Mona Lemoine, MRAIC, Architect AIBC, MAA, LFA, LEED AP BD + C

Senior Sustainable Design Specialist, Perkins + Will

As Senior Sustainable Design Specialist Mona is responsible for leading and managing sustainability assessments of a wide range of project opportunities that may relate to water, energy, and carbon analysis; material health research; and trends on occupant health and well-being. With a career firmly rooted in design and the built environment, she is a trained Regenerative Practitioner and brings a unique balance of big picture systems thinking and attention to detail. In addition to professional practice, Mona is an active member of the green building community and is currently Chair of the RAIC Committee on Regenerative Environments. Mona is devoted to playing an active role in creating a positive impact in the world and enjoys inspiring others to do the same.


Founding Partner, EVOQ Architecture

Alain leads the firm’s projects that are located north of the 55th parallel. He began his career by managing a number of international projects before setting his choice on the Canadian Arctic. His intent is to actively contribute to the promotion and development of the culture of the Inuit and First Nations.

Alain has extensive knowledge of the challenges and issues that are specific to construction and development in a northern context, within the Aboriginal communities. His involvement in the design of community and cultural facilities, among others, earned him an enviable reputation in these localities. He is recognized for his efforts to translate and express the Native culture and traditions through the built environment.

Birgit Siber, B. Arch OAA RAIC LEED AP

Principal, Diamond Schmitt Architects

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.

Daniel Pearl, MOAQ, LEED AP

Senior Architect and Partner, L'OEUF

Daniel Pearl co-founded l’oeuf(L'Office de l'Éclectisme Urbain et Fonctionnel) in 1992, in order to concentrate his expertise in sustainable and environmental design. In recent years, L’OEUF’s partners have expanded to include Bernard Olivier and Sudhir Suri.

An associate professor at the school of architecture (University of Montréal) since 2001, Daniel’s academic and professional research has involved the documentation of L’OEUF’s experimental practice (institutional and large-scale community housing projects) and innovative theoretical and applied research from local IDP (Integrated Design Process) building designs, to green infrastructure, to sustainable neighbourhoods - the last subject in collaboration with the Urban Ecology Agency of Barcelona (and director Salvador Rueda).

Jennifer Cutbill, MRAIC, Architect AIBC, LEED GA

Project Architect, Local Practice Architecture and Design

Jennifer is a registered Architect at Local Practice Architecture and Design, and a Regional Director of the RAIC (BC-Yukon).  With a background in architecture, systems ecology, and art history she believes every project is an opportunity for creating nested scales of positive impact for people and place.  As such, her work focuses on whole systems design and change agency; spanning scales and sectors from EV charging pavilions, to large scale urban design, mixed use, higher education, community, and infrastructural projects – the largest to date, being a 1.5 million square foot mixed use adaptive reuse community regeneration project in Memphis Tennessee (prior to joining Local Practice). 

Keith Robertson, M.Arch., MRAIC, NSAA, LEED AP (BD+C)

Keith has been involved in the construction industry since 1981. His dedication to all things green motivates him to continually design and build better. He founded Solterre Design in 1992 with his partner Jennifer Corson. Solterre specializes in sustainable design and construction, including off-grid, net-zero, Passive House and LEED-certified residential, commercial, institutional, and healthcare projects.

Martin Nielsen, MRAIC, Architect AIBC, PEng, LEED AP

Principal, DIALOG

A registered architect and mechanical engineer, Martin brings over twenty-five years of experience and leadership to DIALOG’s urban design, mixed-use development, higher education, and transportation projects. He is passionate about sustainable design solutions that are socially, economically, and environmentally responsible. 

Martin’s recent project work includes the planning of a LEED Platinum community for the University of Calgary Development Trust and the recently completed LEED Gold, UBC Campus Energy Centre targeting. 

He is currently serving on the Squamish Nation Advisory Design Panel and has served as Chair on the City of Vancouver Urban Design Panel and UBC Advisory Urban Design Panel.

