Our attendees had the chance to discover their edge as our industry came together to collaborate, learn and get inspired for the future of green building and high performance residential construction. If you weren’t able to join us, learn more about the event and stay tuned for information for 2017. Learn more about the conference.

Time Description Speakers
7:30 – 9:30
8:45 – 8:55
9:00 – 9:55
HOUSING INNOVATION: The Drivers of Change and Opportunity in Home building

Take a front-row seat while the industry’s thought leaders explore the forces driving innovation in housing over the next 10 years. Hear from an economist, a building scientist, a management consultant and a marketer as they unpack the future. What will evolve? What will disrupt? Tune in to seize the opportunities that the future of Housing has in store.

1. Alex Lukachko, Principal, Building Science Laboratories
2. Michael Lio, President, BuildABILITY
3. Jeanhy Shim, President, Housing Lab Toronto
4. Ben Myers, Senior Vice President, Market Research & Analytics, Fortress Real Developments


Larry Brydon, Vice President – Business Development, Cricket Energy

10:00 – 10:45
CRACKING THE CODE: The 2017 Ontario Building Code and voluntary programs.

In this session, our panel of speakers will outline what to expect in 2017 and the decade to come from the Ontario Building Code, ENERGY STAR for New Homes and the EnerGuide Rating System. Attendees will get an inside track on the critical link between the building code and Canada’s most successful voluntary program and our world-leading rating system.

1. Chris Thompson, Manager, Building Code Policy Development, Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing,


Kirk Johnson, Program Director, EnerQuality

10:45 – 11:05
11:10 – 12:20
THE INNOVATION GAUNTLET: What Technology will be the Winner?

The Innovation Gauntlet is back! This year, our all-star panel of builder “dragons” will ask the tough questions of green building solution providers with new and innovative solutions for the building industry. After the session, the audience will be invited to visit the tradeshow and cast their vote for the Most Innovative Housing Technology. BONUS! – Hear from last year’s winner, Dettson Industries, on how one year has changed
the market for their innovative product.

Click here to find out who will be featured in this year’s Gauntlet

Builder Dragons:
1. Brendan Charters, Development Manager, Eurodale
2. Joe Waring, VP Strategic Sourcing, Mattamy Homes
3. Subhi Alsayed, Innovation Manager,Tridel- Director of Projects, Tower Labs


Gord Cooke, President, Building Knowledge Canada

12:20 – 1:45
1:50 – 2:45
ZEROING IN: Developing a business case for Net Zero homes.

Listen to our industry’s leaders reveal their vision for the future of Net Zero homes. Hear from the forefront of high performance building on the lessons learned, marketing insights, and technology advances that are revealing a pathway to profitable Net Zero housing.

1. Alison Minato, Vice President Sustainability, The Minto Group
2. Jennifer Weatherston, Director of Innovation, Reid’s Heritage Homes
3. Chris Buligan, Manager of Operations, Cricket Solar


Sonja Winkelmann, Director of Net Zero Energy Housing, Canadian Home Builders’ Association

2:45 – 3:10
3:15 – 3:25
3:30 – 4:30
CLOSING KEYNOTE – CONQUERING CARBON. Are you ready for a low-carbon economy?

Sit in on a candid and informative discussion about the future of homebuilding in light of Ontario’s new Climate Change Strategy. Dr. Dianne Saxe, Environmental Commissioner of Ontario in conversation with Peter Gilgan, Founder and CEO of Mattamy Homes and member of the Ontario’s Climate Action Group wil explore the challenges and opportunities for homebuilders in a carbon-constrained environment.


Dr. Dianne Saxe, Environmental Commissioner of Ontario
Peter Gilgan, Founder and CEO, Mattamy Homes

5:30 – 6:30
6:30 – 11:00


Conference Program subject to change.

Alex Lukachko is a Principal at RDH Building Science Inc. He manages the firm’s Toronto office and Waterloo laboratory facility. Alex consults with clients in Canada and the United States, including building material manufacturers, constructors, and architecture firms. Alex also teaches the integration of energy, building science and design concepts in the architecture programs at the University of Waterloo and the University of Toronto.

He received a Bachelor of Environmental Studies from the School of Architecture at the University of Waterloo in 2000 and the professional degree of Master’s of Architecture from Waterloo in 2004.

Alex has active research interests in the development of future building enclosure systems and the design of high performance, low environmental impact buildings. In particular, he is interested in the link between architectural design and quality assurance that ensures high building performance. These interests are part of a long-term pursuit of effective (and measurable) sustainable building practices.

