About Us

Who are we?

The CaGBC is Canada’s only member-based organization that is purely dedicated to the advancement of green building across the country. Together, with our members here in the Atlantic provinces, and the vast network of industry professionals associated with our other six Chapters across the country, we can all play a vital role in the advancement and successful transformation of Canada’s built environment.

In addition to the numerous benefits associated with membership such as discounts on education and events, access to information and Canada’s largest network of green building professionals, your membership plays a valuable role in the Council’s advocacy work and development and deployment of green building education.

NEW! It is easier than ever before for individuals to get involved with the green building industry at the local level. Any employee of a CaGBC member company is entitled to a FREE Chapter membership.

If you are not an employee of a CaGBC member company you can join the Atlantic Chapter for just $100. There’s no better way to connect with the industry and support green building in Canada than by becoming an actively involved member.

What do we do?

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We connect people

The Atlantic Chapter hosts networking events each year, bringing together building leaders, professionals and supporters.
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We facilitate learning

We are the leading provider of LEED education and green building workshops in Atlantic Canada. We offer a variety of workshops, lunch and learns, tours, special events and webinars throughout the year. These events are catered to meet the needs of experienced and new green building professionals.
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We drive change

We work with both government and private enterprise to accelerate the adoption of green building principles, policies, standards and tools.
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We build community

The chapter stands beside and works closely with like-minded organizations in the transformation of buildings, neighborhoods and cities. We do this by engaging members and creating opportunities for collaboration and spaces for creativity and debate. We mobilize and empower local communities to advocate local government for greener buildings, cities and neighbourhoods.

CaGBC Atlantic Leadership & Green Building Awards 2018

In order to better recognize leadership in its many forms, CaGBC Atlantic Chapter is proud to continue an awards program that mirrors the national awards.  2018 Regional winners will be finalist in the 2019 national award program.  

The CaGBC Leadership 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 Atlantic Canada.

Nomination for the 2018 CaGBC Atlantic Chapter Leadership & Green Building Awards in the following categories will be open in mid-June.

  • Excellence in Green Building – Existing Building
  • Excellence in Green Building – New Construction
  • Green Building Pioneer
  • Inspired Educator
  • Emerging Green Leader
  • Volunteer Leadership – Chapter 
  • Government Leadership
  • Green Building Champion

Nominations for the CaGBC Leadership Awards will be evaluated by a panel of reviewers who represent the diversity of Atlantic Canada's green building industry and the unique award categories. Awards will be presented at BuildGreen Atlantic in Halifax on September 18, 2018.

Read about the 2017 Award Winners

2018-2019 CaGBC Atlantic Chapter Leadership Board

Effective May 7, please join us in welcoming four new members to the CaGBC Atlantic Chapter Leadership Board: Laine Brehaut (PE), Scott Garinther (NB), Natalie Irwin (NS), and Jared Smith (NS).  

We offer our sincere thanks to outgoing board members Chuck McCormick, Tim McLeod, Robert Haggis and Julien Gallant.  Your guidance and commitment over the years has been tremendous and we look forward to continuing to engage you as Green Building Champions.

Matt Jarsky assumes the role of Chapter Leadership Board chair and Charline Cormier becomes past chair. 

Our Team

Staff


Lara Ryan, Regional Director

Lara works with the organization’s senior management team and the local leadership board to advance the adoption of green building practices in Atlantic Canada though networking, education and advocacy

Volunteer Chapter Leadership Board

Laine Brehaut, SableArc Studios (PE)

Laine Brehaut is an Interior Designer / Project Manager with SableARC Studios in PEI.  Focus on sustainable building has been the main thread and motivator throughout her career, starting with her education and continuing with her work at BGHJ Architects for 8 years and currently with SableARC. Laine and her partner also experiment with green building techniques and constructed their own straw bale house in 2009. In 2015 she worked for Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter (PEI, Canada) as a Program Developer and Coordinator bringing experiential nature programs to the next generation with a module on awareness of the built environment.

Charline Cormier, Stantec (NS)

Charline is a Senior Architectural Technologist and Sustainability Consultant with Stantec who works to help the Chapter Leadership Board advocate for sustainable buildings, deliver education and organized informative and networking events to the Atlantic region.  She has facilitated over a dozen LEED projects in Atlantic Canada and was part of the team that received the first LEED certified building in NL and the first LEED CI Platinum certification in Atlantic Canada. She is past chair of the CLB.

Luc Dugas, Maritech Commissioning Works (NB)

Luc Dugas is a mechanical engineer with over 20 years of experience in the HVAC industry. As an Associate and Senior Engineer with Maritech Commissioning Works Ltd., he has led the commissioning process on multiple buildings, ranging from large scale LEED® and Green Globes® projects to smaller, system specific commissioning exercises. He has been a member of the NB / PEI Chapter of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) since 2000 and has served in multiple Chapter positions, including 2 terms as President. He received an ASHRAE Chapter Service Award in 2011. 

