Alberta Chapter Leadership Board

The Leadership Board establishes regional strategies, initiatives and priorities, and contributes to the advancement of the nationwide mission and strategic goals by working collaboratively with CaGBC staff and the Chapter Advisory Committee (a committee of the CaGBC Board of Directors), demonstrating strategic leadership, collective decision-making and representing a diversity of opinions and perspectives.

Board Members:

Brandy Burdeniuk, LEED AP (BD+C)

Eco-Ammo Sustainable Consulting
Seat: Chair

Brandy is an industrial designer, entrepreneur and founding partner of EcoAmmo Sustainable Consulting, a green building consulting firm. As a collaborator, teacher and troublemaker, Brandy has worked since 2006 with her team at EcoAmmo to excite people about living, working, and thriving in healthy and sustainable buildings. Knowing that business can be done a better way, Brandy is always eager to share her knowledge and has presented to numerous audiences throughout North America. Her technical expertise and community involvement enables her to be at the forefront of local market changes and international business trends. Brandy is an engaging and entertaining speaker and is known for her ability to communicate challenging topics in a way that breaks down barriers to sustainability and gets people excited for change.

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, innovative construction technologies, smart transportation and bio-industrial technologies.

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, sustainable buildings and urban planning.

Prior to his current role he worked for Alberta Agriculture and Forestry where he supported local and international companies in their efforts to grow their businesses using renewable feedstocks for energy, chemicals and materials applications. Before that 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.

Born and raised in Edmonton, 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.

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.

Mike Mellross

City of Edmonton
Seat: Director

Mike Mellross is the Program Manager of the Energy Transition Unit of the City of Edmonton which has been tasked with stewarding and implementing Edmonton’s Community Energy Transition Strategy. Mike is a registered Professional Agrologist with over twenty years of experience in the field of environmental management and sustainability. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Conservation Sciences from the University of Alberta and two technical diplomas in Natural Sciences and Water Pollution Studies from Mount Royal University. Past projects have included the development of Edmonton’s Green Building Strategy, the drafting of Edmonton’s original Green Home Guide in 2013 (updated in 2016), and developing and implementing programs outlined in St. Albert’s Local Action Plan for Energy Conservation and Greenhouse Gas Reductions including comprehensive facility auditing, implementation of energy conservation measures and feasibility studies for solar photovoltaics and combined heat and power. Mr. Mellross has been a Director of the Alberta Chapter Leadership Board of the Canada Green Building Council since 2011.

Melanie Ross

Integral Group
Seat: Director

Melanie leads the Sustainability Team in Integral’s Calgary office. In addition to managing projects with green buildings certifications such as LEED and WELL, she develops sustainability policy and planning tools, and act as the key point of contact for the energy modelling and commissioning teams on the energy management portfolio. She also liaises with the mechanical and electrical engineering teams to ensure the holistic integration of sustainability into all aspects of the firm’s work.

Melanie’s work with the CaGBC as a reviewer, faculty and on taskforces gives her intimate knowledge of LEED and WELL project strategies. Combined with her tenure as board member of the Alberta Chapter of the CaGBC, she strives to effect positive change building by building. Her experience in communication and marketing enhances a people-focused skillset.

Melanie is committed to understanding the problem, while balancing social, cost and technical requirements. She strives to make
sustainability an integral part of a successful and enjoyable project, from start to completion.

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.

Greg MacKenzie

Greg MacKenzie + Associates Consulting Ltd.
Seat: Director

Greg MacKenzie brings a land use planning and urban design perspective to the Chapter, with over 15 years of continuous project experience. As a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional with a Neighbourhood Design specialization (LEED AP+ND), he provides specific expertise in green neighbourhood design and development. For all of his projects, Greg draws on his depth of experience working with private and public-sector clients in Canada, Europe and South East Asia.

With his commitment to sustainable design and development, Greg has been involved in a wide variety of innovative and award-winning projects incorporating leading edge approaches to sustainable development. He has participated in - and led - the research, design, policy development and project management of plans for several large greyfield and brownfield redevelopment areas in downtown Edmonton (including The Quarters and Edmonton’s Downtown North Edge). Planning and design for mixed land uses, development densities, walkability and transit are fundamental considerations of each of these projects. Application of LEED®, and development of “shadow LEED”,
development rating systems to support sustainable development has also been a key consideration in several of these projects.

His memberships in a variety of professional organizations keep him at the forefront of planning and development trends and best practices.
Greg is also actively involved in planning education, developing and delivering courses and lectures for the University of Alberta’s planning
and geography programs as well as Faculty of Extension’s Applied Land Use Planning Program.

Susan Kapetanovic-Marr

Morrison Hershfield
Seat: Director

Susan Kapetanovic-Marr is a Professional Engineer, having earned a B.A.Sc. in chemical engineering and M.A.Sc. in mechanical engineering at the University of Toronto, a LEED Accredited Professional in BD+C and O+M, and a member of the CaGBC Sites and Water Technical Advisory Group. Susan has over 8 years of experience working at Morrison Hershfield as Principal and Sustainability Specialist, managing sustainability-focused projects and providing expert guidance to successfully achieve green building certification targets. She is the company team lead of LEED project assessments for the CaGBC, having been involved in the evaluation of hundreds of submissions, and has participated in multiple CaGBC subcommittees for development of technical guidance documents.

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