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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Lighting Today Is Not The Same As Yesterday Or Tomorrow @ Latvian Canadian Cultural Centre
Nov 20 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Everyone knows what the lighting business is today. Mr. Wally Eley will provide some insights into what the lighting industry was 40-50 years ago and what he sees happening 40-50 years from now. Please join us on a lighting journey taking us from yesterday into the visionary future of lighting!

Wally Eley, P.Eng. LC, PE

PRESENTER: Wally Eley, P.Eng. LC, PE

Wallace “Wally” G. Eley, Principal of Crossey Engineering Ltd., has over forty years of experience in electrical and lighting designs. Based in Toronto, Canada, his professional experience has always reflected a philosophy that is innovative and future-focused. Wally has been involved with numerous award-winning projects both in Canada and internationally, including in the United States, Russia, Dubai, and China. He is a member of IES and PEO, and is also a Licensed Professional Engineer in various provinces and states. He has received four awards of excellence, a special citation and numerous awards of merit for his work and is a seasoned instructor at Ryerson University.

Specifying light source color rendition with IES TM-30 @ Latvian Canadian Cultural Centre
Jan 15 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

What is “white” light? How is it defined? What is Duv? How can products with the same CCT appear different? What is color rendering, holistically, and what are the drawbacks of CRI? What is a multi-metric system and what is IES TM-30-18? What is IES TM-30 ANNEX E and how can we use it to specify light sources? These questions, and many more, will be addressed in this comprehensive talk about color science. This session is designed for the lighting professional who finds it difficult to navigate the current state of color science and is looking to cut through the fog. This session will present technical information in an easy-to-digest manner and attendees will leave with a much stronger understanding of color science and associated metrics. Current trends in color science research will be discussed.

PRESENTER: Tony Esposito
Tony EspositoTony Esposito holds a doctorate in Architectural Engineering from Penn State University with a minor in statistics. His specialties include color science, color discrimination, human factors research methods, circadian metrics, and spectral modeling and optimization. His primary research goal is to develop an accurate and intuitive color discrimination metric for applied lighting.

Tony is a former graduate education fellow to the National Science Foundation, has won the Robert J. Besal Scholarship four times, and is a recipient of the 2019 Richard Kelly Grant. He currently serves as a voting member of the IES Color Committee and is the Founder and Head Research Scientist of Lighting Research Solutions LLC.

[CANCELED] Connectivity “Digital Buildings”: What it is, Why do it and Network Design Considerations @ Latvian Canadian Cultural Centre
Mar 18 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Due to the COVID-19 situation, this event has been canceled. Our priority is not only the education of lighting professionals but to the health and well being of all our associates.


Back by Popular Demand! Bill MacGowan – Director, Digital Buildings for Cisco – will be presenting an in-depth review of cutting edge Digital Building Solutions. For those of you who met Bill at the Cisco Light Walk, here is an opportunity to get a more detailed discussion on Digital Building Solutions, and how lighting plays a role in this emerging technology!

Organizations around the world strive to drive cost out of their operations while operating in a responsible and sustainable fashion. Those same organizations are competing for top talent and are constantly looking for ways to create that connected, collaborative and flexible workplace experience to boost their employees’ engagement, creativity and productivity.

How do you win that battle? Connectivity within Digital Buildings offers the perfect opportunity to satisfy those key business objectives. Connectivity not only decreases building energy consumption, overall OpEx and CapEx, but also delivers a unique and personalized experience to tenants that improves mobility, comfort, safety and productivity.

This session will spell out what Connectivity in Digital Building is, the business benefits it delivers to the organization, review important network design & cybersecurity considerations and conclude with some use cases.

