Our Team


Rob Bernhardt

Chief Executive Officer

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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 S. Tremblay

Director of Operations

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Marc S. 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.
Sandra Smith

Accounting Manager

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Sandra Smith
Sandra brings over 25 years of full-cycle accounting experience to Passive House Canada. In addition to her abilities at balancing the books, she also brings over 18 years of experience as a small business owner, which is a testament to her entrepreneurial spirit, superior organizational skills and ability to multitask.
Gabriela Dominguez

National Events Manager

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Gabriela Dominguez
As Events Manager at Passive House Canada, Gabriela organizes and plans multiple sector events across Canada to bring the Passive House Standard to the forefront shows, exhibitions and conferences. She has a Bachelor of Arts and an Event Management Diploma from Ryerson University, plus over 13 years of experience in conference and event management in the private and public sectors. She will be working with the Passive House Canada team to continue to bring high performance building into mainstream.
Sacha Sauvé

Manager of Communications and Member Services

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Sacha Sauvé
Sacha comes to Passive House Canada with over 10 years experience in the non-profit sector, including communications and development work in social housing. Sacha is passionate about affordable housing and is excited for a future when all housing and institutional infrastructure is built to standards that support and work with the natural environment.
Sacha oversees the communications and member services for Passive House and is eager to share the excellent building technologies that Passive House embodies to communities in Canada and abroad.
Marc Ouimet

National Education Program Manager

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Marc Ouimet
Marc is a fully bilingual (English/French) learning professional with a formal background in Education and over twenty years of experience in Adult Learning. During his career, he has designed, developed, delivered and managed learning programs for a variety of organizations in the Public and Private sectors. Originally from Northern Ontario, Marc has lived and worked in many of Canada’s major cities and in numerous international locations. He brings his global perspective and focus on Learning to his role as National Education Program Manager and he is thrilled to be part of the team at Passive House Canada.
Rosie O'Connor

Education Program Coordinator

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Rosie O'Connor
Rosie joins Passive House Canada after moving from London, England. She brings with her 7 years of experience working as a Personal Assistant and Office Manager within advertising and design, hospitality and most recently, the non-profit sector. A big part of these roles was coordinating corporate events and company travel, so she has a thorough understanding of logistics across the board. Rosie is responsible for booking venues and all related details for Passive House Canada’s national education program.
Sarah Brewer

Education Support

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Sarah Brewer
Sarah believes art and science are two sides of the same coin, as is strongly evident in architecture. As Education Program Coordinator, she assists in education and communication projects. Holding a B.Sc. from the University of Alberta, Sarah has previously worked as a professional biologist with the Alberta government and in educational programming at museums and science centres. She is currently studying visual arts at the University of Victoria.
Ayla Collins

Vancouver Program Manager

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Ayla Collins
Ayla has worked in events and project management for over 10 years, and is excited to bring her passion and experience to Passive House Canada. As Vancouver Program Manager, she works in collaboration the Zero Emissions Building Centre of Excellence (ZEBCoE) team, as well as our Events and Education Managers to provide support for the ever-increasing number of courses and events held in the Metro Vancouver region. She is focused on strengthening local partnerships and accelerating the capacity and enthusiasm of the construction industry to deliver cost-effective, attractive, near-zero or zero emissions residential and commercial buildings.
Janet Davies

Program Support Coordinator

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Janet Davies
Janet brings years of experience to enhance Passive House Canada’s operations. Her background as an entrepreneur in the hospitality and retail sectors, combined with her more recent experience as an Administrator and Executive Director in the not-for-profit sector, allow her to contribute positively to the association. As a bilingual generalist with a keen attention to detail, she supports a number of initiatives with our education program, events and in communications and marketing.
Rukus

Chief Happiness Officer

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Rukus
Rukus takes his job very seriously, providing love and happiness to all PHC team members. Not long ago he was on the streets of La Paz, Mexico, so he loves the opportunity to come to "work" and contribute to our mission, but he's a bit protective of his Pack.



