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Green Buildings • Climate-Tech
Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance
Accelerating the Net Zero Economy

Conflux Canada Virtual Connect Series is Canada’s preeminent event series focused on the global transition to a net-zero economy. It’s the meeting point where we discuss how green buildings, clean technologies, and the influence of Environmental Social and Corporate Governance will shape our cities, create efficiencies and reduce environmental risks.

Join us, listen and learn from executives, change-makers and thought-leaders for an exciting dialogue on the convergence of the environment and the economy. Be part of the change.

Speakers


More great speakers to be added soon, check back for updates!

  • Cheryl Gray

    Moderator


    March 24th Event

    Thomas Mueller

    President & CEO
    Canada Green Building Council

    March 24th Event

    Benjamin L. Shinewald

    President and Chief Executive Officer
    BOMA Canada

    March 24th Event

  • Caroline Bordeaux

    Director, Sustainability, Impact &
    Engagement Practice at Canderel

    March 24th Event

    Helle Bank Jorgensen

    CEO & Founder
    at Competent Boards Inc.

    March 31st event

    Andy Delisi

    WELL AP, FitWel Ambassador, WELL Faculty


    April 7th Event

  • James McNeil

    President of JJ McNeil Commercial Inc.


    April 7th Event

    Lisa Bate

    Global Sustainability Lead, B+H Architects and Board Director/Immediate Past Chair, World Green Building Council
    April 14th Event

    Mark Chapeskie

    Director of Programs and Development,
    Electricity Human Resources Canada

    April 21st Event

  • Oscar Espinosa

    Senior Advisor - Low Carbon Cities Canada (LC3) at Federation of Canadian Municipalities

    April 28th Event

    Steve Winkelman

    Executive Director
    Ottawa Climate Action Fund

    April 28th Event

    Jonathan (Jon) Frank

    Head of Clean Energy at Vancity Community Investment Bank (VCIB)

    April 28th Event

  • Dave Sawyer

    Principal Economist at Canadian Institute for Climate Choices, EnviroEconomics Inc.

    May 5th Event

    Tonja Leach

    Executive Director of QUEST


    May 12th Event

    Dana Hurst, BHSc., WWHP

    Director, Wellness,
    Human Resources, BGIS

    May 19th Event

  • Andrea Flowers

    Section Manager of Climate Change & Resiliency Team at the City of Ottawa

    May 26th Event

    Mike Fletcher

    City of Ottawa,
    Project Manager

    May 26th Event

    Charles Berndt

    Manager, Grid Technology,
    Hydro Ottawa Limited

    May 26th Event

  • Joseph Muglia

    Hydro Ottawa - Director, System
    Operations and Grid Automation

    May 26th Event

Cheryl Gray
Moderator


March 24th Event
Cheryl Gray, CPM, is the immediate past president of IREM (Institute of Real Estate Management). Cheryl served as Executive Vice President at QuadReal Property Group when she joined QuadReal in January 2017 and most recently as Head of Special Projects. During Cheryl’s tenure at QuadReal she led the Enterprise Innovation teams that provide expertise on sustainability, environmental health & safety and property management best practices. In 2018 she launched QuadReal’s Digital Innovation initiative to implement innovative technology in QuadReal’s property portfolio in Canada.

Prior to QuadReal, Cheryl held executive roles in Bentall Kennedy, launching their residential property management platform, their sustainability program and strategic resources teams. Before that, she held senior roles with many leading Canadian real estate firms with responsibility for office, industrial, retail and residential portfolios.

Gray is currently engaged in the industry as a Real Estate Strategist. She speaks extensively on sustainability, prop tech, smart buildings, pandemic response planning, cyber security and real estate management best practices. She has been acknowledged by the industry for her expertise and contributions, having received recognition and awards for her work by many associations and organizations throughout her career.

Cheryl earned her Certified Property Manager (CPM) designation from IREM in 1990 and holds a degree in Economics from the University of Waterloo. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of REIC (Real Estate Institute of Canada) and on the Executive Committee of IREM as the immediate past president.
Thomas Mueller
President & CEO
Canada Green Building Council

March 24th Event
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.

