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Sudhir Suri

Sudhir Suri, Senior Architect & Partner, L’OEUF, MOAQ

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Sudhir joined L’OEUF’s team a decade ago to concentrate his expertise on integrated and sustainable environmental design at multiple scales. Sudhir brings to his work an uncommon mixture of experiences: physics, mathematics and religious philosophy, followed by studies in environmental systems and architecture, and has worked in 9 different offices in the UK and Canada. With a focus on the cultural underpinnings of project contexts – the deep forms of architecture – Sudhir continuously combines his varied experience with his practice.

Sudhir has been committed to the improvement of sustainable architectural, landscape and living systems design for over 20 years, and has been singled out with prizes and awards for his creative ability and comprehensive knowledge of the field at every phase of his career. A graduate of the University of Toronto’s Victoria College and University of Waterloo School of Architecture, Sudhir was awarded the Faculty Alumni Gold Medal, the Kaderali and Sweets Thesis prizes, and the Smale Fellowship on graduation from UWSA. His early work includes hospitals, hotels, and such notable projects as the Schulic School of Music (winner of the AERMQ award of excellence) and the Perimeter Institute (winner of the Governor General’s medal for excellence in architecture) while with Saucier + Perotte Architectes, as well as the Canada Aviation Museum and the master plan for the Airport Grounds with the Arcop Group.

With L’OEUF, Sudhir carried out the design and coordination of the Green Energy Benny Farm project, an urban, landscape and architectural design that won the prestigious Holcim Foundation Gold Award as the most sustainable project in North America in 2006, as well as the Holcim Foundation Bronze Award for the most sustainable project in the world the following year. Sudhir designed the master plan for Camp Kanawana in 2005-6, designed the first structural, insulated rammed earth house in Quebec in 2007, and led design of living systems for the Petit Rivière Master Plan from 2008-2012. Competition teams shortlisted in the last four years include the NDG Cultural Centre, the Saint-Laurent Sports Complex, the Pierrefonds Library, and the Montreal Biodome). Sudhir’s ongoing projects include an urban sector revitalization plan for OMHM in VSMPE, the new NDG Cultural Centre at the Benny Farm, and Agropolis – a project fusing urban agriculture with sustainable micro-housing in downtown Montreal.

Sudhir teaches sustainable architecture and urban design at Université de Montréal and is an innovator in design process for complex systems. He has been an accredited LEED professional since 2003 and regularly consults on projects with high – and unusual – ambitions at all scales.

 

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Natalia Ortiz Moreno

Natalia Ortiz, student of Project Management Environmental (PME) program in Seneca Polytechnic, has an Environmental Engineering background completed at Universidad El Bosque in Colombia. She has always been involved in sustainability roles and projects that included Environmental Management Systems implementation, Water Treatment Systems’ design and operation, Hazardous and Conventional Waste management and minimization practices, as well as Ecosystem’s Conservation and Energy
Efficiency programs.

For the PME – Applied Project Management Course, Natalia developed a Green Roof Assessment Tool for Seneca Polytechnic’s Office of Sustainability, with the aim to provide green roof technology recommendations best suited to a particular scenario, taking into consideration multiple aspects of green roofs and buildings; infrastructure, design, materials, environmental factors, and costs, as well as the Toronto Municipal Code – Green Roof bylaw. Natalia also has a scientific journal publication as the main author of the project “Selection and sizing of industrial wastewater treatment units required at the
new maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) aircraft facility owned by Avianca S.A. in Rionegro Antioquia” in the El Bosque University Journal of Technology.

Natalia strongly believes there are several research topics left to be developed, and the importance of
working towards Sustainability from different backgrounds, knowledge, and cultures to build strong, productive, and resilient communities.
With the vision of growing cities and infrastructure along with nature, always preserving and respecting the ecosystems’ attributes and services, Natalia would like to keep researching and acquiring more experience in Sustainability roles.



Emily Smit

Emily is a second-year PhD student in Geography at the University of Toronto, and a co-operator of a small home renovation company, Magnus Home Improvements. Her research seeks to determine how single-family homes can quickly and best be retrofit to achieve Toronto’s emissions reductions targets – including net-zero by 2040 – as part of the TransformTO climate action plan. Specifically, she will assess the impact of municipal home energy reporting and disclosure programs, as well as produce recommendations for growing the retrofit labour force in ways that attend to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Further, her research seeks to understand how home retrofit activities can be regenerative and produce net-positive impacts for humans and the environment towards transformative, place-based sustainability. When not at her computer, Emily can be found cycling with her kids to and from school or making funky sounds on her analog synthesizer.

Bofa Udisi

Bofa is a sustainability professional with over seven years in the energy and environment industry. He has a Bachelor of Science in Energy and Petroleum Studies from Novena University in Nigeria and graduate certificates in Energy Management and Environmental Project Management from Seneca College in Toronto. In 2020, he graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Master of Environment and Business degree. He is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in the Building Science program at Toronto Metropolitan University, researching whole-life carbon reduction in new construction and building renovations.

Bofa‘s work experience is primarily in the built environment, working in the private and public sectors in roles that involve structural and environmental assessment of building structures, HVAC engineering design and sales, and facilities management. Bofa is a member of several industry associations, such as the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE), the American Society for Heating Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), and the Project Management Institute (PMI). SBC’s bursary will go a long way in supporting Bofa‘s research and his desire to learn.