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:
Passive House Canada
Chris BallardChris 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 BeltonCody is a Passive House Specialist with Morrison Hershfield’s Building Specialty Services team. He has served as a Building Enclosure Consultant for over 13 years, with mature engineering knowledge in building science and experience developing building enclosure design packages for various building typologies, ranging from single-family homes to high-rise buildings. Cody has been a strong Passive House advocate since 2010 and eagerly promotes its benefits to anyone who cares to listen. He has trained product manufacturers and architecture firms transitioning into the high-performance sector, along with providing Passive House consultation and design implementation strategies for new building construction and retrofit projects. Cody is an enthusiastic communicator and champion for Passive House, sharing his passion with various networking groups by delivering presentations on the significant advantages of super-insulated building enclosure design.
Vancouver Economic Commission
George BensonAn urban planner by training, and an economic developer by trade, George Benson is Manager, Economic Transformation at the Vancouver Economic Commission, working to decarbonize, build resilience, and increase social equity in Vancouver’s massive architecture, engineering, and construction sectors. More broadly, George also supports much of VEC’s green economy and social impact work in different ways. George brings unique experience from the public, private, and non-profit sectors, together with deep content knowledge in resilience, urban sustainability, global governance, and new economic systems. He works with individual businesses, industry associations, building code developers, global businesses and networks, and researchers on numerous capacity building, coordination, and market transformation initiatives.
Mark BernhardtMark is the President of Bernhardt Contracting Ltd., a licensed builder based in Victoria BC. In 2012, Bernhardt Contracting built the first Certified Passive House on Vancouver Island, and has since gone on to build or consult on dozens more. Mark is also a Registered Energy Advisor and Passive House Consultant, and over the past few years has spent much of his time helping other builders gear up for Step Code and higher performance buildings. He serves on several provincial code comities and chairs the CHBA BC technical committee. He is also the CEO of Energy Code solutions a new company formed for the purpose of using big data and automation to inform design and code compliance across the country.
Building Performance & Policy Expert
Rob BernhardtRob works to advance building energy efficiency and reduce emissions from the operation and construction of buildings. He assisted with the development of the UN Framework Guidelines for Energy Efficiency in Buildings, the BC Energy Step Code, Canada’s building strategy and provincial and municipal programs and the establishment of the Vancouver Zero Emissions Buildings Exchange, was the founding CEO of Passive House Canada and published articles on building policy and regulations. Rob built the first Passive House on Vancouver Island and Canada’s first Passive House condominium project. He has a deep understanding of people and climate friendly buildings, including the economic and social advantages they bring.
Canada Infrastructure Bank
Frederic BettezFrederic Bettez (he/his) is currently a Managing Director – Investments at the Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB). With 17 years of experience in the infrastructure and renewable energy sectors, he is responsible for leading the CIB Commercial Building Retrofits Initiative, the CIB’s investments in broadband, and overseeing the CIB activities in the province of Quebec across all sectors. Before joining the CIB, Frederic was President of Cosime Infrastucture and Energy Inc., providing advisory and asset management services to project developers and owners on project finance transactions. Frederic’s previous experience also includes being a project finance lender at Dexia Credit Local and an equity investor at Macquarie Capital Markets Canada where he mainly focused on public-private partnership development and financing. Frederic is a CFA charter holder and an MBA graduate from the University of British Columbia. He also holds a B. Eng in mechanical engineering from McGill.
Perkins & Will
Cillian CollinsCillian Collins is a Senior Architect with Perkins+Will and a Certified Passive House Designer with over 10 years of experience across a variety of project types and scales, including Passive House projects in Canada and Ireland. He is Chair of the Passive House Canada Education Committee, playing a key role in curriculum development, teaching, and advocating for the Passive House standard in Canada.
Tandem Architecture Écologique
Evelyne BouchardEvelyne Bouchard is a course instructor and board director at Passive House Canada. She is also a practicing architect (OAA & OAQ) and principal at Tandem Architecture Écologique, a small firm dedicated to creating high-performance sustainable projects at all scales through collaboration with like-minded professionals. Evelyne is passionate about the overlap between thoughtful design and technical rigour. She strives to embed Passive House design principles and measurable performance into the creative process to design projects that are durable, sustainable, functional and beautiful.
