Minutes

Confirmed on
November 8, 2019



Board of Directors of the Toronto Atmospheric Fund


Meeting No. 3   Contact Jennifer Lin, Committee Secretary
Meeting Date Thursday, July 11, 2019
  Phone 416-338-5089
Start Time 9:00 AM
  E-mail tafboard@toronto.ca
Location Committee Room 1, City Hall
  Chair   Sandra Odendahl  

TA3.1

Information 

Received 

 

 

Welcome and Introductions

Board Decision

The Board of Directors of the Toronto Atmospheric Fund:

 

1.  Received the item for information.

Summary

Welcome and Introductions by the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Toronto Atmospheric Fund.

Motions
Motion to Receive Item moved by Kimberly Marshall (Carried)

That the item be received for information.


TA3.2

Information 

Received 

 

 

Chief Executive Officer's Report

Board Decision

The Board of Directors of the Toronto Atmospheric Fund:

 

1.  Received the report (June 26, 2019) from the Chief Executive Officer for information.

Decision Advice and Other Information

The Chief Executive Officer gave an overview of the report (June 26, 2019) from the Chief Executive Officer, Toronto Atmospheric Fund.

 

The Chief Executive Officer, Toronto Atmospheric Fund gave a presentation on Developing a Low Carbon Cities Canada (LC3) / Green Municipal Fund (GMF) Template Agreement.

Origin
(June 26, 2019) Report from the Chief Executive Officer
Summary

This report provides an update on Toronto Atmospheric Fund initiatives with regard to Governance and Organizational Matters and Strategic Programs.

Background Information
(June 26, 2019) Report from the Chief Executive Officer on Chief Executive Officer's Report
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/ta/bgrd/backgroundfile-135545.pdf)

Presentation from the Chief Executive Officer, Toronto Atmospheric Fund on Developing a LC3/GMF Template Agreement
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/ta/bgrd/backgroundfile-135925.pdf)

Motions
Motion to Receive Item moved by Corey Diamond (Carried)

That the item be received for information.


TA3.3

ACTION 

Adopted 

 

 

Purchase Contract Value Adjustment

Board Decision

The Board of Directors of the Toronto Atmospheric Fund:

 

1.  Approved increasing the total value of the contract awarded to Ecosystem Energy Inc. to $8 million (net of reimbursable HST) to cover the installation of additional energy efficiency measures at three Toronto Community Housing buildings.

Decision Advice and Other Information

The Vice President, Policy and Programs, Toronto Atmospheric Fund gave an overview of Purchase Contract Value Adjustment.

Origin
(June 27, 2019) Report from the Chief Executive Officer
Summary

This report recommends increasing the contract Toronto Atmospheric Fund (TAF) awarded to Ecosystem Energy Inc. in 2015 to design and implement the retrofit of seven Toronto Community Housing (TCH) buildings to a total value of $8 million net of reimbursable HST. The purpose is to install additional energy-saving measures in three (of the original seven) buildings which will further reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions. TAF will incur no financial costs as TCH will be fully funding the additional work.

Background Information
(June 27, 2019) Report from the Chief Executive Officer on Purchase Contract Value Adjustment
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/ta/bgrd/backgroundfile-135546.pdf)

Motions
Motion to Adopt Item moved by Councillor Mike Layton (Carried)

TA3.4

Information 

Received 

 

 

2019 First Quarter Financial Report

Board Decision

The Board of Directors of the Toronto Atmospheric Fund:

 

1.  Received the item for information.

Origin
(July 11, 2019) Report from the Director, Finance and Operations
Summary

The unaudited financial results for the period of the first quarter of 2019 are provided in Attachment 1.

Background Information
(July 11, 2019) Report and Attachment 1 from the Director, Finance and Operations on 2019 First Quarter Financial Report
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/ta/bgrd/backgroundfile-135551.pdf)

Motions
Motion to Receive Item moved by Kimberly Marshall (Carried)

That the item be received for information.


TA3.5

Information 

Received 

 

 

Minutes from the Grants and Programs Committee Meeting Held June 14, 2019

Board Decision

The Board of Directors of the Toronto Atmospheric Fund:

 

1.  Received the item for information.

Origin
(June 14, 2019) Report from the Grants Manager and Policy Advisor
Summary

Minutes from the Grants and Programs Committee meeting held on June 14, 2019.

