Board of Directors

The current Board of Directors consists of 12 members drawn from a wide range of industries and geographic regions.

 

Thomas Mueller – President and CEO
(Ex-officio)

Stephen Smith (Chair)
Manulife Real Estate

Seat: Real Estate Owners and Developers

Jenny McMinn (Vice Chair)
Urban Equation
Seat: At Large

Martin Nielsen (Vice Chair)
DIALOG
Seat: Professional Firms

Nisha Agrawal
QuadReal Property Group
Seat: Real Estate Owners & Developers

 

John Pontarollo  
Ash Grove Cement/CRH Canada Group
Seat: Product Manufacturers, Suppliers and Retail

Anna Murray
BentallGreenOak
Seat: Real Estate Managers and Tenants

Clare Ashbee
EllisDon
Seat: Constructors, Builders, Home Builders, Trade

Julia St. Michael
Enwave Energy Corporation
Seat: At Large (3-year term)

 

Michael Brennan
Royal Architectural Institute of Canada
Seat: Not-for-Profit and Industry Associations

Anthony Cupido
Mohawk College
Seat: Academia and Research

Stéphan Déry
Real Property Services
Seat: Government & Policy

Chris Piché
Integral Group
Seat: Professional Firms

Thomas Mueller, MA, Hon FRAIC, LEED® AP
President & CEO

Canada Green Building Council
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Vancouver, BC V6E 0C3, Canada


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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. In 2018, he was appointed as CEO of Green Business Certification Inc. Canada.

As a past Board member of the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI), the World Green Building Council (WGBC), and as a Board member of the Cornerstone Standards Council (CSC) and Building Energy Innovators Council (BEIC), he supports the transition toward green building, neighbourhoods and cities at home and globally.  

Thomas is a well-known advocate for green buildings and sustainable community development. He participates frequently in government and industry consultations on green development and is a nationally and internationally recognized authority and speaker on green buildings.

He is currently participating in a number of initiatives and groups including the WorldGBC Global CEO Network, and the Advisory Committee of Energy Efficiency in BC’s Built Environment Research Project at UBC.

Thomas has an Undergraduate Degree in Geography, Planning and Applied Ecology from the Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich, Germany; and holds a Master’s Degree in Regional Planning & Resource Development from the University of Waterloo, Ontario. 

For his green building work, Thomas has received numerous awards. Most recently, he became a recipient of Canada’s 2015 Clean50 Award and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) in 2016.

Stephen Smith (Chair)

Manulife Real Estate
Seat: Real Estate Owners and Developers

Steve has more than 25 years' experience in the commercial real estate industry. He's held a diverse set of roles including; leasing, marketing and asset management. Currently, Steve is responsible for oversight of all activities within Manulife Real Estate's western portfolio. Prior to that, Steve held a progression of senior roles within Oxford Properties. Among his more unique endeavours, Steve has developed an industry leading national call centre and a world class sustainability initiative.

Steve is a graduate of the University of Toronto and a happy transplant to beautiful British Columbia.

Jenny McMinn (Vice Chair)

Urban Equation
Seat: At Large

Jenny works with developers across North America to create business cases for their sustainable development goals, including carbon neutrality, community energy, and the One Planet Living designation. Her most recent clients include Sidewalk Labs, Oxford Properties, and all levels of Canadian government.

Before joining Urban Equation, Jenny spent 10 years at Halsall Associates (now WSP) helping developers, municipalities and building owners create award- winning, high performance green building and community design projects.

“I’m motivated by clients who are constantly striving to improve their environmental, social and financial impact,” she says.

A LEED accredited professional, Jenny holds degrees in architecture and environmental studies. She is a former member of the City of Toronto’s Design Review Panel.

Martin Nielsen (Vice Chair)

DIALOG
Seat: Professional Firms

Architect AIBC, MRAIC, OAA, P.Eng., LEED® AP
Principal

Martin Nielsen is a Principal with DIALOG, a multi-disciplinary design firm with 650 staff across Canada. 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 U-District neighborhood, 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, 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.

Nisha Agrawal

QuadReal Property Group
Seat: Real Estate Owners & Developers

Director of Sustainability

An advocate for ESG, Nisha's expertise includes promoting green building certifications across the Canadian portfolio and supporting development of environmental, social and governance practices at QuadReal properties internationally. Nisha brings 10+ years of experience in the commercial real estate industry, beginning her career in finance. From there, she moved into Sustainability and for the past 5 years has been developing programs to effectively streamline and integrate sustainability initiatives with operations. . Nisha is inspired by the progress companies have made to improve tenant health and well-being, reduce resource depletion, and innovate to create solutions in building operations.

