Board of Directors

Stephanie Zubriski – Chair

 

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.

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.

Alara Matsyk

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.

Aynsley Dueck

Aynsley Dueck is currently working at her family business, DUXTON Windows & Doors, with her father Al Dueck.

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She has been with the company for 8 years, starting in Marketing, then growing into a Continuous Improvement role, and is currently the Operations Manager. Aynsley has a strong business background, having grown up around the start-up company, and having a Bachelor of Education from the I.H. Asper School of Business.  She is very passionate about high performance building envelopes and is eager to help spread the word that building or renovating sustainably is achievable, and creates superior living spaces.

Aynsley has been on the board for Young Construction Leaders of Manitoba (YCLM), which is a subset of Winnipeg Construction Association, for almost 5 years in various positions, most recently as Vice Chair.

Alvin Bali

Alvin is currently employed with Caesarstone Canada and PPG Industries Inc. He is also a member of his local condominium board and is the treasurer. He has a background with 15 years of sales and management within the construction industry from retail to wholesale consumers while working at companies such as RONA, ICI/Dulux Paint, General Paint, and Sherwin-Williams Paints.

 

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Alvin managed a renovation business from 2009 to 2014 focusing on residential, healthcare and commercial projects. He has also managed properties since 2003 from single family to multi-unit apartments. 

Alvin’s education includes courses in Business Management and Marketing at Douglas College in New Westminster, BC and a certificate in Design Thinking for Business Strategy and Entrepreneurship from The University of Sydney Business School. He can speak Hindi, Punjabi, French, and English. 

Alvin has been involved in numerous projects that have changed the landscape across Western Canada over the years. This unique career path has fueled the passion for him to seek a voice to help improve sustainable building practices. 

Bobbi MacLennan

Bobbi is an Architect at Pico Architecture. She has a passion for community-based projects that are environmentally conscious and carefully designed.

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She previously worked as a Sustainable Design Consultant at Integrated Designs Inc as productive member of multiple collaborative design teams contributing to sustainable construction in Manitoba, and earned her LEED AP BD and C accreditation. Recently she served as the Intern Representative on the Manitoba Association of Architects council.

Bobbi has volunteered in Ghana designing plans for a sustainable community regeneration project and received a Permaculture and Community Design certificate while studying in Israel. Bobbi is a University of Manitoba graduate deeply rooted in Winnipeg and looks forward to seeing how this city will evolve to meet future environmental challenges.

Daniel Lepp Friesen

Daniel Lepp Friesen, owner and principal of DLF Consulting, works with clients to provide sustainable development solutions in renewable energy, business planning and community development.

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Several clients over the past 14 years include: government (Manitoba); governmental organizations (First Peoples Economic Growth Fund, Manitoba Hydro); non-profit organizations (World Renew); and for-profit businesses (Myera). Services to these and other clients have included: feasibility assessments; grant proposals; organizational development; program and business planning and analysis; project management; and international development consulting. 

Daniel’s work in sustainability has included advocacy (50 by ’30), energy conservation, recycling and renewable energy technologies (solar, biomass). He has also been involved with a variety of sustainable building methods including passive and active solar, tire houses, district energy systems and integration of thermal mass. 

Daniel looks forward to involvement on the SBM Board to “Flatten the Climate Curve”! 
aka awareness and implementation of greater sustainability in our Province.

Dudley Thompson

Dudley is Principle in Dudley Thompson Consultancy – a consulting firm focusing on Sustainable Community, Regenerative Architecture, Advocacy, Stakeholder Engagement and Climate Change Mitigation.

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He works in Winnipeg for a variety of Corporate and Not-for-Profit clients. He was the founding principal of Prairie Architects Inc. in 1981 and has practiced as an architect in Manitoba since 1976. He holds a Bachelor of Environmental Studies degree from the University of Manitoba and a graduate degree in Architecture from the University of Toronto. He transferred Prairie Architects in 2017 to four employees.

Dudley nurtured Prairie as an architectural firm that was committed at its roots to sustainability, stakeholder participation in design and building community. Prairie demonstrated this commitment to Sustainable Buildings with an integrated staff of building scientists and 90% of staff members that are LEED accredited. Prairie certified over 30 LEED buildings under Dudley’s leadership including Manitoba’s first LEED GOLD Building, Mountain Equipment Co-op, and several LEED Platinum projects including Manitoba Hydro Place and Amber Trails School. In his 35 years of practice, Dudley guided Prairie Architects Inc. as an Integrated Design Process Facilitator on numerous projects, in the regeneration of dozens of historic buildings, the renewal of many urban sites, the creation of many First Nation projects as well as a wide variety of residential, community and educational projects. Mr. Thompson recently served on the Board of Directors of Manitoba Hydro and was chairperson of the non-profit Winnipeg Housing and Rehab Corporation. In 2014, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Canada Green Building Council, Manitoba Chapter,  “For his visionary leadership, and his outstanding personal and professional commitment to advancing sustainable building practices in Manitoba.” He also received a Fellowship in the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada in 2016.  He lives in Winnipeg with his wife and two sons.

