DAY 1: Wednesday 12 June


Wednesday, June 12, 2024
9:05 AM - 9:25 AM
9:25 AM - 9:40 AM

•    How is the Canada Electricity Advisory Council supporting key stakeholders to grow and decarbonize Canada’s electricity systems?
•    How is the lack of capital funding for the affordable housing market being addressed in relation to electrification?
•    Could electrification lead to increased lease rates? 
•    Will an electrified asset be worth more in 10 years?

Philippe Dunsky
9:40 AM - 10:00 AM

•    An overview of what has already been approved and the ongoing work to expand those regulations
•    A deep dive into the support available to help stakeholders comply with those regulations
•    An insight into the emerging regulatory approach to indoor air quality and maximum temperature 

Micah Lang
10:00 AM - 10:20 AM

This fireside chat will cover the new building standard which incorporates recent building science technology and practices, including energy efficiency concepts, and reduced embodied carbon levels. The new designs featured in the Guide complement the cultural lifestyles of coastal communities. It is a powerful story on how grassroots movements benefit the Nation.

Richard Hall Sara Fralin
10:20 AM - 10:50 AM
10:50 AM - 11:35 AM

•    How are utilities planning for the scale of electrification needed to meet climate targets? 
•    Where will the additional electricity come from? 
•    How will peak loads be managed? 
•    How will the necessary infrastructure expansion be paid for?
•    What key technologies are being seen as the solutions?

Mariko Michasiw

MODERATOR: Mariko Michasiw, Zero Emissions Innovation Centre


Diana Stephenson Joe Mazza
Time Zone: (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada) [Change Time Zone]


Wednesday, June 12, 2024
11:35 AM - 12:05 PM

Outcomes and Lessons Learned (so far) 
How can residential buildings be decarbonized while also addressing intersecting issues of occupant safety, comfort, energy equity and climate resilience? Hear an update on a B.C.-based deep retrofit pilot, a real-world case study of the effectiveness of driving down energy demand through implementing holistic solutions and improving mechanical systems instead of fuel switching. The pilot has now completed retrofits to 20 single family homes and has upgrades near completion on four multifamily buildings. What can we learn from these projects that can inform incentive and other support programs to achieve deep retrofits at scale?  

Jim Kobialko Christy Love
12:05 PM - 12:40 PM
  1. Reserved for Bird Construction
  2. Reserved for Phius, the climate-specific passive building standard
  3. Reserved for Mitsubishi Electric
Syed Abid
12:40 PM - 1:40 PM
Lunch & Networking break, sponsored by Stantec
1:40 PM - 2:10 PM
  1. Case study: One of BONDI’s completed fuel-switching projects 
    Belinda Gilbey, BONDI Energy
  2. Reserved for Distech Controls
  3. How utilities, regulators and homeowners and builders can scale electrification while avoiding costly electrical panel service upgrades
    Brendan McEwen, Dunsky Energy + Climate Advisors
Belinda Gilbey Brendan McEwen
2:10 PM - 3:30 PM


Site Tour 1 - Building A - click here for more details


Interactive Round Tables: Policy & Deep Energy Retrofits

Round 1
Each round table has a different topic and attendees can select the round table that they would like to participate in. Round table leaders will spend the first 15 minutes meeting the delegates and providing a case study / lessons learned log / industry update and then moderate a 30-minute discussion with the group where they can give feedback and ask questions. The final 10 –15 minutes will be spent on agreeing on 3 -5 industry recommendations regarding the topic. A selection of these recommendations will be shared with the whole audience and all of them will be summarized in the post-event report.

  1. Utility best practices in data sharing for building performance standards (BPS)
    Elyse Henderson, BC Hydro
  2. Reserved for ZEIC
  3. What is needed to develop an Utility incentive program for Deep Energy Retrofits
    Sarah Herb, FortisBC Energy Inc. 
    Olivia Sieniewicz, FortisBC Energy Inc. 
  4. Conversion retrofits: How and when it makes sense to perform retrofits from a financial and decarbonization perspective.
    James Burrow, BMO Capital Markets
  5. Reserved for Bird Construction
  6. Municipalities leading the charge: Case studies on funding and implementing deep energy retrofit projects
    Jonathan De Luca, FCM
  7. From one to done: exploring the potential of area-based planning to scale-up decarbonization
    Matt Poirier, Building Decarbonization Alliance (BDA)
  8. Non-Profit Leadership in Sustainability & Building Retrofit
    S. Mwarigha, WoodGreen Community Services
  9. Cross-Border Insights: Leveraging Lessons from the United States for Advancing Mandatory Building Performance Standards in Canada
    Sharane Simon, Efficiency Canada
    Kevin Lockhart, Efficiency Canada
  10. Reserved for BOMA Canada       
Elyse Henderson Sarah Herb Olivia Sieniewicz, P.Eng. James Burrow Jonathan De Luca Matt Poirier S. Mwarigha Sharane Simon Kevin Lockhart
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM
4:00 PM - 4:20 PM
Ali Hoss
4:20 PM - 4:40 PM

The projects will include residential, industrial, and commercial buildings and homes.

Jamie Gray-Donald
4:40 PM - 5:25 PM

This session will cover new retrofit accelerator program offerings in Canada.




