Upcoming Education and Events

2017 Green Innovation Breakfast Seminar Series:


Session 1: Introduction to Energy Benchmarking

Vancouver, March 1st 2017  Register Now  

Energy benchmarking allows owners and managers to compare the performance of their buildings against others in their portfolio, and to similar facilities across Canada. This course will provide step-by-step guidance for new users of ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager to begin working with this free, online tool to analyze building performance. Participants will learn how inputs such as occupancy, operating hours and vacancy rates influence results, common errors, and how to manage data outside of Portfolio Manager to ensure accuracy over time. The session will include live demonstrations of the steps required to add and update key inputs.

This session will be led by Maeri Machado. Maeri is the Team Manager for WSP’s Vancouver Sustainability team, as well as Project Principal and Technical Lead on many of WSP’s major projects in BC and Alberta. With a background in engineering, she has experience in sustainable community planning, LEED® project consultation, P3 (Pursuit) projects, sustainable design consulting and facilitation, and energy audits/retro-commissioning. 
GBCI hours: 1

A continental breakfast will be provided.

Educational Workshops:

LEED Green Associate Exam Kickstarter

Victoria (Burnside Gorge) March 7th 2017 Register Now

So you want to take your career in a greener direction. But how do you get there?
Whether you're a recent graduate or a seasoned pro, acquiring the internationally-recognized LEED Green Associate credential is the key first step in establishing yourself as a serious green building professional.
Join our one day workshop, to prepare to take your LEED® Green Associate exam and earn the internationally recognized LEED v4 Green Associate credential. CaGBC has developed this popular condensed 1-day course, which is delivered by highly-qualified Canadian instructors with real-life local and regional experience



Are You Ready for LEED v4? In Class Workshops Available

Victoria,  September 12th 2017 Register Now

CaGBC's on-site private workshops are a convenient, cost-effective way to deliver quality training to your group, without sending staff off-site. Available workshops include a half day Introduction to the LEED v4 Rating Systems course where you will learn about the key changes you can expect with LEED v4. Contact hphillips@cagbc.org for further information if you'd like to see a private workshop in your area/your organisation.

Understanding the WELL Building Standard

Vancouver, March 8th, Register Now 

The WELL Workshop helps building professionals and owners understand their role as public health practitioners. It also helps medical professionals understand the critical role that the built environment plays in the health and well-being of occupants. Attendees will learn how to harness the built environment as a vehicle to support human health, well-being, and comfort. The ideology, structure, and certification process of the WELL program are covered, as well as the health basis for key Features. Strategies for improving the nutrition, fitness, mood, sleep patterns, and performance of occupants through design and construction practices are explored and  WELL case studies are highlighted.

For those seeking to become WELL Accredited Professionals (WELL APs), this course will provide you with foundational knowledge that may be incorporated into your WELL Exam study plan. 

Instructor: Kathy Wardle--As Associate Principal and Director of Research, Kathy directs Perkins+Will Vancouver office’s research and sustainable design advisory team. On a firm wide level, Kathy helped author, implement and direct Perkins+Will’s Sustainable Design Initiative. She regularly speaks and writes about sustainable design and healthy materials, and has authored several articles on healthy building materials and transparency.

Green Innovation Breakfast Series: The Adoption of Healthier Building Practices in the Commercial Property Sector in Canada.

March 15 730AM Register Now

Join us for a market update and lively panel discussion on the adoption of healthier building practices. During this exclusive event you will hear the perspectives of leading figures from commercial property management, health and wellness consulting, and the Canada Green Building Council, in a discussion about the status of health and wellness actions and commercial buildings in Canada. The panelists will discuss emerging trends, actions that can drive value for tenants and owners, challenges and opportunities in the commercial sector, and the different health related standards currently available in the market place.

Thomas Mueller, President and CEO of the Canada Green Building Council
Ashley O’Neill, Vice President, Corporate Strategy, CBRE Limited
Peter Smith, Vice President, Delos Solutions at Delos®

Darryl Neate, Director, Sustainability, Oxford Properties Group 

About the panelists:

Thomas Mueller - President and CEO, Canada Green Building Council
Thomas Mueller is a Founding Director of the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) and became President & CEO of the Council in 2005. As Chief Executive, he leads the Council's national green building strategy, programs and standards along with advocacy and policy initiatives.

Ashley O’Neill , Vice President, Corporate Strategy, CBRE Limited
Ashley O’Neill manages the development and implementation of CBRE’s corporate workplace strategy in Canada. She is coordinating the transformation of CBRE’s offices across the country as part of a strategic, multi-year project. As the global real estate leader, CBRE is focused on employee and client engagement, wellness and sustainability.

Peter Smith, Vice President, Delos Solutions at Delos®
As Vice President of Delos Solutions, Peter leads a team of experts incorporating health and wellness strategies into commercial offices, schools and residential projects across the world. This work is primarily through the implementation of the WELL Building Standard, an evidence based system for measuring, certifying and monitoring the performance of building features that impact occupant health and well-being.

