Speakers 2020

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Elrond Burrell

Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment

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Elrond Burrell
Elrond is the Principal Advisor, Architecture and Design, for MBIE’s Building System Performance team. He is leading the Building for Climate Change programme’s operational efficiency framework. Elrond is passionate about improving people’s quality of life, health and environmental impact through beautiful, sustainable, high-performance architecture. An alumni of a Victoria University of Wellington (B.Arch, First Class Honours) and University of Westminster (London), Elrond is a registered Architect (UK) and certified Passive House designer. He has over two decades of experience in the industry, including projects in the UK, North America, Australia and NZ. He was instrumental in the design and delivery of some of the UK’s largest Passive House apartment buildings and social housing, and several Passive House schools. Elrond Burrell is also the chair of the board of Passive House Institute New Zealand (PHINZ) and director of VIA architecture Ltd, specialising in Passive House and low-carbon architecture.

Alysia Baldwin

Perkins and Will Architects

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Alysia Baldwin
Working with Perkins and Will Architects since 2012, Alysia has worked on a wide range of projects including multi-family residential, large-scale mixed-use developments, transportation, and higher education. Alysia’s recent projects have focused on the innovative application of mass timber technologies and Passive House concepts to create high-performance buildings. Alysia speaks regularly on behalf of Perkins and Will Architects, advocating for design holistic building solutions that focus on the health and welfare of the building inhabitants through adaptable suite layouts, healthy materials, efficient building enclosures and systems, and access to daylight and views.

Russ Barry

Interactive Construction

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Russ Barry
Russ Barry has spent over 20 years in residential construction on Vancouver Island, most recently as the head of Interactive Construction. Russ is active in the Canadian Home Builders Association and the Victoria Residential Builders Association and has presented many times at Passive House Canada events in Victoria. Founded in 2013, Interactive Construction is an award-winning custom home builder with five Passive Houses completed and two more currently under construction. Interactive is dedicated to next level high efficiency building and reducing lifecycle impacts without sacrificing quality craftsmanship and client focused customization.

Enrico Bonilauri

Emu Systems

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Enrico Bonilauri
Enrico holds two Masters Degrees — one in Architecture from the University of Parma, Italy, and one in Design Science from the University of Sydney, Australia. As a registered Italian Architect and CPHD, he has worked in Australia, Europe, and North America. He specializes in building envelope design and analysis, informed by the thousands of hours spent on construction sites. Speaker experience includes: 2016-2019 IPHC, 2016 and 2018 NAPHN; 2017 and 2018 SPPHC, 2017-2020 CPHT courses.

Philip Bradley

Schilthuis Construction Inc

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Philip Bradley
Philip has spent time in the heavy civil and ICI sectors since graduating with a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering and Management from McMaster University. His attention to detail and problem-solving skills have been put to the test on Passive House projects since joining Schilthuis Construction in 2019. His interest in high performance buildings has grown significantly since completing training in Passive House construction and subsequently being part of the construction team on two mid-rise Passive House projects. Philip is thrilled to be part of an experienced Passive House team at SCI, and to help overcome the challenges of Passive House construction projects.

Kaz Bremner

Perkins and Will

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Kaz Bremner
An architect with Perkins+Will’s Vancouver studio, Kaz Bremner has a portfolio of work across a variety of project types, including commercial office towers, mixed-use residential, post-secondary education, and recreational projects. As Project Manager for the University of Victoria Student Housing and Dining project, Kaz has been involved from programming through construction documents and is the primary point of contact for the owner. Prior to this project, Kaz oversaw the construction of Orchard Commons, a 41,620 m² mixed-use student housing facility at the University of British Columbia.

Kevin Brennan

Brennan Brennan Insulation and Airtightness

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Kevin Brennan
Kevin Brennan is a building science consultant and Passive House trainer based in NYC. He is a PHI certified passive house tradesperson, BPI retrofit Installer, ABAA auditor and ABAA self adhered / fluid applied air barrier installer. Formerly, Kevin delivered the PHI certified passive house tradesperson courses in the Bronx at AEA's hands on passive house training facility. Notable passive house accomplishments include: project management of a NYC landmarked brown stone to the EnerPHit standard and PHI certification. Kevin is an instructor for the Air Barrier Association of America and has presented at NAPHN, BENYC and ACI.

