Board of Directors
Dennis Cunningham – Chair
Dennis is employed with Assiniboine Credit Union as the Manager, Environmental Sustainability in 2010. In this role he develops and delivers programs and projects that contribute to ACU’s environmental leadership.
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Before joining ACU, Dennis spent ten years at the International Institute for Sustainable Development managing provincial, national and international projects.
Dennis holds an Environmental Professional (EP) designation in the field of Communications and Public Awareness.
Dennis is also a member of the City of Winnipeg’s Climate Change Plan Advisory Group and on the Manitoba Race to Reduce Communications Working Group. He has previously served on the boards of Green Action Centre, Manitoba Eco-Network and the Winnipeg International Children’s Festival. His interest in sustainable building began while living in Victoria, B.C. in the mid-1990s.
He has been a member of the Riverview Community Center Board of Directors since 2005 and is presently the Board President.
Curtis Hull – Vice Chair
Curt Hull has been project manager with Climate Change Connection and the Manitoba Eco-Network since 2007.
Curt is a professional engineer.
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Prior to his involvement in climate change, he worked for 25 years as Director of Quality Systems with a Winnipeg-based electronics design and manufacturing company. While there, he helped the company grow from 12 people in a small, local facility to an international concern with manufacturing and offices in 5 countries, and 1000+ employees.
In 2010, Curt was trained by Al Gore in Nashville and became part of the global Climate Reality Project. He continues to work with that project internationally.
Locally, Curt is working with many groups to move us to a fossil-fuel free future. He was one of the founders of Bike Winnipeg as well as 50by30.org and Transition Winnipeg. Recently, he has been doing consulting work on sustainability with northern First Nations.
Kristina Hunter – Secretary-Treasurer
Kristina has been active in the local environmental community for over 20 years. She teaches at the University of Manitoba in the Environmental Science and Studies programs, and has also taught sustainability-related courses in Architecture, Community Health Sciences and the Asper MBA program.
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She is the co-chair of the U of M’s Sustainability Committee, the co-founder of Friends of Fisher Park, and has served as Vice-chair of the Manitoba Round Table on Sustainable Development for almost 10 years.
She is actively working on expanding Sustainability Education at the U of M as well as developing a Green Building Strategy at the U of M. Her interests in teaching and activism focus on Sustainability policy, Environment and Human Health, and Community Greenspace. She can be seen walking or jogging with her dog on Churchill Drive or playing Ultimate Frisbee with her husband and friends.
With a strong passion for sustainability and advocacy, Alara has immersed her professional and personal life in the green building industry through education, volunteering, memberships, and occupations.
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She holds a Bachelor of Enviornmental Studies in Sustainable Building, with LEED credentials as a LEED AP BD+C, ID+C. She is currently the Sustainable Buildings Coordinator at Prairie Architects Inc., providing technical assistance and guidance for all green projects undertaken by Prairie Architects on a day to day basis. Alara has held a Director position on the Sustainable Building Manitoba Board since 2015, and has been a member of SBM since 2009, experiencing the organization from various angles over the last 9 years. Sustainability and accountability for any sustainably built project is extremely important to Alara. She is proud to be helping to reduce carbon emissions and improve occupant health while building on sustainable construction best practices in Manitoba.
Alex is currently employed as the Business Development Manager at Graham Construction. He has over 30 years of diverse, volunteer, government and private sector senior experience gained through positions including the Vice President of Planning and Development at the Winnipeg Airport Authority and the Chief Administrative Officer for the City of Winnipeg.
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Alex’s educational background consists of degrees in Engineering and City Planning (where he was awarded the Mayor’s Medal for Significant Contributions to Urban Affairs) from the University of Manitoba. He is also an alumnus of the Harvard Kennedy School.
Alex was also a volunteer in the 2012 United States Presidential Election Campaign for Barack Obama. He is currently a Fundraising Co-Chair for the Federal Liberal Party and has volunteered for various cultural, community and educational groups ranging from the Winnipeg Art Gallery to Harvard University.
Dan McInnis is a proud Manitoban with a keen interest in a broad range of environmental issues. Dan has a diverse background in public policy development, program implementation and operational management.
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Prior to “retirement” in 2013, Dan was the Assistant Deputy Minister responsible for Manitoba’s climate change and environmental protection programs. He represented Manitoba’s interests at four international climate change meetings as well as oversaw the successful implementation of the Beyond Kyoto Climate Change Action Plan. Other roles include senior management positions with municipal governments.
Subsequent to “retirement”, Dan has undertaken a number of roles and projects. These include Executive Director of Sustainable Building Manitoba for 4 years; seeking opportunities related to thermal hydrolysis of wastewater biosolids; determining beneficial reuse options for automotive shredder residue and various management assignments for a personal care home.
