Leadership and Green Building Excellence Awards

The CaGBC Awards recognize individuals and organizations that have made a significant contribution to the CaGBC's mission and goals in advancing the green building industry in Canada. Through our Leadership Awards we recognize the commitment, vision, creativity and passion driving the individuals and teams behind the growing success of our industry. We also strive to showcase the most efficient, effective and impactful buildings across the country with our Green Building Excellence Awards.

Competitions run throughout the year, across the country, providing many opportunities for our members to share their work and demonstrate their contributions to Canada's emerging low-carbon economy.  Browse the award categories below, click on your Chapter, watch for announcements in your in-box or on social media. Don't miss out on your chance to show off a little.

Leadership Awards

Green Building Champion (Individual)

Leadership Award - Green Building Champion (Individual)

The Green Building Champion Award recognizes a deserving individual for initiatives that demonstrate exceptional achievement in advocating for CaGBC's core interests, programs, and priorities. This award is open to all persons in government, industry, institutions, Chapters, and past CaGBC Board of Directors. It may also include work related to commercial enterprise, public interest programs, policies, education, or advocacy that further advances sustainability in Canada. This award is presented to an individual who is an employee of a corporate member company of the CaGBC. Applicants must clearly display exceptional achievement in advocating for sustainable green buildings within their area of industry.

Green Building Pioneer (Individual or Organization)

Leadership Award - Green Building Pioneer (Individual or Organization)

The Green Building Pioneer Award recognizes a deserving individual or organization demonstrating an innovative approach to the advancement of green building technology, products, capacity building, policy, design, or operations. As a result, their unique passion pushes the industry, their competitors, customers, and employees towards continuous improvement ultimately helping the CaGBC achieve its ultimate goal of every building greener. This award is presented to a company, or organization which is a corporate member company of the CaGBC. Nominees will be known for contributing innovative work, considered ahead of its time, which inspires others in the industry.  Evaluations will consider: vision and innovation; success factors; commitment to sustainability; and, impact on industry, employees, competitors, and customers.

Emerging Green Leader (Individual)

Leadership Award - Emerging Green Leader (Individual)

The Emerging Green Leader Award recognizes a deserving student or young professional who has made a significant contribution to advocating, educating, or practicing green building and/or community development. This individual is recognized as a leader among their peers and has a strong commitment to green building, the environment, and positive change. Emerging Green Professionals (EGP) are eligible for this award. An EGP is either a full-time student or 30 years of age or younger with a passion for green building. This award is presented to an individual who is a member of a regional Chapter or an employee of a corporate member company. Evaluations will consider: demonstrated leadership among peers; potential for leadership; and, commitment to sustainability.

Chapter Volunteer Leadership (Individual)

Leadership Award - Chapter Volunteer Leadership (Individual)

The Chapter Volunteer Leadership Award recognizes a deserving individual who is an active and effective advocate for the green building industry, through significant involvement in creating, building and/or growing a CaGBC Chapter. They participate in and contribute to a variety of successful initiatives and are engaged in opportunities which focus on advocacy and advance the CaGBC’s mission in their region. As a highly-regarded leader and agent of change, this award honours their contributions and performance at the local level. This award is presented to an individual member of a CaGBC Chapter who has clearly demonstrated their commitment to sustainability and to the Chapter. Applicants must have contributed to the success of their local Chapter and describe what was done to educate or advocate for green and sustainable buildings, regionally. The recipient must be an Individual member of a CaGBC Chapter or an employee of a National member company.

Inspired Educator (Individual or Organization)

Leadership Award - Inspired Educator (Individual or Organization)

The Inspired Educator Award recognizes a deserving individual (or institute) educating learners in sustainable design, green building, operations, and/or real estate development at a post-secondary academic institution. The recipient demonstrates passion and success in implementing qualitative changes to the curriculum and has delivered "sustainable" content with the desire to better educate the next generation green building professionals. Nominees must be either a corporate member company or employee of a corporate member company. Teams, departments, organizations, or individuals may apply. Applicants must clearly describe: how the academic institution successfully delivered education/curriculum of sustainable design, green building, green operations, or green real estate; and, how the post-secondary implemented changes to their curriculum.

Government Leadership (Individual or Organization)

Leadership Award - Government Leadership (Individual or Organization)

The Government Leadership Award recognizes a deserving individual, team, department, or organization that has developed policies and/or programs to advance green building in Canada. The recipient has shown leadership in working within the public sector to effect change and improved performance in sustainable building practices, such as the adoption of a LEED policy for greening government buildings or the implementation of an innovative, sustainable infrastructure project. Nominees must be either a corporate member company or employee of a corporate member company. Teams, departments, organizations, or individuals may apply. Applicants must clearly demonstrate how the office or department adopted a policy for greening buildings; explain any green building policies or programs developed; and, show how they demonstrated leadership by setting ambitious green building goals for other departments, or governments to follow.

