The Toronto Section has an active calendar that includes various educational courses as well as multiple opportunities to network and socialize with industry peers. To keep abreast with our upcoming events follow the calendar below.

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Technical Luncheon: Green Buildings Can Waste Energy Efficiently @ Latvian Canadian Cultural Centre
Sep 18 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Too many talk about the glamor and glory of green buildings. However, too few talk about the risks and performance problems. This presentation will examine some of the many reasons why green buildings do not always perform as expected, some misconceptions about “high performance” green and sustainable buildings, and some of the risks for designers, contractors, and manufacturers, as well as for owners and operators. Even meeting the mandatory prerequisites of USGBC LEED®, BREEAM, ASHRAE 90.1, and other certification programs are easily challenged. Most industry publications regularly feature green buildings, but do not publish the metered energy use or occupant satisfaction for comparison with the readers’ own experience. Too much reliance is placed on energy models lacking in occupant, operator, and maintainer behavioral impacts.

We will discuss the underlying factors that contribute to the misconceptions. We will analyze several case study examples of widely publicized green and sustainable buildings with metered data that show that they are not as energy-efficient, as advertised. We will also look at how to best approach overcoming these challenges.

Larry Spielvogel, PE, CEng, FASHRAE, FCIBSE, FSLL
Consulting Engineer, Bala Cynwyd, PA, USA

Larry SpielvogelLarry Spielvogel is a Consulting Engineer in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia. He holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Drexel University and is a Registered Professional Engineer in 49 States. He is also a Chartered Engineer in England, a European Engineer in all 27 Common Market Countries, an International Professional Engineer in 11 other countries, a Certified Plant Engineer, and has lectured and written extensively.

He is a Fellow of ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers), was an ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer, and is a winner of its Distinguished Service Award. From 2002 to 2005, he served on the ASHRAE Board of Directors and on many standing committees. He spent 19 years as a member and chaired the ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1 Project Committee from 1999 to 2002, which serves as the basis for most building energy codes and is the energy benchmark for Federal tax legislation, the US Green Building Council LEED® Program, and most other green building programs. He served on the IES Board of Directors from 1976 to 1979.

He is also a Fellow of CIBSE (Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers) (England), a Fellow of the SLL (Society of Light and Lighting) (England), an Emeritus Member of IESNA (Illuminating Engineering Society of North America), and a Charter Member of ASPE (American Society of Plumbing Engineers), NFPA (National Fire Protection Association), ICC (International Code Council), and many other Technical Societies.

Civic service includes the Township Construction Codes Appeals Panel, the Board of the Lower Merion Symphony Orchestra, the Interfaith Coalition on Energy, and the Military Order of the World Wars.

His practice is limited to consulting on energy management, procurement, and problem-solving in buildings, and he has been a consultant on many major buildings around the country and the world.

IES Toronto LC Study Group 2019 @ CREE Canada
Sep 18 @ 7:00 pm – Oct 30 @ 9:00 pm
IES Toronto Section Presents the NCQLP Lighting Certification Study Group 2019. This group is designed to assist those who have registered to write the LC Exam prepare for the exam in a structured environment.
Since 1991 the Lighting Certification Program has set a baseline standard for the lighting industry to earn their Lighting Certification (LC) Designation.

Join the growing commitment to excellence in our field and become Lighting Certified.

Steps to take:

  1. Go to NCQLP website and download the Lighting Certification Handbook. 
  2. Register with NCQLP
  3. Complement your study time and join the IES Toronto Section LC Exam Study Course. This course meets once a week for seven weeks starting in September. Proof of NCQLP registration is required. (Dates and time will be confirmed soon.)
  4. Write your exam November 2nd, 2019

Please register for the LC Study Group on the Toronto Section Website prior to Aug 15th as space is limited.

Facilitator: Gerry Cornwell LC & Adrian Andronic, LC

Date: Weekly Beginning Wednesday, September 18th, 2019 until Wednesday, October 30th, 2019 (7 classes)

Participants MUST separately register for the LC exam with NCQLP at:

LC Exam Date: Saturday, November 2, 2019

LC Exam Early Bird Registration Deadline and Fee: August 14, 2019, $575 USD
Final LC Exam Application Deadline and Fee: September 19, 2019, $675 USD

2019 Inova Awards Gala @ Liberty Grand Entertainment Complex
Sep 20 @ 5:30 pm – Sep 21 @ 12:30 am
2019 Inova Awards Gala @ Liberty Grand Entertainment Complex | Toronto | Ontario | Canada


Please join us for an evening in recognition of the accomplishments of our fellow designers at an awards gala to be held at the Liberty Grand, Friday, September 20th, 2019

Cocktail Reception to start at 5:30pm

Table of 8: $800
Table of 10: $1000
Early bird individual: $120
Regular individual: $140

We hope to see you there!

IES 2019 Street and Area Lighting Conference @ Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina
Sep 22 – Sep 25 all-day
IES 2019 Street and Area Lighting Conference @ Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina

The IES Street & Area Lighting Conference is the only conference of its kind dedicated to improving the outdoor lighting business of electric utilities and energy service companies. We continue to provide an open forum for end-users facing the same questions regarding relevant products for specific application, lighting controls, benchmarks from other users in the lighting community, and milestones reached by municipalities, utilities and DOT’s. We strive to maintain a small community feel, creating a great opportunity to network with industry peers through seminars with speaker Q+A, breakout sessions to discuss issues in-depth, an exhibit hall and many networking events with speakers and peers in a comfortable and open atmosphere.

We encourage you to make your IES Street and Area Lighting Conference 2019 hotel and air travel reservations as early as possible in order to take advantage of competitive fares. Room Block closes August 29, 2019.


Our attendee base, over 900 and growing, includes managers, technical and marketing specialists, lighting consultants and engineers from electric utilities, municipalities, cooperatives, energy service companies and manufacturers. These outdoor lighting professionals come from across the country and the industry. All are vitally interested in learning about products and services and include decision-makers from investor-owned regulated electric utilities, unregulated marketing affiliates, cooperatives, municipal utilities and independent contractors and consultants.

Lighting Controls- Going from Yes to Done
Oct 1 @ 11:45 am – 1:00 pm

In this presentation, Richard will cover an overview of Lighting Controls. What are some of the challenges we face? What are the best practices that we can implement? He will explain the different strategies when it comes to wired vs wireless lighting controls. What are some of the challenges with modern lighting controls and how we successfully execute a quality light controls application? Finally, Richard will offer some insight on where he sees lighting control evolving in the future.

Richard Goode is the Director of Specification sales and Total Solutions for Acuity Brands Lighting Canada. He manages the Solution Sales team across Canada supporting the C&I channel agencies across Canada. Richard has 35 years in lighting and lighting controls supporting business development, large projects, system design and territory sales management. Prior to Acuity Brands, Richard was with Philips Lighting Canada controls business and prior to that 15 years with Strand Lighting Canada as National Sales and Marketing Manager. Outside of Acuity Brands Richard rides Equestrian events with his horse, Bimini Cricket.

LIGHTFAIR International 2020 @ Las Vegas Convention Center
May 3 – May 7 all-day
LIGHTFAIR International 2020 @ Las Vegas Convention Center

The connected future is yours to discover here: LIGHTFAIR® International 2020. The lighting and design industry’s source for all that is new and next. Where brilliant solutions in lighting, connectivity, design and integration will unfold in a synergy of light in life. In the unsurpassed resources of the world’s largest annual architectural and commercial lighting event.