Andy Chong

Integral Group

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Andy Chong
Andy Chong is the Managing Principal of Integral Group's Victoria Design Studio. In addition to involvement in some of the largest green building developments in the greater Victoria area, he has contributed a big-picture approach to sustainability in the local built environment, working directly with the City of Victoria and District of Saanich in industry consultations on the BC Energy Step Code, and municipal Climate Leadership Plans. Andy has been a panelist speaker for high performance buildings at the Vancouver Island Construction Association Conference for the past two years, and has also presented Integral Group's Vancouver Island projects at the North America Passive House Network, and Passive House Canada conferences.

Jeremy Clarke

Simple Life Homes

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Jeremy Clarke
Jeremy Clarke is the founder of Simple Life Homes, a manufacturer of prefab-panelized homes for the high performance and passive house market. Previously, Jeremy explored a variety of careers including music production, aviation, renewable energy and carpentry. While discovering new interest’s, he recognized a common calling, and chose to focus on “green” construction. He’s presented his work at the 2020 Passive House Canada conference, Passive Buildings Canada event “Boots on the ground” and Sustainable Cobourg’s annual general meeting. With a strong entrepreneurial spirit, Jeremy and his team at Simple Life Homes are upgrading the housing stock with a healthier more sustainable building method for a more sustainable future.

Olivier Corbeil

Saint-Gobain Glass International

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Olivier Corbeil
Olivier Corbeil is Western North America Sales Manager for Saint-Gobain Glass International and Western Canada Sales Representative for SageGlass. Having been involved in the glass industry for over 12 years, his experience ranges from consulting for high performance products, global glass solutions and logistics and innovative solutions including oversized, electrochromic, heated and fire rated glass products.

Josie Costantini

Schilthuis Construction Inc

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Josie Costantini
A certified Passive House Consultant with a BA in Architectural Science and a Master’s in Building science, Josie has been closely involved in the pre-construction and construction phases of a few Passive House MURB’s in Hamilton Ontario. There are many Passive House projects to come in the near future and she looks forward to the challenge that comes with building to a higher standard. Josie has done talks at The Building Show, Boots on The Ground for Passive Buildings Canada, PHPP User Groups, Sheridan college and more, to try and spread the word of Passive House in Ontario.

Chris Doel

Integral Group

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Chris Doel
For over 15 years, Chris has been passionately working with clients to deliver cost-effective and sustainable mechanical engineering solutions. Chris’ areas of expertise include detailed mechanical system design of high performance buildings, and neighbourhood energy master planning and system design. He is well-versed in all aspects of sustainable building design across a number of sectors, including institutional, mixed-use commercial developments and district energy systems. Noteworthy projects include Vancouver Island University’s Health and Science Centre, SFU Student Union Building, a multipurpose building incorporating public assembly, retail, cafeteria and office spaces, and the Vancouver Art Gallery which is being designed to Class AA gallery space requirements. Chris presented at NAPHN Conference in Pittsburg in October 2018 on the application of Passive House design principles in Off-Grid locations.

Andrea Frisque

Stantec

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Andrea Frisque
Dr. Frisque is a Building Performance Engineer at Stantec. She provides technical direction and leadership in low-energy design for buildings and communities. She publishes technical papers in international journals, presents at national and international conferences, and has been invited to give talks and lectures. Dr. Frisque has 15+ years of experience related to analyses and computer simulations for sustainable design. Dr. Frisque was a founding director of the Canadian Passive House Institute (CanPHI) and is a Certified Passive House Designer. With her team, she recently completed PH certification of the Wood Innovation Research Lab at UNBC, Prince George, BC.

Melissa Furukawa

Peel Passive House Consulting Ltd.

