Board of Directors

Management

Michael Singleton

Michael Singleton

As 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. 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.
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Melanie Simpson

Melanie Simpson

Mel is the owner of Polished Media, an organic social media management and digital branding company. She handles all things digital for SBC, including social media management, email marketing, graphic design, website updates, and digital marketing. She has been a part of the Green Building Festival marketing team for the last two years, helping shift the traditionally in-person-only festival to a virtual & hybrid platform.
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Adam Jones

Adam Jones

Adam Jones is a passionate advocate renewable energy and energy efficiency who is dedicated to finding sustainable solutions to energy issues. He has been working and studying in the field for more than a decade, beginning as a Solar Energy International trained photovoltaic designer. In 2018, Adam completed a Master's in Environmental Studies with a focus on renewable energy and sustainable architecture policy. Areas of interest include the nexus of buildings and energy, sustainable building policy and practice, renewable energy and energy storage.
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Chair

Larry Brydon

Larry Brydon, LEED AP

Larry Brydon is the VP of Business Development and Regulatory Affairs with Cricket Energy Holdings Inc. With over 30 years’ experience in energy efficiency, green building, sustainable development and clean energy, Larry supports the residential construction Industry with code development and technology innovation knowledge transfer. He has been appointed to numerous federal, provincial and municipal taskforce positions including the Federal Renewable Heating Initiative, Provincial Building Code Development and Toronto Pandemic Recovery Committee.
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Leith Moore

Leith Moore

Leith has served on two Provincial Advisory Panels – the Golden Panel (Transit Investment Advisory) and the Crombie Panel (Co-ordinated Land Use Planning Review. He is past chair of BILD, past president of OHBA and past chair of Evergreen. In addition, Leith served as a member of the Ontario Greenbelt Council by appointment of the Minister of Municipal Affairs. In 2018, Leith co-founded R-Hauz Solutions Inc. to provide affordable housing solutions for urban families and allow them to self-solve their housing needs. Leith has extensive experience working with developers in a variety of senior roles.
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Bettina Hoar

Bettina Hoar, BSc (Hons), MBAA, CSBA

Bettina is the founder of Sage Living Toronto, a sustainable building consulting firm with a focus on health & wellbeing in the built environment. Bettina is a Subject Matter Expert on Indoor Environmental Quality with Enbridge’s Savings by Design program and founding member of the GreenBuildingLearningZone.org, a green building education collaborative.  An avid traveller, Bettina has lived and worked in the US, Germany, Spain, Bahamas, Uruguay and Canada.
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Christine Abe

Christine Abe, B.L.A., O.A.L.A., C.S.L.A., A.S.L.A.

Christine is a landscape architect and Principal at The MBTW Group with over 30 years of experience in the field of Landscape Architecture. She has a wide range of experience in various scales of projects including numerous site plan, mixed use, institutional, school, park, condominium design, streetscape and commercial centre projects. In addition, she has been involved in the master planning of parks, new communities, schools, and institutional projects.
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Vice Chair

Tom Ponessa

Tom Ponessa

Tom’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).
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John Robinson

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.
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Treasurer

Sarah Keyes

Sarah Keyes, CPA, CA | Principal

Sarah is a Chartered Accountant (CPA, CA) with over a decade of work experience as a thought leader, consultant and auditor. Before joining ESG Global Advisors as a Principal, Sarah held senior roles at PwC, MNP and the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada) working with the energy and mining sectors. She has deep expertise in the business and financial impacts of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) and climate change issues.
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Constantine Eliadis

Constantine (Taki) Eliadis, Eng., MBA

Constantine has been a member of the SBC board since 2004. He has twice served as Chair. His career spans more than 20 years in the energy conservation sector. He was the architect of Ontario’s multi-billion-dollar, 900 MW conservation program portfolio at the Ontario Power Authority (now IESO). He has held executive roles with Enwave Corporation and the world’s largest lake-based renewable cooling system, GreenSaver where he commercialized the social housing and low income retrofit programs. He is also an independent management consultant to new technology companies in the sector, advising on go-to-market and financing strategy.
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Secretary

Leona Savoie

Leona Savoie

Leona 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.
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Associate Members

Victoria Coffin

Victoria Coffin

Victoria Coffin is a lawyer with more than 25 years of experience in private industry, government and not-for-profit as well as from operating her own business. She has advised hundreds of start-ups and established companies across various sectors including the real estate, building and construction industries on various legal aspects of operating their businesses. Beyond her expertise as a business lawyer, she has taken a keen interest as a consultant in clean energy generation and energy efficient home building in South America and in biomass generation in Alberta. She brings to any project a great diversity of experience having worked within government, business and not-for-profit environments.
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Ryan Evans

Ryan Evans

Ryan is a specialist in high performance building design and operations. As principal of EVNA Engineering, Ryan and his team assist their clients with achieving their sustainability objectives in the built environment. From a young age, Ryan has loved to build things and solve problems. Today, that childhood passion is what drives him forward as he works on developing innovative solutions to combat the ever growing problem of climate change. As a proponent of the Integrated Design Approach—the collaborative alignment of an entire project team to the same design objectives—Ryan believes that together we can design high performance buildings that are accessible, affordable, and energy efficient, in both the new and retrofit built environment. Ryan holds a B.Eng. in Mechanical Engineering, is a licensed Professional Engineer in Ontario, a Certified Measurement and Verification Professional (CMVP), and is bilingual in English and French. In of 2022, Ryan joined the Sustainable Buildings Canada Board as an Associate Member.
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