Our Instructors

Dr. Vadim Bostan (Academic Coordinator, Environmental Engineering Science) investigates the relationship between temperature and algal community structure in an attempt to address the potential increased risk of primary producer blooms in freshwater environments due to global warming, with a focus on cyanobacteria. Other interests and initiatives include building up an exhaustive bibliographical database covering the topic of shifts in phototrophic communities as a consequence of changes in environmental factors, and ecotoxicological projects involving the impact of different residues on whole organisms and on multi-species biological communities.

Tom Esakin arrived at his passion for sustainable development through four distinct career paths: the Canadian political arena, NGO field, academic community, and corporate sector. With an MA in Sustainable Development from Staffordshire University, UK, his specialties are Leading (Governance) for Sustainability, Educating for Sustainability, and Strategic Management for Sustainability (Sustainability Planning and Sustainable Development Strategies). As principal of Sustainability Change Solutions and director-general of Sustainability Change Solutions de México, S.A. de C.V., Tom helps clients identify new revenue streams and mitigate the corporate risk of clients through the application of sustainability gap analyses and risk assessments, public engagement/participation processes for sustainability (CSR), and educational programming for sustainability. Previously, he was engaged as: executive director of the Canadian Institute for Environmental Law and Policy (CIELAP); a professor at the Universidad del Caribe; and the inaugural executive director for the sustainability-focused Clayoquot Biosphere Trust, the administrative arm for the Clayoquot Sound UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. His personal website dedicated to sustainable development issues is at www.thomasesakin.com.

Susan Laskin (Academic Coordinator, Applied Digital Geography and GIS) has interests in the impact of GIS on cartography and visualization of spatial data, Susan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies. She received her M.A. from the University of Toronto.

Dr. Yew-Thong Leong (Academic Coordinator, Architecture) is Associate Professor at the Department of Architectural Science, and is cross-appointed to the Yeates School of Graduate Studies and The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education. He is a member of the Royal Architectural Institute of Architecture, the Ontario Association of Architects, Past-Chair of the Toronto Society of Architects, a Scientific Member of the International Association for Cybernetics, and a Fellow of the International Institute for Advanced Studies. Yew-Thong is also a Managing Director of an architectural practice that specializes in the design of educational institutions, and he has practised internationally.

Dr. Satya Mohapatra specializes in environmental sustainability and sustainable water resources management. With a PhD in Environmental Chemistry, Satya has extensive experience in environmental policy, sustainable development training, and applied environmental research. He has worked with Ontario Nature and the Canadian Institute for Environmental Law and Policy (CIELAP) in Toronto. Satya has also worked with the South Asia Regional Office of UNESCO in India and UNESCO Institute for Water Education, The Netherlands, in addition to providing consultancy to a number of environmental management and climate change projects. He has published several research papers in international scientific journals including Journal of Environmental Management, International Journal of Water Resources Development, Water Policy, The Environmentalist, Journal of Environmental Systems, Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, and Journal of Environmental Science and Health. He has also presented papers at conferences in North America, Asia, and Europe.

Dr. Reg Noble (Academic Coordinator, Food Security) is an independent consultant on sustainable livelihoods and community development issues. His work as a consultant has been for international development agencies such as DANIDA, DFID, FAO, GTZ, IFAD, NORAD, UNDP, and OXFAM. He is also a research associate of Ryerson’s Centre for Studies in Food Security, a workshop facilitator and trainer in collaborative learning approaches for sustainable environmental management, and a member of the nonprofit International Support Group (ISG) and until recently one of its board members. Reg has been a university teacher for over 30 years, starting in ecology and natural resource management, and moving latterly to food security and sustainable livelihoods.

Dr. Tatiana Okunskaya has acquired unique expertise and qualifications over many years of business development, good governance, and sustainable development. Tatiana’s education includes a doctoral degree from Tashkent State University of Economics; post-doctoral training from the University College London School of Slavonic and East European Studies; the Good Governance Certificate course from Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.; and several other training programs. Her most significant engagements over the last 20 years include: executive director, American Chamber of Commerce in Uzbekistan;office director, International Monetary Fund Mission in Uzbekistan; head of marketing and public relations, National Bank of Uzbekistan; and associate professor, Tashkent State University, Uzbekistan.

Dr. Dagmar Rajagopal (Academic Coordinator, Economics) was formerly the chair, Department of Economics (Ryerson University). Dagmar currently serves as the coordinator for the Chang School’s certificates in economics. She obtained her PhD from the University of Toronto.