Thank You to All Our Participants

Thank you to everyone who joined us in Vancouver, British Columbia from November 30th to December 3rd, 2010 to make CitiesAlive such a success! This event is now over, but we hope to see you all for CitiesAlive 2011 next November. For more information about CitiesAlive 2011 and for other programs run by Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, please check out our main website at

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Please take a look at our Acknowledgments page to see some the individuals working to make this conference great!
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Join the growing family of passionate and dedicated individuals working to build the green roof and wall industry and move us closer to the dream regenerative buildings and vibrant, healthy communities. Here’s a quick snap shot of just a few of the exceptional leaders you will meet in Vancouver – pioneering people whose work is driven by passion and commitment. These individuals will share their ground breaking designs, research and policy achievements with us.

paul_kephart_150(Opening Plenary Keynote) Paul Kephart Renowned biologist, restoration ecologistand expert designer of living architectural systems, Paul Kephart is sought after for his skill as an innovator and pioneer in the fields of ecological design and environmental planning. Paul has developed his profound understanding of natural processes over the course of almost thirty years of diverse ecological work including: ecological design, horticulture, botanical surveying,biological assessment, watershed management, mitigation, land stewardship and resource management planning. Paul has applied his ecological design training on some noteworthy large-scale architectural icons: Gap Headquarters, pioneering large-scale living roof in Mediterranean climate; California Academy of Sciences, incorporating a living roof designed for biodiversity; and Croton Water Treatment Plant, slated to be the largest continuous living roof in North America.


maureen_connelly150Maureen Connelly, B.Sc., B.E.D.S., M.Arch., MAIBC, Center for Architectural Ecology, School of Construction and Environment British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT). The Center’s mission is to conduct world-class, innovative research on green roof and living wall systems and to provide research-based education across disciplines, to students and practitioners. Maureen and her colleagues work in a laboratory designed and built by students, which collects green roof and wall performance data round the clock. A brilliant researcher, Maureen’s leadership is one of the main reasons we are in Vancouver, partnering with BCIT. She will be presenting pioneering research on the acoustical performance of green roof systems.


liptan150Tom Liptan, FASLA, RLA, technical eco-roof manager, Sustainable Stormwater Division, City of Portland, Oregon. No green roof conference would be complete without participation from Liptan, one of the earliest green roof pioneers. Patient and passionate, Liptan is a man who built his own stormwater research project on the family garage after being inspired, as have many, after speaking with Cornelia Oberlander about green roofs in the mid 1990s. Last year, the City of Portland released an important, pioneering study on the lifecycle costs and benefits of green roofs which he and his colleague, Ed MacMullan, senior economist at ECONorthwest will be presenting.


ray_tomalty150Dr. Ray Tomalty, Smart Cities Research Services (SCRS) is a consulting group based in Montreal, Quebec. The group specializes in research on issues related to the management of urban growth and development such as intensification, affordable housing and green infrastructure. Tomalty recently completed a major study to develop new techniques that provide monetary values for green roof benefits, such as stormwater, sound attenuation and property value. He has been integrating these new methodologies into GreenSave Calculator, available to GRHC Members.


nancy_mackin_150_2Dr. Nancy Mackin MAIBC LEED AP is an ethnoecologist, landscape specialist, and architect. Her research and design interests focus on Indigenous peoples’ wisdom of place: the structures, food gardens, and landscape technologies that ensured the health of people and ecosystems. Nancy is part Sami and adopted Nisga’a and Tsimshian. She has been involved in numerous ethnobotanical gardens and Indigenous building reconstructions, including a Nisga’a longhouse at the International Village of Indigenous Peoples in Northern Norway. In addition to her architectural and landscape practice, she is adjunct faculty at Wilp Wilxo’oskwhl Nisga’a, The University of Victoria, and the University of British Columbia.


cmiller_150Charlie Miller, PE, Roofscapes Inc., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is rightly considered by many to be a “green roof technical guru.” Over the past decade his firm, with roots in civil engineering, horticulture, soil science and hydrology, the green roof engineering firm has founded the modern American veneer green roof market. His firm has won more than five Green Roof Awards of Excellence. Miller and his colleagues Kirstin Weeks, Arup, and Robert Berghage, Penn State University will be presenting on policy paradigms for voluntary installation of green roofs by large retail developers with lessons for stormwater policymakers.


kerry_ross150Kerry Ross, BArch, MRAIC, LEED AP, GRP, project architect for IBI Group, Calgary, Alberta. Ross is our *2009 Civic Awards of Excellence* winner, granted in part for her pioneering effort to establish the Alberta Ecoroof Initiative. In 2000, Ross began working on the Bison Courtyard in Banff, Alberta, one of the first buildings in that province to integrate contemporary green roof systems into its design. The project changed the course of her career and nine years later, Kerry is still at it with patience and poise. She will be sharing new information with us on designing green roofs for cold climates, after an extensive field study in Norway and telling us about an extraordinary intensive green roof project – The Lois Hole Green Roof Healing Garden.


sailor_150Dr. David Sailor, Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Portland State University, Oregon. Sailor and his colleagues have been developing a Green Roof Energy Calculator to estimate the summer thermal benefits of different green roof assemblies, in different climates as part of a project with the USGBC, University of Toronto and Green Roofs for Healthy Cities. Sailor is also conducting pioneering research on solar photo voltaic efficiency and green roofs which may unlock new business opportunities to integrate these two complimentary rooftop technologies.


bhemstock150Bruce Hemstock, BCSLA, CSLA, LEED AP, is a principal in PWL Partnership, an a partner in charge of the six-acre green roof that now adorns the Vancouver      Convention Center, the location of this year’s *CitiesAlive!* conference. PWL Partnership’s design philosophy draws inspiration from the ecological, historical and cultural aspects of the landscape to produce designs that are sustainable, innovative, imaginative, distinct, appropriate and cost effective. This is certainly reflected in the Vancouver Convention Centre.


greg_allen150(Closing Plenary Keynote) Greg Allen, P Eng, LEED AP, is an award-winning engineer who has been working on sustainable buildings and energy systems for more than 30 years. He was recently honored with a lifetime achievement award from Sustainable Buildings Canada. His first green roof on the Boyne River Nature School in the 1970s self seeded. For the past three years Allen has been working at HoK as an environmental strategists and he is currently a principal with Sustainable Edge and a Senior Associate with the Canadian Urban Institute. A visionary, Allen will share his thoughts on the subject of peak oil, urban agriculture and the future of cities at our closing plenary.