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Seminar Streams:

  • Building Performance
  • Culture & Community
  • Green
  • Health & Wellness
  • Innovation & Technology
  • Leadership & Business Improvement
  • Project Management & Process Improvement


Wednesday, February 13 • 10:00am–11:00am • Early Bird $40/Regular $50 • Room 215/16

W09 – Greening the Supply Chain: Green Materials & Healthy, Sustainable Buildings

[Green, Health & Wellness]

[ AIBC 1 Core LU • 1 CPD BC Housing Recognized • BOMI 1.0 CPD • 1.0 HSW-Sustainability Hour IDCEC Approved ]

The materials that make up our built environment have significant impacts on our health & wellness. Material selection can also contribute to the quality, durability and value of building assets. An important part of the sustainable building equation is the greening of materials, not only for the health of the occupant, but for the overall health of the building. This panel will share lessons learned from the CaGBC head office project (the first commercial LEED v4 Platinum certified project in Canada) as well as insights on greening of the supply chain and how to navigate the selection and adoption of green materials from the perspective of designers, builders, and suppliers. Panelists will also discuss advancements in regulatory and voluntary green building program requirements, including LEED v4, and the resources available to help you with green material selection for your LEED v4 projects and beyond.

Ryan Heays

Jay Frezell

Marsha Gentile

Elizabeth Hand

Ryan Heays, LEED Reviewer II, Canada Green Building Council 

Jay Frezell, Regional Sales Manager – Canada, Superior Essex International LP
Marsha Gentile, Director, Sustainability, Ledcor Construction Limited
Elizabeth Hand, Sustainability Consultant, Sustainable Design, DIALOG

Jay is a Sales Management & Marketing Professional with over $650 million of critical infrastructure products successful supplied over my 25 career so far. Currently Managing Superior Essex International LP – Communication Cable business in Western Canada.

Superior Essex is one of the largest Manufacturers of Communication Cables in North America. We confidently say Superior Essex is “Everywhere You Live and Work” because over the last 50 years nearly every North American Telephone company has been deploying our cables for their networks. You simply cannot make a phone call, send a text or an email in Canada without using our products.

Today Superior Essex is also one of the most sustainable cable manufactures in the world with the only Zero Waste to Landfill cable manufacturing plant in the Americas. Many of our Copper and Fiber Optic Communication cables contribute towards LEED points and we have recently released the only Red List Free Category 6 cable in the world.

Marsha Gentile was one of the first in Canada to graduate from the National Sustainable Building Advisors program. She has over 16 years of hands-on experience with LEED projects across Canada and the United States. Marsha is a member of the LEED Canada Steering Committee and is well-known as a green construction advocate having presented at over 40 conferences and learning institutions. She is very proud to have been a past recipient of the Vancouver Regional Construction Association’s ‘Education Leadership’ award.

Elizabeth Hand has a wide range of experience designing and certifying commercial, infrastructure, mixed-use retail, public, and large and small-scale high-rise residential projects across Canada, including the carbon-neutral re-design of an elementary school. Prior to joining DIALOG, she held project management positions in non-profit organizations and technical schools.

Elizabeth, an Envision Certified Professional, brings a genuine passion for protecting the environment and expertise of holistic sustainability, community integration, and LEED v3, v4 certifications. Her depth of green building knowledge, visioning, and attention to detail is invaluable to projects that require or desire sustainable features on budget and on time.


Wednesday, February 13 • 1:00pm–5:00pm • Early Bird $100/Regular $125 • Room 214

W31 – Workshop: Zero Carbon Building Standard

[Building Performance, Culture & Community, Green, Project Management & Process Improvement]

[ AIBC 3.75 Core LUs • BOMI 3.5 CPDs ]

This course has been designed to provide a general overview of the Canada Green Building Council’s Zero Carbon Building (ZCB) Standard. The course provides participants with a background understanding of the need for a carbon-focused building performance standard, and explains the difference between focusing on energy vs. carbon. It provides an overview of the ZCB Framework, the Standard’s precursor and foundational report, including the CaGBC’s definition of a zero carbon building and the key principles that guided the Standard’s development. Synergies and similarities with the BC Step Code and City of Vancouver Green Building Bylaw will also be explored. The course provides information on each of the key components and requirements of the Standard for both streams – ZCB-Design and ZCB-Performance.

Lisa Westerhoff

Lisa Westerhoff, Associate, Integral Group

Lisa joined Integral Group’s Research and Planning team after completing her PhD in urban sustainability at UBC. She now brings her expertise in climate change, sustainability and resilience planning to her work with academic, government, and private sector actors. Lisa works at multiple scales on projects ranging from the creation of zero emissions buildings plans, to sustainable neighbourhood and green building post-occupancy evaluations, to the design of city-wide climate and energy strategies.