Our Team

Project Lead (Dr. Mark Winfield)

Co-Chair, Sustainable Energy Initiative (SEI) & MES/JD Coordinator
Coordinator, BES Cert. (Sustainable Energy), BA (Science&Tech Studies), MA/PhD (PolScience)


Dr. Mark Winfield currently focuses his research on electricity, energy efficiency and climate change policy in Ontario.

Before joining FES in 2007, Dr. Winfield was a Program Director with the Pembina Institute, and prior to that Director of Research with the Canadian Institute for Environmental Law and Policy. For more information about Dr. Winfield click here




Co-Investigator (Dr. Calvin “Cal” Lakhan)

Calvin LAKHAN, Ph.D, is currently co-investigator of the “Waste Wiki” project at York University (with Dr. Mark Winfield), a research project devoted to advancing understanding of waste management research and policy in Canada. He holds a Ph.D from the University of Waterloo/Wilfrid Laurier University joint Geography program, and degrees in economics (BA) and environmental economics (MEs) from York University.

Calvin’s current research can largely be divided into four areas: 1) Evaluating the efficacy of municipal policy instruments used to promote waste diversion, 2) Optimizing the recycling system to achieve increased diversion while minimizing material management costs, 3) Examining the role of race and ethnicity as antecedents to recycling behavior and 4) Encouraging pro environmental behavior among minority and marginalized groups, with a specific examination of how structural inequality manifests itself in impeded access to recycling/waste services.

Research Profile: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Calvin_Lakhan/contributions


Faculty of Environmental Studies
York University, Toronto, Ontario

Students Supervising

Sophie Angoh (MEs III)

I am currently enrolled in a Master of Environmental Studies at York University. My research centers on waste management, Circular Economy and Zero Waste principles through the lens of corporate social responsibility. I aspire to help organizations mitigate their waste for a more sustainable future. I love all things nature. My hobbies include rock climbing, cycling and camping.





Daniela Palma (MEs III)

Daniela Palma began her environmental career at a young age by implementing initiatives to protect natural environments from waste contamination. Her advocacy ultimately turned her into a passionate environmentalist. She is currently a 2nd year Master in Environmental Studies student at York University and a Research Assistant with the “Waste Wiki” project. Sustainability, environmental justice, and public participation in waste management are three components of Daniela’s area of concentration in her MES program. In addressing waste management and diversion challenges, she emphasizes solutions that provide social, environmental, and economic benefits. Daniela uses the circular economic model as a guide for sustainability and diversion, with the aim to help society shift the narrative around the idea of waste. A particular focus of her research involves how to influence cultural and social perceptions towards single-use plastics and reusable alternatives.

  • Trevor Ritchie (MEs II)
  • Angela Ditrich (JD/MES 2024)
  • Simon Langer (MEs II)

Project Affiliates

Nana Adjei is a passionate environmentalist with profound interest in waste management, climate change and energy. He holds a Bachelors and Masters  degree in Environmental Studies from York University, Toronto and a Bachelors degree in Geography and Rural Development from KNUST with a minor in Economics, Ghana. He holds certificate in Sustainable Energy from York University, Business Implications of GHG Regulations; Risks and Opportunities for Energy and Carbon Management from CIET and RETScreen International Expert from RER Energy Inc. His Masters project was on “Alternative energy in Ghana- the case of solar PV. His passion for waste begun in Ghana where everything is sent to landfill. He is a proponent of implementing the 3R’s which is reduce, reuse and recycle.

Christie Mallais is a recent Wilfrid Laurier University MA graduate in Cultural Analysis and Social Theory. Her work focuses largely on Indigenous related issues in Canada, such as environmental racism and land disputes as well as intergenerational trauma in marginalized communities.

Christie is an entrepreneur who owns and operates a sustainable landscape company with emission-free tools in Brampton called Hosta la Vista Landscaping + Design. She is passionate about preserving the environment and engaging with her clients while helping them achieve their landscape dreams.

Originally from the Maritimes, Christie’s passion for conservation began at a young age as she grew up in a coastal town and spent much of her youth in the great outdoors. She is saddened to see increasing coastal erosion and deforestation as well as the result of overfishing and hunting by humans in her home province of New Brunswick.