Join us at Grey to Green on April 4th & 5th!

adapting to climate change

Grey to Green is taking place in Toronto on April 4 & 5 and will highlight new policy, design practices, and innovative products in the green infrastructure sector. Our goal is to help inform the current policy debate by making the case for a rapid and significant increase in green infrastructure investment, a trend that’s occurring worldwide.

This year, Grey to Green will highlight the economic impacts of climate change adaptation such as flooding and the urban heat island. Flooding affects both the individual in terms of health and well being and has significant economic impacts for society.

The Grey to Green Conference features the latest research, industry developments, and end-users to share, learn and network. Attend concurrent sessions and networking events with industry leaders,  attend training courses and workshops, and participate in tours across the Greater Toronto Area.

CEU: Grey to Green Toronto is approved for 7 CEUs each from CNLA, ASLA, OAA, OALA, APLD and AIA, and approved for 3.5 CEHs from RCI, 2.0 CEHs from the Green Wall Walking Tour 1.0 CEHs from the Living Architecture Tool and Domo Building Tour.

Continuing Education Units earned at Grey to Green Toronto can be used towards these accreditations: APLD, OAA, OALA, and GRP. An individual can obtain anywhere from 7 to 21 CEU credits at Grey to Green Toronto.

We are currently pending approval for 7 CEUs from BOMI.


2019 upcoming Key Dates and Deadlines:

March 1 - Registration Early Bird Deadline

April 3 - Training & Tours

April 4 - Grey to Green Conference

April 5 - Training & Tours

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Keynote Speakers

This year, Grey to Green is featuring expert keynote speakers who bring years of experience and a plethora of knowledge regarding extreme weather, resiliency, and how we must adapt our cities to withstand and combat changing climate. See keynote bios here.


Dr. Blair Feltmate

Head, Intact Centre for Climate Change Adaptation, University of Waterloo

Climate Adaptation Needs in Canadian Cities - Flooding and Beyond

Emily Kildow

Associate Director of Sustainability at Sidewalk Labs

Updates, Designs and Plans for Toronto's Quayside Project

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Dr. Dianne Saxe

Environmental Commissioner of Ontario

Reports, Highlights and Future Prospective from Ontario’s Environmental Commissioner


Craig Applegath, OAA, FRAIC, OALA (Honorary)

Founding Principal, DIALOG

Ten Key Strategies for Designing Buildings that are Better


Steven Peck, GRP, ASLA

Founder and President, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities

New Approaches to Advancing Green Infrastructure

Panel Discussions

Don’t miss our expert panel discussions on some of green infrastructure’s most popular topics. For more speaker information, please check our Speaker Bio’s Page and be sure to refer to our detailed agenda to mark your schedule.


Biophilic Design Panel

Roxanne Miller, Landscape Architect, Soprema
Phil Fung, President, HiGarden Inc.
Onah Jung, Architect, Studio Jonah
Elizabeth Calabrese, Principal Architect, Calabrese
Architects Inc.


Urban Agriculture Design and Technologies Panel

Brandon Hebor & Steven Bourne, Ripple Farms
Arlene Throness, Ryerson University
Kristiina Mai, Ryerson University
Ivan Guzman, New York City College of Technology


Urban Heat Island Panel Discussion

Vidya Anderson,UofT Climate Lab to University of
Toronto Climate Lab
Louise Aubin, Region of Peel Public Health
Lauren Smalls-Mantey, NYC Parks & Recreation
Jacqueline Hamilton, TRCA


Challenges & Best Practices Around Engineered Soils Panel

Neil Courneya, Gro-Bark
Kees Govers, LiveRoof Ontario
Dean Young, TRCA
Sheila Boudreau. TRCA


Green Infrastructure Asset Management Panel

Michelle Sawka, Green Infrastructure Ontario & TRCA
James Lane, York Region
More panelists coming soon…


Social Justice and Sustainability Channel Panel Discussion

Heather Ray & Jen McCallum, Peterborough Green UP Association
Adriana Gomez, TRCA
Pamela Ritger, Clean Wisconsin
Jay Feiker, Milwauke Metropolitan Sewage District
Yvonne McCaskill, Century City Tri-Angle Neighbourhood Association
Avalon Hoek Spaans, Sustainable South Bronx

Tours at Grey to Green

Don’t miss our expert led tours taking place before and after the Grey to Green Conference. The Yorkdale Mall Green Roof Tour and the DOMO Building Green Roof, Green Wall and Geothermal Tour are new for 2019! Click the buttons below for more information.

Grey to Green is made possible through the generous support of these sponsors and partners.

“The Grey to Green conference is a fixture in my timetable because the program delivers world-class speakers on an emerging economy that should have a higher profile given its economic, social and environmental benefits. The conference is a great energizer for the believers.”
— Neil McKeown, Gro-Bark Ltd

Highlights from 2018

2018 was a highly successful year at Grey to Green with over 300 attendees, strong programming, a trade show full of experts of the industry, excellent learning opportunities, and a great variety of technical tours of green infrastructure in Toronto. Please check out some of the programmatic highlights, including keynotes, designers, training and tours from 2018.

Couldn't attend Grey to Green 2018?

Couldn't attend the conference in person? Order the Conference Recordings and see keynotes and select technical sessions.