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March Dinner Meeting

  • 01 Mar 2010
  • 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Toronto Board of Trade


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Notice of Meeting - Dinner Only

Date:          Monday March 1, 2010  


Venue:       Toronto Board of Trade

                  100 King St. West Toronto

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Tour:          4:20 PM  (Separate Registration)

Cocktails:   5:30 PM

Dinner:       6:30 PM

Theme:  Government Affairs Night

You may also still register through the ASHRAE chapter office (Sabrina Tai - 905 602 4714 or stai@hrai.ca).   Please indicate at time of registration if you have any specific meal requirements. There will always be a vegetarian option, but we need to know how many of these plates to order.


Dinner Speaker and Topic:


Delivering building energy efficiency programs to meet customer needs


Almost 60% of the City of Toronto's greenhouse gases are a result of energy use in buildings.  How can local government deliver building energy efficiency programs in buildings to meet needs of both internal and external customers?


Since 1996, Better Buildings Partnership (BBP) is an innovative program managed by the Energy Efficiency Office at the City of Toronto to encourage and facilitate a reduction of emissions that arise from consumption of energy in institutional, multi-family, commercial and industrial sectors. The City of Toronto program helps building owners and developers achieve high energy efficiency through retrofit projects (existing buildings) and proactive design (new construction).


Since 2004, the Energy Retrofit Program managed by the Energy and Waste Management Office has implemented turnkey energy efficiency measures for over 200 City-owned buildings such as civic centres, arenas, community centres, police and fire stations, and Exhibition Place buildings.  


Our dinner speakers are Elena Gruia, Dragos Paraschiv, and Angelo Poto, leaders within the City of Toronto's Energy and Waste Management Office, Energy Efficiency Office, and Better Buildings Partnership.  Their presentation will introduce the audience to opportunities and challenges encountered with energy efficiency programs followed by success stories in City owned buildings. 


As Project Manager for the Energy & Waste Management Office, City of Toronto, Elena Gruia assumes responsibility for Energy Retrofit Projects in City owned facilities.  Elena's experience includes the development and management of several multi-million dollar energy management projects with the Ontario Government.  Elena coordinated with public utilities, building operators and tenants to ensure optimum operation of HVAC equipment and establish maintenance procedures.  In her capacity as a Project Manager at the City of Toronto, Elena works with all levels of government in developing strategies, implementing policies, standards and conservation initiatives provincially, nationally and internationally.


Dragos Paraschiv assumes responsibility for program operations and technical services related to the BBP programs.  Dragos' experience in energy efficiency include several European Union projects in the field of energy management, where he was responsible for the development of community energy management plans and pilot projects implementing energy efficiency measures with high potential of replication. Working for a Canadian ESCO as a Senior Energy Engineer, Dragos was involved in the design of commercial mechanical systems, as well as central plants retrofit projects.  Dragos has gained experience in all aspects of Energy Performance Contracting including auditing, design, contract administration and program management.  Dragos' current role with the City of Toronto includes providing consultation to participants in City of Toronto Energy Efficiency programs, and maintaining working relationships with consultants and government authorities associated with these programs.


Angelo Poto leads in the delivery of the City of Toronto's Better Buildings Partnership. He is responsible for the development and implementation of energy efficiency and conservation projects in the HealthCare Sector.  Prior to rejoining the Energy Efficiency Office, Angelo spent a number of years in the Water Efficiency Group of Toronto Water. His work there focused on project development for water efficiency projects in institutional, commercial and industrial market segments and he helped numerous ICI clients implement projects.


The first segment of the presentation will focus on BBP's opportunities, challenges and mechanics of delivering a financial incentive program to a fast-paced and results-driven business sector that demands such a program to respond and move at the speed of business in order to be successful.  The second segment focuses on the positive impacts that have been achieved in City of Toronto Facilities through the Energy Retrofit Program. The presentation will review completed retrofits and how programs such as the BBP played a part in their success.


An open discussion will follow the presentation.



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