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

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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 Sessions at The Buildings Show in Toronto, Dec. 4 – 5, 2019

The Buildings Show brings together 30,000 attendees from key industries once a year to create the premiere networking event for the built environment. As the largest exposition and conference of its kind in North America, the Show is recognized as a leader in professional development.

Passive House Sessions

WS119 – Creating a Passive House Standard Building from A-Z

Wednesday, December 4

2:30 PM to 4:00 PM

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WN125 – Passive House Multi-Unit Residential Buildings Case Studies

Wednesday, December 4

1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

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TS106 – Shifting Gears: A Passive House Car Dealership in the Making

Thursday, December 5

1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

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Maison Passive Canada/Passive House Canada annonce la nomination de Chris Ballard en tant que nouveau PDG.

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Pour publication immédiate : 26 novembre 2019

Maison Passive Canada/Passive House Canada annonce la nomination de Chris Ballard en tant que nouveau PDG.

Victoria, Colombie-Britannique, le 26 novembre 2019. – Maison Passive Canada/Passive House Canada a annoncé aujourd’hui que Chris Ballard a été nommé PDG. Il remplace Rob Bernhardt, qui avait signalé en début d’année son intention de prendre sa retraite.

« À la suite d’une longue recherche pour trouver un nouveau PDG, Chris s’est avéré un excellent choix en raison de son engagement et de son expérience de travail auprès de l’industrie, des consommateurs, du gouvernement et de diverses organisations à but non lucratif, » mentionne Deborah Bryne, présidente du conseil d’administration et membre du comité de recrutement. « Nous sommes très chanceux qu’il se joigne à notre organisation. »

Par le passé, Chris a appuyé de nombreuses causes reliées à l’environnement et à l’utilisation des terres. Plus récemment, en tant que ministre de l’Environnement et de l’Action en matière de changement climatique de l’Ontario, il a mis en œuvre le plan du gouvernement pour un environnement sain et une économie durable. Il a également été ministre des Affaires municipales et du Logement, ministre responsable de la Stratégie ontarienne de réduction de la pauvreté, et membre du Conseil du Trésor.

Chris est l’ancien directeur général de l’Association des consommateurs du Canada (Ontario), qui compte plus de 60 000 membres, et un membre fondateur du conseil d’administration veillant à la gouvernance du Conseil des consommateurs du Canada.

Grâce à son leadership en journalisme, en communication et en affaires publiques, il a œuvré comme président et membre du conseil d’administration de l’Association des affaires publiques du Canada.

« Maison Passive Canada offre des possibilités formidables de marquer une différence en cette période charnière et de se responsabiliser en prenant les mesures appropriées. Je suis enthousiaste à l’idée de travailler avec une équipe incroyable en collaboration avec l’industrie, le gouvernement et les consommateurs, » annonce Chris. « Je tiens aussi à féliciter Rob et à souligner le travail extraordinaire qu’il a accompli avec Maison Passive Canada. Il a apporté une contribution immense au cours des quatre dernières années et il a été un point central du succès de l’organisation. Je suis ravi que Rob continue à conseiller et à supporter les projets clés de Maison Passive Canada. »

En 2016, Rob Bernhardt a reçu le mandat de créer une association nationale professionnelle, et on lui attribue le mérite d’avoir accru la présence de l’organisation à travers le Canada, d’avoir défendu ses intérêts à tous les paliers de gouvernement, d’avoir bâti une base solide de membres et d’avoir mis sur pied de nombreux programmes.

Rob continuera à travailler à titre de conseiller pour l’organisation durant la transition et à soutenir certains projets.

« Je suis très reconnaisant d’avoir eu l’occasion de servir en tant que PDG de Maison Passive Canada et je suis heureux des progrès accomplis durant nos premières années.  Je suis très enthousiaste à l’idée de voir Chris continuer à bâtir l’organisation avec ses connaissances, son expérience professionnelle et son vécu. Il saura assurer son succès tout en relevant les défis qui l’attendent. »

Suzanne Christensen, membre du conseil d’administration et présidente du comité de recrutement, a déclaré :  « Le conseil d’administration et les membres de Maison Passive Canada en doivent beaucoup à Rob pour son leadership, qui a permis de soutenir le développement de l’organisation et de la positionner avec succès en vue d’offrir aux Canadiens et Canadiennes de meilleurs bâtiments. Alors que les changements climatiques affectent négativement nos vies et notre économie, il est essentiel de maximiser l’efficacité énergétique des bâtiments le plus rapidement possible pour que la population canadienne ait accès à des bâtiments plus durables, confortables, accessibles et résilients. »

À propos de Maison Passive Canada : Maison Passive Canada est une association professionnelle nationale sans but lucratif qui préconise l’adoption de la norme de construction à haut rendement Passivhaus (Passive House). Cette norme est éprouvée et reconnue partout dans le monde comme la meilleure façon de construire des bâtiments résidentiels, institutionnels et commerciaux plus confortables, abordables et écoénergétiques, et ce, à toutes les étapes de conception, de construction et d’habitabilité.

 

Pour plus d’informations, veuillez contacter info@passivehousecanada.com ou  visitez notre site web – http://www.passivehousecanada.com/

 

 

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

 

 


Congratulations to the newly certified PHI Products and Manufactures

Certification with the Passive House Institute ensures that designers, consultants and
components are qualified to create buildings that meet the Standard.

Passive House Canada would like to congratulate GlassCurtain Inc. for becoming the first Curtain wall for Cold Climate certified by PHI in the world.

Also, during the International Passive House Conference, which took place in China this month, a Canadian product was awarded with a special prize.

The Special Prize Aesthetic and Innovation was awarded to the GRP window Universal Series by Cascadia Windows Ltd., Canada.

The jury praised the aesthetic and innovative qualities of this window concept, combined with very reasonable investment costs and its high energy and cost efficiency, especially compared to a relatively good baseline window.
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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.”