Women in Green - Leadership in Green Buildings

Women in Green  - Leadership in Green Buildings

Chapter Event

Women in Green - Leadership in Green Buildings 
Celebrate Women in the Green Building Industry and Discuss Equity and Diversity by 2030

DURATION: 2.5 hours
DATE: November 5th, 2019
TIME: 5:30 P.M. - 8:00 P.M. (GMT) Registration begins at 5:00 P.M.
LOCATION: Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT), 1301-16 Avenue NW, Calgary

Event highlights

At the end of the day, it’s not so much about what you do, but about why you do it. CaGBC is introducing Women in Green Alberta to examine the power of purpose to shape our lives, our careers and our changing world.

Climate change is the challenge of our lifetime. Women in the green building industry across diverse industry sectors play a key role in helping Canada forge pathways to a zero-carbon future. Yet women in green represent a minority of the green building industry workforce, particularly in leadership roles.

Join us for this special event hosted in partnership with SAIT’s School of Construction as part of a series of Women in Green events across the country. The CaGBC is committed to continuing the conversation around women and diversity in the green building sector. This event will be chaired by the CaGBC Alberta Chapter Leadership Board Chair Melanie Ross, and will feature a presentation by Lisa Bate, Chair of the World Green Building Council, followed by a fire-side chat with some of Alberta’s champions of “Every Building Greener”!

Hosted in partnership with SAIT School of Construction.

Registration :
5:00 P.M.  – 5:30 P.M.

Networking Reception : 5:30 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.

Opening Presentation : 6:00 P.M. – 6:30 P.M.

Panel Discussion “Fireside Chat” : 6:30 P.M. -7:30 P.M.


Melanie Ross, Chair of the CaGBC Alberta Leadership Board 

Melanie Ross is the new Director of Green Building Technologies at SAIT.  For the past number of years, Melanie had also led the Sustainability Team at Integral’s Calgary office managing projects with green buildings certifications such as LEED and WELL. Melanie’s work with the CaGBC as a reviewer, faculty and on taskforces gives her intimate knowledge of LEED and WELL project strategies. Combined with her tenure as the Chair of the Alberta Chapter of the CaGBC, she strives to effect positive change building by building. 

Lisa Bate, Chair of the World Green Building Council;

Lisa Bate is the Chair of the World Green Building Council and is regarded as one of Canada’s global ambassadors for sustainable design.  Lisa was a representative to the United Nations’ Environmental Protection—Sustainable Buildings and Climate Initiative and is a former Director and Board Chair of the Canada Green Building Council. In 2018, Lisa was named the winner of Canada’s Clean16 as the top contributor for the past two years for the Building – Design, Development & Management sector at the Clean50 awards celebration.  In her role as Global Sustainability Lead at B+H Architects, she oversaw the design team responsible for the new Net Zero Carbon Design Certified Joyce Centre for Partnership and Innovation at Mohawk College in Hamilton, Ontario, an advanced net-zero energy, waste and water building and a Canadian pilot project for the CaGBC Zero Carbon Buildings and the WGBC Advancing Net Zero Initiatives. Lisa has demonstrated her management abilities and sustainability leadership globally, leading important projects in the Caribbean, China, India, Singapore, Malaysia, the US and Canada across a variety of sectors and scopes. 

Reva Bond Ramsden, Dean of the School of Construction, SAIT;

Before joining SAIT in 2009 Reva had a multi-disciplinary, progressive career in hospitality, tourism, manufacturing, health care and ending in industrial construction.  Her educational accomplishments include a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology and a Master’s degree in Business Administration.  Reva has managed apprenticeship, diploma, applied degree and degree programs within the School of Construction, School of Manufacturing and Automation and the School of Transportation during her tenure at SAIT.  Currently she is the Dean of the School of Construction and the Chair for the Women in Trades and Technology at SAIT while busy being a wife, a mother of three young girls and a doctoral student at Athabasca University.  Her passions include project-based learning, complexity leadership theory and increasing female participation in non-traditional careers. 

Vivian Manasc, Principal, Manasc Isaac

Vivian Manasc leads Manasc Isaac, a 60-person Edmonton-based Architectural and Engineering studio with offices in Calgary, Vancouver and Bucharest. She is Chair of the Board of Governors of Athabasca University and the recipient of a 2017 Alberta Order of Excellence. Vivian is Past President of the RAIC, and past VP of the CaGBC. She also serves on the National Capital Commission Advisory Committee on Design. She graduated in Architecture at McGill and completed an MBA at the U of A, where she was recently awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws.
Vivian’s passion and commitment to outstanding sustainable Architecture has been recognized nationally. She launched Manasc Isaac’s “reimagine” initiative, focused on greening existing buildings, and the First Nations conference on Sustainable Buildings and Communities, to enhance the quality of life in First Nations Communities.  Vivian led the design many successful projects such as the LEED Gold Water Centre in Calgary, Gilead’s new Lab and office buildings, and PCL North American Headquarters in Edmonton. 

Joanne Perdue, Associate Vice President, Sustainability at the University of Calgary

As Associate Vice President, Sustainability, Joanne is responsible for strategy and change leadership to meet the University of Calgary's commitment to excellence and leadership in sustainability.  A highly collaborative innovator, Joanne has been instrumental in transitioning the university into a Canadian leader in sustainability over her 12-year tenure. In addition to maintaining a Gold rating under STARS (Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Rating System) since 2013, the university has been recognized three times under Corporate Knight’s Top Ten Future 40 Responsible Leaders in Canada index, received a first-place ranking in Corporate Knight’s 2017 Greenest Campuses in Canada index, and ranked in the top 20 Coolest Schools for 2019 by Sierra Magazine.  Prior to joining the University of Calgary, Joanne spent 20 years as a practicing architect specializing in healthy, high-performance green buildings gaining national recognition as a Canadian leader and early champion of sustainable design for the built environment.  She is a registered architect in Alberta, a LEED Fellow, and a director of the Canada Green Building Council’s national board. 








* Discount Codes are available for EGPs (-50%) and students (-30%). Please email education@cagbc.org with proof of student status or to confirm your EGP status.  

** This is an Alberta Chapter event open to the public and providing special member pricing to its Chapter members. If you are an employee of a national member company, please sign in to www.cagbc.org and join the Chapter for free, to become eligible for member pricing. If your company is not a national member, you can join the Chapter as an individual, or encourage your company to become a national member.


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Please arrive at 5.00 P.M. to sign-in to this event.

Price includes one complimentary cocktail and light snacks.

For questions regarding this event please contact Lisa Fox at lfox@cagbc.org.
About the Alberta Chapter
Hosted by the CaGBC Alberta Chapter.

The CaGBC Alberta Chapter seeks to lead and accelerate the transformation to high-performing healthy green buildings, homes and communities throughout Alberta.

11/5/2019 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Southern Alberta Institute of Technology 1301 - 16 Avenue NW Calgary, AB T2M0L4 CANADA
​Please Note:​ You must have a CaGBC account and be signed in to register for this course.