Building Resilience Gathering 2021

Sustainable Building Manitoba Presents Building Resilience Gathering: Innovations and updates March 23, 24, 25 1:30 to 4:30 pm with a special event Thursday 4:30 - 7:30 Hosted on Gather.Town and Zoom Join to learn what's headed our way and how it will impact Manitoba's building community #BuildingResilienceMB

Sustainable Building Manitoba’s annual gathering is an opportunity for our community to come together and learn from leading experts and each other.

The gathering will take place over 3 afternoons and will explore industry innovations and sector updates on things like codes and legislation. Each day will have four 30 minute presentations full of useful and inspiring information.

Between each presentation there will be a 15 minute break where participants can network and reconnect with their colleagues in an easy-to-use virtual space Gather.Town. This will be an excellent time to socialize with folks you have not seen in awhile or to make new connections. There will also be posters around the space to provide additional learning opportunities. Or you can use the time to make tea and catch up on a bit of work.

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SCHEDULE OVERVIEW – details and bios below

Day 1 – ECONOMICS AND BUSINESS CASE (1:30 – 4:30pm | Tuesday March 23)

1:30Building Energy Modelling MattersLindsay Robinson & Kelly Winder
2:15Paying for Sustainable Projects: PACE and Green BondsBetsy Yeung & Brian Scott
3:00Proposed National Building Code Energy Efficiency RequirementsJohn Hockman & Laverne Dalgleish
3:45Economics of Natural GasJacob Komar

Day 2 – PLANNING AND LEGISLATION (1:30 – 4:30pm | Wednesday March 24)

1:30Preparing to Build – Sustainable Building Training Development in ManitobaTanya Palson, Jodi Linklater,
Daniel Lepp-Friesen, Curt Hull
2:15Sustainable Projects on First Nations in ManitobaKen Einarsson & Shaun Loney
3:00What’s Happening in the Federal Policy Scene?Corey Diamond
3:45Provincial PlansHonourable Sarah Guillemard, Minister of Conservation and Climate

  Day 3 – HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENT (1:30 – 4:30pm | Thursday March 25)

1:30Innovating Building MaterialsAynsley Dueck & Ryan Cullen
2:15Indoor Air Quality Myths Busted and Hot Technology Changing the Playing FieldSandy Marohn & Jeff Bellino
3:00Disaster Planning & BuildingsErin Robbins
3:45Manitoba’s Road to Resilience:
A community climate action pathway to a fossil fuel free future
Curt Hull

Thursday 4:30 – 7:30pm

If you don’t have the time or ability to join the full gathering, try to carve some time to join the community conversation and social time.

At 4:30pm on Thursday we will host a focused conversation on topics that arise throughout the conference.  As a community we can identify opportunities, gaps and hurdles to address.
Gather.Town allows you to freely choose topic areas yourself as opposed to the cumbersome breakout rooms on Zoom.  Just like if we were to gather in person.

Throughout the Gathering there will be opportunities to share your thoughts on how to focus discussion.

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Gather.Town is an excellent platform for conversation and networking because of how easy it is to move around the space and connect with a variety of people in small groups or one-on-one


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Tuesday March 23 | 1:30 – 4:30

Building Energy Modelling Matters (Tuesday March 23 | 1:30)

We will talk about building codes related to energy use and where they may be going in the next while. We will attempt to make the case for performance modelling as the preferred compliance path in most cases. We will also talk about ASHRAE 209 which is a standard for energy modelling describing how to get the best value from energy models.

We will consider energy modelling in terms of its ability to improve building energy performance, durability and cost over the life cycle of the building.

Learn some of the advantages of building energy modelling for your design process!

Kelly Winder

Senior Project Manager – Energy Modelling at Crosier, Kilgour & Partners 

Kelly is a Principal responsible for building energy modelling at Crosier, Kilgour & Partners and is an ASHRAE Building Energy Modelling Professional. Kelly’s expertise includes building energy modelling, renewable energy system modelling, and building envelope analysis. He has generated over one hundred energy models for MECB compliance and the New Buildings Program incentives since their initiation. Kelly is a member of the Performance Compliance Task Group of the Standing Committee on Energy Efficiency, National Energy Code for Buildings.

