Over 250 green building professionals and supporters joined the Greater Toronto Chapter at our fifth annual CaGBC Greater Toronto Chapter Gala and Awards Program!  For the second year, we were pleased to honour outstanding contributions to the green building community through our Innovation in LEED Awards. This year we also recognized exceptional projects, programs and policies that are not necessarily tied to LEED with our Innovation in Sustainability Award.  Our Volunteer and Leader Awards show our appreciation towards members who have shown oustanding contributions to the Chapter, and the green building community as a whole.  Last but not least, we recognized members of the Emerging Green Builder community, the winners of our EnviroSCULPT competition.

The annual CaGBC Greater Toronto Chapter Gala and Awards Program supports the Chapter’s continuing education and training programs, as well as networking events that promote the success and viability of sustainable building practices. The evening included an elegant reception, sit-down dinner and a presentation by keynote speaker Gord Hicks, President of Brookfield Johnson Controls Canada.  Our Master if Ceremonies for the night was Rick Huijbregts, Vice President of Industry Transformation at Cisco Canada.

Thank you to our sponsors and volunteers for a terrific evening! Click below to see photos of the event: 

Congratulations to the Innovation in LEED Winners!

The Innovation in LEED Awards are sponsored and presented by:



Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance


Earth Rangers Centre

9520 Pine Valley Drive,Vaughan

Awarded Company: Earth Rangers

LEED EB:O&M Platinum


Mississauga Executive Centre

1-4 Robert Speck Parkway, Mississauga

Nominated Company: Colliers International


WaterPark Place

10 & 20 Bay Street, Toronto

Nominated Company: Oxford Properties

LEED EB:O&M Platinum


New Construction / Core and Shell



Centre for Green Cities at the Evergreen Brick Works

500 Bayview Avenue, Toronto

Awarded Company: Evergreen

LEED NC Platinum



CANMET Materials Technology Laboratory

183 Longwood Road South, Hamilton

Nominated Company: McMaster Innovation Park

LEED NC Platinum

Lakehead University, Academic Building, Orillia Campus

500 University Avenue, Orillia

Nominated Company: Moriyama & Teshima Architects

LEED NC Platinum



Commercial Interiors



Aisling Discoveries TPAS

120 Middlefield Avenue, Toronto

Awarded Company: Aisling Discoveries Child and Family Centre

LEED CI Silver



CitiBank Toronto Head Offices

123 Front Street West, Toronto

Nominated Company: Intercede Facility Management Ltd

LEED CI Silver

Starbucks Queen and Soho

316 Queen Street West, Toronto

Nominated Company: Starbucks Coffee Company 

LEED Certified





60 Richmond Street East Housing Development

60 Richmond Street East, Toronto

Awarded Company: Teeple Architects Inc.

LEED Residential Gold


Cottonlane Estates

Old Kennedy Road, Markham

Nominated Company: Northstar Homes

LEED Residential Silver

REEP House for Sustainable Living

20 Mill Street, Kitchener

Nominated Company: REEP Green Solutions

LEED Residential Platinum


Innovation in Sustainability Award



Beechwood - Deep Energy Retrofit

4 Beechwood Crescent, Toronto

Awarded Company: Greening Homes Ltd.





Enwave Theatre - Waterglass

235 Queens Quay West, Toronto

Nominated Company: Harbourfront Centre


TAF's Energy Savings Performance Agreement - Financing Sustainable Solutions

Demonstrated at the Robert Cooke Co-operative, 75 Elizabeth Street, Toronto

Nominated Company: Toronto Atmospheric Fund



Congratulations to the Individual Award Winners!

Leader Award


Doug Webber, Green Building Practice Leader, Halsall Associates

Doug Webber is a Green Building Practice Leader at Halsall Associates, with over twenty years of experience in green development. He is a Professional Engineer as well as a LEED Accredited Professional. Over the past fifteen years he has been dedicated to promoting and enhancing green building design, both in his professional life and outside the workplace. He has devoted himself to taking the initiative on greening Halsall Associates, creating various sustainable design ethics and practices, including: improving the firm’s structural design and restoration specifications, implementing the company’s environmental management program and creating an environmentally conscious workplace culture. Doug also actively encourages his clients to go above and beyond in terms of sustainability, reducing both their ecological footprints and overall costs; the result is numerous successful and innovative green building projects.


Barbara Ciesla, Senior Vice President, Occupier Strategies & Solutions, Jones Lang LaSalle

Barb Ciesla is deeply committed to green building and sustainability issues and has shown an outstanding dedication to environmental leadership.  Barb is currently Senior Vice President of Occupier Strategies and Solutions for Jones Lang LaSalle, where she draws on over eighteen years of experience as a sustainability expert.  She holds a diploma in Interior Design from Humber College.  She is a registered Interior Designer, and a LEED Accredited Professional. 

Barb’s main focus has been on occupant engagement strategies for both residential and office spaces, working to increase sustainability as well as workplace productivity and overall health & wellness of occupiers.   Her dedication to tenant engagement has allowed her to lead the first team ever to receive a multi-tenant LEED for existing buildings certification in Canada.




