Board of Directors
Deborah ByrneDeborah Byrne, is a founding director of Passive House Canada and current board chair. Deborah was also a founding member of Passive House Association, Ireland. She is a thought leader and peer in all things related to passive house, high performance building, resiliency and adaptability. She has been part of the market transformation of the design and construction industry towards Passive House and higher quality buildings and components.
Deborah has worked on some of the most notable Passive House projects in Canada. She is currently working with manufacturers, not for profit groups, developers, REITS, housing authorities and energy companies on developing new ways to design and construct with PH science at its core.
Deborah continues to support the evolution of projects, products, and processes to successfully achieve high-performance buildings across North America. She has been part of the strategic development of Passive House Canada, since its inception, having worked closely with the Board and the CEO in her governance role.
Sarah BordeSarah is currently Manager of Capital Project at the YWCA Hamilton and is involved on a research project in partnership with TAF, CMHC and UofT on the new Putman Family YWCA. The most fascinating aspect within the PH community is the desire to share knowledge and more specifically the lessons learned. The general contractors, architects, project managers, and other professionals in non-for-profit organizations are all willing to get together to make it work. Sarah is keen to increase her knowledge in the energy efficiency field and is always on the lookout for prospective opportunities, like PV solar panels or PH retrofit.
Christopher WalkerChristopher currently works with the finance team for the Vancouver-Calgary studio of Perkins & Will. The studio of around 150 employs those in the fields of Architecture, Interior Design, and Urban Planning, all strong advocates for sustainable design. Chris has been a part of this studio for 13 years, and a member of the Leadership Group as an Associate and then Senior Associate for the last 5 years.
His educational background includes a bachelor’s degree from SFU, with a major in philosophy and minors in criminology and business. Chris went through the Chartered Professional Accountants program to attain professional designation as a CPA, choosing Finance and Strategy & Governance as his concentration areas.
Chris is deeply passionate about striving for a more sustainable future and have more than a passing knowledge of sustainable design and the core concepts around passive house design.
Andrea Crum-EwingAndrea is a partner of Crum-Ewing, Poliacik, a Toronto based law firm that practices in real estate and provides advice to builders and architects, among other clients. Andrea is committed to raising awareness in the legal community and among her clients as to the healthy, sustainable living environment promoted by Passive House Canada. Andrea will lend her legal training and background to assist the board in navigating not-for-profit compliance issues.
Jeremy BryantJeremy is an Atlantic Canadian Architect who graduated from Dalhousie University in 2004 with a Master of Architecture. He is currently serving a sixth term as the President of the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Architects. He has worked in Victoria, BC for John A Neilson Architects (Now HDR Architecture) and in New Hampshire, USA for Christopher P. Williams Architects. Finding his way back to St. Johns in 2006, he began working with LAT49 Architecture Inc., becoming a managing partner of the 15-person ﬁrm in 2015.
He has been the project architect on a number of major institutional projects such as the Emera Innovation Exchange (Memorial University), the Ches Penney Centre of Hope (Salvation Army) as well as the New Marine Base Facility for the Marine Institute in Holyrood, NL. Currently, Jeremy is leading the new National Cold Climate Research Facility project for Agriculture Agri-Foods Canada
Jeremy recently received an award of Merit from the 2020 Newfoundland and Labrador Lieutenant Governor Architectural Design Excellence awards as well as an Award of Excellence from the Atlantic Design Awards 2022, both for the Emera Innovation Exchange.
Lisa KingLisa King has been a senior policy leader in the City of Toronto’s Planning Division for over 17 years. Her tenure has been marked by significant contributions, particularly in leading the establishment of Toronto's Zero Emissions Buildings Framework and the Toronto Green Standard. These initiatives, focusing on new construction, aim to reduce energy use and emissions in the building sector.
