September 2016

Sustainability Panel Discussion

Challenges and Opportunities with Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation in the Engineering & Geoscience Sectors (Organized by the Vancouver Branch)

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Date: Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Time: 6:00 - 6:30 PM: Registration and networking
6:30 - 7.30 PM: Presentations
7.30 - 8:30 PM: Panel Discussion 
8:30 - 9:00 PM: Networking
9:00 PM: Closing
Location: Canfor & Royal Bank Room, YWCA Hotel, 733 Beatty Street, Vancouver, BC
(A 4-minute walk from the Stadium-Chinatown Sky Train Station. Paid parking is available).

Ali Nazari, P.Eng., MASc, BEMP
Principal, Energy & Sustainability Director - Canada, Integral Group

Conor Reynolds, P.Eng., Ph.D.
Senior Project Engineer, Metro Vancouver

Harshan Radhakrishnan, P.Eng., MASc.
Practice Advisor, APEGBC

Lillian Zaremba, P.Eng.
Senior Project Engineer, Metro Vancouver

Nelson Lee, P.Eng., MASc.
Certified GHG Verifier, Green Sky Sustainability Consulting Inc.

Cost: $20 for members and guests who pre-register online at APEGBC.
$10 APEGBC student members.
$25 for late registrations at the door.
Note: Light refreshments will be provided.
Dress code: Business casual.
Come join the Vancouver Branch for a panel discussion on "Challenges and Opportunities with Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation in the Engineering & Geoscience Sectors". Moderated by Mr. Nelson Lee (Certified GHG Verifier, Green Sky Sustainability Consulting Inc., and member of the Sustainability Committee) this panel type event will feature presentations by Mr. Conor Reynolds (Senior Project Engineer, Metro Vancouver), Lillian Zaremba, P.Eng. (Senior Project Engineer, Metro Vancouver), Mr. Harshan Radhakrishnan (Practice Advisor, APEGBC) and Mr. Ali Nazari (Principal, Energy & Sustainability Director - Canada, Integral Group) to discuss the following topics: Please read full description below...


1. Climate Change Mitigation Position Paper (Conor Reynolds)

APEGBC’s Council in its June 2016 Council meeting approved a second position paper on the topic of climate change titled “APEGBC’s Position on Human-Induced Climate Change”. This is a companion paper to the climate change position paper published in 2014, which was focused on adaptation to the changing climate and the evolving responsibilities for APEGBC and APEGBC Registrants. The following are the positions established with this new paper:
  • APEGBC accepts that there is strong evidence that human activities, in particular activities that emit greenhouse gases, are contributing to global climate change.
  • APEGBC Registrants have the potential to influence greenhouse gas emissions through their professional activities, and are expected to consider the impact of their work on the climate.
The presentation will focus on the need for this position paper, the expectations that it places on APEGBC Registrants, and will provide an overview of tools and resources available to assist the membership.

2. Future Projections of climate for the Metro Vancouver (Lillian Zaremba)

Temperatures in Metro Vancouver are warming. Global climate models project an average increase of about 3°C in our region by the 2050s. Metro Vancouver’s ability to adapt to climate change requires specific information on how changes in temperature and precipitation will play out locally, how expected changes may vary throughout the seasons, and about new climate extremes. Work has been completed by the Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium (PCIC) to understand the details of how our climate may change by the 2050s and 2080s. This presentation is based on that work, which provides information to support our region to adapt to the changes ahead.

3. An Overview of the Climate Resilience Guidelines (Harshan Radhakrishnan)

APEGBC is currently working on a set of Professional Practice Guidelines which address climate change and extreme weather event factors in the designs for BCMoTI highway infrastructure in British Columbia in order to promote climate resilience. These guidelines have been developed with support and partial funding from BCMoTI. These Guidelines identify the standard of care to be followed when carrying out climate change resilient design of highway infrastructure under the authority of BCMoTI. This will ensure functionality and reliability of public highway assets in BC. This presentation will focus on the overview of these guidelines.

4. The Energy Modelling Edge: Providing Clarity for Early Design Decisions (Ali Nazari)

This presentation will cover the broad range of issues that must be considered to achieve Net-Zero and Low-Carbon buildings. It will outline a systematic and holistic approach to identifying the best solution for each project with optimal match between different energy sources, technologies and building systems. It will also provide a practical illustration of how building developers and design teams can make early informed decisions on their key building features and set up their building projects on successful path to achieve their overall set performance targets.


