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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Webinar: Lighting for Circadian Health
Jun 16 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

‘One day we will look at our current lighting, the way we look at smoking now’ – Tony Tjan, Cue Ball Capital.

In the West we have the good fortune of having access to clean drinking water. We take it for granted that when we switch on our faucets, we will be able to use the water and it will be good for our bodies. We trust that the best practices have been employed in the delivery of our water.

Before we knew the importance of clean drinking water, we did not have filtration systems. Water filtration has been responsible for decreasing mortality rates and increasing the average life expectancy of the global population.

Lighting is the singular most important cue to the sleep/wake cycle, which determines the function of every organ in our body, including hormone and chemical secretion. Light is therefore responsible for our mood, physical health and cognitive health, for no other reason, than all living organisms evolved under sunlight, which is dynamic, over millions of years.

The World Health Organization has determined that chronic circadian rhythm disruption is a carcinogenic. Alzheimer’s has been linked to beta-amyloid build up in the brain, something that cannot drain without sleep, and PTSD sufferers are able to improve sleep by increasing sunlight exposure.

There are now thousands of papers to support the need for lighting that emulates sunlight. Simple…..and as with anything simple, the solution is complex.

Learn in this presentation about:

  1. The anatomy of the human eye and how to discern the functional differences between the receptors, with an emphasis on the recently discovered ipRGCs.
  2. Discover what we know today, about how sunlight affects the human body’s circadian rhythms.
  3. Learn about how disruption in our circadian rhythm can negatively affect sleep, immune response and productivity.
  4. Learn about standards and strategies designed to support human health and circadian entrainment.

Presenter: Sarah Morgan

Sarah MorganAn entrepreneur with a fresh perspective on innovation, leveraging a Masters Thesis in LED lighting and Biomimicry and applied commercial manufacturing experience. I am the CEO of Nano-Lit Technologies, a company focused on lighting for health and well being, using Quantum Dots and Advanced Manufacturing. Prior to starting trading, I took two years hiatus from business and lectured in Design for the Space Industry at the University of Dundee in Scotland, where I received an Innovative Teaching Award.

I have served on the New York Board of Directors for the Industrial Design Society of America, Housing Works and the Metropolitan Art Society NY (started by Jackie Onassis).

My first company designed and sold product to the US retail market (Target, QVC, Urban Outfitters). Nano-Lit Technologies leverages my thesis work in LEDs and has resulted in Nano-Lit being hired by AkzoNobel and Mercedes. For two years Nano-Lit carried out R&D in the Naval Yards in Amsterdam, while simultaneously overseeing R&D at Acreo in Sweden, Brunel University UK, Edinburgh University UK, CIDETEC Spain. Three patents pending related to General and Automotive Lighting.

Nano-Lit’s commercial product leverages eight years of research and development focused on:

  • Testing of the top ten Quantum Dot manufacturers’ materials (Cad & Cad Free)
  • Quantum Dot:
    • ink development
    • printing development (3D & 2D), including nano-lithography and capillary printing
    • industrial glass encapsulation
  • control system development for photonic excitation of Quantum Dots
  • improving optical efficiency and coupling of Quantum Dots for lighting and display
  • embedding of Quantum Dots in optical films and relevant chemistries
  • testing Quantum Dots in automotive manufacturing processes
Webinar: Ask Me Anything – Talking with Professionals
Jun 24 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm


Take a deeper dive into the lighting industry by joining breakout rooms to talk with professionals. Get to know more about their job, day to day tasks, and their role in a typical job cycle. Groups will be 5-7 people so and you can ask them anything!

Meet with an Architect, General Contractor, Engineering, Lighting Designer, and a Manufacturer all in one night.

DATE: Thursday June 4th, 2021
COST: Free for everyone

Webinar: Reuse, Refresh, Renew : A Guide to Commercial and Institutional Lighting Upgrades
Sep 15 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Come join IES Toronto for our virtual presentation on LED retrofits. Topics include various LED retrofit options and their advantages/disadvantages, along with project examples and control possibilities. This event will be presented by Adam Behiels from Mulvey & Banani – Edmonton Office, followed by an open discussion and sharing of thoughts.

This event is open to anyone in the local electrical industry who is interested in a fun, yet informative event. Engineers, architects, designers, electrical wholesalers, electrical contractors, lighting agents, and anyone else interested in learning more about the options along with pros/cons of common LED retrofits.

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Adam Behiels, P.Eng., LC, Project Manager at Mulvey + Banani
Adam has spent 13 years in the commercial construction industry working as an electrical consultant while honing a specialty in lighting design. He has had the opportunity to carry out several lighting upgrades in institutional and commercial settings through both the maturity and phase out of Fluorescent lighting to the phase in and mainstream adoption of LED technology.

