150th Edition – Zak World of Façades Canada

This will be the 150th edition globally and the 2nd edition in Toronto which will showcase sustainable innovations and challenges in the construction industry pertaining to the building envelope and will also display latest technological solutions.

Speakers & Panelists
Building Materials & Sciences Specialist, EllisDon
Tyler Bowie is a Building and Material Sciences Specialist in EllisDon’s Construction Sciences group. His passion for tackling complex envelope problems is reflected in his diverse portfolio of projects. From high-rise condos and commercial towers, to some of the largest...
Associate, Diamond Schmitt
Alison Modl earned both a Bachelor and Master of Architecture from Laurentian University’s McEwen School of Architecture, with a focus on the environment. During her studies, she worked directly with Indigenous groups in Northern Ontario which fostered her interest in...
VP - Business Development & Procurement, Multiplex
Andréa Richard Rinaldi joined Multiplex in 2013 and oversees the legal management and assessment of risk for Canada. He is also responsible for the development and execution of strategic priorities, including streamlined procurement and supporting new project pursuits. Andréa is...
Principal, WZMH
As a WZMH Project Manager, Moran Olsha has worked on a variety of large office, institutional, and mixed-use projects and, through her international experience, has a unique understanding of real estate development. Moran is a dedicated professional with considerable technical,...
Partner | Toronto Studio Chair, DIALOG
Charles joined our team a decade ago and immediately started pushing the limits of our sustainability and building performance work. Leading project teams across Canada, he has set ambitious targets and exceeded project goals for environmental sustainability and community wellbeing....
Co-Founder and Principal, Purpose Building
Luka Matutinovic is a Co-Founder and Principal at Purpose Building, a firm specialising in accelerating real estate to planet-positive performance. Luka has nearly 20 years of experience in guiding project teams and organizations towards healthier, lower-carbon buildings that are financially...
Senior Associate | Façades Leader, architectsAlliance
B.Arch. (hons.), Toronto 1978, M. Arch. Penn, 2008, Doctor of Design student UCalgary 2026. Gerry Lang is a Senior Associate in the Toronto firm of architectsAlliance (aA), a firm of 60. He is the leader of that firm’s Facades Group,...
Director of Operations, Renzo Piano Building Workshop
Amaury Greig was born in 1981 in Prince Rupert, Canada. He obtained degrees in Geography from the University of Victoria and Political Science from the Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris (Sciences-Po) prior to studying Architecture at the University of British...
VP - Design | North America, NORR Architects
David Clusiau is a leader, visionary and distinguished architect whose designs have shaped the built environment for more than 35 years. As Vice President of Design at NORR, David works across multiple sectors, providing strategic direction and design leadership for...
Senior Technical Director, RWDI
David Altenhofen, East Coast Director for the Building Enclosure practice at RWDI, is a highly experienced building enclosure specialist, with a portfolio that encompasses projects of all scales and complexities – from residences to high-tech facilities. In addition to his...
Partner, DIALOG
Craig Applegath is an award-winning architect, urban designer and biologist practicing at the intersection of the built environment and natural ecosystems. Craig plans and designs buildings, campuses, and communities that are zero-carbon and climate adaptive, and is an international expert...
Corporate Sustainability Program Manager, Reynaers Aluminium
Ken Wright is the Sustainability Programme Manager at Reynaers Aluminium focused on integrating sustainability at the core of the business. Having a background in the automotive and building industry for more than 10 years, gaining experience in transformative projects such...
Senior Research Officer, Façades Systems and Products, National Research Council Canada | Construction Research Centre
Dr. Lacasse is a SRO and previous Team leader of the BEM/FSP Group. He undertakes both strategic and collaborative research related to building facades and fenestration, is responsible for both maintaining & advancing the team’s research capabilities, developing business opportunities...
Principal, TRH CW Services Inc.
Todd Hallam has over 28 years of domestic and international Project Management experience, primarily managing custom curtain wall systems and global sourcing of curtain wall systems, glass and custom-made architectural metal systems. For the past six years, Todd has been...
Associate | Building Science Engineer, RDH
Amy Montgomery is an Associate and Building Science Engineer on the RDH Toronto team. She brings her experience in building science and building energy analysis from projects across North America. Amy’s current focus is on supporting the design and construction...
Vice President, Thornton Tomasetti
Ken Maschke joined Thornton Tomasetti in 2004 and is responsible for the Renewal and Forensics practices in Canada. An expert in structural rehabilitation, recladding, adaptive reuse, and failure investigation, Ken applies the latest technology to his practice. His work on...
Managing Director, BM Windows
Dustin Tran has over 20 years of experience in various fields ranging from architectural design and construction management to façade engineering. Dustin has participated in hundreds of prestigious projects both domestically and internationally, taking on various roles from construction coordination...
President, Partisans
Alex Josephson co-founded PARTISANS in 2012 after studying architecture at the University of Waterloo and Rome, and the Architectural Association School of Architecture (AA). Alex is a native of Toronto. Prior to starting PARTISANS, Alex worked in the studio of...
Director of Building Science, EXP
Sathya is the Director of Building Science for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area at EXP, the leading group of our building science practice that was established in 1978 and currently has 60 building science staff across three offices with...
Product Manager, Flynn Group of Companies
As a Product Manager and Professional Engineer at Flynn, Joe specializes in building envelope products to enhance building performance. His role involves design development and strategic implementation of various Flynn designed systems. With a significant focus on Flynn’s modular wall...
Senior Partner | Deputy Studio Head, Foster + Partners
Giles joined Foster + Partners in 1989 and has worked on an extensive range of projects both in the UK and overseas. During his career, he has developed extensive experience of designing within historic environments, most noticeably the award winning...
Regional Manager, Saint-Gobain Glass Canada
Ravneet brings nearly a decade of experience in the glass industry, specializing in facade glass solutions. Her journey has taken her across continents, collaborating with architects, designers, and marketing teams in India, the Middle East, France, and now Canada. Ravneet...
Managing Director, GlasCurtain
Peter Dushenski is the Managing Director of GlasCurtain, a 100% Canadian-owned and operated curtain wall manufacturer that specializes in fiberglass-framed systems. Peter joined the company in 2013 just before the commercial product launch at Greenbuild 2013 in Philadelphia. Since then...
Sr. Technical Advisor, Engineered Assemblies
Jeff Ker’s 30+ years of technical sales experience with the Ontario Architectural and Design community benefit each project he undertakes. His experience includes two years in the West-Coast market and eleven years in the Eastern-Canadian market; representing a variety of...
Regional Façade Sales Manager, Cosentino
Dean has a 30-year history in the building materials and construction industry ranging from quality management to senior sales management focused on the building envelope. His approach is solution based and consultative. Dean provides practical knowledge to help with design...
Technical Director - Architectural Glass Division, CSG
Dr. Huang is currently the technical director of Architectural Glass Division of CSG which is the leading low-e glass manufacturer in China. With over sixteen years’ experience in energy efficient glass for buildings, Dr. Huang has worked on numerous landmark...
Director, Eckersley O'Callaghan
Lisa Rammig leads the teams in Eckersley O’Callaghan’s California offices. She has played a significant role in its expansion, establishing a West Coast presence, and leading many of the group’s most challenging projects, while she remains involved in academia and...
Conference Agenda
  • Façade systems as complex drapery for architectural masses
  • Material considerations and concerns
  • Parametric optimization of complex façade geometry and design for manufacturing
  • The evolution of glass design and how transparency was its purpose until climate-conscious design became the driver
  • Which industries can we borrow from to transform the glass industry towards carbon neutrality and cycling of resources
  • How does glass look in the future
  • Commitment to sustainability and environmental responsibility to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050
  • Embodied vs. operational carbon: Assessing importance in building sustainability
  • Development of the world's first low-carbon glass with a verified EPD
  • Understanding current challenges faced by construction from a labor and performance standpoint
  • Understand the benefits and challenges faced when building and designing with modular walls
  • Brief overview of Thermal Energy Demand Intensity (TEDI) and how modular construction can affect this
  • How exterior wall systems are becoming increasingly complex due to various factors: overseas procurement streams, stricter energy codes, and the growing trend of complex building geometries
  • Exploring the trends, challenges, and opportunities surrounding these façade systems
  • Lessons learned from projects across Canada
  • Sustainability strategy
  • The sustainability wave in the construction industry: Getting ready for the future
  • The importance of operational carbon and embodied carbon: Need to go hand in hand to decarbonise
  • Expressing the structural frame to articulate the buildings functions on the city skyline
  • How the façade systems integrate the functional and aesthetic requirements of a “super-tall” building
  • The importance of complex performance mock-ups to test material and systems
  • Future-proofing your building enclosure for a changing climate
  • Readying the industry to meet the challenges of more wind, rain, heat
  • Building on the climate adaptation measures
  • Project requirements to change on National Building Code