Jean-François CôtéJean-François Côté holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Université de Sherbrooke and a Ph.D. in Materials Science from INRS-Université du Québec obtained in 1998. He joined Soprema in 1999 as a research chemist where he worked on the development of adhesives and sealants used in roofing and civil engineering. In his current role, he represents Soprema on technical committees of industry associations (ARMA, PIMA, CIMAC) and is actively engaged in various North American standards development organizations. He is chair of the CSA A123 technical committee on Bituminous Roofing Materials, and vice-chair of the ASTM D08 Committee on Roofing and Waterproofing. Mr. Côté has been a speaker at various conferences (CCBST, IIBEC, CRCA and more) and has delivered numerous online webinars from SOPREMA.
Shannon DunnShannon Dunn is the Director of Business Operations at the Okanagan campus of UBC where she has overseen the expansion of student housing from 300 beds to more than 2,100. In addition to student housing Shannon is responsible for the ancillary departments on campus and previously served as the Director of Capital Planning and the Director of Student Housing and Hospitality Services. Shannon has a Bachelor of Commerce from Ryerson University and a Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies focused on health, psychology and education from the University of British Columbia.
Peter DushenskiPeter Dushenski is the Managing Director of GlasCurtain, a Canadian manufacturer of fibreglass-framed curtain wall systems for triple-glazed applications. Peter has headed the team since commercial launch in 2013 and has since lead the company to several industry firsts, including the world’s first PHI Cold Climate curtain wall system. He has previously been invited to speak at CaGBC, CSC, BUILDEX, Passive House Canada, Ecobuild UK, and EU-Canada Green Building Forum. Peter lives in Edmonton, is happily married, and is a proud father of two little boys.
Jeremy FieldPassionate and thoughtful, Jeremy is a strong advocate for resilient, low carbon buildings that marry the ideas of passive design and fundamental sustainability. Focused on the building scale and with a background in energy modelling, Jeremy stays at the forefront of conversations at the intersection of operational and embodied carbon reduction opportunities. He is Co-chair of CLF Vancouver and sits on the City of Vancouver's Big Move 5 Advisory Committee in addition to his role at Integral Group. Buildex, 2022 - Constructing Lower Embodied Carbon Buildings: It Takes an (Interdisciplinary) Village (Panel Moderator) CLF Vancouver, 2021 - Improving How We Baseline Embodied Carbon CaGBC, 2021 - Low Embodied Carbon Designs Course CaGBC 2019 - Why Carbon 2.0 CaGBC 2018- Why Carbon
Jordan FisherJordan Fisher is FRESCo’s CDO (Chief Decarbonization Officer). For the last 16 years he has focused on reducing energy use and emissions in the residential and commercial building sectors. His work has included innovative projects and programs for public and private sector clients. He is particularly known for his work in multi-family building retrofits, with an increasing focus on heat pumps and deep decarbonization studies. Jordan strives for a collaborative approach that integrates holistic thinking in technical (mechanical, enclosure, structural, and electrical), financial, and social considerations. Jordan has acted as a senior advisor on numerous heat pump projects that electrified heating, hot water, and ventilation systems, as well as studies on heat pump installation practices, the VEC Heat Pump Attraction Study, and best practice guidelines.
Sepehr ForoushaniSepehr Foroushani, Ph.D., P.Eng., is a mechanical engineer whose primary research and policy interests are efficiency, sustainability and resilience in the building sector. He has worked for Simon Fraser University, City of Surrey (BC) and City of Richmond (BC). Currently he works as a research scientist at the Leibniz Institute for Agricultural Engineering & Bioeconomy in Germany.
Patrick FyfePatrick is a Professional Mechanical Engineer and Certified Passive House Designer from the University of British Columbia. Over his four-year career he has specialized in Mechanical Building Systems. Patrick has completed many types of projects from commercial, industrial, educational, residential, and retail projects. Patrick joined Impact in 2021 to follow his passion in reducing GHG emissions and energy usage to create a better future for generations to come Patrick has recently spoken in the Passive House Symposium on his tower decarbonization project located in North Vancouver.
