Greater Toronto Chapter Leadership Board of Directors

Passionate and accomplished, each member of the Canada Green Building Council - Greater Toronto Chapter Leadership Board has made important contributions to advancing the green building movement – whether through advocacy work, policy advancement, technological innovation, local leadership, or education. Their profiles reflect the diverse skill sets and thought leadership that our community relies on to facilitate enduring market transformation.

 

Michael Parker, Director & Chair
Director, Operations & Sustainability, Ecolight LED Solutions Corp.
 
With over 20-years of Commercial, Retail & Industrial Real Estate Construction & Operations Management experience, Michael brings a diverse background of knowledge that translates into effective management practices. As General Manager of Canadian Ecolight LED Systems he is responsible for the day to day running of the operations which includes overseeing all aspects of management and communications between manufacturing, sales and operations in Canada, USA & China.  His duties also include R&D of new products that will meet the growing needs of the company and offer customers with the latest technology.  Prior to EcoLight, Michael had Senior Management roles with TD Bank’s Real Estate Management Group and Whiterock REIT’s Real Estate Management group where he oversaw extremely large, complex Green Building projects in numerous market segments.  While at TD, he was also a member of the Green Team that work on Occupant Engagement programs with Landlords, GHG Reporting and provided in house subject matter expertise on various Green Building projects and designs the bank was working on.
 
With a strong belief in sustainable construction and business practices he has achieved his LEED AP BD+C accreditation and CSBA (Certified Sustainable Building Advisor) designation. Michael has a Master’s in Project Management and has completed CEM (Certified Energy Management) training.  As well as serving as Chair, Board of Directors for the Canada Green Building Council - Greater Toronto Chapter he is also an active member of the Leadership Council for Toronto’s Civic Action’s Commercial Building’s Race to Reduce Program.
 

 

Holly Jordan, Director & Vice Chair                                                         
Senior Associate, B+H Architects

Holly was educated as both a structural engineer and architect and has been working primarily in an architectural capacity for the last 15 years.  She is involved with project management and delivery as well as design and technical aspects of projects, including innovative sustainable technologies and their implementation.  Holly originally started working in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and became involved as a LEED® AP with the USGBC in 2002.  After relocating to Toronto, Holly also worked for the University of Toronto’s Sustainability Office and Facilities and Services as an Energy Efficiency Coordinator, where she was focused on developing inventories of existing campus facilities and identifying critical areas for energy efficiency improvements through retrofits, equipment upgrades, and strategic renovations.  For her graduate studies, Holly’s final thesis investigated renewable energy as a means of architectural expression, yielding an architecturally legible ‘visible sustainability’.

Currently, Holly is an architect and associate/senior designer at B+H Architects, where her work includes projects such as the 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games Soccer Stadium in Hamilton (targeting LEED Silver) and the recently completed University of Windsor Ed Lumley Centre for Engineering Innovation (pending LEED Gold).  Using her cross-disciplinary background, Holly has been able to aptly coordinate the nexus between engineering, design, and sustainability in her work.  Holly has a strong commitment to continuing education, recognizing the importance of utilizing innovative technologies, both active and passive, in building design.  As a resident of the City of Toronto, she also has a vested interest in the betterment of this vibrant city.

Julia St. Michael, Director & Secretary
Director, Research & Sustainability, REALpac
 
Since joining the Real Property Association of Canada ("REALpac") in 2009, Julia has taken on many roles prior to her current position of Manager, Research & Environmental Programs where she is responsible for the content development, research, and implementation of numerous projects and publications. Her work has included the revamping of the "Guide to Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Reporting" and the "REALpac Green Lease Guide for Commercial Office Tenants", overseeing the production of "Water Management: A Benchmark for Canadian Office Buildings", the "2012 Canada-wide Development Process Survey Report", and "The Contribution of the Commercial Real Estate Sector to the Canadian Economy", as well as original research titled "Best Practice CR&S Reporting in the Real Estate Industry" (published in the Journal of Sustainable Real Estate in 2010).  Julia develops and implements the association's various research and sustainability initiatives and Chairs both the Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability Committee and Research Advisory Committee.

In addition, Julia spearheaded the development of the REALpac Energy Normalization Methodology and managed the growth and implementation of the REALpac Energy Benchmarking Program including the roll-out and administration of the 2010 & 2011 Energy Benchmarking Survey and the writing and publication of the 2010 and 2012 Energy Benchmarking Reports.

Julia has her LEED AP O+M credential and is a member of the Canada Green Building Council - Greater Toronto Chapter Board of Directors
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Darryl Neate, Director & Treasurer
Director, Sustainability, Oxford Properties Group
 
Darryl leads the sustainability strategy for Oxford Properties Group (commercial real estate firms with over 40 million square feet of Office, Retail, Industrial, Residential and Hotel property). He works on green building programs that make financial sense and improve performance and is responsible for Oxford’s industry-leading Sustainable Intelligence program.
 
Darryl is active across a range of real estate advisory groups & committees in Canada and teaches the REALpac introductory course on corporate responsibility and sustainability. He has an undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo, an MBA from the Schulich School of Business at York University, and is a LEED Accredited Professional. 
 