Jeanhy is a strategic city builder providing intelligent advice & innovative solutions for the real estate development industry. For over 22 years, she has been involved in market research & analysis, product development, land acquisitions, and sales & marketing with several leading developers, brokers and consultants. Currently, she is President of Housing Lab Toronto – an independent housing research & consulting firm that is rethinking how we grow our cities by engaging with city residents to understand their housing needs and aspirations, and then interpreting what is learned to deliver practical and feasible recommendations to city builders.

Jeanhy also brings a unique perspective to her work being a condo consumer, condo resident and President of 2 condo corporations; as well as serving on the Board of Woodgreen Community Services, BILD High-Rise Committee, and ULI Mentorship Program. She studied at the London School of Economics in England, and McGill University in Montreal.

On a personal note, Jeanhy grew up in Rexdale in a small house with a backyard, but she is currently raising her family in a condo downtown… and she has no desire to purchase a house.

Ben Myers is the Senior Vice President of Market Research and Analysis at Fortress Real Developments. He underwrites development opportunities on behalf of Fortress and is a well-respected market analyst, with 15 years of real estate research experience.

Larry Brydon has worked in the HVAC distribution and Energy Services business for over 25 years. He is currently VP Business Development and Regulatory Affairs with the Cricket Energy Group of Companies, a vertically integrated energy services organization, where he actively participates on Industry Boards and technical committees to identify product and service opportunities. He travels extensively internationally attending conferences on innovation in housing for both Cricket ENERGY AND Sustainable Buildings Canada, the delivery agent for Enbridge’s Savings by Design program.

Larry is a LEED AP and an NRCan certified Energy Evaluator with extensive experience in the energy efficiency and carbon reduction NGO marketplace. He sits on the Board of Directors for iiSBE, EnerQuality Corporation and the Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance and is 1st Past Chair of Sustainable Buildings Canada. Past board experience includes BILD, where he co-chaired the startup of the Industries Green Committee, and has served as a founding Board Member and Past Chair of the Canada Green Building Council’s Toronto Chapter.

Larry Chaired the Energy Subcommittee as a member of the team that developed LEED Canada for Neiborhood Development and has been active in the development of the Energystar for New Homes.

Having started in the industry as a general labourer and working his way up as a carpenter, through sales and management to business owner, Brendan has worked in all facets of design and construction of residential additions, renovations, custom homes as well as industrial and commercial projects across Ontario and Quebec. Currently in the lucky 13th year as partner at Eurodale Developments Inc, a firm he started with Jim Cunningham, which has grown into a premier Design-Build firm serving the GTA. Industry recognition of his works include multiple awards at the local, Provincial and National levels, including builder of the 2010 Dream Home at the National Homeshow and two-time winner of Renovator of the Year (2011 & 2013 BILD). Active in the industry, Brendan is past Executive and Board member of BILD, past Chair of yBILD and remains active on many Association committees. As a recognized industry expert, media callings have included reality TV’s Rona Dream Home (2004 & 2005), Designer Guys (2008), multiple main stage presenter at GTA and Ottawa Homeshows and is a regular freelance columnist to various newspapers and trade magazines, working to educate the public about the path to project success. Brendan is honoured to have been asked to be a part of this panel.

Subhi has been innovation facilitator and green building promoter for over 20 years with experience in Canadian and International markets. As the Innovation Manager at Tridel, Subhi oversees decision making process on major building systems and directs the strategic implementation of emerging new technologies and practices in vertical communities. As the Projects Director at Tower Labs, a non-profit co-founded by Tridel and MaRS Discovery District, Subhi focuses on accelerating the adoption of innovative green building technologies through in-situ pilot projects and other commercialization channels. Subhi is a licensed Professional Engineer, LEED Accredited Professional, Certified Energy Manager and a MBA candidate at Ivey Business School.

Gord Cooke, President of Building Knowledge Canada, is a Professional Engineer, educator and consultant with over 30 years’ experience in the energy efficient residential building industry. He uses his technical expertise in building science, HVAC systems and indoor air quality to assist builders in developing and adopting energy efficient building strategies and presenting the benefits of these high performance homes to today’s homebuyers.

Gord is a contributor to various trade magazines and a presenter at building conferences across North America.

Jennifer Weatherston, Director of Innovation and Estimating with Reid’s Heritage Homes.

