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Important Locations

The Crown Plaza: The hotel
E7 (Engineering 7): Friday evening event, Saturday and Sunday sessions
Evolv 1: Friday opening ceremonies and dinner
The Tannery: Sunday evening banquet
TheMUSEUM: Saturday evening event


We will be using the Ion Light Rail train to get between sessions and the hotel. Your orange lanyard is your transit pass for the weekend, you must bring it with you on the train. A member of the CSE organizing committee can direct you to the train stations.

Session Descriptions

How Sustainability Will Shape Your Future - Andrea Bale, Sustainability Engagement Coordinator

E7 4043, Saturday: 9:00-10:00am

This session will explore what sustainability means, key challenges emerging around the world, and how human systems are responding. It will provoke new thinking on how participants can integrate sustainability considerations into their studies, careers, and personal action.

Reep House for Sustainable Living - Brendan Schaefer

E7 4053, Saturday: 9:00-10:00am

Reep House is a demonstration home in Waterloo Region, a LEED Platinum certified century home renovation highlighting sustainable upgrade options for older homes, including energy/water conservation features, and features related to storm water management. Brendan will speak about the process for planning and executing the renovations, and answer questions about the house.

Nuclear Power's crucial role in Combating Climate Change – Osama Baig

E7 4043, Saturday: 10:00-11:00am

Alongside other renewable, why is nuclear power Imperative for a Sustainable Future? Discussion around global energy hungry societies, Paris Climate Change Agreement and the role Canada can play in taking on a sustainable fight against climate change.

Passive House EnerPHit of Ken Soble Tower - Mikael Sydor & Chris Van Dongen, ERA Architects & Entuitive

E7 4053, Saturday: 10:00-11:00am

The Ken Soble Tower Transformation is a groundbreaking project rehabilitating a post-war apartment tower in Hamilton, Ontario to the Passive House EnerPHit retrofit standard - reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 94% and laying the groundwork for the industry-wide repair and renewal projects which are urgently needed to maintain thousands of apartments across Canada. This presentation, featuring the project Architect and Building Envelope Specialist, will include a background on the imperative of Tower Renewal, an introduction to the Passive House and EnerPHit standards, and dive into the design and construction challenges of the project.

Wood Construction and Sustainability - Shervin Reyhani, C.E.T.

E7 4417, Saturday: 10:00-11:00am

The presentation will discuss modern methods of wood construction including light wood frame and heavy/mass timber. The discussion will include some exciting projects from across Canada as well as the environmental and sustainable benefits of building with wood.

Why the World Needs the Sustainable Development Goals - Eliana Fleifel and Jordan Lin

E7 4053, Saturday: 11:00-12:00pm

In September 2015, world leaders from all 193 United Nations (UN) member states adopted the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to guide global action on the urgent environmental, political, and economic challenges facing our planet. From changes in our energy sector, to ensuring clean drinking water in Indigenous communities, to housing shortages in our cities, the SDGs provide a framework to unite Canadian voices and ensure that sustainable transitions are just and that the most vulnerable are not left behind.

Sustainability in Urban Engineering: What gets measured, gets managed - Dr. Nadine Ibrahim, Turkstra Chair in Urban Engineering

E7 4043, Saturday: 11:00-12:00pm

Sustainability has evolved from a hope and a definition to tools and strategies that are tangible and quantifiable. Sustainable infrastructure efforts in cities, megacities and megaregions can be assessed, and now more than ever we can engineer and re-imagine urban prosperity in our future cities.

Applying Green Building Solutions: LEED & Toronto Green Standard - Kim Stone & Darren Sheh

E7 4043, Saturday: 1:30-2:30pm

How can local, collaborative efforts address national sustainability goals? An investigation of certified green buildings within Toronto and the significance of municipal environmental policy.

The food chain and sustainable development - Christine Moresoli

E7 4053, Saturday: 1:30-2:30pm

During this presentation, sustainable development and issues of food security, food quantity and quality, and the use of natural resources will be addressed through the concept of a circular economy. Some solutions will be presented to illustrate the urgency and complexity of the problem and the role that the engineer can play.

What is our Biggest Sustainable Energy Problem? – Roydon Fraser, University of Waterloo

E7 4417, Saturday: 1:30-2:30pm

A range of considerations are presented for audience members to consider as you try to answer the presentation title question: What is our biggest sustainable energy problem? Then one answer is given - will you agree?

Engineering change to benefit people and the planet - Lloyd Hipel

E7 4043, Saturday: 2:30-3:30pm

The presentation will explain how a conservation-first engineering approach can help solve pressing social and environmental concerns, such as climate change, food waste, the economy, and more. Real-world case studies from industrial, commercial, and institutional sustainability assessments will be used to demonstrate how this approach provides long-term positive benefit.

The Future of Electric Vehicles and Their Impact on the Grid - Abdullah Barakat, EV Program Manager

E7 4053, Saturday: 2:30-3:30pm

As electric vehicles continue to grow in popularity, so too does their impact on the electric grid. This session will cover how far electric vehicle technology has come, and what work is being done to ease the transition for wide-spread electric vehicle adoption.

What about the Waste? - Matthew Walker

E7 4417, Saturday: 2:30-3:30pm

There is an increased focus on developing rapid solutions, with engineers striving to make society better for everyone. But how do we solve the great problems of our generation without creating another environmental catastrophe in 20, 50 or 100 years time, when our products and processes become obsolete? In short... what about the waste?

Engaging hope through the lens of water sustainability - Timothy Muttoo, PEng, MPH

E7 Event Space (Floor 2), Sunday: 9:00-10:00am

An estimated 880 million people still don't have proper access to clean water and 2.7 billion people are without adequate sanitation. Our planet's population will rise by an expected three billion over the next 50 to 75 years. Can sustainable stewardship and strategies today help us save lives in the future? Can the engagement of hope bring sustainable change in communities?

A Startup in Cleantech - Dylan Baxter

E7 4043, Sunday: 9:00-10:00am

An outline of the benefits and pitfalls of being a startup in the cleantech sector. Focus will be on what makes building a company in the cleantech industry unique and what steps/actions we found to be most important to be successful.

Amphibiation as a sustainable climate adaptation strategy for flood protection - Elizabeth C. English, PhD, A.M.ASCE

E7 4043, Sunday: 10:00-11:00am

Amphibious retrofit construction is a sustainable flood risk reduction and climate change adaptation strategy that allows houses to avoid flood damage by temporarily floating on the surface of the floodwater. Current applications address the needs of indigenous and low-income populations such as Canadian First Nations and Vietnamese rice farmers.