Brandon GemmeBrandon Gemme is an Engineering Intern at RJC’s Building Science and Restoration division located in Toronto. He received his Bachelor of Applied Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Toronto in 2016, with a minor in Sustainable Energy Systems and Certificate of Engineering Business. Brandon is responsible for evaluations, investigations and remediation of building envelope systems as well as the implementation of rehabilitation and preventative maintenance programs. He has been involved in several deep energy retrofit projects and has gained valuable experience in the design, modelling and management of these projects. Brandon is passionate about improving the performance of our buildings, with the goal providing more sustainable, healthier and comfortable spaces for end users. Brandon received his designation as a Certified Passive House Designer (CPHD) in 2021 and as a Building Science Specialist (BSS) in 2020.
CanmetENERGY- Ottawa, Natural Resources Canada
Sara GilaniSara Gilani is a Research Engineer at CanmetENERGY-Ottawa, Natural Resources Canada. Her research focuses on improving energy performance and reducing greenhouse gas emissions of Canadian new construction.
Joel GoodJoel Good is a senior consultant with RWDI’s Building Performance and Sustainability team, where he applies his mechanical and environmental engineering background to focus on passive design and active system components. He has a Master of Applied Science in Environmental Engineering from Dalhousie University and a Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Victoria. Joel has a deep understanding of energy, daylight, airflow and comfort modelling in complex buildings and climates. Whether designing for low energy, performing energy simulations or supporting building code compliance, Joel always adds value and helps secure strong project outcomes. His keen insight into the unique challenges and opportunities of each project helps project teams make the most of the natural passive energy potential offered by a site’s specific climate.
Rick GregoryRick Gregory is a senior executive with over 30 years experience in the planning and execution of large complex construction projects. Both private and public sector, his portfolio spans major civil, institutional, resort, hotel, office, retail and residential projects. He has lead teams on the owner’s side for the majority of his career but has worked for both consultants and contractors as well. Rick has pioneered ground-breaking prefabrication and modular construction methods on a number of his projects. He has also developed financial project control systems founded on an "Issues-Based Management" protocol. Rick was leading Henson's team on its landmark 60-storey passive house tower in Downtown Vancouver and its 9-acre residential development project in West Vancouver. Following acquisition of these 2 properties by Montreal’s Brivia Group in 2021 he has joined their new Vancouver operation and is Brivia's Project Director on the Curv.
Jamie HarteJamie is a graduate of the Edinburgh College of Art and the University of Edinburgh, with professional experience in Ireland before moving to BC in 2011. Demonstrating an early interest in residential building, he focused his thesis work on multi-unit housing and inventive social spaces. Since graduating, Jamie has been involved in all aspects of residential architecture including close client engagement, programming, detailed design, and consultation with local municipalities. Highly invested in energy efficiency and low-carbon materials, he is a Certified Passive House Designer with Passive House Institute in Germany. Thorough, methodical, and detail oriented, Jamie leads with a particular gift for untangling complex problems.
Jürgen SchniedersBorn in Germany in 1967, studied physics with a focus on solar energy and efficient energy use. Member of the scientific staff of the Passive House Institute, Darmstadt, Germany, since 1997. Ph.D. on Passive Houses in the mildly warm climates of South West Europe in 2009. Joint managing director of Passivhaus Institut GmbH since its establishment in 2019. Major fields of work: • Development of the Passive House Planning Package PHPP • Development and application of dynamic hygro-thermal simulation software • Evaluation of field monitoring data • Investigations on the applicability of the Passive House approach in different regions and climates
Scott KennedyScott has been a principal of Cornerstone Architecture, currently a 15 employee firm, since 1988. He is a Professional Engineer with a degree from University of Alberta and holds a Bachelor of Architecture from UBC. Scott has committed Cornerstone Architecture to start the conversation about Passive House and its principles with each new client. The firm has had success and currently has an 85 suite mixed use 6 storey wood frame Passive House building under construction, and 11 additional Passive House projects at various stages of development. “The Passive House concept is important and I believe we are just getting started. We must spread the word and protect it from being watered down, as it is a wholistic concept that delivers a reliable building if it is executed properly. Hopefully in the future the Passive House standard or something similar will be standard practise and our organization may cease to be relevant other than as a liaison to code committees on the subject. We can only dream.”