The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC, through its Climate Change Advisory Group and the Sustainability Committee provides input on matters relating to sustainability and climate change including:
  • The development of position papers that set the expectations from the association and its members,
  • The development of professional practice guidelines that enable professionals to address climate change in the services they provide,
  • The refinement of APEGBC’s sustainability guidelines to better reference climate change adaptation and mitigation, and
  • Commenting on governmental legislation that could impact the practice of engineering and geoscience in the province of BC.


Ali Nazari, P.Eng., MASc, BEMP
Principal, Energy & Sustainability Director, Canada Integral Group

Currently leading the energy modelling and sustainability teams as a Principal at Integral Group, Ali is well versed in integrated design facilitation, LEED, sustainability and advanced building energy simulations. With over twelve years of experience in the green building industry, he leads a team of energy modelers and sustainability advisors throughout Canada. Ali, who serves as the Chair for the BC Chapter Leadership Board of the CaGBC, is on the CaGBC’s Experienced Modellers List and has provided third party review services for both the CaGBC and USGBC. Collaborating with local utilities, he has helped clients secure local green funding options from various energy efficiency incentive programs. Being part of an elite group of less than 400 people with BEMP certification, he conducts Building Energy Quotient (bEQ) which provides vital information about a building’s energy usage. He has also presented on energy modeling and sustainability at various conferences throughout North America.

Conor Reynolds, P.Eng., Ph.D.
Senior Project Engineer, Metro Vancouver.

Conor Reynolds has an interdisciplinary PhD in Resource Management and Environmental Studies, and a Master's in Mechanical Engineering, both from UBC. He is currently part of the Air Quality & Climate Change team at Metro Vancouver, which is the regional government that delivers services, policy and political leadership on behalf of 23 local authorities. Conor's work is primarily related to energy and climate change, in particular projects to measure, reduce and offset greenhouse gas emissions in Metro Vancouver’s corporate operations. In addition, he works on the topic of managing air pollutant emissions from mobile sources in the Lower Fraser Valley.

Harshan Radhakrishnan, P.Eng., MASc.
Practice Advisor, APEGBC

Harshan Radhakrishnan supports the Professional Practice, standards and Development Department with by providing practice advice, interpretation and guidance to the Association and its members, licensees on matters related to the professional and ethical practice of engineering and geoscience in British Columbia. He works on development of APEGBC professional practice guidelines that establish the standard of care APEGBC professionals must follow while engaged in certain professional activities.
Mr. Radhakrishnan is a registered professional engineer in BC and Alberta and holds a Masters in Chemical Engineering from the University of Toronto. He previously worked as a Municipal Approvals Engineer with Alberta Environment and coordinated the issuance of environmental approvals for waterworks, wastewater and storm water systems in the Province. For a brief period, he also worked as an Industrial Approvals Engineer for the Alberta Energy Regulator and through Eco-Tec, in the Pickering Nuclear Power Plant’s Boiler Feed Water Treatment Plant as an Operations Coordinator.

Lillian Zaremba, P.Eng.
Senior Project Engineer, Metro Vancouver

Lillian Zaremba is an environmental engineer with experience in the fields of water, energy and climate.  Currently she investigates opportunities to recover energy from Metro Vancouver’s water and wastewater systems and manages research on drinking water-related issues, including climate adaptation.  In her previous role at the University of British Columbia, Lillian managed energy conservation and climate action programs for the Vancouver campus.  She has also worked in run-of-river hydropower development, coastal engineering and oceanographic modelling.  Lillian received her B.Sc.(Eng) in Environmental Engineering from the University of Guelph and her M.A.Sc. in Civil Engineering from UBC.

Nelson Lee, P.Eng., MASc.
Certified GHG Verifier, Green Sky Sustainability Consulting Inc.

Nelson Lee specializes in the climate change, energy and environmental, health and safety management systems-related aspects of sustainability. For over 25 years he has provided his sustainability strategy services from within industry, as a consultant and in a third-party role. Nelson established Green Sky Sustainability to address the sustainability needs and opportunities associated with climate change. He is a Professional Engineer in BC and Alberta and a member of the APEGBC Sustainability Committee. Nelson is an avid volunteer and continually strives to reduce his eco-footprint. He offsets the rest through Climate Stewards.


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