Vancouver, BC or virtual livestream

FCM is proud to be partnering with GLOBE Forum 2022 to deliver a municipal-focused program stream at the upcoming GLOBE Forum in Vancouver, March 29-31, 2022.

In this first-of-its-kind partnership for FCM and GLOBE, sustainability leaders from cities and communities across Canada will join leading change-makers to outline a vision for local pathways to net-zero emissions.

FCM’s Local Solutions to Net Zero track will focus on high-impact areas where municipalities have an essential role to play: buildings, energy, transportation and waste. Within these topics, this stream will showcase local innovation that can be accelerated and scaled up, as well as explore implementation challenges related to procurement, governance and regulation—all of which require new partnerships with the private sector and unprecedented cooperation between orders of government.

Participants will have the opportunity to meet and interact with municipal practitioners and elected officials, technology providers and leading thinkers on community sustainability on-site at the Vancouver Convention Centre and via virtual livestream.

Registration fees for FCM's stream:
In-person: $350 | Online access: $195

Program details

Explore all sessions in the Local Solutions to Net Zero stream.

Where the Rubber Meets the Road: Local Solutions for Accelerating Zero-Emission Vehicles
March 29, 2022 at 11:15 AM-12:00 PM PT

Moderator: Cara LaRochelle, Director Sustainable Mobility, The Delphi Group


  • Mayor Stéphane Boyer, Ville de Laval
  • Bruce Ralston, Minister of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation
  • Ehren Corey, CEO, Canada Infrastructure Bank

Accelerating the shift to zero-emission transportation is critical to meeting Canada’s climate goals. That’s why cities and towns across the country are putting zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) at the heart of their emission-reduction strategies. Is your municipality looking to scale up its ZEV plans? Learn how communities of all sizes are identifying, investing in and accelerating sustainable mobility initiatives—from electrifying transit and municipal fleets to ramping up charging infrastructure—and planning for widespread ZEV adoption by consumers and the private sector.

We’ll address questions like: 

  • How important are ZEVs to municipal plans to reach net-zero?
  • How can municipal governments work with other levels of government and the private sector to reduce the barriers of ZEV adoption?

Giving Old Buildings New Life: Municipal Leadership in the Retrofit Economy
March 29, 2022 at 12:00-1:15 PM PT

Moderator: Carole Saab, CEO, FCM


  • Amarjeet Sohi, Mayor, City of Edmonton
  • Tim Coldwell - Chandos - developer recreation facilities 
  • Peter Halsall - Purpose Building - building performance experts 
  • Tom-Pierre Frappé-Sénéclauze, Regional Director BC, Pembina Institute

To achieve net zero, we need to decarbonize what’s already here: our built environment. Fully 12% of Canada’s emissions come from existing buildings—residential, commercial and community. We see municipalities and private property owners making the most of available tools to retrofit everything from libraries, community centres, seniors housing and single-family homes. But this can be a complex, expensive endeavor, especially at the scale required to reach net zero. Don’t miss this in person lunch and hybrid-learn session as municipal leaders explore opportunities to scale up building retrofits across Canada.

We will explore questions like: 

  • What are some of the early wins we can take to retrofit our built environment for a net-zero future?  
  • How can we address current barriers to retrofitting residential, commercial and institutional buildings?  
  • Are there innovative programs or financing models that can accelerate scaling up of the retrofit economy? 

Advancing Community-Scale Energy Systems
March 29, 2022 at 1:30-2:30 PM PT

Moderator: Chris Boivin, Chief Development Officer, FCM


  • Samson Tam, Director of Development, Creative Energy
  • Freddie Huppé-Campbell, Global Hub Manager, Indigenous Clean Energy (ICE)

As the movement toward cleaner energy gains momentum, so does the case for community-scale energy solutions—including renewables, district heating/cooling, smart grids, and energy storage. There are still substantial barriers to overcome to make these systems a widespread reality. But municipalities can play a critical role in fostering an enabling environment for these community-scale energy systems. Join this session to learn how we can accelerate community-scale energy projects across the country.

We’ll dig into questions like:  

  • What are the biggest opportunities and challenges associated with getting community-scale energy systems off the ground?
  • How can initial system deployments be de-risked to support further project expansions and investment by traditional investors?  
  • How can we streamline coordination between municipalities utilities, industry, land developers and other stakeholders?  

Exploring Housing Affordability: Can Canada Address its Housing Crisis While Tackling Climate Change?
March 30, 2022 at 11:15 AM-12:00 PM PT

Moderator: Steve Mennill, SVP and Chief Climate Officer, CMHC


  • Abigail Bond, Housing Secretariat, City of Toronto
  • Alex Boston, Renewable Cities, SFU Centre for Dialogue
  • Karen Hoese, Director, Sustainable Planning and Community Development, City of Victoria

The climate emergency, deepening economic divides, and rising real estate costs present complex, interconnected challenges to the livability of our communities. What if we could help more Canadians find housing they can afford while reducing greenhouse gas emissions? Municipalities are evaluating how to do both these things, using tools at their disposable to increase housing supply while also meeting climate goals.

Don’t miss this session as affordable housing experts answer practical questions like:

  • How do climate and affordability challenges intersect?
  • What are the highest impact opportunities to address housing supply challenges in market and non-market housing?
  • Where should the public and private sectors work together to tackle both affordability and climate goals?

Procuring a More Sustainable Future: Evolving How We Purchase Goods and Services
March 30, 2022 at 1:30-2:30 PM PT

Moderator: Adam Auer, VP Environment and Sustainability, Incoming President and CEO, Cement Association of Canada


  • Aaron Barter, Director, Innovation and Sustainability, Waterfront Toronto
  • Barbara Swartzentruber, Executive Director, Smart Cities Office, City of Guelph

Changing how we purchase goods and services can help tackle some of our most pressing social and environmental problems. Public sector procurement is worth $200 billion annually in Canada, with some 80% taking place at the local or regional levels. This creates leverage to invite innovative solutions from suppliers—in areas such as waste reduction, low-carbon energy, and accelerating retrofits—to build more resilient, sustainable communities. Join this session as we explore how “outcomes-based” procurement can support your journey to net zero.

We will examine questions like:  

  • Can municipalities lead the charge in making outcomes-based procurement practices commonplace? 
  • How can new technologies, services or innovative business models be supported by shifting municipal procurement decision-making to be more outcomes-based?  
  • How might outcomes-based procurement help deliver on multiple sustainability priorities, including reaching net zero and enabling a more circular economy? 

Learn more details about the full GLOBE Forum programming.

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