2013 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients

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Mario Kani

Mario KaniMario is one of the foremost experts in green buildings in Toronto and has helped to create some of the most cutting-edge, low-energy buildings in existence today. Mario provides leadership to design teams, owners, and young professionals engaged in the next generation of green buildings and sustainable communities.In 1985, with Greg Allen, Mario founded

In 1985, with Greg Allen, Mario founded Allen Kani Associates, a sustainable technologies engineering firm that, in 2003, became the engineering firm Sustainable EDGE Ltd., at which Mario is currently President.  Mario has spent his 35-year career enabling ecological, economic, and social sustainability within the built environment.  His expertise includes efficient and durable envelope design, highly-efficient and alternative mechanical designs and technologies, and sustainable community energy systems.

Harold Orr

Harold OrrHarold Orr grew up in southern Saskatchewan and graduated from high school at Radville Christian College (Western Christian College) in 1949.  He comes from a long line of builders going back to his great grandfathers.  As a young man, he worked during the summers as a carpenter’s helper and built his first house when he was going to university to get his degree in engineering.

Harold completed his Bachelor of Engineering degree in 1959 and his Masters of Science in 1962 at the University of Saskatchewan.  His Masters thesis “Studies and improvements to an air infiltration instrument” was the result of work done at the Prairie Regional Station (PRS) of the Division of Building Research of the National Research Council of Canada (NRC).  When he completed his thesis he continued to work on problems of air leakage in buildings at PRS.

In 1965, Harold was sent to Ottawa for indoctrination and worked in the thermal conductivity laboratory rebuilding and designing instruments to measure the thermal resistance of building materials.  While there he improved instruments and procedures so that the measurement of thermal resistance of insulation materials, which took a week when he started, could be done in three hours when he left Ottawa to the same precision.

In 1968, back in Saskatoon, Harold continued work on infiltration in buildings and developed an instrument to measure infiltration over long periods of time.  This instrument used Sulphur Hexa-Floride as a tracer in a constant concentration mode and used a digital computer to control the system and record the data.  While this instrument got good data on infiltration, it was not practical to determine how tight buildings were since it took many hours (days) to get average infiltration data.  Harold designed and built the first blower door.  This is the standard instrument to measure tightness of buildings today.

Harold was one of the principles on the team that designed the Saskatchewan Conservation House (SCH), the house that was the idea behind the R-2000 housing program in Canada and thePassive House program in Europe and the U.S.A.  In 1982, he was a principle on the team that retrofitted a bungalow in Saskatoon, 31 Deborah Crescent, to the same level of efficiency as the SCH.  This house has been an inspiration on how to retrofit housing.  In 1986, Harold retired from the NRC and worked as a private consultant under Harold Orr & Associates.  In 1989, he moved to Oklahoma and taught engineering at Oklahoma Christian.  While there, the engineering program at Oklahoma Christian became an accredited program.

From 1985 to 2006, Harold was a member of CSA committees on wood preservation, preserved wood foundations, and shingles and shakes.  In 1990, he was asked to propose a method of retrofitting 13 four-plexes in Yellowknife, NWT.  This project was completed and has become the standard for retrofitting housing units in the northern territories.  Over the last 10 years, Harold has been helping friends and family members retrofit their homes for energy conservation and for better livability.  He has authored and co-authored numerous papers about energy and retrofitting houses.

Harold is married to Mary Lidbury and they have celebrated 60 years together and have 8 children, 22 grandchildren, and 16 great-grandchildren.

Dr. Vicky Sharpe

vicky_sharpeDr. Vicky Sharpe is President and CEO of Sustainable Development Technology Canada, a Government of Canada initiative that helps develop and commercialize clean technologies in Canada.

Clean technologies contribute to the economy by increasing the productivity and competitiveness of industry while simultaneously reducing environmental impact. As the Founding CEO, Dr. Sharpe has increased the funding pool from $100M to over $1B and mobilized private sector capital resulting in more than $3.6B of investments for projects and commercialization activities.

With over 25 years of experience in the energy industry, Dr. Sharpe has successfully integrated sustainable development into business practices. She has served on numerous technology and industry association committees, such as the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Business Forum and the National Advisory Board on Energy, Science and Technology.

As a widely recognized expert and advocate for sustainable development and technology innovation, she has addressed both national and international audiences to promote an understanding of the culture shift in values society must make to secure a sustainable future.

For her work in advancing sustainability and clean capitalism, Dr. Sharpe was recognized as one of the Clean 16, a top spot on Canada’s 2012 Clean 50.

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