Richard Beaulieu

Sales Representative, architectural

Richard Beaulieu has more than 33 years' experience in the construction industry, working primarily in steel structures, building systems and as a project manager in the James Bay region of Northern Quebec. He has coordinated projects and crews in several disciplines, on a variety of worksites. Today, and for the past 21+ years, Richard has lent his support to architects in addition to managing a wide array of projects with general contractors and installers. He did remarkable work with Quebec architects and engineers to develop the architectural panel market. More recently, Richard has been involved in a number of projects, including the IKEA Distribution Centre in Beauharnois, Place Bell, the Agnico Eagle mine in Meliadine, Nunavut, and De Beers Group's "Gahcho kué" diamond mine in Northwest Territories.

Ellen Bensky, CanBIM P1

Principal, Turner Fleischer Architects Inc.

As a partner and CEO of Turner Fleischer Architects and CanBIM member, Ellen Bensky has contributed, on a daily basis, to the advancement of BIM and Virtual Design not only in her firm but industry-wide through her initiatives and dedication. With a passion for learning, she has spearheaded continuing-education programs for staff and has presented at colleges and universities on a local and international level.  Through her current role, Bensky can engage daily in the process of successfully leveraging business needs and architectural realities, driving her passion for operational excellence. She is proudly the recipient of CanBIM’s 2017 Professional Achievement Award for all her accomplishments related to this platform.

Joel Berman, ALA, LEED-AP

President, Joel Berman Architecture & Design, Ltd.

Joel Berman, LEED-AP, ALA, is the founder and president of Joel Berman Architecture & Design, a Chicago architecture firm specializing in inner-city adaptive reuse and heritage restoration for hospitality, restaurant, institutional and residential development. Project work includes an award-winning historic preservation renovation of a 1920s White Castle Hamburger building, and conversion of a 1906 Chicago fire station into a video production and post-edit facility. For Berman, sketching enhances his design work and architectural practice. He is an executive board member of Urban Sketchers, a non-profit promoting the art of onsite freehand drawing and painting with more than 180 chapters around the world.

Nick Bowker, Dip. Arch. Tech., OAAAS, LEED GA,

Manager, Commercial Design and Realization, Turner Fleischer Architects Inc.

Nick Joined Turner Fleischer in 2010, and his high-energy and inquisitive nature is what drives him to improve practices and procedures, BIM Implementation and Standards. As a department manager he is an active leader focusing on continual education, charitable initiatives and professional development at Turner Fleischer. Nick cultivates working relationships with clients, consultants, and contractors from the design and documentation phase through to the completion of construction with an emphasis on ensuring that projects are delivered on time and on budget, using the most applicable technology available.

Susan Chung

Associate Director, Co-Design Group

Susan Chung is a science educator and an associate director of the Co-Design Group. She is an experienced co-design artist-facilitator who coordinates co-design workshops.  She has worked as an artist on urban projects in Vancouver since 1993.

Chung is the recipient of the RAIC BC Chapter Advocate for Architecture award. In 2010, she won a RAIC Foundation Bursary as co-author with Stanley King of the In 2014, she received an international Community Climate Change Fellowship sponsored by the North American Association for Environmental Education.

Merinda Conley, Dip.Arch.Tech. (Hons), A.Sc.T., M.EDes.(Arch), MRAIC

Senior Heritage Planner, City of Victoria

Merinda Conley is Senior Heritage Planner for the City of Victoria. Highly skilled Co-Design artist, Merinda is a Founding Member and Associate Director of the Co-Design Group and co-author of the book Co-Design - A Process of Design Participation.

Merinda was Chief of the Alberta Main Street Programme and Founder and Principal of her firm Community Design Strategies in private practice for 10 years, she revitalized 23 towns and city neighbourhoods, and wrote the 7-volume Main Street Manual.

Merinda received 17 awards for her work including AIA Gold Medal for her Master’s Degree at U of Calgary, Honourable Mention in the Premier of Alberta Award of Excellence, and Special Recognition Award for her contribution to Alberta Community Development, and Bronze Medal in the Premier of Alberta Award of Excellence.

