Speaker Biographies

(in order of speaking)

Greg Houlahan, High Commission of Canada

Greg Houlahan is Minister-Counsellor and Senior Trade Commissioner at the High Commission of Canada in London, a position he assumed in August 2014. Prior to coming to London, Mr. Houlahan served for four years as Counsellor and Senior Trade Commissioner at the Embassy of Canada in Warsaw, Poland, including a seven month period as Chargé d’affaires (acting Ambassador). From 2006-2010, he served as Counsellor and Senior Trade Commissioner in Japan where he managed trade offices in Sapporo and Fukuoka along with a large commercial program at Canada’s embassy in Tokyo. He previously held executive positions in both the Canadian agriculture and industry departments.

From 2001 until 2005, he was Director, Canada-Ontario Infrastructure Program, where he managed a multi-million dollar program to improve municipal infrastructure. Mr. Houlahan also worked extensively on policies and programs related to Canada’s ICT sector, principally as Director, Office of International Partnerships in the Information Highway Applications Branch. A marketing and communications specialist, Mr. Houlahan served for seven years in the Canadian Tourism Commission and its predecessor, Tourism Canada, managing marketing programs for Canada, the Asia/Pacific and Europe. In 1993, he became the inaugural winner of the Jerry Keller Memorial Scholarship to attend the Executive Development in Tourism (EDIT) program at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Mr. Houlahan spent his early career with the Government of Ontario, Canada where he served in progressively responsible positions in both the natural resources and tourism ministries following his graduation from Queen’s University.

Jason Kee, High Commission of Canada

Jason Kee is the Trade Commissioner responsible for infrastructure, green build and forestry at the High Commission of Canada in London UK.  In this role, Jason works with Canadian companies and helps them to understand their export potential in the United Kingdom and the EU.  If that potential exists he will work with the company to help them establish strategic partnerships. Jason also represents the interests of both Canadian industry and government to a wide range of interlocutors including UK central and regional governments, regulatory boards and EU bodies. His role also extends to investment attraction as well as fostering science and technology partnerships across the Atlantic.   He came to the High Commission in 1998 after six years with the Canadian Tourism Commission in London, responsible for trade relations and consumer marketing for the UK and Ireland.  Jason has a BA (Hons) in history and cultural studies from Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario.  Jason first travelled to the United Kingdom in 1988. He had such a good time that he hasn’t left yet!

Gordon Campbell, O.B.C.
High Commissioner for Canada

Gordon Campbell has served his city, province and country for 30 years. He served as a City Councilor and Mayor of Vancouver (1986-93) for three terms, as Chair of the Greater Vancouver Regional District (1990-1993), as an elected MLA in British Columbia’s Legislature (1994-2011) and as Premier for British Columbia (2001-2011). He is currently serving as the Canadian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland.  He is credited with turning the British Columbia economy around with innovative financial policies including significant tax reductions and substantial new investments in health care, education and children’s services. The economic strategy led to Canada’s best job creation results during his decade as Premier. He launched the highly successful P3 initiative which is globally recognized for building cost effective infrastructure throughout B.C.

Mr. Campbell earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and Urban Studies at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire. Under the auspices of the Canadian University Service Overseas he taught Secondary School in Nigeria (1970-1972). He earned a Master in Business Administration from Simon Fraser University (1978).

During Mr Campbell’s three terms as Mayor of Vancouver, he led the establishment of Concord Pacific, Yaletown, Coal Harbour and the Fraser Lands. He led major policy developments dealing with AIDS in the workplace, heritage preservation, The Vancouver Arts Initiative, and the establishment of Canada’s first civic Children’s Advocate. He led the Urban Greenways project and the Clouds of Change initiative as well both of which were leading edge environmental policy thrusts for Vancouver. As Chair of the G.V.R.D. he led the Creating Our Future program and the creation of the Council of Councils. He established the first City Caucuses with all Vancouver’s elected representatives and The Fraser Cites Coalition to help secure the long term health of the Fraser River with Fraser communities from the source to the mouth of the river in partnership with the federal and provincial governments.

