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Deborah Byrne and Kelly Fisher are awarded Construction Canada’s Emerging Leader Award

PRESS RELEASE

 

For Immediate Release: December 5, 2019

Passive House Canada/Maison Passive Canada, congratulates Board Chair, Deborah Byrne and one of Passive House Canada Instructors, Kelly Fisher, for being awarded Construction Canada’s Emerging Leader Award.

Toronto, Ontario – December 5, 2019. Construction Canada announced the winners of the inaugural Emerging Leader Awards, presented at The Buildings Show on December 4, 2019, at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. These awards recognize young professionals for excellence in design, leadership, initiative, and/or service to the community.

 

“The Emerging Leader Awards recognizes members of the AEC community who demonstrate excellence, impress and inspire their co-workers, and are well on their way to becoming the next leaders in the profession. These awards recognize young professionals for excellence in design, leadership, initiative, and/or service to the community. Nominated by a member or members of their team, winners are selected by a jury of peers. The winners were selected based on the strength of their work, demonstrated integrity, leadership, and community outreach as demonstrated in the submissions.” – Construction Canada.

 

Deborah Byrne, C.Eng., MIEI, CPHD, COO of Kearns Mancini Architects Inc. and current Board Chair of Passive House Canadawas selected as the winner in the Industry Contribution category

 

Kelly Fisher, Director of BIM and Building Performance, Kearns Mancini Architects and Instructor with Passive House Canadawas selected as the winner in the Technology Advancement category.

 

“Please accept our congratulations on this wonderful recognition of your merits” said CEO, Chris Ballard. “The Passive House Canada team would like to thank both Deborah and Kelly for their commitment to and dedication to fulfilling our mission. Your tireless work has resulted in policy changes, new events across the country and courses delivered to more industry professionals than we could have imagined.”

 

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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, stephanie.phillips@passivehousecanada.com or visit our website at http://www.passivehousecanada.com/      (photos attached)

 

 

Deborah Byrne

 

 

 

Kelly Fisher


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

PRESS RELEASE

 

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, stephanie.phillips@passivehousecanada.com or visit our website at http://www.passivehousecanada.com/

 

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

 


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.”


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


Soon to open: Zero Emissions Building Centre of Excellence

ZEBCoE-image-for-OGBS-websiteVANCOUVER, B.C. – The Vancouver Regional Construction Association (VRCA), the City of Vancouver (the City), Passive House Canada and the Open Green Building Society are pleased to announce the launch of the Vancouver Zero Emissions Building Centre of Excellence (the Centre and/or ZEBCoE), a collaborative platform to strengthen the public, private and civic capacities to deliver zero emissions buildings.


Prize winners tour Whister-area Passive House buildings

Oleksandr (Alex) Yakovenko, the winner of this summer’s Ice Box Challenge Grand Prize, and his guest spent an October day in the Whistler area learning more about Passive House buildings. They joined Mattheo Durfield, of B.C. Passive House, for an excursion to the B.C. Passive House facility in Pemberton, and a drive-by tour of Rainbow House and other Passive House and Passive House–inspired residences in Whistler. At the end of the visit, Karel and Karen Jonkers gave them a royal tour of their magnificent Alta Lake Passive House.


Wood fibre-based insulation researchers seeking participant building projects

FPInnovations, the Canadian Wood Council and 475 High Performance Building Supply are seeking to undertake research and explore the opportunities for using wood fibre-based insulation products in Canadian buildings. They are seeking designers, builders and owners of new projects being planned for the near future for participation in this research – particularly, single family and small multi-family residential buildings (other high-performance, non residential structures may also be considered) in the Pacific region, Prairie provinces, South Ontario and Quebec.