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.
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.
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 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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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, 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 MASSTM. 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.
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.