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Donovan Woollard

Donovan’s work focuses on translating great sustainable business ideas into great sustainable businesses.  After starting in the non-profit sector, he has spent the last fifteen years working to launch, build, and scale businesses that strive to address critical climate, environmental, and social challenges.  In addition to OPEN, past and current experience includes:

  • Co-Director of RADIUS, a social innovation hub and venture incubator at SFU’s Beedie School of Business, where he is now an Entrepreneur-in-Residence and Advisor
  • founding investor, board member, and team member of Persephone Brewing Company;
  • COO of Offsetters (Nature Bank), Canada’s leading carbon offset and carbon management firm; and
  • Board member for a range of entrepreneurial organizations.

He has also worked for Vancity, BC Hydro, and Ecotrust and worked the graveyard shift at a half-way house.

Donovan has a Master of Business Administration from UBC’s Sauder School of Business, a Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Community Economic Development, and an undergraduate degree (Hon.) in philosophy.

Eesmyal Santos-Brault

Eesmyal is a social entrepreneur and investor with a mission to invent solutions to wicked problems through technology and social innovation.

He has a background in engineering, creativity, and sustainability and has co-founded 10 ventures in a variety of areas including: green building, coworking, locative media, civic engagement, education, software, and research. Some of these include Vancouver’s premier social impact coworking space (The HiVE), a B-Corp certified consulting company (Recollective) that facilitates the design and construction of some of the greenest buildings in Canada, and an award-winning design-thinking consultancy and incubator (Design Nerds).

He’s recently turned his focus to accelerating innovation in mental health through building a technology platform (Quantified Citizen) for democratizing research.

Christian Cianfrone

Christian Cianfrone, M.A.Sc., P.Eng., LEED AP BD+C, BEMP is the executive director of the newly launched Zero Emissions Building Exchange (ZEBx). Christian has spent the last 13 years as a building energy consultant, working on hundreds of high performance projects, developing progressive energy policy, and researching and presenting emerging and innovative content across North America.

Dave Ramslie

With over a decade of experience in the green building industry, Dave is a leader on urban sustainability issues and policy. He is widely regarded as one of the most innovative policy makers in the Pacific Northwest, due to his track record of delivering effective programs and building lasting partnerships. As a pragmatic problem solver and a highly engaging public speaker, Dave has presented his findings to a variety of audiences.



The mission of ZEBx is to rapidly accelerate the capacity and enthusiasm of local developers, designers and builders to deliver cost-effective, attractive, zero emissions new residential and commercial buildings in Vancouver. Recognizing that knowledge, inspiration, and the building industry itself is not confined to municipal boundaries, ZEBx aspires to learn from both local and global leaders and to expand its mission to support zero emissions building across the province. The Open Green Building Society was one of the founding partners of ZEBx.

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Partners & Supporters:
The City of Vancouver, Passive House Canada, and the Vancouver Regional Construction Association.



PathFinder leverages whole building energy modelling in an intuitive interface to educate designers, developers, planners, and others on the implications of building design on performance metrics such as energy use and greenhouse gas emissions. PathFinder currently includes the exploration of a multi-unit residential building in Vancouver, BC, with a focus on metrics in relation to the City of Vancouver’s Zero Emissions Building Plan and the BC Energy Step Code.


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Partners & Supporters:
Morrison Hershfield, Slow and Steady Design.


CaGBC Disclosure Challenge

CaGBC Disclosure Challenge



The Disclosure Challenge demonstrates the power and market potential of sharing data in an interactive and coordinated way.

When collected and shared, building performance information becomes a powerful dataset that can drive significant emissions reductions, energy efficiencies and cost savings. However, these improvements are only made possible when access to reliable building performance data is provided to owners, occupants, and legislators. This tool – developed and managed for the Canada Green Building Council by OPEN on its GRID benchmark and disclosure platform – is an interactive public disclosure map that contains building data from QuadReal, Triovest, Concert Properties, Colliers, Minto, and other major real estate companies.  Each participating organization has agreed to full transparency and disclosed all the buildings in their portfolios – both high performing and low – as part of the challenge.

The project shows the potential of OPEN’s comprehensive software offering for municipalities, GRID.


Learn more about the Challenge   Learn more about GRID


Partners & Supporters:
Canada Green Building Council, Triovest Realty Advisors Inc., QuadReal Property Group, Concert Properties Ltd., Colliers, Minto Properties Inc., Natural Resources Canada and the Real Estate Foundation of British Columbia.



Since its release, the Building Envelope Thermal Bridging Guide has received significant interest from industry, building standard regulators, and energy efficiency programs. The Guide provides extensive resources on thermal bridging and its 700+ pages provide granular detail of thermal performance in multiple construction practices. In order to facilitate the exposure, use, and growth of this resource, OPEN Green Building Society developed a web-based application to increase awareness of the Guide and make it easier for industry to use the information within it.


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Partners & Supporters
BC Homeowner Protection Office, City of Vancouver, BC Hydro, Morrison Hershfield, Recollective, Integral Group



The building components market is shifting. OPEN’s Shift analytics platform smooths this transition. The BC Energy Step Code is being used by a growing number of local governments to drive higher energy performance in new buildings in their jurisdiction.

Shift provides building industry participants with a clear picture of how the Step Code will shift the anticipated demand from low to high performance building components across Metro Vancouver, accounting for Step Code adoption and projected economic growth rates.

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Confident policy making, asset management, and investment requires accurate performance data. Energy benchmarking is the process of tracking and recording a building’s energy performance over time and comparing that performance to other buildings in its class. 

GRID helps jurisdictions run energy benchmarking and disclosure programs, providing a data backbone to inform policy development in service of energy and carbon efficient cities.

For building owners, benchmarking can help to identify opportunities for value through operational efficiency and asset improvement projects.