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Adam Cohen

LEED AP, CPHC NA & EU

As an active design/builder and green building expert, Adam Cohen is a leading North American Passivhaus practitioner whose innovative work on commercial high performance building has made his expertise sought-after for projects across North America. He is a principal partner in Structures Design/Build, LLC (www.structuresdb.com), Passiv Science, LLC (www.passivscience.com) and Quantum Architects, LLC, (www.quantumarchitects.com).

His design build firm, Structure Design/Build, a company co-founded by Cohen in 1999 offers integrated design and delivery of high performance buildings in Southwestern Virginia.

Mr. Cohen is recognized as a national leader in the Passivhaus movement and has presented technical papers at both national and international Passivhaus conferences. His leadership in commercial Passivhaus design has made him a sought after speaker, consultant and teacher of advanced courses in Passivhaus ultra-low energy design.
 
 

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Alex Spiegel

B Arch., OAA (ret)

Alex has recently joined Windmill Developments, opening the new Toronto office with a diverse range of sustainable infill projects currently underway in urban Toronto as well as community-based projects in Dundas and Prince Edward County.

As Director of Development with Context Development from 1996 to 2006, he directed residential and mixed-use projects in Toronto including District Lofts, Ideal Condominium, Mozo, Radio City, Home and Spire, as well as three adaptive re-use projects: Kensington Market Lofts, Tip Top Lofts and The Loretto.
Between 1985 and 1995 with General Leaseholds Limited, he developed and managed commercial projects, office and retail, throughout Ontario. Prior to becoming a developer, Alex practiced architecture in Toronto, Vancouver, Alberta and Jerusalem.
Alex has served as an advisor to many community organizations and non-profits including the Centre for Social Innovation, Toronto Community Housing Corporation, Artscape and Toronto District School Board  as well as private land owners and development companies. He has served on the board of the OAA’s Committee for the Sustainable Built Environment and the Kehilla Residential Program for Affordable Housing and is currently on the Board of the Annex Residents Association.

 

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Birgit Siber

B.Arch., OAA, MRAIC

Birgit Siber has practiced architecture with Diamond and Schmitt since 1996 and became a principal in 2003. Sustainability has been a leitmotif in Birgit’s work; she chairs the office sustainable design committee and actively promotes green building design within the office and the community. She is a frequent speaker at Canadian and international conferences on sustainability and recently was on a lecture circuit in Argentina and Chile. She is committed to the design of energy efficient buildings and believes that the emerging design language will imbue architecture with a beauty and clarity that stems from understanding, respecting and responding to location and climate.

In the role of project architect, Birgit has focused on a broad range of institutional and laboratory projects, including the University of Guelph-Humber, which incorporates the first innovative bio-filter plant wall. Birgit has recently completed work on the CANMET Building, a materials testing laboratory for the federal government targeting LEED Platinum and the 2030 Challenge. 

 

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Bob Bach

 

Bob Bach is a Senior Associate with Energy Profiles Limited, located in Toronto, Ontario. His responsibilities include building and energy codes and standards; utility demand side management program development/delivery/evaluation; green building energy and environmental design programs and assessment systems; energy and water conservation technology transfer; building energy monitoring and analysis; and municipal energy and water efficiency programs.  
 
Bob is a founding director of Sustainable Buildings Canada, member of the iiSBE Canada Team for the World Sustainable Building Conference and past Team Captain for SB-05 (Tokyo), SB-08 (Melbourne) and SB-11 (Helsinki), Life Member of ASHRAE, member of Professional Engineers Ontario, founding Co-Chair and currently Vice-Chair-Energy of the Ontario Building Code Conservation Advisory Council, and a member of the Ontario Power Authority Advisory Council on Conservation.. He is a former HVAC and solar energy contractor, and started his career in steam and gas turbines for power generation and mechanical-drive applications.
 
Outside of the office, Bob is an active participant in squash, skiing, and speed skating.
 
 
 


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Bob Marshall

P.Eng., BD+C, LEED®AP

 Bob Marshall is a Senior Building Envelope Consultant and has over 35 years of experience as a specialist in Building Science, Sustainability, and design of new and retrofit of energy efficient durable building envelopes for all types of building. Bob develops client relationships and provides CODE/ISO sustainability and LEED Building Science Professional Engineering Services.  Bob founded Cedaridge Services Inc. in 1996 and is partnering with world-class innovators with game changing technologies. He has worked on over 50 LEED-projects and is the co-author of the LEED Durable Building credit.  Dr. Ray Cole at the UBC is a co-author. Bob is responsible for providing advanced engineering solutions on green projects.
 