Maddy Kennedy Parrott
Maddy Kennedy ParrottMaddy splits her time between the Building Science and Building Performance groups at RJC. She is experienced in design, analysis, evaluation and repair of building envelopes for new and existing buildings, and is highly proficient in a variety of energy and thermal modelling programs, and is a Certified Passive House Designer. Prior to joining RJC, Maddy worked as a technical sales representative for fibreglass building products, exposing her to Passive House, Living Building Challenge and LEED; igniting her passion for sustainable buildings. She is an avid public speaker, giving presentations on building science concepts to organizations like the Building Officials Associations in both BC and AB, and at conferences like the 2017 World Sustainable Built Environment Conference in Hong Kong. Additionally, Maddy presented the paper “Where Passive House Fits on the Energy Step Code Staircase” at NHICE 2020, and is set to present at CCBST and ASHRAE Conferences in 2022.
William KingWill is a visionary designer that works with clients to bring the most out of their projects. Along with new commercial and residential projects, he has experience working with significant upgrades to existing buildings, including rigorous heritage building upgrades. His focus on measurable sustainable goals has led to widespread adoption of Passive House, LEED and Living Building standards within his practice. He currently sits on two Advisory Design Panels and is a past chair of the Architectural Conservation Committee of the Victoria Civic Heritage Trust.
Windsor Esses Community Housing Corporation
Hans KogelBusiness leader with over 30 years' experience in engineering and asset management. Over a 10-year period at Windsor Essex Community Housing as Director of Asset Management, Hans was corporately responsible for bringing excellence in leadership to Asset Management, Project Management, Engineering Services, and Procurement. In July 2018, Hans was promoted to Chief Regeneration and Development Officer where he is currently responsible for leading a strategic corporate re-engineering of CHC through the regeneration of existing assets, development of new affordable housing assets and regeneration of operational initiatives. Among other initiatives and projects Hans is currently overseeing the largest multi-residential (10 storey – 145 unit) Passive House build in Ontario. Hans is a professional mechanical engineer (P.Eng.), project management professional (PMP®) and chartered member of the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIHCM).
Tania KrysaTania has 10 years of experience specializing in building restoration and retrofits. She joined MTE Consultants in 2014 to start their Building Restoration team and grow the business in southwestern Ontario. Tania’s focus has been in the design and management of deep building retrofits in the mid to high-rise residential sector, including Condominiums, rental apartments, and social housing. She is passionate about sustainability and loves educating her clients on making impactful choices to support the long-term performance and durability of their building assets.
Ivan LeeIvan specializes in the research and evaluation of the thermal and hygrothermal performance of the building envelope and has worked with numerous project teams and manufacturers to better understand and mitigate thermal bridging in their designs. Ivan was a main contributor and modeller for the Building Envelope Thermal Bridging Guide and Guide to Low Thermal Demand Buildings.
Dr. Melissa Lem
Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment
Dr. Melissa LemDr. Melissa Lem is a Vancouver family physician who also works in rural and northern communities within Canada. President-Elect of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment and Founder and Director of PaRx, Canada’s national nature prescription program powered by the BC Parks Foundation, she is an internationally recognized expert on the nature-health connection. She has engaged in advocacy and policy work on a broad range of issues, from climate change and hydraulic fracturing to sustainable health care and nature-based solutions. A senior writer for the CBC, her work has been widely published by media including the Vancouver Sun, Toronto Star, Montreal Gazette, The Narwhal, National Observer, and Alternatives Journal. She was the resident medical expert on CBC TV’s hit show Steven and Chris for four seasons and is a regular contributor to CBC Radio and CTV News. Dr. Lem was the inaugural winner of University College’s Young Alumni of Influence Award at the University of Toronto, a 2020 Joule Innovation grant recipient from the Canadian Medical Association, a 2021 World Parks Week Ambassador, sits on the Advisory Committee of the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas Health and Well-being Specialist Group, and is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia.