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Melissa Furukawa
Melissa is a Passive House Consultant and Certifier with experience in low energy building design and analysis. She completed her Master of Building Science degree at Ryerson University. Melissa has worked on a variety of projects all over the world designing buildings that are climate-responsive by incorporating passive design elements to maximize user comfort while minimizing energy use. She has extensive experience in energy modelling, daylight analysis, climate analysis, as well as various other engineering analyses. At Peel Passive House, Melissa supports the company's certification, consultancy, thermal modelling, training, and research activities. Her project experience ranges from single family homes to apartment tower retrofits. She has also worked on non-residential projects including a community centre and church. Melissa is also involved in the companies window modelling services.

Harrison Glotman

Glotman Simpson Consulting Engineers

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Harrison Glotman

Scott Groves

City of Coquitlam

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Scott Groves
Currently the Director, Strategic & Capital Projects for the City of Coquitlam, Scott has a diverse background in his career as a Professional Engineer and embracer of change. Scott championed the evolution of the Clayton Community Centre project from one of co-location of Library, Arts, Recreation, Parks and Environment to an integration of all priorities. Passive House design became one of the unifying factors. Scott was Manager, Civic Facilities for the City of Surrey for over nine years and believes of all his projects to date, Clayton Community Centre best achieves his goal of Better Buildings making Better Communities because we are Better Together. Scott is a valued speaker for his experience on unique building types, as well as for his well rounded perspective. Previous speaking engagements include Buildex, Engineers & Geoscientists BC annual conferences and Division hosted seminars, and SFU Engineering lectures.

Melissa Higgs

HCMA Architecture + Design

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Melissa Higgs
Melissa is passionate about creating innovative public buildings where communities come together, and is a believer in the power of architecture and design as a catalyst for positive change in the world. She enjoys working closely with clients to find creative solutions to their unique design challenges. Her expertise in recreation facilities, arts and culture, and long-range vision plans are demonstrated by the success of the award-winning Grandview Heights Aquatic Centre, Clayton Community Centre, Granville Island 2040, and the Vancouver Aquatic Strategy. Melissa is an accomplished public speaker and panelist, for many audiences both large and small. Recent engagements include the 2019 Alberta Association of Architects, the 2019 Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, 2018 Passive House Canada Conference, 2018 North American Passive House Network (NAPHN) Conference.

Rebecca Holt

HCMA Architecture + Design

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Rebecca Holt
Rebecca is an urbanist and specialist in sustainable development, championing high quality built environments, vibrant communities, and thriving natural systems. Rebecca collaborates with design teams and clients to implement strategies for high-performance buildings, neighbourhoods, and cities. In addition, Rebecca establishes research partnerships between academics and designers to inform practical application with evidence, and offer project-based research opportunities to the academic community. She speaks and lectures often on a range of topics from local to global platforms including recent presentations at Building Lasting Change, the Healthy Cities Design Conference, and The AIA Academy of Architecture for Justice.

Adam James

Ryder Architecture/ Acton Ostry Architects

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Adam James

Peter Johannknecht

Cascadia Architects

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Peter Johannknecht
Peter Johannknecht is a Principal of Cascadia Architects, the firm he founded with Greg Damant (also presenting). He is a certified Passive House designer and a LEED accredited professional specializing in sustainable and energy efficient design within the urban context. With over 25 years of professional experience, Peter brings a significant degree of European-based architectural design and expertise to the firm. He has led a broad range of institutional, commercial and residential projects, including extensive renovation and interior design projects, high density apartments, social/special needs housing and cutting-edge energy efficient design. Peter's specialized focus on sustainable design and ecological consideration in the urban environment is a logical extension of his continued commitment to community issues. Peter has extensive experience presenting to municipalities, councils, land use committees ant at public hearings.

Max Kettenacker

Allies and Morrison

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Max Kettenacker
Max specialises in higher education and student housing, having delivered Ash Court, a new-build student accommodation wing at Girton College, which has received numerous awards, and, more recently, graduate accommodation buildings for King’s College – the first major Passivhaus development in Cambridge Max leads the University of Cambridge’s redevelopment of Old Press/Mill Lane in the heart of Cambridge on the River Cam and has also prepared masterplans for numerous Colleges in the city, including for St John and Gonville and Caius. Max also maintains a keen interest in sustainable building design and led Allies and Morrison’s pro-bono work for a charity-run training centre in Malawi. Max trained at the universities of Edinburgh and Cambridge and is a member of the practice’s Sustainability Group, Student Housing Group and is involved with our charitable and pro-bono work.