Lindsay Robinson

Energy Simulation Engineer and Project Manager at Crosier, Kilgour & Partners 

Lindsay is an Energy Simulation Engineer and Project Manager for Crosier, Kilgour & Partners with three and a half years of modelling experience on more than 60 projects.  Previously he spent 12 years working as a manufacturing engineer for Boeing Canada. He is a professional engineer with a BSc. in mechanical engineering, as well as additional training and certificates in aerospace engineering, sustainable development, climate change science and negotiations, solar energy engineering, building science and energy modeling.  Lindsay has volunteered his time for a variety of causes including the Manitoba Eco-Network, Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba, the Winnipeg Folk Festival, Habitat for Humanity, Engineers Without Borders and Career Trek. Lindsay has also been a part of Manitoba’s first Earthship and Passive House certified residence.

Paying for Sustainable Projects: PACE and Green Bonds (Tuesday March 23 | 2:15)

City of Toronto – Green Bond Program

This presentation will provide the audience with an overview of the City’s Green Bond program and sharing of the experience in establishing and maintaining the program.

PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy)

PACE financing is a proven tool which blows away the last key barriers to broad and swift implementation of building energy efficiency and renewable energy measures. A simple tool and a complex ecosystem, participants will come away with an simplified overview of the concept, how it works, the power of the ecosystem and the challenges in getting it to deliver at scale.

Betsy Yeung

Manager, Investment and Debt Management, Capital Markets at City of Toronto

Betsy Yeung is an experienced investment and treasury leader with a demonstrated history of working in the public and private sectors. Betsy has her Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Certified Financial Risk Manager (FRM) designations along with a Master of Business Administration degree in Finance and a Bachelor of Mathematics degree.  Betsy currently sits on the Investment Committees for the York University Pension Fund.   She was also an Investment Committee member for the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ Green Municipal Fund for 10 years, which is mandated to finance projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Her career began at joining the investment management team at Canada Life, then CIBC, Deloitte Consulting, Manulife and City of Toronto.  Betsy currently manages the City’s investment and borrowing programs.  She was also the lead in establishing the City’s Green Bond and Social Bond programs, as well as the first ESG report.

City of Toronto – Green Bond Program

This presentation will provide the audience with an overview of the City’s Green Bond program and sharing of the experience in establishing and maintaining the program..

Brian Scott

Brian Scottis a consultant who has for the past 35 years through his partnership firm, The Communitas Group, been providing development services to groups and communities who wish to develop cooperative housing communities. Housing projects developed for cooperatives are unusual in that the co-op is both developer and its members are future owner/occupants. This circumstance closes the gap that typically exists between developers and owners and encourages design decisions which deliver future value such as lower maintenance and energy efficiency. The cost barrier to these energy efficiency measures were overcome in 1999 when Grandin Green Cooperative was built (a 16 story high-rise). Communitas secured a 1.2 million dollar green loan to upgrade the building’s energy performance, and under Scott’s leadership, the result was that Grandin Green became the most energy efficient high-rise in Canada. Fast forward to 2015, when Scott discovered PACE financing as an alternative form of financing for renewable energy and energy efficiency. Since then, he has become a national PACE advocate, and is currently one of the most knowledgeable consultants in Canada on the subject and one of only a few Canadians to have attended three US PACE Nation conferences. Working closely with a dedicated team he established PACE Alberta, and PACE Canada and helped PACE BC launch its own PACE advocacy initiative.

Proposed National Building Code Energy Efficiency Requirements (Tuesday March 23 | 3:00)

Manitoba is looking to harmonize with the National Energy Code for Buildings. When will that happen? What will an 11-year leap forward in codes mean for Manitobans?

This presentation will provide the audience with an overview of the proposed energy efficiency requirements in the National Building Code of Canada (NBC) and the National Energy Code for Buildings (NECB).

Join for an overview of proposed changes to section 9.36 (Energy Efficiency for Housing and Small Buildings) including proposed Prescriptive and Performance Tiers.

