Sustainability Stage Speakers

Jason Burggraaf

Jason Burggraaf is the Executive Director of the Greater Ottawa Home Builders’ Association, the proud voice for excellence in the home building community. He focuses on building partnerships between the city, the industry and other stakeholders to promote affordability, quality and choice for residents. Jason will be moderating the Panel on Innovative Technologies in New Home Builds.

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Chris Weissflog

Since founding EcoGen in 2006 Chris Weissflog has been helping people reduce carbon emissions by designing and building: solar thermal systems; grid-tied and off-grid solar PV systems; HVAC systems; and Passive House homes.  His clients include home and cottage owners, restaurants, businesses, community housing agencies and universities. Trained and certified as a Passive House Consultant in 2012 by the Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) to the Passive House International standard, and again to the new PHIUS standard, Chris is familiar with both Passive House programs. Chris will be speaking on the panel on Innovative Technologies on New home Builds.

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Casey Grey

Casey Grey is the founder of the award-winning sustainable building company, The Conscious Builder and the host of The Conscious Builder Podcast and The Conscious Builder Show on YouTube. He has written almost 400 blog posts on topics such as marketing, branding, entrepreneurship, personal development, sustainability and more. Casey brings almost two decades of experience to the construction industry and over a decade of experience to running, owning and growing multiple businesses while also staying committed to his wife and son. Casey is on a mission to help people build homes, businesses and lives in a more conscious manner and is co-authoring a book with Kevin Harrington, the original shark from the hit TV show Shark Tank.

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Roy Nandram

With nearly 40 years of experience in the construction business, Roy Nandram is a certified construction superintendent and construction estimator, and is a professional Gold Seal certified project manager with the Canadian Construction Association. He is also a LEED® Accredited Professional and has taken workshops for both R-2000* and Energy Star building. From 2019 to 2021, he held the title of President of GOHBA (Greater Ottawa Home Builder Association). Roy will be speaking on the panel on Innovative Technologies on New home Builds.

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James Mcneil

James Mcneil is a leading advocate of green buildings and their effects on climate change and the greater economy. After a long rewarding career in commercial real estate, he started his own brokerage. JJMcNEIL Commercial, an Ottawa based boutique real estate brokerage that advises tenants and guides them through the process of leasing office or industrial space. James has had 28 years learning the best practices from global real estate companies and adopting them to drive top line and bottom line performance for clients through increased revenue, productivity improvement and cost reduction in commercial real estate. Most recently James has been the force behind the Conflux Canada events which bring together thought leaders around sustainable topics. James will be moderating the Energy Evolution: Where to From Here panel.

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Janice Ashworth

Janice Ashworth currently works as a Project Manager on the City of Ottawa’s Climate Change Team where she focuses on the existing building programs and financing solutions. She was the founding General Manager of both the Ottawa Renewable Energy Co-op and CoEnergy Co-op where she was responsible for business development of solar and retrofit projects, management, and financing. In her time with the energy co-operatives, Janice was named a 40 Under 40 Business Leader and was awarded the 2017 Solar Woman of Distinction. Janice has a Master’s in Environmental Studies from Dalhousie University. Janice is an enthusiastic gardener and volunteers as a coordinator of the community farm at Beetbox Farm. Janice will be speaking on the Energy Evolution: Where to From Here panel.

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Mike Fletcher

Mike Fletcher is a City of Ottawa Project Manager. Mike started his work at the City seven years ago doing energy conservation and energy management work for the Building Engineering and Energy Management group. After a recent period of split responsibilities between the conservation group and planning, Mike joined the planning, infrastructure and economic development department last April to work full time on, Energy Evolution. Prior to joining the City Mike had a variety of industrial experience in Brewing, Citric Acid Manufacturing and Biofuels. Mike keeps busy in non-work hours enjoying gardening, white water kayaking and participating in a variety of volunteering pursuits. Mike will be speaking on the Energy Evolution: Where to From Here panel.

