Faculty

SECTION TWO // SPEAKERS

Faculty

The District Energy + Water Academy drew in a diverse representation of world-class industry expert faculty and presenters representing a wide range of perspectives and expertise within the district energy and water sector. 

Keynotes

LUNCHTIME KEYNOTE SPEAKER:
Susanna Lyons

Susanna Haas Lyons

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION SPECIALIST & CIVIC TECHNOLOGIST

Keynote: Public Engagement and Citizen Assemblies Best Practices

Susanna Haas Lyons is an engagement specialist. She develops strategy, coaches leaders, facilitates meetings and provides training for better decision-making. Susanna has worked on some of North America’s largest and most complex citizen engagement projects, including electoral reform in British Columbia, rebuilding post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans, electronic health records for the US federal government, and the City of Vancouver’s transportation future. Susanna also teaches stakeholder and public engagement skills for governments and at post-secondary institutions. She has an M.A. in sustainability from the University of British Columbia and is certified by International Association for Public Participation.

RESOURCE SPEAKERS:
Chris baber

Chris Baber

NEIGHBOURHOOD ENERGY MANAGER, CITY OF VANCOUVER
Session: Southeast and Northeast False Creek — City Leadership vs. City Ownership Panel Discussion + Mobile Tour

Chris Baber is the Neighborhood Energy Manager at the City of Vancouver. In this role, he manages the development and operations of the Neighbourhood Energy Utility (NEU), which supplies low-carbon energy for space heating and hot water to the Southeast False Creek Neighbourhood. Chris is also responsible for the implementation of the Vancouver Neighbourhood Energy Strategy, with the goal of reducing GHG emissions by more than 120,000 tonnes per year by 2020. Chris has held various positions with the City of Vancouver over the past two decades, including Senior Engineer and Project Engineer for various departments. He has received numerous awards for his work at the Southeast False Creek Energy Centre. Chris holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Civil Engineering from the University of British Columbia.

 

Alberto Cayuela

Alberto Cayuela

DIRECTOR, ENGINEERING AND UTILITIES, UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA

Session: UBC Urban Lab Mobile Tour

Mr. Cayuela manages the operations of UBC’s Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS) and leads the Centre’s business development efforts. He leads the preparation of strategic research plans and grant application submissions and manages research collaborations and partnerships. He manages the Centre’s research projects and initiatives as well as the Centre’s research infrastructure. Mr. Cayuela brings to UBC a wealth of experience from the private sector, including at his last position as senior project manager with Stantec Consulting. During his 13-year tenure at Stantec, Alberto managed the planning, implementation, and delivery of complex capital projects and high-performance buildings. He was the program manager of CIRS responsible for project planning, implementation and delivery from the initial feasibility stage through post-commissioning and building operations.  

Jeff Giffin

Jeff Giffin

ENERGY CONSERVATION MANAGER | UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA ENERGY & WATER SERVICES

Session: CIRS and UBC Urban Lab Mobile Tour

Jeff is the Energy Conservation Manager for the University of British Columbia’s Energy andWater Services department. Jeff and his team develop projects, implement energy conservation measures and monitor building energy performance for all core academic buildings. Jeff is a Certified Energy Manger (CEM) and holds a Master’s degree in Clean Energy Engineering from the University of British Columbia.
Alberto Cayuela

Suzanne Hawkes, MA

PRINCIPAL, CONVERGENCE STRATEGIES

Session: Open Space Session

Suzanne is a management consultant, leadership trainer and facilitator. She has supported organizational planning and change initiatives across the US and Canada for over 20 years. Her vision: a diverse cross-sectoral network of powerful, collaborative, service-oriented leaders working across difference to achieve transformational change. She is a principal with Convergence Strategies, based in Vancouver, Canada, and the sole Canadian trainer with the Rockwood Leadership Institute in the US, where she co-facilitates leadership training fellowships for Women in Racial Justice, LGBTQ advocacy, and arts and culture. She has an Honour’s Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo, and a Master’s degree in Resource and Environmental Management from Simon Fraser University, both focused on indigenous perspectives on resource conservation. Some of her clients include UBC External Affairs, the Planning Institute of BC, City of Surrey, Town of Smithers, Emily Carr University, SFU Centre for Dialogue, and the David Suzuki Foundation.

Orion Henderson

Orion Henderson

DIRECTOR, ENERGY PLANNING & INNOVATION | UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA ENERGY & WATER SERVICES

Session: University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University Neighborhood Systems

Orion Henderson is Director, Energy Planning and Innovation (EPI) with UBC’s Energy and Water Services department. The EPI group is responsible for energy infrastructure planning, campus energy and water performance and building automation systems. Orion leads a high-performance team of engineers and technical specialists who plan, design, implement, operate and optimize the campus’s energy systems to achieve the University’s sustainable energy and water goals. Orion is a Professional Engineer in British Columbia. He received his Bachelor of Engineering in Chemical Engineering from CIT, Ireland, and his Master of Science in Environmental Technology from Imperial College, England.

