After careful consideration and given the British Columbia and Canadian COVID-19 regulations and the current restrictions on both allowable event numbers and international travel, we have decided to change the dates of the Retrofit Canada Conference to May 12-13, 2021. We want to assure you that our attendees’ health & well-being continues to be our #1 priority and we are continuously monitoring the advice of the WHO and the Canadian Government. 

The first day of the conference, May 12th, will be held in person and live streamed as well. The second day, May 13th, will only be live streamed to all registrants. 

For those who do not wish to attend in person, there is an option to register for live streaming of both days. 

We’re very grateful for the ongoing support of our sponsors, speakers, partners and attendees, and we will continue to provide updates as the circumstances continue to evolve.

Advisory Board Members

Akua Schatz

VP, Market Engagement and Advocacy

Canada Green Building Council

Dr. Bruce Lourie


Ivey Foundation

Betsy Agar

Senior Analyst

Pembina Institute

Joyce Henry

Director General, Office of Energy Efficiency

Natural Resources Canada

The first annual Retrofit Canada Conference will focus on the opportunities for innovation to achieve greater sustainability and energy efficiency through retrofitting Canada’s infrastructure and buildings – commercial, industry, schools, government and residential. It is the most prominent platform for key players in the energy efficiency, sustainability and retrofitting sectors to meet, network and exchange ideas on achieving Canada’s 2050 goal.

The Retrofit Canada Conference will focus on recent laws and regulations, financing large scale retrofit projects, market trends and new technologies, project updates, investment opportunities, partnership models and sustainability. 

High-level decision makers from the government, key municipalities and authorities, project owners, facilities managers, financiers, sustainability experts, technology providers and consultants will all gather in one room to discuss all the above and more.

The energy efficiency sector in Canada has continued to thrive, with the countries’ target to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 80% by 2050. These efforts have already reduced GHG emissions from federal operations by 28% from 2005 levels, and the government is on track to reach the existing commitment of 40% by 2030.

With a focus on cutting carbon emissions radically for new buildings over the next decades, the Zero Emissions Building Plan (ZEB) was introduced and is based on highly energy-efficient houses using only renewable energy. The City of Vancouver’s plan is to build only new ZEBs, alongside retrofitting older buildings to a higher energy efficiency standard, while also switching to renewable energy supply for these. 

The city of Toronto will start charging parking owners for the cost of managing stormwater runoff to spur more thoughtful development and retrofitting in the city and a support the adoption of green infrastructure.

Event Partners

Some of the topics to be discussed include:

  • Recent laws and regulations implemented in Canada and North America to support retrofit and Co2 reduction: Provide an update on retrofit strategies across Canada 
  • Retrofit plans and growing opportunities in Canada and the US: Give an insight on the progress of implemented programs and plans in the region
  • Existing projects and future opportunities in sustainability and retrofitting: Case studies from hotels, commercial buildings, residential buildings, schools, hospitals and more
  • Financing Large Scale retrofitting projects and green start-ups
  • Role of innovation and Artificial intelligence in reducing energy consumption
  • Latest technologies available in achieving energy and water efficiency savings
  • Benchmark with other international markets: US, UK, Germany and the UAE 

Why should you attend this conference?

Retrofitting our existing buildings and homes will in large part determine how effectively we reduce emissions in this country. We need conferences like Retrofit Canada Conference that empower us with examples and ideas on how to scale up change.

Akua Schatz
VP, Market Engagement and Advocacy
Canada Green Building Council

We are all aware that 75% of Canada's buildings will still be here in 2050 and that they contribute significantly to energy waste and carbon emissions... AND that we are not doing enough to address this mounting issue. Energy Services Association of Canada and its members are delighted to participate in a conference dedicated to addressing this problem. Working closely with our US counterpart, NAESCO and other allied Canadian organizations, towards a North American solution to retrofitting our building stock in a responsible manner.

Stuart Galloway
Chief Executive Officer
Energy Services Association Canada

A conference dedicated to retrofitting existing buildings is needed now, more than ever. Our aging buildings are due for an overhaul, and we expect more than half of them will still be in operation as of 2050. We need to get fossil fuels out of our homes and buildings and prepare them for extreme weather in a changing climate.

Betsy Agar
Senior Analyst, Buildings and Urban Solutions
Pembina Institute

Book Signing

Join us at the event, where Mark Jaccard will be speaking and signing copies of his book, The Citizen's Guide to Climate Success


Synopsis: Humanity has failed for three decades to decarbonize our energy system to prevent a climate disaster, yet average citizens still don’t know what to do personally or demand from their politicians. For climate success, we need to understand the combined role of self-interested and wishful thinking biases that prevent us from acting strategically. Fossil fuel interests delude us about climate science or convince us that individual fossil fuel investments are essential. But even climate-concerned people propagate myths that hinder progress, with beliefs that all countries will agree voluntarily on sharing the cost; carbon offsets are effective; behavioral change is critical; energy efficiency and renewable energy are cheap, and the only possible policy is carbon taxes. For success with the climate-energy challenge, we must strategically focus our efforts as citizens on a few key domestic sectors (electricity and transportation), a few key policies (regulations and pricing); and techniques to identify and elect climate-sincere politicians. The task is simple, but climate-sincere citizens must be highly engaged in political processes and civil society.

Who should attend this event? 

Heads of Facilities Management/ Building Consultancy/ Maintenance/ MEP Division/ Sustainability, Energy Solutions Engineer, HVAC Engineer, Operations Director, Director of Engineering and Project Directors from:

  • Government
  • Developers
  • Consultants
  • Facility Management
  • Contractors
  • Technology & Solution Providers
  • Banks and Investors


As well as Heads of Marketing, MDs, Heads of sustainability, Heads of innovation & Heads of Business Development from :

  • Technology and software providers including: HVAC Systems, Chillers, Lighting systems, Water saving systems…
  • Automation and technology reducing energy consumption
  • Developers
  • MEP companies
  • Real estate companies

Who should sponsor Retrofit Tech Canada? 

With 150+ Retrofit, Sustainability and Energy Efficiency senior professionals attending, this two-day conference is the perfect opportunity for you to share your Retrofit and sustainability success stories, for organizations such as Technology and software providers; Automation and sensor providers; Developers, MEP contractors & engineering companies, sustainability and retrofit consultants to engage a senior audience actively seeking advice.

Sponsoring this prominent event will allow you to be a thought leader in the retrofit industry, showcase your recent technology, get new customers and connect with new and existing clients.


Contact for sponsorship options.