CGBC announces 2021 award winners – Canadian consulting engineer

Some of this year’s winners have worked at the prestigious Joyce Partnership and Innovation Center. Photo courtesy Mohawk College.

The Canadian Green Building Council (CGBC) has announced the winners of the 2021 BLC Green Building Conference.

The annual Green Building Management and Excellence Award honors Canadian projects and innovations across the construction sector for its outstanding performance in environmental, carbon emissions and human health issues.

Vivian Manasseh

Vivian Manasseh. Photo courtesy CaGBC.

This year’s Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Vivian Manas by Chief Architect Alberta Rayimagin (formerly co-founded by Isaacs Architects). For 35 years, Manasseh has led integrated design teams for a variety of projects, including Alberta’s first LEED certified building and the first LEED gold building in the Arctic. She co-founded Albeta Sustainable Building Symposium (ASBS) and served as president of the Canadian Royal Architecture Institute (RAIC).

Lisa Bate

Lisa Bate. Photo courtesy CaGBC.

The Green Building Champions Award is for Lisa Bate, a B + H architect at the Toronto headquarters for Global Sustainability and Priority Strategy. She has represented CAGBC and the World Green Building Council (UNBC) and the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) Sustainable Building and Climate Initiative (SBC). One of the projects that led to her was Jomis College of Partnership and Innovation in Hamilton, a certified Zero B carbon Building (ZCB) standard.

The Green Building ion Award goes to Hamilton-based McLumen Saturn. For over 25 years, the company has built sustainable buildings throughout southern Ontario, including the Joyce Center mentioned above.

Arman Motatagi

Arman Motatagi. Photo courtesy CaGBC.

The Dialog-sponsored young green leader is going to Arman Motagi, co-founder and CEO of Vancouver-based Lamda Science, which uses artificial intelligence (II) to help domestic workers develop cost-effective and energy-efficient designs. Motagi is the board director of the BCSEA.

Ben Henderson

Ben Henderson. Photo courtesy CaGBC.

The Stantech-sponsored Government Leadership Award goes to Ben Henderson, a member of the Eindon Council, who chairs the Council of the Municipal Council of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM). During his tenure, he facilitated the provision of millions of dollars for green building capital projects.


Photo courtesy of ZEBLC CaGBC.

Inspired Teacher Award goes to the Zero Energy Building Education Center (ZEBLC), founded by the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT), to support the construction industry with the BC Energy Standard Code and the Vancouver Zero Emission Building Rules. Short, hands-on training courses.

Susan Capetanovich-Mar

Susan Capetanovich-Mar, p. Photo courtesy CaGBC.

The Ed Lim Technical Expert Volunteer Award goes to the Director of Sustainability of the Canderel Group based in Capitanovich-Mar, Ping, Calgary, Sudan. She has been an active CaGBC volunteer for 10 years, specifically supporting the Site-Water Technical Advisory Group (TAG).

MEC Vancouver

MEC Vancouver. Photo courtesy CaGBC.

Winners of this year’s Green Building Excellence Award include: Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) Vancouver (new construction), a mass-timber construction that doubles its energy consumption for neighboring utilities; 25 York Avenue (existing building), Toronto office tower certified LEED Platinum. Stress (housing), home in Waiparous, Alta, with positive energy and water performance; And Amped Sports Laboratory and Ice Complex (Zero Carbon), a commercial building that has reduced greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) in Ottawa by about 90%.

Lindsay Kent Project

Lindy Kent Student Project. Image courtesy CaGBC.

Finally, the Andy Castell Memorial Student Project Project Award focuses on redeveloping the city’s Rundle Manor affordable housing complex at Lindsay Kent, a civil engineering student at the University of Calgary. The judges praised the technical complexity of the project.

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