Course Instructors


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.
Evelyne Bouchard

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Evelyne Bouchard
Evelyne is a registered architect and Certified Passive House Designer. She is passionate about the junction between thoughtful design and technical rigour. As a practicing architect, she strives to embed Passive House design principles and measurable performance into the flow of the iterative creative process. Most recently, she was the in-house Passive House advisor for Local Practice Architecture + Design working on "Pursuing Passivhaus @ SFU", a 90-unit affordable student rental housing project at Simon Fraser University. After six years in Western Canada, Evelyne recently moved back to her native Quebec where she looks forward to collaborating with other professionals and enthusiasts to spread the word about Passive House in English and en français.
Graham Finch

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Graham Finch
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.
Susan MacDougall

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Susan MacDougall
Susan is the founder and owner of Focal Engineering. She has worked in the Vancouver building industry for twelve years at a variety of mechanical engineering, integrated design and building envelope firms. She is an experienced designer and project manager with a passion for sustainability, which has been her career focus.

Her certifications include:
Professional Engineer (APEGBC),
PowerSmart Modeller (BC Hydro),
LEED ® Accredited Professional BD+C (Green Building Certification Institute)
Certified Passive House Consultant

Over the course of her career, Susan has been involved in a variety of design projects including residential, civic, institutional, office, retail, and industrial, which were located across Canada and in the United States. Her work has included mechanical design for new construction and existing buildings, energy modelling, research, and other energy and water analysis projects.
Angela Lai

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Angela Lai
Angela is a Partner with Core Two, a construction and property cost consultancy based in Vancouver, BC.

She has over 16 years' experience as a quantity surveyor in the construction and development industry spans South Africa, the UK and Canada. She is a Fellow with the RICS, a professional member of the CIQS, and a past Director of the CIQS National Board.

In addition to her diverse experience in quantity surveying, Angela teaches part-time at BCIT, is a qualified RICS Assessor, and acts as a supervisor/counsellor to RICS candidates.

She holds a Bachelor of Science in Quantity Surveying and a Master of Science degree in Building specializing in Property Development and Management, and is also a LEED qualified professional in the Operations and Maintenance specialty (LEED AP O+M).

Angela’s focus in Passive House design is on the economics and supporting clients in making the link between environmental choices and the financial impact of those choices.
Ed May

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Ed May
Currently a partner Building-Type, LLC,
Ed is a licensed Architect and a LEED Green Associate. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 2001 and a Masters of Architecture from Parsons the Newschool in NYC in 2009. Ed has been an Adjunct Professor at Parsons the NewSchool University as well an Industry Professor at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ where he directed the 2015 ‘Solar Decathlon’ program. In addition, Ed teaches with the Passive House Academy, the North American Passive House Network, and Passive House Canada and is certified by the Passive House Institute (PHI) in Germany and the Passive House Institute of the US (PHIUS) as a Certified Passive House Consultant.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Germán Vaisman

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Germán Vaisman
Germán has a Master's in Building Science from Ryerson University, specializing in energy, resources and building performance efficiency and a Bachelor's of Architecture from the University of Buenos Aires. He has been active in the Passive House community since 2011 and currently facilitates the PHPP users group in Toronto. Germán works as a Sustainability Advisor and Building Science Specialist at Coolearth Architecture, a Toronto based firm that specializes in low carbon buildings. He is part of the integrated design team for the first net zero daycare for the City of Toronto scheduled to open in 2019. Germán believes in a low carbon economy and uses Passive House principles as an integral path to achieving that goal.



Education Committee


Chair: Cillian Collins

Senior Architect & Certified Passive House Designer at Perkins+Will Vancouver, founding member of PHC-MPC Education Program.

Steven Bishop

Certified Passive House Consultant as well as instructor and curriculum designer at Douglas College in New Westminster, BC.

Phil Fung

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

Adam James

Architect and Certified Passive House Designer at Ryder Architecture Vancouver, founding member of PHC-MPC Education Program.

Michael Nemeth

Mechanical Engineer and Principal of Bright Buildings Consulting, Passive House Canada course instructor based in Saskatoon.

Patricia Thompson

Doctor of Education at Pennsylvania State University with extensive experience in organizational development.