Sathya Ramachandran

  • Exploring various cladding materials
  • Determining whether to preserve or update brutalist design intent
  • Renovation challenges if building remains occupied
  • Sustainable façade design with a carbon neutral solution
  • Attachment methods for ventilated rainscreens and curtainwall integration
  • Design considerations related to meeting the performance, budget criteria and the design intent for a project
  • Concept: The project as gateway to the U of T campus
  • Façade concept: A dynamic atrium splits the building into two different programs
  • Solar Façade: Multi-layered panels positively contribute to the building’s appearance, as well as renewable energy
  • Problem: The quest to achieve a sustainable future for building façade design and installation is one that faces key challenges vis-à-vis the extremes of our rapidly evolving Canadian climate
  • Insight: Knowledge of key design principles to avoid failures in performance is only part of the solution, with those working in the field installing the façades may face unexpected challenges not addressed in drawings
  • Solution: Where does building sustainability start if not at the front lines of the envelope?
  • Case study building is a recently completed exemplar of a high-performance low-carbon building retrofit in downtown Toronto
  • Presentation will provide insight into the technical challenges associated with thermal-bridge-free detailing of a high-performance exterior insulated wall
  • Presentation will also dig into the “boots on the ground” execution of the guarded and whole building air tightness testing performed as part of the enclosure commissioning program
  • Why do beauty, daylight and natural views matter for education, mental health, and connection to land?
  • With winter temperatures regularly reaching -60°C, how can desirable window-to-wall ratios be achieved in one of the world's most challenging arctic climates?
  • What innovative glazing technologies can architects leverage to maximize thermal performance and durability in cold climates?
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