Light House has a unique team of respected and knowledgeable professionals, who are passionate about helping people like you reach your sustainability goals.

Joanne Sawatzky

Director, Green Building Services | 604-677-3126 Ext. 9305

Joanne Sawatzky (BTech, MSc., CPHC, LEED AP BD+C) has worked in the green building sector throughout her whole career. She decided on a career in architecture when she was in the seventh grade, which inspired her to pursue a Bachelor in Architecture + Building Science, and a Masters in Energy Efficient Building. As Light House’s anchor employee since 2007, and Senior Project Manager, Joanne has led many of Light House’s most challenging and innovative projects, including The Whistler Athletes Village, The Foundry, and Telus Gardens Office and Residential. She works closely with a wide range of clients—from developers to architects—on implementing green building projects, technical policy development, contractor training, and post occupancy evaluations.

Joanne has over a decade of experience working in design, construction and operation on commercial, residential, and healthcare building projects across Canada. She is the first female BuiltGreen Canada High Density Verifier and has taught contractor training through the Vancouver Regional Construction Association (VRCA). She has also taught and mentored building science students in the Architectural Science Department at Ryerson University.

When asked about her proudest accomplishments, she’ll tell you that getting a project—any project—complete, and seeing her clients get what they need, is the best feeling. To Joanne, sustainability is about making small but measurable changes that add up…and lead to better buildings and a better quality of life.

Kaitlyn Gillis

Director, Wellbeing + Sustainability | 604-677-3126 Ext. 9309

Kaitlyn GillisKaitlyn Gillis (BEng, EIT, MSc(Arch), MSc(Env Psyc), LEED AP, WELL AP) recently completed her Master’s of Science in Environmental Psychology, where she focused her research on the restorative impacts of Biophilic Design on indoor environments. Originally from Fredericton, New Brunswick, Kaitlyn comes to us from London UK, where she gained experience with BREEAM, LEED, and working with the newly released WELL Building Standard.

Kaitlyn is passionate about health and wellbeing in the built environment and leads Light House’s projects and educational efforts on human-centred design, healthy building materials and the WELL Building Standard.

Kaitlyn has worked with numerous clients on various projects including LEED projects, reviewing design guidelines, developing employee educational materials, and conducting WELL Building Standard Feasibility Studies. She is also an accomplished public speaker and in 2016 presented at various events including: Light House’s first inspiration Session: Nature, People & Design in April; Women in Architecture, Vancouver in March; BuildEx Express in November; and the PHABC Conference in December. Kaitlyn also participated in the Turncoats Vancouver second debate, Green Wash, in September. She is also leading Light House’s Lunch and Learns: Creating Healthy Environment for People.

Kaitlyn has recently co-published two articles: Healthy Building Syndrome with Dak Kopec in Canadian Architecture Magazine, August 2016; and Designing Interior Environments that Support Human Health with Michelle Biggar in Sustainable Architecture & Building Magazine, January 2017.

Outside of work, Kaitlyn can be found enjoying nature through various activities with her young son, River, and husband, Tom.

Tracy Casavant

Director, Resource Innovation | 604-677-3126 Ext. 9301

Tracy_LowResTracy Casavant (BASc, M.E.S.) heads up Light House’s eco-industrial planning and development services. With more than 15 years experience, including establishing and running her own consulting firm for ten years, Tracy brings a unique soft and hard skill set of training and experience, blending backgrounds in chemical engineering and environmental studies. Tracy is one of North America’s leading experts on sustainable industrial / employment lands and infrastructure development, and has been responsible for dozens of eco-industrial projects nationally and internationally. Tracy sits on the Advisory Board for Cogen Canada. She teaches the Industrial Ecology course in BCIT’s Environmental Engineering program; has previously been a sessional lecturer at SFU; and has supervised graduate students at UBC, Dalhousie, and Royal Roads. She has been invited to speak on various business, community, and sustainability topics across Canada and internationally in countries such as Korea, China, Taiwan, Mexico, and Turkey.

Rosa Catacora

Project Manager | 604-677-3126 Ext. 9308

A trained architect, Rosa Catacora (B.Arch, M.Sc. Renewable Energy, LEED AP Homes) fell in love with Vancouver and was inspired by the enthusiasm of the Light House team – so much so that, a few months later, Rosa found herself moving to BC, and taking up a staff position at Light House.

Rosa’s resume includes running her own business in Peru, Quatro Palos, which focused on solar integration, architecture, interiors, and graphic design. She managed commercial design projects in Spain and implemented sustainable recycling, energy efficiency and water conservation initiatives for one of Europe’s largest insurance companies. After she discovered her passion for sustainability, she began working for a renewable energy company in Spain, designing solar fields.

Rosa holds a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas (Peruvian University of Applied Sciences) and a Master’s degree in Renewable Energy from Universidad Europea (European University of Madrid).

“Buildings can consume a lot of energy, water, and generate a lot of waste,” she says, “so green building projects really are key to a sustainable future.”

