Integration & Education


If the core of the problem for our inefficient use of resources stems for our linear SEGREGATED approach; or as expressed by Business Philosopher Peter Block, ‘Too many decisions about changes, are made by people untouched by the change process; then we must engage all touched INTO the change process. Evidence shows us that INTEGRATION with wide ranging groups increases the chances of transforming the industry, supporting Natural Capitalism, and eliminating the concept that waste has no value, or that resources are limitless. 

Integration is 
  • Goal driven 
  • Structured to maximize synergies, while minimizing costs & trade-offs 
  • Facilitated for clear decision making
  • Inclusive & collaborative
  • Holistic/collaborative Thinking
  • Whole project budget setting
  • Iterative
  • Non-traditional expertise
LEARNER-CENTERED EDUCATION combined with integration are key approach principles to effectively address resource efficiency issues.

Therefore, the council is pleased to provide with a number of workshops readily available or support to develop your own unique educational program.

 Some of the workshops or online courses readily available include:
  • Waves of Change – Increasing your business with responsible design and documentation
  • Changing Course – Affecting mindsets and behaviours
  • Effective Resource/Waste Planning and Management
  • Lean Manufacturing (online)
  • Greenwashing Monster
  • Deconstruction (upcoming)
  • MISSION 2030 for Integration
  • Integrated Governance for Sustainable Development
  • Mind Mapping for Results
  • Quality Substance for Continuous Improvement and Innovations
  • Change Management for Integration
 In short, we are creating, developing and deliver education programs in partnership with key organizations, providing learners with a positive and inspirational learning experience.

Our program meets the UNEP-SBCI (United nations Environment Programme-Sustainable Building Climate Initiatives) Guidelines on Education Policy for Sustainable Built Environment  by providing the following:

  • Key sustainability principles: Social, Environmental and Economical
  • Sustainable design values and precepts
  • Design for Disassembly and Adaptability or Durability
  • Life Cycle Costing & Life Cycle Assessments
  • Generic teaching and learning strategies for targeted stakeholder groups
  • Appropriate pedagogies
  • Best practice teaching / learning programs
  • Deconstruction
  • Solid Waste Reduction & Management Planning
  • Case studies of exemplary curricula’                

”This is an amazing process- as a group we are coming to a better understanding that we as stakeholders need to work together to change the industry- to change how we do things and to ultimately put ourselves in a position to better serve our customer by better serving our environment”…   Peter Dunlap, Business Development Manager, Modern Niagara Ottawa.

Modern Niagara Ottawa, a large commercial mechanical company with 1500 employees across Canada, piloted this approach with the CRI Council in the Fall of 2012, understanding that in order to remain a leader in their field, they had to understand their client’s requests or decisions at all levels. This task would which have been challenging and cost prohibitive through the traditional existing workshops, was overcome with a CRI Council’s customized and internal 24 hours program.


Renée Gratton, LEED AP, Founding President, Construction Resource Initiatives Council

Renée is the founding President of the Construction Resource Initiatives Council. She has over 30 years of experience in architecture, construction and materials. She is recognized as a sustainability specialist, dynamic conference speaker, author, educator and leader by many organizations, including professional design associations, CTV Amazing People, Canada Green Building Council, Canadian Cancer Society, Climate Reality Corps, International Solid Waste Association, National Zero Waste Council, Scouts Canada to name a few. With her extensive business and teaching experiences, she has a clear vision of what it takes to provide inspiring and motivating quality education and lifelong learning in the 21st Century. Referred to as a pioneer, polymath, betapreneur and community steward, Renée helped create the first ‘Deconstruction’ standard, influence public and private policy strategies and was actively engaged in the co-creation of the Post-2015 Global Sustainable Development Goals with the United Nations Environment Programme. As CRI Council’s leader, she works closely with diverse specialists including researchers, design professionals, developers and value chain stakeholders, to ensure the success of MISSION 2030. This was rewarded in 2013 with the People’s Choice Award for the MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology Centre for Collective Intelligence) Climate Colab Contest in the Waste Management Category.

