Friday, April 23, 2010

Canada Green Building Council: Vote for David

At this year's Globe Conference I moderated a panel on Smart Cities. One of the panelists was a very smart guy named David Helliwell. I first met David a number of years ago when he was working with Stephen Owen. He has always struck me as one of the lucky people.... he has intelligence, combined with good looks and a good background. But while he has so much going for him, David is a surprisingly modest person with a kind and gentle manner.

During the preparations for our panel discussion, David, who is the co-founder and President of Pulse Energy, mentioned that he has been nominated as a candidate for the Board of Directors of the Canada Green Building Council. Given his extensive background in the environmental and energy fields, I thought he would be a very good choice for the Board. I am therefore sharing some information that he provided to me, in the hope that those of you who can vote, will cast a vote for him.

I'm writing to share the news that I've been nominated for the board of the Canada Green Building Council, first, to ask you what you think are the most important things that the CaGBC must accomplish in the next few years; and second, to ask you to support my efforts to bring the CaGBC to new levels of effectiveness and productivity.

A few years ago I worked with a number of the CaGBC’s founding board members to get LEED Canada off the ground. Now two of them (Vivian Manasc and Peter Busby) are stepping down after two terms, and encouraging me to get engaged on the board.

At the beginning, LEED was all about new buildings. Over time, it has become clear that green buildings may actually use more natural resources than traditional buildings if they are not operated properly. As such, in 2006 I dedicated myself to building a company focused on making the world’s buildings perform more efficiently thanks to energy management software.

Today, I would like to be a CaGBC board member to be a part of the transition to a world where building performance is the ultimate objective. This will be an important time for the industry, involving far more than just energy management software. I am ready to work hard to make the CaGBC into a world leader in green building design, construction, and operation.

To learn more about my background (from poorly-paid pro sports to energy management for 700 million square feet of real estate) and my vision for the CaGBC, feel free to contact me at at 604.761.3434 or by email at Alternatively, you can visit the Pulse Energy website at

Here's the link with voting instructions:


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