Technical Expertise Volunteer (Individual)

Leadership Award - Technical Expertise Volunteer (Individual)

The Technical Expertise Volunteer Award is presented to an individual who has generously dedicated considerable time and shared their expertise in an advisory capacity towards the advancement of LEED in Canada. The recipient is highly regarded as a subject matter expert, serving as a member of one (or more) of the Council’s volunteer committees and their contributions to the planning, review, and execution of industry specific initiatives positively influence the productivity and effectiveness of the committee’s work. Committees may include: Technical Advisory Groups, Steering Committees, Building Lasting Change Program Committee, Product of the Year Jury, Greenest School in Canada Jury. This award is presented to an individual who is an employee of a national member company. Recipients of this award at the Chapter level will be put forward as finalists for the national "Ed Lim Technical Volunteer Award" which was renamed in 2019 in fond memory of a dedicated technical expert, Edwin Lim, who lived by the mantra "Be the change you wish to see in the world" and was so generous sharing his time and expertise. Evaluations will consider: degree of expertise; demonstrated commitment and reliability; commitment to sustainability; influence on committee; and, contributions to success.

Green Building Excellence Awards

New Construction – Commercial or Institutional

Green Building Excellence -  New Construction (Commercial or Institutional)

The New Construction Award is presented to the team responsible for a new commercial or institutional (hospital, government building or academic institution) project which demonstrates optimal building operations, performance, and occupant satisfaction. Canadian new construction projects registered for, or certified by, a recognized green building standard or rating system are eligible. This award focuses on the design stage of the building and the choices made in order to achieve the sustainability goals. Construction completion date must be after January 1, two years prior to award submission. The evaluation will consider: energy and GHG reduction features; occupant health and wellness; water conservation resources; site selection; and, innovation.

Existing Building – Commercial or Institutional

Green Building Excellence – Existing Building (Commercial or Institutional)

The Existing Building Award is presented to the team responsible for a commercial or institutional (hospital, government building or academic institution) project which demonstrates continuous improvement in building operation, performance, and occupant satisfaction. Canadian existing building projects registered for, or certified by, a recognized green building standard or rating system are eligible. The project should demonstrate a commitment to sustainability with good practices in several key aspects. The evaluation will consider: energy and GHG reduction features; occupant health and wellness; water conservation resources; commitment to sustainability; and, staff awareness.

Inspiring Home

Green Building Excellence – Inspiring Home

The Inspiring Home Award is presented to the team responsible for outstanding achievements of a high-performing, sustainable residential project in Canada. This award can be presented to: homes (single-family homes, duplexes and townhomes) or multi-family residential (mid-rise up to three stories, high-rise of four stories or more). The winning project demonstrates a healthy and sustainable living environment for people, contributes to the betterment of the community, and demonstrates a commitment to sustainability with best practices in a broad range of sustainability criteria.  These awards are open to newly constructed residential projects completed after January 1, at the latest two years prior to award submission date. Canadian new construction projects registered for, or certified by, a recognized green building standard or rating system are eligible and must clearly show how they respond to all award performance categories. The evaluation will consider: energy and GHG reduction; water conservation and efficiency; occupant health and wellness; and, overall commitment to sustainability.

Tenant Improvement

Green Building Excellence – Tenant Improvement

The Tenant Improvement Award is presented to the team responsible for an outstanding interior space that embraces the philosophy that high-performing green spaces can: create healthy, productive places to work; have a reduced environmental footprint; and, cost less to operate and maintain. This award focuses on the overall positive impact on the occupants' wellness. Eligible projects must have been completed after January 1, two years prior to award submission. The evaluation will consider: energy and GHG reduction features; occupant health and wellness; water conservation resources; and, innovation.

Zero Carbon

Green Building Excellence – Zero Carbon

The Zero Carbon Award is presented to the team responsible for a new or existing building that demonstrates climate leadership through optimal building performance and innovative carbon reduction strategies. The evaluation will consider: design and retrofit strategies; incorporated on-site renewable energy; impact on EUI; peak load management measures; efforts taken to reduce the embodied carbon of the building; fossil fuels. For all details, begin your application now.

 

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National Awards

The National Awards are usually presented at a Gala event during Building Lasting Change, CaGBC's national conference and showcase. In 2020, due to COVID-19, the CaGBC has redesigned the presentation of our prestigious awards in keeping with Building Lasting Change 2020 Online. Visit cagbc.org/BLC for more information.