Patricia Duncan, NS DTIR (NS)

Patricia Duncan is a Mechanical Engineer with the Building Design Group at the Nova Scotia Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal (NSDTIR). Since joining the department in 2012 she has been involved with implementing energy saving techniques in a variety of government-owned buildings. Furthermore, she is involved with LEED-related items throughout the design, construction and post-occupancy phases of most new building construction projects at NSDTIR. Patricia is a Professional Engineer, holds a LEED AP BD+C, and is an active volunteer with Engineers Nova Scotia.

Scott Garinther, NB Power (NB)

Scott Garinther is a member of NB Power's Energy Efficiency Services team serving as the Program Lead for Industrial & Commercial Sector programs. A results-oriented, MBA-level professional engineer and strategic consultant, Scott brings significant and diverse experience related to energy management within the industrial and commercial sectors to NB Power and its customers.  Prior to joining NB Power, Scott was the Facilities Manager for Alcool NB Liquor, and before that he was a Commercial Energy Advisor managing Efficiency New Brunswick’s New Commercial Buildings programs.  Beyond energy management, Scott has worked as a consultant in the areas of sustainable development, environmental site assessments and reclamation initiatives, plus financial management.

J. Craig Greene, College of the North Atlantic (NL)

Craig is an instructor of Sustainable Building Technologies at CNA in St. John’s.  A graduate of the School of Architecture at The Technical University of Nova Scotia (Dalhousie) with degrees in Environmental Design and Architecture. He has over 28 years’ experience in varied aspects of design and construction working with Architects, Interior Designers, Developers and Government in medium to large scale commercial and residential projects throughout Canada.  Some of the student projects he has directed include constructing a prototype sustainable student dormitory from a shipping container, creating homes for Habitat for Humanity and leading a CNA student group to Romania to participate in a house build as part of Habitat for Humanity’s Global Village program.

Natalie Irwin, EfficiencyOne (NS)

Natalie is Manager of Partner Experience at EfficiencyOne where she's held various positions in marketing and project management. She builds effective relationships with stakeholders, including relevant North American energy efficiency organizations, partners, and associations.  Natalie took a leadership role in the creation of the Atlantic Chapter’s Green Jobs 101 event, including bringing mentees onboard as participants and securing sponsorship.  Natalie is an active member of the community with Fusion Halifax's Urban Development Action Team, committee member for Chefs for UNICEF Water for Life Gala, and in 2016 was awarded the Best Super-Connector Award by Halifax Partnership for her work with their Connector Program.

Jackie Janes, Office of Climate Change & Energy Efficiency (NL)

Jackie heads up the Office of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, a central agency in Executive Council of the NL government responsible for policy and strategy to deliver ambitious greenhouse gas and energy consumption reduction targets.  She has been an active member at CaGBC events, worked on EnerGuide programs, presented to the National Building Operators and Managers’ Conference, and engaged with the federal government on energy codes.  Jackie holds BA (Honours) in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University in the United Kingdom.  MSc (Distinction) in Rural Resources and Environmental Policy from Imperial College, University of London in the United Kingdom.

Matthew Jarsky, Jarsky Studio (NS)

Jarsky approaches architecture in a balanced and grounded way that merges pragmatism, a philosophy of simplicity, and a refined functional aesthetic. Jarsky obtained his undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto and attended Dalhousie University for his architectural studies, where he was awarded his Masters in Architecture with Distinction. He has lived in Nova Scotia since 2000. Prior to launching his own practice in 2017, Jarsky was a partner at Fowler, Bauld & Mitchell, where he gained valuable experience over the course of nearly thirteen years.  Jarsky is passionate about the idea of architecture as a process of discovery, listening, and experimentation that culminates in buildings and spaces that are physical manifestations of values.  He is the current chair of the Chapter Leadership Board.

Rochelle Owen, Dalhousie University (NS)

Rochelle Owen has worked in the environment and sustainability field for over 27 years at non-profit, government, and academic institutions. She currently works as the Director, Office of Sustainability at Dalhousie University. Rochelle uses facilitation, community development, program management, and analytical skills to design programs and involve people in sustainability issues. Rochelle holds a BSc in community health education and a Masters in Environmental Studies.  She writes sustainability columns for newspapers and magazines.

Jared Smith, CBCL Limited (NS)

Since joining CBCL in 2011, Jared Smith has participated in a number of projects in the commercial, transportation, institutional, retail, industrial, and municipal sectors.  His experience includes power systems, building information modeling, telecommunications, circuit design, energy efficiency measures, and renewable energy. He is also an experienced lighting designer and is a lighting simulation and analysis expert.  Jared holds a LEED AP O+M, is a Past President of the Halifax Section of the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES), as well as currently holds the position of Chair of District 1 of the IES; comprising all Canadian sections from Ontario to Newfoundland.

Chris Wilson, McInnes Cooper (NS)

Chris is a Partner at McInnes Cooper Law Firm in Halifax.  He specializes in practice within the construction industry including dispute resolution and the drafting of contracts for both owners and contractors.  Chris believes that continued emphasis on adapting our built environment and communities to the challenges of climate change need to be an important priority for our country.  Chris has provided valuable perspective and advice to the Chapter Leadership Board and assisted with human resources issues and has been involved with the negotiations of contracts and assisted with the governance transition to a single entity organization.

 

Contact:

Lara Ryan
Regional Director
lryan@cagbc.org
Work: 902-440-0296