Aishwarya Mohan – Research Assistant Bioproducts
Alison works with the Centre's Green Mining Technologies Research Program in association with Yava Technologies Inc.
Alison received her Engineering Diploma from Cape Breton University and a Bachelor of Engineering - Chemical Engineering from Technical University of Nova Scotia.
Andrew Crowell, M.Sc. – Bio-products Researcher
Beth Mason – CEO (Interim) & Industrial Research Fellow in Bio-products
Dr. Mason is the Verschuren Centre's CEO and is leading the VC team toward finding innovative and sustainable solutions to energy and environmental issues facing our community and the world today. She believes that successfully managing the environmental legacy of Cape Breton's former industrial activity and developing sustainable sources of clean, renewable energy are key to economic stability in our communities.
Dr. Mason's focus in bio-products involves evaluation of locally available by-product resources to identify processes and transformations to add value and extract higher value components for industrial commercialization with the aim of improving economic sustainability of local industry. She brings experience from industry, private business and government in the areas of feed, food, and bio-energy platforms. A particular focus has been on valorization of food industry by-products through recycling into feed, fertilizer, bio-energy, and bio-fuel.
Dr. Mason received a Masters and Ph.D. from the University of Alberta in the areas of animal nutrition and physiology, and simulation modelling.
Bruce Gordon Hatcher, B.Sc, M.Sc., Ph.D. – University Chair in Marine Ecosystem Research, and Director of the Bras d’Or Institute
Bruce is an ecologist who explores the Island’s marine and estuarine ecosystems and applies the resulting knowledge and skills to ecosystem-based management in the Bras d’Or Biosphere, Sydney Harbour and the Atlantic coastal zone. Educated as a benthic ecologist and oceanographer in Australia, Canada and the United States, he has 32 years post-doctoral experience in marine science and as a leader of a wide variety of grant and contract-funded research and development projects world wide. His primary expertise lies in the application of ecological theory, empirical analyses and quantitative methods to the better understanding and prediction of marine ecosystem function. He uses synoptic ecological tools (remote sensing, numerical modeling & GIS) for the analysis of ecological connectivity and management decision support in coastal ecosystems.
Bruce builds capacity for research and development in universities and the public and private sectors. He has trained 80 graduate students at 5 Universities in 4 countries, and continues to help young scholars and practitioners make an impact. He has published more than 86 peer-reviewed scientific papers and prepared in excess of 72 technical reports. No “arm-chair ecologist,” Bruce has worked in 25 countries and six seas, logging more than 800 days at sea and 2,000 hours working underwater.
Chris Power, Ph.D, Research Geoscientist – Mine Water Management
Collins Ngano, Ph.D., Post Doctoral Fellow – Applied Nanotechnology
Debi manages the Centre's administrative requirements, which includes monitoring work processes and coordinating assignments and events. She is also responsible for communications and human resource administration within the Centre. Debi regularly liaises with staff, community, government and industry regarding VC projects and programs and manages the VC Advisory Board requirements. She supports the advancement of the Centre through participating in both internal and external functions and serving on various committees.
Phone: (902) 563-1292
Dennis Curry, Research Assistant – Applied Nanotechnology
Edward Cross, Research Scientist
Edward works with the Centre's Green Mining Technologies Research Program in association with Yava Technologies Inc.
Edward received his Bachelor of Science (Honours) – Chemistry from Cape Breton University focusing on the synthesis of novel catalysts for chemical transformations. He earned his Master of Science in Micro- & Macro- molecular Sciences (Chemistry) from University of Prince Edward Island where he studied the development of biodegradable plastics. After completing his MSc, Edward returned to CBU to conduct research within the Department of Chemistry while collaborating with local industry before beginning his position at the VSCEE.
Elizabeth MacCormick, Research Assistant – Bioproducts
Karla provides support services in the Verschuren Centre labs and works closely with the Industrial Chairs, assisting with sampling, field work, and various lab procedures. Previously Karla worked in Northern Canada.