To ensure our winners’ accomplishments are duly recognized in this new world we have modified our approach and created special opportunities to showcase all of them. The winners have been announced and will be introduced through a series of special events and announcements from August to December 2020. Winners will also be profiled throughout BLC2020 Online - Ready, Set, Recover. Beginning the week of September 22 we will be adding commemorative videos to the gallery so you can find out more about each recipient. The Ask the Expert Interviews conducted by our sponsors, partners and industry leaders plus the in-depth Lunch and Learns hosted throughout the fall will give you significant insight into their work. The schedule for this special series of events is outlined below.

We are proud to announce the winners of the 2020 Leadership, Green Building Excellence and Students Leading Sustainability Awards:

Winners will be recognized throughout Building Lasting Change 2020, taking place online on five consecutive Tuesdays from September 22 to October 20. Leadership award winners will also be profiled weekly beginning in early September, while Green Building Excellence winning projects will be explored in a series of Lunch and Learn sessions starting late October.

 

September 23

Emerging Green Leader
Leadership Award
Samantha Menard
Manager, Energy Team, EQ Building Performance

Samantha has already demonstrated an impressive commitment to energy conservation and building excellence in her young career. As Energy Team Manager at EQ Building Performance, Samantha pushes the envelope on energy efficiency, and was actively involved with Sidewalk Labs research projects and the ENERGY STAR Multifamily High Rise technical advisory group.

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September 30

Green Building Pioneer Leadership Award
BentallGreenOak and RWDI

BentallGreenOak engaged RWDI to help boost the resiliency of their portfolio by developing a proprietary climate adaptation planning tool. In creating a database of 423 resiliency practices and working with property management teams to identify local and regional climate threats, 413 existing properties and 75 million sq. ft. have since been provided their own climate change adaptation plan with a top-ten list of actions. This industry-leading project sets a new industry benchmark for addressing and managing resilience at a portfolio-wide level.

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October 7

Government Leadership Award
City of Vancouver, Civic Buildings

Vancouver’s Real Estate and Facilities Management (REFM) department has adopted aggressive green building strategies, demonstrating how other Canadian municipalities can design and build leading-edge green buildings. These strategies include LEED® Gold Certification since 2004, a zero emission new building policy since 2016, piloting CaGBC’s Zero Carbon Building Standard and, in 2019, adopting a strategy to measure and reduce embodied carbon in new construction projects.
Ask the Expert Interview
October 14

Lifetime Achievement Leadership Award
Andrew McAllan

Andrew has been an exceptional leader in green building and commercial real estate for over 30 years , and has played a key role in elevating CaGBC's role in these industries. He has served as Chair of CaGBC's national board, devoting six years to the major transformation of the council. He has also been on the Advisory Board for Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB), and has been an active member of NAIOP, REALPAC, and BOMA Canada.  Andrew held several leadership and senior management positions at Oxford Properties, Andrew oversaw all the leasing, managing and operating activities for Oxford’s Canadian real estate portfolio, consisting of approximately 50 million sq. ft. of office, retail, multi-residential, industrial and hotel assets. CaGBC is proud to recognize Andrew for his dedication to CaGBC and the industry at large.

Ask the Expert Interview

October 21

Green Building Champion Leadership Award
Stefani Carter,
Founder and Owner, EcoAmmo

Stephani has had an immeasurable impact on green building in Alberta. A founding member of CaGBC’s Alberta Chapter, she moved on to found EcoAmmo in 2006. The firm has since assisted in over 216 LEED certifications with more on the way. She is continually impacting the green building industry with her “lean and green” philosophy.
Ask the Expert Interview
October 28

Chapter Volunteer Leadership Award
Paul Frith,
Director of Advocacy and Sales, Geosource Energy

Paul has been a tireless advocate for CaGBC’s Greater Toronto Chapter. His fundraising and organizational work as co-chair of the Chapter’s Drive for Change golf tournament committee has been a pivotal factor in the event’s success over the past four years. Paul’s efforts in support of this and other CaGBC initiatives have served to strengthen and broaden the organization’s network in the Greater Toronto Area.
Ask the Expert Interview
November 4

Ed Lim Technical Volunteer Leadership Award
Grant Peters,
Partner and Manager of Green Building Services, Fluent Group Consulting Engineers

Grant has provided valuable technical guidance serving for a decade on the CaGBC Sites and Water Technical Advisory Group (TAG) including a four-year term as Chair of the TAG and representing the TAG on the LEED Canada Steering Committee. Alongside his work with Fluent Group and as a Councillor with the Town of Orangeville, Grant has provided his expertise to CaGBC as a Building Lasting Change Program Committee member and as a judge on the Green Building Excellence Awards Committee.
Ask the Expert Interview
November 10

