Our Team


Rob Bernhardt

Chef de la direction

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Rob Bernhardt
En tant que chef de la direction de Maison Passive Canada, M. Bernhardt s’emploie à accroître le rendement énergétique des bâtiments. Expert-conseil de maison passive certifié et promoteur de plusieurs projets de maisons passives, M. Bernhardt connaît bien les avantages économiques et sociaux des bâtiments à haute performance énergétique. Ayant contribué à de nombreuses initiatives d’élaboration de politiques, il connaît bien les défis auxquels font face les organismes de réglementation cherchant à atteindre les objectifs liés aux changements climatiques. M. Bernhardt travaille de concert avec les membres Maison Passive Canada, les gouvernements et les organismes de l’industrie pour faire en sorte que les bâtiments à haute performance énergétique deviennent la norme.
Sandra Smith

Gestionnaire comptable

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Sandra Smith
Sandra arrive à Maison Passive Canada avec plus de 25 ans d’expérience en comptabilité. En plus de ses capacités à équilibrer le budget, elle compte 18 ans d’expérience en tant que propriétaire de petite entreprise, ce qui témoigne son esprit entrepreneurial, son sens de l’organisation supérieur et sa capacité à gérer plusieurs dossiers en même temps.
Gabriela Dominguez

Gestionnaire principale, évènements nationaux

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Gabriela Dominguez
En tant que gestionnaire d’évènements, Gabriela organise et planifie des évènements dans divers secteurs partout au Canada. Elle contribue ainsi à faire valoir le standard Maison Passive dans des salons, des expositions et des conférences.
Elle détient un baccalauréat en arts et gestion d’évènements de l’Université Ryerson et possède plus de 13 ans d’expérience en gestion de conférences et d’évènements, autant dans le secteur public que privé. Elle travaillera avec l’équipe de Maison Passive Canada favoriser l’intégration des bâtiments à haute performance dans le paysage canadien.
Marc Ouimet

Directeur, services d’éducation

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Marc Ouimet
Marc is a fully bilingual (English/French) learning professional with a formal background in Education and over twenty years of experience in Adult Learning. During his career, he has designed, developed, delivered and managed learning programs for a variety of organizations in the Public and Private sectors. Originally from Northern Ontario, Marc has lived and worked in many of Canada’s major cities and in numerous international locations. He brings his global perspective and focus on Learning to his role and he is thrilled to be part of the team at Passive House Canada.
Rosie O'Connor

Coordinatrice, éducation et évènements

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Rosie O'Connor
Rosie se joint à Maison Passive Canada après avoir quitté Londres. Elle compte 7 années d’expérience en tant qu’assistante personnelle et directrice de bureau dans les domaines de la publicité, du design, de l’hôtellerie, de la restauration, et plus récemment, du secteur sans but lucratif. Une grande partie de ces rôles consistait à coordonner les événements d'entreprise et les voyages d'affaires, elle possède donc une connaissance approfondie de la logistique à tous les niveaux. Rosie est responsable de la réservation des salles et de tous les détails relatifs au programme national d’éducation de Maison Passive Canada.
Ayla Collins

Gestionnaire des programmes régionaux

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Ayla Collins
Ayla has worked in events and project management for over 10 years, and is excited to bring her passion and experience to Passive House Canada. As Regional Program Manager, she works in collaboration the Zero Emissions Building Centre of Excellence (ZEBCoE) team, as well as our Events and Education Managers to provide support for the ever-increasing number of courses and events held in the Metro Vancouver region. She is focused on strengthening local partnerships and accelerating the capacity and enthusiasm of the construction industry to deliver cost-effective, attractive, near-zero or zero emissions residential and commercial buildings.
Jennipher Shihundu

Coordinatrice de programme

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Jennipher Shihundu
In the Program Coordinator role, Jennipher administratively supports Passive House Canada’s events and education teams. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Victoria and has spent the last year working with various regional and international non-profit organizations. Through these professional experiences, she has developed a passion for using her skills and knowledge to contribute to programs and initiatives that create and inspire lasting social impact. She joins Passive House Canada with experience in the project coordination and community-based research fields.
Neil Norris

