Speakers 2024

We have a great lineup of speakers scheduled for you, and will be adding more as we put together the official program. Check out our confirmed speakers so far:


Speakers


Parvin Asadi

Read Jones Christoffersen Ltd. / RJC Engineers

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Parvin Asadi
Parvin Asadi is a leading figure in sustainable building solutions, boasting extensive experience in energy modelling across diverse sectors. With a portfolio encompassing hundreds of projects in residential, commercial, educational, and other fields, Parvin's expertise shines through in her adeptness at optimizing energy efficiency and implementing tailored conservation measures. Notably, she has presented at prestigious events such as the World Conference on Timber Engineering (WCTE) 2020, showcasing her thought leadership and deep understanding of the field. Parvin's versatility is evident in her proficiency with compliance pathways and certifications including NECB, Step Code, CMHC, LEED, Net Zero, and Passive House. Her hallmark lies in seamlessly integrating building enclosures and mechanical systems to enhance overall energy performance. Passionate about innovation and sustainability, Parvin continues to drive forward sustainable solutions, exemplifying excellence in the built environment.

Chris Ballard

Passive House Canada

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Chris Ballard
Chris Ballard has a history of supporting environmental and land use causes, most recently as the Ontario’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change implementing the government’s plan for a clean environment and a sustainable economy. He also served as the Minister of Housing and the Minister responsible for Ontario's Poverty Reduction Strategy and a Member of the Treasury Board. Chris’ political experience also includes being a municipal councillor in Aurora, Ontario. Chris is a past Executive Director of the 60,000 member Consumers’ Association of Canada (Ontario) and a founding board member of the Consumers Council of Canada. His leadership in journalism, communications and public affairs includes terms as President and Board member of the Public Affairs Association of Canada.

Cody Belton

Morrison Hershfield / Stantec

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Cody Belton
Cody is a senior member of MH’s Building Special Services team and serves as the firm’s Passive House Specialist. He has served as a Passive House Consultant for over 9 years and a Building Enclosure Consultant for over 16 years, with mature engineering knowledge in building science. As a Certified Passive House Designer, Cody provides consultation and implementation of Passive House design strategies for new building construction and retrofit projects. Cody coordinates design teams and develops custom building enclosure design packages for a range of building typologies (single-family, high-rise apartments, recreation centers). Cody is an enthusiastic communicator in Passive House, sharing his passion with various networking groups by delivering presentations on super-insulated building enclosure design. Most recently, Cody was a proud speaker at the 2023 Passive House Network Conference in Denver, CO.

Steffen Bertelsen

Airtight Engineering Inc.

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Steffen Bertelsen
Steffen is a co-owner of Airtight Engineering Inc. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural and Bioresource Engineering. Steffen’s career in sustainable buildings began with Integrated Designs, completing LEED certification and commissioning of commercial, institutional, and residential buildings throughout Canada. Steffen is a Certified Passive House Tradesperson and teaches with Passive House Canada. Steffen has presented to a variety of audiences including the University of Saskatchewan 4th year mechanical design class, the SaskPower and Ontario IESO Northern retrofit training programs, the City of Saskatoon Realtor Training Program, and others.

Matthew Bowers

AUROS Group

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Matthew Bowers
Matt served in the United States Navy for 6 years as a Naval Nuclear Engineer, serving in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. After his service Matt graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) with Highest Honors. Matt has a deep resume of passive design and project executions for both new and existing buildings.

Christina Boyer

mcCallumSather

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Christina Boyer
Christina Boyer (M.Arch, CPHD) is an Intern Architect and Certified Passive House Designer with mcCallumSather, with a background working in Toronto, Atlantic Canada, and Germany. Christina brings experience in pursuing innovative initiatives for mass timber and leveraging high-performance design for affordable housing. She is a graduate of the University of Toronto School of Architecture, where her thesis was awarded the Paul Oberman Travel Endowment, focusing on the regenerative design of old growth forests and cultural pavilions for National Park Reserves in Canada's Pacific North West.

Cedric Burgers

Burgers Architecture Inc.

