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Passive House Canada/Maison Passive Canada, Announces the Appointment of Chris Ballard as the new CEO



For Immediate Release: November 26, 2019

Passive House Canada/Maison Passive Canada, Announces the Appointment of Chris Ballard as the new CEO.

Victoria, BC – November 26, 2019, Passive House Canada/Maison Passive Canada (PHC) announced today that Chris Ballard has been appointed as CEO, replacing Rob Bernhardt who announced in early 2019 his intention to step down.

“After an extensive Executive search for a new CEO, Chris’s commitment and experience working with industry, consumers, government and not for profit organizations made him an excellent choice for the CEO position” said Board Chair Deborah Byrne, who was also a member of the CEO Recruitment Committee “We count ourselves lucky to have him joining the organization.”

Chris 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.

“The opportunities Passive House Canada offers to make a difference at this pivotal time are tremendous – and create a responsibility to get it right. I am excited by the prospect of working with such an amazing team in collaboration with industry, government and consumers.” said Chris.

“I also want to acknowledge Rob and his extraordinary tenure with PHC. He has made an immense contribution during the past four years and has been central to the organization’s success. I am delighted that Rob will continue to advise and support PHC on key projects.”

In 2016, founding CEO Rob Bernhardt was given the mandate to create a professional, national association, and is credited with growing the organization’s presence across Canada, advocating at all levels of government, building membership and delivery programs. Rob will continue as an advisor to the organization during the transition and assist with special projects.

“I am grateful to have had the opportunity to serve as CEO of Passive House Canada and am pleased with the progress made during our initial years. I am truly excited by the prospect of having Chris, with his knowledge and experience in public and professional life, continue to build the organization and ensure its success while meeting the challenges that lie ahead.”

Board member and CEO Recruitment Committee Chair, Suzanne Christensen stated, “The Board and members of Passive House Canada are indebted to Rob for his leadership in building the organization and positioning it for success in offering Canadians better buildings.  With climate change negatively impacting our lives and our economy, it is critical we maximize building energy efficiency as rapidly as possible to provide Canadians with more sustainable, comfortable, affordable and resilient buildings.”


About Passive House Canada: Passive House Canada/Maison Passive Canada (PHC) is a national non-profit professional association, building industry capacity and market demand for Passive House high-performance buildings. PHC facilitates the adoption of the Passive House buildings through advocacy, education, events, member services and technical advice.

For more information please contact: Stephanie Phillips, Communications Manager, 416-578-9786, or visit our website at


Passive House Canada’s new CEO / Nouveau PDG chez Maison Passive Canada


2018 Annual Report

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Summer Reflections

Summer is a time for reflection – whether you’re at the cabin, on the beach or on a mountain top. How are we doing in our mission to transform Canada’s buildings? How far have public policies and programs carried us from our start as a small, volunteer based group of environmental enthusiasts?  How will new talent launch us to the next phase and what does our path to new growth look like?

Reflection is an opportunity for us to recognize our progress and celebrate our accomplishments. I’ve had the opportunity to connect and work with people who’ve helped make a measurable impact in the way we build today, standing out for their commitment to protect our natural environment and have a positive influence on our industry. It has been a privilege to be part of developing policies such as the UN Framework Guidelines for Energy Efficiency in Buildings, our national buildings strategy, the BC Energy Step Code and local government bylaws. Low energy Passive House buildings are no longer a “niche” movement. Many government agencies are establishing low energy building guidelines, the collective impact of which is these to create a fundamental change in how Canadian buildings are designed and built. This transition has the potential to create a significant number of new jobs.

Passive House Canada announces plan to transition CEO

For Immediate Release:

Victoria, BC 2019 – Passive House Canada CEO announces plans to step down by end of year after leading organization to great heights.

Passive House Canada announced today that Rob Bernhardt will step down as Chief Executive Officer by the end of 2019, after leading the organization since its inception in 2016. Bernhardt will stay on as the organization’s leader until a successor is found, with the search for a new leader formally launching in May.

“I started this organization with the goal of building a robust non-profit association ready for the rapidly changing environment that we currently see ourselves in. It’s been an incredible privilege to have been part of such a fundamental shift in how we think about buildings, and I’m especially proud that we’ve built such a strong and effective nonprofit able to play a meaningful role in transforming Canada’s buildings. With a visionary Board of Directors and solid organization, it is a good time to find a new leader.” said Bernhardt.

Bernhardt also highlighted: “We continue to build on our strengths, and with the strategic plan in place, we are making some exciting pivots to the future with investments in curriculum development, on-line learning, supporting the development of Canadian codes & standards, and broadening our national reach through events, technical support for industry, and support for local groups and advocacy.”

The 2019 Passive House Canada Conference – Call for Proposals Now Open!

The 2019 Passive House Canada Conference takes place October 17-18 at the University of Toronto Scarborough. The Call for Proposals is now open!!!

Are you working on a new project? Have a new innovation, or significant lessons learned that you would like to share with the Passive House community? Submit a speaker proposal for consideration for presentation at the conference. The submission deadline is April 15th –  click HERE for more details.

For key dates regarding the conference please visit:

Passive House Buildings in Canada – Showcase your projects!

We invite you to participate in our joint publication:

 Passive House Buildings in Canada – Transforming How We Build

Passive House Canada is collaborating with Passive House Buildings/Low Carbon Productions on a book documenting the phenomenal growth in completed and in-progress Passive House buildings across Canada. Passive House Canada will use this book to further build demand for Passive House projects and Passive House-friendly policies in all provinces. The book will be available in hard copy and digital formats.

Our Goal is to showcase the range of Passive House projects throughout the country, demonstrating that comfortable, healthy, and efficient buildings come in a variety of sizes and building types. This book will enable us all to promote and market this leading-edge building methodology. All participants will be given copies of the book to use for your own sales.

You find information on pricing, member rates, deadlines and how to secure a space for your project in the downloadable PDF link here: Passive House Canada Publication Information Sheet

2017 Annual Report

The 2017 Annual Report is up and available for viewing. Or you can download it here.