Consultant principal de l'industrie

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Neil Norris
Neil Norris is a building science engineer with over 9 years of experience in the building industry. Neil has focused on the research of the thermal performance of building envelope systems, including for the Building Envelope Thermal Bridging Guide, The Low TEDI Guide and numerous other building studies. This information has been used to help develop policies within the BC Step Code, Toronto Green Buildings Standard and NECB 2017.
Caroline Thibault

Coordinatrice administrative

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Caroline Thibault
Caroline is a bilingual professional who comes to Passive House Canada with over 12 years experience in employment services and education. Caroline has worked in non-profit, private and public sectors. She holds a Bachelor of Education and is passionate about sustainability and green initiatives. Caroline's primary role is to provide administrative support to the team. Caroline is eager to participate in Passive House Canada's mission to contribute to a sustainable future.
Christine Bobyn

Gestionnaire des services aux membres

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Christine Bobyn
As Member Services Manager, Christine is passionate about our mission here at Passive House Canada and the opportunities we have supporting our member partners. She brings a wealth of public and private sector experience leading stakeholder engagement and marketing functions. Working with our members and our Passive House Canada team she will continue to develop the level of member services and grow our base.
Deborah Knopp

Gestionnaire des ressources humaines

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Deborah Knopp
Deborah is a Human Resources professional and Certified Executive Coach with extensive experience in the not for profit sector. Her expertise includes Organizational Development, Training and all HR initiatives that foster a positive workplace culture. She is thrilled to be supporting a team so passionate about their work.
Stephanie Phillips

Manager, Communications

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Stephanie Phillips
As Manager of Communications, Stephanie is passionate about marketing communications and loves strategy. She makes sure that no matter who the audience is, the Passive House mission is always accurately and compellingly portrayed.
Luiz Bezerra

Technical Consultant

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Luiz Bezerra
Luiz is a Certified Passive House Designer and Civil Engineer with over 9 years of experience. He was the Project Manager for the first Certified Passive House in Latin America, located in his hometown of Natal in Brazil. In addition to his technical credentials, Luiz also has an MBA in Buildings Management and Construction Technology



Course Instructors


Mark Ashby

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Mark Ashby
M. Ashby est directeur fondateur de Mark Ashby Architecture et concepteur maison passive certifié. Son intérêt pour les bâtiments écoénergétiques est issu de l’émergence du mouvement pour la construction écologique des années 1990. Maison passive s’impose comme l’approche la plus rigoureuse, crédible sur le plan scientifique et pratique pour atteindre cet objectif. Il œuvre dans tous les secteurs de la conception et des services-conseils pour des projets qui satisfont à la norme des maisons passives.
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

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Graham Finch
M. Finch œuvre à titre de dirigeant et de spécialiste de la recherche scientifique du bâtiment chez RDH Building Science inc. Il est passionné de technologie et fait preuve de dévouement envers la construction de meilleurs bâtiments plus efficaces du point de vue énergétique. Il dirige le groupe de recherche scientifique du bâtiment de l’entreprise et participe activement à de nombreux projets de recherche allant des travaux de recherche sur les bâtiments aux enquêtes scientifiques, au contrôle des bâtiments, à la modélisation hygrothermique et aux nouveaux projets de construction partout en Amérique du Nord et à l’étranger. Il a collaboré à la conception et la construction de plusieurs projets de maison passive, y compris des maisons et des bâtiments polyvalents plus grands et a réalisé un certain nombre de travaux de recherche et d’études de politiques sur le sujet.
Susan MacDougall

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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.
Angela Lai

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Angela Lai
Angela is a Partner with Core Two, a construction and property cost consultancy based in Vancouver, BC.

