The Next Major Real Estate Investment Trend

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The Empire Grill Manhattan Room, 47 Clarence Street , Ottawa, Ontario

The Better Buildings Breakfast Series

The Better Buildings Breakfast Series is a golden opportunity to learn about sustainable buildings and network with your peers in the green real estate sector. The breakfasts will serve an exciting line up of speakers, leaders in the Canadian real estate industry, who will start your day with informative presentations about how to create a sustainable built environment.

For the March 8, 2012, Better Buildings Breakfast presentation we are honored to have two speakers:

Jonathan Westeinde, Vice-President, Ledcor Renew

The Next Major Real Estate Investment Trend - Mining Existing Buildings For Superior Financial and Environmental Returns

Sean O'Sullivan, General Manager, Sun Life Financial Centre, Ottawa

The First LEED Gold Certification for Existing Buildings in Ottawa: What Sets the Sun Life Financial Centre Apart?

Jonathan Westeinde, Vice-President, Ledcor Renew, Founder of the Windmill Development Group

The Next Major Real Estate Investment Trend - Mining Existing Buildings For Superior Financial and Environmental Returns

Jonathan is the founder of the Windmill Development Group, one of Canada’s most well-known and accomplished green building developers. The company’s first five mixed-use buildings have earned LEED Platinum ratings, an unprecedented track record in the industry.

Ledcor Renew, Jonathan’s newest initiative backed by the Ledcor Group of Companies, is a comprehensive integrated solution to green existing buildings. The green building retrofit market is an area that represents potentially one of the greatest opportunities to make significant carbon reductions in North America.

Jonathan is committed to growing and nurturing the green buildings marketplace in Canada, and demonstrates this commitment through a wide variety of volunteer and board positions including:

Chairman, Green Building Advisory Council for North America’s Commission for Environmental Cooperation (a NAFTA initiative)

  • Founding Board Member, The Canada Green Building Council
  • Board Member, Ottawa Sustainability Fund
  • Jonathan was also recognized as one of the Top 40 under 40 by the Ottawa Business in his hometown of Ottawa, Canada.

MBA, Dublin University, 1998
BA Economics, University of Western Ontario, 1990

Sean O'Sullivan, General Manager, Sun Life Financial Centre, Ottawa

Bentall Kennedy (Canada) LP has achieved LEED® GOLD certification for existing buildings for the Sun Life Financial Centre in Ottawa. It was earned with proven energy performance in comparison to similar buildings; optimal location; indoor air quality that delivers fresh air; a green cleaning program; sustainable property management, sustainable procurement and waste diversion programs.

What sets the Sun Life Financial Centre apart from other LEED® certified buildings? What does LEED® GOLD certification mean to the ordinary consumer who wonders what kind of energy savings are involved here?

About Sun Life Financial Centre

The Sun Life Financial Centre is situated in the heart of Ottawa's downtown core at 50 O'Connor and 99 Bank Street. The building overlooks the Canadian Parliament Buildings - just steps away from the country's decision makers. Within the towers is a fully equipped conference room reserved exclusively for the Centre's tenants. The building also features valet parking, hand car wash, secure bike racks, private showers, and a members-only club. The two towers that are connected by a glass-enclosed atrium consist of almost 1 million square feet of office space. Additionally, the floor plates are some of the largest in the City - perfect for efficiently accommodating discerning businesses.

About Bentall Kennedy

Bentall Kennedy is one of North America's largest real estate investment advisors and one of its foremost providers of real estate services. Bentall Kennedy serves the interests of more than 400 clients across 135 million square feet of office, retail, industrial, residential and hotel properties totalling $24 billion throughout North America. Bentall Kennedy has a 100-year track record of delivering superior returns and a reputation for integrity, innovation and creating value.

Bentall Kennedy is a leader in responsible property investing. As part of our fiduciary framework, we seek to enhance asset performance by addressing the environmental, social and governance aspects of developing, owning and managing commercial real estate. For more information visit:

Event Details

These may be sell-out events. To avoid disappointment register today.


7:15 - Doors open - Buffet breakfast

7:45 - Welcome & Introduction

7:55 - Cushman and Wakefield Ottawa Green Real Estate Market Update

8:10 - Sponsor Presentation


Jonathan Westeinde, Vice President, Lecor Renew
Sean O'Sullivan, General Manager, Sun Life Financial Centre

8:50 - Question

9:00 - Wrap Up

Cost: $35 plus the Fee per breakfast

On-site Registration: The deadline to register is 24 hours prior to the event if it is not already sold out. Late on-site registrants will be charged $40.

Please note that no tickets will be issued. Check in at the registration desk upon arrival. The EventBrite confirmation of payment is a receipt for event registration.


Ann White,, (613) 569-6300
James McNeil,, (613) 780-1567

$35.00 Age limit: 18+