While Premier he led the establishment of the  internationally recognized Citizen’s Assembly and played a crucial role in bringing the Canada’s 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic games to Vancouver and Whistler.

Mr. Campbell began a new era of reconciliation with First Nations and concluded with seven modern day treaties with First Nations including the Tsawwassen First Nation, the first urban treaty negotiated in BC, and the Haida Reconciliation Act. Each set a precedent for future actions and agreements. He led the 2008 Climate Action Plan to raise awareness of the effects of climate change, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and create a vibrant green industry and technology sector to BC’s traditional economic engines.

Ken Klassen – iiSBE Canada and Infotechnica

Ken Klassen is a Certified Engineering Technologist with more than three decades of experience encouraging sustainable design and construction practices in Canada, Europe and Asia. His expertise is focused on accelerating the adoption of new techniques to improve energy efficiency, expand the use of renewable energy, and reduce the environmental impacts of new and existing homes, buildings and communities.

Ken is frequently called upon to share his knowledge with industry, government officials and academic institutions in other countries. His latest and largest project is the Sino-Canadian Low Carbon Eco-District Demonstration Project. This initiative is examining new approaches to sustainable community planning, green buildings and public infrastructure in the Tianjin Binhai New Area near Beijing, People’s Republic of China.

Ken Klassen will deliver this presentation on behalf iiSBE Canada, an affiliate of the International Initiative for a Sustainable Built Environment (iiSBE). iiSBE Canada is a diverse group of individuals from across the country with a passion for creating more sustainable buildings. Our focus is on assessing the energy and environmental performance of leading examples of green buildings in Canada, comparing the results being achieved elsewhere in the world, and sharing the knowledge gained with industry, government and the academic sectors.

For more information about iiSBE Canada, its members and activities, please visit our web site at this link: http://iisbecanada.ca.

Thomas Mueller, Canada Green Building Council

Thomas Mueller is a Founding Director of the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) and became President & CEO of the Council in 2005. In this role as Chief Executive, he leads the Council’s national green building strategy, programs and standards along with advocacy and policy efforts.

As a member of the Board of Directors of the World Green Building Council (WGBC); the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) and the Cornerstone Standards Council (CSC) he supports the transformation of the built environment at home and abroad.

Thomas is a well-known advocate for green buildings and is frequently invited to participate in government and industry consultations related to green development.  He is a nationally and internationally recognized authority and speaker on green buildings.

He is currently participating in the LEED International Roundtable, the WGBC Americas Network; Quest National Advisory Committee, City of Vancouver’s Green Building Advisory Committee and the Dean’s Advisory Committee, Environmental Studies, U. of Waterloo.

Thomas has an Undergraduate Degree in Geography, Planning and Applied Ecology from the Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich, Germany, and holds a Master’s of Regional Planning & Resource Development from the University of Waterloo, Ontario.

For his green building work, Thomas received the 2000 and 2002 Innovation Award from the Architectural Institute of BC and the 2005 FCM – CH2MHill Sustainable Community Award. In 2008, he became a Fellow of the Cascadia Green Building Council.

John Alker, UK Green Building Council

John has been working at UK-GBC since shortly after its launch in 2007. He leads on programme strategy, policy, government relations, campaigns and communications, and led the development of UK-GBC’s current 3 year strategic plan. John regularly works in conjunction with the World GBC and authored the high profile 2014 global report on health, wellbeing and productivity of office occupiers.

Prior to joining the UK-GBC John led political communications on the EU Emissions Trading Scheme and sustainable homes campaign for the environmental charity WWF-UK, where he managed the famous trip to the Arctic with David Cameron. He has also previously worked as an MP’s researcher and speech-writer in the House of Commons and in commercial public affairs.

Johannes Kreissig, German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB) and PE International

Dipl. -Ing. Johannes Kreissig is Director Sustainable Construction and member of the board at PE INTERNATIONAL. He is responsible for PEs sustainable construction activities including EPDs (Environmental Product Declarations) building certification and database development. He has over 15 years LCA experience, specialized in construction and end of life operations. In 1993 he received a Master in Mechanical Engineering from Stuttgart University.