Claudia Cozzitorto, OAA, MRAIC, LEED AP, M. Arch, B. Arch Sci.

Director of BIM and Digital Practice, MJMA (MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects)

Claudia Cozzitorto is an architect with nearly 15 years of practice in both Ontario and British Columbia.  As MJMA’s Director of BIM and Digital Practice,Cozzitorto has led the implementation of BIM and kept at the forefront of technology and innovation.  She is a BIM-industry thought leader, who dedicates much of her time to local and national Canadian BIM initiatives. Cozzitorto is executive director of the Toronto BIM Community and the vice-chair of communications for BuildingSMART Canada. She is also a board member of the Institute for BIM in Canada Steering Committee as a Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) representative.  Her areas of interest include collaborative workflows, BIM data, and openBIM as well as advocacy of BIM in Canada.

Emma Cubitt, OAA, MRAIC, LEED AP

Associate, Invizij Architects

Emma Cubitt is a Hamilton-based architect and associate at Invizij Architects. Her passions for comfortable small-scale spaces, affordable housing, and sustainability have helped create over 400 units of affordable housing either built or under construction in the past decade, with more in development. She currently has three Passive House projects underway with Indwell. She and her husband Graham Cubitt have started a co-op grocery store and live in a 700-square-foot century home in downtown Hamilton.

Graham Cubitt, BA

Director of Projects & Development, Indwell

Graham Cubitt is the director of projects and development at Indwell, a Hamilton-based Christian charity that creates affordable housing communities. Indwell’s approach to affordable housing focuses on creating vibrant, livable communities — often through adaptive-reuse of derelict buildings, or by new construction. Indwell has adopted Passive House design strategies for its current three projects, taking a leading role in demonstrating the economic and environmental benefits of low-energy buildings. Cubitt is the president of The Mustard Seed Co-op Grocery and was recently awarded Environmentalist of the Year in Hamilton.

Ryan Danks, P.Eng.

Senior Engineer, RWDI Consulting Engineers and Scientists

Ryan Danks specializes in creating tools and methodologies to predict how the built environment will interact with climate. From preventing dangerous solar glare to tracking germs through air ducts and understanding wind flow around the next generation of extremely large telescopes, Danks’s ability to understand and simulate multifaceted physical processes yields answers to even the most sophisticated questions. Danks helps RWDI stay at the leading edge of building science through his contributions to RWDI’s building-science R&D practice. He is the lead developer of the firm’s Climate-Aware Design Toolkit, which includes the Eclipse solar modeling engine and the Oasis thermal comfort estimator.

David Dove, FRAIC, Architect AIBC, LEED AP BD+C

Principal, Perkins+Will (Vancouver)

With over 25 years of experience, David Dove leads the Perkins+Will Vancouver’s Corporate + Commercial + Civic (CCC) market sectors and directs complex, mixed-use projects. Dove led the rezoning and redevelopment of the Shannon Estate. Current work includes the St. George’s School master plan, the renovation and interiors of the Life Building at the University of British Columbia, and multiple projects in downtown Vancouver for large development clients. He is currently acting as the local architect for the new Vancouver Art Gallery with international design architect Herzog & de Meuron. Dove is an active board member of the Vancouver Heritage Foundation and an elected council member for the Architectural Institute of British Columbia.

Graeme Duffus, FRAIC, NSAA, APT, CAHP

Principal, Director of Conservation, DSRA Architecture

Graeme Duffus is principal and director of conservation at DSRA Architecture, based in Halifax. Duffus has been responsible for building conservation projects across the Atlantic region in the fields of housing, planning, commercial and institutional buildings, in both the public and private sectors. He has prepared conservation plans for numerous heritage buildings and undertaken over 300 projects with varying degrees of repair, up to full restoration. He is the recipient of several Nova Scotia Lieutenant Governor's Awards for his projects, including NSCAD University campus, Halifax City Hall, Keith Hall, and most recently the exterior restoration of James Power Cottage.

