William Semple is a architecht/consultant with NORDEC Consulting & Design. Prior to this appointment he was a Senior Researcher (Northern Housing) in the Sustainable Housing Group at Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. Working directly with northern communities and the northern housing corporations, he was involved in a number of innovative aboriginal housing projects aimed at improving the environmental and cultural sustainability of housing and communities in the Canadian Far North. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Cold Climate Housing Research Center (CCHRC) in Fairbanks, Alaska. In 2007, as key member of the CCHRC Steering Committee, he assisted in organizing the international northern housing forum titled “Sustainable Northern Shelter in a World of Diminishing Resources”. As a follow up to this forum, he is the conference chairman of the organizing committee for next Northern Housing Forum to be held in Inuvik, NWT in 2010.
He also launched a project to study sustainable northern housing and community infrastructure in circumpolar countries and assess the potential for using these examples in Canada.