Speakers

Speakers

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

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Full Conference registration includes access to the Opening Session, keynote, paper sessions a ticket for the Exhibit Hall Gala, all refreshment breaks and the opportunity to purchase Special Event and Field Session tickets.

 

FEATURED KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

 

  

John Ralston Saul

John Ralston Saul’s complete literary bio is also available in Français or Español.

 

John Ralston Saul is an award winning essayist and novelist. He has been named a “prophet” by Time Magazine and is included in Utne Reader's list of the world's 100 leading thinkers and visionaries. His fourteen works have been translated into twenty-eight languages in thirty-seven countries. His most recent work, The Comeback (Le Grand Retour) is an examination of the remarkable resurgence to power of Indigenous peoples in Canada which has greatly influenced the national conversation on these issues. In A Fair Country (Mon pays métis) Saul argues that Canada is heavily influenced by Indigenous ideas. He is the former President of PEN International, co-Founder and co-Chair of the Institute for Canadian Citizenship and 6 Degrees Citizen Space, the annual global forum on citizenship and immigration. READ MORE ->


 

 

 

Edward Mazria

Founder and CEO, Architecture 2030

 

Edward Mazria is an internationally recognized architect, author, researcher, and educator. Over the past decade, his seminal research into the sustainability, resilience, energy consumption, and greenhouse gas emissions of the built environment has redefined the role of architecture, planning, design, and building, in reshaping our world. He is the founder of Architecture 2030, a think tank developing real-world solutions for 21st century problems. Mazria issued the 2030 Challenge and introduced the 2030 Palette, a revolutionary new platform that puts the principles behind low-carbon/zero carbon and resilient built environments at the fingertips of architects, planners, and designers worldwide.


 

 

 

Carl Elefante

As a nationally recognized subject expert, sustainability is the lens through which Carl views all dimensions of architecture. Applying his extensive experience, he brings to projects leadership and pioneering ideas that bind together historical and environmental preservation. He's excited to see the ethic of stewardship extend from historic preservation to sustainability on diverse building types - from iconic buildings to vernacular and modern-era structures.  
Carl’s long tenure at APT includes his help in founding and leading the Technical Committee on Sustainable Preservation, from where he issued his now-famous and oft-quoted:        “The greenest building is one that’s already built.”

 

Carl understands that global carbon reduction targets will have a massive impact upon all aspects of the building and conservation sectors:

“Retaining and improving existing buildings is fundamental to reducing the causes of climate change in the building sector. Developing a deeper appreciation for the value of existing buildings is the first step. Extending their useful service life is the next. The Paris Agreement has heightened the relevance of preservation architecture to a level that can no longer be ignored.”

 


“Two important details make preservation architecture a key element in achieving (Paris COP 21 Agreement) 2050 targets.  
First, the Architecture 2030 Roadmap calls for reducing fossil fuel consumption by 3% annually. Achieving this target means renovating billions of square feet to improve energy-consuming systems and exterior envelopes and increase renewable energy. Based on federal building stock data, this requires each and every US architect to complete the equivalent of a 16,000 square-foot “deep energy retrofit” every year. Following the Roadmap strategy, renovation would (at least double new construction over this period. 
Second, building sector energy reductions must be achieved holistically at all scales: cities and towns, individual buildings, and even building materials and products. In other words, the full life-cycle impact of buildings matter. Buildings represent a huge investment of “embodied” material and energy resources that is too often underappreciated. This perspective is confirmed in The Greenest Building study prepared by the Preservation Green Lab. “ 

 


 

 

 

Eladia Smoke

Eladia Smoke is Anishinabe, the first female First Nations architect in Manitoba and Ontario, and the second licensed in Canada.  She started with Architecture 49 in 2015, founded Smoke Architecture Inc. in 2014, and worked with Prairie Architects in Winnipeg 2003-2014.  Eladia volunteered on MAA council 2011-2014, the board of Urban Shaman Gallery 2010-2014, and led the first showcase of Aboriginal architecture in October 2014.

 

 


 

 

 

Alfred Waugh

Alfred Waugh specializes in culturally and environmentally sensitive projects and has extensive experience with First Nations, cultural societies, and educational institutions.

 

Born and raised in Yellowknife, North West Territories, Alfred is Status Indian and part of Treaty 8. He was the first Aboriginal person to graduate with honours from the University of British Columbia School of Architecture in 1993 and become LEED certified and a registered architect. Before his architecture degree, Alfred earned a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Urban and Regional Analysis at the University of Lethbridge in 1989. He is influenced by native culture, the northern climate and frontier architecture. His connection to, and respect for, nature is inherent in his work.

 

In 2005, Alfred established Alfred Waugh Architect, a 100-percent aboriginally owned architecture practice. In 2012, Alfred incorporated the firm and changed the name to Formline Architecture + Urbanism. http://www.formline.ca

 


 

 

 

Janna Levitt

Janna Levitt co-founded LGA Architectural Partners in 1989. She actively engages her clients and community members in conversations about design, introducing unique and inspiring ideas, while creating synergies between people and places. Janna leads a number of the firm's arts, institutional and educational projects, and leads the firm's communications team. Her active role in the broader cultural community allows her to bring a rich, contextual perspective to her work.

 

For years, Janna has been immersed in the research of bio-diverse landscapes to support pollinators and urban agriculture. She is a founding member of Cape Farewell - North America, an international art foundation dedicated to raising awareness of climate change as a cultural issue. Janna sits on the board of a number of cultural institutions, including the Steering Committee for the Architecture Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, the board of Factory Theatre and the Canadian Architectural Certification Board. She is also a mentor for Arts Build Ontario and an adjunct professor at both Dalhousie University and Waterloo University.

 


 

 

 

Calvin Brook

Calvin Brook is an architect, urban designer and planner and co-founder of Brook McIlroy, an architecture, urban design, landscape architecture, and urban planning practice with offices in Toronto, Thunder Bay and Winnipeg. His practice merges the fields of urbanism, architecture and landscape through projects that touch all scales of place making. His work has been recognized with over forty professional awards from the European Centre for Architecture, Chicago Athenaeum, the International Downtown Association, The Waterfront Centre, Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, Canadian Institute of Planners, and the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects.  

 

Cal was editor and a contributing author with John Ralston Saul and Joseph Boyden of the book: The City and The Spirit Garden (2014). His work with Canada’s Aboriginal communities has been recognized by The Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business and is the first architectural and planning practice in Canada certified under CCAB’s Progressive Aboriginal Relations (PAR) program. 

 

Cal holds degrees in architecture from Harvard University and the University of Toronto. He was formerly Associate Professor of Urban Design at the University of Waterloo and Director of the Career Discovery Urban Design Program at Harvard University. He is a member of the City of Toronto’s Design Review Panel, a Senior Fellow of the Global Cities Institute at the University of Toronto and a founding Board member of the Indigenous Place Making Council.

 

  

 

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