Masonry & The Green Transition Virtual Conference
The Masonry and the Green Transition Conference is the first and only of its kind for the Masonry Industry within North America. The Conference will work to connect key masonry industry personnel with both government and private sector resources which will assist in the acceleration of the green transition for the masonry industry. This conference provides a great opportunity for Government Agencies, NGO’s and consultants to connect with the masonry industry as it develops solutions to transition to the Green Economy.
The Climate Crisis will be the most significant challenge humanity will face over the coming decades. The time for action is now. The Government of Canada has set aggressive emissions reductions targets which aim to have Canada Carbon Neutral by 2050. To achieve these targets industries in Canada will have to adapt to implement low carbon solutions into their business operations. The impact the Green Transition to the Green Economy will have on Canadian business will be profound, the masonry industry is no exception. The pathway forward for the industry is still being set. The intention of this virtual conference is to connect the industry with the right resources which will begin to set the pathway forward for the Masonry Industry in the Green Economy.
David Arkell is the co-founder, President, and CEO of 360 Energy Inc. With 25 years of experience in the energy industry, he is a Canadian/North American Energy Expert and trusted advisor with a deep understanding of energy and carbon markets as well as corporate consumer energy management behaviour. His mission is to take charge against climate change by leading organizations across North America to better manage energy and carbon. Through comprehensive energy and carbon management programs, clients of 360 Energy improve their bottom line and consistently achieve energy and carbon performance improvements year after year. 360 Energy’s clientele ranges from manufacturing and cement producers to agriculture and greenhouse growers. You can learn more from David and his team on The 360 on Energy and Carbon, a weekly podcast informing listeners on industry trends and business strategies.
Heidi Jandris grew up immersed in all things concrete block and worked as a welder in the plant before getting her BArch at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn NY. She is a current candidate for a Masters of Sustainable Building Systems degree at Northeastern University. She is part of the 3rd generation of her family business, Jandris Block in New England, and provides technical services while researching ways to improve the efficiency and sustainability of their manufacturing process.
Gabriella Kalapos has advocated for local government action on advancing sustainable communities for more than 25 years through her work at the Toronto Environmental Alliance, ICLEI-Cities for Climate Protection campaign, and currently as executive director at Clean Air Partnership. Her focus has been to encourage, support and monitor implementation of clean air and climate change actions, and to build partnerships that enable collaboration among communities and all levels of government. Gabriella has a bachelor of science in environmental geography from Concordia University and a master’s degree in environment and business from the University of Waterloo. Clean Air Partnership (CAP) is a charitable environmental organization that works with municipalities and their partners to enable communities to improve air quality, advance active transportation, and take bold climate action. We convene networks, lead research and knowledge transfer, and catalyze transformative action.
Dr. Mark Hagel
Dr. Mark Hagel holds a Bachelor of Science in Actuarial Science and Applied Mathematics, a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering all from the University of Calgary. Prior to employment with the Alberta Masonry Council, Mark worked for the Canadian Concrete Masonry Producers Association. He then moved on to the role of a Building Envelope Engineer and Structural Engineer with the Calgary office of Halcrow Yolles. Mark’s thesis dissertation, “Service Life Prediction of Connectors in Masonry Veneer Wall Systems”, was heavily rooted in building science and structural engineering. Mark’s fields of expertise include thermal and hygrothermal modeling of building systems, corrosion modeling, Life Cycle Cost Analysis, structural analysis and design, and the durability of building components. In 2018 Mark served on the National Research Council of Canada’s (NRC) working group that developed the Guideline on Design for Durability of the Building Envelope. Mark has also taught first year engineering courses as a sessional professor at both the University of Calgary and Mount Royal University.