CANSEE

Our Team

Executive Board

President

Dr. Katya Rhodes

is an Assistant Professor in the School of Public Administration at the University of Victoria investigating the topics of economic efficiency, environmental effectiveness, and political acceptance of climate change policies. Dr. Rhodes holds a PhD degree in Resource and Environmental Management from Simon Fraser University where she was a Vanier Scholar. Prior to starting her faculty position, Dr. Rhodes worked as a Senior Economic Advisor in the British Columbia (BC) Climate Action Secretariat where she led economic analyses of BC’s climate policies including the provincial CleanBC plan. Dr. Rhodes’ professional experiences also include teaching ecological economics courses at Royal Roads University, analyzing clean technology and green jobs at the Vancouver Economic Commission, developing the provincial policy for the Cumulative Effects Framework in the BC Public Service, and studying public and stakeholder perceptions of BC’s carbon tax at the Pembina Institute.

Vice President

Truzaar Dordi

is an experienced researcher and doctoral candidate in Sustainability Management at the University of Waterloo, working in the fields of climate finance, energy policy, and risk governance. His research examines financial system stability along a low-carbon transition, which is necessary for safeguarding corporate and societal welfare against the high costs of inaction. He is particularly interested in the intersection of finance and ecological economics. His recent publications examine topics of energy transitions, stranded asset risk, fossil fuel divestment, and extreme weather. Truzaar is an energy policy research fellow with the Energy Council of Canada awarded for his work on financial stability.

Secretary-Treasurer

Mojgan Chapariha

is a PhD Candidate in the Lisbon School of Economics and Management at the University of Lisbon. Mojgan’s research interests include the understanding of the linkages between macroeconomics and ecological economics, and the development and application of ecological macroeconomic modelling. Furthermore, she is investigating the use of system dynamics models to measure progress in reaching Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). She is also interested in analyzing and developing models of Circular Economy. Mojgan worked as a research fellow in the Systems Dynamics theme of the Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP). Moreover, she was a Visiting Scholar in the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University. She holds an undergraduate and master’s degree in economics from the University of Isfahan.

Programs Officer

Sarah Ozog

is a Ph.D. student at Simon Fraser University’s School of Resource and Environmental Management. Her research explores the co-existence of climate policy and multilevel government commitments to reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples.  She aims to advance a framework for climate policy integration in the natural resource sector and propose new concepts into existing climate policy evaluation criteria that is based on the recognition of Indigenous rights in Canada.

Communications Officer

Pedro Alguindigue

Pedro is a Research & Development (R&D) Manager at ESG Tree with a Master’s in Sustainability Management from the University of Waterloo. In his Master’s, Pedro researched sustainability regulations, sustainable banking, and sustainable finance. His focus has been on financial stability and financial performance of the banking sector under sustainable practices, and macroeconomic impacts of sustainable finance regulations.

Adivisory Board

Sophia Sanniti

is currently pursuing a PhD in Ecological and Social Sustainability at the University of Waterloo. Her work employs a critical ecofeminist frame to problematize some of the gendered assumptions in ecological economics research and policy proposals. Sophia is particularly interested in exploring the implications of a degrowth imperative for Canadian care workers in the household. She holds a B.E.S. from UWaterloo in Environment and Business studies, and a Masters in Environmental Studies from York University which she completed in partnership with E4A and CUSP.

Dr. Katie Kish

is a research associate for the Footprint Initiative at York University and lecturer of Ecological Economics for the Haida Gwaii Institute at the University of British Columbia. She has a Ph.D. in Social and Ecological Sustainability from the University of Waterloo’s School for Environment, Resources, and Sustainability. She applies her background in complex systems thinking and ecological economics to research on production, labour, and open knowledge commons. She is currently leading a global survey of the role Makerspace play in local economic development strategies. Katie is also working with the municipality of Chatham-Kent on public consultations for community participatory planning.