John Pontarollo

Ash Grove Cement/CRH Canada Group
Seat: Product Manufacture, Suppliers and Retail

Senior Vice President, Commercial Excellence, Logistics and Sustainable Development

John is responsible for commercial & logistics optimization across all Ash Grove’s 12 cement plants and 47 terminals in North America. In addition, he is responsible for the development and execution of the organization’s Sustainable Development vision, strategy and implementation. John is a strong advocate of sustainable construction and is helping to steer the industry to adopt more sustainable construction practices. He actively fosters the principles of the triple bottom line – value creation, sustainable environmental performance and social responsibility to ensure there is a balance between stable economic growth, continual social progress and preservation of the environment.

Anna Murray

BentallGreenOak
Seat: Real Estate Managers and Tenants

Vice President of Sustainability

Anna has spent her career advancing corporate strategy around the globe at major multinationals. Anna currently leads BGO's global Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) platform (~70 Billion AUM) integrating risk management and value creation practices into investment decisions and asset management. Anna holds an MBA and law degree. Anna is the Co-chair of the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) Investment Committee Property Working Group and Founder of the non-profit Young Women in Energy. Notable accolades include: Canada's Top 40 Under 40, Top 100 Women in Canada, Canada's Clean50 and the Making a Difference for Women Award.

Clare Ashbee

EllisDon
Seat: Constructors, Builders, Home Builders, Trade Contractors

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 master’s 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.

Julia St. Michael

Enwave Energy Corporation
Seat: At Large (3-year term)

Director, Sustainability

Connecting with government and policy makers, commercial real estate professionals, building operators and managers plus supporting organizations (such as CaGBC, QUEST, BOMA Toronto, ULI, IDEA), Julia represents Enwave within the green building and sustainable energy community, identifying new opportunities for projects and partnerships. Responsible for communicating the sustainability benefits of district energy and supporting the development of low carbon strategies, she works to address climate change-related risks within Enwave’s operations and new projects. The release of Enwave’s inaugural ESG Report and the launch of its Green Financing Framework in 2020 were exciting achievements that Julia and her team will continue to build on.

Michael Brennan

Royal Architectural Institute of Canada
Seat: Not-for-Profit and Industry Associations

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 Masters 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.

Anthony Cupido

Mohawk College
Seat: Academia & Research

Tony is a professional engineer with 38 years of experience in engineering, facilities management and capital development. He has considerable institutional experience, particularly with McMaster University and Mohawk College where he is the inaugural Research Chair, Sustainability. He provides 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 Canada’s largest institutional, zero carbon building – The Joyce Centre for Partnership and Innovation. This award-winning facility became the first to achieve dual certification under the CaGBC’s Zero Carbon Building program..

He has a doctorate degree in Civil Engineering with a focus on green buildings and policy and is a former adjunct faculty member at McMaster University.

Stéphan Déry

Real Property Services
Seat: Government & Policy

Stéphan Déry was appointed Assistant Deputy Minister of Real Property Services at PSPC on August 19, 2019.

In this role, Stéphan is responsible for the delivery of the entire suite of real property services to federal departments and agencies, including office accommodation, project management, real estate services and specialty services (geomatics, environmental, architectural and engineering), the management of multiple federal engineering assets (bridges, dams, highways and dry docks), as well as the acquisition and disposal of federal real property.

Prior to this appointment, Stéphan was Chief Executive Officer for the Translation Bureau, where he provided strategic and operational leadership for the Bureau. He oversaw translation and revision services offered by the Bureau in French and English and in over 100 Indigenous and foreign languages to a variety of clients, including the Senate and the House of Commons.

Before his appointment as Chief Executive Officer for the Translation Bureau, Stéphan was the department’s Regional Director General for the Atlantic Region. He previously held a number of executive positions in the areas of real property, acquisitions and corporate services within PSPC and at Library and Archives Canada (LAC). In those various roles, Stéphan had the opportunity to be the Co-Champion for Official Languages and the departmental Champion for the Employees’ Charitable Campaign at PSPC, as well as Champion for Visible Minorities at LAC.

Stéphan is a certified management accountant and holds a master’s degree in public administration.

Chris Piché

Integral Group
Seat: Professional Firms

Chris brings a broad understanding of high-performance systems to each project. His approach is rooted in the philosophy that environmentally responsible design must constantly evolve to suit the technology available in balance with the client’s goals and objectives.

As the Regional Director for East Coast Operations at Integral, Chris is responsible for directing the development of regional strategic and business plans consistent with the established mission, vision, core values and strategic plan of the firm. He ensures their proper execution in close collaboration with the local leadership within each Design Studio.

Chris thrives in a team environment and implements an integrated team approach with every client. A Professional Engineer with 19 years’ experience, Chris also provides technical oversight and guidance for the Performance Engineering Group – a team with expertise in the delivery of building audits, condition assessments and commissioning services across a multitude of sectors – including healthcare, commercial, institutional and mixed-use residential development.