Susan LewinSusan Spencer Lewin is a Principal and Director of Sustainable Strategies at CS&P Architects. A Certified Passive House Designer and LEED BD+C Professional, Susan is a leading green design advocate, and has been actively involved in the Toronto Chapter of the Canada Green Building Council, as past Chair. She has many years of experience as a professional architect, with a focus on sustainable and universal design for community projects, including many LEED and Net Zero projects. She has considerable expertise in complex civic, recreational, educational, and public sector projects. Her experience includes planning and feasibility studies; master planning and urban design projects, adaptive reuse, retrofits, and new construction.
Patricia LightburnPatricia is a Senior Consultant at Dunsky, bringing twelve years of experience in leadership roles in clean energy in Canada and abroad, working across several sectors. She has significant expertise in accelerating renewables through policy, research, project development and procurement. Patricia is a strong communicator with a passion for working across silos to deliver a wide range of climate and energy projects. She has contributed to several publications on renewable energy, energy efficiency, electric mobility and district energy, and holds a master’s in International Energy from Sciences Politiques, Paris. Prior to joining Dunsky, Patricia worked for one of Canada’s leading renewable energy companies and at the Ontario Power Authority (now IESO). She also worked at the International Energy Agency and the David Suzuki Foundation.
Haobo LiuHaobo Liu is an award-winning sustainability designer. He is a practitioner who advocates green building design and carries on through the design process by introducing new solutions and collaborating with various stakeholders. Haobo has presented his projects and research at various venues, including the 24th International Passive House Conference with his First-Prize award project from the 2019 High-Performance Buildings Design Competition. Besides his practice, Haobo is an adjunct professor teaching high-performance building courses at the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture in UBC.
Perkins & Will
Manuela LondonoOriginally from Colombia, Manuela developed an appreciation for using local materials and believes that knowing where things come from and the impact they have on the environment is at the core of sustainability. Manuela works with various teams to bring transparency to the material selection process and contributes regularly to the body of research in Perkins&Will’s Material Performance Lab. She is also involved with Perkins&Will’s embodied carbon initiative, helping to establish carbon related reporting and requirements for projects. Manuela’s technical know-how was fostered from her time working on large scale projects with ambitious sustainability goals
Jessica McIlroyJessica McIlroy is passionate about driving change to realize social and climate justice. With over fifteen years of experience in clean energy and climate action, she is continually looking for and creating opportunities to change policy, behaviour and industry practices. Jessica is currently Deputy Executive Director with Climate Caucus and a Councillor with the City of North Vancouver, and sits on the City of North Vancouver Library Board of Trustees, the North Van Arts Council Board of Directors, the Lonsdale Energy Corporation Board of Directors, the Metro Vancouver Climate Action Committee, the BC Municipal Climate Leadership Council, and is Chair of the City’s Climate and Environment Task Force. Ms. McIlroy has held leadership positions with Climate Reality Project Canada, the BC Sustainable Energy Association, Marine Renewables Canada, and the BC Women in Energy Network.
Padraig McMorrowArchitect and Certified Passive House Consultant, Padraig is a sustainability leader at IBI, guiding projects to deliver greenhouse gas emission reductions, through innovative and cost-effective measures. Following completion of 825 Pacific, he is currently consulting on IBI’s portfolio of larger Passive House buildings including 1075 Nelson, Vancouver, the world’s tallest Passive House. In parallel design and detailing the large University of Toronto Passive House Student Residence, he brings a broad knowledge from an architectural perspective. Working in the UK and North America, he aims to share lessons learnt from both continents to broaden IBI’s approach in low carbon building.
Steven Winter Associates, Inc.
