UBC’s Energy and Water Services (EWS) unit is led by a skilled and experienced team of professionals specializing in engineering, operations, business administration and finance.


David Woodson

Managing Director, Energy and Water Services

David Woodson is the Managing Director of Energy and Water Services (EWS) at UBC, Canada’s second largest university, which ranks amongst the top 35 research universities in the world.

As part of this role, David oversees the management of UBC’s $50 million annual budget for the operations and maintenance of over $420 million of utility infrastructure including: high-voltage electricity, district energy (steam and hot water), natural gas and water systems. David is leading the transformation of the university’s utility infrastructure on the 1,000 acre campus, in association with the Campus as a Living Lab initiative and the alternative energy sources project, to achieve UBC’s aggressive greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction targets. At the heart of the unit’s activities are new, collaborative relationships between administrative units, academic departments, governments, communities, and private industry partners.

Prior to taking on this new role, David held several leadership positions within UBC Building Operations, Utilities, and Plant Operations over the past 17 years. His responsibilities ranged from managing capital renewal and deferred maintenance to resource planning and work control. He began his career as a Building Systems Engineer with the City of Surrey in 1993.

David has a Master of Business Administration from UBC and a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from the University of Washington. David is a Professional Engineer in B.C. (mechanical), Facilities Management Administrator (FMA), and a Certified Educational Facilities Professional (CEFP).

Siu Tse

Director, Engineering and Utilities

Siu is the Director, Engineering and Utilities for UBC Energy and Water Services division. The Engineering and Utilities division delivers utility services to all UBC academic buildings, student housing, athletics buildings, the UBC hospital, commercial tenants and residential communities across the Vancouver campus. Siu provides strategic direction to the division and manages UBC’s commodities, operations and maintenance budgets for the delivery of high voltage, district energy (steam and hot water), natural gas and water system services, sanitary and storm.

With hundreds of miles of utility infrastructure on UBC’s 1,000 acre campus, Siu leads a team of professional engineers and technologists to plan and implement cyclical maintenance and renewal programs for existing utility infrastructure. The team also looks after the planning and construction of new utility infrastructure, to meet UBC’s growth and expansion needs. Siu also manages an operational group comprised of Chief Engineers and Power Engineers to operate and maintain the University’s Campus Energy Centre and the Bioenergy Research Demonstration Facility (BRDF), now undergoing expansion.

Siu is a Professional Engineer, whose degrees include a Bachelor of Applied Science in Civil Engineering and a Master of Engineering in Water Resources.


Philip Brussé

Associate Director, Energy Conservation & Innovation 

As the Associate Director of Energy, Conservation and Innovation (ECI), Philip manages the ECI team comprised of Energy Conservation Engineers, Building Management Systems (BMS) Technical Specialists, and Energy Data Analysts. In a combined effort, the ECI team optimizes Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) operations, by improving user comfort and enhancing mechanical system efficiency resulting in significant energy savings across the campus.

Philip brings over 30 years of experience in HVAC and energy management. He joined UBC in 1995 from Landis and Gyr, Powers Ltd. (now Siemens Building Automation) where he project managed, designed and installed BMS systems for over 6 years. Since joining the University he and has served in several different capabilities: from BMS Control and Instrumentation Technician, Project Coordinator, Facilities Manager, Facilities Manager at Life Science Centre, and most recently as BMS manager for Energy and Water Services.

Philip has a diploma in Electrical Engineering Technology from Red River College in Winnipeg Manitoba and is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM) through the Association of Energy Engineers.