Course Instructors


Cillian Collins

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Cillian Collins
Cillian 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 Ashby
Mark Ashby

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Mark Ashby
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 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 Finch
Graham Finch

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Graham Finch
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 MacDougall
Susan MacDougall

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Susan MacDougall
Susan MacDougall
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.
Ed May
Ed May

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Ed May
Ed May
Currently 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 Nemeth
Michael Nemeth

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Michael Nemeth
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
Sandra Rohler

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Sandra Rohler
Sandra Rohler
A 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 Sichello
Brett Sichello

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Brett Sichello
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
Philippe St-Jean

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Philippe St-Jean
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
Marcel Studer

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Marcel Studer
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.
Germán Vaisman
Germán Vaisman

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Germán Vaisman
Germán Vaisman
Germán 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 Project Manager Building Sciences at WSP. 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 Sanchez
Marine Sanchez

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Marine Sanchez
Marine Sanchez
Marine 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 Fisher
Kelly Fisher

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Kelly Fisher
Kelly Fisher
Kelly 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 Bertelsen

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Steffen Bertelsen
Steffen 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.
Mark Bernhardt

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Mark Bernhardt
Mark Bernhardt, B.Sc. CPHC, CEA – President Bernhardt Contracting

Mark is the President of Bernhardt Contracting Ltd., a licensed builder based in Victoria BC. In 2012, Bernhardt Contracting built the first Certified Passive House on Vancouver Island, and has since gone on to build or consult on dozens more. In 2019 Bernhardt Contracting also completed the Green Point Project, which aims to be one of the first full pedal Living Building Challenge / Net Positive / Certified Passive Houses in the world.

Mark is also a Certified Energy Advisor and Passive House Consultant, and over the past few years has spent much of his time helping other builders gear up for Step Code and higher performance buildings. He serves on several provincial code comities and chairs the CHBA BC Step Code Task force.



Education Committee


Chair: Cillian Collins

Senior Architect & Certified Passive House Designer at Perkins+Will Vancouver, founding member of PHC-MPC Education Program.

Steven Bishop

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

Adam James

Architect and Certified Passive House Designer at Ryder Architecture Vancouver, founding member of PHC-MPC Education Program.

Michael Nemeth

Mechanical Engineer and Principal of Bright Buildings Consulting, Passive House Canada course instructor based in Saskatoon.