Background Information
(June 14, 2019) Minutes from the Grants and Programs Committee Meeting Held June 14, 2019
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/ta/bgrd/backgroundfile-135476.pdf)

Motions
Motion to Receive Item moved by Jacoline Loewen (Carried)

That the item be received for information.


Vote (Receive Item)

Jul-11-2019

Result: Carried Majority Required
Yes: 7 Antoine Belaieff, Shelley Carroll, Mike Layton, Jacoline Loewen, Kimberly Marshall, Jennifer McKelvie, Sandra Odendahl (Chair) 
No: 0  
Absent: 3 Karim Bardeesy, Corey Diamond, Jason Kotler 
Declared Interests

The following member(s) declared an interest:

Corey Diamond - I am the Executive Director of Efficiency Canada, whose grant application was reviewed at the Grants and Programs Committee June 14, 2019 meeting. Sustainable Buildings Canada also submitted an application for review at this meeting. They are a paid supporter of Efficiency Canada.
Written Declaration: http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewDeclaredInterestFile.do?id=8775


TA3.6

ACTION 

Adopted 

 

 

Grants and Program Allocation Recommendations

Board Decision

The Board of Directors of the Toronto Atmospheric Fund:

                                                           

1.  Approved the following grant requests funded jointly from the Ontario and City of Toronto endowments except where otherwise indicated:

 
a.  $300,000 over 28 months to Canada Green Building Council to support a multi-stakeholder effort focused on development of the workforce needed to deliver low-carbon new buildings and deep retrofits in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA).

 
b.  $290,000 over 29 months to Efficiency Canada to engage in Ontario and federal processes related to key energy efficiency policies.

 
c.  $70,000 to YWCA Hamilton over 24 months to demonstrate, document and share the energy efficiency and financial savings that can be achieved in a pre-cast midrise affordable housing project undertaken to Passive House standards. (funded from the Ontario endowment only).
 

d.  $21,700 over 24 months to Toronto Environmental Alliance to support creation of a website to foster collaboration and coordination among member groups and external organizations, and to provide a space within the site to promote community ownership and shared responsibility for TransformTO.
 

2.  Declined the following grant requests:

 

a.  $300,000 over 24 months to Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) to renew their race2reduce initiative which recognizes building performance leadership and facilitates sharing of best practices amongst industry members.

 
b.  $140,000 over 24 months to George Brown College to review and benchmark the process and procurement methods in the construction sector, comparing them to performance improvements resulting from the use of the EcoSpex verification and specification process conducted on low carbon technologies.
 

c.  $105,000 over 12 months to Sustainable Buildings Canada to expand the Compass platform, a free online tool that aims to enable the building design community to benchmark performance against their peers, and to provide access to data all aimed at reducing the energy use and Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions in their buildings.
 

d.  $75,125 over nine months to Pembina Institute to accelerate Zero Emissions Vehicle manufacturing, job growth, and sustainability in the GTHA.
 

e.  $60,000 over six months to Energy Services Association of Canada to enable municipalities across the GTHA to accelerate and streamline the implementation of cost-effective energy opportunities through public/private partnerships.
 

f.  $25,000 over four months to Fashion Takes Action to conduct a feasibility study and develop a business case for a textile waste recycling facility in Ontario.
 

3.  Approved the following project allocation requests to be funded jointly from the Ontario and City of Toronto endowments:

 

a.  $131,400 over two years to identify and support local outreach partners to promote Toronto Atmospheric Fund (TAF)’s services across the GTHA.

 
b.  $25,000 over one year to undertake research and develop an implementation strategy for commercialization and scaling as it relates to TAF’s mandate.

Decision Advice and Other Information

The Vice President, Energy, Environment and Strategic Partnerships, Building Owners and Managers Association  (BOMA) Toronto and the Technical Consultant, BOMA Toronto gave a presentation on Grants and Program Allocation Recommendations.

Origin
(June 27, 2019) Report from the Vice President, Programs and Partnerships
Summary

At its June 14, 2019 meeting, the Toronto Atmospheric Fund Grants and Programs Committee recommended that the Board approve four grants with a combined value of $681,700 and two project allocations with a total value of $156,400.

