Passive Design Solutions
Michael AndersonMike graduated with a Masters in Architecture in 2011 and started working on Passive Houses shortly afterwards. Using his architectural training along with an earlier degree in Physics, Mike is able to work on all aspects of high-performance housing, from detailed energy modelling to window layouts that frame a perfect view. With his experience and knowledge, Mike leads the 8 person PDS team as majority-owner of the worker-owned company.
City of Toronto, City Planning Division - Strategic Initiatives Unit
Matt ArmstrongMatt Armstrong is a broadly experienced urban Planner currently working in the Strategic Initiatives Unit of the City of Toronto's City Planning Division. Most of Matt's career has been spent working on planning studies including supporting and leveraging rapid transit investment, urban issues, policy development, public life studies, and urban design guidelines. Matt has also worked in development review and on projects to rapidly provide homes for people experiencing homelessness. Matt has worked for two public bodies, two private firms, and completed commissions working independently. Matt strives to be a well-rounded Planner with a solid understanding of the diversity of the field, advancing projects that consider myriad voices and make a measurable impact.
TAG Panels Ltd.
David ArnottDavid is one of three co-founders of TAG. David is the owner of STARK architecture, a high performance architecture firm based in Squamish. Having worked on pre-fab projects in Scotland, David was surprised to see a lack of pre-fab options in BC. Completing an early pre-fab project in 2017 with another firm, he saw an opportunity to start a company with his cofounders that sought to build on step-code and high performance building techniques in the Sea to Sky and beyond.
Promise Robotics Inc
Ramtin AttarRamtin is the CEO and Co-founder of Promise Robotics. A venture-backed technology startup with the mission to enable the building industry to harness industrialized robotics and AI toward the production of more affordable and sustainable buildings. Prior to founding Promise Robotics, Ramtin was the Head of Autodesk Technology Centre in Canada where he led the strategic vision, implementation and operationalization of Autodesk’s new flagship R&D center in Toronto; and the first AI-assisted office design in large scale housing 200 employees, in addition to a state-of-art prototyping facility for technology startups. At a different capacity, Ramtin was a Distinguished Research Scientist at Autodesk as he led the development of technology visions and strategies, including Moonshots in Industrialized Construction and Autodesk’s new AI & Robotics activities in EMEA. A technical savvy CEO, Ramtin is also an inventor and holds multiple patents related to BIM, IoT, Digital Twin, and Simulation technologies.
Acton Ostry Architects
Milos BegovicMilos is an Associate Principal at Acton Ostry Architects. He specializes in educational sector design for elementary, high school, and post-secondary projects with a focus on functional programming, facility planning, sustainability, and the coordination of complex and innovative building systems. Milos has extensive experience leading design coordination on large and complex projects, including a two-phase renewal and expansion of Vancouver College, the redevelopment of the Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver
Riley BeiseRiley Beise is an experienced building performance simulator with nearly ten years of experience working as an energy modeling and building energy specialist. In addition to working with common building types, Riley has experience modeling complex specialty building types including healthcare, nuclear research, aquatics, ice arenas, greenhouse, laboratory, food production, and more. In addition to general energy modeling work for performance programs such as LEED, he has experience applying building performance simulation to specific engineering analysis for natural ventilation, CFD (computational fluid dynamics) airflow studies, occupant thermal comfort, and day-lighting.
Read Jones Christoffersen Ltd. Engineers
Michael BlackmanMichael’s twenty years of structural engineering and consulting have provided a range of experience that helps him understand his clients’ projects. Michael is a Principal and Sustainable Design Advisor with Read Jones Christoffersen Engineers, and was formerly Chair of RJC’s Sustainable Design Group, responsible for research and education related to sustainable building practices and systems. He was recognized by APEGBC as their Top Young Professional in 2008 for his commitment to the engineering profession and community involvement. In 2015 Michael became Regional Manager of RJC’s Kelowna office, with a diverse background of experience working on new and existing buildings. Michael’s projects range from individual building evaluations through to multi-discipline deep retrofits, seismic upgrades, new project designs, structural restoration and construction projects. Michael will outline his teams prefab panel decision process, as one of the Reframed Lab’s design team leaders.
Dr. Stefan Bockel
WEINMANN Holzbausystemtechnik GmbH
Dr. Stefan BockelDr. Stefan Bockel has started his passion about timber and offsite manufacturing with an apprenticeship as a forester. Later on he studied Wood Sciences and Economics at the University of Hamburg and the Universidad del BioBio in Chile. Afterwards he worked as a Scientific Assistant at the Bern University of Applied Sciences and carried out his PhD-thesis about structural hardwood bonding at the University of Natural Ressources and Life Sciences in Vienna. He currently works as a Market Segment Manager for WEINMANN and analyzes the global offsite manufacturing market and determines their potential for the product portfolio of WEINMANN.
Deborah ByrneDeborah is driven by core values of sustainability, comfort and affordability, as well as solutions where a reduction in the energy demand can seamlessly integrate with daily living and working. After a visit to the 13th International Passive House Conference in 2009 she and some of the visiting Irish Contingent formed the Passive House Association, Ireland, the first English speaking board affiliated with the International Passive House Association. Deborah, a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers, Ireland has trained and qualified as a Certified Passive House Designer and Trainer. She has also designed several significant Passive House Projects in Canada and Ireland. Deborah is the Vice President of Operations and Innovations at Quantum Passivhaus, a PH certified component manufacturer from Ontario. She maintains true to her belief that we can always do better, simply.
