Shannon White has been the Biodiversity Specialist in ESRD’s Planning Branch since August 2014. There she provides scientific leadership on development of the Biodiversity Management Frameworks, as well as other biodiversity-related initiatives such as the Regional Strategic Assessment for the South Athabasca Oil Sands. Prior to this she worked at the Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute (ABMI). Her PhD in Ecology, from the University in Alberta, focused on understanding the effects of climate change on rangeland ecosystem function and biodiversity across the Canadian prairies. Shannon enjoys.
AlbertoPereira Doctor in Sciences (2003) by the Chemistry Institute of the Rio de Janeiro Federal University (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), and with a postdoctoral research at the Pfizer Analytical Research Centre, University of Ghent, Belgium (2006 to 2008) in collaboration with Professor Pat Sandra. The more of 15 years of experience in chromatographic science are reflected on more than 70 papers published about the applications of GC-MS, LC-MS and SFC-MS to environmental science, pharmacology, natural product chemistry and food science.
Lisa Brown is a Project Engineer for Waste Management Services of the City of Edmonton, where she works for the best boss ever. She holds a B.Sc in Civil Environmental Engineering, and a Ph.D. in Geoenvironmental Engineering, both from the University of Alberta. She has experience working in consulting and industry, as well as a year as a visiting researcher in England. She is an active executive on her condo board and community league.
David Chadder David is a Principal and Senior Project Director at RWDI with experience in environmental consulting dating back to 1978. His area of specialty involves the technical supervision of engineering teams involved with air quality, public safety (toxic gas or flammable gas releases) and quantitative risk assessments, Environmental Assessments, industrial approvals, emission sampling and ambient monitoring. Recently, he has supervised engineering teams that have provided air quality, fugitive dust and odour assessments, hazard and risk assessments, facility approvals (AER, NEB, and AUC) and assessments over a broad range of applications. These have included continuous, emergency and intermittent flaring, sour gas handling and compression facilities, sour wells and batteries, cold heavy oil and oil sands extraction, bitumen upgrading, land use planning, gas and oil pipeline transmission, storage tank terminals, pulp and paper facilities, hospitals, universities, and power generation plants.
Md. Aynul Bari Dr. Bari is currently working as research associate in the School of Public Health, University of Alberta. He graduated in Civil Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology and his M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Stuttgart, Germany. His research focuses on air quality monitoring and characterization, indoor air quality, impacts of oil and gas development on air quality and atmospheric deposition, source apportionment modeling, biomass smoke pollution, vehicular traffic pollution, environmental exposure assessment, and environmental public health. He is an author/co-author of over 40 referred journal and conference papers.
Ray Yang, Dr. Ray Yang is an air quality specialist in Levelton Consultants Ltd. He received his Ph.D. degree in Physics in 2000 at University of Mainz in Germany, and did postdoctoral researches in McGill University and York University. He has worked in atmospheric environmental researches and air quality consulting in Canadian institutions and firms for more than 15 years. He is specialized in air quality assessment, air dispersion and meteorological modelling, and air emissions and pollution management.
Hamid Namsechi, P.Eng. is the Section Head of Air Policy in the Policy & Planning Division of ESRD. He has over 30 years of experience with the Government of Alberta in areas of air and water policy and planning. His talk about A strategic-level discussion of air policy development in Alberta, including the Federal-Provincial collaboration on sector-based and place-based limits, the linkage with the provincial land-use plans, the roles and responsibilities of various agencies, and the challenge of maintaining good air quality with the growing economy and population base.
Ron Chapman, RWDI AIR Inc.
Ron has been with RWDI for 8 years and is currently a Technical Director leading the Environmental Software Services group. Key areas of responsibilities include: real-time dispersion modelling; emission inventory management systems; realtime data collection and visualization of air quality, noise and vibration data; and, RWDI’s operational weather forecast system.
Yayne-abeba Aklilu Dr. Aklilu is currently working as senior air scientist at Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development. She is an alumnus of York University, Ontario where she earned her PhD in Atmospheric Science and University of Alberta where she earned her undergraduate degree. Yayne has worked in the air quality field for over ten years.