As Industrial Research Chair in Environmental Remediation, Dr. Oakes is involved with examining the long-term integrity of managed sites through remediation technology. His research focuses on understanding and predicting the impact and fate of chemicals in the environment. This includes working with the Centre's Mine Water Management Chair to assess ecosystem risks of mine water discharges in relation to their impacts on freshwater aquatic systems. Ken's portfolio also includes conducting and developing research related to emerging environmental technologies – nanotechnology and biosensors.
Dr. Oakes graduated from Sir Sandford Fleming College in Lindsay, Ontario, with a Fish and Wildlife Technologist diploma. He completed his BSc (specialized honours - Fisheries Biology) at the University of Guelph and holds PhD in Zoology from the University of Guelph.
Dr. Martin Mkandawire joined the Verschuren Centre as Industrial Research Chair of Mine Water Management in October 2012. The Mine Water Chair position was created in partnership with Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation to gather and develop best practices on all aspects of mine water management. Dr. Mkandawire's program examines options around the natural, passive discharge of flooded mine water – offering the potential to greatly reduce future management costs in Cape Breton and other mining sites around the world. This area has the additional commercial potential to use the mine water as a geothermal renewable energy source. The core focus of mine water research is to manage mine pools at former mine sites by cost-effectively mitigating environmental damage. The Centre's mine water management and environmental remediation chairs collaborate on several projects.
Martin holds a DSc in biogeochemistry, as well as a PhD in Environmental Engineering/Chemistry, from the University of Dresden, Germany. He received a Master of Science (specialising in radioecology) from Technische Universität Dresden (Grade: Distinction - grade 1.0), a Postgraduate Diploma in Environmental Management, Technical University of Dresden, and a B.Sc. (majoring in chemistry with minor in biology and mathematics) from the University of Malawi.
Murugan Ramasamy, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow – Mine Water Mgmt.
Pablo Quiñonez, Manager, Sustainability Training
Pablo is the newest member of the VC team, working within our Atlantic Eco-Efficiency Centre as Manager, Sustainability Training. His expertise in sustainability, project management, and environmental management systems is invaluable in attracting new business development opportunities. Pablo has been instrumental in building this project since its inception and we look forward many new collaborations.
Stephanie Collins, Ph.D, Postdoctoral Fellow – Bioproducts
Stephen manages the Centre's laboratories, ensuring the equipment is operating efficiently and scheduling activity in the lab spaces. He is also responsible for performing and documenting procedures and experiments to support the development of new and existing bio-products, separations, and bio-process development. He is currently involved with the Centre's willow demonstration project, seafood waste testing, and converting biomass to activated carbon for water purification.
Stephen received his BSc. (Honours - Biology) from Cape Breton University and holds a MSc. (Agriculture) from Dalhousie University.
Subin Raj, Research Assistant – Bioproducts
Trevor has a range of experience in materials science and materials processing. He works with the Yava Technologies group to advance their leach mining technology into commercial operation and is currently working on profitably recovering valuable metals from furnace dust in the steel-making industry, which is now being landfilled at high cost. Trevor also leads the lithium-ion battery cathode material research project.
Trevor received his BSc (Honours - Astronomy & Physics) from Saint Mary's University and holds a MSc (Physics) from Dalhousie University.
As Research Chair in Applied Nanotechnology, Dr. Zhang developing and applying nanotechnology to address the emerging health, environmental and energy issues. His research focuses on interfacing biomolecules to various nanostructured materials for environmental sensing, e.g., colorimetric sensors for heavy metals in water. Similar technologies are to be developed for cancer diagnostics and treatment. Another important aspect of his work is the nanostructured photo-catalyst. His vision is to develop efficient but cost-effective technologies for removal of organic pollutant and microorganisms from water and air with solar light. In addition, Shine collaborates with the Centre’s Environmental Remediation Chair to assess the eco-toxicity of engineered nanomaterials, and with the Mine Water Management chair on water treatment issues.
Dr. Zhang graduated from the University of Waterloo with a PhD degree in Chemistry. He finished his postdoctoral training in nanotechnology at Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology and the School of Engineering and Applied Science at Harvard University.