John Hockman

Mr. John Hockman has been designing energy efficient housing, energy retrofits and advanced mechanical systems for over 40 years. This has included over 75 super energy efficient homes (R44+ walls) and winning the Housing Energy Efficiency Award in 2000 for a “Green” high efficiency home in Winnipeg. He has taught Residential Mechanical Ventilation Systems, Heat Loss and Gain, and Air System Duct Design for HRAI Skilltech Academy across Canada, the USA and the UK. He was on the design team for the Winnipeg Mountain Equipment Co-op store, the third retail building in Canada to achieve LEED Gold Certification and was the mechanical consultant for a carbon neutral demonstration home under CMHC’s EQuilibrium initiative. Mr. Hockman sits as a member of the Standing Committee on Housing and Small Buildings (Part 9) of the National Building Code of Canada, where he has chaired both the Task and Working Groups of the Standing Committee.

Laverne Dalgleish

Mr. Laverne Dalgleish has been actively involved in the construction industry for over three decades and has specialized in building envelopes, energy efficiency and building performance. Laverne is a frequent presenter across North America on a variety of topics as they relate to building envelopes, energy efficiency, green building practices, standards and quality of construction. Laverne is actively involved in the standards development process and has been involved with International Organization of Standardization (ISO) for over 2 decades, traveling around the world to develop standards for the industry. A big believer in scientific research, Laverne has been a leader and participated in a number of commercial and residential building research projects with groups such as Oak Ridge National Laboratories, Syracuse University, University of Waterloo and National Research Council of Canada. Laverne has been involved in a number of utility demand side management programs and worked with various government departments across North America such as the U.S. Department of Energy, Natural Resources Canada, Environmental Protection Agency, Environment Canada and Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.

Net Zero the Easy Way – Economics of Natural Gas (Tuesday March 23 | 3:45)

How can we get to Net Zero and get off natural gas?

The presentation will first look at how the building industry will change over the next ten years, why installing a fossil fuel based system is actually the riskiest thing you can do, and then dig into why geothermal heating and cooling is the best and easiest way to achieve Net Zero energy on all building types (including renovations).

Let’s move our building industry to Net Zero!

Jacob Komar

Jacob Komar, P.Eng. is the Principal and lead mechanical engineer at Revolve Engineering Inc. and is a specialist in Net Zero building design, energy modelling and geothermal systems. Jacob started Revolve Engineering ten years ago and has been in the industry for 14 years. Jacob has helped design over ten Net Zero buildings and more than 40 commercial geothermal systems for a variety of projects ranging from multi-story commercial office buildings to apartment buildings and government facilities.

Wednesday March 24 | 1:30 – 4:30

Preparing to Build – Sustainable Building Training Development in Manitoba (Wednesday March 24 | 1:30 PM)

How can we ensure our workforce is ready for the future? This panel discussion will inform you about the explosion in available training around building sustainability that has manifested over the past year in Manitoba, and what still needs to happen.

Jody Linklater

Jody Linklater is the CEO of Clean Communities. One of his missions, reinforced by his cultural values, is to help communities to reclaim their natural surroundings and move toward self-sustaining circular systems. Where others see waste material, he sees potential – an opportunity to go beyond traditional waste disposal methods and towards creating energy and food sovereignty.

Tanya Palson

Tanya is a driven Marketing Manager with a background in Public Relations and Marketing Management. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science where she specialized in Indigenous policy analysis and community engagement. Tanya possesses coveted experience in staff and project management where she has helped communicate with key publics in the digital space. With pervasive professionalism and strategic planning capability, Tanya aims to utilize creative communications in order to help businesses and organizations grow and expand clientele.

Daniel Lepp Friesen

Daniel lives in Winnipeg where he serves as a consultant to a number of clients in the areas of business planning, renewable energy, and international development.

Curt Hull

Curt Hull is a professional engineer and has been Project Director of Climate Change Connection since 2007. Prior to that he worked for 25 years managing quality in a global electronics design and manufacturing enterprise. With Climate Change Connection, he works to find solutions to climate change, working with groups involved in active transportation, public transportation, sustainable buildings, sustainable energy, and local food and agriculture. He is a consultant with Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba and also works on sustainability projects with northern Manitoba First Nations communities. He is on the Board of Directors of Sustainable Building Manitoba and Climate Reality Project Canada. Most recently, he is lead author of Manitoba’s Road to Resilience: A community climate action pathway to a fossil fuel free future.