 
Andy Schonberger, Director
Director, Client Services, Intelligent Buildings, LLC
 
Andy has 15 years’ experience in various facilities management roles, including large industrial construction projects both industrial and commercial. He has held various engineering, project management, advisory and hands on implementation roles within each of these industries. He is now Director of Client Services at smart building advisory firm Intelligent Buildings, where he helps clients integrate buildings, people and technology to improve operational effectiveness, offer new technology experiences and deploy capital effectively.

For last six years, Andy has participated on the Board of Directors with the Canada Green Building Council Greater Toronto Chapter, sharing lessons learned from technology and business applications with leaders in the real estate industry, driving change across commercial real estate and supporting this industry shaping not-for-profit as Chair and Vice Chair of the Board.

Andy holds a P.Eng designation in the Province of Ontario, an MBA from the Schulich School of Business, LEED Accredited Professional and Certified Energy Manager (CEM) designations.

 Robert Edwards, Director
Business Manager, Strategic Customers, IESO
 
Rob Edwards is a Business Manager at the Ontario Power Authority and is committed to promoting saveONenergy business incentive programs that focus on reducing energy and related GHG emissions by increasing the efficiency of their buildings.
 
Rob has been committed his time working at Toronto Hydro for the large commercial real estate sector and at the BOMA Toronto CDM program as Director, Conservation and Business Development. Rob has been a member of BOMA Toronto since 2006 and is currently on the BOMA Toronto Energy Committee.  He has been on the Commercial Building Energy Initiative Leadership Council for the past three years and is the Participant Liaison sub-committee lead driving landlord participation in the Race to Reduce.
 
Rob holds an Undergraduate Degree in Geography and received his Post Graduate Diploma in Geographic Information Systems shortly after. 
 

Monika Szponar, Director
Senior Consultant, CIBC
 
Monika Szponar is a Senior Consultant at CIBC where she develops environmental campaigns, events and strategies while advocating for sustainability both inside the bank and in the broader real estate community in Canada. 
 
Monika is also a member of Toronto Civic Action’s Commercial Building Energy Initiative (CBEI) Leadership Council, a council of senior executive members formally committed to working together to make office space more energy efficient and to reduce overall carbon output. Monika represents CIBC on landlord-driven green councils to discuss opportunities and to collaborate with landlords to reduce energy, water and waste. She also drives the use of green leases in the industry, encouraging landlords to consider all or some elements of a green lease. As a LEED AP BD+C  with extensive experience in the design of sustainable building systems, LEED certification and now as the lead of the environmental practice at CIBC, she has a deep knowledge of the green building industry in Canada. 
 
Monika holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.Sc) from the University of Toronto; is a Professional Engineer (P.Eng.) with the Professional Engineers of Ontario; is a LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP BD+C) and is a Project Management Professional (PMP).
 

Marco Iacampo, Director
Supervisor, Policy, Environment & Energy, City of Toronto

Marco Iacampo is a Policy Supervisor in the City's Environment and Energy Division. Marco is currently leading the development of the large building energy and water benchmarking and reporting requirements, which is a transformational policy designed to improve the energy performance of Toronto's existing building stock. He has also designed and manage the award-winning Home Energy Loan Program (HELP) that utilizes an innovative, property-assessed financing mechanism to accelerate the uptake for residential energy retrofits 

Over the past 12 years Marco has been involved with the City of Toronto in various roles. He has an intimate knowledge of the Provincial-Federal legislative process having evaluated many proposals to determine the impact to the City, its residents and businesses. He has directly consulted on LEED projects as well, by designing a first-of-its-kind alternative credit submission for commuter transportation under LEED EB:OM. In addition, Marco has provided policy advice directly to Toronto City Council on development projects, community development plans and capital planning and has a solid knowledge of the political decision-making process at City Hall. Marco has also assisted many organizations by offering insight on how best to interface with government to get results.

Marco holds a Honors Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) from the Schulich School of Business, York University; and is a LEED Green Associate.

The Chapter Leadership Board of Directors would like to give a very special thank you to Michael Wymant, Director of the Board from 2014-2016. Michael has resigned his position effective April 15, 2016. As Michael has one year remaining of his three year term, the Leadership Board has appointed Jeanne Medland to serve the remaining year. Thank you Michael and welcome Jeanne! 

Jeanne Medland, Director

Director, Sustainability, KingSett Capital
 
Jeanne is the Director of Sustainability at KingSett Capital and is responsible for the sustainability initiatives and green building activities across the commercial real estate portfolio.  Jeanne has over 12 years’ experience in the sustainability and environmental field including corporate sustainable policy and strategy, sustainability standards and certifications (LEED, BOMA BESt, BREEAM) and Green Building Design.  Formerly the Sustainability and Environmental Manager for a Master Planner Developer in Dubai, Jeanne was leading sustainable design on projects internationally. Jeanne holds a BSc in Environmental Science from Wilfrid Laurier University and a Masters of Environmental Science from the Australian National University. Jeanne has been a LEED AP since 2008.