Jeff Ranson, Executive Director, Toronto 2030 District

Jeff Ranson is Executive Director of the emerging Toronto 2030 District, and Principal of J Ranson,  Insight & Innovation.  He is holds an Honors Bachelor of Business Administration (HBA) degree, a Masters of Design in Strategic Foresight and Innovation (MDes), and is a Certified Sustainable Building Advisor (CSBA).  Jeff is passionate about sustainability education, and is the Manager of Education and Outreach for Sustainable Buildings Canada (SBC), as well as a previous Lead Instructor of the Canada Green Building Council’s Certified Sustainable Building Advisor (SBA) Program.  He has displayed his leadership capabilities clearly through his outstanding work on both local and international initiatives to reduce the impact of the built environment on climate change.




Volunteer Award


Ken Feinstein, Director of Marketing, Flat Iron Building Group Inc.

Ken has over 17 years of construction and interiors experience with management positions in corporate furnishings, building envelope trade contracting, sustainability consulting and his current role as Director of Marketing and Business Development at Flat Iron Building Group, an interior construction management firm. He has taken the position of sustainability advocate whenever possible. Ken began attending Chapter meeting in early 2005 and began volunteering shortly afterwards.

Ken’s Chapter contributions include Chairing and Co-Chairing the Marketing & Communications Committee for the better part of 8 years, helping to develop marketing strategy & execution of the Chapter’s first strategic plan, current branding as well as strategy development and initial execution of the Chapter’s sponsorship program. Ken continues to lend his expertise whenever he is called upon.




Aman Deol, Mechanical Project Manager, Smith and Andersen

Aman is a Professional Engineer, certified Project Management Professional and LEED Accredited Professional in Building Design + Construction. Aman began volunteering as Chair of the Emerging Green Builders in February, 2011 and within a few short months quickly demonstrated his commitment to leadership and change. The Committee structure was redefined and streamlined enabling the EGBs to take on new initiatives and redefine their value within the Greater Toronto Chapter. In particular, Aman developed a plan to promote the Emerging Green Builders throughout the academic environment by setting up channels through Deans and Professors to establish new student groups to ensure sustained growth of programs for the Emerging Green Builder. As a result of his leadership, and through improved marketing and outreach, membership in the EGB category is stronger and event attendance has increased. Aman works also to provide insight to the National EGBs committee in developing the structure and benefit package for EGB chapters across Canada.



 The Iceberg 

Arisha Osmani & Christina Taylor

There are countless materials not designed to be re-used or recycled, and are thrown away after one use. This sculpture was made to highlight one of these materials: plastic wrap. Plastic products and food wrappers are one of the most common items to end up in oceans, harming the natural environment. We wanted to repurpose plastic wrap in an artistic design. When the sculpture is viewed in daylight, one can easily mistake it for a piece of neo-conceptual art. However, once the room is dark and the energy efficient LED lights are turned on, the sculpture completely transforms. The densities, curves and layers give the sculpture an ethereal glow, creating a realistic looking iceberg. This sculpture was inspired by Zaria Forman, a realistic painter of Greenland’s icy waters.



Carol Nguyen & Yupin Li

Our sculpture was inspired by the innovations in using wood as a building material. The construction industry is responsible for 47% of carbon emissions, mainly from the embodied energy of using steel and concrete. Wood, on the other hand, stores CO2 and is a naturally derived resource. New innovations such as glulam and CLT panels allow for fire-rating and quick construction. Our sculpture is made up of leftover pieces of MDF sheets used for laser cutting. Inspired by the natural patterns of wood grain, we stacked the wood sheets together. We hope to shed light on the advantages of using wood and to encourage thinking sustainably on a large scale.

Coffee - Modo

Donna Vakalis & Jason Luk

Disposable cups and sleeves are often landfilled, or, at best sent to an energy-intensive recycling facility. The materials were used to recreate Toronto’s often overflowing garbage bins to draw attention to the life cycle environmental impacts of the cups, in addition to the resources embodied in the infrastructure for waste collection. Each of the 143 cups has an anagram of the words ‘one hundred fourty three cups.’  The act of repurposing objects can be likened to anagramming, although with an alphabet of materials.

Honourable Mention: 


Karine Rashkovsky & Natasha Tolub

Our sculpture, “Re-Think”, is modeled after a true-to-life image of a horizontal “slice” of human grey matter. It was designed and constructed for both inquiry and interaction, much like our own brains (but quite touchable). As of September 4th, 2014, on a weekly basis, several thousand people view it, touch it, learn from it, and re-think our impact on the environment with it at Brain Power's Eco-Build Headquarters.  It was clearly made with intention: for the environment, the local community, and the future. The best part? Not only did we recycle construction materials (insulation made from reclaimed jeans, electrical wiring, etc.) into artwork, we up-cycled recyclables!

To see a video on how this project was made, please click here!