MODERATOR: Jérôme Bilodeau, Natural Resources Canada


Andrea Linsky Lorrie Rand
5:25 PM - 5:30 PM
Betsy Agar Roberto Pecora
5:30 PM - 5:40 PM
5:40 PM - 6:40 PM
Networking Drinks Welcome  - Sponsored by RDH
6:40 PM - 7:40 PM
Offsite Networking Event Hosted by ZEIC
Time Zone: (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada) [Change Time Zone]

DAY 2: Thursday 13 June

Thursday, June 13, 2024
8:30 AM - 9:00 AM
9:00 AM - 9:05 AM
Betsy Agar Corey Diamond
Time Zone: (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada) [Change Time Zone]


Thursday, June 13, 2024
9:05 AM - 9:25 AM

•    How can Canada start to drive down construction costs with modernization?
•    How can we move towards closing the spark gap between NG and electricity costs?
•    If the Carbon Tax is removed, how much would this impact the deep energy retrofits?
•    How will the price of carbon influence the future of retrofit projects?
•    How are rising insurance rates driving climate resilience and how can this be combined with energy efficiency upgrades?


9:25 AM - 9:40 AM
Marzieh Riahinezhad
9:40 AM - 9:55 AM
9:55 AM - 10:30 AM

This session aims to bring together some of Canada’s largest banks to discuss how banks are shifting their view of risk to incorporate climate risk into how they price their financial products.

James Burrow
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

•    What is involved in the pre-work required to create effective transition plans?
•    What should be included in the business case outside of energy (regulation, value, insurance premiums)? How can we assign dollar value to these potential market changes?
•    What are the key milestones being achieved to make progress in the direction towards NetZero?
•    How is NetZero Transition Financing helping to achieve equity in retrofits?



MODERATOR: Michael Jemtrud, McGill University


Jamie Gray-Donald Malcolm Shield Scott Armstrong Karen Jalon
Time Zone: (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada) [Change Time Zone]


Thursday, June 13, 2024
11:30 AM - 12:45 PM


Site Tour 2 - Building B - click here for more details


Interactive Round Tables: Climate Resilience, Financing & Equity

Round 2 
Each round table has a different topic and attendees can select the round table that they would like to participate in. Round table leaders will spend the first 15 minutes meeting the delegates and providing a case study/lessons learned log/industry update and then moderating a 30-minute discussion with the group where they can give feedback and ask questions. The final 10 –15 minutes will be spent on agreeing on 3 -5 industry recommendations regarding the topic. A selection of these recommendations will be shared with the whole audience and all of them will be summarized in the post-event report.


  1. Reserved for Alberta Eco-Trust
  2. Case study: Social Housing Retrofit Accelerator project
    Sharon Coward, EnviroCentre
  3. Case study: Low carbon retrofits 
  4. Advancing tenant’s rights to retrofits and energy efficiency
    Josephine Schrott, EcoTrust Canada
    Dylan Heerema, EcoTrust Canada
  5. Reserved for Vancity Community Investment Bank
    Eric Visser, Vancity Community Investment Bank
  6. How to plan effective staged retrofits if you can’t do it all at once
    Peter Amerongen, Retrofit Canda
  7. Structuring energy retrofits for project financing
    Ahsan Mirza, Mcmillan LLP
  8. Case study: GHG emission reduction in existing building for DHW
    Chanpreet Singh, Mitsubishi Electric Sales Canada 
  9. Scaling the impact of residential efficiency financing programs with private sector investment
    Kathleen Heymans, FCM
  10. Enhancing local capacity - the role of increasing local capacity in rural communities to enable equitable access to healthy homes.
    Jessica Martin-Thompson, Community Energy Association
Sharon Coward Josephine Schrott Dylan Heerema Eric Visser Peter Amerongen Chanpreet Singh Ahsan Mirza Kathleen Heymans Jessica Martin-Thompson
12:45 PM - 1:45 PM
Lunch & Networking Break, sponsored by Quantum Passivhaus
1:45 PM - 2:55 PM

The lightning round will showcase 6 case studies from a series of speakers who will each have 10 minutes to present their update on: Problem, challenge + solution. There will be a short group Q&A with the audience at the end.

  1. Lessons learned in accessing funding for energy efficiency upgrades across First Nation communities
    Ehsan Haghi, Community Energy Specialist, Musqueam Indian Band
  2. Case study: Delivering financing for energy-efficient retrofits or green buildings 
    Eric Visser, Director, Commercial Real Estate, Vancity Community Investment Bank
  3. Navigating the complexity inherent in retrofits
    Peter Amerongen, Retrofit Canda
  4. What role does the ESCO business model play in electrification and could this increase access to funding and equity in retrofits?
  5. A Landscape View of Innovative Financing Approaches for Retrofits     
    George Benson, Vancouver Economic Commission
  6. Update: Building capacity through the First Nations Home EnergySave program
    Eliana Chia, Fraser Basin Council       


Ehsan Haghi Eric Visser Peter Amerongen George P.R. Benson Eliana Chia
2:55 PM - 3:45 PM

•    How holistic, cooperative community outreach approaches are helping to address both community needs and equity goals across stakeholders
•    Strategies for harnessing and stacking Federal, State, and Local Funding opportunities to maximize financial impact
•    How to ensure the low to moderate-income market can get access to funding and grants that enable them to democratize access to energy efficiency upgrades
•    Affordability as a framework for equal access - how to ensure everyone benefits
•    Building energy poverty, equity, and program design in the residential retrofit space    



MODERATOR: Corey Diamond, Efficiency Canada


Phil Climie Elizabeth Tang Shahed Shafazand Chelsea Nicholson Miranda Riou-Green
3:45 PM - 3:55 PM
Betsy Agar Corey Diamond
3:55 PM - 4:00 PM
Time Zone: (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada) [Change Time Zone]