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Office Staff

Who are we?

Rochelle Owen
Executive Director


Rochelle Owen has worked in the environment and sustainability field for over 25 years at non-profit, government, and academic institutions. She currently works as the Executive Director of the Office of Sustainability at Dalhousie University. Rochelle uses facilitation, community development, program management, and analytical skills to design programs and involve people in sustainability issues. Rochelle holds a BSc in community health, a Masters in Environmental Studies, and is a LEED Green Associate. She writes sustainability columns for newspapers and magazines.


Justin MacDonald

On-Site Energy Manager


Justin MacDonald P. Eng., is the on-site Energy Manager at Dalhousie University. He has worked as an energy management consultant for the past 6 years within the industrial, commercial, and institutional sectors. Justin is responsible for identifying, coordinating, and assisting in the implementation of energy conservation projects within the university.

Justin holds a BSc in Mechanical Engineering, is a licensed professional engineer, and is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM) and Measurement and Verification Professional (CMVP) through the Association of Energy Engineers.

Merilyn Layne

Sustainability Officer


Merilyn holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing Management from Dalhousie Univeristy. Originally from Barbados, where she earned an Associates Degree in Natural Sciences at Queen's College. Merilyn worked with the Office of Sustainability for her first co-op in early 2014, and was pleased to return now as the Communications and Administrations Officer. Combining Merilyn's passion for the enivronment and marketing communications drives her to suceed and enjoy what she does both inside and outside of work. 

Jennifer Allott

Waste Management Officer


Jennifer Allott is an undergraduate student studying Biology and Contemporary Studies at Dalhousie and King's College. She has been working at the Office since September 2015 on waste-related projects. Jennifer has worked extensively on the implementation of the waste bin standards, including the Big Switch. She also works on waste reduction and management efforts in residence, food services, student life and laboratories. 

Scott MacPhee

Sustainable Transportation Demand Coordinator



Scott has over 10 years experience in the active transportation field as a facilitator and program coordinator. He is an avid cyclist and is very active in the Nova Scotia cycling community, sitting on the Boards of Bicycle Nova Scotia, Nova Scotia Bikeways Coalition (Chair) as well as volunteer positions with Bike Again! Community Project and the Halifax Cycling Coalition. Scott also works at Cyclesmith. His main means of travel is by bike, but will not pass up the opportunity to try other forms of sustainable transportation.

Olubukola Adebambo

Communications and Universal Waste Management Officer


Olubukola is a Master’s of Resource and Environmental Management (MREM) student at Dalhousie University. She holds a Bachelors’ degree in Microbiology from Nigeria and a Masters’ degree in Environmental pollution and protection from Lancaster University, U.K. Her work experiences in the food and beverage manufacturing industry, as a certified safety professional has helped to develop adequate management and leadership skills required to promote sustainable development in any organisation.

Olubukola worked with the Office of Sustainability on the “Big Switch” waste management program. This year Olubukola is creating a Dalhousie Universal Waste Management Report and a report on battery recycling opportunities for Nova Scotia through research, examination and contextualization of successful battery recycling programs in Canada and Nova Scotia.

Evan Syliboy

Energy and Climate Officer


Evan Syliboy is a third year electrical engineering student at Dalhousie, and a member of the ASHRAE Student Branch.  Born and raised in Millbrook, NS, he attained his Diploma of Engineering at Dal's Agricultural Campus before moving on the main campus to complete his degree.  His first position with the Office of Sustainability in the summer of 2016 gave him great insight into the impacts that the engineering profession can have on sustainability, and vice versa.  Evan will be assisting in final presentations of the university's second Climate Change Plan, as well as assisting with energy related projects on campus.