Voting begins March 25, 2024 for CAGBC’s Board of Directors elections

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In January, CAGBC Members were advised that the nomination process for the 2024 election of the CAGBC Board of Directors seats had begun, and information on the nominating process and packages were shared.

Nominations were received and the Nomination Committee, which has been appointed by the Board of the Canada Green Building Council, has reviewed all applications to prepare a slate of qualified candidates for the 2024 election.

This year, four (4) seats are open for election. Voting will run from March 25, 2024 to April 19, 2024.

The Product Manufacturers, Suppliers and Retail and Real Estate Managers and Tenants seats were acclaimed by the Nomination Committee.

The Nomination Committee is pleased to present the 2024 slate of candidates for the Commercial Real Estate Owners & Developers and At-Large seats:

For Commercial Real Estate Owners & Developers: Organizations with vested financial interest in buildings as owners or developers. (1 seat)

Nisha Agrawal
Director, Sustainability
QuadReal Property Group

An advocate for ESG, Nisha Agrawal is QuadReal’s Director, Sustainability, joining the company in 2017. Her expertise includes promoting green building certifications across the Canadian portfolio and supporting development of environmental, social and governance practices at QuadReal properties internationally. Nisha brings more than 10 years of experience in the commercial real estate industry, beginning her career in Finance at Bentall Kennedy. From there, she moved into Sustainability and for over five years has been developing programs to effectively streamline and integrate sustainability initiatives with operations. Nisha holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of British Columbia and is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of BC. 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.

Ariel Feldman
Associate Vice President, Sustainability
Choice Properties REIT

Ariel Feldman is the Associate Vice President, Sustainability for Choice Properties REIT, where he leads the strategic development and implementation of the company’s energy and emissions program and oversees the Environmental, Social, and Governance Report. Since joining in 2017, Ariel has been instrumental in positioning Choice as a leader in environmental sustainability, spearheading initiatives that resulted in Choice becoming one of the first Canadian companies to have their net-zero emissions targets validated by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi). Ariel collaborates closely with the Chief Executive Officer, senior management, and the Board of Trustees to fully integrate Choice’s net-zero roadmap into its business operations, driving sustainable growth and innovation.
Outside of his professional role, Ariel previously served as the President of the Board of Directors for a not-for-profit childcare center in Toronto, where he successfully navigated the organization through the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Ariel volunteers with the Canada Green Building Council (CAGBC), most recently on the Zero Carbon Steering Committee. Ariel holds a Master of Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and the Schulich School of Business at York University. He is a licensed professional engineer in Ontario, holding a Bachelor of Applied Science from the University of Toronto

Ali Hoss
Chief Sustainability Officer
Triovest

“Ali Hoss is Triovest’s Chief Sustainability Officer responsible for advancing sustainability performance and technology innovation for a portfolio of $15B of commercial properties in Canada. The recipient of Canada Energy Innovator Award of 2020 and Young Energy Professional Award of 2017 from the Association of Energy Engineer’s (AEE), with over 20 years of work experience, Ali is well regarded as a strategic builder of unique products and value-added services that increase profitability, reduce risks, and strengthen brand reputation. Working directly with some of the largest Pension Funds globally, Ali supports development and implementation of strategies that align financial goals with environmental stewardship ensuring value creation and asset resilience while mitigating risks.

Prior to joining Triovest, Ali has led design and implementation of Canada Infrastructure Bank’s public building retrofit financing program with a budget of $1B, created energy and GHG reduction standards and technical requirements for deep retrofit projects. Ali has also led the development of the City of Toronto`s comprehensive policy strategy that will drive the City’s existing buildings to net zero emissions by 2050. In 2016, Ali led the implementation and delivery of the first full scale pay-for-performance energy conservation program in North America, the IESO’s Energy Performance Program, with a budget of $25M, for large commercial and institutional customers.

