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February 2021 Virtual Session: Advancing Building Retrofits as a Climate Change Solution

  • Thursday, February 18, 2021
  • 7:45 AM - 9:00 AM
  • Zoom


The British Columbia Construction Roundtable invites you to attend our February 2021 Virtual Session: Advancing Building Retrofits as a Climate Change Solution

As Canada transitions to a low carbon economy, the building sector will play a critical role in helping Canada achieve its 2030 and 2050 climate change targets. Buildings and infrastructure will be a major contributor to a post-pandemic green recovery. Advancing retrofit is on to the top of the list for government, building owners and investors looking to transition their entire portfolios toward low carbon performance. The announcement by the Canada Infrastructure Bank to allocate $2billion for financing building retrofit is a critical element in enabling a retrofit economy, creating jobs and reducing carbon emissions in Canada. 

Join our panel of industry experts as they examine the important role that large building retrofits play in advancing these objectives. This interactive virtual discussion will focus on critical issues necessary to support the industry in advancing retrofits in Canada.  This includes current initiatives delivered by CaGBC, government and industry to establish a retrofit economy in Canada; financing programs to scale and accelerate retrofit, and solutions delivered by commercial building owners for their portfolios of buildings. 

Join us on Thursday, 18 February 2021 and bring your questions for our guests. 

Meet our panelists:

Thomas Mueller, President & CEO, Canada Green Building Council

Thomas Mueller is a Founding Director of the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) and became President & CEO of the Council in 2005. As Chief Executive, he leads the Council’s national green building strategy, programs and standards along with advocacy and policy initiatives. In 2018, he was appointed as CEO of Green Business Certification Inc. Canada (GBCI CA) to deliver advanced building performance standards to the industry. As a past Board member of the Green Business Certification Institute (GBCI), the World Green Building Council (WGBC), and as a Board member of Building Energy Innovators Council (BEIC), he supports the transition toward green building and cities at home and globally. Thomas is a well-known advocate for green buildings, sustainable community development and market-based climate change solutions. Visit Thomas' LinkedIn profile for more information.

Frederic Bettez, Managing Director, Canada Infrastructure Bank

Frederic Bettez joined the Canada Infrastructure Bank as Managing Director. Frederic brings 15 years of experience in the infrastructure and renewable energy sectors.  Most recently, Frederic was the President of Cosime Infrastructure and Energy Inc. and Vice President at Macquarie Capital Markets Canada, where he led teams in setting up consortiums and partnerships, negotiating and structuring projects, developing financial models, and managing the financing of infrastructure and renewable energy projects that generated billions of dollars in financial commitments. Frederic holds an MBA from the University of British Columbia and a B.Eng. from McGill University. Visit Fred's LinkedIn profile for more information.

Regan Smith, AVP and Managing Director of Sustainability, Manulife Investment Management 

As AVP and Managing Director of Sustainability for Manulife Investment Management’s real estate equity business, Regan Smith has overall accountability for implementing and managing the sustainability strategy across a global portfolio of real estate, totaling over 60 million square feet across 9 countries. She develops strategic programs that not only meet but exceed the changing global market demand, policy landscape and investor expectations towards sustainability and corporate ESG.

Since joining the company in 2018, Regan held a leadership role in the Sustainability & Energy team at the engineering consulting firm, WSP in Canada. In this role, she provided sustainability advisory services, energy management, building science and building restoration. She was one of the first consultants to provide green building and sustainability consulting in Canada, and holds professional accreditations in LEED, WELL and RESET. Visit Regan's LinkedIn profile for more information.

Jamie Gray-Donald, Senior Vice President, Sustainability & Environmental Health & Safety, Quadreal Property Group