Ted Kesik

University of Toronto

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Ted Kesik
Ted Kesik is a professor of building science in the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto with a career focus on the integration of professional practice, research and teaching. He entered the construction industry in 1974 and has since gained extensive experience in various aspects of building enclosure design, energy modeling, quality assurance, commissioning, performance verification, and building systems integration. Professor Kesik’s research interests include resilience, sustainability, durability, high performance buildings, life cycle assessment and building performance simulation. His current research involves the development of design guidelines for low-carbon buildings that are resilient, sustainable and promote climate change adaptation. Dr. Kesik continues to practice as a consulting engineer to leading architectural offices, forward thinking enterprises and progressive government agencies.

Jesse Matthews

RDH Building Science Inc.

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Jesse Matthews
Jesse is a Certified Passive House Tradesperson (CPHT) and Building Science Technologist at RDH Building Science Inc. For RDH’s Toronto-area Passive House and High-Performance projects, Jesse is the “Air Boss” – working with design teams to refine enclosure details and air barrier strategies, and with construction teams to train installation crews and then review and test their work. He is active member of the Passive House community in Ontario and one of Ontario’s first CPHTs (certified by the Passive House Institute in Germany in 2015) Jesse has previous experience working as a carpenter/site supervisor on high performance retrofits, and as the air tightness consultant, installer, and “Air Boss” on a number of projects targeting Passive House certification.

Kyle Moen

BC Passive House

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Kyle Moen

James Munro

Greater Victoria Housing Society

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James Munro
With more than 3 decades of housing design, development and construction experience James has honed areas of expertise including development analysis, project management, project finance, energy efficiency, budget management, codes, and community consultation, engagement and relationship building. James has worked and provided leadership in Architectural firms, Municipal Planning Departments and Non Profit Housing Organizations, leading individual projects valued as much as $250 Million. James has experience with providing community lending and grants, as well as community development of social purpose real estate. He has and is responsible for leading diverse teams for the development of large multi family residential. He currently leads more than a dozen projects at the cutting edge of affordability, technology, and energy efficiency.

Shane O'Hanlon

Stantec

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Shane O'Hanlon
Climate Risk and Resilience Lead for Stantec Western Canada. Shane is a consultant with management, research, and planning skills in the areas of sustainable development, urban resilience, climate risk assessment and adaptation planning. He is a systems thinker and problem solver with a background in civil engineering and urban planning. He helps communities, cities and developers plan for and adapt to a future of climate uncertainty. Shane serves as a member of Fraser Health's Task Force for Resilience Guidelines on Health Facility Design & Operations using his professional experience to help inform the future development of the healthcare sector.

AYLIN OZKAN

University of Toronto, Ozkan Design

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AYLIN OZKAN
Aylin Ozkan completed her PhD in Building Science at Istanbul Technical University with a focus on the use of building performance simulations for the integration of passive systems to achieve thermally autonomous, resilient building design. She also holds a master’s degree in Environmental Building Design from the University of Pennsylvania and Bachelor of Architecture from Turkey. As a lecturer and researcher at the University of Toronto, Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Aylin speaks about thermal resilience, building performance simulations and data visualization. She frequently presents at both industry and academic conferences. Aylin has over 9 years of experience as an Environmental Design Consultant on a variety of architectural projects including a Medical Center in Saudi Arabia, several post-secondary buildings in Ontario, and a high school campus in Turkey. She also took part on several research projects aiming the development of design guidelines.

Andrew Peel

Peel Passive House Consulting

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Andrew Peel
Andrew's primary areas of expertise are in Passive House and low carbon buildings. His professional and academic experience ranges from consultancy, programme management, building certification, business development, technical and non-technical articles and publications, lecture and workshop delivery, and technical research. Andrew is an experienced speaker, having presented at numerous events internationally and in Canada. His presentations have covered a wide array of topics, including Passive House buildings, building rating systems, building technologies and research, and modern methods of construction. He has presented to diverse audiences, from building professionals, developers, social housing providers, to government officials.