Jacob CammisoliJake Cammisoli is a Technical Sales Consultant at Coreslab Structures (Ont). He came to Coreslab with a sales background and a bachelor of commerce degree with a minor in economics. He has been at Coreslab for over 3 years with a primary focus on hollow core and balcony projects.
Beth CampbellBeth is a Phius CPHB Trainer and Sustainable Homes Professional. She is passionate about innovation in the built environment. She’s been working as a construction and R&D project manager for Unity Homes since 2020. Previously, she built high performance projects for design-build companies in Portland, OR. She got her start in construction 18 years ago with "bags on”, primarily working in natural and low embodied carbon buildings. She was on the Passive House Northwest board for 6 years and Beth recently started teaching the Phius Certified PH Builder course. Unity Homes is dedicated to building better homes for more people. Unity uses sophisticated technology and innovative prefabrication to streamline the process, minimize waste and guarantee performance. Located in New Hampshire, Unity is a leader in high performance innovation for single family construction throughout New England (and beyond).
Mark CarverMark is an R&D Project Lead at CanmetENERGY, Natural Resources Canada and a member of the Buildings and Renewables Group. He leads Canmet’s Building Envelope research. Mark is passionate about making high-performance design, construction and renovation mainstream. He and his family put a heritage home in Ottawa’s Lebreton Flats neighbourhood through the deep retrofit wringer before moving to the suburbs where they’re now in the process of retrofitting a mid-century bungalow.
Ilka CassidyIlka Cassidy is co-founder of Holzraum System. She is passionate about Passive House envelope design and building science, focusing on the benefits of natural building materials. She grew up in Germany and received her Diploma of Engineering/ Architecture degree from the RWTH Aachen. In her work with pre-manufactured systems, she connects architectural concepts and design seamlessly with construction and engineering, incorporating sustainability goals and occupants’ health in every aspect of the design process.
Aspect Structural Engineers
Andrew ChadAndrew has a flair for the creative and thrives designing beautiful and pragmatic structures. Since beginning his career in 2004, he has acted as lead engineer and project manager on a diverse range of buildings and specialty structures. His portfolio includes numerous award-winning single and multi-family residences, office & mixed use buildings, educational facilities, theaters, community and recreational centers, and public artworks. He is adept at designing in all major building materials and cut his teeth at several engineering firms well known for their innovative use and cutting edge designs in timber. As demonstrated by some of Andrew's and Aspect's most recent projects, innovative design and project delivery have remained consistent throughout the years.
Renée ChampionRenée is an Architectural Engineering student at the University of Waterloo who is passionate about architecture, sustainable design, and building enclosures. She holds the positions of Building Envelope Lead and Codes & Certifications Lead for the University of Waterloo design and build team, Warrior Home. In this capacity, she is working on a retrofit of a heritage home in Kitchener, specifically designing the building enclosure, with the goal of making it net zero. Renée is a Qualified Designer for Small Buildings and has several certificates in the field of sustainability, including Zero Energy Design and Global Housing Design both from Delft University of Technology, and Energy Within Environmental Constraints from Harvard University. She recently joined the Quantum Passivhaus team as an Architectural Designer allowing her to pursue her love for sustainability and practicality in design.
Soukup America Inc.
Chris ChanChris Chan runs the operations of a prefab equipment company. Chris has worked previously with PHI and obtained a few window and door component certifications. He is a Passive House enthusiast and has been advocating Passive House product availability and accessibility since first taking a Passive House course in 2012 in Vancouver, BC.
MCH Group Inc.
Ben ChicoineTwo self-made brothers, Jake and Ben, started working in the construction industry at the age of 16 and taught themselves building science and the importance of building for a purpose. They built their design-build firm located in the heart of the Gatineau Hills in Eastern Canada, in the province of Quebec. MCH was born out of a determination and passion to build energy efficient structures for generations to come. The company is now composed of highly skilled carpenters, designers and innovative thinkers. MCH has partnered with leading architects such as Douglas Cardinal from Canada, Bjarke Ingels Group from Denmark and more. Ben and Jake have publicly spoken to architectural firms, community public speaking events, general contractors and online via their Youtube channel in order to educate all parties on the benefits of their building philosophy and specific wall systems.
MCH Group Inc.
Jake ChicoineTwo self-made brothers, Jake and Ben, started working in the construction industry at the age of 16 and taught themselves building science and the importance of building for a purpose. They built their design-build firm located in the heart of the Gatineau Hills in Eastern Canada, in the province of Quebec. MCH was born out of a determination and passion to build energy efficient structures for generations to come. The company is now composed of highly skilled carpenters, designers and innovative thinkers. MCH has partnered with leading architects such as Douglas Cardinal from Canada, Bjarke Ingels Group from Denmark and more. Ben and Jake have publicly spoken to architectural firms, community public speaking events, general contractors and online via their Youtube channel in order to educate all parties on the benefits of their building philosophy and specific wall systems.
