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: Staving for Darkness; How Exterior Lighting Impacts Wildlife
Jan 19 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Starving for Darkness


Since the industrial revolution and the invention of the electric light bulb, the natural ecosystems of the Earth spend more and more time bathed in artificial light within a 24-hour cycle. How does the artificial light and lack of darkness impact wildlife? How does the obstruction of the night’s sky affect bird migration, pollination, and reproduction?

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

  1. Identify exterior lighting conditions that can be harmful to wildlife.
  2. Look at existing case studies and projects that have caused harm to wildlife.
  3. Understand existing lighting regulations and how these can support wildlife, and what can be done to improve existing standards.
  4. To look at existing case studies and projects that have been designed for the wellbeing of wildlife habitats and the environment.
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

IES Toronto Fundamentals of Lighting Spring Session 2022
Mar 21 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Due to COVID 19, this Session will be held virtually for 10 sessions, twice a week on Monday and Wednesday evening 6:30pm to 8:00pm starting March 21st through April 20th 2022.

Fundamentals of Lighting is an introductory course comprised of 10 full sessions of instructions, quizzes, a final exam, and a project. Fundamentals of Lighting Certificate will be Issued by the IES Toronto Education Section after completion of course work and virtual classroom attendance.

Course Information

Start Date: Monday March 21, 2022 through Wednesday April 20, 2022

Location: Virtual (Online Virtual Link will be sent to Registrants by Email)

Monday and Wednesday 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Registration closes March 16, 2022

Program Fee:
Non Member $750.00 CAD
IES Member $650.00 CAD

Module 1 History, Light & Colour, Vision
Monday March 21, 2022 (6:30pm – 8:00pm)

Module 2 Light Sources
Wednesday March 23, 2022 (6:30pm – 8:00pm)

Module 3 Luminaires
Monday March 28, 2022 (6:30pm – 8:00pm)

Module 4 Daylighting
Wednesday March 30, 2022 (6:30pm – 8:00pm)

Module 5 Controls
Monday April 4, 2022 (6:30pm – 8:00pm)

Module 6 Photometrics, Calculations
Wednesday April 6, 2022(6:30pm – 8:00pm)

Module 7 Codes & Standards, Economics
Monday April 11, 2022 (6:30pm – 8:00pm)

Module 8 Lighting Design Process, Commissioning
Wednesday April 13, 2022 (6:30pm – 8:00pm)

Module 9 Lighting for Interior
TUESDAY April 19, 2022 (6:30pm – 8:00pm)

Module 10 Lighting for Exterior
Wednesday April 20, 2022 (6:30 – 8:00pm)

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.

Webinar: A New Sales Pitch
Apr 28 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Lighting projects are often evaluated on an energy-based ROI even though the value of non-energy benefits (NEBs) may be far more important. Networked lighting systems, coupled with quality lighting design, can achieve deeper energy savings while improving the productivity and comfort of the people occupying commercial spaces. By shifting marketing tactics, the industry can help customers look beyond just the ‘energy story’ of networked lighting controls to include some of the less obvious but highly valuable benefits. This webinar will discuss how networked lighting systems achieve multiple building goals that enhance the space, achieve maximum energy savings, provide an economical solution, and above all deliver quality lighting for the people within the space.

Webinar participants are eligible for one (1) IES Continuing Education Unit (CEU).


Dan MellingerDan Mellinger
Dan Mellinger is a Principal with Energy Futures Group, a Vermont-based firm that works to advance clean energy policies. Dan specializes in the design, planning and administration of energy efficiency programs, with an emphasis on commercial and industrial sectors. He provides technical consultative services on efficient technology capabilities, market analysis, technology adoption, energy savings potential, industry standards, training, and financing. He is experienced in the policy and regulation of goal setting, budgets, annual reporting, and performance incentives. Dan has consulted on hundreds of commercial efficiency projects across many jurisdictions nationwide and has designed and administered industry-leading commercial lighting programs. He received his degree in Electrical Engineering from Michigan State University, is a licensed Professional Engineer, is a Certified Energy Manager, and is Lighting Certified.