Johannes is a member of the German standardization delegation in CEN TC 350 (sustainability of construction woks), secretary of the advisory board of the German EPD program (IBU) and member of the SETAC LCA steering committee.

With PE INTERNATIONAL, Johannes was initiator and founding member of the DGNB (German Sustainable Building Council), today he is member of the Board and Executive Director of the DGNB. In addition Johannes Kreissig is a member of the International Board of the DGNB and therefore engages for the quality and the adaption of the DGNB certification system in other countries. Thereby he is close to the activities of the GBCs in other countries. He has been on the World GBC Board of Directors since September 2010.

Peter Wilson, the Wood Studio, Institute for Sustainable Construction at Edinburgh Napier University

A UK registered architect for over 30 years, Peter Wilson is director of the Wood Studio within Edinburgh Napier University’s Institute for Sustainable Construction. The Wood Studio’s research focus is on innovation in the use of timber in architecture and construction, a specialist area that reflects Peter’s career-long interest in the use of indigenous building materials. From the platform of the Wood Studio, he has, for the past four years, led the Wood Products Innovation Gateway, a €1.776m European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) supported project designed to bring at least 20 new products, process improvements and/or construction systems utilising Scottish grown timber to commercial reality. A key part of the Wood Products Innovation Gateway has been an extensive, nationwide programme of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for construction professionals on all aspects of timber.

Peter has been instrumental in the creation of the Scottish Scenic Routes project, an initiative aimed at employing (through design competition) recently qualified architects to deliver a series of exemplary timber demonstration projects along the country’s major tourist routes with the further aims of enhancing Scotland’s tourism infrastructure and economy and sustaining rural communities and employment. The project has so far attracted €1.9m from the Scottish Government for an initial (2013-15) pilot programme, the first three constructed interventions of which have recently been officially opened. He is currently working on the development of a 10 year National Strategy to extend the initiative throughout Scotland.

Over the past decade, Peter Wilson has been both editor and publisher of several reference publications, cd-roms and websites aimed at raising standards in the use of timber in architecture and construction, including ‘Designing with Timber’, ‘Timber Cladding in Scotland’, ‘Making the Grade – a guide to appearance grading UK grown hardwood timber’, ‘Sustainable Timber Construction – sourcing and specifying local timber’ and ‘External Timber Cladding: Design, Installation and Performance’. He is currently completing the writing of two books: a sequel to ‘New Timber Architecture in Scotland’ and a new publication entitled ‘The Modern Timber House in Scotland’ to complement an exhibition of the same name that is currently being toured around the UK. Preparatory research for two subsequent, complementary technical reference books – Designing with Wood and Contemporary Timber Design – is well advanced, with both planned for publication by the end of 2015.

He is a frequent contributor on architecture and related subjects to a number of journals and magazines including the Architects’ Journal, Building Design, RIAS Quarterly, Urban Realm, Forestry and Timber News, TTJ and Wood Focus and is regularly requested by other sections of the media to comment on new building developments and other construction-related issues. A regular contributor to international conferences, Peter Wilson provided the keynote address to the 7th European Conference on Wood Modification, held in Lisbon in March 2014 and at the launch of the Canada-UK Sustainable Building Network in Toronto in June 2014. He is currently leading the organisation of the 10th meeting of the Northern European Network for Wood Science and Engineering (WSE), to be held in Edinburgh in October this year.

Peter Wilson is a member of TRADA’s Advisory Committee, the Forest and Timber Technologies Industry Leadership Group and Forestry Commission Scotland’s Timber Development Programme Steering Group. A frequent judge on architectural and timber design award schemes, he chaired both the Scottish Design Awards and the Glasgow Institute of Architecture Awards in 2013, and has been a member of the Saltire Society Housing Awards judging panel for the past five years.

Prior to working at Edinburgh Napier University, Peter was employed by Benson + Forsyth Architects as resident architect throughout the construction and post completion phases of the international award-winning Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh’s Chambers Street. He has also worked extensively as an architect in England, Germany, Greece and the Middle East.

Wayne Ward, b:ssec & Beyond Energy Code Consulting.