Russell Pollard | BPhil (Leadership), MBA

Management Consultant, Innovia Partners

Russell creates and implements talent management programs to help clients attract, retain and develop top talent in line with their creative and strategic ambitions. He also builds integrated marketing processes and tools that help Innovia’s clients drive revenue growth and compete. Russell has studied leadership and business in Europe, Canada and Bhutan, and has developed and delivered leadership programming for architectural practices in Toronto and London.

Russell is a Sobey MBA and holds a Bachelor’s in Interdisciplinary Leadership Studies from the University of New Brunswick.

Ian Ellingham, FRAIC, OAA, AOLE

Chair, The Built Environment Open Forum, and The Right Angle Journal

After a development career, Ian Ellingham now focuses on research, writing, and teaching. He is a vice-president of Corinium Development Strategies and an associate of Cambridge Architectural Research Limited. Ellingham holds graduate degrees in Land Economy and Urban Studies from Cambridge University. He has co-authored the books 100+25 Years: OAA Perspectives on a Quarter Century (2006, OAA); Whole Life Sustainability (2013, RIBA Publishing), and New Generation Whole-Life Costing: Property and Construction Decision-Making Under Uncertainty (2014, Taylor & Francis). He has also published widely in academic and building industry publications.

Andrea Frisque, P.Eng. (BC), LEED AP, CPHD

Senior Building Performance Engineer, Stantec (Vancouver)

Andrea Frisque provides technical direction and leadership in low-energy design for buildings and communities. She publishes technical papers in international journals, presents at national and international conferences, and gives talks and lectures. Frisque has over 15 years of experience related to analyses and computer simulations for sustainable design. She uses her extensive knowledge of heat and mass transfer, thermodynamics and fluid dynamics to provide cost-effective, sustainable design and unique solutions, helping project teams achieve their performance goals. Dr. Frisque was a founding director of the Canadian Passive House Institute (CanPHI) and has experience with net-zero and net-positive energy designs.

Dan Glenn, FCSLA, ASLA

Landscape Architect/Tourism Planner

Dan specializes in community-based tourism planning and design. His passion is uncovering the hidden gems that contribute to understanding and celebrating the uniqueness of place. He understands that tourism is a business and the fastest growing sector of our economy. Equally important to the tangible-built products we create are the intangible products that bring meaning and memorable experiences.
A Fellow to the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects his projects have won several awards for their sustainable approach to balancing natural systems and visitor experiences. Fredericton, New Brunswick has been his unlikely home base for his entire career. Although he primarily serves the Atlantic Canada market, he has recently worked on such projects as: Banff National Park Visitor Centre, Riding Mountain National Park, a proposed national botanic garden in Ottawa, Cruise Terminal proposals in the Caribbean and national guidelines for “Blueways” a Trans Canada Trails initiative.

Gordon Grice, FRAIC, OAA, ASAI

Director; Editor-in-Chief; Creative Director, The Built Environment Open Forum; The Right Angle Journal; and FORREC

Gordon Grice is an architect, editor, writer, illustrator, and creative director, living in Toronto. Currently, as creative director to FORREC – a Canadian entertainment design firm – his responsibilities include creative and art direction, creative writing, thematic development and professional outreach. Over the past 20 years, has published more than two-dozen books as well as 80 issues of the OAA Perspectives. This past September, Grice and his colleagues founded the Built Environment Open Forum, which publishes The Right Angle Journal. Grice is a past president and senior advisor to the American Society of Architectural Illustrators, and a member of the OAA Order of Da Vinci.

Rick Haldenby, FRAIC

Professor, School of Architecture, University of Waterloo

Rick Haldenby is a professor at the University of Waterloo School of Architecture. He served as director for 26 years. Haldenby founded the Waterloo Rome Program, won the University of Waterloo Distinguished Teacher Award and led the School of Architecture’s move to Cambridge in 2004. Haldenby has been chair of CCUSA and a member of the board of the RAIC. He has also served on the boards of the ACSA and the CACB and chaired the juries for the Dundas Square and Nathan Phillips Square design competitions in Toronto. Haldenby curated the Building Waterloo Region exhibitions in 2014. He now serves as an architectural advisor to the Stratford Festival.