Ruth DollingerRuth is passionate about sustainable communities and built environments. She is a planning consultant who has twenty years of experience in the architecture and planning fields with a specialization in pre-design planning and policy. Having earned masters degrees in both architecture and urban planning, Ruth is enthusiastic about applying her knowledge, research and training in social sustainability and Gender Based Analysis Plus (GBA+) to promote social equity in project work. Ruth’s work in the architecture field spans from Western Canada, to Gothenburg, Sweden and Tokyo, Japan. She has worked for a large multinational corporation to more recently having a leadership role in a small boutique planning firm. In the public sector, Ruth has experience in policy and space planning for provincial government (British Columbia), which has given her a deep understanding of planning and funding processes for capital infrastructure projects. In the private sector, Ruth’s expertise relates to planning for civic facilities such as community centres, and health facilities; one of her strengths is comprehensive stakeholder engagement. Ruth has recently acted as a panel member on the Advisory Design Panel for the City of Victoria.
On her spare time, Ruth can be found jogging around her home in Victoria, going for day hikes in the capital regional district with her family, or running after her kids at one of the local Pacific Northwest beaches.
Susan MacDougallSusan’s passion for energy efficiency and renewable energy was sparked in the late ‘90s when she joined her university’s solar car team. In the intervening 20+ years Susan has been privileged to have a career that has centered around promoting energy efficiency for buildings and diversity in engineering. She has been fortunate to “walk the talk” at work, by founding and running Focal Engineering with carbon neutral operations.
Outside of work, Susan has volunteered with committees for energy codes and standards, Engineering & Geoscientists BC, Light House Sustainable Building Centre, and with other groups such as UVic Civil Engineering board.
Susan has been PH certified since 2014 and teaching since 2017. Through volunteering, PH project work, and teaching, she has observed many of PHC’s successes and some of the challenges that remain.
Jeremiah PointJeremiah Point is the owner at Point Engineering, a company based in the Territory of Akwesasne. As a proud Akwesasro:non he is able to incorporate new technology with traditional values. Jeremiah is new to the board this year and is committed to promoting the Passive House Standard to all his clients.
Marine SanchezBeing part of Canada’s highly experienced Passive House professionals circle, Marine leads RDH’s Passive House consulting services. She focuses on the design of large-scale institutional and mixed-use projects, channeling her passion and expertise to drive meaningful change in the industry to address the climate emergency. Her role includes developing Passive House designs on leading-edge projects (such as the University of Toronto Scarborough Student Residence), while also guiding site teams new to Passive House towards successful delivery.
Marine cut her teeth on deep retrofits during her early career, leading several UK pilot residential Passive House retrofits, making her familiar with the additional constraints when applying the Passive House standard to the existing stock. In addition to her consulting work, Marine also trains in the Passive House community since 2013 and supports various levels of government in implementing policies, including the City of Toronto and their 2040 Net Zero Strategy, acting as advisor on the City’s Climate Advisory Group.
Rebecca SorbaraRebecca is the founder of Montsera Project Solutions, a mutli-faceted project management consulting company specializing in guiding high performance projects for both new and existing buildings. Rebecca is a Certified Passive House Consultant and a certified Project Management Professional. She lives in the Metro Vancouver area and spends her spare time exploring the area with her husband and two daughters.
Maya EzzeddineMaya Ezzeddine has been an integral part of the Passive House community since assuming the role of Manager of New York Passive House in 2014. Her efforts were pivotal in expanding the Passive House movement in New York and New Jersey, leading to her recruitment by Passive House California in 2016 to replicate this success on the West Coast. In 2018, Ezzeddine returned to her hometown, Montreal, and joined Batiment Passif Quebec (BPQ; formerly Maison Passive Quebec) as an elected board member, a position she continues to hold.
Beyond her role at BPQ, Ezzeddine is an accomplished environmental scientist with over 15 years of experience in the field. She currently serves as the Sustainability Leader at Schneider Electric, Digital Buildings, where she represents the Chief Technology Officer. In this role at Digital Buildings, Ezzeddine is dedicated to reducing both embodied and operational carbon in new and existing buildings globally.