Bob understands litigation, Codes and Standards.  He was retained by the BC Ministry of the Attorney General as an expert on the $1.5B Leaky Condominium Class Action suit, supplying affidavit documents, key photographs and expert testimony, contributing to the Supreme Court’s decision to dismiss the charges.  He has been appointed to NRC’ Task Group on Energy Use Intensity for the National Energy Code for Buildings. He is appointed by the Standards Council of Canada as Canadian expert for ISO TC 163 SC2/WG 4 on Holistic Energy Performance. As Canadian voting Chair of ISO TC 163 SC2, the goal of ZEB can be met with innovative systems including advanced solar power clear glazing.
 
Contacts: 905-868-4840 or marshallrbrt@aol.com
 

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Charles Marshall 

 

Charles is a sustainable design professional who is at home facilitating the integrated design process.  As a Sustainability Consultant at DIALOG he has contributed to successful deep green buildings in many different sectors across Canada.  With a background in mechanical engineering he always has a foot planted in technical detail while striving to help design teams achieve the highest level of sustainability.  
 
A natural collaborator, Charles has championed sustainability on a range of projects including solar systems, energy retrofits, feasibility studies and new construction.  He is a specialist in planning for a low-carbon future, designing new and existing buildings that minimize energy use and connect to a smart, renewable power grid.  He has lectured on a range of topics including green retrofits for existing buildings, regenerative developments, and the Living Building Challenge. 
 
 
 


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Deborah Gottesman

P.Eng., MBA, LC, Assoc.IALD

Deborah is Principal of Gottesman Associates, an award winning architectural lighting design firm established in 1999, with distinctive expertise in sustainability and heritage projects.  Deborah's career spans almost three decades in the lighting industry. Her uniquely well-rounded experience in design, business, engineering, education, and manufacturing gives her a contextual understanding of the role of lighting from all perspectives.

Deborah has successfully worked on projects in many sectors, including The John Street Roundhouse and Park (IESNA Award of Merit), Union Station, The Royal Conservatory of Music, and Royal Saint George’s College (IESNA Award of Merit).   Gottesman Associates drafted the explanatory material for the Lighting section of the new Energy Code for Buildings (NRC 2011), and is currently working with the OAA on the lighting and daylighting of its headquarters, as it journeys to meet the 2030 challenge. 
 
 
 

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Doug Webber

GP.Eng., LEED AP BD+C

GREen Building Practice Leader 2012

Doug has been working in green development for over 20 years.  The last 15 of those have been with Halsall Associates where he is responsible for maintaining the team’s knowledge, systems, and reputation.  He has worked on:

Planning Projects, including the Waterfront Toronto’s LEED ND Gold project, and their Minimum Green Building Requirements (which received the 2012 Award for Excellence in Urban Sustainability from the GLOBE Foundation);

New Build Projects, including Evergreen at the Brickworks (which has won multiple awards including recognition by the Congress for New Urbanisms), the PWC Tower in downtown Toronto, and the UBC Student Union Building in Vancouver; and

Existing Building Renewal Projects, including Royal Bank Plaza and Waterpark Place.
He is a member of CaGBC Faculty, leads Halsall’s LEED Review team, and is a member of iiSBE Canada.
 

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Ellen Godson

 

Ellen Godson is the Principal of EFG Lighting Consultants.  With over 25 years of experience in the lighting industry, Ellen brings dedication and innovation to projects and design teams. She she managed Lighting Design Teams and worked on many challenging projects including the lighting design for a 3.3 million square foot LEED hospital in Montreal. Ellen has an experienced portfolio in the Industrial, Commercial, Institutional, Residential and Technology fields. Her dedication to the art and science of illumination brings a depth of experience and ability to achieve best in class and award winning designs for clients through effective application of the lighting specific concepts of spatial perception, mood and lighting hierarchy. She is a Faculty Member of OCAD University, an active member of the IESNA Toronto Section as Past President, Past Education Chair, presently Board Manager and Instructor for the Fundamentals and Intermediate Lighting Course.

  


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Gregory A. S. Allen

B.A.Sc., P. Eng.

Upon completion of his degree in engineering and studies in architecture, Greg Allen began his career in the renewable energies industry, and designing and building low energy solar houses.  Greg set up Canada’s first solar collector manufacturing operation.

Subsequently he was president of Allen-Drerup-White Ltd., a highly respected low-energy building design and construction firm.  He was also co-developer of the first Heat Recovery Ventilator, which resulted in the Air Changer Corporation.
 