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Cedric Burgers
Cedric Burgers - Principal Architect Architect AIBC, MRAIC, LEED AP, Accredited Passivhaus Designer Cedric holds a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and a masters degree in Architecture from the University of British Columbia, where he also taught as an assistant professor in the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. After graduating, he worked for the architect Daniel Liebeskind and Müller Knippscheld Wehburg Landscape Architects in Berlin, Germany. He has served on design review committees for the District of West Vancouver and the District of North Vancouver. He is now an Accredited Passivhaus designer, pioneering sustainability and low energy design in Vancouver. Cedric and his family live in a certified Passive home in West Vancouver, and the Burgers Architecture firm has been celebrated with notable awards, including the Lieutenant Governor and Western Living Designer of the Year award (twice).

Matt Carlsson

Arup

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Matt Carlsson
Mechanical engineer and building scientist. Decarbonization strategies. Energy transition. Whole building performance. Passive House consulting. ASIC waste heat recovery to decarbonize space and water heating. Manufacturing process and dimensional engineering.

Chris Chopik

Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction

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Chris Chopik
Chris Chopik is a climate strategist, writer, and researcher and Director, Resilient Homes Canada at the Institute For Catastrophic Loss Reduction. Chris is an influential housing industry innovator and a respected authority working at the intersection of housing, energy, resiliency, and climate change for 20 years. Chopik's work includes an extensive exploration of the future of "Property Value in an Era of Climate Change” (2019) where he examines the financial impact of natural hazards on property values across North America. Remarkably, Chris supported Minister Phil McNeely to bring the Home Energy Rating Act 2008 into law in Ontario. Chris is a long standing protagonist, creating market appreciation for high performance homes. He holds a Masters of Design, Strategic Foresight and Innovation from OCAD University.

David Claus

UNBC

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David Claus
David Claus is the Director of Facility Management and Capital Planning at the University of Northern British Columbia. He is responsible for Facilities operations, infrastructure planning, capital project delivery, and energy management for the university. He has presented at both national and international conferences and has taught courses in environmental engineering. Recent initiatives include the Sustainable Communities Demonstration project (carbon neutral heating retrofit for all campus housing) and two Passive House certified buildings. David holds an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering (UVic) and a doctorate in computer vision (Oxford). He joined UNBC fourteen years ago as the inaugural Energy Manager, and was a consulting engineer and project manager for the resource industries in the Prince George area prior to joining UNBC.

Rehanna Devraj-Kizuk

RDH Building Science

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Rehanna Devraj-Kizuk
Rehanna is a building science engineer and project manager at RDH Building Science and has been in the building science field for over 7 years. She is a University of Toronto Civil Engineering alum with a specialization in building science, infrastructure for sustainable cities, and energy systems. With her background in building enclosure design, she utilizes her expertise to ensure the integration of enclosure strategies, mechanical systems, and energy performance for high performing design solutions. Her work in the sustainability industry fuels her passion for developing infrastructure that creates and sustains livable communities in Canada. She has led and consulted on a broad range of low carbon design projects from commercial and institutional to large-scale mixed-used buildings, considering both operational and embodied carbon consumption, while pursuing a variety of performance targets including Passive House and Zero Carbon Buildings.

Matthew Dipple

Airtight Engineering Inc.

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Matthew Dipple
Matthew Dipple P.Eng., CPHC Matthew received a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Systems Engineering from the University of Regina in 2014. He is licensed to consult as a professional engineer in Saskatchewan, Alberta, Manitoba, Nunavut, and the Northwest Territories. Matthew is a co-owner of Airtight Engineering Inc., a Saskatchewan-based consulting firm specializing in energy modeling and mechanical design for passive buildings, as well as building science education. He is a Certified Passive House Consultant and teaches the designer course with Passive House Canada. When not at work, he can be found singing in a choir, playing ultimate frisbee, or gardening with his wife, Serena.

Colleen Dixon

Stantec

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Colleen Dixon
Colleen is an Architect and Civic Studio Lead based in her hometown Vancouver, BC. She has worked on a wide variety of projects ranging from master plans, urban design, institutional, industrial, workplace, mixed use residential and retail, she realizes the success of projects relies on careful consideration of owners, users and their long-term experience. Colleen works closely with specialized design teams bringing together the necessary ingredients to design vibrant ‘people spaces’ for complex programs. Her twenty-six years of experience has her working with both private sector developers and public clients which gives her the range and appreciation for different approaches to project development and delivery methods. Colleen is invested in her community through volunteer opportunities and professional mentoring. She is a AIBC supervising Architect for the Intern program and is an industry mentor for students and young professionals (UBC, BCIT, Women in Consulting Engineering and TRU).

