Michael Green

Principal, Michael Green Architecture

Considered the world champion of sustainable tall wood building construction, Michael has challenged the understanding of sustainable architecture by demonstrating that tall wood buildings are significantly more sustainable than concrete and steel buildings, and are safe at heights unimagined before. In the process, he has reshaped the position of wood structures in the global building community, dramatically increasing the use of carbon neutral natural building materials and furthering the conversation about forest management practices and third party certification of wood products. His award-winning WIDC building in BC is the world’s tallest commercial wood building, at six stories and 29.5 meters high, and is made of younger lower grade trees from sustainable forest practices. In addition to environmental advocacy and his award winning practice, Michael founded the not for profit Design Build Research School where students of all ages can participate in the design and construction of community projects.

Giselle Gagnon, Senior Vice President, Strategic Resources , Bentall Kennedy
Dr. James Gray-Donald, VP Sustainability, Bentall Kennedy
Melissa Jacobs, Sustainability Manager, Bentall Kennedy

The Bentall Kennedy Team: Giselle Gagnon, Dr. James Gray-Donald & Melissa Jacobs


Giselle, James and Melissa have led their team to create unique tenant engagement and energy efficiency programs which have helped drive carbon reductions across 130+ million square feet of real estate. Through these programs, Bentall Kennedy managed properties across both Canada and the US continue to improve their energy efficiency, including some gains of 35%+ over the past two years.   James has co-authored the most downloaded UNEP FI paper on commercial real estate. They have run interactive ESG workshops with Bentall Kennedy’s   top 150 Canadian and American senior managers to facilitate the creation of a common language around sustainability. Beyond this, the team ensures Renewable Energy Certificates are purchased for 100% of electricity use at corporate offices and carbon offsets purchased for 100% of corporate travel and commuting.

Sera Kontarini

Director, Environmental Programs, Ivanhoé Cambridge

Overseeing the environmental management of over 60 million square feet of real estate, Sera is Ivanhoé Cambridge’s first point of contact on all aspects of environmental risk management and due diligence. Since 2013, she has overseen the environmental due diligence related to a volume of transactions equivalent to more than $9 billion. Additionally, Sera supervised environmental remediation projects in excess of $5.5 million. She also developed and implemented a rigorous waste audit program for over 29 million square feet of commercial properties which led to a waste diversion rate of 53.8%. Following Sera’s lead, the company reached an overall reduction of landfilled waste per year of 19,000 tonnes, or 1700 trucks full of garbage is being recylced and reused. Learn more about Sera...ivanhoecambridge.com

Darryl Neate

Director, Sustainability, Oxford Properties

Darryl is a key force behind Oxford’s sustainability leadership, helping to drive over $50 million in energy savings since 2007. He led the team that integrated sustainability targets into employee business plans and Oxford’s new standard green lease, and oversaw green team meetings and sustainability events that have engaged 60,000 customers over the past three years. Darryl also spearheaded Oxford’s Occupant Engagement Program which includes the creation of joint landlord-tenant green teams across 30+ buildings with over 300 participating tenants. These green teams have implemented creative awareness and engagement campaigns around sustainability issues including energy and waste.