Greg has worked on advancing sustainability for 43 years as a designer, builder, community planner, inventor, researcher, manufacturer, policy advisor, community activist and environmental consultant.  As Senior Associate of Sustainable EDGE Ltd., his activities include advanced building systems, renewable energy applications, ecologically engineered treatment facilities, and sustainable community planning.  Greg is a LEED Accredited Professional.
 
 
 


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Jason Manikel

P.Eng., cbcp, leed ap

Jason is a mechanical building systems engineer licensed in five provinces. He has been working in the construction industry for over twelve years and is the engineer of record for many high-performance green buildings. He is a member of the Canada Green Building Council’s Energy & Engineering Technical Advisory Group (E&E TAG), helping the CaGBC rule on technical issues related to LEED. As the M&E Practice manager, he is responsible for Halsall’s delivery of best-in-class building energy services.

 

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Jenny McMinn

 

Jenny is the Green Building and Energy Services Business Manager and Project Principal at Halsall Associates. As a devout urbanite, Jenny wholeheartedly embraces the benefits of being green, lending her skills to design teams and building owners in the creation of high performance green building communities. Her roster of green building projects includes residential, commercial and community-based multi-use facilities ranging in size, scope and project delivery type.
 
Jenny has a Bachelor of Architecture and a Bachelor of Environmental Studies – both from the University of Waterloo. With a background in sustainable architecture and urban planning, Jenny brings a fresh approach to every project that she is part of. She is a LEED Accredited Professional and member of the Ontario Association of Architects, and has presented at some of Canada’s largest construction and real estate conferences including the CaGBC National Conference, Construction Superconference, and Buildex Calgary in 2011. She is also regularly asked to come in and deliver presentations at architects’ office to give an overview of the latest green practices.
 
 
 


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Jiri Skopek

 

Jiri Skopek is an architect and planner with over 30 years of experience in sustainable development. As Managing Director, Sustainability with ECD Jones Lang LaSalle, Jiri Skopek provides advice to owners and managers of large portfolios on sustainable development in the fields of design, asset and facility management, emergency preparedness, business continuity and building intelligence. As an environmentalist, he is best known for developing Green Globes environmental assessment tools. The Green Globes assessment modules have been adopted and are promoted in North America by various organizations such as Green Building Initiative (GBI), APPA and CABA. BOMA Canada has adopted Green Globes as a national environmental excellence program BOMA BESt.
 
As an architect, Jiri has contributed to Toronto’s skyline. He was senior designer with Bregman and Hamann Architects of Toronto, and Master Planner for the BCE complex in downtown Toronto. In 1990’s he ran the Paris office of Santiago Calatrava, Designer of BCE Place galleria.
 
He was a founding participant in Solar Research and Development at Milton Keynes Development Corporation, in England, and designed the first active solar house in the U.K. With the Llewelyn-Davies International he was a Planning Consultant to the governments of the Sultanate of Oman and Qatar on community development and government land use policies. In Saudi Arabia, he designed the new town of Jizan and was the Chief Urban Designer for the King Abdulaziz University Campus, Jeddah.
 
 


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Joel Good 

 P.Eng., M.A.Sc., LEED AP

Joel Good has been consulting on building performance for nearly 10 years. He applies his mechanical and environmental engineering background to provide sustainability solutions for the built environment. Joel's knowledge of climate responsive design techniques such as natural ventilation, passive solar, and daylighting have been honed by project experience in most climate zones around the world, working across sectors ranging from universities, to stadia, to office and laboratory spaces, to masterplans. Joel has worked on many projects with aggressive energy performance targets, including net-zero buildings. Joel is well-versed in energy and climate modelling tools and techniques as well as green building principles and guidelines which he enjoys applying at the earliest stages of design. Joel is a project consultant who regularly contributes to design teams by participating in design charettes and providing technical design guidance. Joel frequently contributes to the design community with journal articles, university coursework, and invited speakerships.

 

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John Kokko

P.Eng., CCP, LEED® AP

John is a professional engineer and Head of Commissioning Services with MMM Group. John has worked in the building HVAC field on new and existing buildings for 30 years. He has performed research studies, feasibility studies, designed small and large HVAC systems, provided energy audits, commissioning of new building systems, measurement and verification and commissioning on existing buildings. He heads the MMM Commissioning Team providing optimization services for existing buildings through audits, re-commissioning, retrofit design, and project management for mechanical, electrical and alternative energy systems in energy efficient and sustainable commercial building projects. John has presented at many conferences and workshops on New and Existing Building Commissioning.

