RESEARCH PARTNERS & FELLOWS

The Verschuren Centre represents a significant step toward building a profile to establish Cape Breton University as a leading edge facility and our efforts to bring sustainable industry development to Cape Breton Island.  Verschuren Centre fellowship affiliations greatly enhance the Centre’s research; they play a key role as we work toward transforming our vision into reality.
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Dr. Michelle Adams, PEng.

Michelle Adams is a consultant with Eco Innovations Engineering and Associate Professor with the School for Resource and Environmental Studies at Dalhousie University. She is the former Director of the Eco-Efficiency Centre (Dalhousie) and a Research Fellow at the Verschuren Centre for Sustainability in Energy and the Environment (Cape Breton University).
Dr. Adams is a professional engineer and former naval officer who spent many years as a project manager and consultant in the environmental sector, both nationally and internationally. She has a PhD from Dalhousie University focused on industrial ecology and sustainability strategies for business and industrial operations.  Michelle has a wide range of practical and applied experience, which includes managing brownfield remediation projects in the Canadian Arctic, developing energy and resource efficiency strategies for industry, and making policy recommendations to government agencies.   In recent years, many of Michelle’s advisory and outreach activities have focused on renewable energy/resource efficiency policy and interventions for business and government.   Of particular note, was her involvement   with the stakeholder engagement process that culminated in A New Renewable Energy Strategy for Nova Scotia (co- authored with Dr.  David Wheeler) that was submitted to the NS Dept. of Energy (NSDOE) and underpinned the province’s strategy for meeting ambitious renewable energy targets (25% by 2015, 40% by 2020). Michelle was also appointed the Council of Canadian Academies panel - Impact of Energy Prices on Canadian Industry’s Competitiveness from 2012 to 2014 and continues to inform the NSDOE on policy issues pertaining to community-based energy.
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Fred Beachler

Chief Hydrogeologist, Exp. Services Inc.

Mr. Baechler is the Chief Hydrogeologist and a Senior Hydrologist for Exp Services Inc, as well as an Adjunct Professor at Cape Breton University and a Research Fellow at the Verschuren Centre.   Mr Baechler has over 40 years of experience in evaluating groundwater, streams and climate primarily over Cape Breton, as well as throughout Atlantic Canada.  This has also included assignments and field trips across Canada as well as overseas in Mexico, Europe, Iceland, and Southeast Asia.  Fred was involved with ground and surface water aspects of the Tar Ponds clean-up, starting with the first assessment of the Coke Ovens site in the late 1980s, as well as the second round of investigations between 2000 and 2010 of the Coke Ovens, Tar Ponds, Steel Plant and up gradient MAID landfill site.   This 25 years of site experience focused on delineating the extent of inorganic and organic contamination (including DNAPs and LNAPLs) in groundwater, surface waters, and soils; as well as groundwater stream interaction. This provided input to the environmental impact assessment, as well as design of remedial procedures and long term monitoring programs.

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Denis Lanoë, P.Eng.

Originally from France, Denis Lanoë is a Professional Engineer who graduated from Dalhousie University with a B.Sc. in Math, a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering and an MBA.
Denis started his career at Michelin Tires in New Glasgow in a technical role then moved on to management positions. He then took a position with an international third party distribution company that took him to Western Canada then to Colorado. Denis relocated to the Atlantic Provinces and acquired experience in several industries including food retail, building materials wholesale, metal fabrication and now in the plastic industry where he is the VP of Operations at Copol International Ltd, located in North Sydney.
Denis is a passionate and driven leader and an avid runner who runs marathons and ultra-marathons. Denis is involved in his community, including past involvement in minor hockey, Engineer Nova Scotia and the Cape Breton Partnership.
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Pablo Quinonez, BEng, MBA, MEM

Industry Research Fellow in Training for Sustainability and Industrial Modernization

Pablo’s work focuses on designing, developing and implementing customized learning solutions for strategic industries in global markets. The emphasis is to support local and regional capacity building through the cost-effective knowledge transfer of sustainability, management and technical educational programs applicable within the specific context of such industries. Over the last 3 years he has overseen the successful delivery of traditional and virtual classroom courses for 1,500+ individuals from corporate clients, academia and government agencies related to the Oil & Gas, Mining and Energy sectors. His personal research interests are Industrial Symbiosis applied to agroindustry and sustainable tourism.    

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Mr. Rod Beresford

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Dr. Matthias Bierenstiel

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Dr. Stephanie MacQuarrie

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Dr. Martin Mkandawire

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Dr. Ken Oakes

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Dr. Chibuike C. Udenigwe

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Dr. Alan Critchley

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Mr. Robert MacDonald

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Mr. Glenn MacLeod

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