Green Business Certification Inc. Canada (GBCI Canada) has announced its inaugural Board of Directors. GBCI Canada is a joint venture between GBCI and the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) and was created to accelerate and scale up green building market transformation and impact in Canada. The delivery of certification and credentialing services for a range of existing and new products through state-of-the-art delivery platforms is at the core of GBCI Canada’s mandate. GBCI Canada’s green building product offering includes the LEED green building rating systems, WELL, Parksmart, TRUE and the Investor Confidence Project (ICP).
The five board members from Canada and the U.S. bring their business acumen to this venture along with green building leadership and expertise.
GBCI Canada’s Board Members are:
· Brian Denney, former CEO of Toronto and Region and Conservation Authority (TRCA) and former CaGBC National Board member
Mr. Denney was the CEO of TRCA for over a decade. In this role, he transformed Toronto with the development of waterfront parks, extensive shoreline protection works, flood protection and erosion control projects, land acquisition and conservation park development.
· Lachlan MacQuarrie, Vice President, Real Estate Management, Oxford Properties Group
Mr. MacQuarrie has over 18 years of real estate experience, primarily focused in investments, development and asset management. He leads the National Programs team at Oxford Properties, focusing on the delivery of best in class efficiency, expertise and governance across all asset classes within Oxford.
· Taryn Holowka, Senior VP of Marketing, Communications and Advocacy, U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)
Ms. Holowka heads up all global marketing, communications and public affairs efforts for USGBC and its LEED green building program. She is also responsible for the marketing and communications of a variety of other programs at GBCI including EDGE, Parksmart, PEER, SITES and TRUE.
· Peter Papagiannis, COO, Brookfield Global Integrated Solutions (BGIS) and former CaGBC National Board member
Mr. Papagiannis is responsible for the delivery of Facility Management Services across BGIS globally, including supporting service teams covering Quality, Health and Safety, Risk Management, Environmental Management and Strategic Sourcing.
· Jonathan Westeinde, Founder and CEO of Windmill Development Group
Windmill is a visionary real estate development company dedicated to transforming conventional development practices using the triple bottom line approach of people + planet + profits. In his role, Mr. Westeinde is specifically interested in creating alternative financing vehicles to embed sustainability into projects.
“I am very pleased that we have been able to gather such a well-known and talented group of industry leaders who share our core values and represent strong business interests on the Board of GBCI Canada,” says Thomas Mueller, CEO of GBCI Canada, and President and CEO of the CaGBC. “They understand that business is critical in advancing sustainability in the building sector and moving toward a low carbon economy.”