 


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Jonathan Waltr

LEED® AP, PMP, EP-Sustainability 

Jonathan joined EllisDon in 2013 bringing nearly 7 years of specialized sustainability expertise within the design and construction industry. Prior to joining EllisDon, Jonathan worked as a Sustainability Specialist for Morrison Hershfield (2012-2013) and as a Project Manager, Green Building Services for Enermodal Engineering  Ltd (2007-2012).  Additionally, Jonathan brings a unique advantage to EllisDon’s sustainability projects, having previously been a CaGBC reviewer as well.  His impressive experience covers projects in both the public and private sectors, with 14 prominent projects having achieved LEED certification.

Currently, as a Project Manager for EllisDon’s Sustainable Building Services division, Jonathan provides support and oversight to EllisDon project teams in meeting the sustainability objectives and requirements of their projects.  Jonathan is currently overseeing EllisDon’s Atlantic portfolio, providing support to both our central offices in Halifax and St. John’s, as well as the various project teams in the field.
 
 
 


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Kevin Farbridge

TRUST. It's what defines Kevin's working relationship with his clients. As an S+A Principal, Kevin acts as a strong mentor. He is someone both colleagues within the firm and clients call on for his expansive knowledge and common sense approach gained over a distinguished career at S+A, spanning more than 25 years. He builds trusting and durable relationships with clients, based on his ability to see the "big picture" among the many dynamic interactions and sometimes conflicting demands of architects, contractors, building owners and end users. His responsiveness and common sense are qualities his clients and his colleagues rely on. In addition to his work as a professional engineer, Kevin is a designated consulting engineer within the Province of Ontario and has been a board director for the Consulting Engineers of Ontario.

 


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Liam (William) O’Brien

Ph.d

Liam (William) O’Brien, PhD is an Assistant Professor and Program Advisor for Carleton University’s new Architectural Conservation and Sustainability Engineering program and the principle investigator of the Human Building Interaction Lab. He is researching design processes and energy simulation for high-performance solar buildings, with a current specialization in understanding, modeling, and designing for occupant behaviour.  He is currently a subtask co-leader of International Energy Agency Solar Heating and Cooling Programme Task 40: “Towards net-Zero Energy Solar Buildings”, for which he is co-editing a book titled “Design, Modelling, and Optimization of Net-zero Energy Buildings”.

Since starting at Carleton University in 2011, he has taught four courses including Green Building Design and Indoor Air Quality. He is currently supervising three master’s students and one PhD student, all of whom are conducting research on high-performance building design and operation.

Dr. O’Brien has authored or co-authored over thirty refereed conference and journal publications. He is heavily involved in the building design and research community, including being the Faculty Advisor for the Carleton Solar Decathlon team and ASHRAE student chapter, Vice President of the Canadian Chapter of the International Building Performance Simulation Association (IBPSA-Canada). He has organized multiple academic conferences, including chairing SimAUD 2013 and eSim 2014, and numerous educational workshops aimed at graduate students and professionals. He has given many presentations to local and international researchers, architects, and engineers and presented "Occupant-Conscious Buildings" at TEDxRideau Canal in 2012. 
 

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Loghman Azar

M.Arch.UD. AIBC. OAA

Loghman studied economics, architecture and urban design and moved to Toronto after his graduation from Harvard University.  He formed LINE Architect Inc. in Toronto, and his high performance projects includes Innovation Square office towers in Toronto, Clearnet (Telus) Switch Centres in Toronto, Montreal and Fleming College in Peterborough which received recognitions from Canada Wood Council, Ministry of Natural Resources and OAA honourable mention for design excellence.
 
Loghman coauthored a book on energy saving commissioned by Union Gas and Enbridge in 1998 and has showcased his projects in Toronto, Oslo, Vancouver and Ottawa. He has been a speaker in Construct Canada, IIdex, Green Real Estate, BC Real Estate Convention and Canada Energy Conferences, continuing education courses at the AIBC and APEGBC. He was named a Visionary by Vancouver’s Vision Magazine.  Loghman has served on Toronto Society of Architects board, OAA Practice and Environment, AIBC Professional Development committees, and as president of the Conservation Council of Ontario.
 

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Lyle Scott

 

Lyle Scott is a mechanical engineer with seventeen years’ experience specializing in energy efficiency, facilities management, and sustainable development. As the managing Principal of Footprint, a consultancy dedicated to sustainability, Lyle provides the leadership required to help project teams improve energy efficiency, interior environmental quality and overall project sustainability.