Jay Doshi

Pratus Group

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Jay Doshi
Jay Doshi is a Professional Engineer with 7 years of experience in the consulting and building engineering industry with expertise in energy analysis, sustainability and renewable power. He is a highly driven, motivated individual and a passionate leader. Jay’s expertise encompasses energy modelling and analysis in residential, commercial, industrial, office buildings and refrigerated warehouses. He is experienced in new construction as well as retrofit building energy analysis. He has aided projects achieve building permit, Toronto Green Standard, Net zero carbon, LEED certification and other green building standards.

Craig Edwards

City of Vancouver

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Craig Edwards
Craig Edwards is the Energy Manager in the Real Estate and Facilities Management department at the City of Vancouver, where since 2013 he has been responsible for developing strategies and implementing projects to show leadership in achieving the goals of the City’s Renewable City Strategy, Zero Emissions Building Plan, and Climate Emergency Response Plan, within city owned new and existing facilities. Craig is a Professional Engineer with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters Degree in Architecture, specializing in green building design. He has worked previously in similar roles for both BC housing and the Rocky Mountain School district, where he achieved significant success in reducing GHG emissions from each of their building portfolios, and prior to that he spent 10 years as a building science and sustainable community planning consultant.

Torsten Ely

RDH Building Science Inc.

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Torsten Ely
Torsten is a senior energy consultant at RDH, with more than 15 years of experience in the field of sustainability and high-performance building. He is an expert in energy modelling, energy audit and assessments, large building airtightness testing, and Passive House design and consulting. He has extensive knowledge of the EnerGuide Rating System, the BC Energy Step Code, Passive House design, and building science. He has performed energy modelling and airtightness testing for many of RDH's projects on the island including the UVic Student Passive House buildings. Torsten has also been a speaker at several international and national conferences on Passive House, such as the 26th International Passive House Conference, the Passive House Canada Conference, and the Passive House Network Conference in 2023.

Wesley Everaars

Brightside Community Homes Foundation

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Wesley Everaars
Wesley Everaars is Brightside’s Director of Community Real Estate. Wesley oversees Brightside’s redevelopment projects and provides leadership in asset management and procurement. Wesley’s work involves close collaboration with Funders, Architects, Development Management consultants, and government funders to optimize development goals. He has over 25 years of experience in the non-profit sector with 10 years of social housing development expertise. Wesley’s experience has involved overseas work in Human Rights organizations and in educational settings. Wesley has spoken at the Housing Central conference 2022 topic Approaching Housing Acquisition and participated in other housing panels regarding non-market housing management and acquisitions.

Kelly Fisher

Peel Passive House

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Kelly Fisher
Kelly is a Certified PH Consultant, trainer, and certifier. She comes from a background in construction and architectural design. With 15 years of experience in the construction industry in various roles, this experience has allowed her to gain knowledge in many aspects of construction to understand the realities and processes of the construction industry. At Peel Passive House, Kelly trains many teams and manages small to large certification and consultancy projects.

Mike Fowler

Mithun

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Mike Fowler
Mike brings 35 years of experience to passive first design, project management, and architecture. As the Sustainability Integration Leader at the Seattle office of Mithun, he engages on firm projects and their workflow processes for integrated design solutions, including over 46,000 square meters of Passive House project work. He is a PHI CPHC, represents architects on the Washington state energy code Technical Advisory Group, and is on the board of directors for Passive House Northwest with three years served as past president. Mike has presented at the International Passive House Conference, Passive House Network conference, the American Institute of Architects national conference, Living Future, Greenbuild, and for Passive House Accelerator.

Vasilis Giannopoulos

Internorm UK

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Vasilis Giannopoulos
Vasilis Giannopoulos graduated with a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering from Patras University in Greece, and an MBA from the Athens School of Management. He is also a qualified Passivhaus Designer and Trainer and passionate about improving the performance of buildings. Vasilis is Specifications Manager at Internorm UK. Internorm, a patron member of the Passivhaus Trust in the UK, manufactures high performance windows and doors at its factories in Austria, suitable for both domestic and larger residential Passivhaus projects. He strongly believes in educating architects and specifiers about the Passivhaus principles and the importance of incorporating quality windows within the building envelope.