As a member of the Board of Directors of the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) and the Cornerstone Standards Council (CSC), and as a past Board member of the World Green Building Council (WGBC), he supports the transition toward green building, neighbourhoods and cities at home and globally.

Thomas is a well-known advocate for green buildings and sustainable community development. He participates frequently in government and industry consultations on green development and is a nationally and internationally recognized authority and speaker on green buildings.

He is currently participating in a number of initiatives and groups including the WorldGBC Global CEO Network, the Advisory Board of CIRS (Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability), and the Advisory Committee of Energy Efficiency in BC’s Built Environment Research Project at UBC.

Thomas has an Undergraduate Degree in Geography, Planning and Applied Ecology from the Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich, Germany; and holds a Master’s Degree in Regional Planning & Resource Development from the University of Waterloo, Ontario.

For his green building work, Thomas has received numerous awards. Most recently, he became a recipient of Canada’s 2015 Clean50 Award and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) in 2016.
Benjamin L. Shinewald
President and Chief Executive Officer
BOMA Canada

March 24th Event
Benjamin L. Shinewald is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Building Owners and Managers Association of Canada (BOMA Canada). Under Benjamin’s leadership, the organization’s flagship sustainability program, BOMA BEST, has grown dramatically, with over 3,000 certifications in Canada alone. BOMA BEST is now broadening its focus while also expanding around the world.

A sought after commercial real estate though leader, Benjamin frequently writes op-ed pieces in major newspapers, gives keynote addresses to industry leaders and represents the BOMA membership on Parliament Hill.

Prior to joining BOMA Canada in 2012, Benjamin served as the CEO of Canadian Jewish Congress. Earlier, he worked in the Privy Council Office and practiced law at Torys LLP. Benjamin previously served as a Law Clerk to the Chief Justice of Israel, as an Adjoint-aux-Programmes in the Canadian Mission to the OECD in Paris and worked for the Winnipeg Jets Hockey Club.
Caroline Bordeaux
Director, Sustainability, Impact &
Engagement Practice at Canderel

March 24th Event
Caroline Bordeaux is the Director, Sustainability, Impact & Engagement Practice at Canderel. In this role, Caroline acts as the company’s national expert on sustainability and corporate social responsibility, overseeing corporate strategy and providing support to property management and development teams. In 2018, she was elected to Canada Green Building Council’s Board of Directors to represent real estate owners and developers.

Caroline has earned a Master’s degree in Business and an Advanced Master degree in Environmental Management and Engineering and is a LEED Accredited Professional.
Helle Bank Jorgensen
CEO & Founder
at Competent Boards Inc.

March 31st event
Helle Bank Jorgensen is the CEO of Competent Boards, which offers the global online ESG Competent Boards Certificate Program with a faculty of over 100 renowned international board members, executives and experts.

She has a 30-year track record in turning Environment, Social, Governance (ESG), Climate and Sustainability risks into innovative and profitable business opportunities and has worked with many global Fortune 500 board members and executives.

Besides being a board member, she serves on His Royal Highness Prince of Wales A4S Global Expert Panel; The Non-financial Digitisation Working Group of the Impact Management Project (IMP); the Reuters Panel of Expert Judges for the Responsible Business Awards; and the Canadian Climate Governance Experts - a Commonwealth Climate & Law Initiative.

She is a business lawyer and state-authorized public accountant (CPA) by training and designed the world's first Integrated Report and the first integrated responsible supply chain management system. In 2020 she was awarded the Global Impact Award and named one of "5 people in ESG to look out for".

She is a former PwC audit and advisory partner in Denmark and the US leading Sustainability & Climate Practices.
Andy Delisi
WELL AP, FitWel Ambassador, WELL Faculty


April 7th Event
Andy Delisi, WELL AP, FitWel Ambassador and member of the WELL Faculty, works with architects, designers and business owners and teaches how to integrate wellness and sustainability into the office environment. Andy is the Business Development Manager for Envirotech Office Systems. Under Mr. Delisi's guidance, Envirotech was the furniture dealer of choice for Canada's first FitWel certified office and continues to be an industry leader in both sustainability and wellness in the workplace. Mr. Delisi currently teaches his course on Smart Buildings: The Bridge Between Wellness and Sustainability across Ontario and has been a guest speaker at Seattle's Healthy Worksite Summit, IIDEX Toronto, IFMA's Wellness in the Workplace and the Unwired Worktech conference.
James McNeil
President of JJ McNeil Commercial Inc.


