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Bringing Leaders Together. Join more than 20 recognized experts in city building sciences and innovation at the 2019 Better Buildings Summit.


Opening conference

Al Gore

Former Vice President of the United States

Former Vice President Al Gore is the cofounder and chairman of Generation Investment Management, and the founder and chairman of The Climate Reality Project, a non-profit organization devoted to solving the climate crisis. He is also a senior partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and a member of Apple Inc.’s board of directors.

Gore was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1976, 1978, 1980, and 1982, and to the U.S. Senate in 1984 and 1990. He was inaugurated as the 45th Vice President of the United States on January 20, 1993, and served eight years.
He is the author of the No. 1 New York Times Best Sellers “An Inconvenient Truth” and “The Assault on Reason,” and the best-selling “Earth in the Balance,” “Our Choice: A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis,” “The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change,” and most recently, The New York Times Best Seller “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power.”

He is the subject of the documentary movie “An Inconvenient Truth,” which won two Oscars in 2006—and a second documentary in 2017, “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power.” In 2007, Gore was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, along with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, for “informing the world of the dangers posed by climate change.”

Geoff Cape

CEO | Evergreen

Geoff Cape is the founder and CEO of Evergreen, and has grown the organization to become a nationally recognized leader in urban sustainability with over 160 staff members and programs across Canada. Evergreen has enabled over 7,200 projects over the past 27 years in communities across the country. In 2010, Mr. Cape led the creation of Evergreen Brick Works in Toronto, an adaptive reuse 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, Mr. Cape 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 the TD Future Cities Centre, a dynamic year-round superhub that will ignite, accelerate and celebrate new solutions for low-carbon cities, and a national program called Future Cities Canada that will connect government, industries and academics on the theme of innovation and urban development in Canada. In 2018, Mr. Cape was named Member (C.M.) of the Order of Canada.

Steven Guilbeault, Cycle Capital Management, Copticom, Governement of Canada, attending the Better Buildings Summit.

Steven Guilbeault

Strategic Consultant | Cycle Capital Management, Copticom, Government of Canada

Mr. Guilbeault cofounded Équiterre in 1993 and served as the organization’s Senior Director and Spokesperson from 2007 to 2018.

In 2009, the French magazine Le Monde named him one of the world’s 50 leading players in the field of sustainable development. He has received a number of awards and distinctions, including the Médaille de l’Université de Montréal, a rare honour bestowed to the likes of Christopher Reeves and Oliver Jones.

In 2018, he received the Medal of the Senate, awarded as part of the 150th Anniversary of the Canadian Confederation. He is also an honorary fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society.

Steven Peck, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, attending the Better Buildings Summit.

Steven Peck

President | Green Roofs for Healthy Cities

Steven W. Peck, GRP, Honorary ASLA, is the founder and President of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC), the North American green roof and wall industry association. Since 1996, he has worked to advance the green roof and wall industry by facilitating research and demonstration projects; organizing conferences and workshops; writing articles; judging award competitions; building institutional capacity; lecturing; publishing; and advocating for supportive policies and standards at all levels of government. In 1999, he began editing and publishing a quarterly green roof and wall magazine entitled The Living Architecture Monitor™. Mr. Peck has written and lectured extensively on the interrelationship between public policy, research and the socioeconomic benefits of living architecture, as well as on the topics of urban sustainability and industrial ecology.

In 2007, he co-founded the Green Infrastructure Foundation, the charitable arm of GRHC, dedicated to advancing all forms of green infrastructure. Mr. Peck also co-founded the Green Infrastructure Ontario Coalition in 2010 to lobby for living green infrastructure protection and investment in Ontario. Author of Award Winning Green Roof Designs (2008), and The Rise of Living Architecture (2012), Mr. Peck has spearheaded the development of the accredited Green Roof Professional (GRP) program and has co-written and/or edited the following resource manuals: Green Roof Design 101: Introductory Course (2004); Green Roof Design and Installation 201 (2006); Green Roof Policy Development (2006); Ecological Green Roof Design (2006); Green Roof Waterproofing and Drainage 301 (2007); Green Walls 101: Systems Overview and Design (2007); Green Roof Plants and Growing Media 401 (2008); Green Infrastructure: Policies, Performance and Projects (2009); Introduction to Integrated Water Management for Buildings and Sites (2010); Introduction to Rooftop Urban Agriculture (2010); and Advanced Green Roof Maintenance (2011).

