CaGBC Award Winners


2021 Winners


New Construction:
Sponsored by Morguard


Winner: MEC Vancouver – This mixed-use mass timber building at the gateway of Vancouver’s Olympic Village embodies the values of MEC and its customers. In addition to impressive water reuse and conservation elements, the project’s thoughtful design means that it contributes nearly twice as much energy to the Neighbourhood Energy Utility as it consumes.

Honourable mention, Humber College, Barrett Centre for Technology Innovation

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Existing Building:

Winner: 25 York Street, Toronto – This LEED EB:O+M Platinum building in downtown Toronto not only sets an exceptionally high bar in greenhouse gas, energy and water performance, it goes the extra mile in committing to the well-being of its occupants and in empowering tenants to help the building achieve its sustainability goals.

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Inspiring Home:
Sponsored by Enbridge


Winner: The Confluence, Summer Village of Waiparous, Alberta – This residence on a previously developed site helped push the residential marketplace towards environmentally friendly products and manufacturer transparency. Its net positive energy and water performance is especially impressive given the location’s extreme climate.

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Zero Carbon:
Sponsored by Entuitive


Winner: AMPED Sports Lab and Ice Complex, Ottawa – The AMPED project provides a shining example of how even a commercial building with an energy-intensive use in an extreme climate can lower its greenhouse gas emissions by almost 90%. AMPED achieved this by using an advanced predictive learning software, a building and ice plant automation system, energy retrofits, custom build and design strategies, the removal of combustion fuels through electrification, and renewable energy generation technologies.

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Green Building Champion:
Sponsored by Oxford Properties Group


Winner: Lisa Bate, Global Sustainability Lead + Advance Strategy, Principal at B+H Architects – One of Canada’s global sustainable design ambassadors, Lisa has for decades brought her diverse expertise to a number of organizations. At B+H she has led pioneering projects like the Zero Carbon Building Standard-certified Joyce Centre for Partnership & Innovation. She has also been featured in media coverage regarding topics from the ROI of green building practices and advancing carbon neutrality, to gender parity and building resilient cities and structure in a post-COVID world. Additionally, she has served as Chair for both the WorldGBC and CaGBC and was a representative to the UN’s Environment Programme—Sustainable Buildings and Climate Initiative.

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Green Building Pioneer:
Sponored by Enwave


Winner: mcCallumSather - mcCallumSather exemplifies the definition of a pioneer, breaking new ground and helping grow a broader understanding of sustainable building practices. Over 25 years, the firm has built an impressive Southern Ontario portfolio, with both lower-profile projects which were often the first LEED-certified building in a municipality, to more prestigious projects that to this day push the boundaries of sustainable and efficient design.

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Emerging Green Leader:
Sponsored by DIALOG


Winner: Arman Mottaghi - Co-founder and CEO of Properate, a Vancouver start-up that uses artificial intelligence to help homebuilders create cost- and energy-efficient building designs, Arman is already a thought leader and innovator in the green building space. Through Lambda, he has developed partnerships with five B.C. cities and helped more than 200 builders build more energy-efficient homes. He showcases his leadership as a Board Director for the BC Sustainable Energy Association and has conducted over 40 green building webinars in 2020 alone.

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Government Leadership:
Sponsored by Stantec


Winner: Ben Henderson, City of Edmonton - As Council Chair of the Green Municipal Fund (GMF) program of FCM, Councillor Ben Henderson has provided exceptional leadership and guidance during a time of significant growth for funding allocations to green building capital projects and municipal capacity building. During his tenure, Ben has facilitated the provision of millions of dollars to Canadian communities, enabling investments in green initiatives, and been a stabilizing force as the liaison between GMP council and FCM’s Executive committee.

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Inspired Educator:

Winner: Zero Energy Buildings Learning Centre at the British Columbia Institute of Technology -Created to support the construction industry’s transition to the new BC Energy Step Code and new City of Vancouver Zero Emissions Building bylaws, ZEBLC provides a full suite of training courses that are short and hands-on. This past year as part of the pandemic response, they transitioned from their unique classroom with 25 full-scale building assemblies to an online offering. Despite this disruption, more than 500 individuals have benefited from live construction demonstrations and lectures broadcast by the Centre since March 2020.

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Ed Lim Technical Expertise Volunteer Award:

Winner: Susan Kapetanović-Marr - Susan is a long-standing, dedicated volunteer who goes the extra mile to provide the expertise needed to continually advance sustainable buildings in Canada. Director of Sustainability with Canderel and a professional engineer in Alberta, she has been an active CaGBC volunteer for a decade, starting with the Sites-Water Technical Advisory Group in 2011, a committee that she continues advise to this day. Susan also provides her extensive knowledge to the USGBC’s Water Efficiency TAG and their Location and Transportation TAG. Additionally, she recently joined the International WELL Building Institute’s Water Advisory Group and joined the LEED Canada Steering Committee in 2020 to provide broader market and technical insight for CaGBC’s green building programs.