Sustainable Projects on First Nations in Manitoba (Wednesday March 24 | 2:15 PM)

Will explore various sustainable projects on First Nations and help to highlight some Indigenous perspectives.

Ken Einarsson

Ken graduated from the University of Manitoba with a B.Sc. (EE) in 1991. He is currently working with Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) as the Manager of Engineering Services, looking after the infrastructure requirements of remote northern First Nations.

Shaun Loney

Shaun Loney, author of A Beautiful Bailout, has been deeply engaged in more than 12 successful social enterprises. He has also been a senior civil servant. He has been walking the walk with social entrepreneurs for decades and offers cutting edge insights into an emerging social innovation revolution. Social enterprise and civil society organizations could find themselves in a newsly powerful position to change our culture for the better and by far. Could they be at the centre of What’s Next?

In this provocative podcast conversation, Shaun takes aim at Indian Agents, offers kudos to intrepreneurs, calls for non-profits to ‘get up from the kid’s table,’ for foundations to up their game, and for governments to let go and say ‘yes’ to saving money.


What’s Happening in the Federal Policy Scene? (Wednesday March 24 | 3:00 PM)

Corey will give an overview of key federal policy trends. He will also speak about the ways in which Efficiency Canada and its 12,000 supporters ensure energy efficiency remains central to the climate policy discussion.

Corey Diamond

Corey has more than two decades of experience leading social change organizations focused on engaging people to take action on critical environmental and social issues.

Corey was previously the COO and Partner of global consulting firm, Realized Worth, a company focused on the design and implementation of corporate volunteering and giving programs. Corey also spent 10 years helping to lead Summerhill, a national firm focused on engaging the public on energy efficiency behaviours. Holding various positions, including President/Chief Transformer, U.S. expansion lead and Executive Director of the non-for-profit arm, Corey worked with utilities, government agencies and the private sector to drive significant energy savings across Canada.

Corey volunteers his time on a number of boards and committees. An avid reader, record collector and musician, his greatest passion is hugging trees and travelling the world with his family.

Provincial Plans (Wednesday March 24 | 4:00 PM)

What is happening at the provincial level?  Find out from the people doing the work and making the plans. The Minister will be delivering a five minute greeting, which will be followed by a 10 min presentation by Neil Cunningham, Assistant Deputy Minister, then will end with a 15 minutes Q&A with the Minister.

Honourable Sarah Guillemard – Minister of Conservation and Climate Change

Sarah Guillemard was elected to her first term as MLA for Fort Richmond on April 19, 2016. In addition to her duties as MLA, she has previously served as Legislative Assistant to the Minister of Health, Seniors and Active Living and Legislative Assistant to the Minister of Sport, Culture and Heritage before becoming the Minister of Conservation and Climate. She is a community activist and long-time resident who is making a difference for the people of Fort Richmond as their MLA.

A graduate of Fort Richmond Collegiate, With four generations of her family living in the area, Sarah is deeply committed to Fort Richmond and is proud to be raising her four kids along with her husband Arnaud in the same vibrant community she has called home for more than 30 years. Sarah has been a tireless community advocate whose efforts have benefitted families in Fort Richmond and throughout Winnipeg.

Thursday March 25 | 1:30 – 4:30

Innovating Building Materials (Thursday March 25 | 1:30 PM)

What are some of the challenges experienced when you are developing innovative building materials and bringing them to the market? This presentation will give you a picture of the ground-floor realities of promoting the adoption of next-generation building products.

Ryan Cullen

Ryan Cullen is a Sales & Marketing Associate at Quik-Therm Insulation Solutions based in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Aynsley Dueck

Aynsley Dueck represents the second generation of DUXTON Windows & Doors, starting her journey in 2012 as the Marketing Manager, and since evolving into the Operations Manager.  Prior to joining DUXTON, Aynsley graduated from the I.H. Asper School of Business with a Bachelor of Commerce degree, as well as the Art Institute of Vancouver through a Marketing stream. She was a member of the Young Construction Leaders of Manitoba for 4 years, and is currently on the board with Sustainable Buildings Manitoba.