Andrew Kolper

Travis Hickford-Kulak

DIRECTOR, ENERGY SERVICES, CORIX UTILITIES, INC

Session: Energy Case Studies

Travis Hickford-Kulak is the Director, Energy Services for Corix Utilities Inc. He has 15-plus years of industry experience, including nearly a decade leading feasibility studies, renewable technology screening, financial and business analysis, regulation and tariff development, design, construction, and operations management for district energy utility infrastructure. Travis leads and manages a wide array of district energy projects including master planned developments, municipal scale service areas, and entire residential subdivisions. In his current role, Travis leads multidisciplinary teams of professionals from the development and design phase through construction, final commissioning, and eventually transitioning teams into long-term utility operations. Travis has utilized his technical expertise and experience managing a wide variety of district energy projects for Corix throughout North America. These projects incorporate biomass, sewage, and waste heat recovery, geothermal, and solar thermal technology. As an active industry leader, Travis is widely certified and holds various accreditations in many aspects relating to the planning, design, construction, and operations of District Energy Systems.

Paul Holt

Paul Holt

DIRECTOR, ENGINEERING AND UTILITIES, UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA

Session: UBC Urban Lab Mobile Tour

As the Director of Engineering and Utilities at the University of British Columbia, Paul improves and manages UBC's $500m utility infrastructure, which provides energy and water to the university with a daytime population of 70,000 people. Paul manages infrastructure renewal and upgrades while concurrently developing and implementing energy conservation measures to significantly reduce CO2 emissions and utility costs. Paul was responsible for managing the implementation of UBC's steam to hot water district energy conversion project, as well as the Campus Energy Center. Prior to his position at UBC, Paul worked as a manager and engineer at various utility and energy companies in Canada and the United Kingdom. He received both the Chair and Innovation Awards from the International District Energy Association in 2016. He holds degrees in Marine and Electrical Engineering from The Royal Naval School of Marine Engineering.

Andrew Kolper

Robb Lukes, PE

PROJECT MANAGER, STORMWATER | KERR WOOD LEIDAL

Session: Taking Green Infrastructure Mainstream

Robb Lukes has 12 years of experience in stormwater management policy, planning, design, and construction in both the US and Canada. He has extensive experience in sustainable stormwater management, low impact development (LID) or green infrastructure. He has assisted state/provincial, regional and municipal governments in developing policy, guidance, standards, monitoring and demonstration projects to advance sustainable stormwater management programs. Prior to joining KWL, Robb provided detailed engineering design and construction documents for green infrastructure retrofits in the right-of-way and within parks for the City of New York. While working at Credit Valley Conservation, he developed stormwater management guidance and training within the Greater Toronto Area. At the Low Impact Development Center, Robb modeled and designed the first green streets in the Chesapeake Bay region as well as demonstration LID practices for prominent institutions like the US Naval Academy and Brookfield Gardens.

Rhiannon Mabberley

Rhiannon Mabberley

DEVELOPMENT MANAGER | WESTBANK PROJECTS

Session: Block Scale, Developer-led Energy Case Study & Telus Garden Mobile Tour

Rhiannon is a Development Manager with Westbank Projects, where she has been involved in some of Vancouver's most notable developments, including Woodwards, the Oakridge Redevelopment and TELUS garden.  From sustainability initiatives to district energy systems, Rhiannon's experience speaks to the logistics of creating and implementing some of Westbank’s big ideas. Westbank Projects is one of North America’s busiest development firms, including the recent completion of the LEED Platinum certified TELUS garden. With one of the highest LEED scorecards in the history of the CaGBC, TELUS garden represents some of the most innovative energy saving initiatives.  With an onsite district energy system, solar panels, grey water recycling and a creative way to modify human energy use, TELUS garden incorporates many future forward features.

esteban matheus

Esteban Matheus

INTERN ARCHITECT | DIALOG

Faculty Resource

Esteban has an ongoing interest in the intersection of art, architecture, green design and urbanism. Building on his research in sustainable urban energy systems at UBC, Esteban is especially interested in District Energy. Particularly on its crucial role in transforming cities into lower-carbon urban environments, and the importance of successfully integrating this new generation of infrastructure into our urban fabric. He has presented his research to various municipalities, educational institutions and design firms as well as at green conferences such as the CaGBC.