Brian J Hall, B. B. A., MBA

Managing Director, CPCI

Brian J Hall, B. B. A., MBA, Managing Director, Canadian Precast Prestressed Concrete Institute. Ottawa, ON Brian is one of the authors of CPCI Sustainable Strategy which includes: the development of CPCI Precast Concrete Life Cycle Assessment, North American Sustainable Plant Program and North American Environmental Product Declarations for precast concrete. In addition, implementing a comprehensive, ongoing education program to increase the demand for and use of architectural and structural precast prestressed concrete produced in Canada: collecting and disseminating knowledge, statistics, ideas through investigations and research relative to new applications.

Christopher Hoyt, MRAIC, OAA, AIA

Senior Architect, National Capital Commission

Chris Hoyt is senior architect with the National Capital Commission in Ottawa where he guides buildings and master plans through federal approvals. Over the course of an 18-year career, Hoyt has worked as an architect on noteworthy projects such as City Centre in Washington DC, the Bridgepoint Health Redevelopment, and the Bay Adelaide Centre, in Toronto. He has taught architectural and urban design studios at Andrews University in Michigan and Carleton University.

Hoyt is a licensed architect in the District of Columbia and a member of the Ontario Association of Architects, the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, and the American Institute of Architects.

Gary Hughes

Curator of History, New Brunswick Museum

Gary Hughes has worked at the New Brunswick Museum in Saint John, N.B. for over 40 years in the history department. In that time, he has curated three national traveling exhibitions including Music of the Eye: Architectural Drawings of Canada's First City: 1822-1914, with the accompanying catalogue co-published by the museum and the RAIC. In the exhibition Lifelines: Canada's East Coast Fisheries, the role of American architect Stanford White was considered in the design of fishing camps on the Restigouche River. New Brunswickers in Wartime was a military exhibition shown across New Brunswick and at the Canadian War Museum, Ottawa.

Stanley King, MRAIC, Retired Architect AIBC

Founder President, Co-Design Group (Vancouver and Calgary)

Stanley King created the co-design process in 1971 that has enabled over 400 communities to visualize the futures of their public places and have received provincial, national and international awards. King is a principal author with Merinda Conley, Bill Latimer, and Drew Ferrari of Co-Design: A Process of Design Participation, (1989) which is cited internationally for its process of public design engagement. Stanley co-authored with Susan Chung the Youth Manual for Sustainable Design, which the RAIC Foundation helped fund and which received Honourable Mention from the United Nations University, and National Special Mention from the International Union of Architects.

Victor Kowalczyk

Technology Advisor

Thea Kurdi, RAIC Affiliate member, registered accessibility specialist with GAATES

Associate, DesignABLE Environments Inc.

Thea Kurdi is an accessibility specialist and dynamic speaker known for her enthusiasm for teaching. She has presented workshops, keynote addresses and lectures at local and international events for design professionals, building owners, and policymakers. From the human rights code to evidence-based design and increased marketability, Kurdi shares her passion for how accessibility is fundamental to successful architecture.

Robert Lemon, B. Arch, MA Architect AIBC

Principal, Robert Lemon Architect (Vancouver)

Robert Lemon has over three decades of experience with heritage conservation in British Columbia. Lemon is a board member – and past chair - of the Vancouver Heritage Foundation.  From 1991 to 1996, he was the senior heritage planner for the City of Vancouver where he was involved in landmark building rehabilitation projects and the introduction of the current heritage legislation. He also developed the city’s transfer of density policy, recent landmarks program, and heritage Interiors initiatives.  Lemon wrote the provincial rehabilitation standards and guidelines, co-authored the heritage provisions of the BC Building Code and contributed to the federal Standards and Guidelines for the Conservation of Historic Places in Canada.

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Penelope Martyn, MRAIC, MAIBC, LEED AP BD&C

Green Building Manager, University of British Columbia

Penny Martyn oversees the development and implementation of green building policies and procedures for new buildings at UBC. She is an architect and brings her experience working on sustainable buildings in private practice to her role on campus.  Her work covers campus academic buildings and residential projects in the neighbourhood endowment lands.