Background Information
(June 27, 2019) Report from the Vice President, Programs and Partnerships on Grants and Program Allocation Recommendations
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/ta/bgrd/backgroundfile-135478.pdf)

Submission from the Chief Executive Officer, Toronto Atmospheric Fund on Assessment Form - Standard Grant Application
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/ta/bgrd/backgroundfile-135932.pdf)

Communications
(July 11, 2019) E-mail from Sharon Yetman (TA.New.TA3.6.1)
Motions
1 - Motion to Adopt Item moved by Jacoline Loewen (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item)

Jul-11-2019

Result: Carried Majority Required
Yes: 6 Antoine Belaieff, Shelley Carroll, Mike Layton, Jacoline Loewen, Kimberly Marshall, Sandra Odendahl (Chair) 
No: 0  
Absent: 4 Karim Bardeesy, Corey Diamond, Jason Kotler, Jennifer McKelvie 

2 - Motion to Reconsider Item moved by Councillor Mike Layton (Carried)

3 - Motion to Adopt Item moved by Antoine Belaieff (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item)

Jul-11-2019

Result: Carried Majority Required
Yes: 7 Antoine Belaieff, Shelley Carroll, Mike Layton, Jacoline Loewen, Kimberly Marshall, Jennifer McKelvie, Sandra Odendahl (Chair) 
No: 0  
Absent: 3 Karim Bardeesy, Corey Diamond, Jason Kotler 
Declared Interests

The following member(s) declared an interest:

Corey Diamond - I am the Executive Director of Efficiency Canada. Sustainable Buildings Canada is a paid supporter of Efficiency Canada.
Written Declaration: http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewDeclaredInterestFile.do?id=8776


Procedural Motions
Motion to Adopt Minutes moved by Councillor Mike Layton (Carried)

That the minutes of the Board of Directors of the Toronto Atmospheric Fund meeting held on April 30, 2019 be confirmed.

Announcements

The Chair acknowledged that the Board of Directors of the Toronto Atmospheric Fund was meeting on the traditional territory of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples and is now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. The Chair also acknowledged that Toronto is covered by Treaty 13 with the Mississaugas of the Credit.

 

The Chief Executive Officer thanked Board Chair Sandra Odendahl and Board members Jason Kotler and Corey Diamond for their dedication and contributions to the Board for the past 2 terms. She thanked Corey Diamond for his service and contributions as the Chair of Grants and Programs Committee and welcomed Antoine Belaieff as the new Committee Chair.

  

Also Present - Non-Members:

 

Julia Langer, Chief Executive Officer, Toronto Atmospheric Fund

Mary Pickering, Vice President, Programs and Partnerships, Toronto Atmospheric Fund

Jason Wong, Director of Finance and Operations, Toronto Atmospheric Fund

Bryan Purcell, Director of Policy and Programs, Toronto Atmospheric Fund

Ian Klesmer, Grants Manager and Policy Advisor, Toronto Atmospheric Fund

Jaime Klein, Operations Lead, Toronto Atmospheric Fund

Cliff Goldfarb, Lawyer, Gardiner Roberts LLP

Heather Keachie, Lawyer, Gardiner Roberts LLP

Bala Gnanam, Vice President, Energy, Environment and Strategic Partnerships, BOMA Toronto

Irfaan Hasham, Technical Consultant, BOMA Toronto

Lorraine Searles-Kelly, Solicitor, Legal Services, City of Toronto

Thursday, July 11, 2019
Sandra Odendahl, Chair, Board of Directors of the Toronto Atmospheric Fund
Meeting Sessions
Session Date Session Type Start Time End Time Public or Closed Session
2019-07-11 Morning 9:08 AM 10:59 AM Public
Attendance
Members were present for some or all of the time period indicated.
Date and Time Quorum Members
2019-07-11
09:08 AM - 10:59 AM
(Public Session)
Present Present: Antoine Belaieff, Shelley Carroll, Corey Diamond, Mike Layton, Jacoline Loewen, Kimberly Marshall, Jennifer McKelvie, Sandra Odendahl (Chair)
Not Present: Karim Bardeesy, Jason Kotler