Office Alumni and Volunteers

The Office provides students with valuable work experience


Kendra Marshman

Communications and Administration Officer, 2016-2018

Kendra holds a combined Bachelor of Arts honours degree in Canadian Studies and Sustainability from Dalhousie University. She is currently a candidate in the Master of Resource and Environmental Management (MREM) program at Dalhousie University. She brings skills of communication, collaboration, and a passion for the natural environment to her role at the Office of Sustainability.

Throughout summer 2018 Kendra will assist the team in understanding and reporting on how Dalhousie is fulfilling its commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions to combat climate change.

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.

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.

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

Glen MacDougall

Energy Manager

(On Assignment from Efficiency NS)

Glen graduated from NSSC’s Energy Sustainability Engineering Technology program (Hons) and Saint Francis Xavier with his BA in International Development.  His work as a program advisor with Efficiency Nova Scotia, has given Glen an in depth understanding of the rebates and opportunities available to clients like Dalhousie University. His work has also exposed him to a broad range of energy efficient products and technologies, a knowledge of which he can draw from while acting as on-site energy advisor at Dal.   Glen also worked for a private consulting firm that provided him with experience in energy auditing and building system analysis.

Sabrina Hiefer

Energy Officer

Sabrina holds a Bachelor of Applied Science from Acadia University, and is currently an environmental engineering student at Dalhousie University. During the summer of 2016, Sabrina will be completing the annual greenhouse gas inventory for Dalhousie, as well as working on other energy related projects.


Grace Okpala

Sustainable Transportation Coordinator  

Grace is a Master of Resource and Environmental Management (MREM) graduate from Dalhousie University.  She completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology at the University of Nigeria. She also has a Post Graduate Diploma in Environmental Management and Assessment from Niagara College. During her time at Niagara College, Grace worked with the College’s Sustainability Committee to develop policies and strategies for sustainable development. These experiences sparked her interest in effective resource management and corporate sustainability. Grace has a passion to promote sustainable development at all levels of business, community, and government. Grace worked with the Office of Sustainability on the 2014 STARS (Sustainability Tracking Assessment & Rating System) report. This year Grace is working on transportation demand management for Dalhousie. In this capacity, she is creating a program plan for personalized trip planning services, and is developing a concept paper for an institutional level ride share program.

Bridget Graham

Event Coordinator  

Bridget is a Master of Arts in History candidate at Dalhousie University. She recently graduated from Dalhousie with her combined honours degree in Environment, Sustainability, & Society, and Canadian Studies.She is passionate about the Arctic Regions having travelled there in 2011, and 2013, and also enjoys being outside, cooking and gardening. Bridget will be planning and executing various events throughout the academic year with the Office of Sustainability including a Bike Rodeo, and the Ecolympics. 

Nicholas Driscoll

Engineering Co-op Student, 2016

Nicholas is a fourth year chemical engineering student at Dalhousie University. This is his third co-op position and he hopes to use his experience from his past two co-ops with Environment Canada and the National Research Council to make a difference on campus. Nicholas’s main responsibility is to improve Sexton Campus’s construction and demolition (C&D) waste management system. He is also responsible for marking the salvageable material in the buildings scheduled for demolition to make way for the IDEA building on Sexton Campus. Picking out salvageable material will increase the diversion rate - material diverted from landfill - making this a more environmentally friendly project and meeting Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards.

Alex Leung

Planning Intern, 2016

Alex is a fourth year Bachelor of Community Design student at Dalhousie’s School of Planning. His responsibilities include reviewing Office of Sustainability reports, and planning for transportation improvements on campus. This year Alex built on previous students’ work by drafting a proposal to consolidate and enhance the bus stop and shelter in front of Howe Hall. He also reviewed the Office’s Transportation Demand Plan 2016, acted in an Office funded bike safety video, and researched improvements to walking on campus. In his spare time, Alex enjoys climbing, reading the Economist, and studying the latest in transportation and city planning trends.

