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BOMA Toronto & ASHRAE Toronto Joint Event: Planning for Rapid Net-Zero Carbon Commitment - Commerical Real Estate

  • 13 Feb 2023
  • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Parkview Manor - 55 Barber Green Road, North York, Ontario, M3C 2A1
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BOMA Toronto & ASHRAE Toronto Joint Event: Planning for Rapid Net-Zero Carbon Commitment - Commercial Real Estate

Agenda and Venue

Monday, February 13, 2023

5:00 PM to 6:00 PM - Networking

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM - Dinner and The Panel Discussion

Location: Parkview Manor - 55 Barber Green Road, North York, Ontario, M3C 2A1

Please click here for directions!

Event Summary

Large buildings are being driven to rapidly decarbonize as a direct result of zero carbon commitments by tenants, investors, and policy. Property portfolios are now embarking on wholesale transition planning and implementation of carbon reduction at their properties. This represents a shift in the planning approach, technical solutions and financial evaluation needed by property owners and managers and delivered by M&E professionals. This session will focus on the decarbonization process for commercial real-estate and what the sector needs to support this transition.


Jeff Ranson, VP Sustainability and Stakeholder Relations

BOMA Toronto

Jeff Ranson is a passionate leader driving market transformation for high performance buildings, strong cities, and better communities through design and innovation. He currently directs education, advocacy and industry engagement with the Building Owners and Managers Association Toronto local after serving in leadership roles with the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC), Sustainable Buildings Canada and Toronto 2030 District. For the past 15 years, Jeff has brought a unique perspective for advancing environmental and social sustainability by addressing systemic challenges at the intersection of policy, workforce development, technology innovation and behaviour change.

Lee Hodgkinson, Head of Sustainability and Techanical Services

Dream Unlimited

Lee Hodgkinson (P.Eng, CMVP) is Head of Sustainability and Technical Services for Dream Unlimited, overseeing the Technical Services, Sustainability and Energy Management departments. As part of this role, he oversees $30M+ annual capital budgets to improve asset value, building operations, and energy performance, as well as making buildings smarter. Lee also leads ESG strategic planning and integration for all Dream entities, including the development of the annual Corporate Sustainability Report, and leads the Net Zero by 2035 Working Group. Lee brings over 13 years of engineering, construction, building automation, sustainability and energy management experience to lead a wide range of initiatives to create a positive impact on people and the planet.

Ali Hoss, Chief Sustainability Officer


Ali Hoss is Triovest’s Chief Sustainability Officer responsible for advancing ESG performance and innovation for a portfolio of $15B of commercial properties. The recipient of Canada Energy Innovator Award of 2020 and Young Energy Professional Award of 2017 from the Association of Energy Engineer’s (AEE), with over 20 years of work experience, Ali is well regarded as a strategic builder of unique products and services for design and implementation of energy conservation and GHG emission mitigation projects.

Prior to joining Triovest, Ali has led design and implementation of Canada Infrastructure Bank’s public building retrofit financing program with a budget of $1B, created energy and GHG reduction standards and technical requirements for deep retrofit projects. Ali has also led the development of the City of Toronto`s comprehensive policy strategy that will drive the City’s existing buildings to net zero emissions by 2050. In 2016, Ali led the implementation and delivery of the first full scale pay-for-performance energy conservation program in North America, the IESO’s Energy Performance Program, with a budget of $25M, for large commercial and institutional customers.

Ali is the board member of the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE) Energy Task Force, REALPAC’s ESG Committee, and member of Leadership Advisory Board for Center for Active Design (Fitwel platform). Ali is the chair of the Built Environment Program Advisory Committee at Humber College providing recommendations on curriculum development and strategic program directions.

Ali is a professional engineer with a PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering, a certified energy manager, a published author of book chapters and peer-reviewed scientific journal papers, a public speaker, and a university guest lecturer for energy and sustainability courses.

André Bergeron, Manager, Climate & Energy

Cadillac Fairview

Andre is the Manager, Climate & Energy, at Cadillac Fairview - a globally focused owner, operator, investor, and developer of best-in-class real estate. Andre is responsible for energy management and sustainability initiatives as well as carbon and utility cost reduction strategies for CF’s commercial real estate portfolio in Eastern Canada (Ontario, Quebec, and New Brunswick). Prior to joining CF, he worked for a large commercial real estate firm and provided energy management and analysis support for one of Canada’s big five banks. Before then, he worked as a project engineer and consultant in the facilities energy efficiency industry in the United States. Andre has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University and is a Certified Energy Manager.

Walk-in registrations will not be permitted.

Please feel free to reach out if you need assistance:

Elias Barker

ASHRAE Toronto CTTC Chair


Jared Sowiak
ASHRAE Toronto Member

Ayush Dewet
ASHRAE Toronto Refrigeration Subcommittee Chair


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