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Resiliency: Overcoming the Unexpected

Now in its 5th year, An Inspired Future provides an open forum for decision makers in the Corporate Real Estate (CRE) industry to gather as leaders in sustainability to collaborate, showcase and inspire, proving that companies in CRE don’t sit idly by waiting for change; they create and implement the change.

Over 500 financial and real estate executives from retail, government, telecommunication and technology sectors will be in attendance, as well as some of BGIS’s key partners and suppliers, affording those in attendance the opportunity to network and engage in meaningful dialogue surrounding climate disruption and the need to build resiliency and plan for the future.

Climate disruption poses a serious threat to our environment, health and economy. The evidence is clear: ‘100-year floods’ have become 10-year floods, the IoT and requirements around Big Data means more data centers, more cloud computing and more energy wasted. Together, we need to manage our energy consumption, address potential risks such as floods, fires and erratic weather, while at the same time, ensuring our businesses and that of our client’s remain resilient in the face of such disasters.

Now in its 5th year, An Inspired Future is an event aimed at providing the Corporate Real Estate industry with the people and tools necessary to work together to reduce the impact that climate disruption has on both real estate assets and within the communities in which we live and work.

Join us, on Tuesday, January 30th, 2018, at the Hilton Suites in Markham as decisionmakers in the CRE industry gather as leaders in sustainability to address the issue of climate disruption, the need for change and share the tools and mentality necessary to help us get there.

PROGRAM

7:30am - 8:30am 

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10:30am - 11:00am

11:00am - 11:45am

11:45am - 12:00pm

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12:15pm - 1:30pm

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1:30pm - 1:35pm

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2:50pm - 3:10pm

3:10pm - 4:30pm

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4:35pm - 7:00pm

Breakfast and Registration

Opening Remarks – Gord Hicks, CEO, BGIS

Keynote Speaker – Søren Hermansen, Director, Samsø Energy Academy

In 1997, the Island of Samsø in Denmark won a government challenge to become a model renewable energy community. The man tasked with the challenge was Søren Hermansen, who at the time was a high school environmental studies teacher. Beginning with small inspirational talks amongst the island's 4,100 residents, Hermansen’s efforts and the power of community engagement turned a once farming community powered by coal and oil into a remarkable spectacle of sustainable power with a net zero carbon footprint.

Today, as Director of the Samsø Energy Academy and the head of the Samsø Renewable Energy Island Project, Hermansen will share his story of the little Island that could and how hundreds upon hundreds of meetings convinced the residents to invest in the 21 large wind turbines that now dot the Island's landscape and shift their attitude from a "NIMBY” ("Not In My Backyard") one into a "YIMBY"  ("Yes In My Backyard") one.

Keynote Speaker – David Miller, North America Regional Director & C40 Ambassador for Inclusive Climate Action

C40 Cities connects more than 90 of the world’s greatest cities, representing 650+ million people and one quarter of the global economy. Created and led by cities, C40 is focused on tackling climate change and driving urban action towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions and climate risks, while increasing the health, wellbeing and economic opportunities of urban citizens.

David Miller will discuss the leadership of the world's leading cities who, in partnership with businesses and civil society, are working together to combine leading climate plans with practical strategies.

Networking Break

Keynote Speaker – TBD

Morning Wrap Up

Supplier Innovation and Environmental Leadership Awards

Lunch

Lunch Speaker – Geoff Cape, CEO, Evergreen Brickworks

Geoff Cape is Founder and CEO of Evergreen, a charity that focuses on environmental sustainability and the future of cities. They offer a wide array of programs across the country, but they also run Evergreen Brick Works, a world renowned community environmental centre in the heart of Canada’s largest city.

Evergreen has been able to create a robust platform for advancing their vision: “Green Cities, Healthy Planet.” They have organized their many projects and initiatives into four program themes—Greenspace, Children, Food and CityWorks—because they believe positive action in these key areas will lead to greener, more resilient cities and a sustainable future.

Join Geoff Cape as he gives an update on the latest projects being undertaken by Evergreen and how they are not only setting an example to urban cities around the world, but making the city we live in more resilient and sustainable for future generations.

Health & Safety Moment

Discussion Panel – Climate Disruption

Climate disruption, caused by the burning of fossil fuels (coal, oil and natural gas), poses a serious threat to our environment, health and economy. Today, ‘business as usual’ means having plans in place to address environmental disasters, not ‘if’, but when they arise.

This panel, made up of industry experts from Academia, Insurance, Disaster Response and Enterprise Risk Management, will look at all sides of possible future disasters, including the inevitable environmental, operational and financial impacts.

