The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC)is Canada's premiere not-for-profit, national organization that
advocates and assists in the advancement of green building and sustainable
community development. With a membership of over 1200 organizations and 2,500
individual members in fields ranging from design, building, operations, homes,
communities, suppliers and retailers the CaGBC has made incredible strides
towards achieving the mission of reducing our environmental impact. In total,
they have already educated more than 20,000 green professionals and given them knowledge to further advance
the green marketplace.
In addition to the national body,
the CaGBC works in partnership with a national network of CaGBC Chapters across Canada to connect like-minded people
locally and across the country. Currently, their regional Chapters serve
communities right across the country and assist in advancing the mission and
the vision of the Canada Green Building Council from the grass roots. On a
local level, these regional chapters help by connecting with local government
officials, businesses and other members of their community. The regions are
classified by the following areas:
Greater Toronto Area
Why Join a Chapter
There are many different reasons
for joining a local Chapter of the CaGBC that range from discounts on green
events to networking, to free Chapter memberships for all employees of CaGBC
national member companies. Local chapters provide their members with many
opportunities to connect with experts in the green building industry, as well
as teach upcoming people interested in the movement. Additionally, members get
special access, tours and other educational opportunities.
can receive discounts on educational events such as workshops, live or
virtual webinars, reference guides including manuals and textbooks, and
other study materials.
will receive discounts on events ranging from private chapter events, such
as meetings, lunches, dinners, sessions, tours, technical training, and
other local events. They also often receive discounts on events that
are held regionally such as trade shows or symposiums. Lastly, all members
receive a discount on delegate fees for Building Lasting Change, Canada's premier green building industry conference and expo.
- Members also get access to industry events and
networking opportunities that can advance their careers. They become
eligible to run for their local Chapters Board of Directors. They also are
eligible to participate in regional committees, meetings and other
initiatives as dictated by the Chapter board.
Fees to Join
If you are an employee of a national member company, you can join your local Chapter for free. If not, a one year Chapter membership
costs just $100 plus HST. Likewise, if you are an Emerging Green Builder, new
to the industry, and under 30 years of age, you can join your local Chapter for
only $35 plus applicable taxes, or free if you are employed by a company that
is a CaGBC national member. You can't beat these prices when it comes to
building your professional network.
Overall, joining a local Chapter
of the CaGBC is ideal for anyone on the green building business. Not only do
you get to network with like-minded individuals and business people, but you
also great incredible discounts and perks at events, conferences, educational
materials and much more.