Canada Green Building Council Honours Canada’s Green Building Leaders at Awards Gala

Green building projects and developers that demonstrated industry leadership were honoured at the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) Leadership Awards Gala Dinner. The 2019 Leadership and Green Building Excellence Awards recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the CaGBC’s goals in advancing green buildings in Canada.

“Every year we are recognizing those individuals that are making a difference and affecting/leading change in Canada’s green building industry,” said Thomas Mueller, President and CEO of the CaGBC. “This year’s award winners are indicative of the passion, commitment and innovation that drives our industry to keeping moving forward in delivering change on the ground. This year’s Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Daniel Pearl, embodies those traits. Both as a practicing architect and an educator, he has influenced sustainable design and delivered ground breaking projects for decades.”

Held at the Vancouver Conference Centre as part of CaGBC’s National Conference and Showcase, Building Lasting Change, the winners of the 2019 CaGBC Green Building Excellence Awards are:

CaGBC Green Building Product of the Year Award
Award sponsored by UL Environment
Winner: SoyaOil Coatings Canada Inc.

Formulated for zero-pollution, SoyaOil Coatings Canada Inc. is helping the building industry move away from petrochemical and synthetic chemistry products, making buildings safer for humans and the environment.

Green Building Excellence – Tenant Improvement
Winner: Prairie Architects Inc., Office

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Prairie Architects’ new office demonstrates a creative commitment to sustainability while celebrating and promoting employees’ healthy lifestyles. Input from employees contributed to the design, which features open workstations, natural light, high-efficiency LED fixtures, ultra-low flow faucets, and a bike storage.

Green Building Excellence – Inspiring Home
Winner: Parkdale Landing, Housing Retrofit
Architect: Invizij Architects

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The Parkdale Landing Affordable Housing Retrofit in Hamilton, ON, will transform the lives of tenants who can only afford rents of approximately $500/month, including utilities. This retrofit could be a standard for dilapidated buildings in many Canadian communities in need of affordable housing solutions. Parkdale Landing was renovated for $205 a square foot, less than a five percent increase over a Code building in this location.

Green Building Excellence – Zero Carbon Award
Award sponsored by Integral Group
Winner: École Curé-Paquin
Architect: Leclerc Associate Architects

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École Curé-Paquin is the first project in Québec—and the first grade-school in Canada, according to the CaGBC—to receive the Zero Carbon Building Design certification. As a new school, École Curé-Paquin will become part of an educative program showcasing Zero Carbon buildings in action.

Green Building Excellence – New Construction
Award sponsored by Mitsubishi Electric Heating & Cooling
Winner: Western University, Engineering Building
Architect: Perkins+Will and Cornerstone Architecture

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The Western University Engineering Building, also known as ThreeC Plus, is the 13th LEED certified project located at Western’s Main Campus in London, Ontario. ThreeC Plus is a 9,400 square meter multi-use project. The building brings the percentage of LEED registered or certified space to 16 percent of the total University square footage.

Green Building Excellence – Existing Building
Winner: 4711 Yonge
Architect: Marisa Construction Ltd. and Menkes Property Management Services Ltd.

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Located in the North York area, 4711 Yonge Street is a Class A building that demonstrates an improved ENERGY STAR score, reduced water use, and a higher level of LEED certification. The building has achieved LEED Silver, Fitwell, Wiredscore and Energy Star certifications, as well as BOMA BEST Platinum.

The 2019 CaGBC Leadership Awards are:

CaGBC Lifetime Achievement Award
Winner: Daniel Pearl, co-founder L’OEUF (l’Office de l’Éclectisme Urbain et Fonctionnel)

Montréal’s Daniel Pearl, is an eco-architect with an integrated approach to design that is focused on sustainable architecture, urban housing, residential and commercial renovation. Pearl’s work created demand for green buildings, and a legacy of new talent inspired by his work.

CaGBC Inspired Educator Award
Award sponsored by GWL Realty Advisors
Winner: Cheryl Fryers, Professor, Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, Architectural Technologies

Cheryl Fryers has taught sustainability and regenerative design for over 15 years. Her Master’s thesis, “Gamification for Environmental Change,” explored whether gamification could help people adopt sustainable behaviours by introducing her students to an app that rewarded them for defined actions like recycling or taking public transit.

Government Leadership Award
Award sponsored by Stantec
Winner: Public Services and Procurement Canada

According to the CaGBC, Public Services and Procurement Canada was the first federal department to complete a National Carbon Neutral Plan evaluation in support of a low-carbon Government.

The Ed Lim Technical Leadership Award (Formerly the Technical Volunteer Leadership Award)
Winner: Guillaume Martel, Architect and Sustainability Specialist, Provencher_Roy Architectes

Guillaume Martel has worked on more than 70 sustainable projects in numerous certification systems including LEED, ENVISION, Parksmart, and SITES. Since 2010, Guillaume has worked with the CaGBC as a member of the Material and Resources Technical Advisory Group, which he now chairs. He also sits on the LEED Canada Steering Committee and previous Building Lasting Change Program Committees.

CaGBC Volunteer Leadership – Chapter
Winner: Natalie Irwin, Director of Stakeholder Engagement for Efficiency Canada

Natalie Irwin is an engaged and committed volunteer who has played a significant role in the first Green Jobs 101 event, a series of networking events that gives recent grads a glimpse of different green career options and emphasizes the importance of environmental jobs, in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

CaGBC Green Building Champion Award
Winner: Lisa Westerhoff, Integral Group

Lisa Westerhoff has been instrumental in the development of numerous green building policies including the BC Energy Step Code, the CaGBC Zero Carbon Building standard, Better Buildings BC incentive program, and The Toronto Zero Emissions Building Plan. Lisa consults Canadian cities on climate action policies to reduce carbon emissions. Her work on the CaGBC Zero Carbon Building standard and the BC Energy Step Code has been acclaimed for providing a pathway to Zero Carbon Buildings for Canada’s building industry.

CaGBC Green Building Pioneer Award
Winner: Roland Charneux, Pageau Morel et associés inc.

Since 1976, Roland Charneux has helped design green and efficient buildings. Roland has managed various jobs nationwide, including LEED projects and experimental green building. Through his commitment to education, Roland has spent 40 plus years of his career leading by example, advocating for green buildings, and investing in the next generation of green building leaders.

Emerging Green Leader Award
Award sponsored by DIALOG
Winner: Afaf Azzouz, Buildings Performance Engineer, Stantec

As an emerging green professional, Afaf Azzouz recent projects include Carbon Neutral Studies for commercial buildings, Evolv1, the first Zero Carbon Building Standard certification in Canada, and the UBC Brock Commons building. She has developed a career path that follows her passions and gives back through CaGBC Chapter volunteer work, mentorship, and collaboration.

Students Leading Sustainability: Andy Kesteloo Memorial Project Award
Winner: Bianca Dahlman, The Weave Cultural Centre

Bianca Dahlman, a fourth-year student at the University of Manitoba, is recognized for her compassionate design project of The Weave Cultural Centre – a space where the Anishanaabe community of Shoal Lake 40 can reconnect with and celebrate their history in a modern, multi-purpose space that embraces culture and green building design.