BC Architect Teresa Coady wins Canada’s top business award for female entrepreneurs

Teresa Coady, Chief Executive Officer and founding partner of the Vancouver-based architectural practice of Bunting Coady Architects, has been named as a winner of the 2008 RBC Canadian Woman Entrepreneur Awards (CWEA). 


Established in 1992, these awards are conferred on leading female entrepreneurs whose successful business achievements have contributed significantly to the Canadian and global economies, as well as to their own community. Selected as the winner of the “Bell Trailblazer” category, Coady has been recognized by a panel of 16 judges for demonstrating outstanding leadership within her company and business sector. The CWEA program is regarded as the pre-eminent business award for leading female entrepreneurs in Canada. Approximately 1,200 women entrepreneurs were nominated for this year’s award and Coady is the only architect to have ever received this honour. 


A graduate of the University of British Columbia (UBC), Coady is one of only a handful of women running a full-service architectural practice in Canada. A leading pioneer of sustainable and energy efficient design, Coady’s vision to create “Living, Breathing Buildings”™ which enhance the environment, is the philosophy behind the work of Bunting Coady Architects. The firm has more square footage of LEED® NC Gold-certified institutional and commercial projects than any other firm in North America and has won over 50 awards for design quality and building performance. Bunting Coady Architects has also been internationally recognized and is the only practice to have won the BOMA Earth Award on four separate occasions.


Coady is at the forefront of the movement tackling the challenge of climate change, by linking architecture to environmentalism. Teresa Coady is the only architect to serve on the BC provincial government’s Climate Action Team, (CAT), which is developing strategies to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the province of British Columbia. A Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and past Vice-President of the Architectural Institute of British Columbia, Coady has acted as an advisor to the British Columbia Energy Code and the National Energy Code. A board member of the Cascadia Chapter of the United States Green Building Council, Coady is the acclaimed author of a number of articles and academic papers.


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