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.
Gabriela Dominguez

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.
Monique Keiran

Manager, Communications and Member Services

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Monique Keiran
With a journalism degree from Carlton University and years of experience in communications, Monique ensures Passive House Canada’s communications are timely and respect brand guidelines. Her recent work experience in the Communications and Member Services department of one of BC’s largest professional association has prepared her well to manage the association’s growing membership and communication needs. In her spare time, Monique writes a weekly column for a major daily newspaper.
Sandra Smith

Bookkeeper and Office Administrator

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Sandra Smith
Sandra brings over 25 years of full-cycle accounting and bookkeeping 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.



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 Hayes

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

Angela has over 16 years' experience in the construction and development industry spanning South Africa, the UK and Canada. She is a Fellow with the RICS and a professional member of the CIQS and sits on the BC Chapter Boards of both (current President of CIQS-BC). Angela's experience is diverse having worked as both as a cost manager, a management consultant and a loan monitor. In addition to working for a Global Cost Consultancy, Angela also teaches part-time at BCIT and for Passive House Canada. Angela is also a qualified and active RICS Assessor, and acts as a supervisor/counsellor to RICS candidates.
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.



Education Committee


Steven Bishop

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

Cillian Collins

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

Phil Fung

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

Adam James

Architect AIBC and Certified Passive House Designer at Ryder Architecture in Vancouver, BC.

Michael Nemeth

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

Patricia Thompson

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