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Jean-François MenardCIRAIG_couleur_ENG
Interuniversity Research Centre for the Life Cycle of Products, Processes & Services

Our LCA Workshop is delivered in partnership with the internationally renowned group CIRAIG, the Interuniversity Research Centre for the Life Cycle of Products, Processes and Services. This world-wide renowned Life Cycle Assessment organization is an official partner of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)/Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) Life Cycle Initiative.

Since 2004, the CIRAIG is a renowned strategic alliance program of the Fonds de recherche sur la Nature et les Technologies (FQRNT) as well as the Fonds de recherche sur la Société et la Culture (FQRSC).

The lead trainer, Jean-François Menard holds a Bachelor's Degree in Chemical Engineering from the Ecole Polytechnique de Montréal. He joined CIRAIG's start-up team in 2002. He is now Senior Analyst and has participated in numerous LCA studies in various sectors including aluminium production, waste management, municipal waste treatment, electricity distribution, road pavement and oil sands exploitation. He has extensive knowledge of the most used LCA software and has worked on the development of several LCA courses including graduate student training. Since 2002, he has provided LCA training to hundreds of participants from varied backgrounds.


Stephen Bolessteve_boles
President, Kuzuka

Steve has been active in the climate change community as a scientist and consultant for over 12 years. Steve received his Master of Science degree from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 1998 and spent the next eight years working as a scientist at one of the world's leading climate change research centers at the University of New Hampshire. He has assisted numerous companies with the development of their GHG Inventory including: Saputo, Grocery Gateway, Vineland Estates Winery, Huron County, Avon Maitland District School Board and others.


Sandra TavaresDSC_0015
Principal, Tavares Group Consulting

Since 1995, Sandra's experience has ranged from local EHS management with small firms to global Corporate Social Responsibility management with large multinationals. Sandra, a certified Environmental Management System Lead Auditor, has conducted EHS management and compliance audits throughout Canada, the U.S. and Mexico; she has also recently been accredited by the California Air Resources Board as a Greenhouse Gas Verifier and Electricity Sector Specialist.

 Sandra is an active member of the Canadian Advisory Committees on Environmental Management and Social Responsibility; these committees provide Canadian feedback to the ISO Technical Committees who develop the ISO 14001 and ISO 26000 standards, respectively. Sandra is also a Director of the Board for the Small Business Centre located in London, Ontario. Sandra is a former member of the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment's (CCME) Pollution Prevention Awards Advisory Board and the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters Environmental Quality Committee and former Director of the Board for the Environmental Management Resource Centre for Business.

Sandra earned her M.Sc. (Plant Science/Environmental Science) from the University of Western Ontario, where she returned to lecture at the Masters of Environment & Sustainability programme.


Bruce Taylor, P.Eng.BruceTaylor
President and Founder, Enviro-Stewards

Enviro-Stewards founder, Bruce Taylor, has 14 years of experience in the sustainability and environmental consulting industry. He has extensive experience in measuring the environmental footprint of organizations in industrial, institutional and commercial settings. He has managed wastewater characterization, treatability testing, treatment facility design and implementation, and facility decommissioning, and site remediation projects for semiconductor, aerospace, automotive, nuclear, petroleum, specialty chemical, mining, pulp and paper, electroplating, textile, and food industries.

Larry Freiburgerlarry_photo
Principal and Senior Building Science Consultant, AET Group

Larry specializes in facilitation, consultation and project management on LEED buildings, green design and building energy retrofits to integrate green building technologies into existing and new building systems. He has successfully consulted on a number of LEED projects and managed green building projects. 

He is a graduate of Construction Engineering Technology from Conestoga College of Applied Arts and Technology. He is a LEED Accredited Professional with the Canada Green Building Council and United States Green Building Council, an Energy Advisor with NRCan and has over 40 years experience in construction engineering, project planning, scheduling, budget costing and management. AET is a multi-disciplinary environmental consulting company that provides expertise in waste, ecology, building sciences, energy and environmental management. 

Training Partners

TAP’s suite of sustainability courses is for managers, executives and professionals who need to implement corporate responsibility (CR) programs, report sustainability performance, build trust with stakeholders and drive improvements in organizational performance.  Expert sustainability trainers will help you fill knowledge gaps and update your skills in a collaborative and interactive environment. You will have face-to-face conversations with experts and peers about real world Sustainability Master Course program, complete with a team challenge from one of our case study companies.

Since 2003 The Accountability Project has delivered sustainability practitioner training to more than 500 practitioners in Canada and internationally. We invite you to join us.  Learn more about TAP


The Natural Step is a highly respected provider of learning programs based both on a big-picture, science-based understanding of sustainability and some great insights into how adults learn best.

The Natural Step Canada has helped more than 25,000 people realize their potential as sustainability practitioners and change agents.

Our courses are designed as hands-on, participatory experiences that allow you to learn quickly, apply concepts to real situations, and transfer what you learn to your business, community, or organization.  Learn more about The Natural Step


In 2009, CBSR released the “Transformational CSR Framework and Approach” describing the continuum of CSR performance and characteristics of each stage of development.

In 2012, CBSR revisited this framework, and under the leadership of Coro Strandberg, CBSR Associate, conducted comprehensive research to identify the essential qualities of a Transformational Company fo

r small, medium, and large companies that recognize the need to scale up their sustainability efforts. This framework is meant to provide inspiration and a roadmap for companies in the process of transforming their existing models toward sustainability.


We will continue to advance this work in 2013 and will be hosting a series of nation-wide learning and networking events that define how companies operationalize the Transformational Company qualities. Learn More about Canadian Business for Social Responsibility.



The International Society of Sustainability Professionals is a non-profit, member driven association for professionals committed to making sustainability standard practice.  The organization supports member with research, resources and professional development.  Learn more about the International Society of Sustainability Professionals.




Certificate in Corporate Social Responsibility.  The first of its kind in Canada. Learn more about the Certificate in Corporate Social Responsibility.

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