Richard Willingham, Chair
EMS Marketing Communications, Toronto, ON
Richard has focused his writing, publishing and marketing career on energy efficiency and environmental sustainability. Since 1980, when he launched the magazine Energy Management Canada, he has maintained that sustainable buildings cost less over their lifetime than unsustainable buildings.
When he was CEO of Motum b2b he worked to craft and deliver that message for brands both big and small—among them BASF, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, Enbridge, Honeywell, Lafarge, Ontario Hydro and Philips Lighting. Richard’s personal and professional vision is that ‘one day everyone will be able to live, work and play in a net-zero energy building’.
Frank Baker, Vice Chair
Member of PFB Corporation Board and Structural Insulated Panel Association
Frank Baker graduated from Kettering University (formerly known as General Motors Institute) with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He worked at General Motors for 16 years holding a variety of positions from Engineer to Industrial Engineering Department Supervisor.
In 1979, Frank founded Riverbend Timber Framing Inc., the largest custom timber frame/insulated panel building system fabricator in the North America. He has since gone on to found, co-found and merge other businesses, Midwest Panel Systems and Insulspan Inc. being a few. He has been affiliated with and worked on many other boards and takes pride in his variety of community service activities.
Paul Torcellini, Vice President
Principal Engineer, Commercial Buildings Research at NREL
Paul Torcellini is a Principal Engineer for Commercial Buildings Research at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), a DOE national laboratory. He is also on the faculty at Eastern Connecticut State University teaching sustainable energy courses. He spent three years as a technical adviser to the U.S. Department of Energy in Washington, DC. Paul was an instrumental part creating the process to achieve the Zero Energy Building status for NREL’s Research Support Facility.
Paul has authored or co-authored more than 50 papers and articles related to energy efficiency and zero-energy commercial buildings. Among his many awards, Paul has received two ASHRAE Technology Awards for his energy-efficient buildings work and two Energy User News magazine’s Efficient Building Awards. Paul has been key in the development of the Advanced Energy Design Guide series from ASHRAE and has chaired two of the guides for K-12 schools and grocery stores. Paul has been at NREL for 21 years and is a registered Professional Engineer holding a PhD from Purdue University.
Ann Edminster, Treasurer
Founder/Principal, Design AVEnues LLC
Ann Edminster, M.Arch., is an international expert on sustainable residential construction and zero net energy. A principal developer of LEED for Homes, Ann authored “Energy Free: Homes for a Small Planet“, the award-winning guide to designing and building zero-energy homes.
She consults on zero-energy initiatives throughout North America, served as a 2015 US DOE Solar Decathlon juror, and is the interim executive director of the Net Zero Energy Coalition. She collaborates with building professionals, utilities, non-profits, supply chain clients, investors, public agencies, and homeowners to create leading-edge projects and advocate for zero-energy and low-carbon building solutions at all scales.
Piper Kujac, Secretary
The Commonwealth Club of CA
Piper has a deep passion for sustainability and a commitment to impactful projects. Having worked as an architectural designer, consultant, instructor and project manager, Piper pursued an MBA focused on sustainability management from Presidio Graduate School, to build the business case for green building.
Piper is a Climate Corps Fellow alumnus with Environmental Defense Fund and is currently an Owner’s Rep for The Commonwealth Club of CA, managing development of their new, highly-efficient HQs building in San Francisco. Piper joins the board of the Net Zero Energy Coalition with the goal of championing NZE for commercial buildings and connecting with the movers and shakers of a more sustainable built environment.
PG&E, San Francisco, CA
Peter has 33 years of experience promoting energy efficiency at Pacific Gas and Electric Company. He is currently the Principal Program Manager for PG&E’s Zero Net Energy efforts providing research, information and documentation in support of the State of California’s ZNE policy goals for commercial and residential buildings. Over his career, he has had extensive experience in managing energy efficiency rebate programs across many sectors.
He likewise has extensive experience in emerging technologies and codes and standards work, especially in the areas of cool roofing (having served as Board Chair for the Cool Roof Rating Council), daylighting, thermal energy storage and commercial food service. He is a frequent speaker at industry events sponsored by ASHRAE, ACEEE, AESP and other organizations. Mr. Turnbull holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in English, and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Montana State University.