Jennifer’s role in overseeing the success of the company’s innovation and desire to be forward thinkers. Jennifer has led the team in advancing the successful path to Net Zero, while demonstrating a strong commitment to advance better building practices from a cost efficiency and production minded aspect. In keeping with the company’s initiative to build better homes and provide optimal value and comfort while ensuring affordability to buyers, Jennifer has worked closely with all aspects of the team to ensure seamless integration and improvement of new practices and processes while continually adhering to the company’s core values.

As Manager if Operations, Chris has 5 years of roof-top solar PV delivery experience in Ontario including coordination of all pre-project design professionals, as well as dealing daily construction details and issues. As part of OZZ Clean Energy’s projects delivers under the Ontario FIT program, Chris has directly overseen and been responsible for over 100 commercial rooftop PV installations with a total capacity of over 20 MW.

In addition to coordinating design and construction, Chris has been OZZ Clean Energy’s front line resource with respect to dealing with building site representatives, local government, distribution utilities, and the Provincial FIT Program authorities (Ontario Power Authority and the Independent Electricity System Operator) on issues directly reported to project implementations. Chris is also responsible for overseeing ongoing system operations once projects are completed, including warranty, maintenance and performance.

Venturing into the residential PV market, Chris has overseen the development and construction of solar PV on over 200 homes in Ontario in 2015 through the Province’s MicroFIT program.

As Director of Net Zero Energy (NZE) Housing at the CHBA, Sonja is coordinating a collaborative effort to advance NZE housing in Canada with guidance from the NZE Housing Council. Prior to the CHBA, Sonja was the Executive Director of the Net-Zero Energy Home Coalition. Her career in the energy efficient housing industry started at EnerVision; a Service Organization that delivers programs such as EnerGuide, Built Green™, R-2000, and LEED-H. Sonja’s formal education is in Business Administration and Environmental Management.

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Peter Gilgan is one of Canada’s leading entrepreneurs and philanthropists. As the Founder and CEO of Mattamy Homes, North America’s largest privately owned new home builder, Mr. Gilgan has built more than 65,000 homes in hundreds of communities across North America. Mr. Gilgan is also a highly decorated recipient of numerous prestigious business and philanthropic awards including the Order of Canada, the Order of Ontario, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, a Companion in the Canadian Business Hall of Fame and Ernst & Young’s Ontario Entrepreneur of the Year.In 2015, Mr. Gilgan received the prestigious EnerQuality Hall of Fame Award for his commitment to building ENERGY STAR® qualified homes and for his market leadership. In addition, Mr. Gilgan was honoured by BILD Toronto with the Stephen Dupuis Community Building Award for his commitment to community building through exceptional charitable/community involvement.

Mattamy Homes received EnerQuality’s ENERGY STAR for New Homes – Large Volume Builder of the Year Award in 2007 and 2008, and the Ontario Home Builder of the Year Award in 2011 – an honour it has received three times in the last five years. Mattamy has also been recognized as Home Builder of the Year in the Greater Toronto Area six times in the last decade.

In 2006, Mr. Gilgan made a decision to build ENERGY STAR qualified homes as part of the ENERGY STAR for New Homes program. This decision has resulted in many benefits to both homeowners and to the people of Ontario. Mattamy’s ongoing commitment to the program has been an important contributor to the program’s distinction as the most successful residential green building program in Canada.


Dianne Saxe is the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario (ECO), a tough but fair watchdog over Ontario’s environmental, energy and climate performance, and guardian of the Environmental Bill of Rights (EBR). The ECO is a bridge between the public and the government on environmental issues.

Prior to her appointment, Dianne was one of Canada’s most respected environmental lawyers. She has 40 years’ unparalleled experience writing, interpreting, and litigating Ontario’s energy and environmental laws. Dianne’s career began with the Ontario Public Service and two major Bay Street law firms. She then established one of Canada’s top environmental law boutiques.

A Certified Environmental Law Specialist, Dianne is recognized in every Canadian and international legal rating service, including acknowledgement as one of the world’s top 25 environmental lawyers by Best of the Best, 2008 and as Best Lawyers’ first Environmental Lawyer of the Year for Toronto. Some of her numerous tributes and honours include the Award for Distinguished Service, the highest honour granted by the Ontario Bar Association; and the Gold Key Award for exceptional lifetime professional achievement, granted by Osgoode Hall Law School Alumni.

Dianne has travelled extensively in Ontario and Canada, both in her professional practice and as a keen canoeist, kayaker and cross-country skier.

