Executive Committee Members

The following individuals are the executive committee members of the IBPSA Canada – BC Chapter and are elected annually by the membership:

Chapter Chair
Susan Hayes, P.Eng., LEED AP
Building Energy Advisor, Focal Engineering

SusanHSusan has worked in the Vancouver building industry for over a decade at a variety of mechanical engineering, integrated design and building envelope firms. She is an experienced designer and project manager with a passion for sustainability, which has been her career focus.
Over the course of her career, Susan has been involved in a variety of design projects including residential, civic & institutional, office, retail, and industrial, which were located across Canada and in the United States. Her work has included mechanical design for new construction and existing buildings, energy modelling, research, and other energy and water analysis projects.
Some of her career highlights include presenting at conferences across North America, contributing to several magazine publications, and leading the LEED® energy modelling team for the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Athlete’s Village.


Joseph B. Chow, BASc
Chief Energy Modeller, Sterling Cooper Consultants

Joseph is the Chief Energy Modeler for Sterling Cooper Consultants. His work includes mechanical design, whole building simulation for code / certification / design purposes, and various kinds of analysis for HVAC flow and ventilation. His experience spans commercial, residential, and industrial projects across Canada both new construction and heritage. He enjoys learning from and educating others about energy modelling and HVAC design. Joseph enjoys spending time with his family and also volunteers for the International Students Club and Strathcona Outreach Ministry.


Alex Blue, P.Eng., LEED AP BD+C
Building Energy Consultant, Morrison Hershfield

AlexBAlex is a building energy specialist with Morrison Hershfield in Vancouver. Alex is a mechanical engineer working on energy and comfort analysis for buildings, focusing on guiding design for energy efficiency and reduced life cycle cost, as well as demonstrating compliance with building codes, LEED, and Green Globes. Alex has been involved in commercial, multi-unit residential, and institutional projects across Canada and the US. Alex is the treasurer of IBPSA-BC, and volunteers her time with the CaGBC, ASHRAE BC, Theatre Replacement, and the Roundhouse Community Centre.


Internal Communications Chair
Omid Manouchehri, PE, LEED AP BD+C
Principal, Laman Designs Ltd.

OmidMOmid is passionate about helping project teams integrate different sustainable approaches that affect building energy usage.
With over twelve years of experience in mechanical design and building energy modelling, he is well suited to help owners and design teams achieve the best balance between sustainability, upfront cost and energy utilization in new and existing buildings.
Omid is an approved third-party energy model reviewer for the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC), as well as an approved energy modeller for the BC Hydro Power Smart New Construction program.
Omid is an avid triathlete, competing in half-Ironman and Ironman races. In addition, Omid is very active in amateur car racing as well as building and fabricating of race cars. He also enjoys playing the bass and piano in his spare time.


External Communications Chair
Eoghan Hayes, P.Eng., BEMP, LEED AP BD+C
Director, Ions Engineering Ltd.
Eoghan Hayes, P. Eng., is a mechanical and electrical engineer and experienced energy modeller with a passion for enhancing building design to reduce utility costs, carbon and maintenance and make projects become renewable utility assets to owners.
Eoghan’s work has included mechanical and energy modelling design for new construction and existing buildings, in addition to managing million-dollar geo-exchange new and energy upgrade energy retrofit projects.
Some of Eoghan’s career highlights completing the full mechanical design and energy modelling the first living building challenge building in Vancouver, VanDusen Gardens. Designing and energy modelling the first LEED platinum high-rise office tower in Burnaby, Metrotower 3. And energy modeling and designing the province first geo-exchange retrofit of an existing building, 777 Dunsmuir (KPMG Building).


