Conference Take-aways

The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) recently hosted the ‘Building Lasting Change’ conference in Vancouver, British Columbia. CAGBC’s annual event is Canada’s premier green building conference. Attendees from all sectors of the built environment took part in sessions showcasing innovative approaches and practical solutions to moving the green buildings sector toward zero emissions. HH Angus was an event sponsor and, as an active driver of low carbon solutions, our attendees were eager to explore the conference focus on decarbonization. Andy Crosson, Associate Director of Angus Connect, and Ian McRobie, a Technical Leader and Manager in our Energy Division, share some of their key take-away’s from the event below.

Decarbonizing Existing Buildings
A recurring theme of the conference was the need to repurpose and reuse existing vacant building stock in a more intentional way to reduce the complete lifecycle of embodied carbon in buildings.

While new buildings are being designed to meet newer, more stringent building and energy codes as well as LEED, Net Zero and passive house standards, existing older building stock constitutes a huge part of the energy consumption picture but without the codes and efficiencies of new builds. Given the current post-COVID vacancy rates for commercial spaces, there was much discussion at the conference about the need to repurpose whole floors or entire commercial buildings for other uses. Doing so would provide the opportunity to apply more current design strategies to refresh those buildings and move them closer to new build standards.

Those responsible for all aspects of building design need to maintain a focus on high quality, low carbon design of new buildings, while at the same time optimizing building performance and increasing the focus on vacant building stock to reach our sustainability goals and carbon reduction targets.

Building Performance & LEED
Many existing buildings are operating with mechanical and electrical systems installed in the 1970s or earlier. Upgrading these systems contributes significantly to improved performance and sustainability metrics. At a key stakeholder’s session on the eve of the conference, participants discussed the relevance of LEED energy criteria in an industry increasingly focused on carbon reduction. Around the world, organizations responsible for building codes and standards are exploring how to address carbon within their regulations.

Another discussion thread centred around LEED’s focus on water use, and how improvements in water consumption rates contribute to carbon reduction.

Discussions also touched on the reliability of information on embodied carbon over a building’s lifecycle. Our take-away was that the means by which embodied carbon gets measured is still in a nascent stage and will need further development.

Economics of Repurposing Vacant Buildings
Decisions around repurposing existing buildings include a range of considerations; for example, what is the cost to demolish and rebuild versus the cost to refresh and renovate? Will the investment in a refresh elevate a building’s leasing status from Class B to Class A? Do older buildings provide floor to ceiling heights that allow for updating the building infrastructure? How do owners of large building portfolios evaluate the economics and feasibility of bringing a building into a low-carbon state?

Another key consideration for the repurposing decision is the impact of inefficient building envelopes on building performance and what this will mean to portfolio managers and the future of their building stock.

More progress is needed
Andy Crosson’s overall take-away from the conference was that not enough progress is being made. “Canada has more work to do now than it did ten years ago. We're not getting ahead of all of this, and I think it needs cultural change at all levels, for example with incentives from the government such as the previous Montreal Agreement on CFCs. I think a lot of the message around green buildings is getting to be a bit tired. 2050 is not that far away and we're still not getting ahead.”

For Ian McRobie, the key conference take-aways were twofold: “Two topic streams stood out for me - one was about embodied carbon and the other focused on the financing around bringing buildings into this new world of low carbon and how the financing can be managed, because the cost of carbon, and things like Canadian infrastructure bank programs all play a huge part in making the economics of retrofitting all these buildings make sense.”


Andy Crosson, P.Eng.                                
Associate Director                                            
Angus Connect Division


Ian McRobie,  P.E., P.Eng., C.E.M.,LEED® AP BD+C
Technical Leader
Energy Division

HH Angus’ work in Vancouver and across Western Canada continues to increase, which has led to our recent move to larger premises in order to accommodate our growing team of almost thirty people.

For almost two decades, we have been working on significant projects in Vancouver and communities across BC and Alberta. These include clients across all our specialized divisions - Health, Technology, Commercial, Energy, and Angus Connect (digital strategy and ICAT design). The excellent work of our staff, along with their acknowledged expertise, has led to many additional projects and has furthered our ‘trusted advisor’ role with clients.   