April 7th Event
James McNeil RPA, LEED AP is the president of JJ McNeil Commercial Inc, a boutique CRE brokerage specializing in green buildings and sustainable workplaces. JJ McNeil provides the full spectrum of commercial real estate advisory services.

In a world struggling with climate change, companies need to have their environmental house in order like never before. They need to minimize their carbon footprint in every way possible, especially when it comes to the buildings they occupy. That's where JJMcNeil Commercial comes in.

We have the expertise to pull together innovative real estate solutions that balance ecological responsibility with economic viability, setting the stage for a healthy, sustainable workplace for employees and the greater good.
Lisa Bate
Global Sustainability Lead, B+H Architects and Board Director/Immediate Past Chair, World Green Building Council
April 14th Event
Lisa Bate is the Immediate Past Chair of the World Green Building Council and is regarded as one of Canada’s global ambassadors for sustainable design. Lisa was a representative to the United Nations’ Environmental Protection—Sustainable Buildings and Climate Initiative and is a former Director and Board Chair of the Canada Green Building Council. In 2018, Lisa was named the winner of Canada’s Clean16 as the top contributor for the previous two years for the Building – Design, Development & Management sector at the Clean50 awards celebration. In her role as Global Sustainability Lead at B+H Architects, she oversaw the design teams responsible for the 1st CaGBC Net Zero Carbon Certified Design Retrofit at Humber College Building Nx and the new Net Zero Carbon Design and Operational Certified Joyce Centre for Partnership and Innovation at Mohawk College in Hamilton, Ontario, and a Canadian pilot project for the CaGBC Zero Carbon Buildings. Both projects are on the WorldGBC most sustainable buildings website. Lisa has demonstrated her management abilities and sustainability leadership globally, leading important projects in the Caribbean, China, India, Singapore, Malaysia, the US, and Canada across a variety of sectors and scopes.
Mark Chapeskie
Director of Programs and Development,
Electricity Human Resources Canada

April 21st Event
As Director of Programs, Mark leads the project and program delivery teams at Electricity Human Resources Canada. Mark has managed research and programs to transfer skills from regulated occupations into unregulated occupations while minimizing jobseeker retraining. This program development relied on a strong staff team as well as reliance on meaningful partnerships with industry. Mark is very familiar with labour market research projects. Once research has been completed, he works to secure federal and provincial funding to support strategic labour market interventions to better integrate under-represented groups in entering the labour market. This work has included programming to support new graduates, newcomers to Canada, indigenous persons and people with disabilities. Mark has also worked in the international development field in sub-Saharan Africa where he focused on local economic development initiatives and judicial reform. He began his international development journey with a livelihood development research project in Uganda. His work has also taken him to Asia, where he taught English and developed curricula at local schools in Taiwan, experience he has applied in Canada in the development of an online, industry-specific English language course.

In his spare time Mark volunteers with organizations such as the Canadian Academy of Health Science, QuickStart Autism and he Chairs the Autism Family Advisory Committee at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario.

Mark holds a BA in Government from St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY and an MA in Human Security and Peacebuilding from Royal Roads University in Victoria, BC.
Oscar Espinosa
Senior Advisor - Low Carbon Cities Canada (LC3) at Federation of Canadian Municipalities

April 28th Event
Oscar Espinosa is a Senior Advisor of Low Carbon Cities Canada, within the national office at the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM). He has a multidisciplinary background in managing transformational projects and programs within the public, private and not-for-profit sector spanning infrastructure, economic development and urban regeneration projects at the Greater London Authority in London, England, capacity-building and smart cities initiatives within Canadian communities, and continuous improvement efforts within Crown corporations. He continuously seeks to build bridges across stakeholders and areas of expertise to enable durable solutions for the benefit of all communities
Steve Winkelman
Executive Director
Ottawa Climate Action Fund

