January 28, 2021 | Virtual Event

The Net Zero Construction Conference brings together the top
leaders in sustainable construction to discuss the trends and
technologies that are paving the way for a net zero future.

What is the Net Zero Construction Conference?

Opportunity

Attend 1 full day of 18+ exceptional industry expert speakers, sessions, and discussions.

Studying

Learn from the top leaders in sustainable construction
technologies and trends.

Networking

Connect and network with other leading construction
professionals and companies.

Videos

Access to all recorded sessions for 30 days after the event so you don’t miss a moment.

Video conference

2021 EVENT SPONSORS

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Procore
Hilltop Companies
Sustainable Development Technology Canada

SPEAKERS

Help us educate the construction industry on sustainable net zero practices.

Past Speakers

Zoë Kolbuc
Vice President, Partnerships, Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC)

Raquel Casares Villaverde
Solutions Engineer, Procore Technologies

Juan Gonzalez
Manager, Strategic Development & Sustainability, U.S. Concrete, Inc.

Dr. Phil De Luna
Director, Materials for Clean Fuels Challenge Program, National Research Council of Canada

Andrew Fahim
Senior Manager, Research & Development, Giatec Scientific Inc,

Dr. Aali Alizadeh
Co-Founder, President, and CTO, Giatec Scientific Inc

Ben Everswick
Sustainability Coordinator, Kiewit

Dr. Gaurav Sant
Civil, Environmental and Materials Science Professor, UCLA and Founder of CO2Concrete

Stacy Smedley
Director, Sustainability, Skanska USA, Executive Director, Building Transparency

Robert Cumming
Director, Environment, LaFarge Canada (East)

Lionel Lemay
Executive Vice President, Structures and Sustainability, National Ready Mixed Concrete Association

Christie Gamble
Senior Director, Sustainability, CarbonCure Technologies

Let's Chart the Future of Our Industry Together

The construction industry is about to undergo the most significant change and disruption its seen in the last century. With climate change rapidly altering the way we live, governments and interest groups around the world are pushing for new changes across virtually every sector of our lives.

In Construction, we Literally Build the Future

Join us to learn from the top leaders in sustainable construction about the trends and technology that are paving the way for our net zero future.

Companies Leading the Sustainable Charge

Hear from the top companies who are changing the industry!

We are proud to host many innovative companies in our virtual expo hall. Learn what all of these industry leaders have to offer with just a click of your mouse.

Network With the Best

There is no better place to connect and network with other leading construction professionals and companies interested in net zero construction.

Network face to face, 1 on 1 and in group sessions.

Schedule

Below is a recap of 2021. 2022 schedule coming soon.

Thursday, January 28th, 2021

11:30 AM EST

OPENING REMARKS
Dr. Aali Alizadeh

Dr. Alizadeh has over 15 years of experience in the development and commercialization of technologies related to concrete materials. He brings unique expertise on the durability of concrete at the nano-level, particularly when it relates to infrastructure exposed to harsh environmental conditions. Prior to co-founding Giatec in 2010, Dr. Alizadeh co-established Construction Materials Institute at the University of Tehran, which strives to provide knowledge-based services and eficient technologies to the construction industry as well as to equip engineers of the future with superior skills and expertise in concrete durability, performance, and various technologies.

11:35 AM EST

THE DRIVE TO NET ZERO : GOING FROM "TALKING THE TALK" TO "WALKING THE WALK"
Robert Cumming

Join LaFarge Canada’s Director, Environment & Public Affairs, Robert Cumming as he explores how companies
can move from risk management to new business opportunities, the decarbonization of cement and concrete
and commercializing a low carbon concrete line.

12:00 PM EST

CANADA'S NET ZERO OPPORTUNITY
Zoë Kolbuc

Over the last fifteen years, Zoë has worked in public affairs in business, government and academia. As the Vice President of Partnerships, Zoë provides leadership for SDTC’s strategy to develop partnerships across the country that support entrepreneurs developing innovative technologies. Through support and funding SDTC helps companies advance projects at the critical stages of pre-commercial development and demonstration. The projects we fund have the potential to deliver significant environmental and economic benefits through reduced greenhouse gas emissions, clean air, clean water or clean soil. Through partnerships with governments, not-for-profits and private sector organizations across the country, SDTC is always looking for new ways to help clean technology companies thrive in domestic and global markets.

12:30 PM EST

SUSTAINABLE CONSTRUCTION PRACTICES THAT PAY OFF
Ben Everswick

Learn sustainable construction practices that pay off with Kiewit, Sustainability Coordinator, Ben Everswick.

12:50 PM EST

READY MIX PRODUCER PERSPECTIVE TO LOW CARBON CONCRETE
Juan Gonzalez

Juan Gonzalez is Manager of Strategic Development & Sustainability for Central Concrete, Right Away Ready Mix, Polaris Materials, and Westside Construction Materials – 4 business units of U.S. Concrete’s West Region. In Sustainability, Juan is pushing the boundaries of innovation, devising multiple strategies to achieve Zero Waste. These strategies include the use of new wash-out processes, producing concrete blocks with left-over concrete, reusing left-over concrete to produce concrete aggregates, and reusing fresh returned concrete through Same Day Stabilization process. He is also in collaboration with architects, engineers, contractors, and consultants to help project teams meet embodied carbon goals. Prior to being named Manager of Strategic Development & Sustainability, Juan held several key positions: Sustainability Manager for Central Concrete and Right Away Redy Mix, Project Manager for South San Francisco and San Francisco territories, Customer Service, and QA Laboratory Technician.