Rob Menchenton, MRAIC, NLAA

Principal, Fougere Menchenton Architecture Inc.

In 2008, Rob Menchenton joined Ron Fougere Associates Ltd where he has become a partner. His extensive experience includes large-scale projects such as the new Academic Building at MUN Grenfell Campus. This building was the first use of structural curtain wall in Newfoundland and Labrador. While at his previous firm, Menchenton was involved with complex projects such as the Deer Lake Stadium Upgrade and Expansion, a new city hall for the City of Corner Brook, and an extension to the Arts and Sciences Building at the MUN Grenfell Campus in Corner Brook. He brings a long history of technical construction and design experience.

Anne Milchberg, OAA RPP MCIP

Principal, Planning Intelligence, Member, Ontario Municipal Board

Anne Milchberg is an architect and registered urban planner in private practice in Toronto with over three decades of specialized, successful experience in both the public and private sectors, and three years of teaching planning at the graduate level at the University of Toronto. Milchberg is also a member (part-time) of the Ontario Municipal Board. For Milchberg, fast and clear sketching was her ticket into architecture and teaching, and an advantage in urban planning and design work.

Tom Morrison, P.Eng., P.h.D., CAHP, APT, ISCARSAH, ICOMOS

Principal Engineer, Heritage Standing (Fredericton)

Tom Morrison focuses on old buildings.  He is an expert member of the International Scientific Committee on the Analysis and Restoration of Structures of Architectural Heritage, a co-chair of the Preservation Engineering Committee of the Association for Preservation Technology, and a board member of the Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals.  He has worked on UNESCO world heritage sites, national historic sites, and local barns.  Morrison completed his Ph.D. in the seismic rehabilitation of existing buildings at McGill University and is the principal engineer at Heritage Standing Inc. Morrison previously held a position at the Heritage Conservation Directorate, a division of Public Works Canada overseeing engineering and architectural work on all federally designated and owned heritage properties.

Rowley Mossop, BES (Architecture), AOCA, MBA

Principal, Innovia Partners

Rowley Mossop founded Innovia in 2004, after his career as an editorial leader with The National at CBC TV News during the transformation from traditional broadcast journalism to today’s online media landscape. Mossop’s background in business, media, design, and architecture informs Innovia’s unique approach to the challenges and potential of creative businesses.

Mossop holds an MBA from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. He also has a diploma from the Ontario College of Art and Design and a B.E.S. (Architecture) from the University of Waterloo.


Principal, Turner Fleischer Architects Inc

Steve Nonis, a partner at Turner Fleischer Architects, leads the Residential + Mixed-Use department and is at the forefront of the firm’s BIM initiatives. He joined the company in 2002 and was instrumental in TF’s pioneering efforts to apply 3D design processes to satisfy client objectives. His hands-on approach wasn’t taught in the classroom – it’s a consequence of respectful collaboration with clients, consultants, and trades. He is driven to achieve the optimum connection between advances in new design technologies and the pursuit of breakthrough architectural solutions.

Amy Norris, MRAIC, OAA

Diamond Schmitt Architects Inc.

Amy Norris is an Architect with Diamond Schmitt Architects in Toronto. She received her Master of Architecture degree from the University of Toronto after completing graduate and undergraduate degrees in Applied Mathematics. Amy sits on the OAA Intern Committee and the steering committee of the RAIC Emerging Practitioners task force with the goal of connecting and strengthening the voice of students, intern architects and recently licensed architects in Ontario and across Canada. Amy's work has concentrated on the adaptive reuse, renovation and conservation of heritage buildings, including at the Bay Adelaide Centre and at Trinity-St. Paul’s United Church with the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra. Amy is also the cofounder of the Captains of Industry, a research and design studio devoted to exploring the potential of post-industrial spaces through collaborative investigations, publications and installations.

