Congratulations to all of the finalists!


Greater Toronto Chapter Leader Award Finalists







*WINNER* Lisa Bate

Managing Principal Shanghai, Executive Vice President Asia, B+H Architects

Immediate PastChair, Canada Green Building Council

Lisa Bate is an Architect, Interior Designer, a certified Director by the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD), Evidence Based Design Accredited and Certified Professional, LEED Accredited Professional in Building Design + Construction, a Past President of the Ontario Association of Architects, a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, B+H’s representative to the United Nations Environmental Protection – Sustainable Buildings and Climate Initiative (UNEP-SBCI) and from June 2009 to June 2013, was the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Canada Green Building Council. In 2012, Lisa relocated from Toronto to Shanghai to support strategic growth for B+H throughout Asia and to assume the Managing Principal role of the Shanghai operations.








Susan Lewin

Principal, CS&P Architects Inc.

Susan Spencer Lewin is a Principal and Director of Sustainable Strategies at CS&P Architects. With over twenty years experience as a professional architect, her project experience and design background is extensive, with a clear focus on sustainable, accessible buildings and communities. Susan feels strongly that building and community design must be focused on providing solutions that effectively minimize negative impacts on the environment, and engender a broader sense of community and connectivity.  Susan’s commitment to sustainable design is evident in a number of her recent significant urban projects including: North Toronto Collegiate Institute Redevelopment (LEED Gold), a new secondary school and high rise residential redevelopment; the Niagara Convention and Civic Centre (LEED Gold); Regent Park Community Centre (LEED Silver); Nelson Mandela Park PS (LEED Silver); and the University of Windsor downtown campus revitalization project. Susan has lectured and published extensively on her work on sustainable building and community design.









Michelle Xuereb

Associate, Sustainability Strategist, Quadrangle Architects

Michelle Xuereb has a deep-rooted passion for the environment. This was the impetus for her pursuing a career in architecture with a focus on sustainable design and green building practices. With a Bachelor of Environmental Studies, a Bachelor of Architecture and over 12 years of architectural experience, she imparts her passion and expertise for a green built environment through her professional duties, but also goes far and beyond to promote advocacy and awareness through involvement with several organizations, events and projects.

Michelle is currently an Associate and the Sustainability Strategist at Quadrangle Architects in Toronto. As part of the firm's management team, she actively keeps current with the growing body of knowledge of environmental issues, ensuring that sustainability is deeply embedded in every decision made by Quadrangle. She reviews internal and external practices to minimize Quadrangle’s environmental footprint and consults on all projects to provide strategies for targeting and achieving sustainable goals.


Greater Toronto Chapter Volunteer Award Finalists











*WINNER* Shawn Vanderheyden, Past Chair, Board of Directors of the Greater Toronto Chapter of CaGBC

Director, Sustainability, PCL Constructors Canada Inc.

Shawn has demonstrated effective leadership of the Greater Toronto Chapter of the CaGBC for two years as Chair of the Board of Directors and a further two years on the Board, while proving himself a leader in striving for implementation of best practices across the building industry.

As director, sustainability for PCL (Canada’s largest general contractor), Shawn is reponsible for fostering partnerships, expanding training initiatives, guiding project teams, improving business practices and representing his company through networks across Canada.

As past Chair of the Greater Toronto Chapter of the CaGBC, Shawn has brought a strong and balanced approach to supporting and advancing the goals and work of the Chapter. He has further demonstrated his commitment by devoting his time to help run the Chapter for three months in 2012 when the Chapter was without an Executive Director.  He has volunteered his time and resources to CaGBC’s SBA course as well as a behind the scenes tour of PCL’s MARS building project and many other active construction projects. Shawn is also involved in the TCA Environmental Committee, Construction Resource Initiatives (CRI) Council, CaGBC Legacy Project and the Greenbuild Education Steering Committee.








Samantha MacLeod, Emerging Green Builder, Committeee Co-Chair of the Greater Toronto Chapter of CaGBC

Retail Design Manager, Unilever

As chair of the Myakka River Branch EGB committee of the USGBC, Samantha pioneered the EnviroSCULPT contest, a competition that engages the art & design sector of the green building industry while providing students and young professionals with an opportunity for scholarship or to pay off educational fees.

Since moving back to Toronto in 2010, Samantha has been the co-chair of the EGB committee, actively working towards creating school committees and organizing the Toronto EnviroSCULPT contest which is now in its third year. In the past few years, as the EGB committee co-chair, Samantha has helped to create a more diversified event calendar that provides education, networking and volunteer opportunities for a varied and growing membership.