Raymond ChowA partner at gh3*, Ray is a registered architect with over 15 years of practice experience. During Ray’s tenure at gh3 his contributions have been key to the firm’s growth as an integrated studio-based design practice of architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design. His work has varied in scale - from infrastructure buildings, small renovations to large institutional buildings and multi-residential developments. This work has been located across Canada, he has led high-profile design projects with issues that are particular to each project and City. Ray has been project architect for multiple award-winning projects that integrate landscape and architecture; RTC#03, Stormwater Management Facility, Castledowns Park and Pavilion, Borden Park and Pavilion, Kathleen Andrews Transit Garage, Sidewalk Labs Quayside Unit Prototyping, June Callwood Park for the City of Toronto and the Natural Swim Experience for the City of Edmonton.
Simple Life Homes
Jeremy ClarkeJeremy is a serial entrepreneur, graduate of the Endeavour Centre and Seneca College, a pilot, a Top 30 Under 30 Sustainability Leader (Corporate Knights, 2021) and a sustainable building industry champion. He has been featured by Passive Buildings Canada (click here to listen to a presentation by Jeremy, in conversation with Erika Mayer in 2019), the Passive House Accelerator, and other leading industry publications. Jeremy is working hard to grow the team at SLH, who make this great work come to reality.
WORKSHOP Architecture Inc
David ColussiDavid is a director at WORKSHOP interested in expanding passive house?EnerPhit principles into the multi-family retrofit market.
Ottawa Community Housing
Dan DicaireDan Dicaire is a P. Eng and a Certified Energy Manager who works for Ottawa Community Housing (OCH) as the Manager of Energy and Sustainability. Over the past 11 years, he has coordinated the installation of 500 kW of solar arrays on 36 different OCH sites and managed a portfolio wide LED Lighting Retrofit which will save over 4.6 GWh of electricity annually. He supported OCH’s development team to produce Ontario’s first Mixed-use Passive House at 1290 Coldrey and is currently part of OCH’s development team which is building Canada’s largest Passive House building at 811 Gladstone as well as another 1000 units worth of passive house low, mid and high rise buildings. He is also developing the Zero GHG retrofit strategy for OCH’s 15,000 units which started with the Presland Net-Zero Retrofit where a 4 unit block of townhomes was retrofitted to net-zero energy and GHG using pre-fabricated panels. He is the proud father of a lovely 6 year old daughter.
Edie DillmanEdie Dillman is CEO and co-founder of B.PUBLIC Prefab. As co-founder of a decidedly disruptive company, she is committed to systems change and the rapid adoption of solutions for the natural and built environment. As director of communications and strategy at Innovate + Educate, she worked nationally on systematic problems in the education-to-workforce field seeking critical change for equitable pathways and lifelong learning.
Airtight Engineering Inc.
Matthew DippleMatthew received a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Systems Engineering from the University of Regina in 2014. He has worked as a Professional Engineer (APEGS) since 2019, and holds his Permission to Consult in Mechanical Engineering and energy modelling. In 2021, Matthew became a Certified Passive House Consultant, and joined Bright Buildings (now under the name Airtight Engineering Inc.) as a sustainable building consultant and mechanical designer. In 2022, Matthew began teaching as an instructor with Passive House Canada in addition to his consulting work with Airtight Engineering. When not at work, Matthew loves camping, singing in a chamber choir, ultimate frisbee, and gardening with his wife, Serena. He would be happy to give another lecture on his favourite types of squash.
Mohammed DawoudMohammed is a structural engineer with a passion for advancing building envelope design through implementation of sound building science principles while maintaining a constructable approach. As the Technical Development Manager at CGI/Ennova Facades, Mohammed is heavily involved in the R&D of curtain wall technology suited for architects aiming to achieve a high level of thermal comfort with minimum energy consumption in their design. He is also a Certified Passive House Designer(CPHD), Building Science Specialist (BSS), & NFRC Certified Simulator.
Jackie EvansJackie is the housing representative for NRB in Eastern Canada. Jackie has a design degree from Ryerson University, and has been engaged in the building / construction solutions business for most of her career. She has been involved in various sustainability initiatives including LEED, ILFI, Passive House and more recently is participating in NRB’s Net Zero Housing Prototype. She is passionate about modular building and in particular how NRB can help end the housing crisis. Jackie has participated in numerous presentations and panel discussions over her extensive career.
BC Passive House
Mathieu Fraile-TremblayMathieu is the internal engineer (Engineer-in-Training, EIT) of BC Passive House. He completed a Bachelor of Civil Engineering at Polytechnique Montréal and a Master of Integrated Wood Design at UNBC in 2021 before becoming a BC registered engineer. He now works on the structural design of residential buildings oriented towards light frame and mass timber construction.
Brian J. Hall
Canadian Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute
Brian J. HallBrian is the designer of the CPCI's continuing-education program, which emphasizes educating Architects, Engineers and AEC construction professionals. CPCI's continuing-education program is a comprehensive ongoing education program which includes research, collecting and disseminating knowledge, statistics, ideas and information relating to the sustainability, design, manufacture and use of precast concrete in Canada. Brian is the originator of CPCI Sustainable Strategy, which includes: the development of CPCI Precast Concrete Life Cycle Assessment, Sustainable Plant Program and CPCI North American Environmental Product Declaration for precast concrete. Brian has presented on precast concrete and sustainability at the RAIC Festival of Architecture, Canadian Parking Association Conference, Transportation Association of Canada, Construction Specifications Canada Conference, The Building Show and many others.