Indoor Air Quality Myths Busted and Hot Technology Changing the Playing Field (Thursday March 25 | 2:15 PM)

As the world starts to re-enter their workplace facilities the demand for proven technology to monitor and understand IAQ (indoor air quality) has exploded. COVID-19 has brought attention to our surroundings and encouraged us to think differently about the air we breathe while at work. Join us to debunk some popular IAQ myths and hear best practices as we learn to live in a world of COVID-19.

Sandy Marohn

Sandy Marohn is a Senior Client Manager for the Prairies and has been employed by Pinchin Ltd. since 2017. Sandy studied Commerce at the University of Manitoba, LEED Green Building Practices from the Canadian Green Building Council and High-Performance Sustainable Building Practices from BOMI. Sandy has more than 20 years of consulting experience and has been involved in many types of projects on behalf of Pinchin Ltd. including Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs), Hazardous Material Assessments, Hazardous Material Inventory Software Solutions, Indoor Environmental Quality, Building Science and Sustainability Projects and their internal Corporate Social Responsibility Team. This experience extends to industrial, commercial and government projects.

Joey Bellino

Joey Bellino is a Project Manager in Pinchin’s Occupational Health and Safety group. Joey holds a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Environmental Science from the University of Manitoba. Joey also holds a Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) accreditation and recently completed the American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH) exam to receive his Certification in Industrial Hygiene (CIH) designation. Joey has more than 18 years of comprehensive experience in managing occupational hygiene programs for a research-intensive university that spans a variety of workplaces and projects. Joey’s volunteer work includes serving on the American Industrial Hygiene (AIHA) Manitoba local section executive board for the past 9 years

Disaster Planning & Buildings (Thursday March 25 | 3:00 PM)

Climate change is resulting in more extreme weather events.  How are we preparing?  This presentation will cover the basics of emergency preparedness and ways to adapt buildings to be ready for flood events.

Erin Robbins

Erin is the Manager of Mitigation, a new position within the Manitoba Emergency Measures Organization. She has been with EMO since 2018 in various roles and with the Manitoba government for 17 years. Erin’s passions are building resilient communities in Manitoba, innovation in public service, and examining programs with the needs of users in mind. She has a bachelor’s of political studies (honours) from the University of Manitoba and a master’s in political science from Carleton University in Ottawa.

Manitoba’s Road to Resilience: A community climate action pathway to a fossil fuel free future (Thursday March 25 | 3:45 PM)

The IPCC 1.5°C Report makes it clear – we need to be off of fossil fuels by 2050 in order to leave a livable climate for our children. However, under the pretext of being “practical”, few policy makers are (so far) willing to publicly discuss the urgency and scale of work required to adequately address this crisis. In response, Manitoba’s Climate Action Team has published the Road to Resilience: “A community climate action pathway to a fossil fuel free future”. The R2R shows concisely, the essential elements that need to be considered, discussed, developed, and implemented to achieve a truly resilient future.

Curt Hull

Curt Hull is a professional engineer and has been Project Director of Climate Change Connection since 2007. Prior to that he worked for 25 years managing quality in a global electronics design and manufacturing enterprise. With Climate Change Connection, he works to find solutions to climate change, working with groups involved in active transportation, public transportation, sustainable buildings, sustainable energy, and local food and agriculture. He is a consultant with Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba and also works on sustainability projects with northern Manitoba First Nations communities. He is on the Board of Directors of Sustainable Building Manitoba and Climate Reality Project Canada. Most recently, he is lead author of Manitoba’s Road to Resilience: A community climate action pathway to a fossil fuel free future. 


Special thanks to our sponsor CASES is supported in part by funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)

cases logoThe Community Appropriate Sustainable Energy Security (CASES) Partnership is an international research initiative involving 15 northern and Indigenous communities and public and private sector project partners from Canada (Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Northwest Territories), Alaska, Sweden, and Norway.  Hosted by the University of Saskatchewan, the overarching goal of the CASES initiative is to reimagine energy security in northern and Indigenous communities.  We are happy to be working with Sustainable Building Manitoba on this important event.

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The Gathering is part of the Building Resilience: Foundation Edition Project of the Manitoba Eco Network in partnership with Sustainable Building Manitoba and funded by the Winnipeg Foundation.

Please note that any of the information shared in these presentations do not necessarily reflect the thoughts or opinions of SBM, SBM sponsors or SBM partners.

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