Existing Building Green Building Excellence Award
Humber College Building Nx, Toronto, ON

This ambitious deep energy retrofit at Humber College’s North Campus has achieved Zero Carbon Building Standard – Design certification, with the airtightness and thermal continuity of the building envelope driving improved energy results, while investment in lighting, temperature control and air quality brings increased occupant comfort.
Lunch and Learn
(Registration opening soon)
November 11

Inspired Educator Leadership Award
Mohawk College

Mohawk College has taken a multifaceted approach to sustainability learning leadership. All of Mohawk’s 18 academic programs offer sustainability courses, and its Sustainability Office offers over 30 programs and services designed to promote sustainability education to students and staff. The Joyce Centre for Partnership & Innovation has achieved both Zero Carbon Building – Design and Performance certifications, accelerating the College as a living lab by providing state-of-the-art student learning opportunities.
Ask the Expert Interview
November 17

New Construction Green Building Excellence Award
Le Phénix, Montréal, QC

This deep retrofit of a former warehouse represents, as its name suggests, a rebirth into a health-promoting, energy-efficient and innovative living lab which owner Lemay leverages to showcase sustainability best practices to its many clients.
Lunch and Learn hosted by
(Registration opening soon)
November 18

Students Leading Sustainability: Andy Kesteloo Memorial Project Award
Colin Pinchin

Colin, a fourth-year student at the British Columbia Institute of Technology, is recognized for his project Pathways: A Sustainable Approach for Rehabilitation and Regeneration of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. This design project seeks to provide opportunity to the significant vulnerable population in the Downtown Eastside neighbourhood through a thoughtful mix of place regeneration, transitional housing, and skills development within a progressive mixed-use building design. Colin’s project envisions green building playing a central and empowering role in Canada’s post-COVID recovery.
Ask the Expert Interview
November 24

Zero Carbon Green Building Excellence Award
MacKimmie Complex Redevelopment, Calgary, AB

The MacKimmie Complex Redevelopment at the University of Calgary uses novel envelope measures and creative building reuse to strive for impressive energy and carbon targets. This retrofit project will play a significant role in supporting UCalgary’s goal for carbon neutrality by 2050.
Lunch and Learn
(Registration opening soon)
December 1

Tenant Improvement Green Building Excellence Award
mcCallumSather workspace, Hamilton, ON

As part of the renovation of the Westinghouse HQ building, which had sat derelict since the 1980s, this workspace creates a teaching tool that demonstrates how innovative design results in a high performing, efficient, and healthy place to work.
Lunch and Learn
(Registration opening soon)
December 8

Inspiring Home Green Building Excellence Award
West Bay Passive House, West Vancouver, BC

This single-family home combines contemporary west coast architecture with Passive House principles and a solar photo voltaic array to achieve net zero energy in style.
Lunch and Learn
(Registration opening soon)

 

The call for nominations is now closed for the all Award categories.

Criteria

Nominees:

  • are either a Green Building Catalyst, Specialist or Advocate member company of the CaGBC or an individual member of a regional Chapter
  • have made a significant contribution to the CaGBC vision and mission,
  • have demonstrated success in advancing green building (new or existing) and/or sustainable communities policies and practices in Canada,
  • exemplify leadership and commitment to sustainability and actively advocate and/or are involved in changing current practices and approaches,
  • are not current members of the CaGBC Board of Directors and/or have not been on the Board for at least two years from the time of the award presentation,
  • are not current paid staff member at CaGBC or any CaGBC Chapters and/or have not been a paid staff member for at least two years from the time of the award presentation,
  • are well-known in the industry for their contributions,
  • can be repeat applicants but not award recipients from previous years.
 

Regional Awards

The calibre and quality of green building projects, the commitment of the volunteers and the impact of the work witnessed across the country is celebrated throughout the year through our Regional Awards programs.

The winners of these awards will automatically flow through to the finalist round for the National Awards competition. Please note, not all awards are available in all regions.  The 2020/2021 Competition for all Regions will be launched in October.

 

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Nominees must be a member in good standing of a CaGBC Chapter; have demonstrated success in advancing green building (new or existing) and/or sustainable communities policies and practices in the region; not be current members of the CaGBC Board of Directors or the Chapter Board and/or have not been on the Board for at least two years from the time of the award presentation.

 

National Awards Gala 2019

Oh, what a night! On May 28, 2019 we celebrated the accomplishments of Canada's green building leaders. This is always the perfect occasion to spend time with the who's who of green building in Canada. The reception was sponsored by Manulife Investment Management and the Gala Dinner and Celebration was sponsored by Oxford Properties Group.

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