Town of Banff
Michael HayMichael has been the Manager of Environment & Sustainability for the Town of Banff since 2019. He is passionate about a variety of urban sustainability issues included sustainable transportation, climate action, water quality and security, and waste reduction – all of which are critical issues for the Banff town site and Banff National Park overall. Michael has led many of Banff’s recent sustainability projects including Roam Transit’s new bus garage, a new biomass heating facility, and several solar energy projects. He works closely with Banff’s administration and council to continue Banff’s quest to be a model environmental community.
Soukup America Inc.
Kristof HebelKristof Hebel is Product Development and Sales Manager for the prefab equipment company. Previouly, he was a project manager planning and implementating equipment at the clients' prefab factories across Canada and the U.S. He was also a wood window and door production manager and woodworker for many years in Germany and Canada. He becamse a certified tradesperson in 2021 by Passive House Canada in Vancouver BC.
Clemens HehleClemens Hehle is an architect with technical proficiency in systemized timber/hybrid construction and sustainable design. After completing his Master of Science in Architecture at the Technical University of Vienna, he continued expanding his knowledge in the practical field of resource-efficient construction at CREE Buildings. As an Architectural Consultant, he is responsible for CREE building solutions for various projects and design requirements, mainly for the North American market. Always with one foot in the digital world, he constantly works on digital process integration and optimization for visionary design solutions.
RDH Building Science
James HigginsJames is a Building Science Technologist who focusses on building science research and façade design. His work includes guideline and training development, building enclosure and façade system design and testing, building monitoring, and forensic investigations. He combines his theoretical expertise with a practical approach to solving problems. James also takes an active role in industry education, leading and contributing to many industry guides and training programs and presenting regularly for industry groups including ABAA, BC Housing, and CHBA. He is known for his ability to create and use effective visuals to support clear, actionable explanations of complex concepts.
City of Toronto, Housing Secretariat Office
Matt HilderMatt Hilder is the Manager of Housing Program Policy at the Housing Secretariat, a Division he has worked with since June 2021. He and his team provide program management and oversight to the delivery of over 1,000 new affordable and supportive homes, through initiatives including the Modular Housing Initiative, and the Rapid Housing Initiative, funded by the federal government. The Housing Secretariat works to enhance the health of Toronto's residents, neighbourhoods, economy and environment by delivering funding and incentives, and by developing innovative housing solutions, to create and maintain safe, affordable rental and ownership housing for low-income residents.
Montgomery Sisam Architects Inc.
Kevin HutchinsonKevin is an Associate at Montgomery Sisam Architects where he has worked since 2007. Trained at Toronto Metropolitan University and Technical University of Delft (Netherlands), he brings a focus on balancing planning, urban design, and architectural design considerations, with an emphasis on managing approval processes and guiding clients and stakeholders through strategic decision making. Kevin has been involved in 9 volumetric modular construction projects all focused on addressing equitable access to housing and supports for vulnerable peoples.
Bojana JerinicBojana has developed an international experience while practicing architecture in Canada and Europe for the past 11 years. Her design focus has been creating architectural concepts that are unlocking the existing potential of a site, be it the historical, cultural, or environmental conditions, while often utilizing unexpected interventions. Prior to joining Perkins&Will, she has worked on a broad range of projects including Office, Residential, Science and Hospitality from start to completion. Her recent portfolio includes Higher Education and Sports and Recreation projects with heavy timber and hybrid structures.
Dr Berthold Kaufmann
Dr Berthold KaufmannDr Berthold Kaufman, a physicist by training, began his career in the field of solar thermal plant development and consulting. He has worked as a senior research scientist at the Passive House Institute since 2000, conducting research on the thermal properties of buildings, their energy consumption and thermal flows for planning purposes as well as the on design of highly insulated windows and compact heat pump systems. Dr Kaufman regularly consults architects and construction contractors on Passive House design for both new builds and retrofits and also serves as an expert on questions of Passive House economics and financial analysis. In addition to his consulting work and numerous research publications, Dr Kaufman frequently gives technical Passive House seminars, lectures and speeches for international audiences.
Melvin LauMelvin has been an AIBC Registered Architect since 2007, leading and designing multi-family residential, mixed-use, and Passive House projects. He has been involved in projects through all phases of design and construction. Melvin’s passion for sustainability has led to his involvement in multiple pre-fabricated, Passive House projects, including the 1020 Legacy Way Passive House apartment with Whistler Housing Authority in Whistler, BC, which he completed while with a previous firm. Since joining Ryder Architecture in November 2020, he has built upon this passion through further involvement in Passive House and modular building projects, including several modular supportive housing projects on Vancouver Island. His previous speaking experiences include in-person presentation at BuildEx Vancouver in 2019 and 2020, in-person presentation at a Passive House social event in 2018, and in-person and virtual building tours at the Passive House Canada Conference and the iPHA conference in 2018 and 2019.
Affecting Change Inc.
