Chief Executive Officer
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 Member of the Treasury Board. 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.
Advisor, Projects and Policy
Rob BernhardtRob 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.
Education Team Lead
Luiz BezerraLuiz is a Certified Passive House Designer and Civil Engineer with over 9 years of experience. He was the Project Manager for the first Certified Passive House in Latin America, located in his hometown of Natal in Brazil. In addition to his technical credentials, Luiz also has an MBA in Buildings Management and Construction Technology
Senior Manager, National Events
Gabriela DominguezAs 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.
Senior Manager, People & Operations
Deborah KnoppDeborah is a Human Resources professional and Certified Executive Coach with extensive experience in the not for profit sector. Her expertise includes Organizational Development, Training and all HR initiatives that foster a positive workplace culture. She is thrilled to be supporting a team so passionate about their work.
Manager, Government & Stakeholder Relations
Anna MilnerAnna works with all levels of government and with stakeholders across the country to advance Passive House Canada’s mission and accelerate the adoption of the International Passive House standard of building. Having previously worked for an Ontario cabinet minister and the Deputy Mayor of Toronto, Anna brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience working with government. An environmental advocate, she has worked in different capacities to support environmental initiatives. She has a BA in Political Science and a post-graduate certificate in Government Relations.
Stephanie PhillipsAs Manager of Communications, Stephanie is passionate about marketing communications and loves strategy. She makes sure that no matter who the audience is, the Passive House mission is always accurately and compellingly portrayed.
Project Manager, Education
Caroline ThibaultCaroline is a bilingual professional who comes to Passive House Canada with over 12 years experience in employment services and education. Caroline has worked in non-profit, private and public sectors. She holds a Bachelor of Education and is passionate about sustainability and green initiatives. Caroline is eager to participate in Passive House Canada's mission to contribute to a sustainable future.
Administrative & Communications Coordinator
Paula VelezPaula is a recent Bachelor of Commerce graduate from the University of Victoria, specializing in Service Management and International Business. She brings excellent skills in all administration applications including writing and communication. Paula’s passionate about art, design, sustainability and organization. She has completed two long term co-op projects, implementing and maintaining new systems, including websites, social media content and marketing strategies.
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.
Mark AshbyMark 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 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.
Graham FinchGraham 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 MacDougallSusan 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 LaiAngela 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 MayCurrently 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 NemethMichael’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 RohlerA registered Architect in Canada and Germany, Sandra has been working on Passive House projects since 2001. She immigrated to Vancouver in 2005 and founded Rohler Passive House Design dedicated to ‘use less’ in 2010. She became a CPHD in 2010 and a CPHT in 2012.
One of the early pioneers in the Passive House movement in Canada, Sandra is a co-founding director 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.
Balancing practical with theory, Sandra is currently working on Passive House projects at Cornerstone Architecture in Vancouver while through Rohler Passive House Design she continues her passion to educate and train professionals and trades in the Passive House Standard.
Brett SichelloBrett 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-JeanPhilippe 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 StuderMarcel 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 VaismanGermán 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.
Marine SanchezMarine recently joined the specialist Passive House team at RDH Building Science, focusing on large-scale mixed-use projects. Before joining RDH’s Toronto office, Marine was a Principal and Building Science Engineer in one of the English pioneering Passive House consulting companies. Her goal is to deliver high performance buildings at scale more easily and more efficiently, across different sectors. She has a particular focus on the site delivery of high performance buildings (new-build and retrofit), which she demonstrated by leading several site teams unfamiliar with the standard towards Passive House certification throughout her career. Key projects include the delivery of the largest multi-residential certified project in the UK, as well as London’s first EnerPHit residential building. Marine has been an instructor in the Passive House community since 2013, in both the UK and Canada. She is now also supporting the City of Toronto to implement their Zero Emissions Buildings Framework and deliver better performing buildings.
Kelly FisherKelly Fisher is a Certified Passive House Consultant, and a Certified PHPP Expert with PHI, and currently the Director of BIM and Building Performance for Toronto based Kearns Mancini Architects. With experience in high performance building design and construction, her Passive House project experience is primarily focused on large scale residential projects. Having worked in the Construction Industry for more than 14 years her experience is varied from furniture making and cabinetry to technology implementation with BIM. In December 2019 Kelly was the recipient of the Emerging Leader Award for Technology Advancement, from Construction Canada, for her work with PHPP-BIM Integration.
Steffen BertelsenSteffen Bertelsen is trained as an engineer and has been practicing mechanical engineering in the building industry focussing on high performance structures. His experience includes designing HVAC systems for commercial and residential buildings, commissioning and envelope consulting. Steffen has been working with Bright Buildings based in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan specializing in designing mechanical systems for high performance buildings along with Passive House consulting, certification, and education. Steffen has translated this experience to some projects on his farm where he has incorporated Passive House principles into greenhouse design and construction.
Chair: Cillian Collins
Senior Architect & Certified Passive House Designer at Perkins+Will Vancouver, founding member of PHC-MPC Education Program.
Certified Passive House Consultant as well as instructor and curriculum designer at Douglas College in New Westminster, BC.
Architect and Certified Passive House Designer at Ryder Architecture Vancouver, founding member of PHC-MPC Education Program.
Mechanical Engineer and Principal of Bright Buildings Consulting, Passive House Canada course instructor based in Saskatoon.