Announcing 2018 Grey to Green Keynotes

The 6th Annual Grey to Green Conference is taking place May 15-16, 2018 at the Chestnut Conference Centre in Toronto. Grey to Green focuses on green infrastructure design, research and policy and connects professionals working to integrate natural elements into the built environment. Grey to Green features a wide variety of innovative, technical content on stormwater management, urban agriculture, biophilic design, green streets, the Internet of Things, and policy and program best practices.

Grey to Green commences with a FREE public forum on May 15th at Toronto Metro Hall to discuss Designing Future Cities with Green Infrastructure. Steven Peck, GRP, Founder and President of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, will kick off the night by speaking to the ever-increasing need to adopt green infrastructure in our cities before introducing the event's panelists. Architect Tye Farrow, a senior partner at Farrow Partners, envisions transforming the Bloor Viaduct into a “Living Bridge” complete with individual housing suites, restaurants, hotels as well as pedestrian and bike paths. Claire Nelischer from the Ryerson University City Building Institute shares her research findings on the need for the Rail Deck Park, a proposed 21-acre park in downtown Toronto that would be built overtop of the rail corridor between Blue Jays Way and Bathurst Street. Deborah Martin-Downs the CAO of Credit Valley Conservation and Chair of the Green Infrastructure Ontario Coalition will discuss new policy developments that facilitate green infrastructure investment in Ontario.


On Wednesday, May 16th Grey to Green will provide will provide a lineup of speakers that are leading the way for green infrastructure adoption and widespread implementation. These thought leaders and change agents will give you personal access into their design processes, research findings and policy developments that will no doubt be part of our future urban fabric.

Learn how to create a better policy environment to intensity green infrastructure application at the Policy Roundtable on May 16th with Dr. Hamid Karimi from the District of Columbia Department of Energy and Environment, and John Mackenzie the new CEO of the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority.

The Afternoon Keynote on May 16th, features Craig Applegath, Founding Principal of DIALOG's Toronto Studio, who will present Addressing Climate Change through Green Infrastructure.  Paul Kephart, Principal, Ecologist and Designer at Rana Creek Design talks about San Francisco's Transbay Terminal Rooftop Park as well as his work on the JNBY Headquarters Rooftop Tea Production in Hangzhou, China. Brian Brisbin, Partner at Brisbin Brook and Beynon Architects will give a behind the scenes look at Toronto's first vertical forest project. Andrew Bowerbank, the Global Director of Sustainable Building Services at EllisDon Corporation will share his expertise and work in trying to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with building construction.

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The concurrent sessions explore trends in urban agriculture, green walls, rain gardens, green roof research findings, biophilic design and stormwater management all under the theme of building resilient communities. Grey to Green also features comprehensive training courses, guided local tours and a trade show showcasing companies and organizations committed to the growth and success of the green infrastructure industry

The 2018 Grey to Green agenda profiles industry leaders who are disrupting current design, research and policy standards. We are excited to bring you a variety of content that will build on your current knowledge, develop new understandings and motivate you to create change.

Save $100 on registration when you sign up before March 29, 2018! Register today!