Kurt J. Hansen. M.Sc., P. Eng., President of Green Inc., Calgary
Kurt graduated as a Civil and Environmental Engineer in 1974 at the Technical University of Denmark. He has 41 years of Canadian and international environmental service experience regarding emission control, air pollution and waste management. He has been involved in about 50 annual GHG emission verification projects encompassing a variety of industrial facilities and offset emission projects. Based on the observations from these assignments, he has experienced the current practices of quality assurance with respect to measurements and data harmonization.
Craig Vatcher Craig is the Senior Project Manager and Director of Western Operations for Novus Environmental, and is based in Calgary, Alberta office. Craig has more than 15 years’ environmental consulting experience, the majority of which in Alberta. He has extensive technical experience working with clients to solve issues in air quality, noise, hazardous releases, and public and regulatory consultation. Since managing his first project in 2004 (the Mackenzie Gas Pipeline) he has managed hundreds of projects ranging from small flare permit applications to large oilsands EIAs. Prior to managing projects, he performed measurements, modelling and assessment for many environmental assessments in Alberta, BC and the Territories.
Longdong Zhang is a Research Engineer at University of Alberta. He has solid practical experience in using advanced environmental sensing technologies in conjunction with eddy covariance and/or inverse dispersion techniques for characterization and quantification of fugitive emissions, in the oil sands region and other areas. In addition, he also worked on air pollution control projects using activated carbons to capture volatile organic compounds or gaseous mercury. He graduated from University of Alberta with a Master’s degree in Environmental Engineering in 2014.
Over the past three years, Bob has been working with the federal government on the joint oil sands monitoring file as the Alberta lead for the Air Component. Bob has worked for the past 25 years for Alberta Environment (ESRD, AEW, AEP) and has contributed to establishing airsheds in the province, conducting evaluation and reporting for air data, and participating on numerous CASA project teams in developing policy advice for government. Bob led the development of the CASA Data Warehouse and Alberta’s Air Quality Health Index system. Prior to moving to the Government of Alberta in 1990, Bob worked for environmental consulting, the Alberta Research Council and the federal government. Bob received his degree in meteorology from the University of Alberta in 1983. Bob is married with two sons and is now a proud grandfather.
As of April 8, 2015, Bob became the Director of Air Evaluation and Reporting for AEMERA.
Long Fu Dr. Long Fu has over 20 years of experience working for Alberta’s Ministry of the Environment. He was involved in developing national and provincial ambient air quality standards and objectives to protect human health and the environment. He represented Alberta on the National Committee on Health and the Environment (CHE) and the CEPA National Advisory Committee (CEPA NAC). Dr. Long Fu is currently leading AEMERA’s Standards, Quality and Innovation program. Dr. Long Fu received his Ph.D in Physical Chemistry from Northwestern University in 1986. He obtained 2 US patents while working at the Chemical Engineering Department of University of Alberta.
Thompson Nunifu, Dr.Nunifu is an Environmental Statistician with AEMERA Standards and Innovation Team. He holds a Ph.D. the University of Alberta with specialization in forest biometrics. Before joining AEMERA, Thompson worked with the Forest Management branch of ESRD as a biometrics forester and was later appointed Environmental Statistician in the Science and Technology of ESRD. Thompson joined ESRD in 2006 from a forestry consulting company, the Silvacom Group in Edmonton where he worked as a biometrics forester. Thompson’s previous work in Ghana, included University lecturer in applied statistics and Assistant District Manager of Ghana forest Services in the 1990s.
Quamrul Huda & Zheng Yang (Two presenters):
Dr. Huda obtained his PhD in Electrical Engineering & Electronics from the University of Manchester in 1997. He worked as a faculty in Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology for fifteen years, and was in the rank of a Professor before moving to Canada. He also worked in Nanoelectronics Research Institute, Japan under ITIT and JSPS fellowships. He worked for 4 years in University of Alberta where he prototyped a microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) tunable laser for environmental gas sensing. He joined ESRD/AEMERA in 2013, and has been involved in remote sensing techniques. He authored 80 peer-reviewed articles including 20 journals.
Dr. Yang is currently an Advanced Monitoring Instrumentation Specialist in Alberta Environmental Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting Agency (AEMERA). He focuses primarily on remote sensing technologies such as DiAL, Open Path FTIR, and Earth Observation. Before joining AEMERA, he worked in the Chemistry Department of University of British Columbia (UBC) as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow, working with new laser technologies and developing new bitumen extraction processes. He holds a B.Sc. in chemistry from Peking University in China and a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from UBC.
