On May 18, 2023, George Brown College (GBC) and RBC’s Climate Action Institute launched Brookfield Sustainability Institute (BSI). The BSI is a learning hub dedicated to research and innovations around sustainability. It will be located at Limberlost Place, the college’s new mass timber net-zero emissions building.The BSI@GBC event took place in-person at George Brown College’s Daphne Cockwell Centre for Health Sciences (Waterfront location) from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM and was hosted by GBC’s President, Dr. Gervan Fearon. The event explored the key sectoral pathways to overcoming barriers to decarbonizing buildings along with the release of a joint research report on pathways to achieving decarbonization in a lively panel discussion moderated by Jody Becker, Chief Strategy Officer and EVP, of Infrastructure Services and Technology at EllisDon.
The esteemed panelists include:
Geoff Smith, President and CEO, EllisDon
Peter Gilgan, Chairman and CEO of Mattamy Asset Management Incorporated
Dave McKay, CEO of Royal Bank of Canada
The launch of BSI@GBC is presented by Brookfield Sustainability Institute and the RBC Climate Action Institute. The RBC Climate Action Institute brings together research insights and industry experts to help clients and communities apply climate solutions and has been undertaking in-depth research to help address and solve the buildings sector's emissions challenge.Canada’s building sector significantly contributes to the country’s greenhouse gas emissions. It is crucial to decarbonize this sector to achieve Canada's 2030 climate target and create a net-zero economy by 2050.