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Andy Kesteloo Memorial Student Project Award:

Winner: Lindsey Kent, University of Calgary - This fourth year Civil Engineering student project focuses on the redevelopment of Rundle Manor, an affordable housing complex in northeast Calgary. Judges noted the project’s technical sophistication, especially the depth of engineering considerations, designed with a practical eye to today's construction industry and code framework, as well as the community’s need.

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Lifetime Achievement Award:
Sponsored by Mitsubishi Electric


Winner: Vivian Manasc, Principal Architect, Reimagine –CaGBC’s 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award winner is Vivian Manasc, for her contributions to green building in Alberta and across Canada. For the past 35 years, Vivian has led integrated sustainable design teams with Reimagine (formerly Manasc Isaac, which she co-founded) for a wide variety of projects, frequently working in partnership with First Nations, Métis, and Inuit communities to deliver buildings that reflect the spirit and needs of these communities. Vivian’s trailblazing nature helped the firm score Alberta’s first LEED Certified building, and the first LEED Gold building in the Arctic. Her work beyond the firm has included co-founding the long-standing Alberta Sustainable Buildings Symposium, serving as President of the Royal Architecture Institute of Canada, and co-founding the Canada Green Building Council. She was recognized for her leadership in green building with the Alberta Order of Excellence in 2017.

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Past CaGBC Award Winners:

We are proud to announce the winners of the 2020 Leadership, Green Building Excellence and Students Leading Sustainability Awards:

2020 Green Building Excellence Awards

Existing Building
Humber College Building Nx, Toronto, ON

New Construction
Le Phénix, Montréal, QC

Zero Carbon
MacKimmie Complex Redevelopment, Calgary, AB

Tenant Improvement
mcCallumSather workspace, Hamilton, ON

Inspiring Home
West Bay Passive House, West Vancouver, BC

2020 Leadership Awards

Emerging Green Leader
Samantha Menard
Manager, Energy Team, EQ Building Performance

Green Building Pioneer
BentallGreenOak and RWDI

City of Vancouver, Civic Buildings

Lifetime Achievement
Andrew McAllan

Green Building Champion
Stephani Carter
Founder and Owner, EcoAmmo

Chapter Volunteer
Paul Frith
Director of Advocacy and Sales, Geosource Energy

Ed Lim Technical Volunteer
Grant Peters
Partner and Manager of Green Building Services, Fluent Group Consulting Engineers

Inspired Educator
Mohawk College

Students Leading Sustainability: Andy Kesteloo Memorial Project Award
Colin Pinchin


2019 Green Building Excellence Awards

Tenant Improvement
Prairie Architects Inc., Office

Inspiring Home
Parkdale Landing, Housing Retrofit

Zero Carbon Award
École Curé-Paquin

New Construction
Western University, Engineering Building

Existing Building
4711 Yonge , Marisa Construction Ltd. and Menkes Property Management Services Ltd.

2019 Leadership Awards

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

Inspired Educator
Cheryl Fryers, Professor, Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, Architectural Technologies

Government Leadership
Public Services and Procurement Canada

The Ed Lim Technical | Formerly the Technical Volunteer
Guillaume Martel, Architect and Sustainability Specialist, Provencher_Roy Architectes

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

Green Building Champion
Lisa Westerhoff, Integral Group

Green Building Pioneer
Roland Charneux, Pageau Morel et associés inc.

Emerging Green Leader
Afaf Azzouz, Buildings Performance Engineer, Stantec


2018 Green Building Excellence Awards

New Construction – Commercial
Kennedale EcoStation, City of Edmonton

New Construction – Institutional
Humber River Hospital

Existing Building – Commercial
Royal Bank Plaza, Oxford Properties Group

Inspiring Home Award
Karen’s Place, Ottawa Salus Corporation.
Honourable mention: Edelweiss by Ecohabitation.

Tenant Improvement Award
Engineering & Development Team Headquarters (Phase 1), Google Canada

Zero Carbon Building Award
evolv1, Cora Group

2018 Leadership Awards

CaGBC Lifetime Achievement
Brian Denney, former CEO, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA)

CaGBC Inspired Educator
Winner: Dr. Mark Gorgolewski, Chair, Dept. of Architectural Science, Ryerson University

CaGBC Emerging Green Leader
Winner: Sascha Jansz, PhD researcher, University of Groningen

Government Leadership
Winner: Lisa King, Senior Environmental Policy Planner, City of Toronto

CaGBC Volunteer Leadership – Technical Expertise
Winner: Jamie McKay, Principal, Morrison Hershfield Limited

CaGBC Volunteer Leadership – Chapter
Winner: Morgan MacDonald, Director of Operations, Ledcor Renew

CaGBC Green Building Champion
Winner: Jonathan Westeinde, Founder and CEO, Windmill Development Group

CaGBC Green Building Pioneer
Winner (Posthumous): Chris Jepson, formerly of Williams Engineering Canada

Students Leading Sustainability: Andy Kesteloo Memorial Project Award
Winner: Tessa Benson, British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) for her project titled OUTSIDE THE BOX