David Gill

Climate Action Secretariat, Province of BC

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David Gill
David Gill is a Senior Policy Analyst with BC's Climate Action Secretariat. He is a trained facilitator in the school of deep democracy, and prior to working on government climate policy, developed applied research partnerships at University of BC. He has presented at international conferences on topics of applied sustainability research, urban planning, and the art of collaboration.

Philipp Gruner

Paradigm Building Solutions

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Philipp Gruner
Philipp, CEO of Paradigm Building Solutions since Sep 2022, has led the company into a growth spurt, focusing on high-efficiency homes across British Columbia, including affordable and luxury markets. His efforts extend to aiding indigenous communities with housing solutions, securing funding, and overseeing projects. Previously, as SVP at Civeo Corp., he contributed his expertise to one of the largest global workforce accommodation providers. With over 20 years in leadership, his experience spans construction, energy, hospitality, and consulting. Post his 13-year tenure at PTI/Civeo, Philipp consulted for various industries, aiding in turning a struggling non-profit back to financial health. Holding an M.B.A. from Athabasca University, he actively participates on the boards of several non-profits, showcasing his commitment to community and industry development including a seat at the BCIT industry advisory Mass timber board within the School of Construction and the Environment.

Tyson Hart

Stack Modular

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Tyson Hart
Tyson Hart is a Senior Project Manager for Stack Modular, based out of their Vancouver office. His experience in both the conventional and modular construction sectors include residential, commercial, hospitality, and institutional builds. At Stack, Tyson leads projects through the full project life cycle from early concepts and pre-cons through to occupancy. He works cross-functionally with teams heading design, procurement, logistics, QA/QC and manufacturing. His portfolio of completed projects spans across five countries, giving him a track record of adapting the modular methodology to consider varying local contexts and codes, environmental and performance factors, as well as client needs. Tyson is enthusiastic about being at the forefront of innovation within the construction industry, elevating modular as an application capable of meeting the complex demands of our present and future built environments.

Jamie Harte

Public Architecture

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Jamie Harte
Jamie worked on the first Passive House standard multi-unit project in Squamish and was the Project Architect for Skeena Residence at UBC Okanagan – the first Passive House residence on a Canadian campus. He is currently Project Architect for Vienna House, a Passive House project that takes on a number of complex issues – the climate crisis, the housing crisis, creating economic opportunities – in one project.

Chris Higgins

City of Vancouver

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Chris Higgins
Chris is a Sr Planner with the City of Vancouver. He works to deliver a better future by helping houses and other residential buildings improve. He has two decades of experience helping people lower energy use. Recently Chris presented at the 2023 Valencia Passive House conference and has presented on Passive House with a policy focus, throughout North America.

Greg Hoffart

Tree Construction Inc.

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Greg Hoffart
Greg Hoffart has dedicated the last 9 years to developing his skills as a carpenter, and builder, focusing on new and proven methods for construction based on energy efficiency, sustainability and conservation. His company was created ten years ago with a goal to design and build environmentally friendly homes. He has worked diligently to establish working relationships with wholesalers, suppliers and local tradesmen. An integrated design process was developed to provide customers with a company that would not only build innovative homes, but homes that were built with a cognitive responsibility for the earth. Pursuing a masters in Sustainable Design from the Boston Architectural has been a most recent debenture and Greg looks forward to using this knowledge to further the industry standard and encompass net-zero homes and even further to energy-plus homes. As a builder with a conscience and entrepreneur looking to make a difference, help Greg change the way we build and educate others to build homes for our children.

Stuart Hood

Introba

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Stuart Hood
P.Eng., C.Eng., CPHD, LEED AP
Stuart is Vice President of Introba a deep green MEP consulting engineering firm based in Vancouver BC. He has been central to the growth of Introba to one of the largest MEP firms in Canada. Stuart has 30 years of experience in the design of high performance buildings. He is an expert in designing large complex passive house buildings and has been at the forefront of the growth the standard in British Columbia.