Gina Page, OAA Intern Architect

Ph.D Candidate, McGill University

Gina Page holds a Bachelor of Health Science, and she spent her early career working in addiction and mental health. Her interest in the interaction between the built environment and an individual’s healing process led her to complete a Master of Architecture. In linking her passions for helping people and creating healing spaces, Page became North York General Hospital’s clinical facility designer. Here, she led the redevelopment of the emergency department, an architectural competition for a new mental health facility, and built a teaching relationship with the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Architecture, and Landscape. Her current doctoral work links social science research with the evolution of the hospital environment.

Brian Palmquist, MRAIC, Architect AIBC,BEP, CP, LEED AP

President, Quality-by-Design Consulting Ltd

Brian Palmquist is an architect, builder, quality director, software developer, author, and teacher. He has been a member of the AIBC and the RAIC since 1976. Palmquist is BC’s first accredited building envelope professional, a certified professional and a LEED accredited professional. In 2015, he published his first book, An Architect’s Guide to Construction – Tales from the Trenches.

Palmquist has been a leader in web-based, cloud-based tablet and smartphone technology for quality-managed design and construction for more than fifteen years. He is currently working on his second book, Designing a PATH to Quality – Enduring Ways in the Age of Immediacy. He consults to software developers, the construction industry and design professions on quality matters.


Risk Manager and Adjunct Professor, Kent State University College of Architecture & Environmental Design

Erik Pempus has been a risk manager for 12 years, with experience in architecture, law and liability insurance, and a background in the construction industry. He is an architect with 25 years of experience in practice, and an attorney. As an adjunct professor, he has taught professional practice courses for the last 30 years at Kent State University’s graduate program in the College of Architecture & Environmental Design. As a Fellow of the AIA and a member of the AIA National Ethics Council, he has presented numerous programs across the United States and Canada to design professionals on continuing education topics, focusing many of his presentations on ethics and professional conduct.

Duncan Phillips, Ph.D, P.Eng.

Senior Consultant | Principal, RWDI

Duncan Phillips is RWDI’s global practice leader for building performance. His team develops climate-responsive design strategies for individual buildings and masterplans. Clients benefit from Phillips’ ability to solve tough building physics problems by analyzing air flow and heat transfer phenomena. These capabilities have applications in ventilation strategies as well as renewable energy. Phillips is a critical player in RWDI’s efforts to both diminish buildings’ contribution to climate change through passive and low-energy design and to design for future climate scenarios by increasing buildings’ resilience to extreme weather events.

Angelique Pilon, MRAIC, LEED BD&C, PMP

Director of Urban Innovation Research, University of British Columbia

Angelique Pilon leads the urban innovation research group within the UBC Sustainability Initiative (USI), which manages interdisciplinary research and educational programs on sustainable buildings, urban development and creating the cities of the future. She develops collaborations and partnerships that take advantage of UBC’s growing role as a model for urban sustainability. Pilon uses demonstration planning, building and infrastructure projects, such as the Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability and the Brock Commons Tallwood House, as sources for innovation and learning.

Erik Poirier, LEED AP

Chair, Communications Committee, buildingSMART Canada

Erik Poirier is Director of integrated practices at Régis Côté et Associés, touching on all things Lean, BIM, integration, and collaboration. He is a former postdoctoral research fellow at the BIM TOPiCS Lab at the University of British Columbia. He is also acting vice-chair of operations and chair of communications at buildingSMART Canada. Poirier is also vice-president of the Groupe BIM du Québec. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Laval University and a Master's and a PhD in construction engineering at the École de Technologie Supérieure.

Jonathon Soules, OAA, FRAIC, ASAI

Past President and Secretary, The American Society of Architectural Illustrators (ASAI)

Jon is an architect and an RAIC Fellow. He is a Past President of the American Society of Architectural Illustrators, and currently serves on the ASAI Board. As Principal of Diamond Schmitt Architects his projects have included the Israeli Foreign Ministry (Jerusalem), Hebrew University School of Computer Science and Engineering (Jerusalem), Canadian Chancery in the Czech Republic (Prague), Burlington Performing Arts Centre, the National Arts Centre Rejuvenation and Renewal projects (Ottawa) and the Regent Park Revitalization from 2006 to 2017 (Toronto). He was a finalist in the ArchiGraphicArts Competition in Moscow (2017) and is an eight-time ASAI Award of Excellence recipient for architectural illustration.

