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Introducing GBCI Canada, a joint-venture between CaGBC and GBCI

A collaboration between Canada Green Building Council and GBCI, the new organization will provide tools and services to increase the uptake of green building and business practices in Canada.


Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) and the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) have launched their joint venture – GBCI Canada.

GBCI Canada exclusively administers project certifications within the framework of the LEED green building rating systems, as well as the WELL Building Standard, the Sustainable SITES Initiative (SITES) for land use, Parksmart for parking structures, TRUE Zero Waste, Investor Confidence Project (ICP) for energy efficiency retrofits, and the GRESB benchmark, which is used by institutional investors to improve the sustainability performance of the global property sector.

GBCI Canada will be led by CaGBC president/CEO Thomas Mueller, who will manage both organizations. 

“With over a decade of LEED experience, the Canadian industry is well positioned to work toward more energy efficient and low-carbon buildings, as well as health and wellness, and zero waste goals,” said Mueller in a media release. “GBCI Canada has been established to support industry efforts to scale-up by providing expert service and online delivery platforms for a broader suite of complementary green building standards.”

GBCI is charged with creating markets, building capacity and delivering value to local stakeholders. Based in the U.S., GBCI has local offices in India, China, Brazil, Mexico and now Canada.

“GBCI Canada will go deeper into the Canadian market to deliver and execute on GBCI and CaGBC’s collective mission. By going into markets more broadly, we can work closely with our customers and help them implement their sustainability goals and aspirations,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, president/CEO of GBCI and USGBC, in the release.

Nellie Cheng will join GBCI Canada as its managing director. Cheng brings three decades of experience, including working with GBCI, the World Green Building Council and the Vancouver Economic Development Commission.

CaGBC will continue to engage and support the Canadian green building industry, its members and stakeholders through education and training, advocacy and research, business events, and a range of other activities. It will also continue to provide certification reviews and market support for LEED Canada, and to deliver and support its new Zero Carbon Building Standard.