Mark is the President of Bernhardt Contracting Ltd., a licensed builder based in Victoria BC. In 2012, Bernhardt Contracting built the first Certified Passive House on Vancouver Island, and has since gone on to build or consult on dozens more.
Mark is also a Certified Energy Advisor and Passive House Consultant, and over the past year has spent much of his time helping other builders gear up for Step Code and higher performance buildings.
Jim Baker is a Senior Codes Administrator with the Building and Safety Standards Branch of BC.
Jim has been a member of the Codes-Canada Task Group “Earthquake Design for Housing and Small Buildings” since 2015, it is from that experience that the intro to Part 9 earthquake design portion of this presentation is based upon.
Andy Chase is the Team Lead, Building Codes & Standards with the Building and Safety Standards Branch. Andy leads the technical team responsible for development of the British Columbia Building, Plumbing, and Fire Codes, including development of B.C.’s priority initiatives such as accessibility, secondary suites, and radon.
Andy helps advance national code development through membership on Codes Canada’s Standing Committee on Use and Egress and Task Group on Accessibility and helps advance national standard development through membership on CSA’s Technical Committee on Prefabricated Buildings, Modules, and Panels.
Colin Dumais is the Lead Instructor and founder for CNRTC’s Radon Training Center. He has been intimately involved in the development of Canadian specific radon curriculum for both entry level and continuing education programs.
He also has served on the Board of the Canadian Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists and on a number of committees assisting Health Canada and the Canadian National Radon Proficiency Program.
As Manager of the Professional Practice Advice Program, Amy is responsible for overseeing a team that assists registrants with professional practice related issues. This includes practice advice services, practice guideline development, advisory group support, and external stakeholder engagement regarding practice issues that affect registrants.
On behalf of the AIBC, Maura advises Architectural Institute of British Columbia (AIBC) registrants and the public on architectural practice standards, and engages with government, industry, other regulators and the public on architectural issues. She has been practicing architecture for over 30 years.
Ranjeet Gill is the Director of BC Hydro’s Distribution Design & Customer Connections (DDCC) group. Ranjeet joined BC Hydro in 2013, where he spent is first 7 years working in project delivery before joining DDCC. Prior to joining BC Hydro, he spent 10 years in the construction industry as a project manager, mainly working on public infrastructure projects across Western Canada.
Ranjeet holds a Bachelor of Science in Physics and Statistics from the University of the Fraser Valley and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alberta.
Andrew Harmsworth, a Founding Principal of GHL Consultants Ltd, Fire Engineers and Code Consultants
is a member of BC’s Mass Timber Advisory Council, as well as a member of the Standing Committee on Fire Protection, the committee responsible for Part 3 of the National Building Code.
Along with Code Consulting, Fire Engineering and Certified Professional work, Andrew maintains an active role in Fire Research, particularly related to Mass Timber. Andrew has a master’s degree in Fire Protection Engineering from UBC and is a Licensed Professional Engineer. Andrew is also a Certified Professional under BC’s Certified Professional Program, and responsible for overall Code Compliance for projects that include the Vancouver Convention Centre and the New St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver.
Chad Jensen, B. Comm, is the President and CEO of New Dawn Developments Ltd. Based in Cranbrook, BC, New Dawn Developments Ltd. is an award-winning construction and land development company that has completed a variety of residential and commercial projects throughout the Kootenays and in Alberta.
Ken is a Registered Building Official with the Building Officials of BC and an Applied Science Technologist with ASTTBC and is currently the Building and Permitting Manager for the City of Penticton.
He has strived to improve working relationships with industry stakeholders and better understanding of the role Building Officials & Permits play in ensuring public health and safety, energy efficiency, and promoting better building practices.
Tim is the manager of Certification Services within Prevention Divisional Services and Credentialling. His 25-year professional career in the field of training and development has focused on competency-based education and training, credentialling and certification schemes, and the instructional development of new trainers.
Tim has a Doctor of Education from the University of Nottingham (UK) where his research focused on the professional identity and professional development practices of trade instructors. He is also a Fellow in the Society for Education and Training (UK).
