Ecocity World Summit 2019

Ecocity Builders, along with the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) and in collaboration with the City of Vancouver and Tourism Vancouver, presents Ecocity World Summit 2019 held at the Vancouver Convention Centre West in Vancouver, BC during October 7-9, 2019.

As the world’s longest standing international summit centred on sustainable urban design, Ecocity World Summit is a knowledge sharing event with an anticipated 1,000 attendees from varying backgrounds and disciplines in the industry.  The Summit will feature keynote and guest speakers, presentations, and local field trips showcasing local sustainable urban design. Ecocity World Summit 2019 is themed around the International Ecocity Standards (IES), a set of 18 standards developed in partnership by Ecocity Builders and BCIT School of Construction and the Environment. These standards are categorized in the following topic groups, which will each be highlighted across the fours days of the Summit:

  • Urban Design
  • Bio-geophysical conditions
  • Socio-cultural features
  • Ecological imperatives

Integral Group is proud to be represented by Lisa Westerhoff, Sustainability Policy and Planning Principal and Kevin Welsh, Senior Sustainability Advisor:

Workshop #AD01 Strengthening Communities in the Face of Climate Change: Mobilizing Building Adaptation and Resilience (MBAR)

Monday, October 7, 2019 | 10:15 am – 5:55 pm | Atrium (8F), BCIT Downtown Campus, 555 Seymour Street, Vancouver, BC

MBAR is a multi-stakeholder knowledge and capacity building project led by BC Housing with participation and contribution from over 30 organizations, including national, provincial, local agencies and industry partners. By facilitating and piloting sustainable and resilient design and renovation of buildings, the MBAR project will help building owners and occupants adapt to anticipated climate change stresses (higher precipitation, warmer summers, fire-related air pollution) and climate change shocks (severe flooding, fire, windstorms).

This full-day interactive workshop engages participants with leading building practitioners in Canada who are working to mobilize the construction sector’s capacity to improve climate adaptation and resilience in building design and renovations. Participants will learn how to improve buildings to mitigate the health and financial risks posed by climate change and to work towards a low carbon resilient future.

Breaks will be included.


About Lisa


Lisa leads the Sustainability Policy and Planning team at Integral Group in Vancouver, where she works with local governments, universities, developers, and industry organizations in to create policies and strategies for a low-carbon built environment. Lisa holds a PhD in urban sustainability from UBC, during which time she conducted an evaluation of the success of Vancouver’s Olympic Village as a sustainable urban neighbourhood.

She now brings her expertise in climate change, sustainability and resilience planning in coordinating projects ranging from zero emissions buildings plans, to post-occupancy evaluations, energy and carbon disclosure policies, and city-wide climate and energy strategies. She has designed and led several stakeholder and community engagement processes in planning for climate, energy, and sustainability policy. An excellent writer and communicator, Lisa’s background makes her highly proficient in integrating and communicating ideas from across diverse sectors and disciplines. Lisa is the author of several academic publications on strategies for increasing climate change resilience and energy and emissions reductions, and an EcoDistricts Accredited Professional. Lisa also holds a Master’s degree in climate change resilience and adaptation, and was the winner of the Canada Green Building Council’s Green Building Champion Award in 2019.

Holistic Carbon Reductions for Major Infrastructure Developments – Going Beyond Operational Carbon Reductions to address Embodied Emissions for the YVR CORE Program

Wednesday, October 9, 2019 | 4:45 pm – 5:55 pm | S.04B.02

This session with cover how the YVR CORE project team has evaluated the entire “Cradle-to-Grave” life cycle of materials, allowing for comparative design decision making, finding the compromises between costs, environmental impacts, functionality and aesthetics in attempts to support holistic carbon reductions and drive down the embodied carbon emissions associated with the YVR CORE Program.


  • Kevin Welsh | Integral Group
  • Quin MacKenzie | Stantec

About Kevin

Kevin is a motivated, independent leader who seeks out challenge and experience in all that he does. His hands-on site and leadership experience is paired with reliable, well-rounded teamwork skills. Kevin is willing to dig in and ‘get his hands dirty’ in the interest of learning a new skill and contributing to the project. He excels in learning and sharing the tools to explain, demonstrate, and teach the value in thinking sustainable.

Kevin assists in the development of sustainable building system designs, which includes conducting Passive House Feasibility studies, life-cycle impact analysis and preparing sustainable design analysis and reports. He also provides sustainable design guidance for clients, including administering and coordinating certification processes for the latest sustainable building rating systems, including LEED, Living Building Challenge and Green Globes.

For more information and to register for these events visit Ecocity 2019.

Date(s): October 7, 2019

Time: 10:15 am - 5:55 pm

Speaker: Lisa Westerhoff, Principal | Kevin Welsh, Senior Sustainability Advisor