Paul Dowsett, Sustainable.to

Paul Dowsett is a practicing, registered architect with a well-recognized expertise in the fields of sustainable and resilient design, development and construction in Canada and in the United States with ongoing media recognition, both traditional and online, throughout the world.

Paul Dowsett is the founding Principal Architect at SUSTAINABLE.TO Architecture + Building. With more than three decades of local and international residential, institutional and commercial sustainable design and project management experience, Paul leads a highly collaborative design team for projects of diverse scales, types, and complexities. At the core of Paul’s philosophy and practice is the belief that design and construction solutions should be simple, sensitive, and sustainable. His work has been recognized locally and internationally, most recently as a winner of the 2014 Homegrown Design Challenge, DIY Backyard Bee Hotels; and as a recipient of an AIA Designing Recovery Award in 2013 for Resilient House. Paul Dowsett began SUSTAINABLE.TO to provide expert resource and energy-efficient design/build solutions that are affordable, healthy and achievable.

Main elements of his career paths have included:

Experience as a member of the Ontario Association of Architects (OAA); the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC); Canadian Passive House Institute (CanPHI); Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC); LEED Accredited Professional; and Advocate for the Congress of the New Urbanism.

Work experience in the private sector, and at all 3 levels of the public sector; including one notable example of coordination across all 3 levels at the University of Guelph.

First place prizes in many local and international competitions, including those sponsored by Habitat for Humanity, the David Suzuki Foundation, and the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

  • 2012, the first architect to be awarded the prestigious Healthy Housing Recognition from the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC).
  • 2014, the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign (NAPPC) Advocate for Canada.
  • Ongoing participation in Parallel 52° – the Dutch Canadian Sustainable Planning and Building Network.
  • Ongoing consultation with the Consulate General of the Netherlands – Toronto.
  • Public-engagement activities at the grass-roots level with 100-in-1-Day events and at Farmers’ Markets; at the Corporate level with partners like Burt’s Bees, Fairmont Hotels, and Pollinator Partnership Canada.
  • Public speaking at universities, conferences, media events, and trade shows.
  • Engagement with the Dallas-based office of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD) for investments in New Orleans.

Andrew Mellor BA(Hons) DipArch DipAP RIBA FRSA
PRP Environmental

Andrew Mellor leads PRP Environmental, a multi-skilled sustainability consultancy.  His expertise is in sustainable development, efficient building operation, low carbon retrofit and corporate sustainability strategy.  He has particular experience of UK and international development projects in the residential, regeneration, mixed use, hospitality and commercial sectors.

His role involves ensuring PRP operates sustainability and that the practices’ design projects achieve the highest possible level of environmental performance. Besides the environmental issues, his role involves consideration of the social and economic aspects of sustainability .

Andrew provides sustainability training for PRP’s staff, clients and consultants, leads research projects and provides strategic sustainability and business performance advice to commercial and public clients.  He writes articles on sustainability issues for national and international press publications and regularly speaks at industry conferences.

Chris Pottage
Skanska Rashleigh Weatherfoil

Chris is currently working as a Senior Service Delivery Manager for Skanska Rashleigh Weatherfoil’s Green Business Department in London delivering energy efficient upgrades to commercial and public sector buildings, primarily through Energy Performance Contracting. In this role Chris takes overall responsibility for managing client relationships, and delivering and demonstrating performance on all of Skanska’s EPC’s post-implementation. A key deliverable in this position is IPMVP accredited Measurement and Verification of energy savings which requires extensive knowledge of energy management and monitoring techniques.

Towards the end of 2013, Chris wrote his MSc Dissertation on how to measure and demonstrate the Health, Wellbeing and Productivity benefits of occupying green buildings as a means to factoring those benefits into the business case for investment in what has to date been a slow green refurbishment market in the UK. Chris used two Skanska head offices which had undertaken a green refurbishment as case studies and conducted employee perception surveys at each to ascertain how employees had received the refurbishments, impacts on employee attitudes towards Skanska and their job, and ultimately how it had affected their performance at work.