Outlining the preparations various businesses have made to ensure minimal damage to real estate assets when disaster strikes, our expert panel will share what leading companies are doing to ensure their enterprise can operate effectively in the face of climate disruption and detail the process of implementing your own plan to mitigate the loss of assets.

Networking Break

Discussion Panel – Future-Proof Your Business

This interactive session will feature executives from leading Canadian companies within the financial, telecommunications and utilities sector who will provide an overview on what they are doing to future-proof their businesses and the process that was undertaken to implement their resiliency plans. Learn how to assess the impact of climate change on your business, why planning for the unexpected is the new norm and the necessary steps to implement a resiliency strategy for your business.

Closing Remarks

Reception

SPEAKERS

 

Soren Hermansen feature speaker

Søren Hermansen

Organisation Leader, Samsö Energy and Environment Organisation (SEEO)

Born and raised on the island of Samsö, approximately 142 kilometres West of Copenhagen in Denmark, Søren Hermansen, received his environmental studies degree from the University of Aarhus DK in 1987. After achieving the green certificate as a farmer, Søren turned to education and community development and became a high school Environmental Studies teacher.

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Søren Hermansen

In 1998, he took on the challenging role as Organisation Leader of the Samsö Energy and Environment Organisation (SEEO); a role that would forever change his life and the lives of future generations.

As a farmer Søren was familiar with technology and experienced in renewable energy development tools such as wind power, solar and biomass. This knowledge proved to be handy in conversations he would need to have several times a day on Samsø with stakeholders, activists, the European Union and the world at large.

Today, Samsö is a 100% renewable energy island and Søren is making it his mission to transform common knowledge into action through translating “top down” policies and turning it into local action. To Søren, “Community power is key to energy democracy and local ownership. 

Søren has been a driving force for energy change, speaking at conferences and universities all over the world; empowering people to take action, one community at a time. He is a member of the Advisory Panel for the Danish Ministry of Energy and Climate, a Member of the Innovation Network for the Japan Renewable Energy Foundation (JREF) and A Board Member of the Danish Organisation for Renewable Energy (OVE).

Søren has been quoted in The New Yorker, Observer, NY Times and several other world-renowned newspapers. Time Magazine made him a Hero of the Environment in 2008; he was awarded the Göteborg Award in 2009 (environmental equivalent of the Nobel Peace Prize) and; the Svend Auken Award for Environmental Leadership in 2011.  

Residing on Samsö with his wife and two children, Søren is currently CEO of the Samsö Energy Academy and Adjunct Professor at Aalborg University, Department of Sustainable Energy Planning.

David Miller featured speaker

David Miller

David Miller has recently been appointed North American Director, C40 Climate Leadership Group, a global coalition of more than 90 cities that address the challenges of climate change. Serving as an ambassador, he will lead inclusive climate action and assist in empowering the city partners to achieve their mandates. He served as Chair of the C40 Cities from 2008 until 2010.

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David Miller

Since 2013, until assuming the C40 role, David Miller serves as the President and CEO of World Wildlife Fund – Canada, Canada’s foremost conservation organization. During his time at WWF-Canada Miller led the organization to refocus on its core mission of reversing the decline of wildlife, and achieved significant milestones such as the first MSC certified cod fishery in Canada, the protection of Lancaster Sound (the largest marine protected area in Canada’s history) and the research and publishing of the Living Planet Report Canada. In addition, he stabilized the finances of the organization by obtaining significant new funding for its work.

David Miller was Mayor of Toronto from 2003 to 2010. Under his leadership, Toronto became widely admired internationally for its environmental leadership, economic strength and social integration.  His legacy includes Transit City, Tower Renewal, Streets to Homes, Strong Neighbourhoods strategy, the Clean and Beautiful City initiative, creating significant new revenues for the city and sparking the investment of billions of dollars into the city, including for the revitalization of Toronto’s waterfront.

Mr. Miller has held a variety of public and private positions and university affiliations in Canada and the U.S., and is currently a member of the Board of Governors for Centennial College. In his former capacity as Counsel, International Business & Sustainability at Aird & Berlis LLP, Mr. Miller advised companies and international organizations on issues surrounding the creation of sustainable urban economies - he is a leading advocate and forceful champion for the next generation of jobs through sustainability.

David Miller is a Harvard trained economist and professionally a lawyer. He and his wife, lawyer Jill Arthur, are the parents of two university age children.

terry young bio

Terry Young

Vice President, Policy, Engagement and Innovation, IESO

Terry Young is Vice President of Policy, Engagement and Innovation at Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO). He is responsible for developing and aligning IESO policy to reflect the broader objectives of the organization and Ontario’s electricity sector, including the need to foster innovation.

