Light House has a unique team of respected and knowledgeable professionals, who are passionate about helping people like you reach your sustainability goals.
Director, Green Building Services
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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, 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 two decades 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.
Director, Resource Innovation
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Tracy 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.
Director, Research and Collaboration
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Brenda Martens (O.B.C., B.Sc., CSBA, LEED AP BD+C, LEED Fellow) has worked in the building industry for over 25 years as a practitioner, educator and advocate in the field of green building and sustainability and joined Light House in the fall of 2018 as their Director of Research and Collaboration. Brenda has served the green building community in a number of roles, including being a member of the Board of the Cascadia Green Building Council, past faculty with the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) and the University of British Columbia Continuing Studies, and co-founder of the Open Green Building Society, an organization that open sources information about green buildings. In addition to her work at Light House, she currently teaches green building and sustainability for BCIT, and in 2018 she was appointed to the Order of British Columbia for her contributions to sustainability in the building industry.
Brenda has worked on commercial, residential, industrial and institutional projects throughout the province and was involved in the design and construction of many signature green projects, including the Vancouver Olympic Village (LEED Gold and Platinum certified), the Whistler Athletes’ Village, Okanagan College Centre of Excellence (Living Building Petal Candidate, LEED Platinum certified), and over 20 non-market housing projects in various communities across BC.
Brenda also goes to great lengths in her personal life to be sustainable. In 2013, she participated in the World Masters Games in Torino, Italy. To avoid the carbon emissions associated with flying, she took six days to cross North America from Vancouver to Wilmington South Carolina by train, 11 days to cross the Atlantic on a freighter as the only passenger with a crew of 24, and another week to cross Europe by train (with stops) from Antwerp, Belgium to the games in Torino.
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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.”
Green Building Project Manager
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Christina Radvak (B.Ends), (LEED AP ID+C, LEED AP O+M) 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.
Green Building Project Coordinator
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Sarah Jones (BA, LEED AP BD+C, WELL AP) studied Environmental Geography at SFU, focusing on Earth Science and Environmental Policy. Since graduating from SFU, Sarah has worked with Greenpeace, developed a chemical spill plan for a large BC Hydro facility, has worked on research projects, and worked as an accreditation manager at an events company. She is also an experienced personal trainer. Her professional interests are in health, wellness, and sustainability and she sees green buildings as a perfect place to merge these complementary ideas.
In her free time, Sarah loves to travel, hike, read, practice mindfulness and healthy living, and spend as much time as possible at the gym.
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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.
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Nessim Boudghene is passionate about new trends, social networking, marketing and sustainability. He studied Marketing, Management and Consumer Science at Laval University in Quebec City.
Nessim attended an English exchange program at UBC in 2017 after which he completed an internship at Light House. This experience enabled him to appreciate the good values of the people in Vancouver and especially in the field of sustainable development. An internship within the Light House team allowed him to see the whole interest that sustainable development presents and the countless possibilities just waiting to be realized. Nessim got hired as a marketing coordinator by Light House at the end of his internship. He is now in charge of managing Light House social networks and website, promoting events and doing other marketing related tasks. He is also part of the NISP Canada team. His work consist in promoting and helping to deliver circular economy based workshops for the Canadian National Industrial Symbiosis Program, a circular-economy based program that aims to develop resource collaboration and divert waste from landfill, thereby creating economic, environmental and social benefits. His goal is to raise awareness to the people of the benefits that can result from an ecological awareness and the circular-economy.
NISP Lead Practitioner
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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 30 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. Timo is also a member of the board of the national NGO, ‘Tree Canada’.
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Amir Haghpanahi (BEng Industrial engineering) has gained lots of experience in industrial engineering, quality control and project management throughout 15 years of cooperating with various manufacturing companies and factories. He has effectively improved the ERP system, established effective collaboration with production planners, optimized material handling and supply chain systems which has considerably reduced the consumption of materials and energy.
Amir has also had an active and effective role in manufacturing environmental-friendly automobiles operating by the alternative CNG fuel. He believes that a change in both personal and urban lifestyle can efficiently decrease the amount of both ecological and carbon footprints which will eventually lead to the sustainability of resources for next generations.
He is currently cooperating with the Lighthouse as a practitioner for the pilot Canadian National Industrial Symbiosis Program (NISP) which is funded by the government and seeks smarter solutions for resource management through laying the ground for businesses to create partnership and interchange their waste or by-products that can serve as raw material for the other businesses.
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Hilal Savas (B. Ch.E., MEL) has over six years of multi-industry and multifunctional strategy, operations, and business development experience in emerging and developed markets. She holds a MEL (Master of Engineering Leadership) from the University of British Columbia and BEng from the Koc University.
She is passionate about the intersection of the bio-based value chain and circular economy business models to develop innovative solutions for the growing world economy. She also trained by Former Vice-President, Al Gore, to become a Climate Leader. She has been actively engaged with the local communities to support the global fight for climate solutions.
Liz Gandy has developed a holistic systems approach to collaboration where professional and market values are aligned with environmental stewardship. Her diverse education includes Biology from Capilano University in North Vancouver and Political Science with a focus on Communications and Culture from the University of Calgary. This diverse technical training and policy education, as well as her Aboriginal background and sensibility, uniquely positions her to foster the collaboration necessary to create new industrial symbiotic systems.
Liz has already applied these disciplines to a wide variety of projects including upstream oil and gas, oil sands, waste management and in regulatory affairs & large capital projects, health, safety & environment including Aboriginal communities. In 2009, Liz received the honour of Mentor of Distinction by the Alberta Women’s Science Network for her work with Aboriginal girls in STEM projects.
“By adopting an industrial symbiotic systems approach and a holistic model,” Liz said, “collaborative projects can be highly successful. They require a disciplined focus on inclusive relationship building and meticulous organization, which are two of my passions.” As part of the NISP Project team in Alberta, Liz combines her skills in waste data collection & modeling and will utilize the Synergies Model to record and track the progress developed in this first phase of this Canadian Pilot.
Margaret received her Petroleum Engineering degree from University of Alberta in Edmonton and is a registered Professional Engineer in Alberta. After graduation from engineering school, she served as a sales engineer, technical advisor and account manager for major oil & gas service companies; Schlumberger and Baker Hughes, for example. She has extensive technical experience in oil/water production & disposal, rotary equipment applications as well as manufacturing & operation/optimization of surface and underground electrical pumps. Her expertise in manufacturing and production facilities combined with interests in nature and sustainability led to her being selected for her current role as Practitioner. NISP enables her to use her engineering and business background to help local companies solve their resource and waste-related challenges.
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 GA – The LEED Green Associate credential designates individuals who have a documented, up-to-date understanding of the most current green building principles and practices.
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).
LEED Fellow – The LEED Fellow designation was developed to honor and recognize distinguished LEED APs who have made a significant contribution to the field of green building and sustainability at a regional, national, or international level. Director of Research and Collaboration, Brenda Martens has the designation.
Light House staff with LEED accreditations includes:
Brenda Martens, LEED AP BD+C, LEED Fellow
Joanne Sawatzky, LEED AP BD+C
Rosa Catacora, LEED AP Homes
Christina Radvak, LEED AP ID+C, LEED AP O+M
Sarah Jones, LEED AP BD+C
WELL AP – The WELL Accredited Professional (WELL AP) credential signifies knowledge in human health and wellness in the built environment, and specialization in the WELL Building Standard. Green Building Project Coordinator, Sarah Jones has the designation.