Sandra LesterSandra is an award-winning green building strategist. She holds a Bachelor of Technology in Architectural Science from Toronto Metropolitan University and a Masters Certificate in Organization Development and a Certificate in Change Management from Schulich Executive Education Centre at York University. Sandra is a Certified Sustainable Building Advisor, a LEED-accredited Professional with a Specialty in Building Design and Construction, a CHEK Level 3 Holistic Lifestyle Coach and a Certified Passive House Designer. Her passion is helping communities and organization transition to net zero while becoming healthier and more resilient. • Keynote Speaker on the topic of the Future of Building Design, Outcome of Design Conference for ASID, Chicago, 2019 • Guest Speaker, IIDEX Neocon. 2008, 2010 • Speaker’s Program, University of Manitoba’s Design School, 2010 • CMHC EcoPods, and other conferences, 2008.
Sigi LiebmannSigi began his Timberframe Apprenticeship in Switzerland in 1986. After completing his Apprenticeship in 1989 he attended the Higher Technical School of Wood in Biel. The training specialized in wood engineering, building envelope physics, CAD drawings and CNC machine programming. Whilst in Switzerland he was part of the team developing a stacked DLT product, Optiholz. He established International Timberframes in 2003 where he assisted in the set-up of CNC technology and staff training for several Timberframing companies in Spain, USA and Canada and offered design consultancy services. In 2005 his passion brought him back to his timberframing roots and his company focus has been custom design, hand-cutting and using solid natural wood. He is a Board Member of the BC Log and Timber Industry Association.
Sto Canada Ltd.
Andreas LuethWith over 25 years of working with the architectural, construction and design community with a specific focus on the building envelope and specifically the Exterior Insulation and Rain Screen components of facades, Mr. Lueth has a robust understanding of today’s requirements to reach Net Zero and Passive Haus standards as well as the requirements for low embodied carbon materials from a building envelope perspective. Sto SE has been at the leading edge of Passive Haus design since its inception and is diligently working toward bringing more of these products to market in Canada to achieve these goals.
Gerry McCaugheyGerry McCaughey has dedicated his career to advancing offsite construction, successfully growing two start-ups into best-in-class companies – Century Homes in Europe and Entekra in the United States. His groundbreaking efforts have earned him numerous honors, including “Industry Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst and Young and “Manufacturer of the Year” by the National Association of Home Builders. He also received several patents for offsite methodologies that have become industry standards. Under his leadership as CEO, Century Homes became Europe’s largest producer of offsite built structures. When Century was acquired by Kingspan Group for $100 million in 2005, it had 650 employees and five manufacturing facilities producing 8,000 units annually for Europe and Asia. In late 2016, McCaughey co-founded Entekra in California. By 2019, Entekra was working with many of the premier homebuilders, and Louisiana Pacific invested $45 million to fund North America’s most advanced construction-related factory.
Bryan McCreaBryan is co-founder of 3twenty Modular, an innovative design-build general contractor that delivers projects using a modular process. Bryan appeared on CBC’s hit TV show Dragons’ Den, where 3twenty successfully slayed the dragons, gaining W. Brett Wilson as a partner. Under Bryan and his co-founder, Evan’s leadership, 3twenty now completes over 100,000 ft2 of commercial and institutional space annually, and is leading the industry in high-performance builds. Bryan is a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan’s Edwards School of Business and is a CPA CMA. He has been named one of Oil Week’s Rising Stars and has been named Profit Magazine’s top 20 under 30. Bryan is committed to developing Saskatchewan’s young business community and is passionate about inspiring others to be entrepreneurs.
Montgomery Sisam Architects Inc.
Enda McDonaghEnda joined Montgomery Sisam in 2010 and was made a Principal in 2021. He is a skilled technologist with a broad range of experience in educational and athletic facilities, social and performance spaces, high-end residential, commercial/office, mixed-use and retail buildings. Enda brings a wealth of international building knowledge to our team from his work in firms across Ireland, Australia and the United States. Enda has served as Project Manager on a number of notable projects, including the new Durham College Centre for Collaborative Education, Seneca College Magna Hall, the Greenwood College School Addition, the Cayman Islands Long Term Residential Mental Health Facility and the award-winning Southdown Institute redevelopment. He has also managed complex heritage renovations at Martin Luther University College and Phillips House Outpatient Treatment Services Centre. With keen design sensibilities, technical acuity and strong communication skills, Enda acts as a mentor to junior staff, enhancing
Sophie MercerSophie is a building envelope specialist with over 23 years of successfully collaborating with industry partners on new construction projects. Sophie brings to her projects strong technical skills in building science, materials, value engineering and integration of sustainable and energy efficient designs. Sophie is known for bringing forward solutions that are balanced and relevant, especially at the early stage of projects that are targeting high performance.
BlackBox Offsite Solutions Ltd.
Craig MitchellCraig Mitchell is passionate about modular and off-site construction. He has spent the last decade in senior management roles in the permanent modular construction field working with clients in both Canada and the US. He was also part of the team that delivered the first multi-family modular passive house project in Canada. He is currently the Principal of his offsite construction consulting company - BlackBox Offsite Solutions Ltd. His consultancy provides advice to owners, as well as project management and preconstruction consulting to the development and construction industry on how best to integrate offsite construction methods. He has been involved with the Wood First Advisory Committee with Forestry Innovation Investment and has held board roles with both the Modular Building Institute (MBI) and with the Vancouver Regional Construction Association (VRCA). In 2022, he is serving as Chair of the Board of Directors at the VRCA. He welcomes any conversation about how to leverage the power of offsite construction toward high-performance construction.