Thomas MooreThomas Moore is a Senior Building Systems Consultant at Steven Winter Associates, Inc. specializing in Passive House designs, and advanced energy modeling. Thomas works on integrated teams of architects and engineers to design and construct exceptionally efficient buildings. Thomas brings a deep understanding of building envelope, HVAC, and domestic hot water systems to all projects. Thomas has 7 years of professional experience in the field of building science and energy efficient building design. His direct project experience includes large institutional projects such as the Passive House student dormitories designed for University of Toronto, and University of Southern Maine.
Ehab Naim Ibrahim
Gamma North America
Ehab Naim IbrahimEhab focuses on building envelopes’ improvements, developing innovative solution, and establishing non-traditional façade concepts. He started with Gamma NA 2019 after 25 yrs with WSP and other Canadian and German consulting and architectural firms. Ehab is a Certified Passive House Designer [CPHD], a LEED AP, and a Member of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. Ehab served as the president of the Ontario Building Envelope Council [OBEC] 2019-2021, and is a guest lecturer, design studio workshop assistant, and critic at the University of Toronto school of Architecture 2nd yr master’s program. He’s the registered inventor of the patented first North American Passivhaus Certified Unitized CurtainWall.
Lori O'MalleyLori O’Malley, a P.Eng., M.A.Sc., and LEED Green Associate, has specialized uniquely in building envelope design and construction for over 24 years, serving as PCL’s in-house building envelope engineering specialist for the last 12. Based out of PCL’s Toronto District, Lori provides technical assistance on high-performance building envelope projects across North America. In addition to providing technical assistance throughout the project life to identify improved building envelope performance solutions, she assists in material selection, identifying continuity concerns, and potential constructability and sequencing concerns of building envelope throughout the design, construction and commissioning phases of a project. Before joining PCL, Lori was an associate responsible for the Façade Consulting Services department at a large consulting engineering firm in Toronto. Lori has spoken at several industry events and lectures, including Façade Tectonics, OBEC, Construct Canada and the University of Toronto.
Aylin OzkanAylin Ozkan is an Energy Consultant at RWDI. She is a recognized expert in the field of thermal resilience in building design. Aylin holds a Ph.D. in Building Science, a Master’s in Environmental Building Design and Bachelor of Architecture. She also teaches Simulation, Data Visualization and Resiliency at the University of Toronto. Aylin has contributed to projects such as the development of the MURB Design Guide and Thermal Resilience Design Guide and her research continues to advance thermal resilience design practice. She has provided consulting to notable architecture firms on a variety of projects including Residential Buildings, Affordable Housing, Hotel and Spa, Libraries, Community Centers and several post-secondary buildings. Aylin’s areas of expertise include energy modeling, solar studies, daylight modeling, CFD, sustainable design, building enclosure solutions and performance enhancement for existing buildings.
Peel Passive House
Andrew PeelAndrew’s primary areas of expertise are in low carbon buildings and renewable energy. His professional and academic experience ranges from consultancy, program management, authoring technical and non-technical articles, course and lecture delivery, and technical research. Andrew provides Passive House and sustainability consultancy, certification, and training services to the building sector. He is one of only a handful of Canadian-based Passive House certifiers accredited by the German Passivhaus Institut.
Jeremiah PointJeremiah Point is the owner at Point Engineering, a company based in the Territory of Akwesasne. As a proud Akwesasro:non he is able to incorporate new technology with traditional values. Jeremiah is new to the board this year and is committed to promoting the Passive House Standard to all his clients.
Solveig ReyA member of the Cascadia Windows & Doors technical sales team, Solveig Rey is a certified Passive House Consultant with a background in mechanical engineering and more than a decade of experience in high-performance building products. Ms. Rey routinely works with Cascadia clients to optimize their product configurations and specs to maximize their project's fenestration performance.
RDH Building Science Inc.