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Terry Young

Terry Young is Vice President of Policy, Engagement and Innovation at Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO). He is responsible for developing and aligning IESO policy to reflect the broader objectives of the organization and Ontario’s electricity sector, including the need to foster innovation.

Mr. Young’s responsibilities include stakeholder and community engagement, communications, regulatory affairs, Indigenous relations, conservation, and other programs necessary for the implementation of effective energy policy.

A well-known spokesperson with 30 years of experience in the electricity industry, Mr. Young started his career as a journalist with Canadian Press-Broadcast News. He also served as President, Ontario Branch of the Kidney Foundation of Canada. Mr. Young has been with the IESO since 2002.

Geoff Cape Bio

Geoff Cape

Founder and CEO, Evergreen

Geoff Cape is the founder and CEO of Evergreen, and has grown the organization to become a nationally recognized leader on urban sustainability with over 160 staff and programs across Canada. Evergreen has enabled over 7,200 projects over the past 27 years in communities across the country. In 2010, he led the creation of Evergreen Brick Works in Toronto, an adaptive re-use of a civic asset and a place where the world can experience sustainable practices that enable flourishing cities.

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Geoff Cape

Geoff Cape is the founder and CEO of Evergreen, and has grown the organization to become a nationally recognized leader on urban sustainability with over 160 staff and programs across Canada. Evergreen has enabled over 7,200 projects over the past 27 years in communities across the country. In 2010, he led the creation of Evergreen Brick Works in Toronto, an adaptive re-use of a civic asset and a place where the world can experience sustainable practices that enable flourishing cities. With national award-winning programs, Evergreen has become internationally known for its tackling of environmental and urban challenges. Three decades since its founding, Geoff and a strong leadership team continue this city building vision with a portfolio of innovative projects, including the redevelopment of the Kiln Building at Evergreen Brick Works into a dynamic year-round superhub that will ignite, accelerate and celebrate new solutions for low-carbon cities, and a national program called The Future Cities Network that will connect government, industry and academics on the theme of innovation and urban development in Canada.

Geoff is a member of the board of directors of Sustainable Development Technology Canada. He is a 2015 Fellow for The Rockefeller Foundation Global Fellowship Program on Social Innovation. Geoff has been honoured with the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal in recognition of “Canadians who have made outstanding and exemplary contributions to their communities or to Canada as a whole.” In 2005, Geoff was inducted into an International Fellowship by Ashoka: Innovators for the Public. In 2007, Geoff won the prestigious Schwab Foundation’s “Social Entrepreneur of the Year” award. Geoff was founding Chair of the Sustainability Institute, former Deputy Board Chair of Development for Downsview Park, a crown corporation in Canada, and a past member of the Peter F. Drucker Foundation Selection Committee. Geoff has been a regular participant and speaker at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland and Tianjin, China, as well as a member of their “Future of Urban Development Advisory Board” and the “Technology Pioneers Selection Committee”. Most recently, Geoff was named Member (C.M.) of the Order of Canada.

Geoff lives (and cycles daily) in Toronto with his wife Valerie and three boys Toma, Ben and Sebastien.

Natalia Moudrak featured speaker

Natalia Moudrak

Director, Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation, University of Waterloo

Natalia advances the development of best practices and standards for flood-resilient communities in Canada. Natalia is experienced in sustainability strategy, operationalization, reporting and business case development. Prior to joining the Intact Centre, Natalia worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers Canada, Risk Assurance Services. Natalia holds a B.A in Economics and a Masters in Urban Planning from the University of Waterloo. Natalia is a member of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), where she is a subject matter expert representing Canada on Storm Water Management.

Brad Spencer Bio

Brad Spencer

Vice President of Mission Critical Environments, TELUS Corporation

Brad Spencer is the Vice President of Mission Critical Environments at TELUS Corporation responsible for planning, operations and maintenance of the critical power and HVAC infrastructure for 2,500 network buildings nationally.

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Brad Spencer

Brad Spencer is the Vice President of Mission Critical Environments at TELUS Corporation responsible for planning, operations and maintenance of the critical power and HVAC infrastructure for 2,500 network buildings nationally.

With more than 29 years of telecom network experience, Brad has been at the forefront of TELUS’ organizational response to a number of climatic threats, including the 2016 Fort McMurray fire, the 2013 Calgary floods and Slave Lake fire, securing TELUS’ critical infrastructure to ensure first responders’, customers’ and team members’ connectivity and safety. His team is leading TELUS’ sustainability efforts in reducing energy consumption through new technologies and efficiencies.

