Our Team

Duncan Cavens, PhD

Duncan’s current work focuses on the development of digital tools for measuring the sustainability, energy and GHG consequences of spatial planning scenarios. He has over 10 years of experience in land use and transportation modeling and has managed large, multi-year projects, including projects in Switzerland, Calgary, and the City of Victoria. Duncan is the primary developer of the Climate Action Navigator (CAN) web tool and also led the urban modeling team for a national Quality Urban Energy Systems of Tomorrow (QUEST) project.

Duncan holds a PhD in Civil Engineering and Planning from ETH in Zurich, Switzerland and an interdisciplinary Master of Science and Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from UBC. He maintains close links with academic institutions worldwide in the fields of transportation modeling, urban planning and digitally-assisted decision support.

Nicole Miller, PhD

Nicole has over 10 years of experience in applied academic research and consulting on sustainability and urban planning issues, specializing in community energy and emissions as well as complex data visualisation. She has been a primary researcher and coordinator for major projects including Emerald Hills Urban Village, PlanIt Calgary, the City of North Vancouver 100 Year Sustainability Vision and the Community Energy and Emissions Plans for the cities of Victoria and Burnaby.

Nicole holds a PhD in Resource Management and Environmental Studies and a Master of Advanced Studies in Architecture from UBC as well as a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Kansas. Her doctoral research used energy simulation models to examine how urban form decisions impact building energy consumption at the neighbourhood scale.

Sara Muir Owen, MCIP, RPP

Sara has over 15 years of experience in sustainable community planning and design, working in Santa Fe, Aspen and Vancouver. Sara has played a central role in numerous award-winning projects including the State of Nevada Landscape and Aesthetics I-80 and I-15 Corridor Plans, the City of Espanola Comprehensive Plan, the District of Maple Ridge Town Centre DPA Guidelines, and the City of North Vancouver 100 Year Sustainability Vision. More recently, Sara has consulted on the Community Energy and Emissions Plans for the cities of Victoria and Burnaby. She is currently on leave at C2MP as she holds a position as  Program Manager at UBC with the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS).

Sara has a Master of Landscape Architecture and a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from UBC. She is a Registered Professional Planner with the  Canadian Institute of Planners and an active member of the Planning Institute of British Columbia.

Ellen Pond, MLArch

Ellen brings expertise in community energy and adaptation planning and design at the regional, community and neighbourhood scale, as well as public engagement and policy development. Committed to delivering pragmatic climate change solutions that build on existing capacities, Ellen’s prior work at the Collaborative for Advanced Landscape Planning at UBC and  the Pembina Institute focused on the design and evaluation of tools and community processes for climate adaptation and mitigation, as well as electric vehicle planning, green fleet and green building policy design for local governments and BC Hydro. Ellen has managed and delivered comprehensive community energy and emissions plans for Canadian communities, and taught graduate seminars on site planning and design with Dr. William Marsh at UBC.

Ellen holds a Master of Landscape Architecture and a Bachelor of Arts in Geography from UBC. She is a Registered Landscape Architect with the BC and Canadian Societies of Landscape Architects.