In 2007, he co-founded with Dr. Manfred Koehler the World Green Infrastructure Network, an international coalition of green roof and wall associations dedicated to developing the living architecture industry worldwide. Mr. Peck is optimistic about our collective ability to, within a generation, rapidly evolve the building industry toward producing restorative buildings and communities.

Christian Precht, Architect, designer and Founder - Precht, attending the Btter Buildings Summit.

Christian Precht

Architect, Designer & Founder | Precht

I grew up in a small village near Salzburg in Austria. Being surrounded by mountains, I became a professional ski jumper. After I retired from sports at 19, I discovered architecture as a passion. Like sports, architecture requires dedication and training to get better. The connection to natural surroundings and the balanced relationship between humans and nature from my childhood remain a foundation of my work.

I started my training at the University of Innsbruck where I wrote my bachelor’s thesis in 2010. During that time, I was also teaching classes at the Institute for Experimental Architecture under Patrik Schumacher (Zaha Hadid) and Keith Thorsen (Snohetta). I received my master’s degree from the Technical University of Vienna in 2013.

After graduation, I co-founded PENDA in 2014. My wife Fei and I then set up our studio “Precht” in 2018. After four years in Beijing, we moved our studio to the countryside of Austria. We defined four goals for our green practices: making buildings using low-carbon-footprint materials, giving space back to nature, providing areas for gardening, and creating vital and healthy structures that are more than just expensive real estate and that embody the culture and era in which they are built.  

With this approach, we won numerous national and international awards in architecture and design, such as the “Emerging Firm of the Year” Award from Architizer, and the Top 40 on Dezeen’s Hot List. We do interviews with worldwide leading newspapers and TV networks, and our work is frequently published in design-related magazines. 

We believe we have a responsibility to inspire other young creatives. We strive to be accessible and start wider discussions on social media. We are entering a stage of collaboration – between architects and between industries. We believe in flexible architecture; buildings that can adapt and suit ever-changing needs and demands. Our industry needs fresh ideas.
The built environment is one of the biggest polluting industries. We must find solutions for an ever-growing population and design a more ecological future. Environmental, technological and demographic changes will transform the planet. The changes in the building industry will be grand; the challenges, even grander.

Jamie Dwyer, Biomimicry 3.8, attending the Better Buildings Summit.

Jamie Dwyer

Certified Biomimicry Professional. M.Arch, M.Sc

Principal, Research and Design | Biomimicry 3.8

Jamie is a Biomimicry 3.8 principal who has fused architecture and biology degrees into a career as a biologist at the design table. Her work for Biomimicry 3.8 is often focused on integrating biomimicry into the built environment, from uncovering local biological champions as inspiration for place-based design, to working towards creating factories that provide ecosystem services like a forest. Jamie has led innovative research efforts in product design and social innovation. Working with companies such as HOK, BNIM, Interface, and Kimberly-Clark, Jamie has managed projects, led research and inspired many designers. Jamie has been with Biomimicry 3.8 since 2009. 

Trevor Murdock, Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium, attending the Better Buildings Summit.

Trevor Murdock

Climate Scientist and Lead, Regional Climate Impacts | Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium

Trevor Murdock is a Climate Scientist with the Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium in Victoria, BC, where he leads the Regional Climate Impacts theme. Following an MSc in Earth and Ocean Sciences in 1997 from the University of Victoria in paleoclimate modelling, Trevor has spent over 20 years working on applied climate science to assist decision-making and planning. His work focuses on climate scenarios, online mapping tools, and downscaling to regional and local scales.

