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May 29, 2018

Canada Green Building Council brings international green building experts to Toronto for Building Lasting Change with WorldGBC Congress

OTTAWA, ON – May 29, 2018 – The Canada Green Building Council and its National Conference and Showcase partner REALPAC are pleased to bring CaGBC’s Building Lasting Change this year with WorldGBC Congress to Toronto from June 5 to 7, at the Beanfield Centre. The 2018 Building Lasting Change with WorldGBC Congress program examines what is happening in Canada and around the world to meet aggressive international carbon emissions targets through innovative solutions and transformative leadership in the building industry.

This year not only marks the 10th anniversary of Canada’s largest green building industry event, but the first time the WorldGBC Congress has been hosted in Canada. Each year, the multi-day WorldGBC Congress is hosted by a different green building council with the goal of bringing green building councils from Europe, Africa, Middle East and North Africa, the Americas, and Asia-Pacific together to share advancements in their joint mission to transform the built environment globally. The WorldGBC International Stream of Building Lasting Change will feature insights from the world’s green building leaders and experts in sessions that include Advancing Net Zero, Data-Driven Case Studies to Showcase Best Practices in Healthy Offices, and Affordable Green: Solutions and Opportunities for Social and Low-Income Housing.

With a focus on reducing carbon emissions and innovation, the CaGBC is hosting a pre-conference Zero Carbon Buildings Summit on June 5. The Summit will feature technical education and updates about CaGBC’s Zero Carbon Building Standard and Pilot Projects. Zero carbon buildings are also in focus during the main conference program, running June 6-7, with a full stream of education titled Moving Toward Zero Carbon.

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In addition to International and Zero Carbon streams, Building Lasting Change boasts a strong line-up of over 90 expert speakers, with sessions organized into three additional conference streams, which include: Establishing a Retrofit Economy in Canada; Creating Green and Resilient Cities; and Insight, Innovation and Leadership for Advanced LEED Practitioners.

Attendees will also have the privilege of attending three plenary keynote addresses over two days:

  • On June 6, the Opening Plenary titled Building a Better Tomorrow will feature keynote Andrew Steer, leading economist and President and CEO of the World Resources Institute. Dr. Steer’s address will share his insights on how we can move past the incremental change seen today into a worldwide push towards an energy efficient and sustainable future.
  • On June 7, delegates will be treated to a Lunch Plenary featuring Piers MacNaughton, Associate Director of the Healthy Buildings Program at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, who will speak about the newest report in the three revolutionary COGfx studies. The third report, titled Global Buildings, aims to create the first-ever global cohort of green buildings for a comprehensive, multi-year study of human health and productivity in offices around the world.
  • The Closing Plenary Keynote on June 7 is Mark Z. Jacobson, award-winning clean energy expert, who is Director of the Atmosphere/Energy Program and Professor of Civil Engineering at Stanford University. Mr. Jacobson will speak to Transitioning Buildings, Cities and Countries to 100% Clean, Renewable Energy for All Purposes Worldwide.

As Canada’s premier annual green building event, Building Lasting Change boasts sessions with expert speakers  from around the world, an interactive showcase floor, and networking events that attract delegates from the global green building industry. CaGBC is also offering four pre-Conference green building tours on June 4 and 5, which will highlight some of Toronto’s most inspiring sustainable sites. Additional information and full Conference program and agenda are available at To attend the conference on a media pass, please email Renée Rietveld at


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