Gabriela Bokhaut

Gabriela is a Project Coordinator with PCL Constructors Canada. She graduated in 2015 with a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Manitoba.

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Since 2015 she has been working with PCL on projects including the Club Regent Casino Renovation, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, the True North Square Development and, currently, the Winnipeg Temple for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Through her experience on work sites and in the PCL office,she has developed a wide range of coordination and management skills that would be an asset to the SBM board. She  also involved in initiatives to get more women involved in STEM including the Committee for the Increased Participation of Women in Engineering, and the Manitoba 30 by 30 Coalition.

James Nostedt

In 2019, Jim retired from the Royal Canadian Air Force as the Sustainability Manager.  Immediately after retiring, Wayne Cole of SRP Canada asked him to continue developing the SEEFAR Building Analytics Inc. 

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SEEFAR’s business focus is to improve the sustainability of new and existing buildings.  SEEFAR-Valuation© is a program that compares the Total Cost of Building Ownership (TCBO) of low first cost code buildings to High Performance Buildings (HPB).  HPB use over 80% less energy, have a longer life and are more comfortable to live in.  In addition, our analysis shows that HPB have a dramatically lower life cycle cost or lower TCBO.  When people can see that HPB have significantly lower costs they are more lightly to build them, which will reduce our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.   These same TCBO principles can be applied to retrofitting existing buildings..

Jim has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (1976) degree from the University of Manitoba.

Jason Miller

Jason Miller, is currently employed as the Director, Program Delivery with Habitat for Humanity.

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As the Director, he is responsible for the Construction program, Volunteer program, Safety and Support services. One of his many accomplishments was the planning and execution of 5 Net Zero homes. 

Collectively he has over 25 years of diverse experience in both the private and public sector. He has owned my own Business for 18 years focusing on residential and light duty construction. He has taught for Red River College and Manitoba Hydro in the construction trade and safety sector. 

Currently he sits on the Local Urban District (LUD) council of Landmark for the RM of Tache; he is on his 3rd term, being elected now for a total of 9 years thus far. In addition to that, he sits on the Development Committee for the RM of Tache. 

Norman Garcia

Norman Garcia has 24 years of experience in building codes and building science.

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He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering and has participated in several working groups, such as:

  • Federal Provincial Territorial Energy Codes Implementation Group (FPTECIG). Ottawa, 2019-2020
  • Manitoba Green Building Implementation Working Group. Manitoba, 2017-2020
  • Design of Public Spaces Standard. Manitoba, 2019-2020
  • Climate & Green Plan Sector Working Group. Manitoba, 2019
  • Manitoba Growth Enterprise and Trade Accessibility Working Group. Manitoba, 2019
  • Registration Committee. Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba, 2019-2020
  • CANULC-S538, Single and Multiple Station Carbon Monoxide Alarm for Non-residential Applications. Ontario, 2018-2020
  • Provincial/Territorial Policy Advisory Committee on Codes (PTPACC). Ottawa, 2018

Sustainable living is his passion. Norman is fortunate that his engineering background and interest in mindfulness meditation provide him with tools and inspiration to contribute in the green building community. His work on the Manitoba Energy Code for Buildings aligns with that of Sustainable Buildings Manitoba and he would like to serve the organization, as he is mentally and physically able to attend all Board meetings. 

Rob Altemeyer

Rob Altemeyer has been an environmental and social justice activist for thirty years. He holds a Masters Degree in Natural Resource Management and served as the MLA for Wolseley for sixteen years at the Manitoba Legislature.

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In his political career Rob helped local organizations achieve over 100 improvements in his constituency, including new LEED certified housing co-ops, green spaces and recreation facilities. He also played key roles in the creation of new laws, regulations and programs for environmental protection and poverty reduction across Manitoba. He retired in 2019 to pursue new opportunities and occasionally have a full weekend at home with his family.

Sidney Secter

Sid has always felt that it’s our duty to help make the world a more just and sustainable place.

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His passion for social justice took him through an arts degree with a major in history and a degree in civil engineering from the University of Manitoba, graduating top-of-class. Sid works at Indigenous Services Canada where his responsibilities include funding, oversight and providing technical expertise for desperately needed infrastructure projects being constructed in First Nations communities. There, he feels motivated and satisfied knowing he’s helping people through infrastructure development. 

 

Sid has been involved with SBM since 2019 and has been eager to both learn from and assist with the organization’s efforts to promote sustainability in Manitoba. He has provided SBM with opportunities to connect with efforts to promote green initiatives in First Nations including providing the introduction for Lunch and Learn presenter, Jody Linklater of Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation.

 

Victoria Munro

Victoria joined Bockstael Construction Limited in 2015, with previous experience at a building envelope company. Victoria is a results driven, self-motivated and resourceful Project Manager with excellent communication skills and a collaborative approach to problem solving.

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She has recently achieved her CM-Lean designation indicating successful completion of the Lean Construction Institute’s certification program and implements the Last Planner System rigorously on all of her projects. Victoria has an eye for detail and high standards that ensure each client gets the highest quality work every time.