Twenty-five years ago, Joanne McCallum and her business partner, Greg Sather, founded their own architectural firm, inspired by the pursuit of sustainable design. Under Joanne’s leadership as Executive Officer, McCallumSather has grown into a firm of 40 multi-disciplinary designers all united behind a mission – to create a more resilient world through the advancement of sustainable design intelligence. She has a deep love for Hamilton and continues to take a hands-on role in the design of meaningful projects with lasting impact. Margaret’s Place Hospice in Dundas and Valley Park Library in Stoney Creek both currently in construction, are impactful, community-based designs. In addition, her award-winning work on The Joyce Centre for Partnership & Innovation, a Net Zero Certified project, made headlines internationally and highlighted Hamilton as a leader in sustainable design.  Joanne was an active Rotarian for over twenty years, first at the Rotary Club of Downtown Hamilton and later at Hamilton Sunrise Club.  She is also a Paul Harris Fellow. 
Joanne opened her presentation with a discussion of her firm’s renovation of the Old Westinghouse Plant as described in this Hamilton Spectator article:
Joanne described the renovations to the Valley Park Library. According to an article in The Hamilton News:
“The renovated library, designed by mcCallumSather Architects, will have LEED Gold targets, with high-performance windows and building envelop, rooftop solar panels, high-efficiency mechanical and electrical systems and LED lighting.”
A major project for mcCallum Sather was The Joyce Centre for Partnership & Innovation. A good description of this “net energy zero” design can be found in the mcCallum Sather website:
Another project that our club has supported financially is the Liberian Learning Centre: Phil Wood made a cheque presentation to Leo Johnson at the Hamilton Rotary Club a year ago. Leo, a Liberian native himself and a Rotarian, was the main driving force behind the project.
The final project that Joanne discussed was the Margaret’s Place Hospice at St. Joseph’s Villa in Dundas. She described her goals with the V-shaped design to five every resident a view to the conservation area outside their window. Of course the Dundas Valley Sunrise Rotary Club has been a financial supporter of the hospice since its inception and a number of members toured the facility while under construction in November. Joanne showed some pictures of areas that had been completed since our visit. Don Davidson, President of the St. Joseph’s Villa Foundation (and club member) points out some features of the entrance to the hospice.