Brendan Brady

Climate Change Officer

Brendan Brady is an undergraduate student at Dalhousie University working towards a degree in physics. Brendan’s work with the Office of Sustainability began during the summer of 2010 with a project based on increasing the waste diversion rate on campus. Since then, he has worked on various projects including parking surveys, greening laboratories, and audits of campus kitchens. Currently, he is working on updating Dalhousie’s Greenhouse Gas Inventory to include data from the Agricultural Campus.  Brendan hopes that his background in physics and sustainability will lead him to research in sustainable materials and renewable energy production.

Dirk Xanthos

Solid Waste Officer, 2015

Dirk is a Master of Resource and Environmental Management candidate at Dalhousie University.  A native of Australia, Dirk completed a Bachelor of Commerce at Flinders University. After 10 years working as a certified practicing accountant in Australia and the United Kingdom, Dirk decided to pursue his passion for the environment.  Dirk has strong interests in the areas of sustainable development, particularly in the fields of waste management and food security, both on a community and global scale.  As part of his duties at the Office, Dirk is currently investigating the feasibility of recycling expanded polystyrene (EPS) in Nova Scotia.  This study includes conducting an EPS recycling pilot on campus in the Tupper Building.

Levi Megenbir

Transportation Demand Management Advisor

Levi Megenbir has an MPlan degree from Dalhousie University and a BA in Economics from UVIC. With a background in Transportation Planning and Transportation Demand Management (TDM), Levi has been assisting the Office of Sustainability with various TDM projects including the annual parking and commuter survey reports and the 5-year TDM Action Plan.

Jasmine Chen

Food Officer, 2015

Jasmine is a Master of Resource and Environmental Management candidate at Dalhousie University. After completing a bachelor’s degree in Food Science, she decided to follow her passion for resource management, with a special interest in sustainable agriculture and food systems. Jasmine’s work with the Office of Sustainability is focused on researching and working with stakeholders to develop a sustainable and healthy food framework for the university.

Stephen Cushing

Communications Officer,
Natural Environment Officer, 2010-2015

Stephen is a Master of Environmental Studies student at Dalhousie University with a Master's in Landscape Architecture from the University of Guelph and a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Horticulture from the Nova Scotia Agricultural College. Stephen's work with the Office of Sustainability began with the Dalhousie University Campus Tree Plan, which served as an appropriate prerequisite for his work to complete the Dalhousie University Natural Environment Plan. Stephen's academic and personal pursuits centre on urban greening and developing ways to create spaces that benefit both people and the environment.

Sarah Miller

Waste Management Officer, 2014-2015

Sarah holds a Masters of Resource and Environmental Management from Dalhousie University and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Northern British Columbia. Sarah has an interest in a variety of facets of sustainability including: waste management, sustainable food production and procurement, horticulture, urban forests and green building design. The primary focus of her work in the Office of Sustainability pertained to solid waste management with a focus on researching, developing and implementing waste management procedures to increase the diversion of waste from landfills.

Prasanna Balakrishnan

Refrigerant Management & Energy Officer, 2014

Prasanna is working toward his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering at Dalhousie University. Working with both the Office of Sustainability and the Department of Facilities Management, Prasanna's primary role was to develop a Refrigerant Management Plan for Dalhousie’s Agricultural Campus in Truro, NS. His other responsibilities included comparing various metering systems for power and water consumption in the Halifax campuses and determining on the accuracy of these systems. As an aspiring engineer, Prasanna understands the importance of sustainability in professional application.  

Naina Ummat

Waste Management Officer, 2013-2014

Naina is a graduate of the Master of Resource and Environmental Management (MREM) program at Dalhousie University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology (honours) from Dalhousie University. Her academic interests include waste diversion, utilization, recycling and energy recovery. She also has a keen interest in examining the information and operational barriers that exist within the realm of waste management. She is involved in sustainability auditing for the university campus. In her spare time, Naina enjoys painting, swimming and reading.