Dr. Robert Abell, Founder CEO, Automated Learning Corporation: Educator and Lean Specialist

Bob is a humanist, environmentalist, systems thinker, author and interactive media specialist with over 40 years of experience in education and training. He worked as Director of Computing Services at Athabasca University; consultant and developer for The Department of National Defense, Commonwealth of Learning, and Indian and Northern Affairs; and VP Product Management at Learnsoft Corporation. There Bob was the key architect in the development and preparation of the LearnTech® product family of e-learning. Dr. Abell has a Ph.D. in education from the University of Alberta, a B.Ed. from the University of New Brunswick, and a B.Sc. from Acadia University.

Ann Callaghan, Professor Algonquin College and Conestoga College, Registered Interior Designer LEED Accredited Professional and the Co-Chair of the CRI Council Seven Generations Team.
Ann has an undeniable passion for sustainable interior design and has recently completed her thesis on biophilic design. Prior to pursuing a career in Academia, she co-founded Callaghan Letellier Wiens Gibbons (CLWG)where she stayed for nearly 19 years and led the first LEED Interiors project in Ottawa and for which CLWG received a prestigious award by the Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario. Ann was instrumental in the integrated gypsum research that led to the founding of the CRI Council, as well as in the co-creation of the MISSION 2030 initiative.

Marianne Dupont, Principal, in tempo design, Registered Interior Designer, LEED A.P.

Marianne wholeheartedly feels that design has an amazing ability to transform life experiences. Whether designing interiors or working with people, her solutions go beyond aesthetics as she aims to help people embrace creativity in life-enhancing ways. She is passionate about repurposing, multi- purposing and transforming undersized spaces into exceptionally functional living and work places, hence her passion in leading the CRI Council’s scrap2ART team. Marianne cares deeply about helping others build better lives for themselves, inspire out-of-the-box thinking and foster healthy corporate cultures, using her Reiki, IntelliGENICS® and DynaMIND® healing techniques knowledge and skills.

David M Lynch, MBA, Founder, The Fios Group: and Mind Map Instructor

David is a successful business leader, mind map instructor and market strategist adept at building organizations that deliver. With over 35 years of successful new business start-up and operational turnaround experience around the world, David is now a business consultant helping individuals and companies increase their market traction and attract new and more profitable business. His contribution to the creation of the CRI Council has been invaluable. His specialties are: Identifying and eliminating roadblocks to growth; Increasing revenue; Market and competitive positioning; Mentoring and training; PR and public speaking; Pragmatic go-to-market planning; Execution and implementation.

Liza Medek, Architect and Professor, Algonquin College Applied Arts and Technology: Faculty of Architecture, Civil and Building Science
Liza is an accomplished, results-oriented professional, with high-performance enthusiasm, loyal commitment and firm integrity. She is a registered architect in Quebec and Ontario, as well as a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada/Architecture Canada. Recognized as a creative thinker and innovative leader, she provides strategic advice, with the ultimate strategy of guaranteed success and prosperity. Liza is a steward of the profession and strives for excellence in architecture, which is an asset to the CRI Council Education Program’s mandate.

Jabeen Quadir, Principal, Sustainability Edge Solutions; Sustainability Strategic Advisor;
Lecturer, Toronto University; Chair of the CRI Council Seven Generations Team.
Jabeen is an advisor to industry groups, businesses, and their stakeholders on capacity-building, development and implementation of product and business sustainability programs for the construction sector. Her focus is in sustainable procurement/supply and environmental marketing programs based on product lifecycle management. Her aim is to systematically improve environmental and social impacts and master best practices for procuring and marketing environmentally and socially preferable products. At the Toronto University, she teaches cross-disciplinary graduate engineering course, “Integrating Sustainability in the Business Value Chain” to integrates cross-sector concepts of environmental, social, economic and governance aspects of sustainability management for businesses and products.

Bill Richardson,PMP, PmGP; International Consultant and Trainer Specializing in transforming Soft Skills to Hard Impact B ill is an international management consultant and trainer, focused on helping people and organizations function at peak performance through the application of three core principles about learning: It needs to be a process and not an event; It needs to be focused on building capability (mindset, skill set, tool set) not just skill; It needs to be focused on delivering measurable value. His focus is on: “Learning on Purpose” ; “Leading Change that Works” ; “Power of Promise ” and is the author of Learning on Purpose for Project Managers: Outsmarting Evolution.