Chapter Leadership Board

Christianne Aussant

Footprint / Smith and Andersen's Sustainability
Seat: Director

Embracing the core values of integrity, innovation, and collaboration, Christianne leads the Alberta Footprint team in the areas of sustainability and energy efficiency consulting. Christianne earned a mechanical engineering degree at the University of Calgary and Master's of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering at Dalhousie University in Halifax. Christianne began her professional career with Enermodal Engineering and remained with Enermodal/MMM until December of 2015 when she joined Footprint. With over 10 years of experience, Christianne is a Certified Measurement and Verification Professional with a background in energy modelling, energy analysis, and measurement and verification. Her sustainable building knowledge promotes effective and efficient building energy system design. Christianne’s project portfolio includes commercial, institutional, P3, residential, health care and industrial facilities.

Jeff Bell

Government of Alberta – Ministry of Economic Development and Trade
Seat: Director

Jeff currently works as the Senior Sector Lead, Renewable Technologies for the Ministry Economic Development and Trade. In this role he supports relationship building and partnership development in technology areas including clean energy, bio-industrial technologies and green buildings.

His diverse background includes international work in academia, private sector, not-for-profits and the public sector. He has a long-standing interest in clean technology including renewable energy technologies such as solar energy, bio-energy, community energy, novel materials and innovative green building technologies. Before his current role he spent three years at Alberta Energy developing policies and regulations to support a broad suite of renewable and alternative energy technologies. He has also worked for various environmental non-profits, a trade association for the co-generation industry and a publishing company that specialized in clean energy.

Jeff’s educational background includes a Master of Environmental Studies from Dalhousie University and Bachelor of Science in Environmental Conservation Sciences from University of Alberta. Jeff is currently enrolled in, and has partially completed, the Applied Land Use Planning program at the University of Alberta.

Brandy Burdeniuk, LEED AP (BD+C)

Eco-Ammo Sustainable Consulting
Seat: Chair

Brandy Burdeniuk is a graduate of the Industrial Design program at the University of Alberta and a LEED® Accredited Professional. Prior to starting EcoAmmo with Stephani Carter in 2007, Brandy worked for three major architectural firms, developing her knowledge of building systems and green products and materials.

At EcoAmmo, Brandy has been providing full LEED facilitation and consulting services for 8 years.  In addition, Brandy has traditional project management experience and ongoing Lean management training; she is able to provide technical design and material guidance.

Brandy’s passion and knowledge of sustainable design is an important and valuable resource for the teams she is a part of. She believes that collaboration and diversity is key to finding environmentally sensitive solutions, and is currently teaching at the University of Alberta, for the Department of Industrial Design, Intermediate Industrial Design Principles and Practices, as well as Residential Green Design at the University of Alberta Faculty of Extension, a course she developed with the EcoAmmo team.

Matt Grace, LEED AP (BD+C, ID+C, ND)

Mission Green Buildings
Seat: Director

Matt Grace is President of Mission Green Buildings, a Chartered Environmentalist, a Professional Engineer and a LEED Accredited Professional in Building Design + Construction, Interior Design + Construction and Neighborhood Developments. He has over 20 years of experience in sustainability in the built environment including energy efficiency, renewable energy and green building certification such as LEED CS, LEED NC and LEED ND. An engineer based in Calgary who is able to communicate and engage in all aspects of sustainable development, Matt has worked on a wide range of projects in Canada over the last five years and in the UK before that.   He is deeply committed to sustainable buildings and sustainable living, is a Living Building Challenge Ambassador and trained in The Natural Step.

Shafraaz Kaba, Architect, LEED AP

Manasc Isaac
Seat: Director

Shafraaz Kaba is an architect and partner at Manasc Isaac Architects with offices in Edmonton and Calgary. Over the last 15 years, he has made significant contributions to the design and cultural landscape of Edmonton. He was named one of Edmonton's Top 40 under 40 in 2010 and is proud of being one of the founding members of the Media, Architecture Design Edmonton (MADE) Society and the City of Edmonton’s Design Committee. He has built an infill net-zero-ready home in Beverly Heights for his family that was featured by David Suzuki in 2011. He also has designed an infill home in the Town of Athabasca, again creating a netzero-ready home for a professional couple. In Edmonton, he has worked with Landmark Homes to create netzero townhouses in the Larch Park community.