Leona Humchitt

Haíɫzaqv Climate Action Team

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Leona Humchitt

Erdem Kokgil

Oxygen8

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Erdem Kokgil
Erdem has over 15 years of experience in the application design and product management of HVAC systems including DOAS, H/ERVs, chilled beams, VAV systems, air distribution devices and radiant panels. He has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Koc University in Istanbul, Turkey and a master’s applied science degree in Building Engineering from Concordia University, Montreal, Canada with a focus on HVAC systems. Erdem is a LEED Accredited Professional and Certified Passive House Consultant with the Passive House Institute US (PHIUS).

Cameron Laidlaw

RDH Building Science

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Cameron Laidlaw
Cameron Laidlaw (M.BSc., CPHC, PHI Certifier) is a Senior Passive House Consultant with RDH Building Science, with a portfolio of experience working with developers, owners, designers, manufacturers, and governing bodies to deliver Passive House projects. He is a seasoned Certified Passive House Consultant who has honed his skills on numerous first-of-its-kind projects across North America, including the first phased EnerPHit retrofit in North America and first Passive House Certified construction system made in Canada. He has served as a Passive House Certifier since 2019. Cameron applies smart, passive design principles in a cost-optimized, climate-specific manner to all his projects, and is committed to using his consulting expertise and certification experience to see that buildings are built responsibly–and with resilient design decisions along the way so they stand the test of time.

Melvin Lau

Ryder Architecture

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Melvin Lau
Melvin Lau is an experienced Architect with a career spanning since 2007, specializing in multi-family residential, mixed-use, and passive house projects. As a Certified Passive House Designer, Melvin is actively participating as Passive House and Project Lead on several projects in Canada and the UK such as the Legacy Passive House and Sunrise Village. Melvin’s dedication to a sustainable future is underscored by his participation in industry presentations at notable events such as the Passive House Canada Prefab Symposium and BUILDEX, where he shared valuable insights on Volumetric Modular Passive House Preparedness, High-Performance Retrofits, Commercial Scale Passive House Ventilation and Passive House MURB for Rental Employee Housing.

Harriet Lilley

Introba

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Harriet Lilley
M.Eng.
Harriet brings over ten years of engineering design consulting experience to Introba's Policy and Planning team, her work focuses on both quantitative and qualitative analysis to support organizations in their efforts to decarbonize.

Milad Mahmoodzadeh

Morrison Hershfield & University of Victoria

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Milad Mahmoodzadeh
Milad has obtained over 5 years of extensive research, work, and teaching experience in the field of building science during his academic studies and working as a building science and energy consultant in the industrial sector. His expertise spans numerous areas of research that promote the application of engineering to challenges of building science, heavily focused on high-performance building design, human behaviour analysis and climate resilience. His research and professional activities encompass conducting field energy performance monitoring and assessment of buildings utilizing real-time data-driven tools such as UAV with IR cameras as well as design and analysis of residential and commercial buildings' energy performance using simulation tools such as EnergyPlus and Grasshopper. These skills enable him to offer valuable insights and recommendations for design improvements or retrofits of buildings.

Stuart Mc Cready

Multiplex

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Stuart Mc Cready
In his role as Director, Collaborative Construction Stuart brings over a decade of extensive design and construction experience gained from numerous complex construction projects within Canada, the UAE, and New Zealand. Stuart uses his expertise developed from involvement in the early phases of design development to provide direction on constructability solutions, driving innovation and technical excellence. He is responsible for creating value by assessing design solutions, presenting viable options to the team, and ensuring that they are compliant, safe, and meet construction needs. He has significant experience working with clients to understand their conditions of satisfaction, devising smarter and simplified construction solutions all while collaborating effectively with consultant and trade partners to drive the best solutions. Stuart brings strong communication, collaboration, and problem-solving skills to the projects he is a part of as well an in-depth knowledge of Integrated Project Delivery.

Adrian Mohareb

Climate Action Secretariat, Province of BC

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Adrian Mohareb
Adrian Mohareb has presented to a wide variety of audiences over 20 years in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. He delivered presentations on the Energy, Cost and Carbon Characterization Model in Prince George to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities Sustainable Cities Conference, and on Enhancing the Seven Forms of Community Capital to the International Society of Quality of Life Studies Conference. He was part of the Canadian Government’s delegation to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fourth Assessment Report for Working Group three on mitigation and the Synthesis Report. He has presented on the BC Energy Step Code to a variety of audiences including professionals and tradespeople. He has presented on a variety of Carbon Neutral Government related topics including weather normalization and methodology issues, and has delivered the proposed presentation to audiences of public sector facilities manager, finance managers and energy specialists across BC.