Brad joined TELUS after earning his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan and during his career has completed certificates in leadership from Harvard, Queens and USC.

Joe Solly bio

Joe Solly

Partner, Deloitte

Joe Solly is a Partner with Deloitte where he leads the Sustainability & Climate Change practice for Eastern Canada and is based out of Toronto. Joe specializes in providing advisory and assurance services across several industries and sectors, and helps organizations solve complex problems in environmental and social matters.

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Joe Solly

Joe Solly is a Partner with Deloitte where he leads the Sustainability & Climate Change practice for Eastern Canada and is based out of Toronto. Joe specializes in providing advisory and assurance services across several industries and sectors, and helps organizations solve complex problems in environmental and social matters.

Joe has led several engagements regarding climate change and risk assessment in both mitigation and adaptation. Selected experiences involve carbon emissions scenario modelling, target setting, establishing the business case as well as climate risk modelling for various hazards affecting organizational assets, supply chains and infrastructure.

Ingrid Robinson

MFAc, BComm, CPA, CIA, CRMA
Director, Enterprise Risk Management, North America, BGIS

As Director Enterprise Risk Management, North America at BGIS, Ingrid Robinson has over 20 years of experience in the fields of enterprise risk management, governance effectiveness, internal audit and, Sarbanes-Oxley compliance. She has extensive experience with large and complex organizations (in the US and Canada), in a wide range of industries, including real estate / infrastructure, public companies and government entities. Ingrid is a graduate of the Harvard Business School Executive Leadership program for Risk Management and the Institute of Corporate Directors, Director Education Program. Ingrid is also part-time graduate studies professor at York University in enterprise risk management. 

Chris Schmidt

Chief Executive Officer, DKI Canada

As Chief Executive Officer of DKI Canada, Chris is responsible for the organizations growth both strategically and tactically, working with new markets, partnerships, and product integrations nationally. He oversees the strategic sales and marketing initiatives on a national level, as well as leading and managing the organizations business development activities. He is also actively involved in DKI Canada’s office development, including the rollout of new products and services.

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Chris Schmidt

As Chief Executive Officer of DKI Canada, Chris is responsible for the organizations growth both strategically and tactically, working with new markets, partnerships, and product integrations nationally. He oversees the strategic sales and marketing initiatives on a national level, as well as leading and managing the organizations business development activities. He is also actively involved in DKI Canada’s office development, including the rollout of new products and services.

Before being appointed Chief Executive Officer at DKI Canada, Chris Schmidt was the Chief Operating Officer; responsible for business development and the management of the organizations marketing & sales team.

In the 15 years leading up to his tenure with DKI Canada, Chris held several roles within the insurance industry including; Claims Field Adjuster, Claims Supervisor, National Claims Manager, and Insurance Analyst. Chris has earned his FCIP from the Insurance Institute and is a qualified Insurance Institute instructor.

Anil Mathur cibc

Anil Mathur

Senior Vice-President of Corporate Services, CIBC

Anil Mathur is the Senior Vice-President of Corporate Services and is responsible for end to end sourcing and procurement services, overseeing enterprise-wide supplier governance and relationship management processes; and, acting as the steward of CIBC’s real estate portfolio globally.

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Anil Mathur

Anil Mathur is the Senior Vice-President of Corporate Services and is responsible for end to end sourcing and procurement services, overseeing enterprise-wide supplier governance and relationship management processes; and, acting as the steward of CIBC’s real estate portfolio globally.

Mr. Mathur joined CIBC in 2006 as Vice-President, Capital Markets and Risk Management Audit, responsible for providing internal audit oversight over the bank's wholesale banking, treasury and risk management activities globally. He was appointed to the role of Chief Auditor in August 2008, a position he held until June 2017.

Prior to joining CIBC, Mr. Mathur was the Vice President, Finance at Merrill Lynch Canada. Mr. Mathur has almost 30 years of experience in the financial services and public accounting industries. Earlier in his career he has held a number of increasing senior audit and finance roles in Canada and internationally.

Mr. Mathur is an Executive Sponsor of one of CIBC's Diversity and Inclusion Committees and is involved in a number of charitable and mentorship activities. He graduated from the University of Bombay with a Bachelor of Commerce degree and also holds designations from the Indian Institute of Chartered Accountants, and from the CPA of Ontario.

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CONTACT US

For sponsorship opportunities and general information about the event, please contact Krista Lachelt.

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