Students Leading Sustainability:

Andy Kesteloo Memorial Project Award

The Andy Kesteloo Memorial Student Project Award is in memory of Andy Kesteloo, a visionary green building advocate, who shared his commitment for a sustainable earth with humour, insight and passion.

The objective of the Award is to recognize a student project that demonstrates leadership, innovation, inspiration and a creative vision for the future of sustainable design in the field of green building and communities.

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The 2019 winner: Bianca Dahlman

University of Manitoba

Bianca is being recognized for her heartfelt, compassionate design of The Weave Cultural Centre - a space where the community of Shoal Lake 40 can reconnect with and celebrate their history in a modern, multi-purpose space that embraces culture and green building design. Bianca’s project enables knowledge sharing across generations, communities, and cultures. Her research included experiencing the Anishinaabe culture first hand by participating in community activities and improving the building envelope, establishing a connection to the surrounding boreal landscape and adding floor to ceiling glazing on exterior walls for natural lighting which all add up to an inspiring project that is certainly viable and beautiful. A new architectural design course has been created for students to design a space inspired by Weave. The design proposals arising out of the course will then aid the community of Shoal Lake 40 in procuring funding for future community projects.

Winner, Bianca Dahlman (left) with Darryl Neate (right),
Director of Sustainability, Oxford Properties Group.

Gala Dinner Photo

View this video that details Bianca’s project idea:

Award criteria, eligibility and submission process

Competition opens September 15, 2019 and closes April 15, 2020

Criteria -
Student project should (but is not limited to):
  • Be an idea for a building, any component of a building, a green product, or any part of the construction process.
  • Clearly convey the fundamentals of sustainability by using innovative strategies and realistic solutions.
  • Present a creative vision for the future of green buildings and neighbourhoods.
  • Articulate the project's key features and their environmental and human health benefits.
  • Demonstrate the value and the importance of integrated/synergistic system design.
The Award
  • $2,000 cash award.
  • Free conference registration to Building Lasting Change, CaGBC's National Conference, including attendance at the gala dinner and award ceremony where the winner will be announced to the public.
  • Transportation costs to and from the conference.
  • Two nights lodging during the conference.
  • Free entry to the CaGBC's National Conference Gala dinner and awards ceremony for an individual of your choice.
Must be a full-time, undergraduate student,enrolled during the academic year of 2019/2020, involved directly or indirectly in the built environment. Some examples include programs related to: Architecture, Engineering, Urban Planning, Interior Design, Community Planning, Sustainability Management, Supply Chain Management, Construction, Trades, etc.

Project groups must select one group representative. A project award can only be awarded to one group member.

Submission Requirements:


All project requirements must be submitted online.

  • Personal Profile Form
  • Proof of full time enrollment in a post-secondary institution
    Please provide a registration receipt, a current transcript, or a letter from your department.
  • Maximum 2000-word essay about your project
    Your essay must demonstrate and describe:
    • How your project satisfies the objective and criteria of this award (listed above).
    • Key project features and intended positive environmental and social impacts.
    • Your design approach (process, goals and objectives) and any lessons learned.
    • Your project’s feasibility and applicability to a real world need.
  • A maximum of four project posters
    Posters must be submitted as an electronic PDF or JPEG and formatted to a print quality resolution on an A0 panel (841x1189 mm; horizontal or vertical format). In the event that the project is selected, a poster should be prepared in order to be printed for display at CaGBC’s national conference.
  • Green building community involvement reference letter
    This should be a signed PDF written by a third party that demonstrates a commitment to sustainability outside the classroom.


  • Top two finalists will notified on May 1 to submit a video by May 4.
  • If your project makes the Top Two, you will be required to submit an informal video of five minutes or less where you verbalize the merits of your idea, speak about the inspiration behind it and provide the judges with some insight into your personal contributions and aspirations in terms of green building. Once selected, you will be provided with an outline that further articulates the terms of this video component.
Application Process:

The application and review process is done entirely online. The link to apply will be available on September 15, 2019.

If at any time you require assistance, please contact CaGBC Education.

  • Competition opens: September 15, 2019
  • Deadline for submissions: April 15, 2020
  • Top two finalists will be notified to submit video: May 1, 2020
  • Video submissions due: May 4, 2020
  • Winner will be notified by: May 11, 2020
  • Building Lasting Change 2020, CaGBC national conference and showcase will take place from June 3 to 5 in Toronto, Ontario.
Full contact information
CaGBC Education
Canada Green Building Council
100 Murray Street, Suite 400
Ottawa, K1N 0A1
Phone : 866.941.1184 ext. 1023