Speaker’s Night: Real Estate and Construction

The last week in May was fully marked by the Green event “Building Lasting Change” organized by the Canada Green Building Council. Delegations from all over the world found their way to Vancouver to talk about actionable solutions to reduce GHG emissions. In the same week, the Swiss Canadian Chamber of Commerce (SCCC) organized a Speaker’s Event with the topic “Real Estate and Construction”.

Three Swiss companies joined the Green Event “Building Lasting Change” in Vancouver. They were accompanied by Markus Reubi, the head of the Swiss Business Hub in Montreal. Therefore, the Speaker’s Event of the Swiss Canadian Chamber was a great opportunity to connect the Swiss Delegation with the local members and friends of the Chamber. More than 40 people followed the invitation and met at the St. Regis Bar&Grill in Downtown Vancouver to discuss about Real Estate and Construction.

The main presentation of the evening was hold by Franz Gehriger from SwissReal with a strong focus on their Exchange Project in Downtown Vancouver (Pender and Howe St). The building will be Vancouver’s most advanced and sustainable building – 60% reduction in energy consumption, 35% reduction in energy costs and 85% reduction in CO2 emissions. The focus lies on health and wellness, therefore there will be 100% fresh air throughout the whole building and a radiant heating and cooling system – the first of its kind in North America. The opening of the Exchange Project can be expected in fall 2017.


After a short discussion with the event participants, Franz Gehriger handed the microphone over to Markus Reubi. He took the chance to talk about Cleantech innovation in Switzerland, the pioneering role of the country and the potential of Swiss technology in new export markets. Markus Reubi introduced the key messages of the Cleantech Report 2017 and emphasized on the fact that cleantech has a longstanding tradition in Switzerland – it is not just a trend.

After the short presentation of Markus Reubi, the different representatives of the Swiss delegation presented their business to the attendees – Eric Nelson for Nelson Architech, Patrice Bulliard for Durable and Josef Mondl for Renggli AG.


Representatives of the Swiss Delegation

CEO: Eric Nelson

Company: Nelson Architech

Field: Sustainable Architecture – Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Technologies

Website: www.nelsonarchitech.com


CEO: Patrice Bulliard

Company: Durable

Field: Agency for Urban Planning, Financing and Project Development

Website: www.durable-dev.com


CEO: Max Renggli

Company: Renggli AG

Field: Energy Efficient Timber Construction

Website: www.renggli-haus.ch


We would like to thank everyone who joined us for that event and a special thank goes to the Swiss Delegation and the Swiss Business Hub for participating at our event.

The Powerpoint Presentation by Franz Gehriger and Markus Reubi can be send out if requested. Please send an email to chamber@swissccc.com

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