October 28, sessions 13-14

Session 13

Emissions neutral buildings: Supporting new net-zero construction and accelerating building retrofits


Friday, October 28, 2022 11:00am - 12:00pm MST

Federal and local governments, corporations, and investors are committing to and supporting economy wide targets to reach net zero emissions by 2050.  With buildings constituting 18% of our national carbon emissions, it is imperative that we accelerate retrofits and go deeper than ever before on carbon reductions.

At the same time, Canada is also experiencing a critical housing shortage. Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation estimates Canada needs 5.8 million new homes by 2030 to tackle the affordability challenge, and these homes need to be net-zero long before 2030 if we are to effectively address climate change. However, there are supply issues, skilled labour shortages and the cost of financing is going up.

Join representatives from the Low Carbon Cities Canada network to learn about the programs and initiatives they are undertaking to help build industry capacity and accelerate deep carbon reduction retrofits in both our housing stock and the commercial building sector.

Sarah Buckle, Halifax Climate Investment, Innovation and Impact (HCi3) Fund.

Sarah is an experienced sustainability leader with over 20 years effecting positive and transformative change through strategy and innovation. Sarah was recently appointed as the Executive Director and Chief Climate Investment Officer leading the newly established Halifax Climate Investment, Innovation and Impact (HCi3) Fund, an operating subsidiary of EfficiencyOne. In 2019, Sarah was a recipient of Canada’s Clean50 award recognizing her leadership in sustainability. Sarah serves on the Board of the Halifax Partnership and is a former Board member of the Canadian Urban Transit Research Innovation Consortium (CUTRIC) and the BC Environmental Managers Association.

Bryan Purcell, The Atmospheric Fund.

Bryan is the Vice President of Policy and Programs at The Atmospheric Fund (TAF), an award-winning public agency dedicated to addressing climate change in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. Bryan’s work focuses on accelerating decarbonization through development of innovative policies, programs, and business solutions. Bryan has been instrumental in designing and implementing a range of climate solutions, including key roles in the development of the Toronto’s TransformTO Climate Plan and the Toronto Green Standards for new construction. Bryan oversees TAF’s Retrofit Accelerator team, which partners with housing providers to scale-up deep energy retrofits that enhance indoor environmental quality and create green jobs.

Melina Scholefield, Metro Vancouver Zero Emissions Innovation Centre

Melina is a progressive, collaborative, creative and caring leader known for her ability to bring people together, lead transformation and translate vision into practical implementation.  As a civil-environmental engineer with over two decades of public and private sector experience, Melina has a long-standing dedication to community-building, sustainability, innovation, leadership development and collaboration across sectors and disciplines.  In 2020, Melina was named Water Steward of the Year by the Canadian Water and Wastewater Association for her leadership and impact in the Canadian Water industry.  In 2021, Melina received the YWCA Women of Distinction Award in Environmental Sustainability.  Melina has graduate certificates in Values-based Leadership and Change Management from Royal Roads University and is currently pursuing her MA in Leadership specializing in Executive Leadership.

Session 14

Beyond emissions: People-centred climate actions


Friday, October 28, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm MST

Since the inception of the Climate Innovation Fund in 2020 equity has been a key lens for identifying and funding urban climate projects. But what does that mean for Alberta Ecotrust and their partners? Stefanie Drozda and Jessica Lajoie, Program Specialists, will discuss Alberta Ecotrust's ongoing approach to meaningfully integrate equity into their climate work.

Stefanie Drozda, Alberta Ecotrust.

Stefanie aims to connect, support, and advance the ideas and people leading urban climate solutions in Edmonton and Calgary. With a passion for the environment cultivated while growing up in rural northern Alberta, Stefanie holds a BSc in Environmental Economics and Policy from the University of Alberta. She has worked in the sustainability field for nearly a decade, in the post-secondary and municipal government sectors. Stefanie finds joy in tending her garden, spending time in the wilderness while hiking, camping, and fishing, and sipping a warm cup of tea.

Jessica Lajoie, Alberta Ecotrust.

Jessica’s environmental and community passions were cultivated during her formative years growing up in Sudbury, Ontario. These interests led to a degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Guelph and then to Alberta to work in the burgeoning carbon offset sector. After starting a family, Jessica spent almost a decade working for the climate and corporate engineering teams at The City of Calgary. The opportunity to join Alberta Ecotrust as a Program Specialist in January 2021 and work on urban climate change projects was a dream come true.

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