Madame Luce Asselin and Mr. Alan DeSousa Co-chairs of the National Green Building Summit

    OTTAWA, April 1 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC)
has named two co-chairs for its annual National Green Building Summit, Every
Building Can Be Green. The CaGBC has invited Madame Luce Asselin, Executive
Director of the Québec Office of Energy Efficiency, and Mr. Alan DeSousa,
member of the Executive Committee of the City of Montréal responsible for
sustainable development and economic development, to co-chair the event.
    The co-chairs will welcome delegates and provide a focus for the summit's
main theme of moving towards more energy-efficient buildings with improved
performance, and the contribution that can be made to reducing Canada's
greenhouse gas emissions. This second annual summit organized by the CaGBC
will take place at the Palais des Congrès in Montréal, from June 9 to 11,
2009, and will bring together leading specialists and professionals in the
field of green buildings in Canada and the United States. They will share
their know-how and continue to pursue the main objective of shaping the future
of green building in Canada.
    "I take great pleasure in accepting the co-chair position at this major
event with Mr. DeSousa. I would like to encourage all those participating in
the field of energy efficiency in Québec to attend this event. Québec must
establish standards that reflect its leadership in the field of
energy-efficient buildings and sustainable development," said Madame Asselin.
    "I am very proud to be associated with the National Green Building Summit
in the capacity of co-chair," said Mr. DeSousa. "The city of Montréal is very
open to the idea of improving building efficiency within a framework of
sustainable development, and it is for that reason we are currently working on
our own green building policy, to be applied to all municipal buildings in the
city. By constructing new buildings according to LEED standards, by improving
the energy efficiency of existing buildings and by reducing heat island
effects, we want to take some concrete actions and provide examples that will
help to ensure we leave a much healthier city to future generations," added
Mr. DeSousa.
    "Madame Asselin and Mr. DeSousa are providing us with valuable support
and we are pleased to be able to benefit from their know-how and hear their
viewpoints as representatives of municipal and provincial bodies," said Thomas
Mueller, President and CEO of the CaGBC.
    The Every Building Can Be Green summit offers a varied program of
information sessions and educational workshops aimed at professionals from
every sector of the building industry. The CaGBC is expecting 1,000 plus
delegates from the fields of design, construction, management and financing of
commercial, institutional and residential buildings. Some 150 exhibitors are
expected to attend, along with 40 speakers and dozens of journalists.
    Participants will gain insight into the LEED(R) Canada for Existing
Buildings: Operations and Maintenance rating system, and will be introduced to
the recently launched LEED(R) Canada for Homes system. They will also learn
about the next generation of LEED Canada for New Construction and the latest
advances in the Green Building Performance System, a national database that
focuses on energy efficiency, water consumption and GHG emissions for all
types of buildings.

    About the CaGBC

    The CaGBC is the leading national industry organization advancing green
building practices for livable communities. It represents more than 2,100
member organizations involved in the design, construction and operation of
buildings. The Council implements the LEED(R) Green Building Rating System in
Canada. For more information on the CaGBC and the Summit, visit and

For further information:

For further information: Jean-Pierre Finet, Québec Chapter, CaGBC, (819)
684-5079,; Sue Lewis, CaGBC, (613) 656-1943,

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