Students Leading Sustainability:

Andy Kesteloo Memorial Project Award

The Andy Kesteloo Memorial Student Project Award is in memory of Andy Kesteloo, a visionary green building advocate, who shared his commitment for a sustainable earth with humour, insight and passion.

The objective of the Award is to recognize a student project that demonstrates leadership, innovation, inspiration and a creative vision for the future of sustainable design in the field of green building and communities.

The 2019 winner: Bianca Dahlman

University of Manitoba

Bianca is being recognized for her heartfelt, compassionate design of The Weave Cultural Centre - a space where the community of Shoal Lake 40 can reconnect with and celebrate their history in a modern, multi-purpose space that embraces culture and green building design. Bianca’s project enables knowledge sharing across generations, communities, and cultures. Her research included experiencing the Anishinaabe culture first hand by participating in community activities and improving the building envelope, establishing a connection to the surrounding boreal landscape and adding floor to ceiling glazing on exterior walls for natural lighting which all add up to an inspiring project that is certainly viable and beautiful. A new architectural design course has been created for students to design a space inspired by Weave. The design proposals arising out of the course will then aid the community of Shoal Lake 40 in procuring funding for future community projects.

Winner, Bianca Dahlman (left) with Darryl Neate (right),
Director of Sustainability, Oxford Properties Group.

Gala Dinner Photo

View this video that details Bianca’s project idea:

The 2019 runner-up

Ross Wood, BCIT
242 Terminal is an exploration of alternative living and organic city growth to combat poor accessibility to adequate housing in Vancouver and the negative effects of gentrification in the False Creek Flats. This exploration led to a co-habitation residential program coupled with the preservation of a light industrial space. The proposal includes the rehabilitation of the existing Massey Harris Building to promote cultural continuity. An interactive third space separates the programs by means of an urban translation of the suburban street and alley. This combination of program and treatment of urban fabric aims to achieve a greater degree of social sustainability in the growing municipality of Vancouver.

Award criteria, eligibility and submission process

Competition opens Fall 2019

Criteria -
Student project should (but is not limited to):
  • Be an idea for a building, any component of a building, a green product, or any part of the construction process.
  • Clearly convey the fundamentals of sustainability by using innovative strategies and realistic solutions.
  • Present a creative vision for the future of green buildings and neighbourhoods.
  • Articulate the project's key features and their environmental and human health benefits.
  • Demonstrate the value and the importance of integrated/synergistic system design.
The Award
  • $2,000 cash award.
  • Free conference registration to Building Lasting Change, CaGBC's National Conference, including attendance at the gala dinner and award ceremony where the winner will be announced to the public.
  • Transportation costs to and from the conference.
  • Two nights lodging during the conference.
  • $100 in expenses.
  • Free entry to the CaGBC's National Conference Gala dinner and awards ceremony for a professor of your choice.
Must be a full-time, undergraduate student involved directly or indirectly in the built environment. Some examples include programs related to: Architecture, Engineering, Urban Planning, Interior Design, Community Planning, Sustainability Management, Supply Chain Management, Construction, Trades, etc.

Project groups must select one group representative. A project award can only be awarded to one group member.

Submission Requirements:

All project requirements will be submitted online through review room (see instructions below).

  • Personal Profile Form (see appendix A and B in Review Room)

  • Proof of full time enrollment in a post-secondary institution
    Please provide a registration receipt, a current transcript, or a letter from your department.

  • Maximum 2000-word essay about your project
    Your essay must demonstrate and describe:
    • How your project satisfies the objective and criteria of this award (listed above).
    • Key project features and intended positive environmental and social impacts.
    • Your design approach (process, goals and objectives) and any lessons learned.
    • Your project’s feasibility and applicability to a real world need.

  • A maximum of four project posters
    Posters must be submitted as an electronic PDF or JPEG and formatted to a print quality resolution on an A0 panel (841x1189 mm; horizontal or vertical format). In the event that the project is selected, a poster should be prepared in order to be printed for display at CaGBC’s national conference.

  • Green building community involvement reference letter
    This should be a signed PDF written by a third party that demonstrates a commitment to sustainability outside the classroom.
Application Process:

The application and review process is done entirely online.

Competition opens FALL 2019. Check back for details and application instructions.

If at any time you require assistance, please contact CaGBC Education.