Ben is a Professional Engineer and the Team Lead for the Edmonton and Arctic Electrical Teams at Williams Engineering.
Ben is Lighting Certified (LC) from the NCQLP, which is an indicator of his knowledge and expertise in the field of lighting design. He also serves on the Board of Director’s for the Edmonton Illuminating Engineering Society (IESNA) Chapter. With the chapter he has been an instructor for the Fundamentals of Lighting course and has given multiple educational talks on a variety of lighting topics. He is also a WELL Accredited Professional indicating his human centric design knowledge.
Ben’s project experience includes a variety of commercial, institutional, and residential projects with multiple libraries, recreation centers, office towers, restaurants, schools, and zoo projects

Webinar: Adaptive Reality – The Last Frontier @ ZOOM LINK will be sent through confirmation email!
Oct 20 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

What if static design was something of the past and our environment changed to please us? What if Building Standards would include the adaptability of the environment to the occupier’s needs?

The enlightened democratization of space is happening thanks to embedded electronics in anything architectural.

We’ll cover the theory and practice of Adaptive Reality. First, the fundamentals of IoT and Mesh networks, then the technology available today and soon to be released. We conclude with a look at the future and the impact of Artificial Intelligence in architecture.

Learning Objectives:

  1. explain how Adaptive Reality works.
  2. demonstrate how Bluetooth Mesh works.
  3. explain how commercial IoT works in architecture.
  4. demonstrate the value of IoT in architecture to owners and end-users.

Fabio ZaniboniFabio Zaniboni brings a unique perspective to the Lighting Industry. Italian born, Fabio grew up between South America, Europe, and Africa, fluently speaking four languages while living and working in over forty different countries. He immersed himself in both the arts and sciences, giving him a unique background to his Masters in Engineering. Fabio has shared his knowledge and experience with Fortune 500 companies all over the world, culminating in establishing multiple successful companies, that span all time zones, including Zaniboni Lighting, BubblyNet, Effective Lighting, and more. For over a decade Fabio has worked with many well-known designers around the world, designing and developing architectural lighting, lighting systems, giving and sharing insight into many aspects of the lighting industry. This naturally progressed to him delving into the field of building automation and controls, becoming an expert in the wireless controls industry, where he has specifically focused his knowledge and energies into Bluetooth Mesh and the impact of Artificial Intelligence in architecture.

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Webinar: Specific Attributes of Light, Luminaires and Relative Merits of Lighting Metrology @ Zoom
Nov 17 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Museums are the rare application where we can apply our lighting expertise to create dynamic environments so people can enjoy the extraordinary objects that make us proud (or ashamed) to be humans. To do this well requires knowledge of new lighting technologies (and we will discuss those), but l am most interested in demonstrating the value of the designer who has a deep understanding of the content and a mastery of each quality of light: intensity, distribution, movement, spectrum, and angle of incidence. The presentation is richly illustrated with examples of Smithsonian exhibitions showing how we light artworks so they may be better seen, understood, and experienced. Special attention will be given to advances in LEDs, Bluetooth lighting controls and the utility and limits of lighting metrics like CRI, TM30, and illuminance.

The presentation will cover the following topics. While the focus will be on museum lighting, my talk is also equally applicable to other applications such as retail, landscape lighting.

Learning Objectives

  • Show museum lighting techniques employed at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and Renwick Gallery,
  • Discuss recent installation of BLE lighting and associated lighting control systems.
  • Discuss the relative value of metrics including but not limited to illuminance, luminance, spectral damage function, CRI, and the associated TM30 metrics.
  • Demonstrate how good light, and great art, can create and inspire wonder.

Scott RosenfeldScott Rosenfeld is the Lighting Designer at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and Renwick Gallery.  Scott’s research focuses on detailing the specific attributes of light, luminaires, and what makes a successful lighting design. Of particular interest is research on the relative merits of lighting metrology vs. a designer’s eye to make lighting decisions. To achieve this goal Scott has collaborated with color scientists to learn how light can improve vision and museum conservation scientists to learn how to assess the damage potential of optical energy.

Scott is chair of the Illuminating Engineering Societies (IES) Museum and Art Gallery Committee where he leads an international committee to write standards including RP:30-2020, The American National Standard for lighting museums.

Additional lighting design projects outside Smithsonian include The Phillips Collection (D.C), JP Morgan Chase (NY, NY), Mark Twain House and Museum (Hartford, CN.), and The Walters Art Gallery (Baltimore, MD). Scott frequently lectures about how lighting can allow visitors to better see and appreciate artwork at conferences including, The American Institute of Architects (AIA), The International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD), The Illuminating Engineering Society (IES), the Getty Conservation Institute and Lightfair International.

