CAGBC Board

Drawing on green building leaders

CAGBC’s volunteer Board of Directors draws on members from across industries and regions. Through their knowledge and experience, our directors actively support CAGBC’s mission to speed up the switch to efficient, healthy green buildings across Canada. 

Thomas Mueller

CAGBC President and CEO

(Ex-officio)

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Thomas Mueller is a founding director of the Canada Green Building Council and became president and CEO in 2005. As Chief Executive, he leads the council’s national green building strategy, programs, standards, and advocacy initiatives.

Thomas is a past board member of the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI), the World Green Building Council (WGBC), and a current board member of the Cornerstone Standards Council (CSC) and Building Energy Innovators Council (BEIC). He is an internationally recognized green building authority active in the WorldGBC Global CEO Network and the Advisory Committee of Energy Efficiency in BC’s Built Environment Research Project at the University of British Columbia.

Thomas has an Undergraduate Degree in Geography, Planning, and Applied Ecology from the Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich, Germany. He holds a Master’s Degree in Regional Planning & Resource Development from the University of Waterloo, Ontario. 

Stephen Smith (Chair)

Manulife Real Estate

Seat: Real Estate Owners and Developers

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Steve has more than 25 years of experience in the commercial real estate industry. He’s held a diverse set of roles, including; leasing, marketing, and asset management. Currently, Steve is responsible for oversight of all activities within Manulife Real Estate’s western portfolio. Before that, Steve held a progression of senior roles within Oxford Properties. Among his more unique endeavours, Steve has developed an industry-leading national call centre and a world-class sustainability initiative.

Steve is a graduate of the University of Toronto and a happy transplant to beautiful British Columbia.

Jenny McMinn (Vice-chair)

Urban Equation

Seat: At Large

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Jenny works with developers across North America to create business cases for their sustainable development goals, including carbon neutrality, community energy, and the One Planet Living designation. Her most recent clients include Sidewalk Labs, Oxford Properties, and all levels of government.

Before joining Urban Equation, Jenny spent 10 years at Halsall Associates (now WSP), helping developers, municipalities, and building owners create award-winning, high-performance green building and community design projects.

A LEED accredited professional; Jenny holds degrees in architecture and environmental studies. She is a former member of the City of Toronto’s Design Review Panel.

Martin Nielsen (Vice-chair)

DIALOG

Seat: Professional Firms

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Martin Nielsen (Architect AIBC, MRAIC, OAA, P.Eng., LEED® AP) is a Principal with DIALOG, a multi-disciplinary design firm. A registered architect and mechanical engineer, Martin brings over 25 years of experience and leadership to the firm’s urban design, mixed-use development, higher education, and transportation projects. He is passionate about developing sustainable design solutions that are socially, economically, and environmentally responsible.

His portfolio of work has been recognized with awards for planning, architecture, and innovation and includes UBC’s LEED® Gold certified Campus Energy Centre, the Transit Exchange, and Gage South Student Residences. He led the sustainable planning approach and LEED certification process on the University of Calgary’s U-District neighborhood, one of the largest LEED ND Platinum projects in North America.

Martin has taught at the UBC School of Architecture and Faculty of Engineering and served as the UBC Advisory Urban Design Panel chair. He is currently serving on the UBC Land Use Committee, Squamish Nation Advisory Design Panel, and has served as chair on the City of Vancouver Urban Design Panel.

Nisha Agrawal

QuadReal Property Group

Seat: Real Estate Owners & Developers

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As Director of Sustainability at QuadReal and an advocate for ESG, Nisha’s expertise includes promoting green building certifications across the Canadian portfolio and supporting the development of environmental, social, and governance practices at QuadReal properties internationally. Nisha brings 10+ years of experience in the commercial real estate industry, beginning with a career in finance. From there, she moved into sustainability, and for the past five years, she has been developing programs to effectively streamline and integrate sustainability initiatives with operations. Nisha is inspired by the progress companies have made to improve tenant health and well-being, reduce resource depletion, and innovate to create solutions in building operations.

John Pontarollo

Ash Grove Cement/CRH Canada Group

Seat: Product Manufacturers, Suppliers, and Retail

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As Senior Vice President (Commercial Excellence, Logistics and Sustainable Development), John is responsible for commercial and logistics optimization across Ash Grove’s 12 cement plants and 47 terminals in North America. He is responsible for developing and executing the organization’s Sustainable Development vision, strategy, and implementation. John is a strong advocate of sustainable construction and helps to steer the industry to adopt more sustainable construction practices. He actively fosters the triple bottom line principles – value creation, sustainable environmental performance, and social responsibility – to ensure there is a balance between stable economic growth, continual social progress, and preservation of the environment.

Anna Murray

SLC Management

Seat: Real Estate Managers and Tenants

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As Managing Director, Global Head of ESG. Anna has spent her career advancing corporate strategy at major multinationals around the globe. Anna currently leads BentallGreenOak’s global Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) platform (~70 Billion AUM), integrating risk management and value creation practices into investment decisions and asset management.