Stephen Quinn

Peel Passive House Consulting Ltd.

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Stephen Quinn
Stephen is both a Passive House Consultant and Certifier. He has been sharing his Passive House knowledge through speaking at events since becoming evolved in the industry in Germany over 9 years ago. His first speaking event on the topic was part of a German-Irish Chamber of Industry and Commerce event in his home country of Ireland where there was great interest in exploring the highly efficient building standard and forming connections between the two countries. From there he has spoken at a number of Passive House focused events including the International Passive House conference in China in 2019. With an increase in demand for Passive House related training Stephen has transitioned his focus to both in person and online training courses. More recently Stephen has started to share his experience in the industry through a Passive House focused webinar series hosted by Peel Passive House Consulting Ltd.

J-F Roberts

Blackcomb Façade Technology

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J-F Roberts
As a Professional Engineer and owner of Blackcomb Façade Technology, J-F Robert has focused his practice on significant curtainwall projects. His experience ranges from 60 storey high rise, PHI certified commercial buildings, high end residences and complex freeform structures. Blackcomb Façade Technology is the exclusive fabrication partner for RAICO Bautechnik in the Pacific Northwest.

Kirk Robinson

Delta Land and Development

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Kirk Robinson
With over 25 years of experience of delivering projects in 11 countries across multiple sectors, Kirk has worked for the Delta Group in both Asia and Canada, as well as with other local and international property companies.

Beth Schilthuis

Schilthuis Construction Inc.

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Beth Schilthuis
Beth has been working with Schilthuis for many years, learning the ins and outs of all aspects of construction. To Beth, every Schilthuis project is built to the best standard possible, but she enjoys the challenge of achieving Passive House targets—give her a number to hit and she’ll swing for the fences. Passive House projects become even more rewarding for Beth when they benefit lower income families who may have never lived in healthy, comfortable housing with low energy bills.

Graeme Stewart

ERA Architects / Centre for Urban Growth + Renewal

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Graeme Stewart
A Toronto-based architect and urban planner, Graeme Stewart contributes to many of the region’s leading urban design, cultural planning, and revitalization projects. He is also a founding director of the Centre for Urban Growth and Renewal (CUG+R), an interdisciplinary urban research organization. Working with NGOs, academic, government, and community partners, CUG+R supports policy and action toward more equitable and resilient urban regions. The key focus of this work is Tower Renewal, a multisectoral initiative focused on the low-carbon future of the mid-century tower blocks throughout urban Canada. Stewart is a member of the Toronto Community Housing Design Review Panel and a lecturer in universities in Ontario and abroad. He is also co-editor of Concrete Toronto: A Guidebook to Concrete Architecture from the Fifties to the Seventies, and in 2014 received the Jane Jacobs Prize for his ongoing research and design work related to Tower Renewal.

Marcel Studer

Econ Group

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Marcel Studer
Marcel Studer (dipl.arch.eth Zurich, Switzerland) is a principal of Econ Group, a design-built construction company, has lived and worked in Canada for the last 20 years in his capacity as a PH designer, builder and educator. He is a PHI-accredited PH Designer and Trades Person. Since 2014 Marcel has been a board-member for Passivehouse Canada and is also a primary instructor for CPHD/C and Trades Person Courses. Marcel has presented at various conferences, including the 22nd IPHC in Munich and last year's PHC Conference in Toronto.

Arne Suraga

Diamond Schmitt Architects

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Arne Suraga
After joining Diamond Schmitt Architects in 2013, Arne Suraga has been engaged on numerous projects of truly varied scales. His portfolio of experience includes a broad range of building typologies, from institutional academic facilities to residential projects, through to commercial spaces and small-scale installations. Developing designs hand-in-hand with sustainable objectives is a key element of his design ethos, and this belief in implementing real-world solutions drew him to become involved in the PH community, culminating in becoming a Certified Passive House Designer in 2017.

