Board of Directors


Scott Kennedy

Chair

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Scott Kennedy
Scott 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.

Scott has been the Board Chair of Passive House Canada since October of 2014.

“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.”
Marcel Studer

Treasurer

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Marcel Studer
Marcel is a principal of Econ Group Ltd, a Vancouver based design-built construction company, he holds a Masters Degree in Architecture from the Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich (Switzerland). Marcel has lived and worked in Canada for the last 16 years in his capacity as a designer, builder and most recently as a teacher of Passive House Canada’s Trades Person Course.

Since 2006 Marcel has been involved in various local Passive House projects covering design and construction while increasing his skills and knowledge in the fields of energy efficiency, building science and construction technology. He has been a board member of Passive House Canada since October 2014 holding the treasurer position.
Deborah Byrne


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

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


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Morgan Carter
Morgan is an architect and educator engaged in urbanism, sustainability, and the integration of social and technological innovation in the design disciplines. He earned his professional M.Arch from Dalhousie University, where he received the Ghost scholarship, RAIC Honor Roll, and Henry Adams Certificate from the American Institute of Architects. He went on to earn a post-professional M.Arch from Harvard University, where he received a GSD Green Design scholarship and co-taught studios and seminars in Architecture and Urban Design.

As a professional, Morgan has worked on award-winning public and residential projects at Mackay-Lyons/Sweetapple Architects, Atelier T.A.G., and L’OEUF – where he was design lead on one of the first Passive House projects in Canada. Since October 2015, Morgan has been a design architect at Sid Lee Architecture, where he has led projects emphasizing urbanism, sustainability, and innovation. He has also taught studios, seminars, and research labs at Dalhousie, Harvard, McGill, and Carleton, and joined the faculty of the Université de Montréal in 2013 where he currently teaches studios, material assemblies, sustainability, and the M.Arch Projet Final.
Chris Higgins

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Chris Higgins
Chris is an accomplished project manager who has developed a number of successful programs that overcome market barriers and result in lower energy buildings. He possesses a well developed knowledge of energy use in residential buildings and has the experience to know the policy triggers to encourage action. He understands how to grow interest in Passive House from the municipal perspective.

As a Green Building Planner at the City of Vancouver, Chris develops and implements policy and programs to achieve carbon neutral new construction by 2020 while at the same time helping to reduce greenhouses gases from existing buildings. He Works to remove barriers in policy for Passive House projects, and possesses an understanding of regulatory and incentive options a city has at its disposal. Chris is a spokesperson at national conferences and to various media outlets.

Chris worked for the Canada Green Building Council from 2008 – April 2014, and created and developed the LEED Canada for Homes program for single and multi family homes.
Karel Jonker

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Karel Jonker
Karel has worked in executive positions for General Motors of Canada since 1973 and became owner operator of Langley Nissan in 1990, and Langley Honda in 1996, renamed Jonker Nissan/Honda 1998.

Karel helped design and build Jonker Nissan in 1999 and Jonker Honda in 2006. Both buildings feature many energy saving features. He became more interested in high performance buildings in 2009 and after touring the Austria Passive House in Whistler, he was inspired to build a Passive House building of his own. Karel took the Passive House Design and Construction course in January 2012 and his Alta Lake Passive House was completed in 2015. The house won 2016 Wood Design Awards for Environmental Performance.
Alan Murphy

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Alan Murphy
As a founding partner of Green Reason, Alan brings almost 20 years of architecture, interiors, project and construction management experience in the building industry. His experience ranges from managing commercial redevelopment and national construction programs to providing sustainable consulting services on projects ranging in size from small cafes to airport terminals.

His comprehensive understanding of building design, construction and operations allows him to develop integrated solutions to sustainable building that balance cost and schedule with a client’s environmental goals. If you can design and build it better why wouldn’t you?

Believing that change in the industry required education from within, Alan founded Green Reason to offer clients smarter, more sustainable building solutions. In addition to his role as principal at Green Reason, Alan is also a member of the Canada Green Building Council’s Materials and Resources Technical Advisory Group.
Sean Norton

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Sean Norton
As a professional and capable Research Scientist, Sean has designed, implemented and analyzed numerous qualitative and quantitative studies on behalf of Defence Research Development Canada (DRDC) and more recently, the Centre for Security Science (CSS).

Sean has conducted in-depth interviews at the highest levels of government, and led new projects on topics as varied as strategic human resource planning, community resilience, and multi-organizational collaboration and innovation networks. He is a highly adaptable and proficient generalist who thoroughly engages with new issues. He is a champion of evidence-based policy, and has delivered over 75 presentations to domestic and international audiences to support the government’s ability to undertake policy development.

Sean is a passionate advocate of the Passive House building standard.
Andrew Peel

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Andrew Peel
Andrew is Founding Principal of Peel Passive House Consulting (PHC). His professional and academic experience ranges from consultancy, programme management, business development, technical and non-technical articles and publications, lecture and workshop delivery, and technical research.
PHC works with developers, architects, builders, and consultants to support the design, construction, and certification of Passive House and low energy buildings, both residential and non-residential.

Andrew has worked in a variety of capacities in Europe, including managing the UK Government’s innovative carbon saving technologies scheme and the Energy Saving Trust’s Best Practice Helpline. He also managed and delivered Passive House, Code for Sustainable Homes, wind turbine development, and thermal modelling projects as well as organizing Passive House study tours. Further activities included contributing to the development of the UK Government’s housing energy calculation methodology (SAP) and writing both technical and non-technical publications on various sustainability topics.

Andrew is currently the only Canadian-based Passive House certifier accredited by the German Passive House Institut.



Education Committee


Steven Bishop

Certified Passive House Consultant and Professor at Douglas College in New Westminster, BC.

Cillian Collins

Architect and Certified Passive House Designer Perkins + Will in Vancouver, BC.

Phil Fung

Professor of Sustainable Building Design & Energy Modelling, Humber College in Toronto, ON.

Adam James

Architect and Certified Passive House Designer at Acton Ostry in Vancouver, BC.

Michael Nemeth

Mechanical Engineer and Passive House course conductor based in Saskatoon, SK.

Patricia Thompson

Has Doctorate in Education from Pennsylvania State University and extensive experience in organizational development.