April 28th Event
Steve Winkelman is Executive Director of the Ottawa Climate Action Fund. He has 30 years of experience in climate change, sustainable transportation, urban planning, clean energy, clean air, infrastructure resilience and climate finance. He has supported government officials, researchers, development banks, private companies and NGOs in more than 25 countries with policy and project development, finance, implementation, evaluation and capacity building. He thrives in bridging silos and building partnerships across sectors, agencies and organizations to unlock economic, environmental and community benefits and advance holistic, lasting solutions.
Jonathan (Jon) Frank
Head of Clean Energy at Vancity Community Investment Bank (VCIB)

April 28th Event
Jonathan (Jon) Frank serves as Head of Clean Energy at Vancity Community Investment Bank (VCIB). Jon joined VCIB through the acquisition of CoPower, Canada’s first sustainable investment platform and a leading provider of clean energy and efficiency project financing, where he served as a Managing Director and Head of Project Financing. Jon has been involved in a wide range of clean energy technologies across Canada that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and generate strong financial returns including solar and wind energy, energy efficiency retrofits, geothermal heating and cooling, bio-energy, combined heat and power and energy storage. Jon has served on a number of advisory committees on low carbon strategies for the Canadian Green Building Council, the City of Toronto, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities Green Municipal Fund, MaRS Discovery District, and has an ongoing role on the Executive Committee of Low Carbon Cities Canada (LC3).
Dave Sawyer
Principal Economist at Canadian Institute for Climate Choices, EnviroEconomics Inc.

May 5th Event
Dave is an environmental economist with a twenty-five-year track record in helping solve policy challenges for sustainable development. His work can be found in very public reports on Canadian carbon and energy transitions and buried deep in regulatory impact analysis.

His work often cuts across many dimensions of sustainable development.

Dave holds a B.A. in Economics from McMaster University and a Master of Development Economics from Dalhousie University.

Dave has held positions with Environment Canada, Canada's Commissioner of Environment and Sustainable Development and leading Canadian consultancies. He was the International Institute for Sustainable Development's Vice-president for Climate, Energy and Partnerships.

He is the Chief Economist with Canadian Institute for Climate Choices, an Executive in Residence with the University of Ottawa's Smart Prosperity Institute and a School Fellow at Carleton University's School of Public Policy. He has operated EnviroEconomics Inc. since grad school.

Tonja Leach
Executive Director of QUEST


May 12th Event
Tonja Leach became Executive Director of QUEST in October of 2018. Working with all three levels of government, utilities & energy providers, the development community, and solution providers to help Canada become a nation of Smart Energy Communities. Prior to her role as Executive Director, Tonja held a number of roles at QUEST, including as the founding Coordinator of the organization starting in 2007.

Through collaboration, Tonja supports and advises Canada’s energy sector, governments and community builders in the transition to a sustainable energy future. Tonja is currently an active advisor on a number of committees including the Energy Futures Lab Partners Council and Steering Committee, National Coherence Working Group, Clean Resource Innovation Network Steering Committee, Positive Energy Advisory Council, and the Low Carbon Community Energy System project steering committee.
Dana Hurst, BHSc., WWHP
Director, Wellness,
Human Resources, BGIS

May 19th Event
Dana Hurst is the Director of Wellness for BGIS and brings 15 years of progressive experience in the area of Health and Wellness, having worked for Buffet & Company Worksite Wellness Inc., one of the founding Health and Wellness consulting firms in Canada, as well as SunLife Financial and most recently, People Corporation. Adept at helping improve the health of employees, she has demonstrated success in implementing strategic health and wellness programs for organizations of all sizes.

Dana has a Bachelor of Health Sciences from the University of Western Ontario and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Workplace Wellness and Health Promotion from Centennial College. She has completed the Mindful Employee Training, as well as Mental Health First Aid Certification from the Mental Health Commission of Canada and the Mental Health Leadership in the Workplace Certification through Shepell and Queen's University.

