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?
We connect people
The Atlantic Chapter hosts networking events each year, bringing together building leaders, professionals and supporters.
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.
We drive change
We work with both government and private enterprise to accelerate the adoption of green building principles, policies, standards and tools.
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.
2019-2020 CaGBC Atlantic Chapter Leadership Board
The Role of the Leadership Board
The Chapter Leadership Board establishes regional strategies, initiatives and priorities, and contributes to the advancement of the nationwide mission and strategic goals by working collaboratively with CaGBC staff, mainly the Regional Director, and the Chapter Advisory Committee (a Committee of the CaGBC Board of Directors), demonstrating strategic leadership, collective decision-making and representing a diversity of opinions and perspectives. As Chapters are part of the nationwide governance structure, the Chapter Leadership Boards have influence at the CaGBC Leadership Board level through representation on the Chapter Advisory Committee.
Thank you to outgoing CLB members: Laine Brehaut, Charline Cormier, Luc Dugas, Patricia Duncan, Craig Greene, Jackie Janes, Matthew Jarsky, and Chris Wilson.
There are still two vacancies for NL representatives on the CLB. Please contact Lara Ryan firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in volunteering as a Chapter Leadership Board Member.
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
CLB Chair - 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.
Donald Dodge, Business Development Manager, Efficiency Nova Scotia (NS)
Donald Dodge is a Business Development Manager with Efficiency Nova Scotia Corporation. Donald is responsible for ensuring that businesses are aware and are taking advantage of the savings to be realized from working with Efficiency Nova Scotia.
Prior to joining Efficiency Nova Scotia, Donald was with Conserve Nova Scotia where he was responsible for the Energuide for Houses program and energy efficiency regulations through the adoption of codes and standards. He also spent several years with Clean Nova Scotia, a non-profit environmental education organization, where he was involved in all aspects of environmental programs, but with an emphasis on home and business energy conservation programs. He was a Certified Energy Advisor and trainer with the Energuide for Houses program and has personally performed over 400 home evaluations. Donald has an extensive background in energy having worked in the exploration business in Calgary and home energy sales for several years with Esso Home Comfort in Halifax.
Derek Estabrook, Vice President, Business Development, Heritage Gas (NS)
Derek Estabrook is the Vice President of Business Development for Heritage Gas, the natural gas distributor in HRM and Northern Nova Scotia. In this role Derek is focused on developing new business opportunities including renewable natural gas, combined hear & power, natural gas vehicles, and new HVAC technologies that can help building owners and industries reduce the GHG emissions and lower their energy costs. He also leads the Sales team and leads the development of marketing and communication programs. Prior to joining Heritage Gas, Derek worked for 15 years in sales, marketing and business development roles in the food & beverage industry at Gatorade Canada, Maple Leaf Foods, Pepsico, and Agropur.
Derek is passionate about sustainability and is making strides to walk with a smaller environmental footprint. He was the founding President and Board member of the Halifax Nordic Ski Club (400+ members) for 9 years and served as a Board members for Cross Country Nova Scotia for 3 years, and is currently a Board member for Triathlon 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.
Marc Gaudet, Project Architect, Public Services and Procurement Canada (NS)
Marc was with the NS Dept. of Transportation & Infrastructure Renewal (NS DTIR) Main Office, where he gained valuable experience and green knowledge over 9 years working as a Design Team Lead and then as Senior Architect for the Building Design Group, before joining Public Service and Procurement Canada's (PSPC) Real Property Group as a Project Architect with the Conservation Group in August 2018. While at NSDTIR, Marc worked extensively as design team lead collaborating on the implementation of mandated LEED Silver (2009) accreditation for new Educational, Healthcare and Justice Facilities as well as facilitating green initiatives in existing building inventories. Marc believes strongly in the Integrative Process and has seen the beneficial results in several projects that have implemented this v4.1 requirement for LEED accreditation.
Marc is a Professional Engineer and a Licensed Architect as well as an accredited LEED Green Associate since 2014.
Krista Gill, Sustainability & Commissioning Manager, Pomerleau (NS)
Krista has worked as the Constructor LEED & Commissioning Coordinator on varying types and sizes of construction projects for the past 10 years. She has worked towards certification of 29 LEED Buildings across Atlantic Canada and Ontario. In addition to this she has been involved in the Commissioning of 15 Projects across the Atlantic Provinces. Krista works with teams to clarify roles and requirements in accordance with LEED Scorecards and Contract Documents. She engages sub-contractors and the owner/design teams to ensure that all requirements are understood between the team members and are being executed by the teams. While educating her own personnel on the intent of many of the LEED Credits, she also works with Sub-Contractor to understand the document submission requirements and rationale behind them. Krista also works with teams on the implementation of new Quality Control tools for Issue Tracking, BIM 360 Field and Drawing Revision Management, SmartUse. Krista is simply passionate in working to improve/simplify/clarify Construction Processes, in whatever way possible.
William Marshall, Partner, Equilibrium Engineering (NS)
Will is a Professional Engineer with extensive process and project management experience in both commercial, residential, and industrial sectors. Experienced energy management professional with direct project knowledge of LEED®, building commissioning, HVAC design, energy auditing, building automation systems, process improvement, and energy modeling. Experienced gained through developing and delivering the NSCC’s Energy Sustainability Engineering Technology Program (ESET) has provided Will with insight into the evolving market and is one of the reasons why he stays connected as a CaGBC trainer. Will’s experience as an entrepreneur allows him to bring a strategic understanding of the local market, and a wide network of working partnerships.
Scott Robinson, Senior Civil Engineer, Nova Scotia Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal (NS)
Scott Robinson is the Senior Civil Engineer for the Building Design Group within the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. Scott graduated from Dalhousie University with his Civil Engineering Degree in 2009. Scott is a registered Professional Engineer with Engineers Nova Scotia. Before joining the Government of Nova Scotia Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal, Scott worked in the private sector. He has worked for Crandall Engineering in Moncton, CBCL in Halifax and SNC-Lavalin in Halifax. He enjoys playing hockey and golf in his spare time.
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.
Sigourney Stott, Mechanical Design Engineer, MCW Maricor (NB)
Sigourney Stott is a mechanical engineer and project manager with MCW Maricor. Her efforts are focussed to develop energy conservation opportunities within HVAC systems at existing buildings across the Atlantic provinces. Her work began as a student with MCW and has continued to push boundaries in the energy sector since graduation in 2014. Sigourney has helped develop several carbon neutral studies as well as multiple university and college energy master plans. Her continued work with energy conservation has led to many implemented retrofit projects and a greener Atlantic Canada.