Our Board

The Sustainable Housing Foundation board and staff possess a diverse range of skills and expertise that are critical to delivering our mission and vision that would not be possible without their dedicated contribution.

Our Board members are:

  • Building Science Professionals/Sustainable Consultants
  • Builders
  • Architects/Designers
  • Planners
  • Manufacturer Representatives
  • Business Specialists
  • Marketing Communication Executives
  • Engineers
  • Lawyers

John Godden – SHF Founding Director

President, Clearsphere and Alpha-Tec

John Godden has over 20 years of experience as a home and heating system designer, hands-on builder with projects that include the “Clearsphere” CHBC EnviroHome. A graduate of the Bachelor of Environmental Studies at the University of Waterloo, John is a leading residential energy rater and consultant for the R-2000, ENERGY STAR, EnerGuide and LEED for Homes programs. John co-developed ENERGY STAR workshops for builders and advisors in Ontario and regularly delivers seminars on air-tightness, better building practices, green sales and marketing.

John is an R-2000 Quality Assurance professional, a member of the Building Canada team, a member of HRAI, a member of the ENERGY STAR Technical Committee, and the lead technical consultant to the Green Builder Challenge. John is Board President of the Canadian Residential Energy Services Network (CRESNET). He was a member of the national technical committee that developed the LEED Canada for Homes program and continue to support the program as a member of the technical committee. In partnership with the Town of Newmarket, John is the principal consultant for Rodeo Fine Homes who is building Canada’s Greenest Community comprised of thirty-four LEED Platinum Homes. Currently, John is working with Royal Pine Homes and the Town of Richmond Hill on a sub-division of 115 low energy homes with solar thermal water heating panels on each unit.

Most recently, John sits on the board of The Sustainable Housing Foundation which is a grass roots organization helping municipalities, builders, manufacturers and homebuyers to move towards sustainable low energy housing.

John Bell – Chair

President, HTO Water Technologies

John Bell is co-Founder of HTO Water Technologies Inc. John is actively involved in the green building community, having recently hosted HGTV¹s World¹s Greenest Homes, as manager to eco-friendly construction reno¹s and builds, and as President of HTO Water Technologies Inc.

John has worked with a number of custom home builders over the past several years and is actively involved with Kinswater Construction acting as project manager to renovations and eco-friendly construction builds. John also spent a decade working in television which included 5 years at Global Television as a sports anchor, he was the design assistant and carpenter on the home makeover series, Colour Confidential (W Network) and most recently, hosted World’s Greenest homes (HGTV/Discovery Planet Green) which provides viewers with an inside look at the most environmentally-savvy homes around the globe. John holds an undergraduate degree from University of Western Ontario, and a broadcast diploma from Fanshawe College.

Mark Salerno – Treasurer

Corporate Representative National Management Team Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
Mark excels in forging strategic relationships and unique partnerships, creatively sharing CMHC’s vast housing expertise and fostering the creation of sustainable housing/communities.He is CMHC’s media savvy spokesperson – able to cover a range of housing issues and especially enjoying the chance to passionately share his substantive expertise in sustainable housing and community design.His weekly article dealing with a range of housing topics from renovation to home maintenance to home finance can be read across the Sun Media Chain.Mark is one of 250 Canadians personally trained by U.S. Vice President Al Gore to present the live version of ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ as part of the Climate Project Canada Initiative.Mark has a strong inclination for concrete action as evidenced by his role in spearheading 4 travelling, full-scale, sustainable house exhibits ($5M fund-raising effort, 500k visitors, $5M editorial value of media coverage; CTV’s Live Earth telecast, Canada AM, numerous TV/Radio news spots, print articles).As a member of CMHC’s National Management Team, Mark has had a diverse range of exciting appointments including Corporate Representative, Manager Communications/Marketing, Manager CMHC International, National Sales Team Leader Municipal Infrastructure Lending Program & Sr Research Consultant, BC/Yukon where he lead multi-stakeholder relations related to the highly contentious leaky condominium issue in Vancouver.Prior to CMHC Mark was a building science professor at Toronto’s Seneca College and served 10 years as President of SDC Consultants where he provided design, consulting and project management services for sustainable building design projects.Mark possesses a Master of Architecture Degree and a Bachelor of Technology Degree, is a Member Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and a contributor to countless boards and committees.

