Meet our Team
Meet the sustainability team that furthers the College vision of well-being for all and guides the Dawson community as it strives to implement a bold strategic goal:
To be a leading post-secondary institution in promoting sustainability in all its endeavours.
Chris Adam has taught at Dawson for 30 years. He has been recognized for his abilities in the field of education both nationally and internationally, combining his background in wildlife & fish management, education, and leadership training. He coordinates the Living Campus platform at Dawson College, is the president of several public and private organizations, and sits on the board of the Dawson Foundation. His expertise is in communicating environmental issues to the public at large and engaging people of all ages in action projects that contribute to well-being for all.
Jenn de VeraProgram Development
Jenn de Vera was an entrepreneur for 16 years, founding and operating “Ethan’s Playground”, a successful pre-school in Montreal and now anchors the Sustainable Dawson movement at the College. She brings her dynamic work ethic and organizational skills to the Sustainability Office and is, amongst other responsibilities, coordinating volunteers, planning major events, making sure the Dawson gardens are thriving, and outreach is taking place in schools from pre-kindergarten to universities. Jenn has a BA in Community Studies and is completing a Masters of Education in Sustainability, Creativity and Innovation. She has completed her Sustainable Happiness Facilitator training certification and has co- lead a peer to peer SH introductory course in 2020 for Dawson support staff. She is an avid gardener and biker.
Quality Assurance & Planning Office
Staff on Leave
Kinga has been working at Dawson College for 12 years, mostly in supporting program evaluations. She uses her organizational skills to give order and clarity to projects she is involved with. She considers it a privilege to work in the sustainability field. Her childhood dream was to drive a street vacuum! Her work at Dawson is allowing her to have a much larger – and gas-free – impact on the environment.
Katherine McWhaw is the Coordinator of Quality Assurance and Planning. She was involved in the development of the College’s current Strategic Plan and is also responsible for monitoring its implementation, which includes meeting Dawson’s sustainability goal. Her office is the first non-academic department within Canada whose staff completed a course in Sustainable Happiness. Prior to Dawson, Katherine was as a research coordinator with the Centre for the Study of Leaning and Performance at Concordia University She has published in several peer-reviewed journals. She holds a Master of Arts in Educational Technology. Outside of work, Katherine is a passionate tango dancer. She has completed her Sustainable Happiness Facilitator training certification and has lead a peer to peer SH introductory course in 2020 geared to Dawson managers.
Office of Academic Development
Julia LijeronPedagogical Councellor
Julia works in the Office of Academic Development where she coordinates the Faculty Hub, a teacher resource center. She contributes to Academic Matters as an Editorial Team member, supports the Communities of Practice in planning and coordination and is part of a faculty development strategic planning team. She is a member of Senate, the Sustainability Advisory Committee, the Communications Advisory Board and the College Strategic Plan Steering Committee and Graduate Profile Sub-Committee. Her experience includes teaching, marketing, communication, program development and revision. Julia credits her Latin roots for her positive outlook and optimism. Family, friends and loud music make her happy!
Ian MackenzieCurriculum design
Ian is the project lead for the Learning Communities initiative and the founding director of Writing in the Disciplines at Dawson. He teaches courses on nature and environmental writing and rhetoric, and recently collaborated with Doug Smyth to combine a Phys Ed outdoor education intensive with an environment-focused English course, "Into the Wild." He has also worked over the years to connect Sustainable Dawson co-curricular activities with classroom projects in BXE Ecological Literacy. If he's not working indoors at Dawson, he's likely outdoors running, hiking, cycling or skiing.
Azra KhanProfessional Development
A consummate ‘academic’ with a passion for cities, social justice and education, Azra has worked as a teacher, researcher, and human rights fieldworker in educational institutions and international organizations in Montreal, London and Jerusalem. She is friendly, curious, and is mother to two boisterous young people that keep her laughing. Azra works at Dawson in the department of Human Resources, where she aims to connect people and innovative initiatives across the college. She has completed her Sustainable Happiness Facilitator training certification and has co- lead a peer to peer SH introductory course in 2020 for Dawson support staff
Web Professional (Analyst)
Chris uses his background in psychology, marketing, and information technology to develop and design Dawson’s web platform. He brings both his experience in consulting for IT firms and in founding a web development marketing business to his work helping Dawson share its leadership in sustainability with others.
Cesar MaldonadoExternal - Sustainability Consultant
Cesar is a sustainability standards, compliance, and policy consultant with 18+ years of experience in design, construction, field supervision, and quality control. He helps nonprofit, and private organisations in Canada, Mexico, and Colombia align with existing industry standards and stay in the forefront of environmental sustainability change while meeting UN sustainable development goals. He works with researchers and managers developing plans, setting goals, and implementing changes. Some of the actions include mapping sustainability content in programs, activities, and plans; implementing an inventory of relevant course offerings; tracking pertinent organisational data; promoting, and fostering sustainability solutions for energy efficiency, water conservation, green building, and waste management.