Darryl Neate, Director, Sustainability, Oxford Properties Group 
Darryl Neate is Director, Sustainability at Oxford Properties Group - one of Canada’s leading commercial real estate firms with over 40 million square feet of Office, Retail, Industrial, Residential and Hotel property. Darryl leads Oxford’s sustainability strategy and works with colleagues, co-owners, business partners, and tenants on green building programs that make financial sense and improve performance. 

Whole-Building LCA Using the Athena Impact Estimator

New Westminster, April 8th (Saturday) Register Now

This one-day workshop fast tracks life cycle assessment (LCA) education for building design professionals, sustainability consultants and students wishing to have a career in the green building industry. LCA is the key analytical technique for reducing the embodied environmental impact of the built environment and it is the basis of a new credit in LEED v4. Embodied impacts are the lifetime environmental burdens from the building due to resource extraction, product manufacturing, construction, maintenance, and eventual demolition. Embodied impacts constitute a significant portion of a building’s total carbon footprint and account for the majority of a building’s impact in areas such as air and water pollution.

Part of this course will include hands-on exercises using the free Athena Impact Estimator for Buildings, a simplified LCA software tool created specifically for use by architects, engineers and sustainable design consultants. The course will take place in a computer lab, so you will not need to bring your own computer.

This course will be delivered by Rob Sianchuk of the Athena Sustainable Materials Institute. 



Past Chapter Events

November 2016: Approaches to Advancing Net Zero – CaGBC and City of Vancouver Perspectives

Thomas Mueller, President and CEO of the Canada Green Building Council
Sean Pander, Green Building Program Manager at the City of Vancouver

Dave Ramslie, Principal, Sustainability + Research at Integral Group

TheCaGBC Zero Carbon Buildings Framework is the first stage of a broader CaGBC Zero Carbon Buildings Initiative to champion the move to lower-carbon commercial, institutional and high-rise residential buildings in support of Canada’s efforts to reduce GHG emissions by 30 per cent by 2030. This was an exclusive opportunity to hear an update on CaGBC’s work to date, from Thomas Mueller, President and CEO of the Canada Green Building Council.In July 2016, Vancouver City Council endorsed a Zero Emissions New Building Plan. The plan provides a roadmap that defines the specific goals, timelines and initiatives needed to eliminate emissions from most new homes and buildings within a decade. This was a chance to hear from Sean Pander, Green Building Program Manager at the City of Vancouver as he  provided an update on the city’s work to date to develop policy to implement this plan.

Following the presentations, a Q + A and discussion session with the audience was moderated by Dave Ramslie, Principal, Sustainability + Research at Integral Group


October 2016: The Green Building Industry: Inspiring Possibilities

The CaGBC's Emerging Green Builders (EGB) are dedicated to providing the next generation of green building industry professionals with the tools, information and connections they need to be successful. This was the first event hosted by our EGB group in Vancouver. "Inspiring Possibilities" gave industry insight into the rapidly growing green building and alternative energy field. Designed to be an open and relaxed atmosphere, attendees had the chance to ask questions, hear the perspective of industry experts and network.


  • Bryn Davidson, Principal / Design with Lanefab Design/Build
  • Chris Higgins, Green Building Planner with the City of Vancouver
  • Sean Moore, Sustainable Building Analyst with Stantec Consulting Ltd.
  • Steffen Lee Trangeled, Energy Efficiency Engineer with SES Consulting
  • James Woodall, Sustainable Design Specialist with HCMA
  • Vanessa Jansen, Designer, Perkins and Will

June 2016: Summertime Green Building Mixer


Our first networking event of the year took place on the penthouse terrace and boardroom of 980 Howe Street. Developed, owned and managed by Manulife Real Estate, 980 Howe Street is a newly completed, 16 storey, AAA office building in downtown Vancouver targeting LEED® Gold certification. The evening kicked off with tours of the venue,  continued with networking, complimentary hors d’oeuvres, and a crowdpleasing Building Blitz: six rapidfire presentations highlighting a few of the most sustainable recent green building projects in British Columbia. Guests enjoyed views of downtown Vancouver from the 16th floor terrace as they networked, and discussed the featured green building projects with the professionals who designed them.


Building Blitz: Guests enjoyed short presentations on recent green building projects in BC, including:

  • TELUS Garden Office Tower [Goran Ostojic , Integral Group)
  • Stantec Office, Metrotower III [Megan Leslie, Stantec]
  • Queen Mary Elementary [James Kao , DA Architects + Planners]
  • Wood Innovation and Design Centre [Juan Monterrosa, MMM Group Limited]
  • Mt. Tolmie Community Branch 68 [Jeremy Trigg, Vancity]

You can view the pdf of these presentations here

2016 Lunch and Learn Series:



  • Introduction to Energy Benchmarking, Victoria 
  • Introduction to the WELL Building Standard, Vancouver 
  • Resilience and Green Building, Vancouver and Victoria 
  • Introduction to the Material Credits in LEED v4, Vancouver