CIRS Team

James Tansey, Ph.D
Interim Academic Director

Dr. James Tansey is an Associate Professor at the Sauder School of Business, where his work focuses on sustainability, social innovation and ethics in new technologies and emerging markets. Dr. Tansey is the founder of the Centre for Social Innovation and Impact Investing and NatureBank Asset Management and co-founder of the Pacific Gas Futures Initiative. He was a 2013 recipient of the Queen Elizabeth Jubilee Medal for environmental contributions to the province of British Columbia.

Angelique Pilon, PMP
Research Manager

Angelique manages CIRS’ research, development and demonstration projects, coordinating the collaborations between academic, industry, government and community partners. She assists the Directors in business development, strategic planning and fundraising efforts; manages the formation of and programming for CIRS educational and outreach efforts; and provides art direction for digital and print materials. Angelique holds a Master of Architecture from the University of British Columbia and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Michigan, and has spent a number of years working in professional firms in Canada and the United States. She is a LEED Accredited Professional with a specialization in Building Design and Construction.

Tim Herron
A/V and Event Manager

Tim is responsible for managing the rental facilities in CIRS along with providing technical services for the building. He provides event planning, coordination of resources and support for the various research groups using the BC Hydro Decision Theatre, as well as external user groups and CIRS educational programs. He also assists the Directors to develop both internal and external partnerships. Tim brings a wealth of experience from theatre, rock and roll and corporate conference production. He comes to UBC from Vancouver Island University where he taught stagecraft, design and event management as a faculty member in the Theatre Department.

Scott Yonkman
Building Technician

Scott maintains the CIRS building direct digital controls database providing researchers access to data from the building automation system relating to CIRS and technical information pertaining to the building. Scott is a building management specialist with 20 years’ experience working with industrial and building process control systems. He is able use his knowledge of measurement techniques and control strategies to provide researchers insight on how to obtain the relevant measurements for their research.

Zahra Teshnizi, BArch, MASA, LEED GA
Tall Wood Building Project Coordinator

As the Tall Wood Building Project Coordinator, Zahra works closely with the Research Manager to coordinate the research projects and educational materials related to the design, pre-construction and construction phases of the Brock Commons Tallwood House, an 18 floor student residence with a hybrid mass timber structure. Zahra holds a Master in Advanced Studies in Architecture from the University of British Columbia with a focus on the influence of multiple stakeholders on sustainable use of construction materials. She has a diverse background in project management, applied research and outreach focused on green buildings, sustainable development and design guidelines and tools. She is a LEED Green Associated and a steering committee member for the Cascadia Green Building Council’s Metro Vancouver Collaborative. Prior to joining the CIRS team, Zahra worked as a Sustainability Planning Assistant at the City of Vancouver.