Her five-year appointment will be focused on serving the Ontario Legislature, improving the effectiveness of the Environmental Bill of Rights and catalyzing better environmental, energy and climate outcomes, for and with the people of Ontario.

Kirk Johnson, EnerQuality’s Program Director, brings 10 years of program design experience creating and delivering over $200 million worth of CDM programs for the EQ, OPA/IESO, NRCan, CaGBC and City of Toronto. His expertise includes new build and retrofit CDM programs, capability building, marketing, cost-benefit analysis, industry/government partnerships, financing, and technical standard creation gained from launching/managing over 8 new CDM/incentive/certification/market transformation programs.

Kirk manages EnerQuality’s Program Design for the ENERGY STAR for New Homes Program and all CDM Programs. He is EQ’s Lead on Net Zero/Net Zero Ready initiatives and member of the Canadian Home Builder (CHBA) Net Zero Council, NRCan Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), OHBA Technical Committee (Co-chair).

Prior to joining EnerQuality, Kirk was responsible for Community Energy Planning and Portfolio Development for energy efficiency incentive programs at the City of Toronto. While at the Ontario Power Authority (OPA), he designed three commercial conservation programs, including the High Performance New Construction Program (HPNC). Kirk was the Co-chair of the NRCAN National Sub-Committee on Building Energy Labelling.

Alison is Vice President, Sustainability at The Minto Group. Established in 1955, Minto is an Ottawa-based real estate, development, construction and property management company with operations across Ontario, Alberta and Florida. Minto is the 2012 and 2014 recipient of the Ontario Home Builders’ Association Builder of the Year award, and four time winner of Ontario Green Builder of the Year.

In her current role, Alison focuses on creating better places through the advancement of Minto’s environmental, health, safety and security programs for both new and existing buildings. She leads a multidisciplinary team responsible for monitoring the environmental impacts of Minto’s products and operations, and researching and developing cost effective solutions to reduce it for the benefit of Minto’s customers and the environment.

Alison holds a Bachelor of Environmental Studies degree from the University of Waterloo and a Masters in Business Administration from Colorado State University. She has over 20 years of compliance, risk management and business development expertise grown through her progressive career in both the public and private sectors. Her career reflects her strong belief in the need to balance business, stakeholder, and environmental needs in order to achieve practical, lasting solutions and success.

Chris Thompson has worked for the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing for 27 years and is a professional planner with a Master’s Degree in Planning from the University of Toronto.

In his current position, Chris is Manager of Development Policy and Innovations in the Ministry’s Buildings and Development Branch and is responsible for the development of policy for the Building Code, developing the text of the Code, and delivering Commission and Council services.

Joe obtained his MBA from Dalhousie University, he has held a wide variety of leadership positions in companies such as Mattamy Homes, Shoppers Drug Mart and Canadian Pacific Railway over the past 20 years. Joe is responsible for establishing common practices between divisions across Mattamy Homes as well as negotiating national and regional contracts. He is always on the lookout for new products and technologies!


Corey McBurney, EQ’s President, has 10 years of housing program design and management experience developing several major energy programs including ENERGY STAR for New Homes, GreenHouse Certified Construction, LEEP/TAP and the Green Renovator Project. He has been a member of NRCan’s Advisory Committees on the development of the 2012 ENERGY STAR for NEW HOMES program/the next generation EnerGuide Rating System, Director of the Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance (CEEA), member of the MMAH Building Code Conservation Advisory Council (BCCAC), Guest Lecturer-Sustainable Housing Policies and Programs at York University, and Member of the Green Committee for Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD).

Michael is the President of buildABILITY Corporation (bA). The firm exists at the intersection between the built environment and the organizations that create it. Michael brings almost 30 years of experience and a deep understanding of energy and housing through his experience as a consultant to governments and the private sector. This expertise enables the firm to act as a catalyst for change. bA has consulted on a regular basis to provide guidance on innovation adoption in buildings. Michael and his team at bA promote a unique approach to builder innovation that consists of 3 steps: 1) Explore to know the minds of the builders and stakeholders through advisory committees and market research; 2) Discover to build capabilities and communicate comparative advantage clearly through publications, training and multimedia; and 3) Transform the market by mentoring change through a customized demonstration using discovery houses and telling the builder’s success story through impactful case studies and media engagement. bA’s approach to innovation has helped to increase the adoption of new technologies in the building code, Energy Star and Net Zero Energy programs across Canada.

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