David Stubbs

Director of the Canada Masonry Design Centre

David Stubbs, Director of the Canada Masonry Design Centre, joined the masonry industry in 1998 with the Ontario Masonry Contractors’ Association prior to the formation of the Canada Masonry Design Centre in 2003. David was heavily involved with the development of the 2004 and 2014 CSA Masonry Standards. He is the Vice Chair of CSA S304 Design of Masonry Structures and A165 Standards on Concrete Masonry Units. Under David’s direction and extensive involvement, CMDC published the most comprehensive textbook available for Canadian designers, “Masonry Structures – Behaviour and Design” authored by Dr. Robert Drysdale and Dr. Ahmad Hamid.  In 2010, under the leadership of David, CMDC released the new engineered masonry design software MASS TM. CMDC’s masonry research programs have grown significantly under the guidance and direction of David. These research programs reach across Canada and impact the structural, building envelope, durability, thermal, fire, and sound properties of masonry construction.

Heather Thomson, MCIP, RPP

Manager, Heritage Program, National Capital Commission

Heather Thomson is the manager of the heritage program for the National Capital Commission in Ottawa. In her role at the NCC, she provides advice on heritage planning and management of federal lands in the National Capital Region including the Parliamentary Precinct, the Official Residences, the Greenbelt and Gatineau Park, among others. Thomson has worked in heritage planning for 17 years for organizations at the local, provincial and national levels.  She has acted as presenter and panel chair at recent conferences of the National Trust for Canada and the Ontario Professional Planners’ Institute and has lectured in heritage conservation for Carleton University and Heritage Ottawa.

Bob Topping, MRAIC, OAA

President, DesignABLE Environments

Bob Topping is an architect and accessibility consultant. He is the president of DesignABLE Environments and a founding member of the Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES).

Topping has over 30 years of experience practicing and teaching architecture with specialization and interest in accessible and universal design. In his role as an accessibility consultant, Topping has assisted design teams to realize the benefits of inclusive design on projects within the transportation, justice, institutional, residential, commercial, education, healthcare, and entertainment sectors. He is the RAIC's representative to the UIA’s Architecture for All Work Program.

Marc Trudeau, P.Eng, Architect AIBC, CPHD, LEED AP BD+C

Building Performance Engineer, Stantec (Vancouver)

Marc Trudeau helps design teams achieve energy efficiency and sustainability goals for their projects. As a professional engineer and registered architect who has worked with Stantec since 2004, Trudeau assists teams through energy modeling, daylighting simulations, Passive House consulting, and material life-cycle impact assessments. He is a reviewer for CaGBC LEED submissions and a certified Passive House designer.  

Tessica Truong

Co-Founder, City Hive

Tesicca Truong is the co-founder of CityHive, an organization on a mission to transform the way that young people are engaged in the planning, design, and shaping of their cities. Before co-directing CityHive, she co-founded the Vancouver School Board Sustainability Conference and kick-started Vancouver Youth4Tap, a city-wide coalition to promote tap over bottled water. She has served on the City of Vancouver’s Mayor’s Engaged City Task Force, and the Simon Fraser University Senate. She has also served as board chair of Sustainable SFU, The Starfish Canada, and the Social Art of Architecture for Youth Society of BC. In 2016, Truong was named one of Corporate Knight’s Top 30 Sustainability Leaders under 30 and the North American Association for Environmental Education’s Top 30 under 30.

Ray Wolfe, MRAIC, Architect AIBC

Principal, Architecture, Sector Lead Education, Stantec (Vancouver)

Ray Wolfe is the sector lead for education for Stantec in British Columbia. In this role, he is the lead architect for several new construction and major renovation projects on campuses throughout BC.

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May 30 - June 2, 2018
Saint John, New Brunswick

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The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and the Architects' Association of New Brunswick have partnered to present the 2018 Festival of Architecture May 30 - June 2 in Saint John.

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