It is innovative new businesses that will be key to solving environmental and energy challenges facing the world. Often times the innovative yet practical ideas are out there, but the ideas don’t reach their potential due to a lack of strategic advice, industry connections, and, of course, funding. Building Rapport looks to close this experience and resource gap by supporting promising start-ups in its key fields of interest: sustainability, technology, and buildings.

Building Rapport

Building Rapport’s founder, Stephen Carpenter, has a strong acumen for finding and nurturing talented up-and-comers. Stephen is currently an investor and advisor to several exciting green businesses through his membership in the Golden Triangle Angel Network investment group. Stephen’s strategic advice as a board member, mentor, and investor comes from lessons learned in starting his own firm, Enermodal Engineering, which he grew into Canada’s largest green building consulting firm. Stephen has a keen understanding of how to take a good idea and translate it into a workable business plan to attract public- and private-sector clients.

Managing, motivating, and retaining employees is often the greatest challenge facing new businesses. At Enermodal, Stephen applied innovative management practices to create a healthy, happy work environment and a unique corporate culture. His dedication to sustainability extended to providing best practice employee green lifestyle incentives). This leadership was recognized with awards as Canada’s Top Green Employers and Canada’s Best Places to Work.


Canada Award for Business Excellence - Innovation
Entrepreneur of the Year, Professional Engineers of Ontario
Canada's Top Green Employers
Canada's Best Places to Work


Financial investing and mentoring to new businesses
Consulting on business management and corporate culture
Engineering and business assessment of building and green technologies

Building Rapport
Building Rapport
Building Rapport