Philippe Bernier

Director, Sustainability, Triovest Realty Advisors

To ensure that sustainability priorities are aligned with Triovest’s broader business objectives, Philippe, Director of Sustainability, undertook the most detailed stakeholder consultation exercise of its kind to date in the Canadian commercial real estate sector. He then presented his clear findings publicly in Triovest Realty Advisor’s 2014 Materiality Matrix. Working previously as a consultant with Loop Initiatives, Philippe project-managed the development and implementation of Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan’s (HOOPP) international award-winning sustainability strategy, including HOOPP’s LEAP Awards, which influence positive change across $100 billion in commercial real estate.

Eric Chisholm

Technical Lead, WSP Canada

At WSP, Eric helped develop, and now leads his Sustainability team’s energy services consulting practice, assisting real estate leaders to take the necessary steps towards a sustainable climate-positive future. Since 2010, the group has identified technical energy conservation measures at buildings across Canada totaling the equivalent of over 250 million kilowatt hours and $20 million annually in utility bill savings, and $300 million in property valuation benefit. Eric serves as technical advisor to REALpac on their energy benchmarking program, and developed their recent Water Benchmarking pilot program. He has delivered educational programs and seminars for associations including REALpac, BOMA, and CaGBC.

Brian DePratto

Economist, TD Bank Group

Based on a strategic framework envisioned by Karen Clarke-Whistler, TD’s "other CEO" and two-time Clean50 honouree, Brian helped to build an understanding of the concept of natural capital and the importance of considering the economic value of the environmental benefits provided by the natural environment in the decisions we make. His paper, "Valuing the World Around Us: An Introduction to Natural Capital", along with papers on the value of urban forests and trees and the practical examples he provides, have helped bring this important issue to a wide audience and contributed to discussions that are shaping future development.

Daniel Dicaire

Energy and Sustainability Officer, Ottawa Community Housing

Dan is committed to reducing OCH's environmental impact and making social housing in Ottawa more sustainable. He has driven various programs, including $3.5M of solar installations, $5.0M of water retrofits (reducing consumption by 40%), insulation in over 700 units and a portfolio-wide LED Lighting conversion project. These projects reduce OCH’s ecological footprint and are generating over $5.5M annually in savings and revenues. That money is being reinvested into OCH’s 15,000 homes, continuing the sustainability trend. In order to reach the next level of sustainability, Dan is currently developing a tailored tenant engagement program with the goal of eliminating waste at its source.

Kim Hallwood

Head of Sustainability, HSBC Bank Canada

With the support of the President and CEO, Kim leads the regional implementation of HSBC’s global sustainability programs and initiatives in the areas of climate business, community investment, sustainability risk and operational sustainability. Kim launched the HSBC Water Programme in Canada, a global $100 million investment which has engaged more than 4,000 employees in freshwater research and learning. Additionally, she formed a partnership with Indspire and Pathways to Education in order to launch the 2014 HSBC Indigenous Education Program which will deliver $1 million in programs to support First Nations, Metis and Inuit youth encouraging over 300 to pursue goals of successfully completing high school and make the transition to post-secondary education.

Oksana Kielbasinski

Director, Sustainability & Risk, Integrated Sustainability Consultants

Starting out as the fourth employee at ISC, Oksana helped the company grow to 80 people and become the Canadian Oil and Gas ‘Water Management Company of the Year’.  She is a tireless advocate for water security and began organizing water collaboration workshops with top industry professionals, presenting at numerous conferences across Canada, to grassroots initiatives and to Grade 4 students locally. She has led over 50 risk, strategy, and collaboration workshops for clients including the Petroleum Technology Alliance Canada and Canada's Oil Sands Innovation Alliance. Oksana also directed the development of the first Internal Corporate Social Responsibility Plan for the firm. Within this plan, a total of 10 visions statements and 25 initiatives were identified and are tracked on an annual basis.

Dustyn Lanz

Director, Research and Communications, Responsible Investment Association

Dustyn leads the RIA’s member relations and communications initiatives to promote the integration of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors into Canadians’ investment decisions. He co-organizes Canada’s annual Responsible Investment (RI) Week, a series of events across Canada to raise awareness of ESG issues that affect investments. He also manages the RIA’s national conferences on responsible investment which attracted over 550 investment professionals in 2014 and 2015. Dustyn has helped to build the RIA’s brand and grow the RIA’s Financial Advisor membership by 40% since 2013. Dustyn directed research for the 2015 Canadian RI Trends Report, and has authored articles for numerous think tanks and academic journals to support clean and responsible capitalism.

Katherine Skene

Co-Chair, Ranked Ballot Initiative of Toronto

Katherine leads a team of 12 core volunteers in the Ranked Ballot Initiative of Toronto. Since January 2013, they have secured the support of Toronto City Council for ranked ballots in municipal elections, and are currently working with the Province on enabling legislation that would allow for their implementation across the province. Ranked ballots have the ability to seriously impact political campaigns by refocusing politicians and media on policy ideas around the environment, transit, poverty reduction, and diversity.

Tom Szaky

CEO, TerraCycle

A perfect example of one man’s trash being another man’s treasure, TerraCycle’s unique participation model offers an easy, free way to get involved. So far, 32 million people around the world have collectively diverted 2.5 billion units of waste from landfill while earning $5.7-million dollars for schools and non-profits through this organization. Tom has steadfastly committed to recycle everything that comes into TerraCycle's warehouse - it is the only organization actively collecting and recycling cigarette waste and, the Zero Waste Box remains the only Canada-wide recycling solution for K-Cups and has diverted nearly one million coffee capsules from landfill in Canada alone. Tom ensures that TerraCycle walks the talk by furnishing all 21 global offices with upcycled materials.