Johanna Hurme, 5468796 Architecture Inc, attending the Better Buildings Summit.

Johanna Hurme


Architect and Founding Partner | 5468796 Architecture Inc

Johanna Hurme is an architect and founding partner of Winnipeg-based 5468796 Architecture. In the past 11 years, the design firm has achieved national and international recognition, including three Governor General’s Medals in Architecture from the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC). The Houston-based Rice Design Alliance recently stated that they “truly believe 5468796 to be one of the most talented young design firms worldwide.” In addition to the practice of architecture, Johanna is an activist and an advocate. She is passionate about making the creative sector an integral part of broader culture by spearheading ventures like Table for 12 and Table for 1200, Chair Your Idea, and Design Quarter Winnipeg, which she chairs. With cofounder Sasa Radulovic, Johanna guides the office in seeking projects that explore the potential for density, affordability and sustainability achieved through non-traditional means and a dynamic design approach. Johanna is the immediate past Chair of the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and Chair of the WCC’s Our Winnipeg Task Force. She has taught design at the universities of Manitoba, Toronto and Montréal and lectures across North America. In 2017, she was inducted as a Fellow of the RAIC and shortlisted for the prestigious International Moira Gemmill prize for Emerging Architecture. Johanna is the current Morgenstern Visiting Chair at the Faculty of Architecture, Chicago IIT.

Manny Neves, Hardcore Renos, attending the Better Buildings Summit.

Manny Neves

Owner | Hardcore Renos

Hardcore Renos was started by Manny Neves, Contractor Extraordinaire. Manny loves all things construction – from planning, to demo, to putting it all back together. But what he’s truly passionate about is the innovation behind building; the creative freedom you have with a blank slate. As Manny gained experience in the construction industry, he started paying attention to the tips and tricks each trade used, and how they help make the builds both efficient and innovative. Now, Manny wants to share what he’s learned with you!

Thomas Mueller, Canada Green Building Council, attending the Better Buildings Summit.

Thomas Mueller


President and CEO | Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC)

Thomas Mueller is a Founding Director of the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) and became President & CEO of the Council in 2005. As Chief Executive, he leads the Council’s national green building strategy, programs and standards along with advocacy and policy initiatives. In 2018, he was appointed as CEO of Green Business Certification Inc. Canada (GBCI CA) to deliver advanced performance standards to the industry. As a past Board member of the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI), the World Green Building Council (WGBC), and as a Board member of Building Energy Innovators Council (BEIC), he supports the transition toward green building and cities at home and globally. 

Thomas is a well-known advocate for green buildings, sustainable community development and market-based solutions for carbon emissions reduction. He participates frequently in government and industry consultations on climate change and broader sustainability solutions and is a nationally and internationally recognized authority and speaker on green buildings. 

He is currently participating in a number of initiatives and groups including the WorldGBC Global CEO Network, and the Advisory Committee of Energy Efficiency in BC’s Built Environment Research Project at UBC.

Thomas has an Undergraduate Degree in Geography, Planning and Applied Ecology from the Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich, Germany; and holds a Master’s Degree in Regional Planning & Resource Development from the University of Waterloo, Ontario.
For his green building work, Thomas has received numerous awards. Most recently, he became a recipient of Canada’s 2015 Clean50 Award and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) in 2016.

Peter Senez, Senez Consulting, attending the Better Buildings Summit.

Peter Senez

m. eng, P.Eng.

Principal | Senez Consulting Ltd

Peter Senez is a Professional Engineer with 25 years of experience in fire protection engineering. He is well practised in complex building and fire code design matters pertaining to the construction of buildings and selection of appropriate products. He has extensively studied material fire properties relative to the use in buildings and in transportation systems particularly as it relates to ignition and fire spread. He is currently doing research on fuel volatility and ventilation-limited fires at the University of Waterloo, while continuing to practise as a Fire Consultant. He is the Chair of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers Subcommittee on Research and Innovation and also a Governor on the SFPE Foundation.