BC Passive House
Kyle MoenKyle has worked for BC Passive House for the past seven years as the Sales and Planning Manager. Over that time, he has overseen construction for several registered Passive Houses and step code low energy homes using the company’s high performance panel systems. Kyle’s work mainly focuses on project development and execution, labour and materials budgeting and procurement, and R&D through the application of informed building science. He was educated at BCIT (Dip. Architecture and Building Engineering Technology, 2010) and the University of Victoria (B.A. Economics, 2007)
Canadian Wood Council
Peter MoonenPeter studied Marine Biology, Zoology and Forestry at UBC and uses that science-based foundation as a technical communicator to advance a better understanding of wood products, sustainability, construction and the forest sectors. He has more than 30 years experience dealing with regulatory, environmental, sustainability and operational issues. He is National Sustainability Manager for the Canadian Wood Council, a technical and knowledge transfer organization providing support to designers, installers, manufacturers, contractors, building and fire officials, owners and regulators to build a strong wood culture in Canada through education, training and awareness. He regularly presents to design professionals, contractors, educators, regulators and building officials on sustainability, durability, the bio-economy, Low Carbon construction and wood use in Asia, Europe and North America. He is a member of the Team of Specialists & session facilitator with UN Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry.
Wojciech NiedzwiedzWojciech Niedzwiedz is an experienced MEP engineer, specialising in HVAC systems and thermal modelling simulations. Before joining CREE Buildings in 2019, he spent over 20 years working with several MEP contractors in the UK. In his current role as a Senior Building Services Consultant at CREE, he is responsible for developing systemized HVAC modules for industrial prefabrication and optimizing BIM planning and assembly processes for MEP services. He also coordinates all activities between CREE headquarters and North American partners and is responsible for the digital content on the CREE platform.
Lori O'MalleyLori is a P.Eng., M.A.Sc., LEED Green Associate with over 23 years of industry experience and joined PCL in 2008 as a Building Envelope Engineering Specialist. Lori provides technical building envelope expertise during design and construction phases of projects, while protecting design integrity and vision. In addition to providing technical assistance throughout the project life to identify improved building envelope performance solutions, Lori assists in material selection, identifying continuity concerns, and potential constructability and sequencing concerns of building envelope throughout the design, construction and commissioning phases of the project. Although located in the Toronto district, Lori provides building envelope technical assistance on high-performance building envelope projects throughout North America. Lori was previously an Associate responsible for the Façade Consulting Services department at a large structural and building envelope consulting engineering firm in Toronto.
Sam PidlubnyPMP Certified Construction Leader with 10+ years of field & office experience in Canada and the United States. Management of ICI & Residential projects up to $160m, responsible for planning, scheduling, and executing multi-functional projects according to predetermined timelines and budgets.
Richard PriceRichard Price is Partner at Atelier Bioclimat, a Passive House Prefab workshop West of Montréal, and the president of Construction Le Tournesol. He has a background in diverse building disciplines as a carpenter, Passive House Consultant and general contractor. Initially trained as a traditional timber frame carpenter, His understanding of unconventional construction methods led to an interest in building science and high-performance buildings. A General Contractor since 2009, in 2012 he decided to focus on Passive House and founded Construction Le Tournesol. The same year he became an IPHA Passive House Consultant. In 2016 Construction Le Tournesol built "Maison Ozalee" in Montreal, the first IPHA Certified Passive House in Quebec, . In 2021, along with Genel Severeyn from Maison Bioclimat Inc., he opened Atelier Bioclimat Inc. to meet the growing demand for Passive House Standard buildings.
Slavica PuzovicSlavica Puzovic is a designer at the Perkins&Will Vancouver studio. She gained her Master of Architecture Degree from the University of Novi Sad, and her MASA Degree from the University of British Columbia. With over 10 years of local and international experience Slavica’s work has largely been focused on projects with heavy timber structure for two reasons – environmental and experiential. Overlaying social and environmental aspects of sustainability Slavica is passionate about designs that have both a positive impact on built and natural environment and that provide healthy and harmonious spaces for people. Working within the residential sector, Slavica was also involved in multiple cultural and institutional projects through various design stages - from creating initial designs to overseeing construction processes. Slavica’s attention to details and processes has a large influence on her design decisions and the way she thinks about the built environment.
Habit Studio, ReCover Initiative
Lorrie RandLorrie is co-founder of the ReCover Initiative, a Halifax based non-profit established to scale retrofits in Canada. She is a Certified PH Designer and Tradesperson, an instructor with Passive House Canada and a board member of Retrofit Canada and Passive Buildings Canada. Lorrie has many years experience speaking on sustainable buildings as a guest lecturer at universities and technical schools, at conferences, including Passive House Canada's annual conference, and in advocating for sustainable buildings to decision makers in government and policy.
Patrick RoppelPatrick is an engineer and principal of Evoke Buildings, a building science specialist with over 18 years of consulting experience on building science and energy efficiency. Patrick’s focus in recent years has been providing tools and guidance to the industry to help practitioners make informed design decisions related to constructability, thermal, structural, energy and hygrothermal performance. Patrick frequently presents at industry events as a specialist on low-carbon Solutions for MURBS, envelope thermal bridging and codes, evolution of the thermal envelope and other topics. Patrick will outline his teams prefab panel decision process, as one of the Reframed Lab’s design team leaders.