Thomas Moore

Steven Winter Associates, Inc.

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Thomas Moore
As a Building Systems Director at Steven Winter Associates, Thomas focuses primarily on advanced energy modeling, Passive House design consulting, and building performance analysis. He has worked on a wide variety of affordable housing and institutional Passive House projects ranging from low to high rise multifamily, and University Dormitories.

Yashar Mosaferi

WSP Canada Inc.

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Yashar Mosaferi
Yashar Mosaferi is a senior mechanical engineer focused on building services in educational, commercial, mixed-use residential, light industrial, and other major industry sectors with experience in HVAC, Plumbing and Fire Protection design. He is a Certified Passive House Designer with experience working on a variety of sustainable building mechanical designs. Yashar is the mechanical Engineer of Record and Team Lead on the BC Housing King Edward project.

Phalguni Mukhopadhyaya

University of Victoria

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Phalguni Mukhopadhyaya
Phalguni Mukhopadhyaya is spearheading teaching and research activities in the areas related to the design of building envelopes and structures at the University of Victoria (UVic). During the last two decades, he has developed numerous research collaborations with industry, academic and government organizations, and his research outputs have influenced many changes in building construction practices in Canada and beyond. He has led and contributed to the development of several national and international standards/guidelines for the performance evaluation of novel construction materials and systems which have been widely adopted by the construction industry. He has received numerous awards/recognitions from the national and international stakeholders of the Construction industry, including the recent ASTM International Professor of the Year, 2022; IFSIM (China) Lifetime Achievement Award, 2022; CSCE’s Walter Shanley Award, 2023; EGBC’s Meritorious Achievement Award, 2023; and University of Victoria’s REACH Research Impact Award, 2024. Phalguni is currently a registered Professional Engineer in the Province of British Columbia.

Peter Ng

Kearns Mancini Architects

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Peter Ng
Peter (Senior Principal, B.Arch., OAA) has been with KMAI for over 30 years and a senior principal of the firm since 2019. Having joined the firm after graduating from the University of Toronto in 1987, Peter has been the Project Architect for most major projects carried out by the firm. They include education, residential buildings, healthcare and corporate interiors renovations. Since KMAI’s Journey of passive house design from 2017, Peter has acted as the lead design architect in all major passive house projects in the office. They include several multi-unit residential buildings and most recently small commercial buildings. With the experience gained from these projects, Peter has become very adept at incorporating passive house principles into the architectural design and understands the challenges, effort and methodology required in designing Passive House Buildings.

Joe Ogilvie

Schulich Business School and Archangel Ventures

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Joe Ogilvie
Joe Ogilvie, PMP, LEED AP is the Chair of The OMERS Oxford Leadership Institute in Real Assets and Adjunct Professor in the Masters in Real Estate and Infrastructure at Schulich School of Business. He is the Founding Principal of Archangel Ventures, an innovation advisory practice serving the real estate development and construction sector. Before founding Archangel, Joe was the national director for high-performance buildings at Turner Construction and head of sustainable construction and asset repositioning Services at PCL Construction. Today, Joe serves as a city-appointed member of the board of Directors of the Toronto & Region Conservation Authority (TRCA), is a board director at Habitat for Humanity GTA, and is a founding member of McKinsey & Co's Net Zero Built Environment Council. He is also a co-founder of the Black Opportunity Fund and serves as an Advisor to the City of Toronto's Transform2040 NZE Strategy.

Monte Paulsen

Climate Ready Buildings Group

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Monte Paulsen

Irene Rivera

Kearns Mancini Architects

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Irene Rivera
Irene is an associate architect at Kearns Mancini Architects, which she joined in 2017. She is a Certified PH Designer and works as a Project Manager on Passive House projects, leading the design and coordination from project inception. Irene believes Passive House is the first step to sustainable design, but taking full accountability of the overall carbon footprint is the end goal. That's why she has also specialized in Carbon Calculations and Life Cycle Assessments.