1:20 PM EST

CHAIR YOGA BREAK

1:30 PM EST

SETTING THE FOUNDATION FOR OUR FUTURE PANEL
Christie Gamble, Stacy Smedley, Dr. Guarav Sant, Dr. Phil De Luna, Andrew Fahim, Dr. Aali Alizadeh
 
Join leaders from across North America as they discuss sustainable construction practices and technology that are revolutionizing our industry today and tomorrow.

2:45 PM EST

TOP 10 WAYS TO REDUCE CONCRETE'S CARBON FOOTPRINT
Lionel Lemay

Discover the top ten strategies to take advantage of concrete’s benefits while ensuring the lowest possible carbon footprint.

3:05 PM EST

PROCURE & POWER OF PLATFORM
Raquel Casares Villaverde

How increased efficiency can impact your sustainability initiatives.

3:35 PM EST

CLOSING REMARKS

With Dr. Aali Alizadeh

3:38 PM EST

NETWORKING

Ready to meet other construction professionals from around the world who want to embrace sustainable construction practices? This is the place. Join us for 60 minutes of ‘speed networking’. Get matched with a new professional to network with every five minutes!

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Zoë Kolbuc

Vice President Partnerships
Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC)

Over the last fifteen years, Zoë has worked in public affairs in business, government and academia. As the Vice President of Partnerships, Zoë provides leadership for SDTC’s strategy to develop partnerships across the country that support entrepreneurs developing innovative technologies. Through support and funding SDTC helps companies advance projects at the critical stages of pre-commercial development and demonstration. The projects we fund have the potential to deliver significant environmental and economic benefits through reduced greenhouse gas emissions, clean air, clean water or clean soil. Through partnerships with governments, not-for-profits and private sector organizations across the country, SDTC is always looking for new ways to help clean technology companies thrive in domestic and global markets.

Raquel Casares Villaverde

Solutions Engineer
Procore

How increased efficiency can impact your sustainability initiatives.

Juan Gonzalez

Manager of Strategic Development & Sustainability
U.S. Concrete, Inc.

Juan Gonzalez is Manager of Strategic Development & Sustainability for Central Concrete, Right Away Ready Mix, Polaris Materials, and Westside Construction Materials – 4 business units of U.S. Concrete’s West Region. In Sustainability, Juan is pushing the boundaries of innovation, devising multiple strategies to achieve Zero Waste. These strategies include the use of new wash-out processes, producing concrete blocks with left-over concrete, reusing left-over concrete to produce concrete aggregates, and reusing fresh returned concrete through Same Day Stabilization process. He is also in collaboration with architects, engineers, contractors, and consultants to help project teams meet embodied carbon goals. Prior to being named Manager of Strategic Development & Sustainability, Juan held several key positions: Sustainability Manager for Central Concrete and Right Away Redy Mix, Project Manager for South San Francisco and San Francisco territories, Customer Service, and QA Laboratory Technician. In 2013, Juan earned his B.S. in Civil Engineering from California State University, Chico.

Dr. Phil De Luna

Director Materials for Clean Fuels Challenge program
National Research Council of Canada

Join leaders from across North America as they discuss sustainable construction practices and technology that are revolutionizing our industry today and tomorrow.

Andrew Fahim

Senior Manager, Research & Development
Giatec Scientific Inc

Andrew Fahim’s research includes non-destructive testing, electrochemical corrosion monitoring, multiscale multiphysics numerical modeling, mass transport, and materials characterization and testing. He has also carried out various research projects on the evaluation of supplementary cementing materials and alternative binders, corrosion of reinforcing steel, and other concrete degradation mechanisms, including alkali-aggregate reactions, sulfate attack, and freeze-thaw damage. Andrew is also on the ASTM committee to explore a ‘New Test Method for Measuring Corrosion Rate of Uncoated Reinforcing Steel in Concrete.’

Dr. Aali Alizadeh

Co-Founder, President and CTO
Giatec Scientific Inc

Dr. Alizadeh has over 15 years of experience in the development and commercialization of technologies related to concrete materials. He brings unique expertise on the durability of concrete at the nano-level, particularly when it relates to infrastructure exposed to harsh environmental conditions. Prior to co-founding Giatec in 2010, Dr. Alizadeh co-established Construction Materials Institute at the University of Tehran, which strives to provide knowledge-based services and ecient technologies to the construction industry as well as to equip engineers of the future with superior skills and expertise in concrete durability, performance, and various technologies.

Ben Everswick

Sustainability Coordinator
Kiewit

Learn sustainable construction practices that pay off with Kiewit, Sustainability Coordinator, Ben Everswick.

Dr. Gaurav Sant

Civil, Environmental and Materials Science Professor at UCLA and Founder of CO2Concrete
University of California, Los Angeles

Join leaders from across North America as they discuss sustainable construction practices and technology that are revolutionizing our industry today and tomorrow.

Stacy Smedley

Director of Sustainability at Skanska USA
Executive Director of Building Transparency

Join leaders from across North America as they discuss sustainable construction practices and technology that are revolutionizing our industry today and tomorrow.

Robert Cumming

LaFarge Canada’s Director, Environment & Public Affairs

Lionel Lemay

Executive Vice President, Structures and Sustainability
National Ready Mixed Concrete Association

Discover the top ten strategies to take advantage of concrete’s benefits while ensuring the lowest possible carbon footprint.

Christie Gamble

Senior Director of Sustainability
CarbonCure Technologies

Join leaders from across North America as they discuss sustainable construction practices and technology that are revolutionizing our industry today and tomorrow.