April 9, 2021 | Circular Economy in the Built Environment: Making It Real | RECAP

CWMA Speaker Panel & Discussion

Circular Economy in the Built Environment: 

Making it Real


Friday, April 9, 2021 | 10 AM – Noon PST

Join us to explore how we can overcome barriers to reducing construction and demolition waste in British Columbia. Let’s determine what we actually need to reduce this waste and create a more circular system today.
With Dr. Hannah Teicher as our moderator, our knowledgeable panel representing the various perspectives of the building process will discuss realities and potential actions to make a circular built environment a reality.

– COST –

CWMA Members $25 |  Non-Members $37 
Prices include GST.
Differential pricing for students and those on budgets is available, please email info @ cwma .ca for more information.
CWMA’s base operating budget relies on our Events and Membership fees in equal measure. We are grateful for your support!


Virtual Doors Open at 9:45 AM for visiting and a/v tech check.
10:00 AM — Welcome Everyone / Official start
10:15 AM —  Panel Discussion / Q&A / Open Discussion
12:00 PM — Conclusion


CWMA uses the Zoom Platform for events. 
Dial-in option is available but participants must confirm the dial-in phone number to be admitted to the event. 

Our Panel

April 9, 2021 | Circular Economy in the Built Environment: Making It Real | RECAP

Hannah Teicher

Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions

Hannah Teicher, PhD, is the Researcher in Residence for the built environment at the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions where she builds collaborations between academia, government, industry and NGOs for applied climate research. Her work focuses on local climate action within a complex governance context, tackling issues such as embodied carbon, managed retreat, and partnerships between unlikely allies. Hannah received a PhD in urban and regional planning from MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning and a Master of Architecture from UBC. Before beginning her research career, Hannah practiced architecture with a focus on sustainable community projects.

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Cinci Csere & Chris Arkell

Sea to Sky Removal

Sea to Sky Removal was founded on the principle that business can do good, drive change, and ultimately help save the world.  An award-winning B Corp certified construction waste removal company that is fully focused on landfill diversion and saving the world. Sea to Sky Removal meticulously hand separates all recyclables to maximize diversion as well as separates any reusable items from actual garbage. Sea to Sky Removal strives to meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose.

Brenda Martens

Light House

Brenda the Managing Director of Research and Collaboration of Light House.  She is both a LEED Fellow and TRUE (Zero Waste) Advisor. Her first LEED® project was the Surrey Transfer Station – the first Metro Vancouver-owned project to achieve certification and the first transfer station to certify worldwide (2005). She has worked on commercial, residential, industrial and institutional projects throughout BC and was involved in the design and construction of signature green projects, including the Vancouver Olympic Village, the Whistler Athletes’ Village, and the Okanagan College Centre of Excellence.

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Adam Corneil


Adam is a builder and entrepreneur with an extensive background in deconstruction, reclaimed woodwork & Passive House construction. He flipped his first house at 16 with his father and founded Naturally Crafted Contracting in 2013. While building homes, Adam saw a need for major changes in the demolition industry. Validating a deconstruction company through several projects and fine tuning the processes, Unbuilders Deconstruction was launched in January 2018. Passionate about skiing, hiking mountains and spending as much time outdoors, he is committed to providing a sustainable future for generations to enjoy.

April 9, 2021 | Circular Economy in the Built Environment: Making It Real | RECAP
April 9, 2021 | Circular Economy in the Built Environment: Making It Real | RECAP

Mitch Blokhuizen

Ellice Recycle

Mitch has been with Ellice Recycle for over 9 years. He started with the company as a laborer and has held multiple positions from foreman to equipment operator and was promoted to Operations Manager in 2016.  Mitch understands the operations of Ellice Recycle inside and out and from that comes understanding his customers’ needs inside and out as well.  He manages all of Ellice Recycles commercial accounts and has an excellent track record of maintaining customer satisfaction with the services he provides.  He is the first point of contact for all Ellice customers when it comes to anything contract or service related. 

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Michael McCamley

New West Gypsum 

…Founded in 1985 by Tony & Gwen McCamley, who pioneered the recycling of post-consumer gypsum waste back to the wallboard manufacturers for use in the making of new wallboard, closing the loop.  Michael McCamley is a 2nd generation gypsum recycler who grew up in the business. In his 25 years of experience, he has literally worked every position possible. He lived in Europe for 8 years to help establish new operations in France, Belgium and the UK and in 2018 he spent several months in Norway, during the start-up of that operation. Michael currently sits on the Board of Directors for New West Gypsum Recycling and engages with all levels of stakeholders to make gypsum recycling viable in almost any market.

Dom Costantini

Bird Construction

Dom Costantini is the Vice President, Operations at Bird Construction. He has over 30 years of experience in the construction industry, starting his career in the family concrete construction business. After joining Bird Construction in 2004 as a Project Coordinator, he has worked through several key positions, including Vice President & District Manager in Manitoba and British Columbia. At the start of 2021, Dom has moved into a new role with Bird’s Buildings Division, Vice President, Operations. In this role, he is working on several strategic initiatives including the Centre for Building Performance, launching a national Special Projects Division, business relations, and other key aspects of developing the business. He is passionate about the construction industry, sustainability, technology, lean construction, mentorship, and building lasting relationships.

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Ayme Sharma

Francl Architecture

Ayme Sharma, Architect AIBC, practices architecture at Francl Architecture.  Francl is a full-service architecture firm based in Vancouver. Over the past 30 years we have had the privilege of collaborating with our clients to create a portfolio of award-winning institutional, community and infrastructure projects.  Ayme has a thorough knowledge and avid interest in green building design practice with a focus on extreme low–energy building design.  Her work includes a number of LEED and Passive House projects with a current focus on education and community architecture. Trained as an ecologist, then as an architect, Ayme strives to strike a balance between minimal environmental impact and maximum beauty. She received a Master of Architecture from the University of British Columbia and a BSc in Ecology & Environmental Studies from the University of Victoria, which has always helped her to understand and foster the connectivity of natural and human-made ecologies.
April 9, 2021 | Circular Economy in the Built Environment: Making It Real | RECAP