Jennifer O’Connor (President) runs an environmental research program at FPInnovations, the Canadian national forest products research institute that originated the work now carried on by the Athena Institute. She is currently on loan from FPInnovations to serve temporarily as President of the Athena Institute as it goes through an organizational transition. Ms. O’Connor has been working in construction-sector sustainability since 1983, with a background in both architecture and engineering and diverse multidisciplinary roles in research, design, analysis, consultation and technology transfer in Canada and the U.S. Read CV>
Jamie Meil (Managing Director) is a co-founder of the Athena Sustainable Materials Institute and prime developer of its Impact Estimator software. Mr. Meil oversees Athena client based-services and directs Athena’s core research program. He is a resource economist and an internationally-recognized LCA expert with additional extensive experience in life cycle costing (LCC) and on methods for combining LCA impact indicators and LCC measures in a decision-making framework. Mr. Meil has completed numerous government research and private consulting projects dealing with manufacturing efficiency, resource utilization, green building, international competitiveness, economic feasibility of new technologies, market research, strategic planning, carbon footprinting and environmental life cycle assessment. Read CV>
Wayne Trusty (Past President) is a co-founder of the Athena Sustainable Materials Institute. In 2011, Mr. Trusty stepped down from daily operations of the Athena Institute but remains highly involved with several Athena activities. Mr. Trusty has over 40 years consulting experience on a wide spectrum of subjects including the environment, resource industry economics, water resources, transportation, energy policy and markets, and regional development. He has served as economic advisor on projects such as the Canadian Arctic Gas Pipeline project, and has appeared as an expert witness before regulatory bodies in Canada and the United States, with an emphasis on cost-benefit and sustainability aspects of projects. He is a frequent speaker on LCA at sustainable infrastructure and building conferences. Read CV>
Lindita Bushi (Senior Research Associate) is Athena’s principle LCA consultant. Dr. Bushi holds a doctoral engineering degree in life cycle assessment and has over twelve years of international LCA experience, including economic evaluations. She has conducted numerous LCAs in an effort to drive and determine sustainability benefits of industrial processes, products and services. Her LCA experience also extends to a large number of sectors (metals, construction materials, consumer products, energy, transport, recycling, agriculture). She has extensive multi-national experience working with industrial clients, academia, and joint government-industry programs and task forces. Dr. Bushi is a member of Standards Council of Canada (SCC) Mirror Committee of ISO/TC 207/SC 3 on Environmental Labelling, an individual verifier within the International EPD® System and a member of the ACLCA (American Center for LCA) committee for Product Category Rules (PCRs) in LCA. Dr. Bushi has conducted and co-authored numerous carbon footprint projects according to national and international standards and protocols. Read CV>
James Salazar (Senior Research Associate) is the Institute’s primary support analyst on many studies. Mr. Salazar has completed over 20 LCA studies and carbon footprints for building products. He has been responsible for the development of LCA data for use in Athena’s Impact Estimator software, and has worked extensively with the managers of the US LCI Database on submission requirements and data quality documentation.
Grant Finlayson (Research Associate) is a mechanical engineer and information technology professional with extensive experience in fieldwork and in computer modelling and data acquisition with diverse software and hardware systems. Mr. Finlayson is a specialist in LCA assessments for buildings using the Impact Estimator and is a lead Athena researcher on a variety of LCA projects. He is additionally responsible for testing and evaluation of the Impact Estimator for Buildings and provides ongoing support and maintenance of the EcoCalculator for Building Assemblies.
Chris Goemans (IT Manager) has exceptional information technology experience and takes an innovative approach to computer modelling. He has completed numerous private consulting projects dealing with manufacturing, enterprise resource planning systems, product data management systems, business information reporting, websites, and environmental/economic LCA. Mr. Goemans coordinates the development of the Impact Estimator software for Buildings and Highways. His work with Athena also includes web-enabling the Institute’s Life Cycle Cost Calculator, development of a data modelling, gathering and storage tool, and assessments of various building designs using the Impact Estimator.
Matthew Bowick (Research Associate) provides Athena with expertise in LCA for buildings. He is a civil engineer and a LEED® Accredited Professional with experience in structural engineering and project management. Mr. Bowick has conducted significant research on the influence of building envelopes, structural systems, mechanical systems, and geographic locations on the environmental impacts of buildings. He is the primary developer of the Res-BEAT software, used by Athena for LCA studies of residential building stocks.
Rob Sianchuk (Research Associate) is a lecturer at the University of British Columbia (UBC), and provides Athena with building LCA experience. He is an LCA practitioner in both industry and academia. His research focus has been the development of an LCA database of UBC buildings and the integration of LCA into UBC construction planning practices.
Jenny Read (Communications Director) has been with the Athena Institute since 1999. She is responsible for communications both online and in print and edits a variety of Institute reports and other documents. Ms. Read also oversees the administrative operations of Athena and functions as a liaison with the Institute’s Members and its Board of Directors.