Effective immediately, we will be supporting our growing portfolio of work in the west from our new space in the Bentall Centre, located in the heart of Vancouver’s downtown core, near the intersection of Dunsmuir and Burrard Streets across the street from the Burrard Skytrain Station:

          HH Angus and Associates Limited
          Three Bentall Centre
          595 Burrard Street
          Suite 453, PO Box 49081
          Vancouver, BC V7X 1G4

Nick Stark, Executive Vice President leading our expansion in Western Canada, commented on the outstanding support we have been receiving from all quarters, adding: “I am proud of what our amazing team in Vancouver has accomplished, and our new space will improve our resources and abilities do our best work. We look forward to strengthening and expanding our relationships with our clients and collaborators across BC and the west.”

We’re excited to announce the appointment of several new Principals, Senior Associates and Associates, and to highlight their contributions to HH Angus’ growth and leadership. This group joins our new generation of leaders in recognition of their commitment to advancing our technical expertise, innovation, great project delivery, building strong client and industry relationships, and motivating their colleagues to excel.

“These individuals have consistently made contributions to the quality and excellence that our firm is recognized for by both our clients and our industry,” noted Paul Keenan, President, HH Angus. “They are role models whom we can look up to and proudly recognize as leaders. I congratulate and thank them.”


Sameer Dhargalkar | Vice-President, Marketing & Business Development

On joining HH Angus’ Senior Management Team, Sameer quickly demonstrated success in elevating the firm’s marketing and business development strategy and initiatives. With nearly 25 years of experience in the technology and professional services industries, he is a key contributor in driving growth, improving the client experience, and fostering innovation. Sameer is highly collaborative, insightful, team-oriented, and consistently seeks to enhance the brand and strengthen the firm’s relationships with clients and industry.

“It’s rewarding to be a part of a firm that not only invests in innovation and the evolution of the business but also in its people. The camaraderie is excellent and I’m excited to be part of the leadership team to help shape and guide our continued growth.”

Anthony Ho | Manager, Mechanical Engineer – Technology Division

Anthony has taken on the leadership of our Commissioning service, drawing on his broad knowledge of ventilation and controls engineering. He also has deep experience in laboratory and healthcare commissioning and is focused on growing his technical knowledge to support our commissioning expertise. Anthony approaches each design challenge with a high degree of enthusiasm, always eager to understand, analyze and solve design issues.

“I am looking forward to this next step in my career and am grateful for all the opportunities that working at HH Angus has provided me thus far. I am another example of HH Angus’ culture of encouraging employee growth and internal mentoring.”

Ryan Kennedy | Technical Leader, Electrical Engineer – Health Division

Throughout his career, Ryan has demonstrated an exemplary approach to client service and engineering excellence. He was one of our original employees in British Columbia, and is an essential team member, both in BC and for our work across the country. Ryan has taken on progressively senior technical roles in increasingly complex projects. At the same time, he remains a valuable mentor to junior staff and contributes to our Knowledge Management initiatives.

“I am excited by the explosive growth of our Vancouver office, which has been fueled by several Toronto staff transfers, many local hires, and a continuous client demand for our services. Our growth allows our BC team to continue to engineer larger, more complex, and increasingly fascinating projects.”

Ian McRobie | Technical Leader, Mechanical Engineer – Energy Division

Ian is a senior member of our team in British Columbia and a key player in the success and growth of our Vancouver office and western Canada portfolio. A skilled project manager, Ian is passionate about exploring energy-efficient and cost-effective design features for both existing buildings and new facilities. He is a member of the Canadian Green Building Council Technical Advisory Group on Energy and Engineering, as well as a long-standing and enthusiastic member of HH Angus’ Sustainability Committee.

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to continue to bring HH Angus’ extraordinary service offerings to the market, and look forward to continue building lasting relationships with clients and industry partners.”

Rita Patel | Senior Manager, Mechanical Engineer – Health Division

Rita’s hard work, dedication, and technical excellence are well known. She leads the mechanical design for a range of healthcare projects across Canada, from greenfield projects to renovations, expansions, and infrastructure planning. Previously, Rita led our construction services team, which is responsible for contract administration, while continuing to develop and lead a team in design delivery. She broke new ground as the first woman to take on this role at the firm. Rita is also an active member of the CSA Z317.2 Technical Sub-Committee for Special Requirements for HVAC systems in Health Care Facilities.

“To me, leadership at HH Angus is about setting the vision, inspiring the team and fostering a collaborative culture that drives innovation and achieves goals. Empowering others, encouraging growth, leading by example, and creating an energetic/enjoyable atmosphere are the cornerstones of my approach to creating a positive and motivated work environment.”

Eric Suderman | Associate Director, Mechanical Engineer – Health Division

Recently named Associate Director of the Health Division, Eric oversees healthcare projects across the country. He has deep project management and design experience on major infrastructure projects, additions, renovations, compliance and P3 pursuits. Eric is highly accountable, both personally and on a team level, and is committed to quality design and to delivering on both the client’s and the project’s goals, budgets, and timelines. Eric is a trusted and respected leader, someone who consistently brings a positive and collaborative “can do” attitude to each project and encourages the same approach in his team.

“I am excited to work with our experienced management group to facilitate the growth of the Health Division while continuing to deliver quality innovative designs and excellent client service.”

Meagan Webb | Senior Manager, Mechanical Engineer – Health Division

Meagan consistently goes above and beyond to contribute to the business. She has progressively taken on more senior management responsibilities, growing our team and our business on the West coast as the operational leader of the Vancouver office, and making contributions to the business across the firm.  Meagan is respected by clients and colleagues as a trusted leader and serves as the main point of contact for a range of clients who appreciate her ability to explain complex technical issues for a non-technical audience. She is an early adopter of new design technology and is a member of our Smart Building Committee, as well as our Sustainability Committee. Meagan has also led some of our volunteer design work for the World Health Organization’s crisis response initiatives.

“I have been fortunate to work with highly skilled technical and people leaders whose guidance has allowed me to grow and take on this new role. I look forward to continuing to grow our presence in British Columbia and build on our successful project delivery, forward-thinking approaches, and strong relationships.”


Emanuele Caputi | Manager, Senior Mechanical Designer – Energy Division

Emanuele has proven himself to be an unflappable leader and dedicated client representative. He is committed to the development of our young engineers and design staff and is an exemplary role model and mentor. Emanuele regularly shares his knowledge and experience across a broad range of energy systems, including chillers, boilers, hydronic piping, steam and condensate distribution, district energy, cogeneration, and fuel oil systems.

“Personal growth and success can be attributed to your team’s growth and success”.

Edward Hood | Engineering Director, Senior Mechanical Engineer – Health Division

Ed is a recognized leader in medical gas systems. He sits on several CSA committees and chairs the Technical Sub-committee on Plume Scavenging. Ed also writes white papers and makes presentations to the broader healthcare engineering community to share his knowledge and experience. He is the acknowledged “go-to” expert for both colleagues and clients seeking technical advice on plumbing and medical gases. Ed exemplifies HH Angus’ culture and values by sharing his vast knowledge with new employees and makes frequent contributions to our master specifications and technical guidelines.

“The future is bright at HH Angus! Throughout my career here, I have benefitted from the support and mentorship of my colleagues and, in recent years, have had the opportunity to pay that forward. I’m excited about continuing to grow my leadership and technical skills in this new role.”

Mohamed Kamel | Project Director and Manager, Montreal Office

With over 40 years of experience, Mohamed is our most accomplished project manager, as well as the leader of our Montreal team. He served as Project Manager for the massive Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal, one of the largest P3 hospital projects in North America, and continues to take on challenging assignments that require his expertise and professional approach. Mohamed’s experience covers a wide range of successful projects in such diverse sectors as healthcare, residential, industrial, commercial, and infrastructure.

“HH Angus is a family where everyone cares about their colleagues, where we all can grow and achieve career success in a professional and pleasant environment. Working with this committed team, I look forward every day to new challenges where I can apply my experience to support our clients.”

Pradeep Kumar | Senior Electrical Designer – Energy Division

With his twenty-five plus years of experience, Pradeep brings industry-recognized high and medium voltage technical expertise and excellence to our Energy team.  He is a generous mentor who provides technical support across the organization, focused on power generation, distribution, and control and automation systems that support the design of highly complex generation and microgrid projects. 

"Inspiring our young engineers is a source of immense joy and fulfillment for me. By fostering a culture of curiosity, continuous learning, and problem solving, we can ignite their creative spark and empower them to drive innovation in engineering."

Eldon Lucas | Design Leader – Technology Division

Eldon has taken on some of our most challenging assignments over the years, working on large, demanding projects. He is recognized as a leader in technical and client-based skills both within the firm and by our clients, who continue to call on his expertise as an on-site representative helping to define their corporate engineering standards. Eldon is a key team member, building our technical knowledge and mentoring colleagues across the firm.

“HH Angus offers so many opportunities to develop leadership skills and to take on challenging and rewarding projects. I’m excited to see where this next stage of my career will lead.”  

Nader Moslemian | Senior Manager, Senior Mechanical Engineer – Technology Division

Nader is a recognized leader in the Mission Critical and Pharmaceutical sectors, and plays an essential role in project delivery, client management and team development, serving as a mentor to many colleagues. Nader is also an effective business developer whose industry-wide reputation enhances the credentials of our firm. He brings twenty-five plus years of experience in design, construction, commissioning, start-up, validation, and qualification of mechanical systems in building services.

“I am so excited to be part of such an energetic and professional team.  It keeps me going every day! HH Angus is definitely the place for personal development and career growth at all levels; along with mentorship, these are recognized as core values by the management team.“


Heath Chrystall | Manager, Mechanical Engineer – Commercial Division

Heath has become a model people leader and project manager at HH Angus. His responsibilities include concept and design development, as well as supervising a team of mechanical engineers and designers working on a diverse range of projects in the commercial and institutional sectors. Taking advantage of our cross-divisional career building opportunities, Heath progressively built his skills in our healthcare and mission critical teams, before assuming his current leadership role in the Commercial Division.

“To me, an Associate means being recognized as a leading example of commitment to the HH Angus brand. I encourage colleagues interested in advancement to look for ways they can bring value through client centricity into their work.”

Ben DeBruyne | Manager, Electrical Engineer – Technology Division

Ben has taken a lead role to help grow the firm’s presence in the National Capital Region, following the launch of our new office in Ottawa. His entrepreneurial approach is supported by a strong work ethic, together with excellent client relationship and technical skills. Ben continues to expand his technical expertise through a variety of projects and clients in the technology sector, including mission critical, transit and commissioning. 

“I am excited to take on this role in helping grow HH Angus’ geographical expansion and continuing to support our clients and projects with a local office. Being local to the National Capital Region expands the opportunity for other engineers, designers and project managers to experience what working at HH Angus is all about and to grow with such a great company.”

Julie Lawson | Senior Mechanical Engineer – Health

Julie takes on some of our most demanding tasks – both technical and situational – and arrives at valued solutions that strengthen our relationships with clients. She is a role model to colleagues for committed client service. Julie has extensive experience with multi-phased renovation projects, as well as P3’s. She has strong project management skills and is well known for being detail oriented and highly accountable. Julie regularly contributes to the overall growth of HH Angus through her work on the development of junior staff and in her role as a subject matter expert in lab design.

“Whether it’s advising our clients or mentoring new graduates, I look forward to continuing to play a key role towards implementing projects so important to our communities.”

Nick Mons | Manager, Electrical Engineer – Technology Division

Nick plays a lead role for our Calgary-based data center clients, as well as on our Quebec airport projects. Throughout his career, Nick has actively pursued a variety of experiences to expand his career development. He has gained strong client management skills, resulting in a growing profile on important telecom accounts. Nick also mentors current and new employees.

“I’m extremely excited for the potential growth of the firm across Canada.”

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Robyn Munro | Manager – Angus Connect Division

Robyn has leveraged her clinical background and LEAN healthcare certification in her role as Manager and Digital Strategist. She has shown great initiative through her key role in developing our new service offering in Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV) consulting. Robyn’s skills and practical knowledge also support ICAT strategy projects for several large healthcare organizations and contribute to CSA standards for the healthcare sector. She is also a member of Digital Sandbox – our firm’s Smart Buildings innovation team.

“As a clinician working in an engineering firm, I deeply appreciate the consistent support and dedication HH Angus has shown in nurturing my professional expertise. Their commitment has opened up numerous opportunities for personal and career growth, allowing me to achieve significant milestones and make a notable impact in industries that ignite my passion.”

Justin Patel | Senior Engineer – Technology Division

Justin epitomizes client service and technical excellence. Anyone involved with his projects over the years has seen firsthand how much our clients rely on Justin’s judgment. He carries responsibilities in both business development and engineering - completing designs, overseeing construction sites, and in project management. Justin is variously responsible for complete electrical design and/or contract administration. His technical expertise and project management skills have earned him a high degree of loyalty from clients. As well, his contributions to the life and spirit of HH Angus are appreciated throughout the firm. 

“I have always placed a great deal of importance on being a trusted advisor to clients. The new title of Associate will give the people I work with outside the company an even greater confidence in my ability to help them with their needs.”

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Dayne Perry | Manager, Mechanical Engineer – Commercial Division

Dayne is a key member of our team in Vancouver and has been an important part of the growth of our portfolio in British Columbia. With experience across a variety of industry sectors, Dayne is responsible for both management and design of systems for institutional, commercial, residential, and industrial facilities, as well as for overseeing contract administration. He has a particular interest in helping clients evaluate their building assets and work towards achieving a net zero portfolio.   

“HH Angus has a strong reputation for developing industry leaders, and these new appointments highlight the firm’s commitment to employees’ growth and readiness for new challenges. I look forward to this new opportunity to focus on creating a more sustainable and resilient future in the built environment.”

Laura Sisson | Manager, Mechanical Engineer – Health Division

Laura is a key contributor to the firm’s Health Division. Her strong work ethic and team focus have been important assets as she has skillfully managed P3 pursuits and implementations on projects across Canada. She brings extensive knowledge of clinical requirements and hospital-specific codes to deliver a focus on effective design coordination and client satisfaction. Laura also frequently mentors new grads and coop students, and is a long-standing member of HH Angus’ Sustainability Committee.

“I’ve always enjoyed being part of a team and building relationships through work. Acting now as a manager, it is nice to have the opportunity to grow a team, expanding our base of knowledge together, and strengthening the project delivery to the client.”

Teresa Valentino Wills | Director, Human Resources

As Director, Teresa leads HH Angus’ HR team. With almost 14 years of dedicated service, Teresa has demonstrated strong leadership in effectively managing all HR functions, programs, and practices. Her contributions in implementing initiatives, fostering employee engagement and attracting top talent have been pivotal to our success. Teresa’s commitment to keeping HH Angus at the forefront of HR developments and to promoting a welcoming and harmonious culture underscores her dedication to supporting the firm’s growth and enabling employees to thrive in fulfilling careers.

"It’s deeply rewarding to be part of a company that is so committed to its employees.  I’m privileged to help foster the culture and systems necessary for developing leaders and empowering individuals to thrive and reach their fullest potential. Working with such talented colleagues is truly inspiring as we push boundaries, expand what is possible, and achieve mutual growth for a better future.”

We congratulate all our new Principals, Senior Associates and Associates for achieving these exceptional career milestones, and for their contributions to the growth of the firm’s leadership, as well as to the ongoing expansion of our services and portfolio across Canada and internationally.

Many buildings and industrial sites rely on district heating, ranging from large sections of urban centres to smaller areas such as university and medical campuses. District energy systems offer many benefits ranging from minimized energy consumption, economic savings to better versatility and improved reliability and convenience. They are increasing in popularity as sources of energy for heating and cooling in buildings.

The buildings sector is a significant contributor to greenhouse gas emissions around the world, with some estimates showing they are responsible for up to 40% of global GHG emissions. Increasingly, building owners are exploring how they can implement decarbonization solutions to reduce their facilities’ carbon footprint.

In 2021, nearly 90% of district energy globally was produced from fossil fuels (source: International Energy Agency). Given their benefits and that they can serve large areas of building infrastructure in an efficient, cost-effective and flexible manner, decarbonizing district energy systems offers significant untapped potential. Across all the industry sectors we serve, we are seeing advancements in technologies that support decarbonization of district energy, particularly in heat pump technology and electrification as replacements for natural gas and other fossil fuel-based energy sources.

Some of our Notable Decarbonization Work

British Columbia is a leader in Canada in developing policy to mitigate climate change impact. The province’s Zero Carbon Step Code took effect on May 1, 2023 with the objective to reduce the consumption of natural gas in the operation of buildings and incentivize electrification. We are currently working with Creative Energy to modernize their existing district energy system in downtown Vancouver. This plant is one of the largest district energy systems in North America and services over 45 million ft2 of floor area. We are working with the client on the development of their new

In Toronto, Toronto’s Enwave District Energy System is the largest in North America, serving 180 buildings, and the greening of its infrastructure is a major gain in the effort to decarbonize buildings.

If you are considering a district energy system for your project or are seeing to modernize your existing system, contact our specialized Energy team who can help.


Phil Schuyler, Director, Energy Division

District Energy Association's Campus Energy Conference

Several of our energy specialists attended the recent International District Energy Association’s Campus Energy 2023 conference in Texas, where heat pump technology featured prominently. Among their take-aways from the conference:

  • The transfer of higher temperature heat pump technology, traditionally used in industrial applications, to the commercial/institutional sector at reasonable costs
  • Biomass from sustainable forestry operations as a cost-effective alternative to current dirty fuel sources
  • The need for master planning and feasibility analyses to establish baseline performance with a view to setting appropriate targets


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We are honoured to be named among Canada’s Best Managed Companies for 2023, our fifth consecutive year of being recognized. For 30 years, this award celebrates excellence in overall business performance, entrepreneurial spirit and the success of best in-class, Canadian-owned companies.

With approximately 350 staff working from our offices in Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal and delivering projects across Canada, our strong commitment to innovation, employee development and technical expertise has enabled HH Angus to thrive for almost 104 years in business. To us, the Best Managed Companies award underscores the importance of managing day-to-day operations, strategic planning for the future and investing in growth opportunities. Equally important is building a strong company culture, because this honour wouldn’t be possible without the commitment and loyalty of our employees and the trust of our clients – we appreciate the important role you play in HH Angus’ success.

Here is the full text of today’s announcement of Canada’s Best Managed Companies.

HH Angus a été nommée l’une des sociétés les mieux gérées au Canada pour la cinquième année consécutive

C’est un honneur pour nous d’être nommés parmi les sociétés les mieux gérées au Canada en 2023, une reconnaissance que nous recevons pour une cinquième année consécutive. Depuis plus de 30 ans, ce prix célèbre l’excellence en matière de rendement global des entreprises, d’esprit entrepreneurial et de réussite des meilleures entreprises canadiennes de leur catégorie.

Comptant près de 350 employés répartis dans nos bureaux de Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa et Montréal et réalisant des projets dans l’ensemble du Canada, HH Angus a pu prospérer pendant près de 104 ans d’activité grâce à notre engagement ferme à l’égard de l’innovation, du perfectionnement du personnel et de l’expertise technique. Pour nous, le prix des sociétés les mieux gérées souligne l’importance de la gestion des activités quotidiennes, de la planification stratégique pour l’avenir et de l’investissement dans le potentiel de croissance. Il est tout aussi important de créer une solide culture d’entreprise, car cet honneur ne serait pas possible sans le dévouement et la loyauté de nos employés et la confiance de nos clients - nous apprécions votre importante contribution au succès de HH Angus.

Voici le texte intégral de l’annonce faite aujourd’hui à propos des sociétés les mieux gérées au Canada.