William MacGowan is the Director, Digital Buildings for Cisco’s Industry Transformation Division in Canada. William has extensive experience within the AEC (Architects Engineers Constructors) Space and is intimate in the design, implementation and integration of IOT (Internet of Things) building systems. William has been intimately involved with the progress of open data communication standards and converged Facility + IT (4th Utility) Networks. William has deep knowledge in the areas of Use Case Development, Space Utilization and the Delivery of High-Performance Building Value. William is an honors graduate of the Queens University Electrical Engineering Program and is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM) with the American Energy Engineers (AEE) Association. William resides in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

[CANCELED] Taste Colour – EP Event @ Lutron Experience Center
Apr 7 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Due to the COVID-19 situation, this event has been canceled. Our priority is not only the education of lighting professionals but to the health and well being of all our associates.


Please join us for the April EP Event:

Taste Colour

Emerging Professionals: $15
IES Members: $25
Non-IES Members: $40

Webinar: How Low Can We Go!?
Oct 21 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Please join us for our Virtual Technical Luncheon! In an effort to ensure the health and safety of our members, we have decided to offer our Technical Luncheons in an Online format until further notice. To make them as inclusive as possible, we will be offering participation at no charge! Be sure to register today!

Is it possible to achieve net zero and maintain good design? Energy efficiency is often equated with strictly engineered solutions and utilitarian approaches that sacrifice aesthetics. This does not have to be the case.
The renovation of the Ontario Association of Architects’ Headquarters building targeted to become one of Canada’s first Net Zero buildings, and lead through example. The project, now completed and awarded IES Awards of Merit in three categories (design, energy and sustainability, and controls) serves as a case study to illustrate attractive, workable and cost effective solutions while maintaining the architectural integrity of the building.

This seminar demystifies how to effectively incorporate the free light of the sun. We begin with the daylight modeling, followed by the impact on electrical lighting design and the lighting control strategy. The learning is rounded out by a detailed look at the financial implications to answer the question: Is it really worth it?

Deborah GottesmanPRESENTER: Deborah Gottesman
Deborah Gottesman is the principal of Gottesman Associates, an award-winning architectural lighting design firm established in 1999, with distinctive expertise in sustainability and heritage applications. Deborah’s 25+ years in all facets of the lighting industry, including design, engineering, management, education, and manufacturing gives her a unique contextual understanding of lighting from all perspectives.

Deborah has successfully worked on projects in many sectors, and has taught lighting at all levels to a wide audience from students to senior architects. A past president of the Toronto Section IES, Deborah has been involved in the IES at local, and international levels, and was awarded the Toronto Section Service Award in 2013.


Fundamentals of Lighting Fall 2020
Nov 6 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Fundamentals of Lighting Fall 2020
Nov 13 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Metrics & All These Lighting Acronyms – How Do I See the Light?
Nov 18 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Fee : Free
Accreditation : This webinar is AIA approved with HSW (Health Safety and Wellness)

In this seminar we will be walking you through some of the talking we do when it comes to the design and application of lighting. From trending buzzwords to a spectrum of color terms, we will demonstrate the fascinating way in which our industry is increasingly becoming more intelligent, and this despite the fact that we can’t agree on seemingly simpler things like how we calculate color. We will also look at circadian lighting and what time exposure means, not to mention the impact of flicker and how we should approach glare values pertaining to luminaires.
Plus, we will get into what exactly is driving the increasing relevance of spectral power distribution. Our goal is to walk the walk, talk the talk, and light the light on how complex we have become when it comes to our lexicon of luminary terms.

Learning objectives

  • To explore the relevant terms popping up in the lighting world and how we can leverage them in lighting application
  • To better understand how to evaluate color
  • To compare EML and CS when it comes to circadian lighting and how the terms are similar, but different
  • To examine how glare and flicker contribute to healthful lighting design
  • To strengthen our lighting strategies to best serve the human mind and body by looking at the big picture of the metrics we use.

Michael Simla, B.Eng. – Chief Technology Officer, Lumenwerx
Janine Mighton, LC, MIES – Marketing Strategist, Lumenwerx

Fundamentals of Lighting Fall 2020
Nov 20 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Fundamentals of Lighting Fall 2020
Nov 27 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm