The Toronto 2030 District is pleased to announce the election of Peter Love and Birgit Siber as the first Chair and Vice Chair of the District Advisory Board. Their leadership and status in the building and conservation community of Toronto are a tremendous asset to the District.
The Advisory Board is comprised of interdisciplinary stakeholders from the private, public and non-profit sectors engaged in building operations, design, planning, policy and market transformation, and is a key component of our focus on collective impact for climate change mitigation in Downtown Toronto.
Peter Love, Chair
Peter Love is an experienced and well recognized leader in energy conservation and efficiency and is a respected environmental leader. He has held senior executive positions with a government agency, non-profit advocacy organizations as well as two successful start-up private companies. Over his career, he has played a leading role in fifteen corporate and nonprofit boards, serving as Chair of five and President/Executive Director of three. He has also served on six Advisory Boards; current appointments include the National Advisory Committee on Energy Efficiency, Fortis BC’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Advisory Group, the Commercial Building Energy Initiative Leadership Council, Rethink Sustainability, the Greening Greater Toronto Task Force and the Royal Canadian Institute for the Advancement of Science.
In 2005, Peter was appointed Ontario’s first Chief Energy Conservation Officer with the Ontario Power Authority where his focus was on providing leadership in electricity conservation and advancing a Conservation of Culture in Ontario. Prior to joining OPA, Peter was the co-founder of Summerhill Group where he led their work in energy policy consulting, served as Executive Director of the Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance and was co-founder/president
of EnerQuality Corporation that develops and manages energy efficiency programs for new houses. No stranger to the concept of culture change, he began his career with the team at Pollution Probe that developed the 3 R’s
of waste management: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.
Currently, he serves as Chief Energy Conservation Officer at Summerhill, (a leader in energy efficiency programs he co-founded), President of the Energy Services Association of Canada (an advocacy organization he helped create), a volunteer Cleantech Advisor at MaRS Discovery District and an Adjunct Professor at York University’s Faculty of Environmental Studies where he teaches energy/environmental policy courses.
Birgit Siber, Vice Chair
Ms. Siber is a principal at Diamond Schmitt Architects and has practiced architecture since 1987. Sustainability has been a constant focus in Birgit’s work; she chairs the office sustainable design committee and actively promotes green building design within the office, community and at sustainable design conferences. Birgit has been instrumental in developing ecoMetrics, a tool to support energy literacy and inform the sustainable design process.
In the role of project architect, Birgit has focused on a broad range of institutional and laboratory projects, including the University of Guelph-Humber, which incorporates the first innovative living bio-filter plant wall, CANMET Metallurgical Materials lab for the federal government that is LEED Platinum certified and most recently, Wilfrid Laurier School of Business and Economics.
Established in 1975, Diamond Schmitt Architects is a leading Canadian full-service architectural practice. DSAI works throughout North America, Europe, the Caribbean and the Middle East and design a broad range of building types for cultural, civic, academic, healthcare, residential and commercial property clients. In the last five years they have designed more than 10 million square feet of completed space.