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Ashley Lubyk

ASHLEY LUBYK
SCMT Professor


My love of nature led me into an undergraduate degree in Environmental Science. After graduating, I began working for an ENGO on a variety of sustainability initiatives around energy and water conservation, rainwater harvesting, waste reduction and composting, local agriculture and permaculture. This work exposed me to the world of alternative and high performance building, and in particular, natural building. Inspired, I traveled to places where building with natural materials was still part of the vernacular – the American southwest, New Zealand, Japan, Thailand. I worked with local experts to learn how they use materials close at hand - clay, sand, stone, wood, and plant-fibre – to build healthy, low energy homes and buildings.

Contact Ashley: alubyk@okanagan.bc.ca

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Marty Paradine

MARTY PARADINE
SCMT Professor


I have worked in the mining, oil and gas industries as an engineer and operations manager, before moving into my area of passion - sustainability and the built environment. I then acted as an energy consultant and have worked for the past eight years in municipal government: Fort St. John, BC as a Sustainability Manager and in Valleyview, Alberta as a Chief Administrative Officer (Town Manager). My interest in this area originally stemmed from living on a farm and experiencing the value of closed-loop agriculture systems, our role as good stewards of the natural environment, and how important these systems are to human and animal health. 

Contact Marty: mparadine@okanagan.bc.ca

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Brian Rippy

BRIAN RIPPY
SCMT Professor


I have over 10 years of experience in sustainable design and construction management and worked as a consultant assisting local governments, NGO’s, and international development agencies with sustainable building, renewable energy, energy conservation and water resource management initiatives. I have a Masters in Sustainable Design from Boston Architectural College and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering.  I have also obtained Renewable Energy Professional and LEED Accredited Professional certifications. I have worked with the US-Green Building Council Rating System on LEED certified building projects as well as the Living Future Institute on Net Zero Energy Building certifications. 

Contact Brian: brippy@okanagan.bc.ca

 

Amy Vaillancourt

DR. AMY VAILLANCOURT
SCMT Chair & Professor


I completed the Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering program from the University of New Brunswick (UNB). After graduating and working in the consulting industry, my passion developed for sustainability and the built environment. I therefore enrolled in the Masters of Sustainable Development program at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. After completing my Master’s Degree, I returned to Canada to further my research at UNB through a Doctoral degree, focusing on Sustainable Infrastructure within the Faculty of Civil Engineering. I have been the Chair of SCMT since 2014 and each year look forward to teaching the future leaders of Sustainable Construction.

Contact Amy: availlancourt@okanagan.bc.ca