Jiri Skopek – Secretary

Managing Director, Sustainability, ECD Jones Lang Lasalle

As Managing Director, Sustainability with ECD Jones Lang LaSalle, Jiri provides advice to owners and managers of large portfolios on sustainable development in the fields of design, asset and facility management, emergency preparedness, business continuity and building intelligence.

Jiri is an architect and planner with over 30 years of experience in sustainable development. As an environmentalist, he is best known for developing Green Globes environmental assessment tools, which include modules for Design of New Buildings (GBI US), Existing Buildings (BOMA Canada/ GBI US/RICS Foundation UK), Tenant Fit-ups, Building Emergency Management and Building Intelligence Quotient (CABA) . These assessment modules have been adopted and are promoted in North America by various organizations such as Green Building Initiative (GBI) and Continental Automated Building Association (CABA). BOMA Canada has adopted Green Globes as a national environmental excellence program BOMA BESt.

As an architect, Jiri has contributed to Toronto’s skyline. He was senior designer with Bregman and Hamann Architects of Toronto, and Master Planner for the BCE complex in downtown Toronto. He produced a study of financial incentives to foster green development of Toronto waterfront precincts and developed Sustainable Urban Design Guidelines for communities including the Region of Niagara and Seaton Lands.

Jiri has been involved in many international sustainable community activities throughout his career. He was a founding participant in Solar Research and Development at Milton Keynes Development Corporation, in England, and designed the first active solar house in the U.K. He was a Planning Consultant to the governments of the Sultanate of Oman and Qatar on community development and government land use policies. In Saudi Arabia, he designed the new town of Jizan and was the Chief Urban Designer for the new Campus, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah. He was a City Planner, responsible for Land Use Control and Urban Design in Downtown Edmonton. He was a finalist in the International Milwaukee “City of the Future” competition and an International urban design competition for redevelopment of Railway lands in Prague. He was invited to Paris, France to manage the office of well known Architect-Engineer Santiago Calatrava, Designer of BCE Place galleria. Jiri has also been on the Canadian Team for the International Green Building Challenge every round from 2000 to the present.

Jiri served as the representative of the Canadian Committee to the ISO TC59/SC3 International Team on Sustainable Building Construction.

Jiri has a degree in architecture from the Architectural Association, School of Architecture, London, a diploma in Development Planning from University College, London, and a diploma in Environmental Management from Ryerson University, Toronto and is a member of numerous professional associations.

 Frank Buck, Director

Principal, The Davis Buck Agency

Frank Buck has over thirty years experience in the North American construction industry. He has served the industry in a variety of sales and marketing roles for major building materials manufacturers. He has eighteen years of experience in the plumbing industry most of which was spent with Moen Inc. an industry leader in stylish, highly reliable water conserving products for residential and ICI applications. Frank assumed just about every sales and marketing role the company had to offer and finished his tenure with Moen as VP Marketing.In addition, Frank spent eleven years in the masonry sector working for major Canadian clay brick producers Canada Brick / Hanson and Brampton Brick as VP Sales and Marketing and Sr. VP Strategic Planning respectively. His involvement with masonry included all industry sectors from residential to ICI with a particular passion for load – bearing masonry buildings.

Frank now owns and operates his own sales and marketing consulting agency called The Davis Buck Agency specializing in environmentally appropriate hydronic HVAC products for the residential construction industry. He is proud to represent locally manufactured Airmax Hydronic Air Handlers and an imported line called Flowmax Dual Purpose Tank-less Water Heaters.

Frank has served on many planning committees and boards with industry associations and institutes such as CSA, CIPH, CHBA, OHBA, BILD, Masonryworx, OMCA and CMCA. He has also taken a keen interest in apprenticeship and training in the skilled trades and has supported many public and private training programs with product, financing and speakers.