Following this, in 2014 Chris was seconded to the World Green Building Council for 9 months to act as a member of the Project Team in the delivery of the report: ‘Health, Wellbeing and Productivity in Offices; a new chapter for green buildings’. In his role as a Project Manager, and as Co-chair of the Technical Committee’s Metrics Sub-group, Chris developed excellent knowledge in the causal links between green building design features and their impacts on building occupants, as well as a range of metrics of health and wellbeing, the physical environment, and financial metrics which the WGBC have proposed as a means of beginning to identify and quantify these benefits.

Chris has now been tasked with developing and delivering this framework of metrics at Skanska, beginning with their own office buildings in the UK with a view to better understanding the impacts of Skanska offices on their occupants, rating their own buildings, and informing targeted action/ investment on improving the workplace environment for employees.

Kevin Stelzer – B.Arch., B.E.S., OAA, NLAA, MRAIC, LEED AP BD+C, BSSO:
B+H Architects

Through his over 16 years of architectural experience, Kevin Stelzer has established himself as a leading authority on sustainable design. He is a Building Science Specialist of Ontario, served on the CaGBC Energy & Engineering Technical Advisory Group, and was a member of the Task Force of the United Nations Environmental Protection – Sustainable Buildings and Climate Initiative (UNEP-SBCI) concerning greening the building sector supply chain.

As a Principal with B+H Architects, Kevin has engaged the engineering world with his high-performing building designs. He has contributed to several large-scale and technically complex projects across Canada, the United States, the UAE and China, including serving as Project Architect for University of Windsor’s Centre for Engineering Innovation, a building that is targeting LEED® Gold and embodies new pedagogies of group-based and project-based learning.

Kevin’s most recent projects include the recladding of First Canadian Place, the Markham Pan Am Centre, and the University of British Columbia’s Student Union Building, which is set to establish a global benchmark for social and ecological sustainable design excellence. Registered and targeting LEED® Canada-NC Platinum, the UBC AMS Student Nest will create a sustainable space for the university community to come together while actively educating its occupants through its energy technologies and building materials.

Dr. Mark Richards, CH2M Hill

Mark is a Director of Structural Engineering at CH2M Hill, specialising in tall building design and has lead teams that have delivered high-rise projects in the City of London and in the Far East.

In London, Mark was the structural engineer leading a team for the design and delivery of Heron Tower, which is a 230m speculative office building within the City cluster.  The engineering for the stability of the building was based on a tube form, derived to facilitate open office floor plates removing a central core.

More recently, Mark has lead teams of structural engineers designing tall residential towers for developers in Greenwich and east London.

Mark’s career has not been exclusively dedicated to tall building design.  Through his early career his focus was long span structures, leading teams for the delivery of military and civilian aircraft hangars.

Through academic work, Mark studied the dynamic characteristics of structures ranging from whole complete buildings to sub elements and components.  The focus of the work was to understand the changes that occur to dynamics through services limits t to ultimate capacity.  Learning from the findings of the physical testing, Mark derived new mathematical models to represent the non-linear nature of the damping observed through test, providing a means of predicting the condition of a structure purely from vibration measurements.

Recently, Mark has been appointed Fellow to London South Bank University, where he intends to share his approach to engineering, and offer guidance to students looking to develop within structural engineering.  It is an opportunity to offer support to students as they step from academic life into industry, sharing opinions on the industry and helping establish routes for their career realizing their potential.

Mark has worked with a wide client base, and has had many roles including leading teams, taking client-side advisory roles and expert witness work.

James Cook
GL Hearn

James is a Planning Director at GL Hearn where he heads up the London Residential Planning Team.  James has 15 years’ experience of planning in London – he started his career as a Graduate at the London Borough of Barnet and after 5 years at Cushman & Wakefield joined GL Hearn in 2006. James has extensive experience in planning for residential development and in particular for tall residential buildings.  James has advised clients who have secured planning permission for major tall building residential schemes in Vauxhall Nine Elms Battersea and in Croydon Metropolitan Centre.  James led GL Hearn’s joint 2014 study with the NLA about the growth of tall building proposals in the Capital