Meet the Board of Directors and Staff



Left to Right: Kristi Mahy (Secretary), Cheryl Keetch (Coordinator), Tim Krahn (Presdient), Kris Bailey, 
Meredith Toivanen, Dave Hope, Jen Feigin (Treasurer), Ross Elliot. Missing is David Belsey.



Board of Directors




Tim Krahn

PRESIDENT

Partner, Building Alternatives Inc.

http://www.buildalt.com


Tim Krahn is a professional engineer and partner in Building Alternatives Inc. He holds a Masters degree in geotechnical engineering and a Bachelors degree in civil engineering from the University of Manitoba. He has hands-on experience in residential and commercial construction and holds a certificate in carpentry and wood working from Red River College. Tim is also a LEED AP, an active member of the Timber Frame Guild's Timber Frame Engineering Council, and a member of the Natural Buildings Engineering Group.

 

Tim and his partner Dalila have lived in southeastern Ontario since 2010, moving from Manitoba to take care of her family's property and help to return the land to a managed hardwood forest. While in Winnipeg, Tim was active in the inner city housing community as well as at the University of Manitoba, where he was a sessional and technical instructor in the architecture and engineering faculties. Tim also spent two years as the coordinator of the Alternative Village at the University of Manitoba, which was founded by Building Alternatives principal, Dr. Kris Dick. His research interests include earthen construction, energy and material efficiency and sustainability in the built environment.

 

Tim is currently the engineering manager of Building Alternatives, which is a consulting engineering company licensed in BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Nova Scotia and the North West Territories & Nunavut. They specialize in non-conventional structural and building envelope engineering at the residential scale, with an emphasis on low embodied energy materials and energy efficiency.



Kristie Mahey
SECRETARY


Kristi got into natural building after taking the Sustainable Building Design and Construction course with Chris Magwood and Jen Feign in 2011. It was a welcome change from her background in environmental science, which proved surprisingly boring, chemistry-focused and indoorsy. Since then she has worked with Living Sol, Camel's Back and Evolve Builders. Her latest endeavour is to become a skilled carpenter, having now completed Level 1 of the apprenticeship at Conestoga College. Outside of natural building, Kristi is a mom, canoe trip fanatic, amateur herbalist, gardener, home brew enthusiast, and enjoys pretty much any DIY project that comes her way. 




Jen Feigin
TREASURER


Director, Endeavour Centre
jen@endeavourcentre.org
www.endeavourcentre.org
 
Jen Feigin is a designer, natural builder and DIY maniac based in Peterborough, Ontario.

Jen has been on the natural building scene since 2005. In that time she has developed a deep knowledge for all aspects of sustainable building and design. She has worked on and designed projects ranging from composting outhouses to residential & commercial buildings. As a teacher, designer and builder she combines practicality and artfulness in equal measures, with a healthy dose of humour and spirit too!

She is one of the founding directors of the Endeavour Centre and will be part of the education team for the 5-month sustainable building intensive at Endeavour where she will help pass on her skills to new and experienced builders.

An artist at heart, she works hard to build healthy, efficient, beautiful buildings that will inspire people through thoughtful design and artfulness.

Jen loves dirt, good building details, spontaneous building projects, chocolate and fine Quebec beers!




Ross Elliot

MEMBER

HomeSol Building Solutions

CEO and President, CPHC, LEED-AP, RASDT, RHSD, CEA, CEE

http://www.homesolbuildingsolutions.com 


Inspiring owners, builders and designers to create the most energy efficient homes possible, Ross' expertise in sustainable housing spans over thirty years. Trained as an energy auditor in 1979, he knows green building from the ground up, having spent a decade on the jobsite as a Licensed Journeyman Carpenter, and another ten years running his own construction business. He established Homesol in 1999, providing energy evaluation, consulting & design services to clients throughout North America. Ross is a Certified Passive House Consultant, a LEED-Accredited Professional, and is a Faculty Member of the Canada Green Building Council. He is a Certified Energy Evaluator for ENERGY STAR, R-2000 and ecoENERGY, and a qualified Air Systems & Radiant Hydronic Design Technician. He is also a Founding Member and V.P. of Passive Buildings Canada and the Canadian Residential Energy Services Network (CRESNET), and is a past Director of EnerQuality Corporation.

Ross is a Passive House Trainer, for both the North American and European approaches. He has provided research and training for several major organizations including Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, Natural Resources Canada and Ontario First Nations Technical Services, and he has presented at numerous events including the US Passive House Conference, Affordable Comfort and GreenBuild. He is completing his Masters in Ecological Design, and is involved in several leading-edge LEED and Passive House projects including the construction of his own rural sustainable living demonstration and training centre at his home in McDonalds Corners, where he has built a unique soap-bubble-insulated greenhouse.




Kris Bailey

MEMBER

Principal, Dwellings Custom Homes

http://www.ecobuilders.ca


Dwellings is a company that builds houses using craft, integrity, good tools and our wits. Over the past six years we have had the opportunity to work on an amazing variety of projects that have served to deepen our carpentry and timber framing experience and also explore the world of natural building. The synthesis of craft, sustainability, durability, good design and the use of modern systems are what we bring together to create a house that is efficient and timeless.


We are heritage trained carpenters (by way of the Heritage Carpentry program at Algonquin College) and bring a love of architecture, sensible design, quality materials and good workmanship to every project. We work out of the Perth, Ontario area and try to stay close to home for larger scale projects such as whole houses. In a given year, we will generally work on two large scale projects (houses or additions) and a wide range of smaller scale jobs, such as timber frame entryways, pergolas, sheds, outbuildings, staircases etc.





Meredith Toivanen

MEMBER

meredith.toivanen@gmail.com

cargocollective.com/mtoivanen


Meredith is an aspiring design-build professional based in Lanark County. A graduate of McGill University's School of Architecture and the Heritage Carpentry certificate program at Algonquin College, she has a passion for craft, good design, and alternative approaches to sustainability.




Dave Hope

MEMBER


Dave is a natural building advocate, builder, and certified carpenter. He has been involved in natural building in Southern Ontario since 2010. Exploring the world and building techniques is a passion of his that has taken him to Costa Rica, Texas, and Haiti, to learn and discover methods and processes within the natural building realm. Travel also allows him to exercise a dusty Bachelor of Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo. Outside of construction he enjoys the natural world, culture, music, food, craft beers, and target shooting.




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