Our Team


Rob Bernhardt

CEO

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Rob Bernhardt
As CEO of Passive House Canada Rob works to advance building energy efficiency. A certified Passive House consultant and the developer of several certified Passive House projects, Rob is familiar with the economic and social advantages of high performance buildings. As a participant in numerous policy development initiatives he is familiar with the challenges facing regulators as they seek to meet climate change objectives. Rob works with Passive House Canada’s members, governments and industry organizations to make high performance buildings the norm.
Marc Tremblay

Operations Manager

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Marc Tremblay
Marc brings over 20 years of not-for-profit management, business development and research experience to Passive House Canada. In his role as Operations Manager, Marc oversees all facets of the association’s administration and growth, including accounting, financing, human resources and partnership development. He’s a trained governance facilitator and as such, he also supports the CEO and the Board of Directors. Marc is fully bilingual and will contribute to the development of programs and activities in French.
Gargi Bougie

Education Program Manager

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Gargi Bougie
Gargi is responsible for developing and executing our Education Program, in collaboration with the Passive House Canada Education Committee. Gargi manages our diverse team of highly skilled course instructors and works to develop training partnerships within both industry and academia. She has had a keen interest in green building for many years, previously working with the BC Green Building Council.
Katie Shellard

Member Services

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Katie Shellard
Katie is point of contact for our members and inquiries relating to Passive House Canada membership. Katie provides support for individual and corporate members to increase industry capacity for high performance building at a local level. Katie comes from a background of developing non-profit organizations in the UK, with a long-standing interest in urban sustainability. You can reach her at katie@passivehousecanada.com
Linda Mueller

Communications

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Linda Mueller
Linda manages our communications and media relations. She has a Master of Advanced Studies in Architecture and was a senior communications professional with Alberta Mortgage and Housing Corporation and the B.C. Ministry of Attorney General. For news releases and project images approved for publication, go to Media Packages under Resources. Media enquiries can be directed to: linda@passivehousecanada.com.
Anne

Administration

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Anne
Anne ensures our Head Office in beautiful Victoria, BC runs smoothly, is point of contact for inquiries relating to accounts payable and receivable, and assists the team with courses and events.



Course Conductors


Mark Ashby

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Mark Ashby
Mark is principal and founder of Mark Ashby Architecture and a Certified Passive House Designer. Mark's interest in building energy efficiency originates with the emergence of the contemporary "Green" building movement in the 1990's. Passive House stands out as the most rigorous, scientifically defensible and practical approach to achieve this objective. Mark's practice includes both design and expert consulting for projects designed to the Passive House standard.
Graham Finch, MASc, P.Eng

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Graham Finch, MASc, P.Eng
Graham is a Principal and Building Science Research Specialist with RDH Building Science Inc. He has a passion for technology and for dedication to making better and more energy efficient buildings. He leads RDH’s building science research group and is actively involved in a wide range of projects from building research studies to forensic investigations, building monitoring, hygrothermal modeling, and new construction design across North America and overseas. Graham has been involved with the design and construction of several passive house projects including houses and larger mixed-use buildings and has lead a number of research and policy studies on the topic.
Marcel Studer

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Marcel Studer
Marcel is a Principal of Econ Group Ltd, a Vancouver based construction firm with a strong focus on modern, high quality architecture designed to the International Passive House Standard. Holding 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 15 years. Marcel completed the Passive House Design course in 2011 and has been involved in multiple Passive House projects in and around Vancouver as a project manager, consultant or designer.
Sandra Rohler

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Sandra Rohler
Sandra is a PHI certified Passive House Designer and PHI Passive House Tradesperson. Holding an architectural degree from Peter Behrens School of Architecture, Germany and a degree in carpentry/furniture making and window manufacturing, Sandra worked on the design and construction of numerous low-energy and passive house certified buildings in Germany before relocating to Vancouver, BC in 2005. Her current practice includes institutional + multi-residential PH projects, a multi-residential PH prototype for Metro Vancouver, a 6-storey vertical urban farm, educating and promoting the Passive House standard as guest lecturer at University of British Columbia (UBC), British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) and Canadian Green Building Council (CaGBC) administered courses.
Philippe St-Jean

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Philippe St-Jean
Philippe is a certified Passivhaus designer and instructor, and a LEED BD+C Accredited Professional. He owns a commercial construction company based in Montreal and has worked in the construction industry for over 10 years. Philippe has experience both onsite, as a foreman, and offsite, as a project manager, estimator and construction director. He has recently completed the design and construction of a multi-family Passivhaus project in the densely populated Plateau district of Montreal. Philippe also acts as a sustainable development consultant specializing in the operationalization of sustainable construction practices at the institutional level. His current mandate involves the revision of McGill University’s design standards and construction processes to institutionalize sustainability through measurable results and a self-reinforcing cultural shift.
Michael Nemeth

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Michael Nemeth
Michael’s background as a mechanical consulting engineer and green building designer brought him to the realization that, in terms of affordability and sustainability, we need to do a lot better with our buildings. Since that moment of clarity, Michael has been studying the Passive House standard and learning how to best apply its principles, working from a Passive House consultancy in Saskatoon. In April 2015 was named by Corporate Knights magazine as one of Canada’s top sustainability leaders under 30.
Andrew Peel

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Andrew Peel
Andrew is a seasoned Passive House trainer and consultant, and a Canadian building certifier accredited by the international Passive House Institute. His professional and academic experience ranges from consultancy, programme management, authoring technical and non-technical articles, course and lecture delivery, and technical research. He has been delivering high quality educational courses for over 17 years, including 7 years of Passive House training.
Brett Sichello

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Brett Sichello
Brett Sichello is a Certified Passive House Designer based out of Kelowna, BC. With expertise in high performance building design and construction, his latest work includes two completed Passive House projects in Rossland and Bowen Island as well as upcoming projects in Penticton, Kelowna and Kamloops. Informed by over 16 years of experience and education, Brett is particularly focused on high quality architectural design, building envelope science, energy model optimization and advanced construction methods including prefabrication and modular construction.