemed confidential. Any breach of confidentiality may result in the termination of any agreement or contract with the Representative and SBC may pursue damages resulting from such a breach.

Email Policy

Representatives shall consider all email correspondence confidential to SBC and the recipient. Email correspondence shall be at all times professional and respectful. Email shall not be used to argue, criticize, embarrass, or engender criticism of a personal nature. Representatives shall not forward any material or attachments provided to them by a third party without prior written consent from the issuing party.

For a downloadable copy of this policy, see here

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.