She has over 16 years' experience as a quantity surveyor in the construction and development industry spans South Africa, the UK and Canada. She is a Fellow with the RICS, a professional member of the CIQS, and a past Director of the CIQS National Board.

In addition to her diverse experience in quantity surveying, Angela teaches part-time at BCIT, is a qualified RICS Assessor, and acts as a supervisor/counsellor to RICS candidates.

She holds a Bachelor of Science in Quantity Surveying and a Master of Science degree in Building specializing in Property Development and Management, and is also a LEED qualified professional in the Operations and Maintenance specialty (LEED AP O+M).

Angela’s focus in Passive House design is on the economics and supporting clients in making the link between environmental choices and the financial impact of those choices.
Ed May

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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

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Michael Nemeth
L’expérience de M. Nemeth comme ingénieur-conseil en génie mécanique et concepteur de bâtiments écologiques l’a amené à réaliser qu’il fallait, en termes de viabilité et de la rentabilité, améliorer nos bâtiments. Depuis ce sursaut de lucidité, M. Nemeth étudie la norme des maisons passives et la meilleure stratégie pour appliquer ses principes en travaillant comme expert-conseil de maison passive à Saskatoon. En avril 2015, il a été nommé par le magazine Corporate Knights comme l’un des meilleurs chefs de file de moins de 30 ans dans le domaine de la durabilité au Canada.
Sandra Rohler

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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

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Brett Sichello
M. Sichello est concepteur de maison passive certifié établi à Kelowna, en Colombie-Britannique. Les derniers travaux de M. Sichello, spécialisé en conception et en construction de bâtiments à haute performance énergétique, comprennent deux projets de maison passive à Rossland et Bowen Island ainsi que des projets à venir dans la région de Penticton, Kelowna et Kamloops. Fort de son expérience de plus de 16 ans et de son éducation, M. Sichello se concentre particulièrement sur la conception architecturale de grande qualité, la science des enveloppes de bâtiment, l’optimisation du modèle énergétique et les méthodes de construction avancées, y compris la préfabrication et la construction modulaire.
Philippe St-Jean

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Philippe St-Jean
M. St-Jean est concepteur et instructeur certifié Passivhaus et professionnel accrédité LEED BD +C. Il est propriétaire d’une entreprise de construction commerciale établie à Montréal et œuvre au sein de l’industrie de la construction depuis plus de 10 ans. M. St-Jean possède de l’expérience sur le site comme contremaître et hors site comme chef de projet, estimateur et directeur de la construction. Il a récemment terminé la conception et la construction d’un projet Passivhaus multifamilial dans le quartier densément peuplé du Plateau-Mont-Royal à Montréal. M. St-Jean agit également comme expert-conseil en développement durable spécialisé dans la mise en œuvre de pratiques de construction durable sur le plan institutionnel. L’un de ses projets en cours consiste à réviser les normes de conception et les processus de construction de l’Université McGill afin d’institutionnaliser la durabilité grâce à des résultats mesurables et un changement de culture autorenforçant.
Marcel Studer

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Marcel Studer
M. Studer est l’un des dirigeants de Econ Group Ltd, entreprise de construction basée à Vancouver qui se concentre principalement sur une architecteur moderne de haute qualité conçue selon la norme de l’International Passive House. Il est titulaire d’une maîtrise en architecture de l’École polytechnique fédérale (EPF) de Zurich (Suisse). Il vit et travaille au Canada depuis 15 ans. M. Studer a terminé le cours de conception de maisons passives en 2011 et a participé à plusieurs projets de maisons passives à Vancouver et aux alentours à titre de chef de projet, expert-conseil ou concepteur.
Germán Vaisman

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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 Sustainability Advisor and Building Science Specialist at Coolearth Architecture, a Toronto based firm that specializes in low carbon buildings. 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

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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.



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.

Phil Fung

Instructor of Sustainable Building Design & Energy Modelling at Humber College in Toronto, ON.

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.

Patricia Thompson

Doctor of Education at Pennsylvania State University with extensive experience in organizational development.