Our 2022 Panels & Expert Sessions

Panel Speakers

Shawn Menard

Shawn Menard is a dedicated and passionate community advocate and the incumbent councilor for Capital Ward. Shawn was raised in Ottawa and currently lives in Capital Ward with his partner and their two kids. Prior to his election as Councillor, Shawn was a federal public servant at the Department of Justice and elected as the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board Trustee for Capital Ward. He worked as a senior staff person for Canada’s Big City Mayors Caucus and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities before starting a small business working for cities across Canada. He is also the past President of the Carleton University Alumni Association for the National Capital Region, the former Vice Chair of the City of Ottawa Pedestrian and Transit Advisory Committee, and past President of both the Rideau River Residence Association and Centretown Citizen’s Community Association.

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Dr. Rebecca Bromwich

Dr. Rebecca Bromwich is a lawyer, law and business teacher at the Sprott School of Business at Carleton, mom of four teens, mediator, and longtime Ottawa community volunteer. She is passionate about equality and is seeking to serve Capital Ward to help ensure our Ward gets its fair share as we build a better Ottawa together.

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Angela Keller-Herzog

Angela Keller-Herzog is the Executive Director of Community Associations for Environmental Sustainability (CAFES) and principal at Horizon Green consulting. She has over 20 years experience working in international development including at Transparency International and the Canadian federal government. She has represented Canada overseas and at United Nations conferences. Angela believes in local action, taking responsibility and getting things done to create the world we want to live in. Preserving biodiversity and taking climate action are two of Angela’s priorities. She is a former director on the boards of Ottawa Renewable Energy Coop (OREC) and the Glebe Community Association. She is a co-founder of Ottawa Centre Refugee Action and the Glashan Schoolyard Greening Project. She has received multiple awards recognizing her progressive community leadership.

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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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Cristen Fidler

Cristen Fidler has a degree in Economics and currently works as an IT Team Leader in the federal government. She and her husband have been driving EVs since 2011 when they bought one of the first mass produced EVs, the Nissan Leaf. Since then, Cristen has bought two more EVs – a 2017 Chevrolet Bolt and a 2021 Tesla Model Y. Cristen is passionate about EVs and is a member of EVCO, and an executive member of the Tesla Owners Club of Ontario – Ottawa Chapter.

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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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Felicity Borgal

Felicity Borgal holds a Master’s in Development Management from the Open University and has worked for nearly 10 years in the non-profit sector in research and project management roles. A former board member of Bike Ottawa, Felicity is passionate about helping people find solutions to overcoming barriers to using active and public transportation as a regular part of their lives. After starting with EnviroCentre in January 2022, Felicity has spearheaded active transportation projects including Let’s Bike Month in June, the Cycling Safety Awareness Program (CSAP), and helping promote WalkRollMaps.org on behalf of the University of Victoria.

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Ben Perry

Ben Perry is a Home Performance Specialist at EnviroCentre. He is a hardworking, and committed individual, with a passion for emerging technologies, energy efficiency, and renewable resources. Ben has experience in a plethora of industries, including energy reduction program delivery, outdoor education, and not-for-profit management. He’s worked with residents throughout Ontario to complete audits that determine energy use in residential homes to the EnergGuide Rating System specifications from Natural Resources Canada.

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Gabriela Warrior Rernaud

Gabriela Warrior Rernaud (she/her), is a Demo Homeowner in our Carlington neighbourhood Future Homes Pilot. Gabriela is committed to doing a deep retrofit on her home, bringing it closer to a modern standard of efficiency, with updated mechanicals and insulation. Gabriela is a committed advocate for social and climate justice in Canada. As a storyteller, she seeks to create work that humanizes the difficult and overlooked.

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Ken Johnson

Ken Johnson, PhD Is the cofounder of Below2C.org and the Time4Action webinar series. After three decades as a chronic disease epidemiologist at the Public Health Agency of Canada, Mr Harper got rid of him and about 2,000 other science types a decade ago. He re-inspired, turned his attention to the unfolding climate catastrophe, focussing on understanding and promoting the clean-tech renewable solutions that could create a sustainable low-carbon future. He has also written regularly about the serious shortcomings of current Canadian energy policy. He is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of Ottawa.

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Gordan Laxer

Gordon Laxer, PhD is the founding Director and former head of Parkland Institute at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. Parkland is a non-corporate research institute that does public policy research to serve the public interest. In addition to his work at Parkland, Gordon is an author, a political economist, and a professor emeritus at the University of Alberta, where he taught from 1982 to 2013. His most recent work, After the Sands: Energy and Ecological Security for Canadians, won the 2016 Errol Sharpe Book Prize and was shortlisted for the John W. Dafoe Book Prize.

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Tom Clarke

Tom Clarke, a carpenter living near Perth Ontario, founded the Guatemalan Stove Project (GSP) in 1999. He has been the driving force and inspiration for the project ever since. Canadian volunteers working on behalf of the GSP have fundraised for the construction of over 7000 masonry cook stoves, which have been built by local Guatemalan masons. These stoves replace open fires used indoors to cook, cutting the carbon footprint in half and dramatically improving the health, life expectancy and overall well-being of Maya families, especially women and children who spend the most time indoors around the cooking fire. Since the inception of the project, the GSP has also organized an annual stove-building trip to Guatemala every February for volunteers.

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Expert Area Speakers

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 now Passive House homes with environmentally low-impact materials. 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 presenting on resilience in Passive homes.

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Gary Sharp

Gary Sharp is the President of Airtight Home Technologies Inc., an AeroBarrier dealer/installer company based in the Ottawa area. Gary has been involved in the construction and renovation industry for over 30 years, working towards improving the energy efficiency of Canadian housing. Gary is a member of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association (CHBA) and has contributed to the industry by managing and writing the updates to the national CHBA Builders’ Manual for the last 5 editions, spanning 25 years. Over that time, every edition of the Builders’ Manual has achieved the status of a National Bestseller. This past year added the CHBA Renovators’ Manual to the CHBA offerings. Both the Renovators’ Manual and the Builders’ Manual provide students with a technical understanding of building science and the details of how to build or renovate homes to meet the Net Zero and Net Zero Ready technical requirements.

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Stephen Magneron

Stephen Magneron is Homesol Building Solutions lead 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 has been involved in over 20 Passive House projects and also co-authored a research project for the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) Stephen 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. Don’t miss Stephen in the Expert Tent where he will be going deep on Energy Retrofits for Resilience.

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Tim Buhler

Tim Buhler is the Senior Manager, Market Development Operations, Wood WORKS! Program, at the Canadian Wood Council. During his time there he has helped build a network of experts throughout North America, who are championing Mass Timber. Tim’s extensive knowledge in the industry comes from dozens of technical conferences, tours, meetings and workshops across North America and Europe. As the senior Manager for market development operations, Tim works closely with the wood industry, liaising with multiple levels of government and associations, chairing technical advisory committees and leading national working groups to address wood construction roadblocks. Tim has been involved in over 200 timber construction projects in Ontario, including assisting with the development of several alternative code solutions for tall timber buildings. Tim currently chairs a national working group to address the differential in insurance and is a contributor to numerous other committees in the industry examining this issue.  Be sure to check out his session on Mass Timber in the Expert Tent.

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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 is the Chief Executive & Co-Founder of Demand Renewables. He is a Product Knowledge specialist, and an expert in project management, the Ontario Energy Market, and commercial and residential solar. Demand Renewables is a commercial and residential solar EPC with installations across the Province. They have a diverse range of residential and commercial clients. Phil is a seasoned veteran in the solar market and is extremely passionate about climate change. Be sure to catch his session on solar in the expert tent.

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