Our Team


Chris Ballard
Chris Ballard

Chief Executive Officer

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Chris Ballard
Chris Ballard
Chris Ballard 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.
Luiz Bezerra
Luiz Bezerra

Manager, Education, Training and Development

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Luiz Bezerra
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
Gabriela Dominguez
Gabriela Dominguez

Senior Manager, National Events

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Gabriela Dominguez
Gabriela Dominguez
As Events Manager at Passive House Canada, Gabriela organizes and plans multiple sector events across Canada to bring the Passive House Standard to the forefront shows, exhibitions and conferences. She has a Bachelor of Arts and an Event Management Diploma from Ryerson University, plus over 13 years of experience in conference and event management in the private and public sectors. She will be working with the Passive House Canada team to continue to bring high performance building into mainstream.
Deborah Knopp
Deborah Knopp

Senior Manager, People & Operations

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Deborah Knopp
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.
Anna Milner

Manager, Government & Stakeholder Relations

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Anna Milner
Anna works with all levels of government and with stakeholders across the country to advance Passive House Canada’s mission and accelerate the adoption of the International Passive House standard of building. Having previously worked for an Ontario cabinet minister and the Deputy Mayor of Toronto, Anna brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience working with government. An environmental advocate, she has worked in different capacities to support environmental initiatives. She has a BA in Political Science and a post-graduate certificate in Government Relations.
Caroline Thibault
Caroline Thibault

Project Manager, Education

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Caroline Thibault
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 is eager to participate in Passive House Canada's mission to contribute to a sustainable future.
Chris Petit

Technical Services Lead

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Chris Petit
Chris provides technical assistance to members of Passive House Canada and municipalities across Canada with the PHC Technical Services team. As a member of several standards committees, Chris collaborates to improve energy efficiency standards and help make high performance building the norm. Chris is a Passive House consultant, tradesperson, trainer, and building certifier accredited by the Passive House Institute. He has provided design support and energy modeling services since 2008 with the Center for Sustainable Building Research, Clean Energy Coalition, Regenerative Design, and CertiPHIers Cooperative.
Paula Velez
Paula Velez

Administrative & Communications Coordinator

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Paula Velez
Paula Velez
Paula is a recent Bachelor of Commerce graduate from the University of Victoria, specializing in Service Management and International Business. She brings excellent skills in all administration applications including writing and communication. Paula’s passionate about art, design, sustainability and organization. She has completed two long term co-op projects, implementing and maintaining new systems, including websites, social media content and marketing strategies.


Consultants


Sarah Yada Seto

Acting Communications Manager
Marketing Strategy & Membership Development

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Sarah Yada Seto
Based in Vancouver, Sarah is responsible for member relations, sponsorships, and fostering the growth and collaborations with our partners.
Sarah has worked for leading developers on innovative mixed-use projects and has also held positions at BC Hydro with a focus on sustainable communities, new homes, and industry partnerships.