Sony Rai

SvN Architects + Planners

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Sony Rai
Sony is a Principal and Architecture Lead at SvN with over 20 years of experience in institutional, residential and commercial design. He is adept at working through all stages of a project, from early design development and approvals processes through to construction documentation and on-site contract administration. His body of work includes numerous multi-residential housing projects throughout the GTA, where his expertise has helped property owners unlock the development potential and land value of underutilized and complex sites. Sony has worked with a diverse range of clients to deliver multi-residential housing projects including not for profit housing providers, public sector agencies and private sector developers. Currently, Sony’s work is focused on developing new models for intergenerational collective living.

Bill Reed

Principal of Regenesis Group

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Bill Reed
Bill is an internationally recognized pioneer, practitioner, teacher, and authority in integrative systems design, sustainability, and regenerative community planning and implementation. Bill is a principal in Regenesis and The Place Fund – organizations working to lift human activities into full integration and evolution with living systems. His work centers on creating and implementing a whole and living-systems engagement and design process; realizing exponential value to the qualities of life within projects, communities, and their ecosystem.

Sandra Rohler

Cornerstone Architecture

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Sandra Rohler
Architect AIBC|Architekt AKNW (GER) CPHD|CPHT|Certified Tradesperson (GER) A registered Architect in Canada and Germany, Sandra has been working on Passive House projects since 2001. Moved to Canada|Vancouver in 2005 she has been an Architect with Cornerstone Architecture since 2017. One of the early pioneers in the Passive House movement in Canada, Sandra is a co-founder of Passive House Canada and initiator of the BCIT Passive House Tradesperson Course. Sandra holds a degree as a certified joiner and furniture maker through a 3-year craftsperson apprenticeship, prior to becoming a registered Architect in Germany. This mix of theory, craft, teaching and professional experience has given Sandra a deep knowledge to apply on projects-big picture and detail oriented. Sandra has been invited to present at various events and conferences incl. Buildex, CPH Conference, PH Accelerator, WIA (Woman in Architecture), UBC MEL Program Sandra has been teaching CPHD & CPHT courses f. BCIT & PHC for years

Patrick Roppel

Evoke Buildings Engineering

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Patrick Roppel
Patrick is a building science specialist with over 20 years of consulting experience related to building science and energy efficiency. Patrick’s focus in recent years has been providing tools and guidance to the industry to help practitioners make informed design decisions related to constructability, thermal, energy and hygrothermal performance. Timely industry guidance and tools related to this presentation includes the Building Envelope Thermal Bridging (BETB) Guide, ThermalEnvelope.ca, and the Guide to Low Thermal Energy Demand for Large Buildings (Low TEDI Guide).

Sheena Sharp

Coolearth Architecture Inc.

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Sheena Sharp
Sheena has over 25 years of experience in the profession. In establishing her own firm she has focused on buildings of all types, including post occupancy studies, and rural architecture with a particular interest in energy analysis and retrofits. Her portfolio includes re-purposing existing buildings with a specialty in small offices and housing both market driven, and affordable. She is also involved in research relating to the use of concrete for energy efficient buildings. She has been active in the governance of the profession, including two terms as President of the Ontario Association of Architects. Sheena has taken the Passive House Design course.

Jack Steenhof

Steenhof Building Services Group

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Jack Steenhof
Jack Steenhof is a Senior Modular Building Engineer and is the CEO & Founder of Steenhof Building Services Group, leveraging over three and a half decades of profound expertise in his esteemed capacity. Mr. Steenhof infuses each project with a wealth of diverse experiences, consistently offering a novel perspective. Collaborating closely with clients and design teams, he champions the co-creation of forward-thinking solutions, underpinned by his astute leadership honed through years of adaptive learning and embracing industry evolution. Driven by an unwavering passion for engineering and design, Mr. Steenhof's relentless pursuit of innovation and meticulous attention to detail serves as the cornerstone of SBSG's success. Holding licensure across multiple jurisdictions including Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, PEI, Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, and the State of Nevada.

Andrew Steingiser

RDH Building Science

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Andrew Steingiser
Andrew is the Passive House lead in RDH’s Boston office and a Senior Project Architect. Andrew engages building owners and design teams as an early-phase design partner, consulting with them on scalable climate-resilient solutions. He champions operational and embodied carbon reduction of the built environment through clean, resilient, and future-proof buildings. An expert on local and regional regulations, Andrew helps RDH’s clients futureproof their projects.