  • Competition opens: Competition opens FALL 2019
  • Deadline for submissions: to be announced
  • Winner will be notified by: May 8, 2020
  • Building Lasting Change 2020, CaGBC national conference and showcase will take place from June 3 to 5 in Toronto, Ontario.
Full contact information
CaGBC Education
Canada Green Building Council
100 Murray Street, Suite 400
Ottawa, K1N 0A1
Phone : 866.941.1184 ext. 1023

2019 Judges

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Alex Blue
Principal & Building Energy Practice Lead – Morrison Hershfield


Alex Blue is the Building Energy Practice Lead for Morrison Hershfield. Alex works on energy analysis for new and existing buildings, with a focus on providing practical solutions for energy efficiency and reduced life cycle cost. She combines her background in mechanical engineering with experience in early design parametric modeling, calibrated modeling, and energy audits, and has worked with teams across North America on over 100 projects for a variety of building types.

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Michael Flowers
Municipal Engineer at WSP Canada Inc.


Michael Flowers is a Professional Engineer and LEED Green Associate currently working for WSP Canada Inc. As a Municipal Engineer, he practices engineering design and construction administration in the Eastern Ontario Region for various infrastructure projects, which includes consulting and project management services. Mr. Flowers works as a part of a team to provide these services for local and national clients including municipal, provincial and federal government agencies. He assists with the review and application of sustainable initiatives for many projects including LEED certification projects and specializes in storm water and wastewater computer modelling involving the analysis and application of Low-Impact Design (LID).

As a long-serving volunteer for the Ottawa Region Chapter (ORC), Mr. Flowers is the current chair of the ORC’s Leadership Board for the Canadian Green Building Council (CaGBC). Mr. Flowers is involved in the strategic planning, promotion, and operation of the ORC and actively participates in their mission to accelerate the green building environment within Eastern Ontario and the National Capital Region. Mr. Flowers helps to shape chapter advocacy efforts through his engagement with the green building community and members to bring enhanced programing, partnerships, education, and networking event offerings. Through participation in the first Emerging Green Professionals (EGP) committee for Ottawa he has combined his passion for mentorship to facilitate the formation of dedicated student EGP groups at post-secondary institutions. Mr. Flowers actively participated in helping the chapter positively transition to the new CaGBC integrated nationwide organization in 2015-2016 and continues to work with CaGBC staff, board volunteers, and all national chapters through the Chapter Advisory Committee to enhance the combined mission of the CaGBC and the chapters. Mr. Flowers also sits on the Ottawa Energy Collective Impact Leadership Board as an industry advocacy and CaGBC representative.

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Tony Cupido
Chief Building and Facilities Officer – Facility Services, Mohawk College


Tony is a professional engineer with 37 years experience in engineering, facilities management and capital development. He has considerable institutional experience, particularly with McMaster University and Mohawk College where he has commenced his new role as Research Chair, Sustainability. He is providing leading-edge research that will contribute to a low-carbon economy, while engaging students to develop a multi-disciplinary focus on finding real world solutions to social, economic and environmental challenges.

In his leadership capacity at Mohawk College, he was responsible for the planning, design, construction and operation of the first Net-Zero institutional project in Ontario – The Joyce Centre for Partnership and Innovation.

He has a doctorate degree in Civil Engineering from McMaster University with a focus on green buildings and policy and is a former adjunct faculty member at McMaster. He is a lead author on three peer-reviewed journal research papers related to green buildings and is a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Green Building.



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James Furlong, MBA, CET, CEM, LEED® AP BD+C
Partner, MCW Hemisphere Ltd.


James Furlong is the Managing Partner for the Calgary office of MCW. James has 18 years of consulting experience across the United States and Canada, and specializes in high performance and resilient building design and retrofits. James is also enthusiastic about education. He is Industry Advisory Board member for for SAIT and NAIT, and is a member of the Canada Green Building Council’s Faculty.

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Sheila Brown


Sheila has over 30 years of experience in the sustainability field and specifically with sustainable buildings. Sheila has contributed to the development of many of the sustainable building certification tools for both design and facility operation such as LEED for Building Design and Construction (BD+C), LEED for Commercial Interiors (ID+CI) and LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance (EB:OM). She has been a member of the faculty for the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) since 2004 and was a member of the Canada Green Building Technical Advisory Group from 2003 to 2018. She has also served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Ottawa Chapter of the Canada Green Building Council. Sheila has always believed that the key to success is finding the balance between environmental responsibility and economic viability and what gets measured can be managed. She has been involved in many projects that have successfully achieved certification under various sustainable building rating systems and has helped to develop many corporate sustainability standards and policies for both private and public sector organizations.