Lorne RickettsWorking across a wide spectrum of RDH’s core practice areas in his roles as a consultant, researcher, and educator, Lorne is able to leverage his multifaceted expertise to design optimal solutions to complex building science problems. As a trusted consultant, Lorne regularly works closely with architects and developers to achieve their design and performance goals. Lorne’s typical projects include world-class architecture, industry-leading energy efficiency, and cutting-edge building technologies. In his role as leader of RDH's Building Science Laboratories team in Vancouver, Lorne works with manufacturers, governments, and industry organization to develop and test the next generation of building systems, and to lead change through the production of numerous industry-leading guidance and research documents. Lorne is deeply committed to education and is an accomplished presenter, having spoken at numerous conferences and industry events across North America.
Ruffy RuanRuffy Ruan is a Professional Engineer with expertise in sustainability and high-performance building design. Ruffy recently joined Impact Engineering to lead their growing Passive House sector and have applied lessons learnt from her diverse experience working on similar projects in the UK and Canada. She has delivered numerous presentations during her 14 years career. Her recent experience includes presenting University of Victoria Students and Dining Hall (Passive House) in BuildEx, Passive House Canada Tech Session and ZEBx. Ruffy has a passion for innovation and truly believes a holistic approach to integrate Passive House approach and optimized cooling design solution through IES to achieve optimized energy balance and thermal comfort throughout the year.
Kiersten ShulhanKiersten started in the Building Science group at RJC as a Co-op Student, and recently joined the group in a full-time capacity following the completion of her Bachelors of Applied Science in Environmental Engineering. As a student, she was intrigued and inspired by Passive House design and concepts. This has developed into a passion for analyzing and designing retrofit strategies for existing buildings. As a new graduate, this will be Kiersten’s first corporate speaking experience.
UBC Properties Trust
Craig ShirraCraig is currently the Director of Development at UBC Properties Trust, where he acts as the owner’s project managers for all new capital projects at the University of British Columbia Okanagan campus and Kelowna region. Craig started his construction career as a steel stud and drywall tradesman working on some of Vancouver’s most significant projects pre-Olympics like the Richmond oval, BC place renovation and Queen Elizabeth Theatre renovation. Craig then joined Task Construction Management, a boutique CM firm managing projects such as the Vernon Library and South Surrey Rec Center. In 2012 Craig joined Bird Construction where he was part of the team that delivered the new UBC Student Union Building, Kelowna RCMP and the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre @ UBC Vancouver. Craig holds a degree in Construction Management and Diploma of Technology as a graduate of the Architectural Building Engineering Technologies program, both at BCIT.
Saurabh ShresthaSaurabh Shrestha is a sustainability consultant at DIALOG’s Toronto studio with experience in collaborating with project teams to realize their sustainability goals through an integrated design process. Saurabh has wide-ranging skills in building performance analysis, including early-phase energy and daylight simulations, and has delivered LEED certification for several projects in the mixed-use/residential, commercial, healthcare, sports and education sectors. Before joining DIALOG in Toronto, Saurabh worked as a sustainability consultant in California for five years. Saurabh has a background in Architecture and is a LEED® Accredited Professional with a specialty in Building Design and Construction and a WELL Accredited Professional.
ERA Architects Inc.
Graeme StewartGraeme Stewart is a registered architect and planner, and is a Principal at ERA Architects. Graeme has been involved in numerous urban design, cultural planning, conservation and architecture projects focusing on neighborhood design and regional sustainability. He was a key initiator of the Tower Renewal Partnership, an initiative in low-carbon retrofit and community reinvestment that examines the future of Canada’s remarkable stock of modern tower neighborhoods in collaboration with CMHC, the United Way, City of Toronto, Province of Ontario, University of Toronto, and other partners. Graeme 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. Graeme is a member of the Toronto Community Housing Design Review Panel and a regular lecturer at universities in Ontario and abroad.
The AME Consulting Group Ltd.
Patrick StewartAs a Principal at AME Group, Patrick leads a team of engineers specializing in the design of mechanical systems for educational and residential facilities across Canada. Patrick has a keen focus for sustainable design, as a Passive House Certified Designer; he incorporates simple, sustainable designs into his work. Patrick is currently working on a number of new projects, some of which are seeking the goal of Passive House certification.
