Call for Volunteers for CaGBC LEED Committees - deadline extended to November 21

Are you interested in making a valuable contribution to the growth of the green building movement and helping set the direction of the LEED program? The CaGBC is now accepting applications for the LEED Canada Steering Committee (LCSC) and all three Technical Advisory Groups (TAGs), as well as for technical experts available on an as-needed basis as TAG Specialists. LCSC is the senior Committee providing policy, technical and market oversight of the LEED program in Canada. The TAGs provide technical guidance to the Council and focus on the LEED commercial programs. They are organized in three areas of expertise: Sites and Water, Energy and Engineering, and Materials.

The deadline for applications is Tuesday, November 21, at noon ET. Interested parties should submit their application to, and indicate “Steering Committee Application” or “TAG Application” in the subject line. Please include:

  • a cover letter stating your area of interest and specifying the committee of interest (including if interested just in specialist role) and how your skill set matches those outlined herein;
  • curriculum vitae; and,
  • if appropriate, a list of LEED registered and certified projects and the role played on these projects.

Roles and Responsibilities

The steering committee is responsible for ensuring the identification of Canadian market needs for LEED v4; the integration and consistency between LEED products; for development and implementation of LEED Canada documentation and guidance; and for ensuring ongoing maintenance of existing LEED products in Canada.  The committee is also responsible for integration between LEED products in Canada and other products the CaGBC supports.

The TAGs perform a crucial role in ensuring that the development and administration of CaGBC products are grounded in technical and scientific considerations of the highest quality.  The work of the TAGs is primarily centered on the LEED Canada program. The TAGs are charged with protecting the technical integrity of the LEED brand in Canada. The TAGs provide technical advice in the development of new products and LEED v4 Alternative Compliance Paths (ACPs) for Canada. They also respond to Credit Interpretation Requests (CIRs) and resolve issues arising from certification reviews; this includes LEED v4 CIRs for Canadian projects. Lastly, the TAGs are responsible for providing CaGBC’s technical review of new USGBC LEED rating system versions and providing input into other development as necessary.

There are three TAGs, with responsibilities distributed as follows:

  • Sites & Water (S&W) TAG – addresses technical issues in the Sustainable Sites and Water Efficiency credit categories, as well as all general administrative inquiries (e.g., site boundaries and compliance with the Minimum Program Requirements).
  • Materials (MR) TAG – addresses technical issues in the Materials & Resources credit category; other credits that deal with construction material such as Low Emitting Materials; as well as daylighting and views.
  • Energy & Engineering (E&E) TAG – addresses technical issues in the Energy & Atmosphere and Indoor Environmental Quality credit categories.

Committee Member Categories

How do you wish to volunteer? Your time, your choice!

Those CaGBC members wishing to make a broader contribution and able to make the commitment to bi-weekly calls (every two weeks), may be interesting in joining as a TAG member. These committee members typically have a practical working knowledge of most credits/scope within the TAG domain. However, technical experts who specialize in a particular subject and are not available for regular meetings, may wish to offer the insight of their expertise as TAG Specialists, who are available to call upon as needed. These specialists have a deep understanding of niche areas such as stormwater management, commissioning, durable building expertise, etc. The roles are explained more fully below. Note that TAG Specialists are considered non-voting members.

Member Requirements

LCSC / TAG Members TAG Specialists
Two-hour conference calls, held every two weeks. On call as needed; input may be provided by email or on conference call. Expected to be called upon four times a year or less.
Additional one hour of preparation time per meeting to review documentation. Expected to research and prepare prior to meeting where input is requested.
Requirement to attend two-thirds of meetings. Required to provide input when asked; requests will be limited. If unavailable for conference call, information and expertise can be provided via email.
Must be from CaGBC member organizations at the “Green Building Specialist” level; the ability to participate on LEED committees and affect the direction of the Council is a benefit of membership. No requirement to be with a CaGBC membership organization, though it is preferred.
Steering Committee members are required to have obtained their LEED Green Associate or be a LEED Accredited Professional.

TAG members are required to be LEED Accredited Professionals with Speciality.
There is no LEED accreditation requirement for the TAG Specialist role; however the LEED Green Associate is recommended.

All committee members will be required to sign a confidentiality agreement to protect the confidential information of the CaGBC, LEED project teams, and others.

Please note that the LEED committees operate in English.

General Skills

All candidates will be assessed on the knowledge and experience in their area of subject matter expertise.

TAG and LCSC members (i.e., not the TAG Specialists) will also be assessed on their knowledge of green building practices; knowledge of the LEED rating systems; length, breadth and depth of practical experience with the application of LEED; familiarity with the LEED development process; and a working knowledge of the strengths and weaknesses of LEED.

TAG and LCSC members must also demonstrate organizational and interpersonal skills. They should have a proven ability to collaborate with a creative multidisciplinary team of national experts, building consensus and reaching desired outcomes in an agreed-upon timeframe. 

Appointments to the TAGs and LCSC will be made in order to achieve a diversity of relevant experience, professional perspectives, market and geographical representation, and gender balance.

Note that in order that the TAGs remain unbiased, representatives from product manufacturers and trade associations cannot be appointed to the TAGs.

Only one individual per Member company may be represented on a committee; however this does not impact the TAG Specialist role.

Specific Skills Sought

Steering committee members must represent a broad market perspective and a strong passion for moving the Canadian green building movement forward.  Members should be able to represent their market segment with experience and knowledge. The LEED Canada Steering Committee seeks representation from a variety of communities including consulting/design; construction/general contracting; and owners/developers from both private and public sectors. The LEED program addresses building design/construction as well as operations/maintenance, and it operates across all real estate sectors, from office to multi-unit residential, institutional and industrial. All interested candidates are welcome to apply.

TAG members must be able to contribute in a broad range of technical areas within the categories that they represent.

TAG Specialists (non-voting) - Expertise in certain subject matter areas can be a strong asset. Note that where members feel they are able to provide specialist expertise and are unable to respond to the broader range of LEED credits within a TAG, they can be considered for a specialist role and should note their interest in their application. These experts would only need to offer their input into a particular subject when requested.

Members with a broad familiarity with LEED Canada EB:O&M 2009 are especially encouraged to apply.

At this time we are particularly interested in these specific fields of discipline, but others will be considered on their merits.

Sites & Water:

  • Erosion and sedimentation control measures
  • Stormwater management
  • Light pollution reduction
  • Landscape architecture/irrigation technology
  • Planner with expertise at municipal level (and knowledge of provincial/federal related legislation)
  • Ecologist with knowledge of site assessment and related regulations
  • Sustainable building operations; including water audits, metering etc.


  • Materials life cycle assessment (LCA) and impact categories; product category rules (PCR) and environmental product declarations (EPD)
  • Material optimization, transparency and declarations
  • Material testing, standards, and programs, such as HPD, C2C, Floorscore, SCAQMD, FSC, CSA, ISO, etc.
  • General contracting
  • Daylighting simulation
  • Construction waste management planning
  • Waste audits and waste management during building operations
  • Building durability development and implementation
  • Acoustic performance
  • Specifications writing

Energy & Engineering:

  • Commissioning (including retrocommissioning, recommissioning, envelope commissioning, and ongoing commissioning)
  • HVAC systems (designers and/or contractors)
  • In-depth experience with ASHRAE Standards 55 and 62.1
  • Owner/developer and/or property manager with HVAC or other related background
  • ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager
  • Existing building operations and maintenance