Dana is a frequent speaker, is passionate when it comes to health and wellness and is committed to bringing this concept to others.
Andrea Flowers
Section Manager of Climate Change & Resiliency Team at the City of Ottawa

May 26th Event
Andrea Flowers is the Section Manager of Climate Change & Resiliency Team at the City of Ottawa. Andrea is responsible is responsible for developing and coordinating strategic policies, programs and plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and build resiliency to climate change in Ottawa. As the City’s centre of expertise for climate change and resiliency, the Team provides technical expertise on corporate projects and supports community initiatives. She has more than 15 years of experience in the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors.
Mike Fletcher
City of Ottawa,
Project Manager

May 26th Event
Mike Fletcher is a City of Ottawa project manager. Mike started his work at the City seven years ago doing energy conservation and energy management work for the Building Engineering and Energy Management group. After a recent period of split responsibilities between the conservation group and planning, Mike joined the planning, infrastructure and economic development department in April 2019 to work full time on Ottawa’s Community Energy Transmission Strategy, Energy Evolution.

Prior to join the City Mike had a variety of industrial experience in Brewing, Citric Acid Manufacturing and Biofuels. Mike keep busy in non-work hours enjoying gardening, white water kayaking and a variety of volunteering pursuits.
Charles Berndt
Manager, Grid Technology,
Hydro Ottawa Limited

May 26th Event
Charles is the Manager, Grid Technology for Hydro Ottawa Limited. He holds a B.Eng and a MASc in Electrical Engineering from Carleton University. He has been with Hydro Ottawa since 2013 working in the area of Smart Grid and Operational technology. In this role, Charles oversees the support and administration of the back-office systems used by the Control Room to run the Grid including SCADA, Distribution Management, and Outage Management systems. Since joining Hydro Ottawa, Charles has supported a variety of innovation and technology initiatives including District Energy as well as the deployment of Telecommunications infrastructure. Prior to joining Hydro Ottawa, Charles held a variety of engineering roles within Ottawa’s high-tech sector where he cultivated expertise in the design and development of new and emerging technology.
Joseph Muglia
Hydro Ottawa - Director, System
Operations and Grid Automation

May 26th Event
As Director, System Operations and Grid Automation, Joseph Muglia is responsible for the system office system control, oversight of over 90 substations and the metering services department of Hydro Ottawa. Joseph is also involved with creating a strategic plan regarding grid automation for Hydro Ottawa going forward. Joseph has more than 25 years of experience in the utilities industry in the areas of natural gas and electrical distribution systems as well as telecom and construction. He has held a number of senior leadership positions throughout his career and is a licenced Professional Engineer.

SCHEDULE


CONFLUX CANADA: VIRTUAL CONNECT SERIES

May 19, 10am
Mental Wellness- the Foundation for a Sustainable Workplace
Dana Hurst, BHSc., WWH - Director, Wellness, Human Resources, BGIS
Venue:
A Keynote Speaker Presentation
produced by Kuleana Events

The workplace that puts people first and enables health, wellness and productivity is the foundation for sustainability and the key to an organization's long-term success! Join BGIS's Director of Wellness, Dana Hurst, for a session where she will review the impact the past year has had on mental and emotional well-being. Dana will explain why now more than ever, it is imperative to have a strong focus on employee mental health, the role the built environment plays, and how you can transform the vision and build in best practices.

Register now for this Free Virtual Event!

May 26, 10am
The future of a Smart, Connected, Electrified Ottawa -
Energy Evolution and Hydro Ottawa
Moderator: Andrea Flowers - City of Ottawa - Manager, Climate Change & Resiliency Unit
Venue:
A Virtual Panel Discussion
produced by Kuleana Events

Mike Fletcher - City of Ottawa - Project Manager, Climate Change and Resiliency Unit
Charles Berndt - Hydro Ottawa - Manager, Grid Technology
Joseph Muglia - Hydro Ottawa - Director, System Operations and Grid Automation