Ali is the co-chair of the BOMA Toronto SMART Committee, a board member of the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE) Energy Task Force, a member of REALPAC’s ESG Committee, and a member of Leadership Advisory Board for Center for Active Design (Fitwel platform). Ali is the chair of the Built Environment Program Advisory Committee at Humber College providing recommendations on curriculum development and strategic program directions. Ali is also a member of CaGBC’s Zero Carbon Steering Committee since 2023.

At Large: Organizations with vested interest in supporting a sustainable, zero carbon built environment. (1 seat)

Lee Hodgkinson
Head of Sustainability and Technical Services
Dream Unlimited

Lee Hodgkinson is Head of Sustainability and Technical Services for the Dream group of companies, overseeing the Technical Services, Sustainability and Energy Management departments. The Dream group of companies, which include Dream Unlimited Corp., Dream Office REIT, Dream Impact Trust, Dream Industrial REIT and Dream Residential REIT, are among Canada’s leading real estate companies, with over $24 billion in assets across North America and Europe. As part of this role, Lee oversees $30M+ annual capital budgets to improve asset value, building operations and energy performance. Lee also leads ESG strategic planning and integration for all Dream entities, including the development of the annual Corporate Sustainability Report and the development and execution of the Net Zero by 2035 Action Plan. Lee brings over 15 years of engineering, construction, building automation and energy management experience to lead Dream’s smart buildings program, green building certifications and many healthy buildings initiatives.
As a green champion in his professional life, Lee has directly completed 200+ energy audits & energy models, 120,000+ LED light bulbs installed, 20MW of solar PV installed, 2 LEED Platinum certifications, 50+ chiller retrofits, 100+ boiler retrofits and 300+ Building Automation System installations as well as several geothermal and solar thermal projects. As a green champion in his personal life, Lee enjoys retrofitting older homes to become energy efficient. Lee holds a Bachelor of Science (Mechanical Engineering) from Queen’s University, Canada, and also studied at Lund University, Sweden. Lee is a licensed Professional Engineer (P.Eng) in Ontario, a Certified Measurement and Verification Professional (CMVP) and Tridium Niagara 4 Certified. Lee also completed the CORe (Credential of Readiness) from Harvard Business School Online. He is proud of being a long standing and involved member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE), the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA), and the Canada Green Building Council (CAGBC).

Kit Milnes
Vice President, Sustainability & Resilience
KingSett Capital

Kit is responsible for developing and executing KingSett’s Sustainability Strategy and managing the climate risks and opportunities across its existing assets, developments, lending, and internal operations. Kit leads the development of KingSett’s market-leading decarbonization strategy across its portfolio and is also responsible for its internal and external ESG reporting, third-party standards alignment, and sustainable investment and lending programs. Kit has successfully secured over $45 million in government financing to execute decarbonization projects, with a further $50 million in the pipeline, with the Canadian Infrastructure Bank. Kit has successfully converted KingSett’s Core Fund line of credit into a Sustainable Linked Loan, meeting key performance criteria annually to maintain the preferred rate offering. Prior to joining KingSett, Kit was the Senior Manager of Sustainability at Triovest Realty Advisors. While at Triovest, Kit rolled out new technologies to improve asset and portfolio ESG performance, achieved Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB) Global Sector Leader standing, and helped develop and implement its Innovation Strategy. Kit’s experience covers nearly a decade and a half of business, strategy and sustainability experience across a variety of industry sectors and asset classes. Kit holds an Honours Bachelors degree in Environmental Science from Dalhousie University and is a LEED Accredited Professional.

Voting Procedures

Voting will take place online from March 25, 2024 to April 19, 2024, at 11:59 PM ET. You may vote at any time within the voting window by clicking on the link enclosed in the email notification sent to your organization’s main contact.

Please note that there is only one vote per member organization. If your organization has not received a notification to vote or if you need to clarify voter eligibility, please contact governance@cagbc.org.

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