He has served as a founding board member of Sustainable Buildings Canada and on the Canada Green Building Council’s LEED® Management Committee, LEED for Homes Technical Committee, and several other CaGBC committees including the Technical Advisory Group, LEED 2009 Submittals Task Force, Core and Shell Task Force and the Durable Building’s Task Force. He has served as a technical resource to the Cities of Toronto, Edmonton and Calgary and as an advisor to sustainability programs at Humber College, Ryerson University and the University of Toronto.

Lyle has played an instrumental leadership role in several sustainability “firsts” including the first CaGBC multi-residential building (Radiance, LEED-NC Silver) and the first CaGBC Gold certified high-rise multi-residential building (Minto Roehampton, LEED-NC Gold) in addition to many other LEED projects bridging all building types and sectors.

Having worked both as the facility manager of the Hospital for Sick Children and as a developer and contractor, Lyle’s past experience provides a well-rounded perspective on energy efficiency and sustainable design.
 

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Mark Gorgolewski

B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D., DIP ARCH, LEED AP.

Professor Ryerson university 

Dr. Mark Gorgolewski has has worked for many years as an architect, researcher and environmental consultant to the construction industry. He is a director of the Canada Green Building Council and past chair of the Association for Environment Conscious Building in the UK.

Mark’s interest is in the area of closed-loop systems applied to the built environment. This includes strategies to enhance the sustainability performance of construction materials, building products, buildings as well as urban environments. His work addresses the integration of energy, water, materials and urban food systems. Mark has published many books, articles and papers on issues of sustainable design. His most recent publication with co-authors June Komisar and Joe Nasr is Carrot City: Creating Places for Urban Agriculture. Current areas of research include sustainable housing, reuse of construction resources, building performance assessment, and design for urban agriculture. He coordinated one of the winning teams in the CMHC Equilibrium Housing Competition to design a sustainable, net zero energy housing development, and was co-curator for the Carrot City exhibition in Toronto, New York, Berlin, Paris and elsewhere. Mark is also co-recipient of the 2007-2008 ACSA/AIA Housing Design Education Award and in 2012 he received the H.A. Krentz Award from the steel industry. 
 
 

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Mike Williams

MSc, BESc, LEED AP BD+C

Associate | Sustainability

 
For the past 10 years Mike has been working as a sustainability consultant in the building design and construction industry and is currently an Associate at RWDI.

Over his career, Mike has been responsible for dozens of projects in pursuit of sustainability objectives such as: LEED certification, Toronto Green Standard compliance, Green House Gas reductions, Architecture 2030 and energy use reduction goals.

Mike is a passionate professional who has been invited to speak as a green building expert at a number of conferences including: Construct Canada; CaGBC Toronto Chapter, Spring Open; Green Real-estate Forum, Sustainable Labs Canada, ACTION Partners Innovation Summit, MIAGreen and the CaGBC National Summit.

Mike’s recent project experience includes work on some of Canada’s greenest buildings including the CANMET Laboratory in Hamilton and the ETFO Headquarters Buildings in Toronto both of these projects have achieved a LEED Platinum level of certification and set new standards for sustainability in their respective communities.
 
 


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Paul Dowsett

 

Paul Dowsett is the founder and Principal Architect at SUSTAINABLE.TO Architecture + Building.

With more than two decades of local and international residential, institutional and commercial sustainable design and project management experience, Paul is uniquely qualified to lead a highly collaborative design team for projects of diverse scales, types, and complexities, as well as to provide guidance and consultation to those looking to learn more about the sustainable design process on any level. At the core of Paul’s philosophy and practice is the belief that design and construction solutions should be simple, sensitive, and sustainable. 
 
Paul's professional practice is firmly driven by the principles of building science, with a dedicated division in-house that works to quantify and optimize the impacts of all design strategies proposed by SUSTAINABLE.TO. With a deep priority placed on energy efficiency, durability, and healthy environments, Paul's dedication to building science is evident in his constantly evolving work. 
SUSTAINABLE.TO is proud to be the international competition winner for both our Low Cost /Low Energy New Orleans Passive House in 2011, as well as our New York Resilient House in 2013; and in 2012 to be the first architects awarded the CMHC annual Healthy Housing Recognition for our commitment to healthy and sustainable housing. 
 


