Conference Chair


Suzanne Christensen

About

Suzanne Christensen

Board Member of Passive House Canada

Suzanne has a lifelong passion for innovative and efficient building design and construction. Growing up in central British Columbia gave her a keen appreciation for the impact of good (and bad) construction materials and methods on the comfort and sustainability of buildings and the people inside them. She continued to learn about design and construction through avid self-education, two appointments to Victoria’s Advisory Design Panel and by taking the Passive House Design and Construction Training Course.

Suzanne’s career has focused on policy development, communication and implementation. She has worked with the government of British Columbia, provincial safety organizations and non-profits. She has been involved in energy regulatory issues and proposals for transformative energy efficiency programs. She is currently an Assistant Deputy Minister with the Government of British Columbia.


Program Committee


Cillian Collins

About

Cillian Collins

Senior Architect at Perkins+Will | MRIAI | Certified Passive House Designer | LEED AP BD+C

Cillian is a Senior Architect at Perkins + Will. He has over 10 years of experience across a variety of project types and scales. Cillian is a Certified Passive House Designer and has worked on Passive House projects in Canada and Ireland. He is Chair of Passive House Canada Education Committee and plays a key role in curriculum development, teaching and advocating for the Passive House standard in Canada. Cillian is conducting research on the impact of pursuing the Passive House standard on the design process and providing guidance to project architects and project managers on what needs to be accounted for from conceptual design through tender and beyond to post occupancy.

Dan Gronross

About

Dan Gronross

Project Manager and Building Envelope Consultant, Morrison Hershfield B. Arch. Sci., RRO

Dan is a Project Manager and Building Envelope Consultant for Morrison Hershfield in Vancouver, BC. Graduating from the technically focused Ryerson University’s Architectural Science program in 2005, cemented his interest in how buildings come together, while maintaining the aesthetic vision of the project team.

With over 10 years of experience in Western Canada, he has worked on various projects including single family, low-rise and high-rise multi-unit residential buildings to large-scale entertainment and commercial projects. This varied experience has allowed him to see firsthand the shift in focus on how the passive elements of the buildings affect their performance and durability. Dan works intimately with his various clients, aiding them in understanding how design decisions affect the performance of their projects and, in navigating how code and standard changes will impact them. Dan is actively pursuing the Passive House Designation.

Krupa Patel

About

Krupa Patel

Building Science Specialist / Architectural Designer at Coolearth Architecture Inc

Krupa graduated with a Masters degree in Sustainable Design from Carnegie Mellon University, USA and is a registered architect in India. She specializes in Building Performance Diagnostics, Net-Zero Design, Passive House Design and is interested in blending building science with architectural design. Her thesis included research on passive conditioning techniques, resulting in the formation of a toolkit for high-performance office buildings with dynamic and climate responsive design solutions for hot climates. Her work experience ranges from working on residential, commercial projects and community based interactive projects in India and the USA. She is a LEED AP and Certified Passive House Designer.

Mahmud Amin

About

Mahmud Amin

Account Manager, QAI Laboratories

Growing up in a severely poverty-stricken part of Southern Asia, Mahmud has strongly experienced the need for energy independence and the unfortunate outcome of the lack thereof. His first-hand experience of mismanaged energy has made him a supporter and strong advocate of energy-efficient housing initiatives like PassiveHouse. Mahmud is a civil engineer by education. He has published numerous peer-reviewed research papers on sustainable building materials. He is currently working with QAI Laboratories, assisting and serving the standard testing and certification industry for building materials.

Robyn Webb

About

Robyn Webb

Community Energy Specialist, City of Victoria

Robyn Webb is a Community Energy Specialist with the City of Victoria. With over twelve years of experience working on climate action, Robyn uses her background in urban planning and training in Passive House and EnerGuide to design and implement building, transportation, and land use programs and policies to help Victoria meet its climate targets. Prior to moving to Victoria Robyn led the City of Edmonton's Change Homes for Climate program, an education and performance based incentive program focused on reducing residential emissions.