Lorne Ricketts, RDH Building Science Laboratories, attending the Better Building Summit.

Lorne Ricketts

Principal, Building Science Specialist | RDH Building Science Laboratories

Lorne Ricketts is a Building Science Specialist in new buildings, forensic investigations, and research work. His broad experience includes design consulting, field review, building monitoring and testing programs, and product testing and development. Mr. Ricketts takes an active role in industry education having worked to produce numerous technical guidance and research documents, and he is an accomplished lecturer having spoken at numerous conference and industry events across North America.

In addition to his work with RDH, Mr. Ricketts is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia where he teaches building science in the Department of Civil Engineering.

Robert Lepage, RDH Building Science Laboratories, attending the Better Building Summit

Robert Lepage

M.A.Sc., P.Eng.

Building Science Research Engineer | RDH Building Science Laboratories

Robert Lepage is a Building Science Research Engineer who specializes in research and investigation work, with a focus on material and system testing. His work experience consists of a wide range of projects, including building enclosure condition assessments, forensic investigation, building monitoring, field review, and laboratory and field testing.

Stéphane Beaulé, SOPREMA Canada, attending the Better Buildings Summit.

Stéphane Beaulé

Chemist, MBA

Research and Development Manager | SOPREMA Canada

Stéphane Beaulé holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry (2002) and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the Université de Sherbrooke, and has worked at SOPREMA in Drummondville since graduation. He was a Project Manager in research and development for 12 years and worked in the production department as Plant Manager from 2013 to 2017. Indeed, when the new polyurethane insulation board manufacturing plant was built in Drummondville (at the intersection of Highways 20 and 55), he participated in the construction, installation of equipment, and hiring of the team. This major project required an investment of over $45M. At the end of his term, the sales revenue was over $62M and the management and production team had 44 members. He resigned his position to return to R&D as Research Director for SOPREMA Canada in January 2018. In addition to his role at SOPREMA, he holds the position of Vice President of Créneau d’Excellence Matériaux Textiles Techniques (CEMTT). With over 18 years of experience at SOPREMA in product development, project management, production, and human resources management, he also worked with suppliers and international partners (the US, Europe, China, Latin America, and Middle East). He is the father of three young healthy children, and it is with a respect for life and great interest that he approaches sustainable development to do everything in his power to ensure a bright future for his children, and above all, for the planet.

Steve Archibald, MJM Energy, attending the Better Buildings Summit.

Steve Archibald

Director of Operations | MJM Energy

For over 35 years, Steve Archibald has been involved in both residential and commercial projects in the construction industry. As Operations Manager of MJM Energy, Steve has overseen over 5,000 residential retrofits that have resulted in greenhouse gas reductions of at least 17,500 tonnes. With the recent commercial construction boom in the Halifax market, Steve has also overseen the application of over 10 million board feet of spray foam. The Halifax Hospice project brought better building practices and energy efficiency to a new level in commercial construction. As the first hospice in Halifax, the bar has been set for future projects in terms of occupant comfort, energy efficiency, operational cost, and a low-impact footprint.

Robert Barbieri

General Manager | Multiseal Group

Robert Barbieri is the founder and Manager of Multiseal, a niche contracting company providing knowledge and expertise within a range of specialized divisions, focusing on the high-rise building envelope, infrastructure, waterproofing, parking deck restoration, decorative and streetscape improvements, traffic markings, asphalt paving, crack sealing, and pavement maintenance solutions. He is responsible for reviewing pricing, overseeing project managers and providing direction and mentoring. Other responsibilities involve overseeing general office policies and reviewing new products and processes.

Joe Innocente, SOPREMA Canada, attending the Better Buildings Summit.

Joe Innocente


Wall Assembly Market Development Manager | SOPREMA Canada

Joe Innocente has over 25 years of experience in the construction materials industry. He has held various management roles over this time, including positions such as Regional Sales Manager for Arxx Building Products, Key Account Manager for BASF, and Building Science Manager for Henry Products. Joe is currently Market Development Manager at SOPREMA Canada, where he is responsible for the coordination with Product and Sales Administration as well as Technical Services to position SOPREMA as a leader in the market of wall and foundation advanced systems.