Kieran McConnell

Kieran McConnell

DIRECTOR OF ENGINEERING & INNOVATION | CREATIVE ENERGY

Session: Southeast & Northeast False Creek Case Study

Kieran has 15 years of engineering experience in district energy, power generation and industrial water & energy management. Playing a key role in the development of the Southeast False Creek Neighbourhood Energy Utility, he was involved in the feasibility, design, construction, and commissioning of this utility.  In addition, he was also responsible for the operations and expansion of the system for a further 6 years.  Kieran frequently acts as an advisor to developers of other hot water district energy utilities across North America. Kieran has a Bachelor of Engineering from McGill University.

 

Dale Mikkelsen

Dale Mikkelsen

DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT, SIMON FRASER UNIVERSITY COMMUNITY TRUST

Session: Energy Case Studies - University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University Neighborhood Systems

Dale is the director of development for UniverCity, the sustainable urban community adjacent to Simon Fraser University on Burnaby Mountain. UniverCity is a transit-oriented community utilizing a unique stormwater management system, and a Neighborhood Energy Utility. Mikkelsen has a graduate degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of British Columbia and serves as a board member for the International Living Future Institute. Dale has developed several LEED Certified projects including Canada's first LEED Gold woodframe low-income condominium project and first LEED Gold retrofit elementary school , a LEED Gold childcare facility, and two LEED Certified mixed use commercial/residential buildings. 

 

 

Ron Monk

Ron Monk, M.Eng., P.Eng.

ENERGY SECTOR LEADER | KERR WOOD LEIDAL

Session: Water Case Studies Moderator

Ron has over twenty-five years of experience as a senior manager with BC Hydro and in consulting engineering. Ron has assisted companies in creating transformative sustainability visions and driving those visions to action. Ron played a key role in changing BC Hydro’s strategic direction to focus on energy efficiency and renewable energy. Ron has conducted feasibility studies for renewable energy projects, district energy systems, hydroelectric projects and power lines and has significant experience with design and construction of projects. This work included First Nations and Stakeholder Engagement complementing Ron’s extensive experience working with First Nations on energy, water infrastructure and salmon enhancement projects.

 

Pete Muñoz

Pete Muñoz

SENIOR ENGINEER, BIOHABITATS

Session:Integrated Urban Water Re-Use in Portland's Lloyd Ecodistrict

Pete manages Biohabitats' Cascadia Bioregion office in Portland, Oregon but works around the globe helping to connect communities with appropriate inspirational living water infrastructure. As a licensed engineer and certified wastewater treatment plant operator, he has been involved in over 200 infrastructure projects involving wastewater treatment, stormwater management, rain harvesting, environmental remediation, and watershed restoration. Pete has worked with several consulting firms on water infrastructure projects in the United States and abroad. Pete excels in the integrated design environment with a driven passion for intra-practice collaboration. He's completed dozens of sustainability audits for community, institutions of learning, and industry.

Andrea Reimer

Martin Nielsen

PRINCIPAL, DIALOG

Academy Resource

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, transportation and infrastructure projects. He is passionate about developing sustainable design solutions that are socially, economically, and environmentally responsible. Martin’s recent project work includes the planning of a new LEED Platinum community for the University of Calgary Development Trust and the design of a new UBC District Energy Centre targeting LEED Gold. He has taught at the UBC School of Architecture and Faculty of Engineering and has served as chair of the UBC Advisory Urban Design Panel. He is also serving on the Squamish Nation Advisory Design Panel and has served as Chair on the City of Vancouver Urban Design Panel.

 

Andrea Reimer

Angelique Pilon, PMP, MArch, LEED AP BD+C

RESEARCH MANAGER, CENTRE FOR INTERACTIVE RESEARCH ON SUSTAINABILITY (CIRS)

Faculty Resource

Angelique develops and manages CIRS’ portfolio of research and education projects, which focus on advancing the field of sustainable buildings and urban development through collaborations between academic researchers and external partners. She also oversees outreach and communications for CIRS, including the development of case studies, reports and other documents from the research to inform sustainable practices and policies. Angelique holds a Master of Architecture from the University of British Columbia and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Michigan, and has professional experience in firms in both Canada and the United States. She is a certified Project Management Professional and a LEED Accredited Professional with a specialization in Building Design and Construction.

 

 

Andrea Reimer

Andrea Reimer

COUNCILLOR, CITY OF VANCOUVER

Session: Telus Garden Reception

As a City Councillor, Andrea serves as Chair of the City’s Planning and Environment Committee and a member of the Greenest City Action Team, overseeing Vancouver’s efforts to become a global leader in environmental action. Andrea is also the Council liaison to the Joint Childcare Council, a coordinating body for civic agencies with the Vancouver Park Board and School Board. Andrea has also been a strong advocate for open government reforms, bringing in a world-leading Open Data program to make city information open and accessible. The program was cited by BC Business magazine as the reason for naming the City of Vancouver the most innovative organization in the province. She also helped implement the City’s first-ever Digital Strategy, a comprehensive roadmap to ensure City Hall is enabling digital economic opportunities and improving customer service.

