DANNY BERISH + RYAN MAH
Producers / Directors
Co-Founders of Black Rhino Creative (BRC), an award-winning film production firm dedicated to sharing authentic, intimate and engaging documentaries. Their Leo award-winning films exhibit an intimate approach to the human experience, crafting stories that connect us through our shared journey.
Creator, Executive Producer
Former Art Director for CBC and, for the past 35 years, Creative Director of award-winning Leap Creative Group. From working behind the camera to co-hosting 2 seasons of HGTV’s Love It or Lose It, Mah always has an eye on the authentic narrative. Mah hopes this documentary will spark a movement that will change how we live in our cities.
Leah Mallen has produced film, television, and digital content for over twenty years. Her past credits have garnered many awards and accolades including a Best Short Film Award at the Cannes Film Festival’s Critic’s Week, a Best Documentary Film at the Zurich Film Festival, and multiple Best Apps Awards at Kidscreen.
David Fell, Ph.D., is a researcher in environmental psychology and building systems. He studied the effects of natural materials on stress in the built environment and is Vancouver’s formidable expert of biophilic design.
Jennell graduated from Kwantlen Polytechnic University in 2009 and began working with mgb Architecture + Design directly afterwards where she acquired experience with residential, retail, hospitality, office, education and commercial projects.
Matilda Van Den Bosch
Matilda van den Bosch is a Senior Researcher at the Barcelona Institute for Global Health, Spain, and an Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia, Canada. Her research lies in the interface of human health and the health of our natural environments with the goal of contributing to evidence and policies that promote healthy environments for both humans and ecosystems. Most of her studies have focused on the health benefits of contact and exposure to urban natural environments, especially for children. She is the primary editor of the Oxford Textbook of Nature and Public Health (2018) and is leading several international research projects related to climate change, childhood health, and green space mitigation. She is also advising various international organisations, such as WHO, the UN Environmental Programme, and the US Environmental Protection Agency.
Architect and Managing Director of Perkins & Will Architects, with a background in philosophy and a history of advancing sustainable design. Throughout his career, he has advocated for sustainable building strategies and integrated green building infrastructure that serves to educate the users of his spaces.
Kathy has dedicated her career to growing the sustainable design leadership and expertise across Perkins&Will, while making strides to positively impact the broader industry.
Paul Merrick studied at the University of Westminster and Oxford Brookes before embarking on a successful career working as a Design Architect. Paul has worked at all scales from Urban Planning in China and Abu Dhabi through to bespoke interiors in HK and the UK.
Michael Green is an award-winning architect, speaker, and author known for using design to create meaningful, sustainable built environments that benefit both people and planet. A leader in wood construction and innovation, he has completed some of the most significant timber buildings in the world, and has been recognized with over forty international awards for design excellence, including the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Firm of the Year, Architizer’s Best in North America Firm Award, four Governor General’s Medals, two RAIC Innovation Awards, and the American Institute of Architects Innovation Award.
With an education in both architecture and engineering, Natalie’s approach to design is rooted in material logic. Combined with an emphasis on cross team collaboration, Natalie is driven toward elegant solutions that marry structure, systems, manufacturing, and architecture. Her career highlights include work on the Governor General award-winning, CLT construction, Ronald MacDonald House in Vancouver and a mass timber, multi-activity centre in Gallivare, Sweden.