Low Hammond Rowe Architects
Christopher RoweChristopher Rowe, Architect AIBC, LEED AP, CPHD, principal of Victoria’s Low Hammond Rowe Architects, has been designing high performance buildings for more than 20 years, starting with the Vancouver Island Technology Park, Canada’s first LEED Gold project. He helped lead integrated design of Richmond’s Olympic Oval and the University of Victoria’s Centre for Athletics, Recreation and Special Abilities; recent work includes educational and social housing projects with demanding energy performance targets. He has presented on sustainable design at Greenbuild and the AIBC’s Annual Conference. Chris is passionate about data-driven design, informed by early-stage energy modelling and construction and life cycle costing.
RSI Projects, ReCover Initiative
Nick RudnickiNick is co-founder of the ReCover Initiative, a Halifax based non-profit established to scale retrofits in Canada. Nick is also the CEO of RSI Projects, a residential building and renovation company in operation since 2011. His experience on numerous new house builds led to an awareness that the carbon emissions and climate impacts of constructing new buildings is a significant contributor to the environmental crisis. Nick is now working to champion a maximally efficient and effective methodology for upgrading existing buildings. Leveraging his expertise as a Passive House trained builder, Nick is well situated to navigate the building science complexities of deep retrofits.
Heather MottHeather is a Certified Passive House Consultant and architectural designer with Collective Carpentry. She integrates the Collective Building System into custom designs, produces pre-designed plans, runs energy model analyses, and creates standard details to communicate the prefab building system. You may recognize her from the Passive House Canada Conference bike tour presentation with Interacive Construction. With a passion for buildings that promote the health of the occupant and the environment, Heather is a Passive House devotee. She believes that high-performance building is most successful when paired with the manufacturing control of prefabricated construction.
Kearns Mancini Architects Inc.
Irene RiveraIrene is an associate architect at Kearns Mancini Architects, which she joined in 2017. She holds a Masters degree in architecture and urbanism from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia in Barcelona where she focused on high efficiency architecture and Passive House systems. She works as a Project Manager on Passive House projects, leading the design and coordination from project inception. Irene has completed the PHPP course in Passive House Design and believes Passive House is the first step to sustainable design, but taking full accountability of the overall carbon footprint is the end goal. That's why she has also specialized in Carbon Calculations and Life Cycle Assessments.
RDH Building Science Inc.
Kelsey SaundersKelsey Saunders is a Project Manager and Building Scientist at RDH Building Science and has been in the building science field for nearly 10 years. She holds a Bachelor of Architectural Science and a Master of Building Science degree from Toronto Metropolitan University. She is a Certified Passive House Designer and a LEED AP in Building Design and Construction. Kelsey’s work is focused on early stage building enclosure consulting on new construction projects across North America with a particular specialty in low carbon buildings both in terms of operational and embodied carbon. She takes an enclosure-first approach to low carbon design and has worked on many Passive House, Net Zero Carbon, mass timber, and prefabricated panelized enclosure projects. Kelsey has also been involved in numerous public and private research projects, including a current study of the embodied carbon impact of building enclosure systems in whole life carbon emissions .
NIDO Design Inc.
Brett SichelloBrett Sichello is a Passive House Designer based in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada and is principal at NIDO. Focused on timeless design, robust building envelope science, energy model optimization and advanced construction methods including prefabrication and modular construction, Brett has been involved since the early days of Passive House within Canada and has extensive experience in numerous single family and multifamily projects including the UBCO Skeena Passive House in Kelowna and the ASK Wellness Passive House in Merritt. Brett also taught the 110, 120A and 120B courses on behalf of Passive House Canada for over four years throughout Western Canada.
Moriyama & Teshima Architects
Phil SilversteinSince joining Moriyama & Teshima Architects in 2001, Phil’s outstanding collaborative ability and highly efficient working style have been integral to delivering multifaceted, complex projects, such as Toronto Metropolitan (formerly Ryerson) University’s Centre for Urban Innovation, the University of Toronto Mississauga’s Innovation Complex, and Victoria University’s Goldring Student Centre. Phil brings a drive and passion for designing buildings that are leading edge, low-carbon, and highly sustainable. His portfolio includes two of MTA’s most current, low-carbon, mass timber, exceptionally sustainable LEED Platinum, and net-zero targeted projects – Limberlost Place (formerly The Arbour) George Brown College Tall Wood Building (with Acton Ostry Architects), and the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation Multi-Tenant Commercial Building.
HSS Design Build
Raphael SpinnerRaphael Spinner is a licensed builder, certified Passive House Designer and has a Swiss diploma in mass timber and wood construction and project management. He founded HSS Design Build in 2016 with a firm mission of accelerating the transition to sustainable and energy efficient design and construction practices. Raphael has over 19 years of experience building sustainable and energy efficient structures to the highest quality and performance standards, both residential and commercial. His passion for Passive House design and timeless mountain architecture are at the heart of HSS Design Build. He is always striving to implement and educate the necessity of Passive House principles in design.
Craig TooheyCraig Toohey directs Business Development at Collective Carpentry, a custom home wood product-based prefabrication company in Invermere, British Columbia focusing on super-insulated assemblies, low carbon materials, and off-site Passive House construction. Craig has worked with Passive House practitioners across North America, using his background in sustainable business strategy and technical product sales to simplify, communicate, and put into action the solutions that developers, architects, and builders need to meet their business challenges, regulatory requirements, and their own ambitions for providing effective radical building efficiency and carbon mitigation solutions. Craig has been certified by both the Passive House Institute and PHIUS, and currently works from remotely from Europe where he is closely connected to the European industry for prefabricated Passive House construction.