 

 

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Colwyn Sunderland, AScT

SPECIALIST, ASSET AND DEMAND MANAGEMENT, KERR WOOD LEIDAL

Session: A Work in Progress — BC’s Path to Non-Potable Water System Development

Colwyn joined KWL in January 2012 after eight years in local government, and eight prior years with a water treatment technology company. His work is focused in water demand management, asset management, community infrastructure planning and infrastructure financing. Colwyn is a Past-President of the BC Water and Waste Association, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Water and Wastewater Association

 

 

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James Tansey

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, SAUDER SCHOOL OF BUSINESS, UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA

Session: Telus Garden Reception

Dr. James Tansey is an associate professor at the University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business and the Executive Director of Sauder S3i, a Research Centre dedicated to social innovation and sustainability. Following the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, James was selected as one of four international advisers working with the United Nations Environment Programme on the environmental strategy for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. James also is the founder of NatureBank Asset Management. James has worked as an advisor and contributor to the World Economic Forum, the UK National Audit Office, Oxford Analytica, Cisco, ISIS Innovation (Oxford), Environment Canada and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency. James received his PhD from the University of East Anglia. In 2010, he was recognized as a Top 40 Under 40 by Business in Vancouver and was a Pacific finalist in the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year® Awards. 

 

 

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David Woodson

MANAGING DIRECTOR, ENERGY & WATER SERVICES

Academy Resource

David oversees the management of UBC’s annual budget for the Vancouver campus’ utility infrastructure including: high-voltage electricity, district energy (steam and hot water), natural gas and water systems. UBC’s infrastructure is valued at over $420 million and provides essential energy and water services to the 1,000 acre Vancouver campus. David is leading the transformation of the University’s utility infrastructure. In association with the Campus as a Living Lab initiative and the alternative energy sources project, the Energy and Water Services unit aims to achieve UBC’s aggressive greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction targets. Collaborative relationships between administrative units, academic departments, governments, communities, and private industry partners are at the heart of the unit’s activities. David has been at UBC for over 18 years and previously held several leadership positions within UBC Building Operations, Utilities, and Plant Operations. He began his career as a Building Systems Engineer with the City of Surrey in 1993. David has an MBA from UBC and a BS in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from the University of Washington. David is a Professional Engineer in B.C. (mechanical), Facilities Management Administrator (FMA), and a Certified Educational Facilities Professional (CEFP).

COORDINATING FACULTY:
Trent Berry

Trent Berry

Trent Berry

PRINCIPAL, RESHAPE INFRASTRUCTURE STRATEGIES | CHAIR, CREATIVE ENERGY

Master Emcee
Session: Skills Session — Partnership Models

Trent has 20 years of experience in the electricity, gas, district energy and water sectors, including technology evaluation, project feasibility, market studies, ownership, financing, contracts and regulation. Trent has supported the development of low carbon district energy systems in Greater Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, Toronto and Calgary. His clients include municipalities, developers and large university and hospitals. Trent has also worked on district systems incorporating solar energy, biomass, municipal waste to energy and waste heat recovery schemes. Trent is Board Chair of Creative Energy, one of the largest district energy systems in Canada. 

Will Cleveland

Will Cleveland, MSc

PRINCIPAL, RESHAPE INFRASTRUCTURE STRATEGIES

Session: Skills Session — The Art of Screening/Feasibility and Open Space Sessions

Will is a management consultant with experience in in financial analysis, negotiation support, pricing and tariff development and regulation. He has an undergraduate degree from Georgetown University and an MSc from the London School of Economics. From 2004 to 2006 Will worked for The Fordham Company, a Chicago real estate developer where he provided financial analysis to support new projects and negotiations with land sellers and lenders. In 2010 he was an Associate at Compass Resource Management where he worked on district energy screening and feasibility studies, and supported negotiations with large utility companies. In 2013 he co-founded Reshape Infrastructure Strategies, a consulting and development services firm with a focus on infrastructure and energy projects.

Gerard MacDonald

Gerard MacDonald

Gerard MacDonald

PRINCIPAL, RESHAPE INFRASTRUCTURE STRATEGIES

Skills Session: Tug of War — Green Buildings and District Energy

Gerard is a Principal with Reshape Strategies, a Vancouver-based energy and infrastructure consultancy. A Professional Engineer with a Master’s degree in Clean Energy Engineering, Gerard has more than ten years of experience in buildings and community energy systems planning, design, project implementation and policy development. Gerard has led and worked on district energy projects in British Columbia and Ontario from the concept development to the project implementation stages. He is passionate about cities and climate issues, as well as baseball and the BC backcountry.