Now, more than ever, do we see the importance of industry and government joining forces in investing in innovation and new technologies to make electrical systems more efficient and to prepare for a clean energy future. Join, Andrea Flowers (Manager, Climate Change and Resiliency) and Mike Fletcher (Project Manager, Climate Change and Resiliency) from the City of Ottawa, and Charles Berndt (Manager of Grid Technology) and Joseph Muglia (Director of System Operations and Grid Automation) from Hydro Ottawa for an overview of the City of Ottawa's Energy Evolution action plan, including key initiatives to electrify our Nation's Capital, increase the uptake of distributed energy resources and renewable generation, and how the municipality is planning to meet its targets to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the community by 100 per cent by 2050 and from City operations by 100 per cent by 2040. You'll also hear how Hydro Ottawa is continuously modernizing and improving its electricity grid; what goes on behind the scenes as it plans for major infrastructure investments; and how the utility is planning to respond to an increasing demand for electrification, distributed generation, and more.

Register now for this Free Virtual Event!

WATCH VIDEOS OF PAST EVENTS
March 24, 2021
Retrofitting our Future
Cheryl Gray, CPM - Moderator
Venue:
A Virtual Panel Discussion
produced by Kuleana Events

Thomas Mueller - President & CEO of Canada Green Building Council
Benjamin L. Shinewald - President and Chief Executive Officer of BOMA Canada.
Caroline Bordeaux - Director, Sustainability, Impact & Engagement Practice at Canderel

We must balance our carbon reduction ambitions with health considerations, particularly during and after COVID-19. While the market moves towards net-zero energy and carbon, we have a clear path to show carbon leadership with healthier indoor environments that future-proof buildings, encourage innovation and drive job growth.

View On Demand video of this webinar by clicking on this link

March 31, 2021
From Nice to Necessary - ESG and Climate Competencies in the Boardroom
Helle Bank Jorgensen - CEO & Founder Competent Boards Inc.
Venue:
A Keynote Speaker Presentation
produced by Kuleana Events

The writing on the wall is clear - asset managers, talent, customers, financial institutions and regulators are putting ESG and Climate on the board agenda. How should the board react and balance the ESG expectations with other competing priorities? How do we envision the role of the board in an ESG focused world? What does Stewardship in the 21st century look like?

View On Demand video of this webinar by clicking on this link

April 7, 2021
How crisis shapes our built environment
(and what this means for the future of the workplace)
Andy Delisi - WELL AP, FitWel Ambassador and member of the WELL Faculty
Venue:
A Fireside Chat produced
by Kuleana Events

James McNeil - RPA, LEED President of JJ McNeil Commercial Inc. (Host)
Can we learn from how we have responded to the past crises when making predictions about the future of the workplace?

View On Demand video of this webinar by clicking on this link

April 14, 2021
Futureproofing Our Cities for a shared Low-Carbon Future
Lisa Bate - Global Sustainability Lead, B+H Architects and Board Director/Immediate Past Chair, World Green Building Council
Venue:
A Keynote Speaker Presentation
produced by Kuleana Event

As cities struggle with the pressure to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, better support green jobs, and hyper-competitive real estate markets, they must find new and creative solutions that address short- and long-term issues. This includes creating a low- or zero-carbon future, which requires a step-by-step process to retrofit our existing communities, and ensure all future builds are net zero carbon operations by 2050. From policy to infrastructure to new and old buildings, this session will look at how we can create cities that improve lives through deep carbon reduction, creating co-benefits for people and the planet.

View On Demand video of this webinar by clicking on this link

SPONSORS


“The Conflux Canada Conference provided a unique opportunity to network and exchange ideas with thought leaders and Sustainability professionals from across the country.”

Dennis Fortinos,
Executive Chairman North America, Enwave Energy Corporation

“The inaugural event in 2017 brought together representatives of the 3 levels of government with industry leaders and experts in the field of sustainability to identify actionable next steps in the global effort to reduce GHG's”

Andrew I. McAllan, MBA
Head of Real Estate Management Oxford Properties Group

“My panel talked about making Ottawa better by collaborating and being bolder, Conflux was exactly the right venue to put that message into hundreds of decision makers”

Bruce Lazenby
Head of Business Development Regional Group of Companies

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