Reza Nasseri

CEO, Landmark Group of Builders

Making sustainable home building possible and profitable was Reza’s goal in rethinking and redesigning the way homes are built. A critical component in his innovations was industrializing the construction process of residential homes with his Landmark Precision Building System (LPBS), which reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 6.21 tonnes per home and produces 58% less waste compared with traditional site-built methods. Having figured out how to create almost net-zero ready homes in one of Canada's most demanding climates, Reza then sold them for virtually the same price as "regular" homes - and then -  demonstrated his methods to his competitors!

Brent Kopperson

Founder, Windfall Ecology Centre

In 2006, Brent and Windfall piloted a landmark community wide energy efficiency housing retrofit project with the Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation. The project, believed to be the first of its kind, engaged an entire First Nation community in the assessment and retrofitting of their family homes. Windfall went on to coordinate delivery of an expanded pilot in five other First Nation communities. The program combines education, energy efficiency assessments and housing retrofits and addresses indoor air quality and other health issues. In 2012, community wide housing retrofits will begin rolling out to all 134 Ontario First Nation communities. Brent is a founding director and past chair of both the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association (OSEA) and the Community Power Fund, which led the Green Energy Act Alliance in achieving fundamental changes to Ontario's electricity system through the creation of the Green Energy and Economy Act.

Derek Satnik

Chief Innovation Officer, Mindscape Innovations Group

Derek is a recognized leader in defining sustainable housing in Canada. He has chaired or otherwise significantly contributed to the creation of all of Canada’s best-in-class housing certification programs, including LEED for homes, mid-rises and neighbourhoods; BUILT GREEN for new, renovated and high density residential; ENERGY STAR for homes; Solar Ready, Net-Zero and Net-Zero Ready; and Ontario’s Green Energy and Green Economy Act. His efforts now affect over 30,000 tonnes of emissions reductions annually. Derek‘s other roles include Chair, Technical & Standards Committee, Built Green Canada; LEED Faculty, Canada Green Building Council; Policy Director, Community Renewable Energy Waterloo; Co-Founder, Local Initiative for Future Energy Co-Operative, Inc.; Managing Director, OntarioGreenSpec.ca; Advisory Board, Ontario Clean Air Alliance; and Vice Chair, Ontario Sustainable Energy Association.

Donald Schmitt

Partner, Diamond Schmitt Architects Incorporated

A Canadian architect who has consistently championed sustainable design solutions throughout his career and around the world, Don blends best practices of architecture and green design innovation across a wide range of building types. Since 2010, three significant projects designed by Schmitt to attain LEED Platinum certification for sustainability have opened: the Centre for Green Cities at Evergreen Brick Works (home to Delta Management and Canada’s Clean50), the Algonquin Centre for Construction Excellence at Algonquin College in Ottawa and the CANMET Materials Technology Laboratory in Hamilton. The biofilter living wall pioneered by the firm markedly improves air quality while reducing energy demands for heating and cooling. Don also advocates for sustainable design and responsible construction practices by appearing in speaking engagements, writing op-ed stories and attending conferences.