The Future of Climate & Energy Story

Communicated by the Speakers

March 20th, 2024
3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

25 York Street, 3rd Floor, Toronto, ON M5J 0E7 Canada



  • Doors open + networking
  • Welcome remarks
  • Session 1: Recap of The Future of Buildings & Built Environment and connection with The Future of Climate & Energy – presented by two Feb 15th speakers.
  • Session 2:  A Path Forward to a Net Zero Carbon Future in the Built Environment – Roundtable and Open Forum (fishbowl style)
    A moderated multi-perspective group of industry trailblazers will discuss proven approaches and solutions to specific aspects of future-readying energy in the buildings environment, project samples/case studies.  Moderated by Peter Love.
  • Dinner Networking Marketplace
  • Session 3: Keynote: The Economics of Climate Change – Tom Rand
  • Fireside Chat: Energy transition for equity protection – Alec Hay with Shatha Qaqish-Clavering
  • Recap, Acknowledgments, Closing Remarks
  • Networking and Onsite Marketplace
  • Wrap up


On March 20th, a group of industry recognized climate, energy, buildings and tech leaders, strategists and experts will collectively and individually discuss disruptions impacting the built environment, urban communities and energy infrastructure. And a future forward path of actions to speed up scalable and future readiness strategies and solutions for course-correcting the trajectory towards a more positive, net zero carbon, resilient and thriving future.


For continuity, a recap of key takeaways from two of the Feb 15th Future of Buildings event speakers – and how it connects the connection with the March 20th Future of Climate & Energy


Multi-perspective roundtables of Industry recognized leaders and experts.
A Path Forward to a Net Zero Carbon Future in the Built Environment
Challenges/Barriers, Opportunities and Solution Actions – Moderated by Peter Love

They will debate and deliver talks from different perspectives on key climate challenges/barriers impacting the future of energy in the built environment and a deeper dive into proven approaches and solutions to specific aspects of future-readying our economy and advancing a net zero carbon future. Completed and planned project samples/case studies that focus on the commercial, institutional, and multi-residential sectors will be highlighted.

Round One – Enablers

  • Julia McNally, Director, Climate Action Toronto Hydro and Board of Directors of Toronto 2030 District
  • Jonathan Westeinde, CEO, Windmill Development: Real-estate Development Company
  • Michael Conte, Engineering Manager, FVB Energy
  • Mark Rabin, Founder and Board Director, Portable Electric

Round Two – Optimizers 

  • Bala Gnanam, Vice President of Sustainability, Advocacy & Stakeholder Relations, BOMA Canada
  • Graeme Doyle, National Director, Building Operations and Capital Projects, First Capital
  • Herb Sinnock, Director Sustainability, Sheridan College
  • Chun Liang, former Corporate Energy Manager at Metrolinx and City of Brampton, Founder – Tree House Energy Services

SESSION 3: Keynote Speakers

Tom Rand, PhD: Will set the stage on an enormously complex issue – the economics of climate change. As global fears over climate risk ratchet up alongside increasing turbulent weather systems, the private sector looks at last ready join the fight in earnest. Is that the case, or just more greenwashing? Rand’s forthright speaking style takes on the old canards of both left and right politics in a passionate call to arms on climate risk and covers a broad range of subjects – psychology, finance, policy, economics, technology and science. His talk articulates pragmatic ways to rewire the capitalist economy for the 21st century – a renewed “Climate Capitalism”- The Case for Climate Capitalism: Economic Solutions

Alec Hay & Shatha Qaqish-Clavering: With a focus on the energy transition, Alec and Shatha will discuss a big-picture overview of Industrial, Commercial & Institutional (IC&I) organizations’ operational transition to a low-carbon economy – including socio-economic, environmental, technology, systems and climate challenges and opportunities that need urgent action. The successful and necessary outcome includes mitigation, adaptation and resilience measures that typically cost less than chasing compliance across the enterprise.


Forward-thinking C-suite business executives, Entrepreneurs, Experts, Developers, Funders, Family Offices, and Investors who have a presence in Canada, and are seeking, want to share, promote, invest in innovative, scalable, and proven product and service solutions and partnerships as a sustainable competitive advantage, now and into the future!


This lineup of industry recognized trailblazers will ignite the discovery and sharing of proven strategies and scalable solutions for accelerating the future readiness of Buildings & the Built Environment; Energy & Climate; and Work & Education.

Darla Campbell
Darla CampbellP.Eng., Sustainability and Asset Management, Dillon Consulting Limited. (RSI Board Director, Past Chair)
Michael Conte
Michael ConteEngineering Manager, FVB Energy Inc.
Shatha Qaqish-Clavering
Shatha Qaqish-ClaveringPhD., Executive Director, Climate Positive Energy Initiative, University of Toronto
Graeme Doyle
Graeme DoyleP.Eng., National Director, Building Operations at First Capital REIT
Yasmin Glanville
Yasmin GlanvilleCEO. Futurist and Strategist, CTR Inc. (RSI Founder, Director)
Bala Gnanam
Bala GnanamVice President of Sustainability, Advocacy & Stakeholder Relations, BOMA Canada
Aidan Grove-White
Aidan Grove-WhiteVice President of Strategy Corp’s Land and Infrastructure Development Practice Group
Alec Hay
Alec HayPhD., Founding Principal Southern Harbour Ltd.
Peter Henderson
Peter HendersonPresident & Chief Experience Officer, Ideovation
Chun Liang
Chun LiangFormer Corporate Energy Manager, Metrolinx & City of Brampton, Founder of Tree House Energy Services
Peter Love
Peter LovePresident, Love Energy Consultants and Chair of the Toronto 2030 District, and CCET (Founding RSI Director)
Julia McNally
Julia McNallyDirector of Climate Action, Toronto Hydro Corporation
Mark Rabin
Mark RabinFounder and Board Member of Portable Electric
Tom Rand
Tom RandPhD., Co-Founder and Managing Partner of ArcTern Ventures
Herb Sinnock
Herb SinnockP.Eng., Director, Sustainability for Sheridan College in Oakville, ON
Dermot Sweeny
Dermot SweenyArchitect, Founder, and President of Sweeny & Co Architects Inc.
Jonathan Westeinde
Jonathan WesteindeFounder and CEO of the Windmill Development Group