Meet ISSP Alberta’s New Board of Directors

ISSP AB Board NominationsJulie MacKenzie, Sustainability Consultant at Agrium

Julie brings a wide variety of experience to ISSP.  For the past six years she has contracted to Agrium where she manages their sustainability reporting and survey response processes.  She also supports the Sustainability and Stakeholder Relations department in the development of programs and meaningful metrics, and recently completed an assessment of key performance indicators with recommendations to improve data quality.  Before Agrium, Julie worked for PriceWaterhouseCoopers in their Sustainable Business Solutions group, where she gained expertise in providing sustainability report assurance and auditing EHS management systems in a variety of industries.  These positions directly relate to sustainability but excelling at these positions wasn’t possible without a variety of previous work experiences, including he roles as a Health and Safety Advisor, Production Technologist and Reservoir Technologist in the oil and gas sector.

Julie is passionate about promoting sustainability in Alberta and helping to develop the people and systems to address global sustainability issues.  She is an enthusiastic and dedicated sustainability professional with strong collaboration, communication and analytical skills. She looks forward to contributing to the professional development and networking opportunities through ISSP Alberta.

Andrew Doherty, P.Eng, , Vice President at ProSolve Consulting Ltd.

Andrew has over 15 years of industry experience in working with multiple organizations throughout Alberta, including senior management positions in the areas of Supply Chain Management, Continuous Improvement, and Consulting.  Andrew is currently the Vice President & Senior Industrial Engineer with ProSolve Consulting Ltd. (based out of Edmonton) and is driven to “Help other people and organizations become more successful than they ever thought possible”.  In working with multiple organizations, Andrew has realized the importance of having ONE strategy rather than multiple strategies/plans that can compete with one another for resources and focus.  Frequently, organizations develop a Financial/Business Plan, Operations Strategy, Growth Strategy, Continuous Improvement Strategy, as well as individual departmental priorities to focus on…and now where does Sustainability fit in?  Andrew has seen firsthand the importance of Sustainability and the need for the various components to be integrated into an organization’s ONE strategy.  Andrew wants to serve on the Board for ISSP’s Alberta Chapter to:

  1. Learn more about Sustainability and make connections with resources that are passionate and committed to Sustainability.
  2. Bring a business/industry perspective to the Board in terms of how to help Alberta organizations integrate, and implement Sustainability into their planning and operations.

Michelle Gairdner, CLGM, Manager of Environmental Stewardship at City of Grande Prairie

Michelle is a current member of ISSP and works in the profession in her capacity as the Manager of the Energy Management and Environmental Services Department at the City of Grande Prairie.  She has worked in the sustainability industry for the past seven years and has recently achieved her designation as a Local Government Manager (Alberta).

Michelle desires to participate and contribute to the growth and development of ISSP Alberta across the province.

Suzanne Davis – Hall, Bsc (Hons), EP (EMSLA), Director of Environment and Sustainability at Calgary Airport Authority

Suzanne is a practical sustainability professional with 20+ years’ international experience in the mining, energy and aviation industries. Her approach to sustainability can be strategic or tactical depending on the ‘maturity’ of the organization and is focused on building trust, collaboration across disciplines to identify process efficiencies and creating mutually agreeable outcomes.

Her expertise includes:

  • Sustainability reporting
  • Climate change adaptation
  • Energy management and emission reductions
  • Environmental and social impact assessments
  • Integrated management systems
  • Risk management
  • Identification of process improvements
  • Rehabilitation planning-including stakeholder engagement
  • Developing partnerships for community development projects.

She was very proud to be in the first cohort of 30 people to become a Certified Sustainability Professional and is committed to the development of ISSP. She contributed to the preparation of the ISSP-CSP Study Guide and continues to be on the panel of reviewers for the ISSP-CSP applications.

Trina Hoffarth, E.P., ISSP – Sustainability Associate

Trina’s motivation to be a Board Member of the ISSP Alberta Chapter stems from a life-long desire to be serving, learning and sharing what is possible for our future by the way we operate. We know we have incredible potential to serve upcoming generations.  Being a part of a local organization that helps shape, support and influence how that happens is very inspiring and satisfying, particularly because this Chapter is operating in a non-renewable energy industry dominated province.  That industry, along with many others that support the needs of this province, is on the cusp of accepting the criticality of incorporating sustainability into their business strategies, all of whom will require this Chapter’s support, guidance and education. For the past eight years, Trina has been involved in leading and generating solutions to those strategies; including, most recently, developing and executing an oil and gas sustainability plan. As a Board Member, she would bring a diverse, yet strong technical understanding of sustainability challenges in this province, delivered with pragmatic passion and a willingness to serve where necessary for a successful Alberta Chapter of ISSP.


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