Christina Radvak

Green Building Coordinator | 604-677-3126 Ext. 9306

Christina Radvak (B.Ends), (LEED AP ID+C) studied Environmental Design at the UBC School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. Upon graduation, she developed the Deconstruction Program with Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver (HFHGV) to actively salvage waste from renovation and demolition sites. Christina worked with HFHGV to salvage and resell interior finishes all the way down to structural lumber, to fund affordable housing developments in Greater Vancouver.

To further her impact of diverting waste in the construction industry, Christina prioritized education and public speaking to help change the perspective of the building industry to be more sustainable. Christina has spoken at BUILDEX and was a guest on radio and  television interviews.

Apart from work, Christina can be found volunteering with Women in Architecture Vancouver or going backpacking packing and climbing in the mountains.

LeAnn Mogerman

Accounting | 604-677-3126 Ext. 9302

LeAnn Mogerman
(CPA, CGA, BA) holds an Anthropology degree from UVIC and a Chartered Professional Accountant designation.  After many years in public practice, LeAnn was thrilled to join the Light House team and utilize her financial expertise to support the sustainability initiatives she has always had a passion for.

In her free time, LeAnn travels to schools throughout Vancouver leading financial literacy workshops for kids of all ages.

Daniel Ugalde De la Vega

Green Building Junior Project Manager | 604-677-3126 Ext. 9308

Daniel Ugalde De la Vega (B.Arch., MSc., LEED AP BD+C, ENV ESP) has been developing a career in the buildings sector designing, coordinating, and providing consulting services with the main objective of creating a more sustainable built environment. He believes that sustainability is really about enhancing the life quality of all people and living things with whom we share this planet, while keeping a balance between the environmental, social and economic systems. This requires finding creative and innovative solutions to change the way we currently do things.

Daniel is credentialed as LEED AP with specialty in Building Design and Construction as well as Envision Sustainability Professional (a credential for sustainable infrastructure projects). His professional experience includes working as project architect, energy modeller, project coordinator of engineering design projects, as well as LEED sustainability consultant. He holds a MSc in Renewable Energy and Architecture from the University of Nottingham in the UK, which focused on renewable energy technologies, building energy modelling, and architectural passive strategies. He has an undergraduate in architecture from Universidad de las Americas Puebla in Mexico and also participated in an exchange program with the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Australia focusing on sustainable urban design.

Timo Makinen

NISP Lead Practitioner | 604-677-3126 Ext. 9303

Timo Makinen (P.Eng, MRM, MBA) is currently the Lead Practitioner for the pilot Canadian National Industrial Symbiosis Program, a circular economy-based initiative funded by all three levels of government which aims to deliver triple bottom line benefits to a diverse range of businesses, beginning with the Metro Vancouver and Greater Edmonton regions.

Timo has over 25 years of experience with a number of firms including BC Hydro, B.C. Gas Utility Ltd, BC Research, and Shell. His roles have included acting as an oil and gas industry facilities engineer; as an energy economist, planner and forecaster; the Climate Change Strategies Advisor for Shell Canada Oil Sands; and the Sustainable Development Manager for Shell’s international sulphur and road bitumen businesses. Timo graduated from the University of Toronto with a BASc (Hons.) in Chemical Engineering, and obtained an MBA and Masters of Natural Resources Management from Simon Fraser University. He has co-authored numerous papers and frequently presented on issues related to energy and environment linkages and sustainable development. He is a registered professional engineer in B.C.


 Our Accreditations

If you don’t recognize some of the acronyms above, don’t worry – you’re not alone. Here’s a quick run-through of our team’s building-related accreditations.

BuiltGreen Canada High Density Verifier – the BuiltGreen Canada High Density Verifier is  a designation provided by BuiltGreen Canada to an individual with extensive industry experience who has been nominated by their peers. The Verifier provides on-site verification and inspection for BuiltGreen projects. Joanne Sawatzky is a BuiltGreen Canada High Density Verifier and first female Verifier in Canada.

CPHC – Certified Passive House Consultant international professional designation recognizes individuals who have completed the Passive House Canada training and passed the Passivhaus Institut credential exam. This professional can offer Passive House Planning Package modelling and analysis. Director of Green Building Services Joanne Sawatzky has the designation.

LEED AP – the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Accredited Professional (AP) credential demonstrates advanced knowledge in green building practices and specialization in a particular LEED Rating System – such as Building Design + Construction (BD+C), Interior Design + Construction (ID+C), Operations + Maintenance (O+M), Homes+ Multi-Family (Homes) and Neighbourhood Development (ND).

Light House staff with LEED accreditations includes:
Joanne Sawatzky, LEED AP BD+C
Kaitlyn Gillis, LEED AP
Rosa Catacora, LEED AP Homes
Daniel Ugalde De la Vega, LEED AP BD+C

WELL AP – The WELL AP credential is awarded to individuals who demonstrate in-depth knowledge of how the built environment can impact human health and wellbeing. The AP is based off of the WELL Building Standard®, released in 2014 by the International WELL Building Institute, which is the first building rating system to date that focuses solely on human health and wellbeing. Light House staff member Kaitlyn Gillis has this accreditation.