Kevan TacqKevan Tacq has over ten years of experience in designing, planning, coordination, and contract administration. Kevan has been involved in projects across Western Canada, including the Lower Mainland, Edmonton, and Calgary, with specialized experience in high-performance, multi-family residential, commercial, and civic projects. He is passionate about sustainable, low-carbon design and is currently working on Edward Byers and Alice Saunder's affordable housing projects for Brightside Community Homes Foundation, which are targeting Passive House Certification to provide affordable high-performance housing for seniors, families, and people with disabilities.
B.Arch., M.Arch., OAQ
Sophie TremblaySophie studied architecture at Université de Montréal, Carleton University, Istanbul Technical University in Turkey and École nationale supérieure d’architecture Paris-Malaquais in France. She is licensed with the OAQ (Ordre des architectes du Québec), having lived and practiced in Montreal for several years. In addition to educational, community and residential architecture, her experience encompasses urban design and transportation-sector projects. After moving to Toronto in 2013, she worked at Weiss Architecture and Urbanism, where she became an Associate in 2016. At that firm she developed a strong interest in community and not-for-profit projects. Sophie joined LGA in 2017, where her projects include a new housing co-op for Innstead and several Toronto Community Housing tower renewal projects. Sophie has served as a guest reviewer at the architecture schools of Carleton University, the University of Toronto, and Waterloo University.
German VaismanGerman Vaisman is the principal of Green Tectonics, a low energy buildings design firm that helps architects optimize their enclosure design with an emphasis on high performance buildings. He was trained as an architect with a master’s in building science from Ryerson University. Specialized in sustainability, building enclosures, and high-performance buildings, his experience ranges from construction detailing to building envelope analysis. He has worked for architecture and engineering firms in the Toronto area where he was involved in multiple Net Zero and Passive House projects.
Joshua VanwyckJoshua has over 15 years of experience working in sustainable building design. Having worked on projects around the world including Canada, Germany, France, Tanzania, China and the Middle East, he brings his background in modeling, systems thinking, building science, and master planning to drive innovative sustainability projects forward. Joshua has worked on a mix of sustainable new and retrofit buildings as well as large master plan projects all with a focus on simple solutions.
Graeme VerhulstGraeme 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 spends his time with his young family and his garden.
Brian WakelinBrian has worked in the Architectural profession since 1989 and is a problem solver and collaborator by nature. In 2008, he co-founded PUBLIC which has developed a reputation for ongoing excellence. Under Brian’s leadership, the office was awarded for merit by the Society of Colleges and University Planning (SCUP), Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA) and Society for Experiential Graphic Design (SEGD). PUBLIC was selected as the AIBC’s Emerging Firm of the Year in 2012; in 2015 won the Canada Council for the Arts’ Prix de Rome; in 2017 earned an award of Excellence and the Robert Ledingham Award from the Interior Designers Institute of British Columbia; and four AIBC Lieutenant Governor Awards. Prior to co-founding PUBLIC, Brian was an Associate Principal at Busby Perkins+Will for ten years, where he led higher learning projects and played a significant role on many award winning public buildings. His work in higher education is widely recognized and has received three awards from SCUP/AIA.
University of Victoria
Mike WilsonMike 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 climate and sustainability action in campus operations. In this role, Mike has recently worked to develop a new Climate and Sustainability Action Plan 2030 which provides an integrated response to the challenges and opportunities afforded by climate change, and guides the university’s contribution to sustainability and planetary health. 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.
Stanton WongStanton is the President of RESET, a set of standards and assessment tools & services to develop actionable, long term strategies towards health and sustainability for the built environment. Stanton has a background in software development and product management and is passionate about the future, education, technology, crypto, the environment, and health. He is also fascinated by the optimization of processes and design choices using nudge theory.
Mike WoolseyMike is a Certified Passive House Designer. -ASHRAE. Member since 1985. Voting member and Administration \ Compliance lead for ASHRAE 227p Passive Buildings. Previous voting member of ASHRAE 170 Healthcare Ventilation. -Passive House Institute (PHI). Certified Passive House Designer (CPHD) and member of International Passive House Association (iPHA). -International WELL Building Institute (IWBI). WELL AP and IWBI Thermal Comfort Advisor.