Peter Fortna Peter is the co-owner of Willow Springs Strategic Solutions and the Regulatory Affairs Advisor for the McMurray Métis. Peter is the Vice President of the Wood Buffalo Environmental Association (WBEA), Chair of WBEA’s Traditional Knowledge Committee and is the former co-chair of the Cumulative Environmental Management Association’s (CEMA) Traditional Knowledge Working Group. While acting as the TKWG co-chair, he oversaw the first two phases of CEMA’s Traditional Knowledge Framework which will provide recommendations regarding how to effectively include traditional knowledge in Environmental Impact Assessments, Environmental Monitoring and Land-Use Planning. Peter holds a BA in History from the University of Calgary, an MA in History from Memorial University of Newfoundland, and a PhD (ABD) in History from the University of Alberta.
Jean Birks Dr. Birks is a senior research scientist at Alberta Innovates – Technology Futures. Her primary research interest is the development and application of isotope tracer techniques to better understand the hydrological cycle. Jean completed her MSc at Queen’s University and her PhD at the University of Waterloo. She has been conducting research in the Athabasca oil sands region for the past 8 years including isotope tracing of water yield and chemical loadings, and using age dating, geochemical and isotopic techniques to evaluate groundwater and surface water connections in the Athabasca oil sands region.
Roger Ord, MBA P.Eng. is SNC-Lavalin’s Director, Acoustics, Air Quality and Climate Change Services for Western Canada located in Victoria, British Columbia. He uses his 25 years of experience to assist companies with environmental compliance processes and technologies, such as that required in air permitting, due diligence and carbon management. Roger has also been actively developing and canvassing for broader acceptance of predictive monitoring systems since implementing his first PEMS in 1999. Roger is a professional engineer in both Alberta and BC, and holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Victoria. Kelly Munkittrick, Ph.D., Director, Monitoring and Risk Assessment, at Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA). Kelly has a varied background, starting work in environmental consulting, before moving to the Federal government for 11 years (6 in Fisheries and Oceans and 5 at Environment Canada), 15 years at the University of New Brunswick as a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair, and now 3 years working on the new environmental monitoring framework with the oil sands industry. He is a co-founder of the Canadian Rivers Institute, was the Scientific Director of the Canadian Water Network, and has sat on panels for UNEP, OECD, and the Great Lakes Fisheries Commission. He has developed regional and national monitoring programs in South America, Asia and North America, and has worked with governments to improve environmental assessment models.
Christian ReutenPh.D., Christian is a technical director and associate in RWDI’s Calgary office. He has a Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science from the University of British Columbia, published a book and numerous peer-reviewed publications, and reviewed two of the IPCC Fifth Assessment Reports. He is a CMOS Accredited Consultant in Meteorology and an A&WMA CPANS board member. Christian’s work includes data analysis, industrial permitting, climate-change assessments, and environmental assessments as well as ongoing research on climate related topics involving statistical methods.
Nicole Pysh has been an Environmental Protection Officer for ESRD for 8 years conducting thorough industrial inspections, responding promptly to incidents and public complaints, and assisting in managing emergency events to ensure environmental compliance and integrity. In her role as an EPO, she has also served on several committees and teams to advance awareness of cumulative effects management, climate change legislation, cross-ministry interests, and training opportunities for compliance staff. Nicole received her Bachelor of Applied Science: Environmental Management from Lakeland College, and is a Master of Science: Environment and Management candidate at Royal Roads University, pending thesis approval.
Hebaallah Marey Dr. Mareyis a Postdoctoral fellow in the department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, at the University of Alberta where she pursues research on atmospheric remote sensing over Alberta. Heba received her Ph.D. in 2011from the University of Alexandriajointly with National Center of Atmospheric Research (NCAR) through a three years excellence based scholarship. Her primary area of expertise is air quality including ground-based measurements of air pollutants, and analysis of satellite data for air quality applications. Her PhD research work was the first that used satellite data to study the formation, dynamics and transport of severe air pollution episodes, called as "Black Cloud", over the urban greater Cairo area in Egypt. The potential impacts of her research work were highlighted in a 2011 article in NASA’s "Sensing our Planet” newsletter. Her current research includes the utilization of satellite and other observations to improve scientific understanding of the physical and chemical processes determining atmospheric composition, and the implications of anthropogenic activities on climate and surface air quality.