Sabrina Hiefer

Energy & Climate Change Officer, 2013-2014

Sabrina is an undergraduate student at Acadia University, graduating in May with a Bachelor of Applied Science. She will then continue to Dalhousie University to complete a Bachelor of Engineering with a focus in environmental engineering. During the summer of 2013, Sabrina completed the annual greenhouse gas inventory for Dalhousie, as well as compiled a report of the vulnerability assessment of the Agricultural Campus. Sabrina is currently working on updating the Climate Change Plan, as well as downscaling climate change data to help recommend areas of focus for future projects on the Dalhousie properties.

Brittany Maguire

Projects Officer, 2012-2013

Brittany is a Bachelor of Science graduate from Dalhousie University, with a Combined Honours in Environmental Science and International Development Studies. Brittany completed her honours thesis on foodservice employee behaviour and sustainability in a residence dining hall on campus. She is now assisting with the creation of a sustainability training program for various groups on campus including custodians, foodservice staff and project managers, among others. Brittany is responsible for office communications and social media. She is also doing work around purchasing, mainly focusing on sustainable seafood as well as making Dalhousie a designated Fair Trade Campus.

Caroline King
Transportation Officer & Communications Officer, 2011-2013

Caroline King is a Masters of Planning Studies student at Dalhousie University with a Bachelor Degree in Community Design with Honours in Urban Design from Dalhousie University. Her recent research has included a feasibility study for an express commuter shuttle in the Inter-Institutional District and a survey analysis of local and non-local residents’ anticipated response to the implementation of HRM’s Residential Permit Parking System. She worked with the Office of Sustainability on Transportation related projects, including a new transportation website for Dalhousie, the Employee Transit Pass Program, revising the RideShare Parking System, and Dalhousie’s Guaranteed Ride Home Program. In her spare time Caroline volunteers with local community and non-profit groups such as the Halifax Cycling Coalition.

Dan Bayefsky
Planning Intern, 2013   

Dan was a Dalhousie student hailing from Toronto, Ontario.  He graduated from his honours year in the Bachelor of Community Design, specialising in Urban Studies.  Dan's thesis designed a bicycle parking plan for the Agricultural Campus in Truro.

Angelica Ciurlia
Green Labs & Waste Officer, 2012                        



Chad Hiscock

Waste Management Projects Officer, 2012


Chad Hiscock was a Masters of Environmental Studies (MES) candidate for 2012 in the School for Resources and Environmental Studies (SRES) at Dalhousie University. His research investigated the economic and environmental costs and benefits of implementing different waste management options/systems at Dalhousie. He has worked with the Office of Sustainability on waste management projects as well as Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS). Chad researched different opportunities for the University to decrease the tonnage of material going to the landfill from within the existing material streams. In his spare time Chad enjoys surfing, traveling, and creating music.

Mohsin Rizvi
Energy Efficiency Officer
, 2012

Mike Petrosoniak
Energy Systems Officer, 2012



Diane Connors

Communications Officer, 2011-2012

Diane was a Masters student with the Dalhousie School for Resources and Environmental Studies.  She completed her Bachelor of Design with the University of Alberta and pursues using design to better communicate sustainability issues and information to people.  Her academic interests include fisheries and oceans issues, community based management, and sustainable development in areas with high conservation value. Diane enjoyed working at the Office of Sustainability and helping the Dal campus become a greener place.

Trisha Dempsey

Communications & Education Officer, 2009-2011

Trisha Dempsey was a MA student in Social Anthropology. She has cultivated her environmental interests outside her formal education through monitoring tree growth in Kejimkujik National Park, researching green buildings in Halifax for the Ecology Action Centre, and assisting with the development of eco-tourism projects in Costa Rica as a component of an Environmental Leadership Program. Trisha enjoys the outdoor environment by hiking trails, running in Point Pleasant Park, and creating art with natural materials.

Derek Robinson

Office Summer Staff, 2011

Derek Robinson was a student with the School of Planning completing a degree in Community and Urban Design with a minor in Environmental Studies. He enjoys photography, music and fashion. Throughout his career he hopes to better integrate human and natural systems while designing more livable and sustainable neighbourhoods and communities.

