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OVERVIEW

Tower Labs believes that collaboration on hands-on demonstration projects will accelerate innovation, which is a key to advancing sustainability in the highrise construction industry. Real estate leaders, like Tridel, who allow us to prove out innovations in their buildings, are making a major contribution to the industry – and to greening the supply chain that supports it.

When it comes to supporting Cleantech entrepreneurs and innovators, nothing helps more than access to customers. Tower Labs has the real estate connections to bring new suppliers into contact with the development, construction and trades teams that will procure their products.  By facilitating collaborative work on-site, in buildings, we can accelerate procurement opportunities for young companies.
Our mission is to facilitate the adoption of green building products, technologies and practices through pilot and demonstration projects in highrise buildings; and accelerate the evolution to a low-impact, sustainable urban environment

OUR TEAM

Jamie James
Jamie James
FOUNDER & PRESIDENT
For the past decade, Jamie has been the lead sustainability advisor to Tridel, Toronto’s leading condominium developer, and has contributed to the company’s transition to become a green building leader with over 12 million square feet in development or under construction in LEED projects. For six years, Jamie was a Partner in the Windmill Development Group, when they successfully developed LEED- Platinum certified mixed-used buildings in Calgary, Ottawa and at Dockside Green in Victoria.Jamie also manages 350 Capital, a small venture fund that invests in green building technologies, and he has served on the board of cleantech start-ups and the Canada Green Building Council (2008-2011).In 2011, working with the cleantech practice at the MaRS Discovery District and Tridel, Jamie founded Tower Labs @MaRS, a non-profit green building technology accelerator, to manage pilot and demonstration projects of new approaches to improve the environmental performance of large buildings in Toronto.

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Subhi Alsayed
Subhi Alsayed PEng, LEED AP, CEM
DIRECTOR OF PROJECTS
Subhi has over 15 years of experience in all aspects of building systems design, project management and construction. Subhi is a Professional Engineer, LEED Accredited Professional and a Certified Energy Manager.As the Innovation Manager at Tridel, one of the biggest residential highrise developers in Ontario, Subhi’s responsibilities include establishing core research priorities across all design and construction disciplines, with a primary focus on Energy Efficiency, Green and Renewable Technologies and Construction Innovation.Subhi’s role at Tower Labs focuses on facilitating in-situ testing, piloting and demonstration projects in highrise buildings. Subhi also works directly with product developers/manufacturers and real estate owners and developers to identify and pursue opportunities for innovation as they arise through our various collaboration projects.

DIRECTORS

Greg Nevison
Greg Nevison
(TENURE: INCEPTION – PRESENT)
Greg is the Senior Vice President of Construction for Tridel/Deltera and has been with the Tridel Group of Companies in Project Management and Construction for 27 years. He oversees construction projects in the 100’s of millions of dollars and a team of the most experienced condominium construction managers in the industry. Civil Engineering education (P. Eng). Greg is responsible for Site Construction Management Team, Safety, Estimating and our General Contracting and Construction Management for external clients. He has provided leadership and direction for the Company’s sustainability initiatives since 2002 and is a member of the Operating Committee for Deltera which is the management entity for all Tridel projects.

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Tom Rand
Tom Rand
(TENURE: INCEPTION – PRESENT)
Tom started his career as a software renegade in high school. Then he went legit and founded Voice Courier Inc. (VCi) in 1991 to service the emerging Interactive Voice Response market. Tom led VCi’s expansion to over 100 employees in three countries, with revenue in excess of US$20 million annually. The VCi Group of Companies was profitable for each of the 12 years it was under his control, and was sold in the spring, 2005. Tom now focuses his efforts on carbon mitigation and is active in cleantech venture capital, technology incubation and commercialization, and public advocacy. Tom developed Planet Traveler, North America’s lowest-carbon hotel in downtown Toronto, and has made a number of private investments in the cleantech sector. Tom is Senior Advisor of the Cleantech Practice at MaRS and sits on the board of a number of clean energy companies and organizations.Tom is the author of Kick the Fossil Fuel Habit: 10 Clean Technologies to Save Our World, and Waking the Frog (working title) – which will be published in Fall, 2013. Tom holds a BSc in electrical engineering from the University of Waterloo, an MSc in philosophy of science from the University of London / London School of Economics and an MA and PhD in philosophy from the University of Toronto. Tom is an Action Canada Fellow.
Jamie James
(TENURE: INCEPTION – PRESENT)

Jamie founded Tower Labs and is the acting President.
(See bio above)

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