Matthew Traub

Allies and Morrison

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Matthew Traub
Matthew worked in both the UK and Canada before returning to his home city to form a core part of Allies and Morrisons Cambridge team. An historic city undergoing rapid change, Cambridge offers a fantastic canvas upon which to combine his sensitive, contextual approach to design with his passion for progressive, sustainable construction. Matthew has contributed to the Old/Press Mill Lane Masterplan and delivered a new graduate campus for King’s College at Cranmer Road, which will be the first collegiate Passivhaus project and the largest Passivhaus development in Cambridge. He is now leading a project to deliver low energy graduate housing for St Johns College. As a qualified Passivhaus designer, he holds a master’s degree in architecture from the University of Sheffield.

German Vaisman

WSP

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German Vaisman
German currently works at WSP Canada bringing a wealth of knowledge helping the teams bridging the gap between building sciences, energy use and sustainability. He oversaw the envelope design and energy analysis of the first Net Zero Daycare for the City of Toronto currently under construction. The building achieved the higher levels of the new Toronto Green Standard and was the first submission of the Version 3 of the standard back in 2018. He designed the first Enerphit project in Canada and he is currently involved in multiple low energy and Passive House projects. He has presented projects in The Building Show in Toronto and in previous Passive House conferences in Canada and the USA.

Graeme Verhulst

Waymark Architecture

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Graeme Verhulst
Graeme Verhulst Principal Waymark Architecture, Architect AIBC, MRAIC, CPHD Graeme is a founding principal of Waymark Architecture and a keen advocate for advanced building science. He is one of the first architects in BC trained to design to the stringent International Passive House Standard, the world’s leading approach to energy in buildings. Graeme is also past chair of the Vancouver Island Chapter of the AIBC and sits on the Township of Esquimalt's Design Review Committee. Graeme has extensive speaking experience including most recent engagements at the 2017 New Horizons in Civil Engineering Conference, 2018 Woods Solution Conference, 2018 Passive House Conference and the 2019 International Passive House Conference.

Mike Wilson

University of Victoria

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Mike Wilson
Mike Wilson is the Director of Campus Planning and Sustainability at the University of Victoria, where his team develops campus land use plans and facilitates the advancement of sustainability interests across the university. In this role, Mike oversees the implementation of the university’s Sustainability Action Plan which includes strategies and actions to reduce GHG emissions from campus operations. Prior to this position, Mike spent 10 years working in policy and development planning at the City of Victoria and City of Vancouver. Mike holds a Master of Planning from Dalhousie University and is a member of the Planning Institute of British Columbia.

James Woodall

Allies and Morrison

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James Woodall
James works at the intersection of architecture, environmental design and social impact, focusing on the enhancement of design through sustainability and the engagement of creativity using data driven design. He considers sustainability not as an extension of design but integral to good design practice. James leads Allies and Morrison’s sustainability group, supporting project teams with a range of specialist environmental design analysis and targeted research. He also leads development and application of Allies and Morrison’s sustainability strategy, driving transformational change across the practice. James played a pivotal role in the practice’s ongoing commitment to both Architects Declare and the RIBA 2030 Challenge. Prior to joining Allies and Morrison, James spent five years working in Vancouver, Canada where he took an instrumental role in developing some of the largest community Passivhaus buildings in the world.

Abby Xerri

Quantum Passivhaus

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Abby Xerri
Abby is General Manager is an engaging speaker, co-founder, developer and company leader of a passive house design, prefabrication and build company in Ontario, Canada. Via the International Passive House Institute (IPHI), the company Abby leads has certified the first passive house light wood construction systems that are fabricated in Canada, including 2 (of 6 in the world) construction systems that are certified for use in the cold climate zone. With a lifetime of residential and commercial construction behind him, coupled with passion and innovation, Abby collaborates with owners, architects, engineers and designers to find unique solutions towards achieving the passive house standard within design goals - including today’s prefabricated building systems. Previous speaking engagements include collaborative delivery of passive house tradesperson training (classroom and lab), and presentation of Passive House group tours and demonstrations to investors, prospects and partners.

Rick Zytaruk

Tooketree Passive Homes

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Rick Zytaruk
Rick has extensive experience as a business consultant and in the building industry. He spent much of his career working in the application of technology and process improvement to address business problems. Always passionate about innovation and progress, Rick is committed to disrupting the building industry to build world-class, quality, sustainable homes and most of all, a better future for generations to come.