Liesel Whitney-SchulteLiesel Whitney-Schulte
Liesel Whitney-Schulte, LC, is the program director for the DLC, where her responsibilities include oversight of stakeholder outreach and engagement; program design, development and management; and providing support for the Solid-State Lighting Qualified Product List and Networked Lighting Controls programs to help advance quality lighting products in the market.

Aluz Lighting

A special thanks to April’s Educational Webinar Platform sponsor:
ALUZ Architectural Lighting


Webinar: Wilflife as Formgiver in Lighting Design
May 18 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

While lighting and design of modern buildings takes into account many human factors, the impact upon wildlife is rarely considered or understood. Stray light draws animals away from their migratory routes, impacts the flowering of plants, disrupts interspecies relationships, and much more.

Today, cutting edge design responds to the needs of the environment, and has begun to experiment with lighting controls, building forms, and building materials in order to reduce the impact of light pollution from buildings upon wildlife. This course will review case studies and modern techniques of lighting design in order to reduce the impact of light pollution upon the environment, including form factors, material selection, lighting specifications, and controls.

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

  1. Identify how current lighting design practices within building design create light pollution and impact upon wildlife.
  2. Look at specific building and lighting conditions that cause harm to wildlife.
  3. Analyze form factors and material selection that can help reduce the impact of light pollution on wildlife, including reducing fatal flight bird collisions into buildings along migratory routes.
  4. Understand case studies that have a positive impact upon wildlife through the specification of lighting & controls, form factors, material selection, and integrated lighting design.

Participants may earn one (1) Landscape Architecture Learning Credit (LACES) credit

Jane SladeJane Slade, MID, LC, IES is the Specification Sales Manager for Speclines in Massachusetts, a lighting manufacturer’s representative agency specializing in public outdoor lighting through an interdisciplinary approach of blending design, science and the latest technology. She is a lighting educator and researcher at Anatomy of Night (, researching the many ways in which light impacts our environment, human health, wildlife, biodiversity, and interdependence. Jane is the host of the podcast Starving for Darkness where these impacts are also discussed. Jane Slade is a Richard Kelly Grant recipient for explorations into the social and emotional impacts of light and lighting, through her work in creating lighting fixtures from waste materials in India, and through art installations focused on manipulating emotional experiences with light and color. She is a member of the IES Committee for Outdoor Environmental Lighting, the IES Progress Committee, a contributor to LD+A on the topic of Wildlife, and is currently writing a book about the natural daylight cycle. In her spare time, she is a yoga teacher.

IES Toronto 2020-2021 iNOVA Illumination Awards Gala @ Liberty Grand
Jun 17 @ 6:00 am – Jun 18 @ 12:30 am

Please come out for a night of networking with your peers and the top lighting minds of the Toronto Lighting Design Community.
Full sit down dinner with music, photo-booth and award recipients that will keep you entertained all night long!

Dress Code : Business Formal
(or as fancy as you want)


All tickets will be $250, table of 8 will be $1750.00 ($250 discount)

Please Contact Eric Teacher with the IES iNOVA Awards Gala guest names that you have registered and any food restrictions that we need to accommodate for your guests by June 8, 2022.

BIOSCES105: Designing and Specifying Wellness Lighting @ Latvian Centre
Sep 21 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Thank you to everyone who has been attending the IES Toronto Section Technical Luncheons virtually over past 2 years! We are excited to announce a return to in-person presentations starting on September 21st , however for those unable to join us in person this month, we will have a Zoom link to view Ken’s presentation via ZOOM. For those that are keen to see old friends and make new connections, you will appreciate the upgrades that were completed in Riga Hall at the Latvian Cultural Centre.

We look forward to seeing you in a few weeks!