Frank is a graduate of Seneca College in Toronto from the Film / Television Production and Applied Communications Program. He resides with his wife, daughter, horses and dogs on their property in the beautiful Hockley Valley outside Orangeville Ont.

Simon Johnson, Director

Builder Architect Program Manager, Building Products of Canada

Simon Johnson has been a member of the SHF Board since late 2013. Simon has several years experience in the construction industry, primarily commercial roof design, project management, contract negotiation among other roles. He is currently the Builder Architect Program Manager with Building Products of Canada, who is a manufacturer of building materials, and provides environmentally sustainable materials and expertise to the Ontario home building industry. Simon’s experience and ‘outside the box’ thinking will be a valuable asset to our Sustainable Housing Foundation Board Membership.

Dana Sperling, Director

Education Manager, Toronto Chapter, Canada Green Building Council

Dana Sperling is currently the Education Manager of the Greater Toronto Chapter of the Canada Green Building Council. As Education Manager, Dana identifies, develops and manages high-performance building educational programs with and for diverse industry, private and public sector organizations and governmental stakeholders.Throughout her career, Dana has been involved with a diversity of environmental, sustainability, and science- focused education, outreach, and community initiatives. She assists with social media and communications for the Royal Canadian Institute for the Advancement of Science (RCI), and previous to her role at CaGBC-GTC, Dana held roles as Online Volunteer Coordinator for Let’s Talk Science, co-Executive Director for Science Rendezvous, and Outreach Manager for the Faculty of Science and Engineering at York University.

She has a MSc degree in Biology, with a focus on urban ecology – exploring the relationships between the environment and people and evaluating socio-economic influences on the patterns and ‘green’ connectivity of the urban landscape. She is also a LEED Green Associate and Certified Sustainable Building Advisor.

Paul Caverly, Director

Principal, MyHaven Green Vision Home

Paul is a believer in green values: “It doesn’t make sense to cut down a tree to install a satellite TV dish—and then need air conditioning because the shade tree has been removed”.Paul must have been born with an environmental gene as it has always been part of his life. His active participation in green issues goes back over twenty five years to being a member and eventually director of the CEED Centre (Community Education on Environment and Development) and sitting on the local board of “Friends of the Environment Foundation” sponsored by TD Bank.

After many years working for General Contractors and developers Paul began looking for a more fulfilling way to apply his green vision and construction experience. This combination of practical and technical experience combined with many years working with Architects and Engineers, has provided Paul with the background to initiate MyHaven GreenVision Homes—tailored to the needs of Architects, Interior Designers and discerning customers.

Paul has been the principal of MyHaven GreenVision Homes for 9 fulfilling years. He has developed a planning and construction process which has been perfected over the years. It’s Paul’s proprietary green construction management process, proudly called “Enviro–Logic™”.

Paul has a lifetime of experience in all aspects of the development and construction process and has held positions as Construction Manager, Project Manager and Site Superintendent. Paul has successfully managed projects ranging from small renovations to $10 million plus multi unit residential projects. Paul is able to effectively steer projects from budget development through construction and post occupancy customer care.

Paul earned his Diploma of Building Engineering Technology at BCIT. He’s taken workshops, on EnergySTAR for New Homes, Green House certified homes, LEED and Air sealing.

Paul sits on the green renovators committee through BILD. He and his staff stay current on new technology and materials by attending industry–led forums and educational seminars on a regular basis.

Former Directors

Scott Debenham, Building Products of Canada – 2011
David Donnelly, Principal, Donnelly Law – 2010
Lenard Hart, Publishing Editor, Sustainable Builder Magazine – 2006-2010
Ian Morton, Chairman, Summerhill – 2006-2010
Nick Cowling, Vice President, Optimum – 2006-2010
Paraic Lally, North American Specifications Manager, Roxul Inc. retired 2013
Lynn da Pra, President, Cadorin Homes, retired 2013
Craig Backman, President, McLellan Group, retired 2013
Steve Blasiak, VP/Partner, Forrest & Associates, retired 2013