Provencher_Roy’s Guillaume Martel Selected as LEED Fellow

Martel is the only Canadian among the current cohort, and the first Quebec architect to be named a LEED Fellow.

Provencher_Roy’s Guillaume Martel, Architect and Partner, has been named 2022 LEED Fellow, among 20 professionals, by Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI). He is the only Canadian among the current cohort, and the first Quebec architect to be named a LEED Fellow.

Guillaume Martel has been an integral part of the design and construction team at Provencher_Roy, tasked with developing the sustainability approach of highly complex projects, says the firm.

His “let’s look beyond LEED’’ approach has contributed to award-winning institutional projects that are highly sustainable, including the first LEED Museum in Québec (the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec); the new Hélène-Desmarais Pavilion at HEC Montréal; and one of the largest deep green retrofits in Canada, Place du Portage 3 in Gatineau.

He has been actively involved in the promotion of sustainability in the built environment and especially in regard to the evolution of the LEED rating system with the Canada Green Building Council (CAGBC). A frequent public speaker, he has been part of the CAGBC Material & Resources Technical Advisory Group since 2010 and has represented the CAGBC at the 2018 G7 Summit Workshops.

“I am honoured to be named LEED Fellow. We’re at an interesting crossroads, where codes are finally catching up with some green building practices, yet 2030 is just around the corner if we want to curb carbon emissions and address climate change and adaptation,” says Martel. “I believe that additional efforts are still required to unify all the stakeholders in the construction industry to be able to work efficiently towards the next green revolution. I remain committed to elevating the discussion on the design and construction industry in Québec and Canada, to educate colleagues and newer generations, to foster innovation, and ultimately to positively impact communities.” 

LEED Fellows are nominated by their peers and must have made at least 10 years’ worth of exceptional impact on LEED and hold an active LEED AP with specialty credential, among other requirements. The evaluation process includes an extensive portfolio review and is carried out by the LEED Fellow Evaluation Committee and supported by GBCI.

“Green building professionals drive progress and innovation in the built environment and make great contributions to the green building community,” said Peter Templeton, interim president and CEO of GBCI and U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). “LEED Fellows are recognized for their exceptional work in helping ensure our buildings and spaces are healthy, resilient and sustainable places for us all to enjoy. Their commitment to LEED will continue to help us shape a better living standard for all.”

The 2022 LEED Fellows will be recognized at this year’s Greenbuild International Conference & Expo on the main stage on Tuesday, Nov. 1.