CaGBC Lifetime Achievement Award: Stephen Carpenter
CaGBC Inspired Educator Award: Dr. Janet Moore and Duane Elverum
CaGBC Emerging Green Professional Award: Hilary Corneau
Government Leadership Award: Office of Climate Change, Executive Council, Government of NFL
CaGBC Volunteer Leadership – Technical Expertise: Wendy MacDonald
CaGBC Volunteer Leadership – Chapter: Tony Iacobelli
CaGBC Green Building Champion Award: David Ramslie
CaGBC Green Building Pioneer Award: Liviu Craiu-Botan
Excellence in Green Building (New Construction): Amber Trails Community School
Excellence in Green Building (Existing Building): Vancouver Convention Centre (VCC)
Students Leading Sustainability: Andy Kesteloo Memorial Project Award: Andrew Martins


CaGBC Lifetime Achievement Award: Peter Halsall
CaGBC Academic Leadership Award: Ron Kato
CaGBC Emerging Green Builder Award: Jerad Furze
Government Leadership Award: Metrolinx
CaGBC Volunteer Leadership Award: Jennifer Sanguinetti
CaGBC Chapter Leadership Award: Michael Flowers
CaGBC Green Building Champion Award: Emmanuel Cosgrove
CaGBC Industry Leadership Award: David Hoffman
Andy Kesteloo Memorial Student Project Award: Ashley Hu


Andy Kesteloo Memorial Student Project: Jason Reid
Academic Leadership: The British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT)
Emerging Green Builder: Liam Cook
Government Leadership: BC Housing
Volunteer Leadership: Mark Lucuik
Chapter Leadership: Charline Cormier
Green Building Champion: Martin Roy
Industry Leadership: Ian Gillespie
Lifetime Achievement: Alex Zimmerman


Andy Kesteloo Memorial Student Project: Alison Anne Walker
Academic Leadership: Rochelle Owen
Emerging Green Builder: Fin MacDonald
Government Leadership: Alan DeSousa
Volunteer Leadership: Colleen Kuruluk
Chapter Leadership: Josée Lupien
Green Building Champion: Steve Kemp
Industry Leadership: Darryl Neate
Lifetime Achievement: Peter Busby


Andy Kesteloo Memorial Student Project: Albert Lam
Academic Leadership: The Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT)
Emerging Green Builder: Laura Paul
Government Leadership: The Government of Alberta
Volunteer Leadership: Brenda Martens
Chapter Leadership: Simon Knight
Green Building Champion: Keith Robertson
Industry Leadership: Groupe Montoni
Lifetime Achievement: Cornelia Hahn Oberlander


Andy Kesteloo Memorial Student Project: Simon VanGrootheest
Academic Leadership: Algonquin College
Emerging Green Builder: Aaron Short
Government Leadership: Infrastructure Ontario
Volunteer Leadership: Sue Clark
Chapter Leadership: John Crace
Green Building Champion: Vivian Manasc
Industry Leadership: Gord Hicks
Lifetime Achievement: Kevin Hydes


Chapter Leadership: Cindy Choy (Manitoba Chapter)
Academic Leadership: Dr. John Robinson (UBC, Vancouver)
Green Building Champion: John Godden (Clear Sphere, Toronto)
Government Leadership: Province of Ontario
Industry Leadership: Michael Brooks (REAL Pac, Toronto)
Lifetime Achievement: Wayne Trusty (ATHENA, Ottawa)
CaGBC Volunteer Leadership: Curt Hepting (Enersys Analytica Ltd, Coquitlam)


Chapter Leadership: Joel Courchesne (Montreal Chapter)
Academic Leadership: Freda Pagani (UBC, Vancouver)
Green Building Champion: Jason McLennan (Cascadia, Seattle)
Government Leadership: Province of BC
Industry Leadership: Greg Nevison (Tridel)
Lifetime Achievement: Joe Van Bellegham (Buildgreen Developments, Victoria)
Emerging Green Builder Leadership: Jessica Roder (O'Neill O'Neill Procinsky Architects, Edmonton)
CaGBC Volunteer Leadership: Ed Lim (Pinchin, Toronto)


Chapter Leadership: Doug Webber (Toronto Chapter)
Academic Leadership: Danny Pearl (l'OEUF, Montreal)
Green Building Champion: Jack Meredith (Healthy Green Buildings Consultants Ltd, Victoria)
Government Leadership: City of Vancouver
Industry Leadership: Alan Greenberg (MintoUrban Communities)
Lifetime Achievement: Ray Cole (UBC, Vancouver)
Emerging Green Builder Leadership: Justin Downey (ECO3 Inc. Sustainable Building Consultants)
CaGBC Volunteer Leadership: Joanne Perdue (U of Calgary, Calgary)


Chapter Leadership: Rodney McDonald (Manitoba Chapter)
Green Building Champion: Brian Denny (Toronto Region Conservation Authority, Toronto)
Government Leadership: City of Calgary
Industry Leadership: Doug Martineau (Haworth Canada, Calgary)
CaGBC Volunteer Leadership: Steve Carpenter (Enermodal Engineering, Toronto)