Graeme VerhulstGraeme is a founding principal of Waymark Architecture and a keen advocate for advanced building science. He is one of the first architects in BC trained to design to the stringent International Passive House Standard, the world’s leading approach to energy in buildings. Graeme is also past chair of the Vancouver Island Chapter of the AIBC and sits on the Township of Esquimalt's Design Review Committee. Graeme spends his time with his young family and his garden.
475 High Performance Building Supply
Aaron WaldtAaron is a Product Consultant for 475 High Performance Building Supply. Since 2011, 475 has been providing architects, builders, and homeowners from across North America with the materials needed for sustainable high performance buildings and passive homes. In Canada, these materials include the Pro Clima Smart Enclosure System, GUTEX Woodfibre Insulation, and Skylights from LAMILUX and FAKRO. 475 also works hard to be a knowledge resource for the building community, providing technical support both online and in person through consulting and install training. Aaron provides support to Canada's Eastern Provinces, and is based out of Collingwood, ON. He is a Certified Passive House Consultant, and draws on his previous work experience in construction and engineering to help project teams design and implement their building enclosure strategies.
Paradigm Building Solution Ltd.
Nicole WalesAs a recent law school graduate, I have practical experience in speaking and presenting to both small audiences in a courtroom environment, to large audiences in a University lecture hall. I have spoken on a wide range of topics that includes environmental building design and construction law. I have presented both in person and through a virtual forum.
Bow Crow Design
Kim WaltonAs the founder of a small building design, and consulting practice, Kim Walton of Bow Crow Design has spent the last 40 years designing energy efficient homes and small buildings from the Alberta Foothills. Using her skills in Energy modelling and employing excellence in building science, Kim designs and manages Passive House and Net Zero projects across Canada. Kim is Certified as a Passive House Designer and Builder. Previous presentations: Passive House Canada: PH Pulse _ PH Specs, Valemount PH spotlight, PH Alberta projects. Passive House Alberta: Making your PH dreams come true. Passive House Accelerator: Preserved Wood Foundations.
US ENGINEERED WOOD
Mark WilleMark Wille is the Director of Building Experiences for US Engineered Wood Tstud™ who designs and manufactures Thermally Broken Structural Framing of various measurements. With a background in Custom fabrication for mobile and modified structures; his track record with Design/General Contracting is well known and has achieved many construction firsts. He is the remaining founder of BuildSmartChicago which has evolved from Green to an Off-Site Ministry with education focused on Passive House and Building Science Consulting Teams. The skills of Mark and Wille WOOD Work propelled into Self-Perform projects of existing buildings and development. He is active in the building science community and has retrofitted several residences of varying certifications. New construction, existing building rehabs, product procurement, high-performance assembly solutions, project management, estimating, Pre-Fabs, modified containers, PopUps, and Mobile Architecture are some of the many hats he wears when not welding or being a carpenter. Mark serves on a variety of boards including Carbon Free 2050, Passive House Alliance, Illinois Green Alliance, Tiny House Alliance USA, Habitat for Humanity Construction Committee, I.G.A. GreenBuilt Home Tour, Legacy Committee of GreenBuild 2018, Rebuilding Exchange Auxiliary Board. Besides knowledge of the trades/ lumberyards and manufacturers, Mark aligned himself with suppliers such as GreenMaker, Green Depot, and Green Home Experts, PlyBam Bamboo, and 475; Currently, his extra time is shared with PASSIVE HOUSE ACCELERATOR, BUILDING SCIENCE #BS Friday LIVE and Tstud™ Radio. Being an avid materials geek/representative for many years you may have seen him present at The Chicago Center for Green Technology a Trade Show or as a resident carpenter for Craftsman, Tools EXPERIENCE live video series. Speaking at local Universities and working directly with the students is a passion he continues to do each semester, searching for those to carry the torch and continue pursuit of knowledge in the field of construction and sustainability.
Mischa WitzmannMischa Witzmann, born 1972 in Heidelberg, Germany, studied architecture at the Vienna University of Technology, Austria, and at the Ecole de la Villette Paris, France. In 2006, together with Milena Karanesheva, he founded the architecture firm KARAWITZ in Paris, known for its sustainable architecture, which has won several awards. Mischa Witzmann has been teaching bioclimatic architecture at the Ecole d'Architecture Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, since 2016 and regularly lectures at conferences and training courses. KARAWITZ has always been committed to environmentally sustainable and climate-friendly architecture and has realised France's first certified passive house, the "Bamboo House" near Paris (2019). With its philosophy of holistically integrating functional, social, technical and aesthetic aspects of sustainability into the design process, KARAWITZ is now one of the leading architectural practices for passive house standards.
Dan Wood Design and Renovations
Dan WoodDan Wood has a corporate background working at IBM Canada in sales and management roles over an 18- year period. After IBM, Dan followed his entrepreneurial spirit and passion for building and started his own renovation and design company. Dan is a certified passive house consultant who in addition to his renovation company, provides design and consulting services in energy efficient residential home building. He resides in his new passive house with his wife and three dog in Golden, BC.