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Sheena Sharp

B.E.S., M.Arch, OAA, F.RAIC

Sheena Sharp is a graduate of the University of Manitoba and the University of Washington, where she worked research projects connecting worker satisfaction with day-lighting and energy use. She worked for 16 years at Young + Wright Architects, where she lead the studio group which completed the environmentally sustainable design of a post secondary college. She is currently a principal at Coolearth Architecture inc, which specializes in design based on in-house energy modeling. Currently “on the boards” at Coolearth are the energy modeling of a new 19,300 sm assembly plant as a LEED consultant for Bombardier Aerospace, and the design of 20 off-grid recreation condos in northern Ontario. She is regularly invited to give community talks on sustainable design, recently for the Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve, and the City of Kawartha Lakes. After attending seminars on the 2030 Commitment at an AIA convention, she volunteered Coolearth as a guinea pig when the OAA wanted to test drive the 2030 commitment, and she is now willing to share all the gory details. 
 


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Stephen Pope

OAA, FRAIC

Stephen Pope is an architect concerned with an effective and sustainable built environment. Until recently a Natural Resources Canada expert in high performance commercial building, he maintains expertise in the design of energy and water efficient buildings. He facilitates integrated design processes as a vehicle for achieving high-performance facilities in the most direct and cost effective manner.
 
Through work with NRCan, Stephen has gathered considerable experience with modeling operations energy, and the embodied effects of buildings. To encourage the use of modelling tools, he has delivered over 100 professional development, university, or public lectures on energy efficiency for commercial buildings since 2001. 
 
Stephen holds Bachelor of Environmental Studies and Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Waterloo. He is a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, Chair of the Board of Directors of the ATHENA Sustainable Materials Institute, and member of the Ottawa Regional Society of Architects. 
 

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Steve Kemp 

M.A.Sc., B.Sc., B.Eng., P.Eng.

Steve is manager of the Buildings-Sustainability group at MMM Group Ltd. His career has touched on nearly all aspects of sustainable buildings and has included developing and using energy models and well as daylighting, human comfort models. As real world low energy projects have come to fruition Steve was involved in monitoring their performance as well as troubleshooting and commissioning their energy systems. 
Since 1999 Steve has been developing and delivering continuing education workshops to building designers for NRCan, RAIC, the CaGBC and other industry organizations. The topics have included renewable energy, building enclosures, high performance HVAC systems and sustainable design.
Steve has undergraduate degrees in Physics and Engineering as well as a Masters of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering. He is a registered professional engineer in Ontario, a past-president of the IBPSA-Canada, and chairs the Energy & Engineering Technical Advisory Group for the CaGBC.
 
 


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Susan Spencer Lewin

B. Arch, MUD, OAA, RAIC, LEED BD+C, ND

Susan Spencer Lewin is a Principal at CS&P Architects. With over twenty years experience as a professional architect, her project experience and design background is extensive, with a continued focus on sustainable, accessible buildings and communities. Susan’s experience has typically included large urban projects often including complex reuse and adaption of existing buildings. Recent projects include the Regent Park Community Centre, North Toronto Collegiate Redevelopment, and the University of Windsor downtown campus revitalization project. Susan has lectured extensively on her work and sustainable building and community design.
 
Susan is a Councillor for the Ontario Association of Architects, Chair of the OAA Sustainable Built Environment Committee, Past Chair of the CaGBC-GTC, Past Vice Chair of the Toronto Society of Architects, and is Faculty at the Institute without Boundaries, George Brown School of Design.
 
 

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Vera Straka

MEng (Toronto), PEng, CEng, MIstructE, FCSCE, LEED AP

Vera teaches in the area of building science, including structures and materials, integration studio, building performance and sustainable design at undergraduate and graduate levels. She has organized many charrettes and extracurricular activities for students with the strong representation from the industry.  Her commitment to Ryerson includes supervision of graduate students and work with both teaching and research assistants. She is a recipient of Ryerson University teaching award.
 
She is a member of CSA TC on Sustainability Buildings which recently published CSA Z783 – Deconstruction of buildings and their related parts. She has been a judge of many architecture competitions and reviewer for many refereed conferences, Canadian masonry, Plea and CSCE.

Her research interests are in the following areas: building performance, resource efficiency and sustainable design. Building performance research interests include building envelope performance; post-occupancy evaluation, energy efficiency, benchmarking, occupant comfort and retrofit of existing buildings are currently in progress on multi-unit residential buildings. Previous projects included POE’s on schools and office buildings. The multi-unit residential project is in the middle of a two-year funded period. Sustainable building performance has been of interest for number of years.