Conference Chair


Deborah Byrne

About

Deborah Byrne

Board Chair of Passive House Canada

Deborah is driven by core values of sustainability, comfort and affordability, as well as solutions where a reduction in the energy demand can seamlessly integrate with daily living and working. She first discovered Passive House while completing her Engineering Charter while in Ireland in 2007 when most published Passive House works were still only in German. After a visit to the 13th International Passive House Conference in 2009 she returned convinced that this was the answer to all our building energy problems but now also understood that Passive House was more than just a building energy standard.

From this conference she and some of the visiting Irish Contingent formed the Passive House Association, Ireland, the first English speaking board affiliated with the International Passive House Association. Deborah has since trained and qualified as a Certified Passive House Design and Trainer. She has also designed a number of significant Passive House Projects in Canada and Ireland. Deborah works with Kearns Mancini Architects as a Project Controller and Passive House Designer. She maintains true to her belief that we can always do better.


Program Committee


Cillian Collins (Chair)

About

Cillian Collins (Chair)

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.

Pamela Doherty

About

Pamela Doherty

Independent Architect in Vancouver

Pamela has recently joined Human Studio | Architecture+ Urban Design. As both a registered Australian architect and Intern Architect, AIBC, her professional career of 17 years spans two countries, two hemispheres and two continents. She is a LEED AP and has taken the Passive House Canada Design & Construct Course. Specializing in community architecture, education, seniors living and healthcare, her personal practice is founded on the belief that architecture can be a catalyst for social connection ~ balancing what it takes, in materials and resources, with what it gives, to humanity ~ in the places where we live, learn and heal. Pamela is currently designing a 2-unit Passive House project in North Vancouver.

Sheida Shahi

About

Sheida Shahi

Ph.D. student and Mitacs Accelerate Fellow in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Waterloo

Sheida is a Ph.D. student and Mitacs Accelerate Fellow in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Waterloo. She earned her BAS and MArch from the University of Waterloo’s School of Architecture, and is a recipient of Royal Architectural Institute of Canada’s Green Building Council Scholarship for Sustainable Design and Research for her graduate research. Sheida has over 5 years of work experience at KPMB Architects and Diamond Schmitt Architects. She is currently a researcher at University of Waterloo School of Architecture’s Living Architecture Systems Group, Civil Engineering’s Adaptive Reuse Group and JvN Developments Inc. in Toronto, where she focuses on adaptive reuse and refurbishment of residential balconies.