2019 Election for the Board of Directors of the Canada Green Building Council

The CaGBC is holding an election to fill four (4) seats on its Board of Directors. The election will be conducted electronically and will run from April 3 to April 26, 2019.

The CaGBC is governed by a Board of Directors whose members represent key building industry sectors across the country. The organization relies on its Board and the time, commitment and passion of its members. The Nominations Committee is responsible for presenting a slate of candidates to ensure the Council is well governed.

When the ballot opens on April 3, 2019, the main contact for each member organization will receive an email with a link to the electronic ballot. Member organizations will be asked to vote in favour or against the proposed slate of candidates. Only the main contact of each member organization is eligible to vote.

**Please note that it is the responsibility of each member organization to verify or update main contact information and to ensure that their membership dues are up-to-date. To view or update the main contact for your organization, please login to your account or contact customer service.

CaGBC Slate of Candidates

The Nominations Committee has reviewed all applications against the nominating criteria and competencies required for Directors and presents the following slate of candidates for election to the CaGBC Board:

Professional Firms (3-year term)              
Martin Nielsen

Candidate profile

Martin Nielsen is a Principal with DIALOG, a multi-disciplinary design firm with 650 staff across Canada and offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto and San Francisco. A registered architect and mechanical engineer, Martin brings over twenty-five years of experience and leadership to the firm’s urban design, mixed-use development, higher education, and transportation projects. He is passionate about developing sustainable design solutions that are socially, economically, and environmentally responsible, with a portfolio of work that has been recognized with awards for planning, architecture and innovation.

Martin’s recent project work at UBC includes the new LEED® Gold certified Campus Energy Centre, the Transit Exchange, and Gage South Student Residences. He led the sustainable planning approach and LEED® certification process on the University of Calgary’s 200-acre University District neighbourhood, one of the largest LEED® ND Platinum projects in North America.

Prior to joining DIALOG, Martin led the design and construction of UBC’s Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS); a LEED® Platinum certified and Living Building, education and research facility, considered one of the greenest institutional projects in North America. He has taught at the UBC School of Architecture and Faculty of Engineering and has served as chair of the UBC Advisory Urban Design Panel. He is currently serving on the UBC Land Use Committee, Squamish Nation Advisory Design Panel, and has served as chair on the City of Vancouver Urban Design Panel.


Not-for-profit and Industry Associations (3-year term)
Michael Brennan
Royal Architectural Institute of Canada

Candidate profile

Mike Brennan brings 26 years of executive leadership and a proven track record of operational success in the not-for-profit sector as well as turnarounds in for-profit companies in North America. He holds a Master of Business from Carleton University in Ottawa and possesses a strong business acumen encompassing strategic planning, collaborative change management, and business process improvement. Throughout his career, he has focused on reducing operating costs and diversifying revenue streams while increasing performance and productivity. In addition to a solid business foundation, including in banking and manufacturing, Mike has an understanding of and commitment to the not-for-profit sector. His expertise takes in governance, fundraising, volunteers, advocacy, grant writing, stakeholder engagement and program implementation. Most recently, he served as Chief Operating Officer of the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists.


Construction (3-year term)         
Clare Eloise Ashbee

Candidate profile

Clare Ashbee is the Vice President of Sustainable Building Solutions (SBS) at EllisDon, a world-leading construction and building services company. The SBS team is responsible for EllisDon’s work in leading and accelerating the transformation of the construction industry toward high-performance, resilient and green buildings, with a dedication to improving the wellness of their occupants. Clare joined EllisDon in February, 2018 as a Director of Business Development focused on strategy and relationship building for the International and Capital Teams and was promoted to her current role in just under a year. With a background in consulting and project financing gained from international firms including Investec Bank in Toronto and PwC in London, England, Clare has a wealth of experience in originating and closing large scale energy, transportation, waste and social infrastructure projects. Her experience also includes international development having held positions at the Aga Khan Foundation and the African Development Bank. Having lived and worked in 4 continents and traveled to 52 countries, throughout her career Clare has gained a breadth of insight into different ways to approach problems and building cross-cultural relationships. Clare has a Masters Degree in Economics from the University of British Columbia and an undergraduate degree in Applied Economics from Queen’s University. In 2015, Clare was nominated for the Canadian Women in Infrastructure Emerging Leader Award. Clare currently serves as Director and member of the Finance and Audit Committee for the Board of Directors of Canadian Feed the Children.


At Large (3-year term)
Jenny McMinn
Urban Equation

Candidate profile

As Managing Director of Urban Equation, Jenny provides real estate development and sustainability advisory across North America. Her most recent clients include Sidewalk Labs, Oxford Properties, DREAM as well as all levels of Canadian government. Jenny is actively advising on over 20M square feet of carbon neutral community development.

Prior to joining Urban Equation, for nearly a decade at Halsall Associates (now WSP), Jenny led design teams, municipalities and building owners in the creation of award winning high performance green building and community design projects. With her experience in sustainable architecture, performance management and business modeling, she has led teams with multi-disciplinary stakeholders and consultants on a range of cutting edge green projects including those targeting One Planet Living, Living Building Challenge, The WELL standard and LEED Platinum.

Jenny’s leadership in Sustainable Design was recognized in 2014 through her nomination to the City of Toronto’s Design Review Panel. Prior to working in sustainability full-time, Jenny worked with internationally renowned London, England-based architectural firm - Foster + Partners. Jenny has a Bachelor of Architecture and a Bachelor of Environmental Studies - both from the University of Waterloo.