Sep 2023 Decarb Lunch Podcast: Energy-as-a-Service Companies and Building Retrofits

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Energy-as-a-Service Companies and Building Retrofits

Past Event: Sep 21, 2023 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm



As governments begin focusing their emissions-reduction plans, policies and regulations on existing buildings, the market is responding. The demand for retrofit-related services and products is growing, but so is the supply. Efficiency Capital, Canada’s first Energy-as-a-Service company, provides up to 100% of the capital required by building owners to facilitate their energy efficiency upgrades, and does so through an innovative turnkey approach that is vendor and service agnostic, internationally certified, and meets the demands of small to mid-market asset owners as well as those of large commercial real estate investors, not-for-profits/affordable housing providers, and industry. 

ZEBx was joined by Efficiency Capital and Woodgreen Community Services for this event. Thanks to the financial support of BC Hydro and the City of Vancouver, this event is free of charge! 


Erin Ellis, Director, Development, Efficiency Capital

Erin Ellis is Director, Development at Efficiency Capital (EC). Previous to joining Efficiency Capital’s team earlier this year, Erin was most recently the Director of International Market Development at the World Trade Centre, Toronto and the Strategic Partnerships & Communications lead at the Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship.

With a professional background spanning Public Policy, International Trade and Commercial Real Estate, Erin brings 15+ years of cross-sectoral business development experience to Efficiency Capital’s team. With a reputation for conceptualizing, funding, and successfully delivering on programs and partnerships aimed at improving economic, social and environmental outcomes for all Canadians, Erin’s passion and expertise help drive EC’s ambitious market and segment expansion activities across Canada and beyond in our ongoing pursuit of a net-zero future.

Mwarigha, Vice President of Housing, Homelessness, Asset Sustainability & New Development, WoodGreen

Mwarigha is the Vice President of Housing, Homelessness, Asset Sustainability & New Development at WoodGreen. Previously, he was the General Manager of Peel Housing Corporation, Ontario’s third largest municipal affordable housing corporation.

Mwarigha is responsible for WoodGreen’s affordable housing growth and development strategy. With over 20 years of experience in the sector, he is an acknowledged thought leader and advocate for affordable housing as the foundation of personal well-being, social mobility and healthy inclusive communities in Toronto.

Mwarigha has extensive educational/training foundation including a Masters in Regional & Urban Planning (UZ) and in Urban Studies (UW) and Non-Profit Leadership & Financial Stewardship certificates from York & Harvard University. Mwarigha is currently Chair of Homeless Connect Toronto and a Board member of Ephraims Place – a community-based organization in the Jane Finch neighbourhood. He is also a member of the Black North Initiative’s Housing Committee. Mwarigha has completed research papers and written policy work in areas of service delivery to low-income communities, youth, seniors and immigrant settlement.


Roberto Pecora, Director, ZEBx

Darla Simpson, Program Manager Retrofits, ZEBx