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Alex Zimmerman


Alex, before retiring from his main career, consulted on operationalizing sustainability in the buildings industry, for both projects and organizations. Alex was the Founding President of the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) in 2003. CaGBC became, under his watch, a recognized leader on the national stage. For many years prior to that Alex honed his professional skills in public works organizations in BC and Alberta. He started his professional career as a maritime engineering officer in the Canadian Navy. Effective writing was critical to his success throughout his career.

Alex has been an avid outdoorsman and sailor all his adult life. The Navy gave him a basic grounding in seamanship, navigation and sailing. After that, he continued by teaching in the Canadian Power Squadron. He built all of his own boats; several kayaks and both of his sail and oar boats. He also designed the latest boat. He has put several thousand watery miles under the keels of his various boats but he knows that the sea still has things to teach him. He is the author of “Becoming Coastal”.

Phone number:
250 884 8227


Becoming Coastal. Seaworthy Publications, 2020
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