Dan is active in his community and currently serves on 4 Boards and volunteers at the Christmas Cheer Board. In no particular order, Dan enjoys being a grandfather, trips with his wife, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and playing racquetball.
Dawn Fraser is an engaged proponent of green building and increasing sustainability the building materials industry. She has served as the Chair, Programs Director and is currently a Director-at-large on the board over the last 6 years.
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Her work at Lafarge Canada as an Environmental and Public Affairs Manager has led to expertise in EPDs, materials tracking and energy and water use reductions in the concrete industry. Dawn’s previous career in education was spent living abroad for several years gaining a wider cultural and knowledge base before focusing on her passion for living sustainably.
Sustainability is what he does for the Royal Canadian Air Forces (RCAF), but it is also part of what he does on his own time. He enjoys interacting with others who are building and designing low energy buildings and working at how low energy buildings can be more financially viable.
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In his current role as Sustainability Manager for the RCAF, he put together a team of dedicated individuals and developed a sustainability plan for the Air Force to reduce energy usage and greenhouse gas emissions. Part of this plan included developing a utility metering program with monitoring sensors, analytical software, and an integrated network for 10 bases across Canada.
Jim has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (1976) degree from the University of Manitoba.
Lawrence Bird has been a LEED®GA since 2012, and an active member of SBM since it branched off from CaGBC. He is a current member of SBM’s Board of Directors, and a past member of the Programming Committee.
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He is especially interested in green urbanism, and brings a planner’s as well as an architect’s perspective to his work on the Board (he is licensed in both professions). Lawrence writes frequently for Canadian Architect, for example on the sustainable aspects of the architecture and food of the RAW:Almond pop-up restaurants (February 2018). As an urban designer he has contributed to two of Winnipeg’s first Transit Oriented Developments, both of which integrate community development, bus rapid transit, active transportation and geothermal district heating; he currently works as an architect at pico ARCHITECTURE. Lawrence has taught at McGill University, University of Manitoba, Kanazawa International Design Institute (Japan), and Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He also has a visual arts practise; his current project, Dominion, is funded by the Canada Council for the Arts, and focuses on human impact on the prairie landscape.
Phil is the President of Integrated Designs Inc. (IDI), a consulting firm specializing in high-performance buildings through building commissioning, sustainable design facilitation and energy management.
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Phil is an active member of the Building Commissioning Association (BCA) and is an inaugural member of BCA’s Western Canada Chapter, currently serving as a director on the board. Phil provides the overall direction on technical, field and documentation aspects of commissioning for IDI. He has been actively involved on landmark Winnipeg projects such as the Manitoba Hydro Downtown Office project, the University of Winnipeg Richardson College for the Environment, the Richardson International Airport and the True North Square Development. Phil is registered as a Professional Engineer with EGM and APEGS and holds his Commissioning Process Management Professional (CPMP) credential from ASHRAE.
Sandy Marohn is the Senior Client Manager at Pinchin, an engineering consulting firm for the environment and buildings. She specializing in Building Science and has dedicated her career to maximizing the performance of buildings using sustainable initiatives with proven ROI.
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Her background in commercial mechanical systems gives her a unique understanding of facility energy requirements and comfort challenges. Her passion for the evolving world of building optimization fuels her to get curious in the field and learn what really works while appreciating the needs and budgets of her clients. Sandy grew up on a family cattle farm west of Carman. She has two busy young children hopes to inspire them to give back to the planet.
Stephanie is a University of Manitoba Biosystems Engineering graduate and holds a M.Sc. from the same department. While completing her degrees, she worked with Building Alternative Inc. and specialized in alternative residential design, including strawbale, stackwall, and timber frame construction.
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Later, as a sustainability consultant with Integrated Designs Inc., she worked with multidisciplinary teams to deliver high-performance projects certified under various green building rating systems or aligned with owner initiated sustainability best-practices.
Now with Crosier Kilgour & Partners Ltd., Stephanie has returned to design, focusing on building science and building envelope remediation. With 14+ years’ experience in the sustainability consulting and engineering fields, she is dedicated to the continual improvement of the built environment, specifically adaptations for sustainability, energy efficiency, and durability in our challenging local climate.
Stephanie brings experience with building envelope design and remediation, sustainable building design, and familiarity with green building rating systems, to the Sustainability Manitoba team.
As an architectural practitioner and Director of BridgmanCollaborative Architecture, Wins has overseen the design and construction of over twenty highly energy efficient buildings.
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Of these four are LEED Silver Community or Recreation Centres, one is a Green Globes Building (Neechi Commons), one a Passive Haus near Gimli (almost certified), numerous shadow LEED buildings, and numerous energy upgrades and additions to Heritage buildings including Dalnavert Museum.Wins has given multiple seminars on Sustainability at the University of Manitoba Architecture Department and to the general public.