Webinar: Designing Performance Architectural Interiors
Feb 16 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

This course is an overview of the proper application of performance architectural lighting fixtures into healthcare facilities.
Healthcare facilities continue to explore the benefits of incorporating Performance Architectural Interior Lighting (PAILs) into the diverse public areas of their facilities. This course looks beyond footcandle requirements and touches upon the emotional, psychological, and healing aspects inherent to well designed healthcare spaces as well as the benefits of communication and identity that PAILs offer.

Learning Objectives

  • Explore the factors driving design changes in healthcare lighting
  • Learn how to incorporate sustainability into your healthcare lighting designs
  • Discover the psychological and emotional healing properties of color
  • Analyze real world examples of PAILs in various healthcare settings

SPEAKER: Tom Taber
Tom Taber is a graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology and the author of today’s AIA course. Tom is a Regional Sales Manager at Impact Architectural Lighting and is the former President, Vice President, and Education Chairman for the Dallas Texas IES section. Tom earned his LC appellation in the Class of 2000

Webinar: Lighting Strategies to Support a Healthy Circadian Rhythm
Apr 20 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Health and Wellness has always been a widely discussed topic; but have you considered light exposure as part of your health routine?

This course provides an introduction to the powerful impacts light; natural and artificial, can have on our mood, sleep, productivity, and overall health. This course will examine strategies on how to tailor your light exposure, in relation to colour, time of day and intensity to optimize your biological clock. Through different lighting techniques, this course will provide strategies to lessen sleep disruption, improve recovery and assist in developing a human-centered approach to overall health during a 24- hour day.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this course, participants will be able to :

  1. Have a basic understanding of the impacts of artificial lighting on human’s circadian rhythm.
  2. Analyze the interior environment’s impact on human health relating to artificial light exposure.
  3. Apply lighting techniques to support the function of human’s circadian rhythm.
  4. Apply basic knowledge of application techniques of various LED CCT’s and illuminance levels to support a healthy circadian rhythm.

Sarah TurnerSarah Turner founded Head Turner Designs in 2008 and has an extensive background in the Interior Design industry, with focus in the residential sector. She holds a Masters Degree and Bachelors Degree in Interior Design, and has been a Professor in the CIDA accredited Bachelor of Interior Design Program at Conestoga College since 2014, and teaching in related programs since 2008.

Sarah has collaborated on global design projects and has been recognized internationally for furniture design in Milan, Italy by the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) as a recipient of the Emerge Italy Award in 2013.

She is an active member of ARIDO and IDC advocating for the profession, with a focus on occupant well- being, evidence-based interiors and health and wellness through lighting. She has been invited as a panelist for her expertise to discuss The Changes to the Design Industry Post-COVID, and to engage emerging Professionals on Starting a Business in Interior Design. Sarah’s passion is rooted deeply in health and wellness as she continues to pursue avenues to share her strategies to improve a user’s sense of wellness after leaving a space, compared to when they entered.

Technical Luncheon May 2023: Lighting Design Trends Expressed in Cinema – Past through Present
May 17 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Greetings Fellow IES Members!

We look forward to hosting our final Technical Luncheon before the summer season begins! We will (as always) meet in Riga Hall at the Latvian Cultural Centre on the third Wednesday of this month. Virtual attendance will be supported. We have had quite a number of varied topics shared so far this year, but Robert’s presentation about lighting design trends in cinema is sure to be an interesting way to finish the season! 
Please stick around after the presentation, as Brienne Musselman (Director of Education and Standards for IESNA) will be giving a 2023 update on Membership benefits and other IES information!

We look forward to seeing you in person, and appreciate your support of our events so far this year!


  • In-person Fee : $50.00 (IES Members) / $65.00 (Non-Members) / $75.00 (at the door)
  • Virtual participation via Zoom: $25
  • Virtual zoom link will be available on confirmation email after registration.

Presentation Summary
Learning Objectives:
  • Identify lighting’s progress throughout Cinema’s history
  • Compare the various technologies and their qualities
  • Describe how they impact the visual effect of the story
  • Analyze the effect and draw conclusions that might be applied to professional lighting practice today
This course is registered with AIA CES for continuing professional education and as such participants will earn (1x) LU/HSW Hour upon completion

Robert White, IALD, LC, IES, CFL

From his early days as an Industrial Design graduate at Detroit’s College for Creative Studies to the present as design principal at Illuminart, Robert has been creating innovative lighting design solutions for over 30 years. His extraordinary range of experience informs his creative design flare, technical expertise and a collaborative spirit.

Robert has received several Edwin F. Guth Memorial Awards of Excellence for the Qatar National Convention Centre interior lighting and the Detroit McNamara airport terminal Passenger Tunnel.  He has received over 50 other lighting design awards of recognition, his work has been featured in a variety of industry publications including; Lighting Dimensions, Mondo, Architectural Lighting, Metropolis,  Interior Design, and LD+A magazine.

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Technical Luncheon
Jun 21 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

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Technical Luncheon
Sep 20 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

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