Board of Directors
Directors on the Light House board share a passion for sustainability and help us achieve our mission by providing strategic direction and oversight. The current Light House Board of Directors comprises dynamic individuals with experience in the fields of environmental management, construction and engineering, and communications and outreach.
John Holland P.Eng., C.Eng., LEED AP
President & CEO, PHH ARC Environmental Ltd
John Holland joined the Light House board in 2008, bringing decades of environmental consulting experience to the boardroom table.
John began his career in design engineering and construction before joining Pinchin West—a firm that provides environmental, engineering, geosciences and health & safety consulting services—where he is currently President & CEO.
John got to know the Light House team well through his work at Pinchin West, having used Light House’s services on a number of occasions: to develop a model for green leases (which promote shared tenant/landlord responsibility for reducing energy consumption), to study the financial impacts of the BOMA Go Green program, and to create a green building toolkit for the RCMP. John sees Light House as a “coherent, ethical, and respected advocate for sustainability” and works hard to guide it toward success.
John also serves on the UBC Faculty of Applied Science Technical Advisory Committee, and is a Fellow of Engineers Canada. He is the former Chair of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC (APEGBC) Environment Committee and has served on the Sustainability Committee.
Brenda Martens B.Sc., CSBA, LEED AP BD+C, LEED Fellow
aedify – Writer, educator, Advocate
Brenda Martens, a LEED Fellow, co-founder of Recollective and previous Director of the Cascadia Green Building Council, is the Principal of aedify, a LEED project management and educational services provider.
With 20 years of experience in the building industry on residential, commercial and industrial projects, Brenda is widely regarded as a leader within the green building industry. Brenda was involved in the design and construction of many signature green building projects, including the Vancouver Athletes Village (LEED Gold and Platinum certified), the Okanagan College Centre of Excellence (Living Building Candidate) and over 20 BC Housing projects across the province.
In addition to her project work, Brenda is a UBC Continuing Studies faculty member, and has served on the LEED Canada Steering committee, as chair of the CaGBC’s Sites and Water Technical Advisory Group (TAG).
Principal, Lanefab Design/Build
Bryn Davidson designs and builds custom energy efficient homes and laneway houses, and acts as a freelance consultant for governments and businesses seeking to address peak oil and climate change impacts. Bryn’s notable clients include the Southern California Association of Governments, TransLink and the Rocky Mountain Institute.
Bryn was instrumental in building Vancouver’s first laneway house in 2010, and the first net-zero solar powered laneway house in 2012; Lanefab’s designs are now incorporating purple pipe (greywater) systems and designing to Passivhaus standard. Lanefab Passivhaus projects are located in North Vancouver, Tsawassen and San Francisco. Since 2009, Bryn has completed over 50 energy efficient, small infill homes, and is recognized as a tiny house movement advocate; the Rao/D Pod, a 360 sf condo he and his wife designed and lived in for three years, is featured on Inhabitat.
Lanefab’s award-winning (Arthur Erickson Memorial Award 2013, Scotiabank EcoLiving Award 2013, REFBC 2013 Land Award) net positive design is in high demand; Bryn spoke at Tedx Renfrew Collinwood in 2014, and Lanefab’s Dumfries St Solar Lane House was featured in the New York Times on January 22, 2015.
James Boothroyd now wears two hats, as Senior Policy Advisor for Metro Vancouver’s ground-breaking National Zero Waste Council, and as a consultant for, among others, the directors of a coalition of 14 major national environmental groups, including WWF, Greenpeace and Pembina.
From 2010-2012, James managed David Suzuki Foundation’s Communications Department during a significant cultural shift from conventional advocacy towards public engagement. His public health and environmental clients include the World Health Organization, Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and the German Technical Cooperation, Canadian HIV Trials Network and Ecojustice.
James is the author of Project Green Bloc, a three-year project designed by Riley Park, Vancouver residents, which tests research and activities which address hyper-consumption and climate change. Project Green Bloc is funded by the Vancouver Foundation, sponsored by Evergreen, and supported by the David Suzuki Foundation.
Spark Plug Strategic Communications
As a seasoned public relations expert, David Plug brings more than 15 years of experience in journalism, media analysis, issues management, stakeholder engagement and corporate communications. In addition to providing executive communications for Fraser Health Authority (serving 1 in 3 British Columbians), including 3 newly-built LEED Gold facilities (Jim Pattison Outpatient Care & Surgery Centre, Abbotsford Regional Hospital & Cancer Centre, Critical Care Tower at Surrey Memorial Hospital), David has also worked with organizations serving the entire province, including government ministries, the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research and the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA).
David is known for his collaborative, stakeholder-centric approach, skilled handling of high risk/crisis communications (disease outbreaks, flood closures) and savvy online newspaper and newsletter content. After winning a silver-medal national HYGEIA Award from Health Care Public Relations Association (HCPRA) PHSA’s Steps Forward 2006 Annual Report, David then judged national health journalism competitions and served as Executive-At-Large for HCPRA. Given his interests in public engagement and history, David has also been appointed by city council as a Commissioner for the Surrey Heritage Advisory Commission.
David’s passion for engagement and leadership is evident in his work and personal life, and he is highly valued by public-facing clients.