Mary is the director of Prevention Divisional Services and Credentialling, and her portfolio includes the licensing and certification teams as well as the business product management team that is building the tools and systems to support these new programs.
Mary holds a masters degree from the University of Leicester and a certificate in Organizational Leadership from the University of Toronto.
Megan is the senior manager, Credentialling Services, Prevention Divisional Services and Credentialling at WorkSafeBC. She has worked in a variety of health and safety roles across North America for more than 20 years.
Megan attended California State University, Sacramento, and has a bachelor’s in business administration, with concentrations in human resources and risk management and insurance. Megan holds a Canadian Registered Safety Professional designation and earned a certificate in strategic leadership and innovation from York University — Schulich School of Business.
Christine Miller is the Manager of the Asbestos Licensing department within the Prevention Services Division. Prior to joining WorkSafeBC, Christine worked in the private sector with a primary focus on the construction industry in British Columbia.
Christine holds a Bachelor of Arts degree specializing in Industrial – Organizational Psychology (the science of human behaviour in the workplace) from York University in Toronto.
Gary Milligan is a highly accomplished professional with over five decades of experience in the HVAC industry. Specializing in the design, installation, and maintenance of mechanical systems for residential projects, Gary is renowned for his expertise in integrating energy-efficient solutions and innovative technologies into his designs. He previously served as the President of TECA and recently transitioned to the role of Treasurer. In his current position, he continues to play a pivotal role in driving the organization’s growth and success, advocating for excellence and collaboration within the industry.
With his strong leadership skills and strategic vision, Gary is a respected and influential figure, dedicated to advancing best practices and promoting professional development in the field of HVAC.
Tim Ryce is a Professional Engineer and Chief Building Official for the City of North Vancouver. He has developed and implemented construction regulations relating to green building, energy efficiency, and accessibility, both at the local and national level, is a guest member of the Standing Committee on Energy Efficiency for the Canadian Board for Harmonized Construction Codes, and is a member of the BC Mass Timber Advisory Council.
Recently, he introduced new unified service delivery systems at the City and completed the transition to a fully paperless electronic permit process.
Caroline St-Onge, Eng., is a senior evaluation officer at the Canadian Construction Materials Center (CCMC) within the National Research Council, Canada’s premier science and technology research organization.
Prior joining the CCMC in 1996, she conducted building failure investigations in the private sector. As part of her role as an evaluation officer, she has over 25 years of experience in the development of protocols for evaluating the performance of innovative products in compliance with the National Building Code (NBC).
Her experience also includes conducting conformity assessments of standardized products to recognized product standards mainly pertaining to the building envelope such as thermal insulations, water and moisture resistant membranes, air and radon barrier systems, fenestration products and more.
Trevor attended the British Columbia Institute of Technology to study construction technologies. He began his career as a Building Official working for the District of North Vancouver in the role of Plan Reviewer. Following this, he moved to the City of Port Moody as a Building Official, which involved working as a Plan Reviewer and Building Inspector while also conducting plumbing inspections and plan reviews. Trevor has also held various supervisory and managerial roles with local government. As well, he has worked as an instructor with the British Columbia Institute of Technology, instructing on building code courses. He is currently the Director, Building Permits and Licences with the City of Abbotsford. Trevor obtained his Registered Building Official designation as well his Level 2 plumbing official certification in 2017.
Trevor has served on the Building Officials’ Association of BC’s Executive Committee since 2019. During this time, he has held the positions of Secretary and Treasurer within the Executive Committee, and he currently serves as one of the Vice-Presidents of the Association.
Jason has been with FortisBC for 19 years, and is presently the Director of Energy Solutions responsible for the customer attraction and retention efforts of FortisBC through the residential sales team, and the commercial and industrial account management group. Jason is also responsible for the development of new energy products and services including the recently filed Renewable Gas application that if approved will provide 100% Renewable Gas to all new residential customers.
Jason also previously served on the HAVAN Board from 2015 to 2021.
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