Tomaz Stich

Stich Consulting & Design

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Tomaz Stich
Tomaž Stich, Certified Passive House Planner Tomaž was born in Slovenia and raised in Germany, where he completed a four year apprenticeship to become a journeyman carpenter. With years of hands-on building experience behind him, Tomaž found himself most inspired by the wooden materials used. He joined the University of Applied Sciences in Hildesheim, Northern Germany, to pursue a four year program in Wood Engineering. He wrote his thesis work at TRATEK, the Swedish Institute for Wood Technology Research in Stockholm, becoming a Graduate Engineer in Wood Engineering. A passion for smart design and uncompromised energy efficiency inspired Tomaž to complete his certification as a Passive House Planner 2009 in Kempten, Germany. After operating his consulting business in Germany, Sweden, and Slovenia, Tomaž and his family moved to Canada in 2009 and currently live in beautiful Invermere, British Columbia.

Arne Suraga

Diamond Schmitt Architects

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Arne Suraga
Arne joined Diamond Schmitt Architects in 2013, and became an Associate in 2019. Throughout his career, he has been engaged on projects of truly varied scales: From temporary pavilions sheltering dozens through to multi-tower developments housing thousands, but his attention to detail and design are central to them all. His portfolio of experience includes a broad range of building typologies, from institutional academic facilities to residential projects, through to commercial spaces and 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. Arne has presented previously at the Passive House Conference, has been featured in the Globe and Mail for his project work, and regularly speaks on the topics of Passive House and sustainability.

Randy Van Straaten

BELi

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Randy Van Straaten
BELi is a laboratory and consultancy bringing building and sustainability science and education to the industry. As part of BELi, Dr. Van Straaten has conducted life cycle assessment research for industry associations and government entities. He has provided product embodied carbon analysis for manufacturers and contractors and project analysis for whole buildings and specific envelopes. Randy has taught environmental sustainability and building science courses at several universities and colleges. He regularly provides industry training through utilities and through his career has provided more than 40 event and conference presentations to share research findings.

Sherman Wai

RDH Building Science Inc.

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Sherman Wai
Sherman’s focus is on building energy modelling, thermal modelling, testing, and field review for Passive House design and certification. In the field, Sherman conducts site reviews to ensure Passive House compliance, including thermal bypass review, airtightness testing, and ventilation system commissioning. In addition to his knowledge of Passive House requirements, Sherman is very well-acquainted with the airtightness testing requirements for BC Energy Step Code and Passive House requirements.

Morgan Wright

mcCallumSather

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Morgan Wright
Morgan Wright (BAS, M.ARCH, OAA) is an architect specializing in complex mass timber buildings and sustainable building models. She began building her career at Edge Architects, now part of mCallumSather. Her work draws from past experiences in Toronto, Vancouver, New York, and Rome, as well as her academic background at the University of Waterloo School of Architecture. Notable accolades include an Ontario Wood Works Design Award and a Kitchener Urban Design Award for the YW Kitchener-Waterloo Supportive Housing for Women. In her role as Project Architect, she works to blend tradition and innovation, leaving an indelible mark on the architectural landscape. Morgan’s ethos embodies a commitment to excellence, social responsibility, and the transformative power of design in enriching communities.

Elise Woestyn

hcma Architecture + Design

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Elise Woestyn
Elise is a senior advisor, architect, and building scientist with 13 years of experience, specializing in low energy and low carbon sustainable design. Her engineering background, combined with eight years of architectural practice at hcma, shaped her unique skillset. Elise has a deep understanding of design strategies to support low energy and low carbon buildings and effectively navigates the complex landscape of rating systems, energy codes, regulations, and policy for exceptional outcomes. She helps establish early-stage goals and targets, directs analysis to assess impacts of design decisions and guides the implementation of the sustainable strategies through the design process. She leads in-house Passive House consulting services for hcma and is currently facilitating certification for Vancouver Fire Hall No. 17. Elise recently presented at the 2021 International Passive house Conference and the 2022 Fire Chiefs’ Association of British Columbia Conference.