Joe holds a degree in Business Administration from Ryerson University, as well as a post-graduate certificate in Building Science from the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering.

Vincent Boisvert, SOPREMA Canada, attending the Better Buildings Summit.

Vincent Boisvert


Sales Manager – Montréal | SOPREMA Canada

Vincent Boisvert, Eng., is the former Director of SOPREMA’s Technical Group. He co-ordinated activities related to products and system certifications and the development of training programs for the installation of the company’s products. He also worked in SOPREMA’s Roofing System Design Department. He is a Registered Engineer in the province of Québec (OIQ). Mr. Boisvert is also an affiliate member of CSC, RCI, and the Canadian Roofing Contractors’ Association (CRCA). 

Mark J. Hovey, SOPREMA Canada, attending the Better Buildings Summit.

Mark J. Hovey

B.A., For. Tech.

Technical Sales Representative | SOPREMA Canada

Mark Hovey is a Technical Sales Representative at SOPREMA. For the past 14 years, he has specialized in roofing, waterproofing, and building enclosure solutions. He has also been a speaker at industry associations, including RCI and OIRCA, and at numerous organizations and training seminars. He received his Technical Diploma from Lakehead University and his Bachelor’s Degree from Wilfrid Laurier University. In addition to his formal education, Mr. Hovey he has over 27 years of experience in construction and commercial roofing. This balance of product and system knowledge and practical experience provides him with a unique perspective when helping industry partners find the right solution.

Malcolm Lockhart, SOPREMA Canada, attending the Better Buildings Summit.

Malcolm Lockhart

Commercial and Strategic Manager – ALSAN/CIVILROCK | SOPREMA Canada

Holder of a bachelor’s degree in Management from Université Laval in Québec City, Malcolm has been with SOPREMA for more than three years. He now holds the position of Commercial and Strategic Manager – ALSAN/CIVILROCK. Previously, he was a Technical Sales Representative for various companies in the construction industry.

Darren Newhook, SOPREMA Canada, attending the Better Buildings Summit.

Darren Newhook

BBA, B.Ed.

Director – Building Envelope | SOPREMA Canada

Darren Newhook is a graduate of the University of Saint Mary and the University of Chicago. He has more than 20 years of experience in the development and execution of high-profile construction projects with a specialization in mould remediation and full forensic building assessment.

Collaborating with various companies and associations, including BASF, Bayer, SPFA, ABAA and CUFCA, he has been involved in over 20 different organizations and committees. His successes with the Air Barrier Association of America include the implementation of a nationwide hands-on boot camp for air barrier installation, and serving as an ambassador for contractors concerning ISO 17024 and 17020 installation and auditing practices.

Chad Mills

General Manager – McCarthy's Roofing Limited

Bio coming soon.

Jean-François Côté, SOPREMA Canada, attending the Better Buildings Summit.

Jean-François Côté

Ph.D. Chemist

Director, Standards and Scientific Affairs | SOPREMA Canada

Jean-François Côté holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry from Université de Sherbrooke and a Ph.D. in Materials Science from INRS-Université du Québec obtained in 1998. He joined SOPREMA in 1999 as a Research Chemist, where he worked on the development of adhesives and sealants used in roofing and civil engineering. From 2009 to 2015, he was Director of Strategic Development for SOPREMA, coordinating the activities of the Canadian R&D and technical departments of the company. In his current role, he represents SOPREMA on technical committees of industry associations (ARMA, PIMA, SPRI, and CIMAC), and is actively engaged in various North American standards development organizations (CSA, ASTM, and ULC).

Mr. Côté, a registered chemist in the province of Québec (OCQ), is Chairman of the CSA A123 technical committee on Bituminous Roofing Materials and co-Chairman of the ASTM D08.04 Subcommittee on Felts, Fabrics and Bituminous Sheet Materials.

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