Kathrin Munro

Projects Officer, 2011

Kathrin Munro completed her MSc from Memorial University in Environmental Science. Her research examined Boreal Owl habitat associations in western Newfoundland and how habitat suitability may change over time given various forest harvesting techniques. She worked with the Office of Sustainability on multiple projects, including Dalhousie’s natural environment plan and a university-wide waste audit.

Neil Gillis

Office Summer Staff, 2011

Gary Davidson

Waste Management Projects Officer, 2010-2011

Gary Davidson is a recent MREM graduate from the School for Resource and Environmental Studies here at Dal. He worked with the Office of Sustainability on waste management projects including conducting waste audits, working on forming a waste management plan, and designing a best practices manual for use by the ICI sector in Nova Scotia. He also worked at Dal as a TA and was actively involved in the Dal Toastmasters club where he served as club president. In his spare time, Gary enjoys playing guitar, playing golf, and travelling.

Heather Elliott

Programs Officer - Sustainability Certificate Program, Summer 2010 

Heather was a Master of Environmental Studies student in the School for Resource and Environmental Studies (SRES) at Dal. While her academic research focused on students and sustainability in higher education, her work with the Office of Sustainability was focused on designing a certificate program for Dalhousie staff concerning sustainability. Heather was the VP External of the Dalhousie Association of Graduate Students (DAGS), co-chair of the SRES Student Society and a volunteer with various environmental groups including the Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter, Young Naturalists' Club of Nova Scotia, the New Brunswick Environmental Network and SustainDal.  

Christopher Boyle

Education Officer for the Office of Sustainability, 2009

Christopher Boyle completed a Masters degree in Resource and Environmental Management at Dalhousie.  His main passions in life are environmental education and community development. He has worked for a variety of non-profit organizations on many interesting projects and he was delighted to be able to work at the Office of Sustainability as the Communications and Education Officer.

Erica Fisher

Climate Change Co-ordinator, 2010


Erica graduated with a Master of Resource and Environmental Management student in the School for Resource and Environmental Studies. Her work for the office focused on climate change, especially understanding what a changing climate might mean for the Dal campus and community. In her spare time Erica is interested in sustainable living, and is also an urban ecosystem enthusiast!

Charles Harrington

Projects Officer for the Office of Sustainability, 2008-2010


Charles is a Materials Engineering graduate from Dal. He worked with the Office of Sustainability since the summer of 2008, beginning as an environmental auditor. His position of projects officer allowed him to be involved with a number of exciting processes such as campus upgrades and sustainable transportation planning. Areas of interest are renewable energy technologies and green buildings. Recreational enjoyments include hiking, camping and cycling.

James Steenberg


James has worked on collecting data for the natural environment inventory, participating in planning and conducting nature walks for the Office of Sustainability.

James Steenberg was MES graduate from Dalhousie’s School for Resource and Environmental Studies. His areas of expertise are forest ecology and management, climate change, urban forests, and GIS/modelling. He wrote HRM’s Urban Forest Master Plan with Dr. Peter Duinker. He has been involved in a review of climate change and sustainable forest management for the federal government, and field work for the Nova Scotia Nature Trust.

Matt Follet

Matt Follet was a team leader for natural environment plan, and he is a trained aborist with many years of experience. In his spare time, Matt can be found climbing trees!


Meaghan Richardson

Idle-free project staff, 2009-2010



Meaghan Richardson has an environmental science degree and has worked in the environmental analytical field. Meaghan worked with the Office on the idle-free project.

Milena McWatt

Sustainability Events Planner for the Office of Sustainability, 2008-2009

Milena McWatt completed her Master of Resource and Environmental Management program at SRES.  Her interests are centralized around environmental education, branching out to urban agriculture and international development.  Milena enjoyed working at the Office of Sustainability helping to coordinate special sustainability events (and occasionally riding her bicycle around campus in the Dalhousie Tiger suit).

Keren Lifshitz

Sustainability Events Planner for the Office of Sustainability, 2008-2009

Summer Staff 2008

Back row (L-R): Yuxia Dong, Jesse Joice

Front row (L-R): Charles Harrington, Jamie Tax, Victoria Goodday