I have been volunteering for the past year with the Canada Green Building Council’s Emerging Green Builders (EGB). The EGB work with their local CaGBC chapters to put on events for students and new professionals. The main goal is to attract young and new professionals to the green industry. Another benefit of the EGB committee is that it allows new professionals to take on group leadership roles earlier in their careers, and is training the CaGBC leaders of tomorrow. I am currently the Vice-Chair of the Ottawa Region EGB, and in the past I held the role of Finance Director.
In Ottawa we have had one successful year already and we have an ambitious plan for another great year ahead. In the past we have held events like:
- Holiday Party
- Residential Panel Discussion for Green Homes
- Green Building Bike Tour
We also assisted the Ottawa CaGBC Chapter with the Eco-Logical student design competition.
We will be running similar events again this year. We also have plans to host a Green Jobs 101 event which will showcase different green career options and give attendees the chance to discuss required skills and job opportunities 1-on-1 with industry leaders.
If you are interested attending events or joining your local EGB group, contact your local CaGBC chapter (http:www.cagbc.org).