Anna holds an MBA and a law degree. She is the co-chair of the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) Investment Committee Property Working Group and a founder of the non-profit Young Women in Energy. Notable accolades include Canada’s Top 40 Under 40, Top 100 Women in Canada, Canada’s Clean50, and the Making a Difference for Women Award.

Jody Becker

EllisDon

Seat: Constructors, Builders, Home Builders, Trade

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As Vice President of Sustainable Building Solutions (SBS) at EllisDon, a world-leading As Executive Vice President of Infrastructure Services & Technology, Jody is responsible for all of EllisDon’s Services divisions including Facilities Services, Energy & Digital Services, Project Management, Furniture Equipment & Design and Sustainable Building Solutions. Jody’s teams are responsible for delivering EllisDon’s “Cradle to Grave” strategy, providing solutions to EllisDon’s clients at all stages of a project’s lifecycle and complementing our core construction business.

Julia St. Michael

CAPREIT

Seat: At Large (3-year term)

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Julia is responsible for leading CAPREIT’s ESG strategy implementation, reporting activities, and investor-related initiatives, both in Canada and internationally. Her team works to advance the development of environmental benchmarks and targets across their multi-family portfolio and drives internal incorporation of climate risk, climate adaptation, and resiliency considerations across all processes and departments. She engages with internal stakeholders and senior leaders on various ESG initiatives, directs and supports socially responsible thinking and action across the company, and serves as the internal thought leader for emerging trends in sustainability and ESG.
Julia represents CAPREIT within the green building community and is active in such organizations as CAGBC, REALPAC, BOMA Toronto, and ULI. She has held previous sustainability roles at Enwave Energy Corporation and the Real Property Association of Canada.

Michael Brennan

Royal Architectural Institute of Canada

Seat: Not-for-Profit and Industry Associations

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Mike Brennan brings 26 years of executive leadership and a proven track record of operational success in the not-for-profit sector. He holds a Masters of Business from Carleton University in Ottawa and possesses a strong business acumen encompassing strategic planning, collaborative change management, and business process improvement. He has focused on reducing operating costs and diversifying revenue streams while increasing performance and productivity throughout his career.

In addition to a solid business foundation in banking and manufacturing, Mike has an understanding of and commitment to the not-for-profit sector. His expertise takes in governance, fundraising, volunteers, advocacy, grant writing, stakeholder engagement, and program implementation. Most recently, he served as Chief Operating Officer of the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists.

Anthony Cupido

Mohawk College

Seat: Academia and Research

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As the inaugural Research Chair, Sustainability at Mohawk College, Tony provides leading-edge research that will contribute to a low-carbon economy. He engages with students using a multi-disciplinary approach to find real-world solutions to social, economic, and environmental challenges.

A professional engineer with 38 years of experience in engineering, facilities management, and capital development, Tony has considerable institutional experience, particularly with McMaster University and Mohawk College. In his leadership capacity at Mohawk College, he was responsible for the planning, design, construction, and operation of Canada’s largest institutional, zero-carbon building – The Joyce Centre for Partnership and Innovation. This award-winning facility became the first to achieve dual certification under the CAGBC’s Zero Carbon Building program.

Tony has a doctorate degree in Civil Engineering with a focus on green buildings and policy and is a former adjunct faculty member at McMaster.

Stéphan Déry

Real Property Services

Seat: Government & Policy

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As Assistant Deputy Minister of Real Property Services at Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC), Stéphan is responsible for the delivery of the entire suite of real property services to federal departments and agencies, including office accommodation, project management, real estate services, and specialty services (geomatics, environmental, architectural and engineering), the management of multiple federal engineering assets (bridges, dams, highways and dry docks), as well as the acquisition and disposal of federal real property.

Prior to this appointment, Stéphan was CEO for the Translation Bureau, where he provided strategic and operational leadership for the Bureau. Before his appointment to the Translation Bureau, Stéphan was the department’s Regional Director General for the Atlantic Region. He previously held a number of executive positions in the areas of real property, acquisitions, and corporate services within PSPC and at Library and Archives Canada (LAC). 

Stéphan is a certified management accountant and holds a master’s degree in public administration.

Chris Piché

Introba

Seat: Professional Firms

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Chris brings a broad understanding of high-performance systems to each project. His approach is rooted in the philosophy that environmentally responsible design must constantly evolve to suit the technology available in balance with the client’s goals and objectives.

As the Regional Director for East Coast Operations at Introba Chris is responsible for directing the development of regional strategic and business plans consistent with the established mission, vision, core values, and strategic plan of the firm. He ensures their proper execution in close collaboration with the local leadership within each Design Studio.

A Professional Engineer with 19 years of experience, Chris provides technical oversight and guidance for the Performance Engineering Group – a team with expertise in the delivery of building audits, condition assessments, and commissioning services across a multitude of sectors – including healthcare, commercial, institutional and mixed-use residential development.

Board elections

Seats on CAGBC’s Board of Directors come up for election on a rotating basis. CAGBC’s Nominations Committee is responsible for preparing a slate of candidates for election by voting members. Check this space for updates on the next round of elections. 

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