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Stephen Magneron

Stephen Magneron is Homesol Building Solutionslead energy consultant, and Ontario regional manager. He is a Registered Energy Advisor (REA) for ENERGY STAR, EnerGuide, R-2000 and Zero Energy Homes. Stephen is also qualified as a Green Rater and Quality Assurance Designate for LEED for Homes and Mid-Rise, and a Certified Passive House Consultant, a PHIUS+ Verifier and a Qualified NZ and R-2000 Builder Trainer. Stephen is passionate about energy efficient, sustainable, and affordable construction and renovation. He graduated in 2008 as valedictorian from Algonquin College’s 2-year Construction Carpentry. In addition to Stephen’s extensive experience, he is a skilled Passive House Planning Package (PHPP) and WUFI-Passive hygrothermal modeler. He has been involved in over 20 Passive House projects and also co-authored a research project for the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) In 2014, Stephen presented a Passive House project, of which he was the lead consultant, at both the North American Passive House (NAPH) and the North American Passive House Network (NAPHN) conferences. He was recognized as the best residential energy consultant in Ontario in 2016 with EnerQuality’s Evaluator of the Year Award, for excellence in professional practice and exceptional service to builders. He’s also a fire-spinner, expat Australian, and lives with his wife and two girls in Orléans, east of Ottawa, Ontario.

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Scott Meyer

Scott Meyer is the Energy Programs Manager at EnviroCentre. Scott is passionate about the opportunities to address global climate change at a local level through energy assessment and retrofits in the residential housing sector. He has over 20 years’ experience in residential building and construction project management and has completed over 2000 Natural Resources Canada ERS energy assessments. He is a Registered Energy Advisor and holds a bachelor’s degree in Environment and Resource Studies from the University of Waterloo and a certificate in Fine Woodworking from Selkirk College in BC.

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Expert Area Speakers

Chris Habets

Chris Habets is a Professional Engineer with a degree in Sustainable and Renewable Energy Engineering from Carleton University. He is a Certified Energy Auditor, NRCan Home Energy Advisor, a LEED BD+C Professional, and runs an HVAC Engineering firm. Unofficially, he is a certified energy nerd, enjoying spending his spare time optimizing his, his family’s, and his friends’ homes for energy efficiency.

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Dan Vivan

Daniel Vivian P.Eng. is a mechanical engineer with over 35 years of engineering experience with the last 20 years focused on Building Science Consulting (capital planning and energy conservation). He has a business to help home and building owners reduce their environmental impact by preparing plans to move off fossil fuels as efficiently as possible.

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Phil McNee

Phil McNee is the CEO and Co-founder of Demand Renewables PerformaPV. He is a Product Knowledge specialist, and an expert in project management, the Ontario Energy Market, and commercial and residential solar. His passion is changing the future for the next generation. To be part of the solution to mankind’s greatest threat in history is what drives him every day, it’s also why he tells every little kid he meets that he’s a superhero fighting for climate action.

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Mike Banks

Mike Banks has a degree in Public Affairs and Policy Management and currently works as a Trade Data Analyst at Statistics Canada. Michael has owned an electric vehicle since 2017 which he uses as his daily commuter vehicle and is in the process of retrofitting his house with clean technologies with a goal of making it a Net Zero home before 2030. Mike is active in helping people transition to zero-emissions vehicles having already converted most of his friends and family to plug-in vehicles. As a board member of EVCO he also helps coordinate and participates in the various public outreach events and initiatives of the group.

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Raymond Leury

Raymond Leury is retired from an IT career. The last 18 years he spent working for Microsoft culminating in the position of Principal Consultant. Raymond has always been interested in environmental issues. That has led him to purchase an EV 8 years ago and to get involved with EV owner’s groups, where he now occupies the position of President of the Electric Vehicle Council of Ottawa. He has attended Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project Leadership Corps which re-ignited his passion for the environment. Raymond splits his time between advocating for EVs, talking climate change and volunteering with the Red Cross, most recently helping with the Covid-19 efforts. Raymond holds an MBA from the University of Ottawa.

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Mitchell House

Mitchell House is a Project Manager at the City of Ottawa working to support electric vehicle adoption among residents and within the City’s operations. He has been driving an EV for the last 5 years, has supported his family in purchasing their first EV, and also works to educate future EV owners about advancements in electric vehicle technology as a member of the Electric Vehicle Council of Ottawa. Between developing the City of Ottawa’s Personal Electric Vehicle Strategy, identifying enabling opportunities for the City of Ottawa to support future EV owners, and working with partners to promote local initiatives related to electric vehicles, Mitchell likes to get outside with his wife and dog on hiking and kayaking trips in the Ottawa area to enjoy the best that nature has to offer.

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