Board of Directors

Jiri Skopek, AA Dip., OAA, MCIP, RIBA, LEED GA


Jiri is an architect and planner with over 30 years of experience in sustainable development. He serves on the Toronto 2030 District and Green Building Festival board sub-committees. He has been involved since 2000 with the iiSB Canadian Team for the International Green Building Challenge. Jiri is Managing Director, Sustainability with ECD/JLL, advising to owners and managers of large commercial building portfolios on sustainable design, development, and management. He is a board member with the Sustainable Housing Foundation and the Beach Renewable Power Co-op. He also serves as representative of the Canadian Committee to the ISO TC59/SC3 on Sustainable Building Construction as well as the ULI Greenprint Benchmarking Committee.

Constantine (Taki) Eliadis, Eng., MBA

TakiEliadisConstantine’s career spans 20+ years in sales and marketing of advanced technology and energy services. His management and energy sector experience includes private, public, and not-for-profit sectors. He has held senior management and/or advisory roles with Toronto Hydro Energy Services, Enwave Energy Corporation, OZZ Corporation, and GreenSaver. He has also advised energy technology companies and start-ups across North America. At the Ontario Power Authority, Constantine was the architect of Ontario’s first portfolio of utility-delivered multi-sector electricity conservation programs, providing more than $900 million in funding to the market. Constantine is a mechanical engineer (B.Eng. McGill University,’85) and an MBA from Wilfrid Laurier University (’95).

Larry Brydon, LEED AP

LarryBrydonLarry has worked in the HVAC distribution and energy services market for over 25 years. He is an NRCan certified Energy Evaluator. He is currently VP Business Development with Cricket Energy, and past Chair of SBC. He serves on the Board of Directors for EnerQuality and the Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance (CEEA). His past board experience includes the Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD), and Past Chair of the Toronto Chapter of Canada Green Building Council’s (CaGBG). Larry has contributed to a number of industry initiatives including the LEED Canada for Neighbourhood Development, EnergyStar® for New Homes, and LEVEL, EnerQuality’s new certification program for hi-rise.

Arlene Gould, MBA, R.G.D. FRSA

ArleneGouldArlene is a design management consultant, researcher, and educator, and has been a champion for sustainable design to the business and social communities for over 20 years. Arlene is the Strategic Director for Ontario’s Design Industry Advisory Committee (DIAC), a non-profit, cross-disciplinary design research group established by the City of Toronto in 2001. She teaches Design for Sustainability in the Built Environment in the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University, convening students from various disciplines to explore the art and science of sustainable design. Arlene is also the Coordinator of the Design Management Program at Ryerson University. She is a member of the Registered Graphic Designers of Ontario, and is a Fellow of the RSA, London, UK.

Tom Ponessa

Director of Programs

Tom_PonessaTom’s involvement in sustainable design began in 1993. As SBC’s Director of Programs he has been responsible for the content of the annual Green Building Festival. He has managed and facilitated several Integrated Design “charrettes” including BMO Stadium and East Gwillimbury’s sustainable development plan. He spent nearly 5 years at Delcan as the Manager for Sustainability. Tom has also worked with the Design Exchange where he initiated and delivered programming related to sustainable design. He currently provides independent consulting services in the field of sustainability. Tom is a LEED AP and holds degrees in Architecture (Dalhousie) and Urban Geography (Toronto).

Elizabeth McDonald


Elizabeth McDonald has more than 25 years’ experience as a senior executive, industry advocate, industry advisor and board member in government relations, advocacy, organizational management, and communications. In August of 2012, she accepted the position of president and chief executive officer of the Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance, the national voice of energy efficiency and conservation in Canada. She was previously president of Canadian Solar Industries Association, the national trade association that represents the interests of all aspects of the solar industry in Canada. She retired from that position in October of 2017. She has previously held senior executive positions in film, television, production and digital media world. Ms. McDonald has collaborated with the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, who named her an Investment Canada Champion, and now sits on the Building Code Conservation Advisory Council for Ontario’s Ministry of Municipal Affairs. During her time in the film and television sector, she sat on the inaugural board of what is now called the Canadian Media Fund. In June of 2017 Ms. McDonald was appointed to the board of a new Government of Ontario Agency – the Green Ontario Fund. This Fund was disbanded post the 2018 provincial election. Recently, Ms. McDonald was named to be a Regional Councilor for TVOntario. Elizabeth lives in Ottawa.

John Robinson

John Robinson is a Professor at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy and the School of the Environment at the University of Toronto.  He is also an Adjunct Professor at Copenhagen Business School, and Visiting Professor at Utrecht University. At U of T, he is Presidential Advisor on the Environment, Climate Change and Sustainability, and heads up the Sustainable Built Environment Performance Assessment (SBEPA) research network.  His research focuses on the intersection of climate change mitigation, adaptation and sustainability; the use of visualization, modelling and citizen engagement to explore sustainable futures; sustainable buildings and urban design; the role of the university in contributing to sustainability; creating partnerships for sustainability with non-academic partners; and, generally, the intersection of sustainability, social and technological change, behaviour change, and community engagement processes. 

Leona Savoie

Leona, SVP Development at Hullmark, has over 20 years of experience in the development industry having worked for a number of esteemed companies with a strong focus in the development of mixed-use communities in Toronto. Over the past 8 years Leona has been part of the strategic growth of a new real estate strategy for what was otherwise a predominantly residential developer to a more diverse real estate investor focused on urban regeneration opportunities across all asset classes.  Leona currently sits on the Executive Committee of the BILD Board of Directors, and acted as Toronto Chapter chair for over four years promoting industry positions in policy development at the City of Toronto.



Michael Singleton

Executive Director

MikeSingletonAs Executive Director of Sustainable Buildings Canada (SBC) Michael Singleton has more than 20 years of experience as an economist focused on energy policy and resource planning. In his role as Executive Director of SBC, Michael manages all aspects of the organization’s operations, and delivers the SBC mandate. Michael also sits on the Board as an ex-officio member. He has been involved extensively with energy policy, program design, delivery, and evaluation. His hands-on methods deliver results, and include the delivery of integrated design process workshops, training, education, and research. He also leads SBCs flagship event, the annual Green Building Festival. Mike is owner and principal of the SeeLine Group Ltd., a boutique consulting firm serving government, agencies, and utilities.

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