Retrofit Canada Conference

June 13-14, 2023- Montreal, QC, Canada

Following the continued success of our second annual Retrofit Canada Conference in June 2022, we are delighted to announce that Canada's only retrofit conference will head to Montreal on June 13-14, 2023. The theme of this year's event: What market transformation is required to scale up the retrofit sector across Canada?

Aligned with Canada's 2050 net-zero emissions goal, the plan to retrofit more buildings needs to be accelerated and scaled up. To start meeting the latest industry targets of 4-5% annual retrofits, the industry requires a transformation. The ongoing electrification and energy efficiency strategy is critical to achieve grid stability. Resilience is also a priority for future-proofing real estate, due to increasingly unpredictable and extreme weather, and this upgrade can be combined with efficiency and decarbonization plans.  

The Government of Canada is investing $1.5 billion over five years towards green and accessible retrofits through the Green and Inclusive Community Buildings (GICB) program, including the Resilience Montreal building to make it more energy efficient. Over 10% of funding is allocated to projects serving First Nations, Inuit, and M├ętis communities, including Indigenous populations in urban centres.

The call for applications for two new initiatives to accelerate building retrofits: the Deep Retrofit Accelerator Initiative (DRAI) and the Greener Neighbourhoods Pilot Program (GNPP) has been launched. The $200-million Deep Retrofit Accelerator Initiative will invest in projects that support the development of deep retrofits in commercial, institutional or mid- or high-rise multi-unit residential buildings across Canada. The $35.5-million Greener Neighbourhoods Pilot Program will support up to six communities across Canada in developing integrated approaches to deep energy retrofits - or a major building renovation project - such as upgrading building walls and insulation or upgrading space heating equipment.

With a number of important nationwide policy and regulation updates for existing buildings on the horizon, the 3rd annual Retrofit Canada Conference will bring together the key stakeholders - non-profits, private firms, civil society, municipalities, provinces and territories, and Indigenous organizations and groups - from the country's retrofit sector to discuss what is needed to transform this market.

Sessions will be delivered in English and French.
Simultaneous translation will be available.

What's New in '23?

  • Advisory Board who guide the agenda to ensure the event is developed by the industry for the industry
  • A cross-industry real estate focus including multi-unit residential buildings (MURBs), commercial and office spaces, industrial projects, community housing and public sector buildings
  • Interactive Round Tables where attendees can engage and share their experiences
  • Lightning round case studies and lessons learned logs
  • Live debates with audience polling
  • A commitment to diversity, inclusivity and equity
  • Post-event report with Industry Recommendations
  • Stay tuned for more...

Did you know that according to

  • Buildings and homes contribute approximately 18 percent of Canada's greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Retrofits are a critical part of the Government of Canada's Green Building Strategy, including the $200-million Deep Retrofit Accelerator Initiative, proposed in Budget 2022.
  • The Emissions Reductions Plan advances climate resiliency through the development of the $150-million Canada Green Buildings Strategy.
  • The $182-million Energy Efficient Buildings Program is a part of the $180-billion Investing in Canada Plan, supporting the reduction of buildings emissions nationally.

2023 Speakers

  • Al Mitchell, Technical Staff, Phius | Passive House Institute US
  • Andrea Linsky, Manager, Emissions Neutral Buildings, Alberta Ecotrust Foundation
  • Andy Cockburn, Director of Training & Education, NAIMA Canada
  • Bala Gnanam, Vice President of Sustainability, Advocacy & Stakeholder Relations, Building Owners and Managers Association of Canada (BOMA Canada)
  • Betsy Agar, Manager, Buildings, Pembina Institute
  • Corey Diamond, Executive Director, Efficiency Canada
  • Fellipe Falluh, Founder, Retrofit Construction
  • Janice Ashworth, Section Manager, Climate Change and Resiliency, City of Ottawa
  • Jillian McArthur, Communications Specialist, NAIMA Canada
  • Juliana Dutkay, Senior Manager, Strategic Initiatives - ILEO, United Way Greater Toronto
  • Katie Wheatley, Head of Canada, Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI)
  • Kevin Lockhart, Research Manager, Efficiency Canada
  • Kit Milnes, Vice President, Sustainability & Resilience, KingSett Capital
  • Lisa White, Associate Director, Phius | Passive House Institute US
  • Liza Stiff, Vice President Impact Implementation & Innovation, TAS
  • Max D. Graham CPA, CA, MBA, Chief Performance Officer, Avenue Living
  • Mike Fletcher, Project Manager, City of Ottawa
  • Nik Schruder, Advisor, Climate Change Office, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC)
  • Pierre Langlois, President, SOFIAC
  • S. Mwarigha, Vice President Housing and Homelessness Services, Asset Sustainability and Development., WoodGreen Community Services
  • Yasmin Abraham, Co-founder and President, Kambo Energy Group

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Hotel Omni Mont-Royal
1050 Sherbrooke Street West , H3A-2R6
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
(514) 284-1110
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