Shafraaz oversaw the project team that completed the Mosaic Centre in Edmonton- a 30,000 square foot office building striving for net-zero energy and Living Building Certification. Using Integrated Project Delivery and LEAN construction methodology, this building was delivered three months ahead of schedule and under-budget.

Lindsey Kindrat

3 Point Environmental
Seat: Director

Lindsey is a native Albertan, and no stranger to the work ethic and professional drive that makes her picturesque province the land of opportunity.  A technical diploma in resource biology and bachelor's degree in environmental science gave her a solid foundation in geology, soils, hydrology, ecology, chemistry, engineering, atmospheric science, and physics, as well as a  focus into environmental law, planning, policy, and design.  In over 8 years as an Environmental Specialist with The City of Calgary, Corporate Properties + Buildings (CPB), the municipal arena exposed her to everything from city planning and budgeting, to long-term operation of building infrastructure.  As the LEED + Sustainable Building Specialist with Graham Construction, she executed pursuit, design and construction aspects of green building for US and Canadian operations. She provided expertise on green schools, hospitals, offices, and other commercial projects, while developing a sustainable building management system.   Lindsey was recently elected to her second term as Director of the Alberta Chapter of the Canada Green Building Council, and is committed to making green building education available to everyone throughout western Canada.

Mike Melross

City of St. Albert
Seat: Director

Mike, Manager, Environment for the City of St. Albert, offers a wealth of experience.

He started at the City of Edmonton seven years ago as an Environmental Manager for the Fleet Services branch where he developed and implemented an ISO14001 Environmental Management System. His recent accomplishments include: " member of The Way We Green: The City of Edmonton's Environmental Strategic Plan project team, " currently program manager responsible for the development and implementation of Edmonton's Green Building Plan, " has functioned as President of the Alberta Capital Airshed Alliance, and " provides technical support to the City of Edmonton's Brownfield Development Coordination Office.

Before his career at the City, Mike was an environmental consultant working primarily in real estate due diligence, environmental management systems, and contaminated sites assessment and management. Mike has also worked in wildlife management and ecotoxicology. Mike is a registered Professional Agrologist through the Alberta Institute of Agrologists.

Dr. Azzeddine Oudjehane

Seat: Director

Dr. Oudjehane joined SAIT in 2012 to teach in the Bachelor of Science in Construction Project Management and develop applied and scholarly research opportunities that meet the needs of Alberta’s construction industry. With over 20 years experience leading multi-disciplinary projects in R&D, business innovation and, market development and performance evaluation, Dr. Oudjehane works with various stakeholders from government and industry. He holds a PhD in Materials Science Engineering from Blaise Pascal University in France and a graduate diploma in Business Administration from Simon Fraser University.

Melanie Ross

3 Point Environmental
Seat: Director

Melanie holds Diplomas in both Fine Art and Digital Communications from the New Brunswick College of Design as well as an Honours Bachelor Degree in Architectural Studies from the University of Waterloo.

She is a LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP BD+C), is a member of the CaGBC and holds a position as CaGBC Faculty. She has also been actively involved with CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) in Calgary, currently holding the position of Marketing Committee Chair.

Melanie has spent the last 7 years focused on sustainability, working for Halsall/WSP and is now part of 3 Point Environmental team. Prior to this, she worked for a number of architecture and planning firms, integrating sustainability concepts into projects. The firms included DIALOG, Bregman+Hamann and Urban Strategies, among others.

Adam Stoker, LEED AP (BD+C, O+M, ND)

University of Calgary
Seat: Past-Chair

As a member of the U of C's Office of Sustainability, Adam works as a sustainability champion on both the design and construction of new building projects and the operation and maintenance of existing facilities. He has worked in the field of high performance green buildings since 2004 and has worked on a variety of green building projects – from energy auditing to life cycle planning, from energy modeling to building design, and more.

Adam has worked with most LEED rating systems and has given presentations for local Alberta Chapter events, the Alberta Sustainable Building Symposium and the CaGBC National Conference. He has also taught LEED courses at Mount Royal University and worked with two other instructors to update and regionalize the LEED NC 2009 higher education course for the CaGBC.