Education Co-chair
Cheney Chen, PhD, BEMP, LEED AP BD+C
Sustainable Building and Energy Advisor, Perkins+Will

CheneyCCheney Chen is a Sustainable Building and Energy Advisor with Perkins+Will Vancouver office. Drawing upon his backgrounds in both architecture and building science, Cheney excels at communicating effectively across the disciplines to optimize project success. He has experience in the Canadian construction industry since 2008. Additionally, he has extensive research and energy modelling experience in the United States, Europe, and Asia.
Cheney completed his Ph.D. at National University of Singapore. His research interests lie in the area of total building performance as well as passive and ecological design strategies, especially strategically placed plants around buildings, including rooftop gardens and vertical greenery systems to maximize energy efficiency.
As a highly qualified building energy modeling professional, Cheney is adept at simulation at the initial stages of design – assisting designers in establishing an energy efficient project with respect to the local climate – as well as with simulation for the later stages of evaluating building performances. Cheney’s combination of leading-edge research and successful industrial practice from both engineering and architectural perspectives enables him to bring well informed insights and expert simulation skills to a wide variety of projects.
Cheney currently serves on building energy standard development committees with National Research Council, Canada (SCEEB/task group on Performance Compliance) and ASHRAE (SPC209).


Education Co-chair
Binghang Li
Mechanical and Energy Analyst, Williams Engineering

BinghangLBinghang has over ten years’ experience across the fields of information technology and energy efficiency. He also obtained his second Master degree in Clean Energy Engineering from UBC and received advanced training related to environmentally advantageous energy-efficient technologies. His experience in the energy field enables him to support design teams to achieve energy efficient building design goals and effectively communicate with clients during the design adding value to the process. He is an approved energy modeller for the BC Hydro Power Smart New Construction program. He has been working on various projects including commercial, MURB and hospitals across Canada. His work includes code compliance modelling, LEED® energy modelling, mechanical design assistance and BC Hydro energy studies.


Education Co-chair
Riley Beise, P.Eng., BEMP
Senior Energy Analyst, AME Group

RileyBRiley has a keen interest in high performance buildings, whether that be energy, thermal comfort, air quality, light quality, or other attributes. With a high commitment to detail and quality, Riley has worked on the full spectrum of building types, including projects in Massachusetts, Bogota, and Nunavut. In his role as Senior Energy Analyst at AME Group, he works with his fellow engineers in the design phase to evaluate natural ventilation, radiant systems, thermal comfort, CFD scenarios, and control strategies. Riley’s interest in building performance is evidenced in his engagement with clients, breaking down the complex world of building performance simulation into productive discussions. Riley is a CaGBC Experienced Modeler, has earned his ASHRAE Building Energy Modeling Professional (BEMP) certification, and volunteers with the Victoria APEGBC chapter.
Riley is a really tall dude with a beard (most of the time). He is a super nerd and likes riding motorcycles and drinking beer. His fantasy football team is 5-0 so far this season!


Education Co-chair
Eric Catania, M.Eng., BEMP
Energy and Sustainability Analyst, RDH Building Science Inc.

EricCEric has over 8 years of energy modelling experience. He specializes in the simulation and evaluation of energy efficiency measures for new construction projects and has experience conducting energy audits and assessing existing buildings for retrofit potential. He has simulation experience with various modelling tools/services, including eQuest, EE4, EnergyPlus, and IES-VE and has worked on a variety of different building types, including hospitals, office buildings, laboratories, residential buildings and recreational facilities.


Education Co-chair
Kevin Leung, P.Eng, M.Eng., BEMP, CPHC, LEED AP BD+C
Project Manager, Integral Group

KevinL1As a project manager at Integral Group with over seven years of experience in the green building industry, Kevin strives to deliver projects meeting and exceeding clients’ expectations. He is also a strong advocate and believer in integrated design approach, where building energy analysis/simulation can play a vital role in meeting the sustainability goals of new construction projects at an early stage.
Kevin is recognized as a sustainability expert with his LEED accredited professional, building energy modeling professional and certified passive house consultant designations, and hands-on experience in the field. He has extensive experience working with a variety of energy simulation software and facilitated many energy charrettes. He is also familiar with different building codes and standards across Canada (BC, AB, ON) and United States (Seattle, Washington), and utility incentive programs (BC Hydro and Fortis BC). He has also conducted energy and water audits of existing buildings and provided recommendation for cost effective upgrades.