From talk…to action…to outcomes
We are on the brink of an unprecedented transformation.
The Clean Recovery Breakthrough Series is where thought leaders from across the country will shape that transformation. Together, we will identify industrial breakthrough opportunities that reduce carbon, attract investment, create jobs…and position Canada as a global leader in the clean recovery.
The Clean Recovery Breakthrough Series features leader dialogues and transactional activities that take us beyond talk to transformational outcomes, beyond recovery to resilience and prosperity.
Breakthroughs Inspired by Buildings
Energy retrofitting buildings in Canada is essential to a low-carbon future. Residential and commercial retrofits have the potential to reduce emissions, save Canadians money, create thousands of jobs, and grow local manufacturing.
There are 15 million dwellings in Canada, including 10 million single-family homes and five million apartments with a combined floor area of 2.1 billion square metres. The 750 million square metres of commercial and institutional buildings in Canada emit 43 megatonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) per year.
Scaling up Canada’s renovation industry so it can transition to a deep-retrofit industry can deliver good jobs and better, more climate-change-resilient homes and workplaces, as well as offer a chance to grow local manufacturing. Greening our buildings will lead to investment and GHG savings today, it will bring costs down for the future and put people back to work.
Track activities include a Breakthroughs Inspired by Buildings Webinar, a public discussion paper, a virtual roundtable and curated networking session. Stay tuned for more!
Resources & Insights:
- Choices for the future: setting ambitious targets to drive sustainable changes – Opinion piece by Stéphane Villemain, Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility, Ivanhoé Cambridge
- Decarbonizing Cities – How to Harmonize Buildings, Mobility and Infrastructure – Opinion piece by Jean-Pascal Tricoire, CEO, Schneider Electric, and Francesco Starace, CEO and General Manager, Enel, originally published on the World Economic Forum
- Existing Commercial Buildings – The Transition to Zero Carbon– Discussion paper
- Breakthroughs Inspired by Buildings Webinar
- Restoring our environment, economy and humanity through infrastructure – Opinion piece by Tim Coldwell, President, Chandos Construction Ltd.
Breakthroughs Inspired by Buildings Webinar
Decarbonizing buildings in Canada and beyond is essential to a low carbon future. Residential and commercial energy retrofits and carbon-proofing new builds has enormous potential to reduce emissions, save Canadians money, create thousands of jobs, and grow local manufacturing.
Join partners Corporate Knights and GLOBE Series at the kick-off event of this special track in the Clean Recovery Breakthrough Series: Breakthroughs Inspired by Buildings. This virtual event will bring together industry leaders from across the country to discuss how we can accelerate and scale energy retrofits and carbon-proof new buildings in Canada. Questions covered will include:
- What are the new and biggest opportunities to drive deep decarbonization of buildings?
- How must current business models evolve to capitalize on those opportunities?
- What are the other essential enablers of success?
- How can we make the numbers work?
This event will be followed by other dialogues and transactional activities that take us beyond talk to transformational outcomes, beyond recovery to resilience and prosperity.
- Tim Coldwell, President, Chandos
- Rob Simpson, Director, Sustainability, Ivanhoé Cambridge
- Hugo Lafontaine, Vice President, Digital Energy, Schneider Electric
- Toby Heaps, CEO and Editor-in-Chief, Corporate Knights
- Elizabeth Shirt, Managing Director, Globe Series
Scaling Canada’s Nature-Based Solutions: Who, How and What’s Next?
Nature-based solutions can play a vital role in decarbonization, establishing climate resilient communities, creating jobs and protecting biodiversity. Coming on the heels of the first UN Summit on Biodiversity, Scaling Canada’s Nature-Based Solutions: Who, How and What’s Next will bring to life examples of scalable, real-world actions that will help Canada meet its commitments to a net-zero carbon future.
Taking a practical look at ‘who,’ ‘what,’ and most importantly, ‘how,’ the session will delve into what key players are doing to advance nature-based solutions in Canada. Hear from industry experts in the field of natural climate solutions, with an opportunity to participate in the ‘People’s Panel’ by submitting your questions in advance of the event. Select participants will join our panel of nature-based solutions experts and thought leaders on-screen for the question-and-answer segment.
- Elizabeth Shirt, Managing Director, GLOBE Series
- Toby Heaps, CEO, Corporate Knights
- The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Government of Canada
- Denise Chang-Yen, Manager Development, Nature Based Solutions, Shell Canada
- Chief Marilyn Slett, President, Coastal First Nations
- Alastair Handley, President, Radicle Balance
- Roy Brooke, Executive Director, Municipal Natural Assets Initiative
About GLOBE Series and Corporate Knights:
A unique partnership for unprecedented times
Separately, GLOBE Series is Canada’s leading sustainability convenor and Corporate Knights is Canada’s leading sustainability media group. Together, they have the networks, platforms and expertise to enable and empower Canada’s thought leaders to innovate and transform our economy. For more information on the Clean Recovery Breakthrough Series, please contact Alice Martin, Director of Innovation, GLOBE Series, or Toby Heaps, Chief Executive Officer, Corporate Knights.