In-person Fee:
$50.00 CAD (IES Members) / $65.00 CAD (Non-Members) / $75.00 CAD (at the door)
Zoom Link will also be sent as well in case you are unable to attend

We know that lighting is an essential design tool, playing an important role in how a space feels and enhancing our visual experience. We also know that circadian lighting can be used to support our immediate and long-term health. The next step is understanding how to combine these two aspects of light in our everyday spaces.

This presentation will address these design questions and give specifiers, designers, and engineers the tools they need to create comfortable circadian lighting. The techniques in this presentation can be applied to existing spaces (TI) or new construction and will give you the tools you need to specify circadian lighting that is effective and looks great too. It will address common questions about wellness lighting application, including:

» How do we integrate these two unique qualities of light in the spaces we design?
» Which areas in a project benefit most?
» Who needs circadian lighting?
» How do we balance visual and circadian needs and are there ways to measure wellness lighting?

HSW Justification
This presentation includes information on the biological impact light has on our health and well-being and covers human-centric lighting strategies for the built environment. This course introduces circadian metrics that designers need to know when designing healthy spaces and outlines how light plays a critical role in maintaining circadian health and supports our well-being.

Learning Objectives:
1. Understand the visual and non-visual impact of light.
2. Identify the design considerations that are important when implementing human-centric / wellness / circadian lighting.
3. Recognize simple strategies to improve circadian impact of light and use those strategies to modify design approach.
4. Identify the important performance characteristics to include when specifying circadian lighting.

Who Should Attend:
Architects, Interior Designers, Lighting Designers, Engineers, Design-Build Contractors, End-Users, Owners Representatives, Facilities Managers, Operations Managers

Ken Esterly- VP Sales  MIES, WELL™ Faculty Member, ALA, IIDA, Educator IALD
Ken Esterly Ken Esterly is Vice President of Sales at BIOS Lighting, a NASA spin-off company. With almost two decades of expertise in the LED Interior lighting market, Ken has championed Quality vs Quantity of light for the last 9 years and presented on the differences between Psychological and Biological lighting for the last 5 years. His extensive knowledge of lighting technology and application provide a unique perspective on the development and integration of quality lighting technology for today’s rapidly advancing design environment, including WELL™.

An IES Member and part of the WELL Faculty™, Ken has given AIA CEU presentations for the last 9 years that help educate lighting professionals on the latest developments in light and wellness. These sessions are not only educational, but are a great way to meet incredible people within the lighting industry and build long term relationships.

Controlling a Chaotic Market @ Latvian Canadian Cultural Centre
Oct 19 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

In-person Fee:
$50.00 (IES Members) / $65.00 (Non-Members) / $75.00 (at the door)

Presentation Agenda:

  • The goals of a lighting control system.
  • An overview of the protocols and the current trends of lighting control design.
  • Understanding the lighting controls market in broad strokes.
  • Emerging technologies and how they may disrupt the status quo.
  • Bringing the user experience into focus.

William Norris, P.Eng
William NorrisWilliam Norris is a Professional Engineer with over 12 years of experience in the lighting industry. Starting his career working on the consulting engineering side, he quickly rose through the ranks, becoming a senior electrical designer specializing in lighting and lighting control design. In early 2022, William co-founded VxV Solutions Inc., a lighting controls-focused sales agency and solutions provider. Also in 2022, William redeveloped and presented the CDID520 Lighting Control and Energy Management course, as part of the Lighting Design Program at Toronto Metropolitan University.

iNOVA Illumination Awards Gala Part II
Oct 27 @ 6:00 pm – 11:59 pm

Please come out for a night of networking with your peers and the top lighting minds of the Toronto Lighting Design Community.
Full sit down dinner with music, photo-booth and award recipients that will keep you entertained all night long!

Dress Code: Business Formal (or as fancy as you want)


All tickets will be $250, table of 8 will be $1750.00 ($250 discount)

Please Contact Eric Teacher with the IES iNOVA Awards Gala guest names that you have registered and any food restrictions that we need to accommodate for your guests.