Oliver Bussler 



BA, Royal Military College of Canada
MSc, University of Saskatchewan
Instructor/Facilitator, Distance Ed., School of the Environment, University of Toronto


Oliver is well versed in the world of climate change policy and sustainability reporting. For the past fifteen years he has been engaged with Canadian carbon policy, project development, carbon offset acquisitions, and most recently with sustainability reporting. Specifically, Oliver has experience transacting various offset project types; has negotiated numerous letters of intent and emission reduction purchase agreements; has extensive experience with project verifications, developing project documentation, writing quantification protocols and registering carbon assets.

Oliver is an instructor in the former Carbon Finance Program and continues with the Climate Change Policy and Practice Program. He is also the course developer for Climate Policy and Corporate Responses and the co-developer for Sustainability Reporting.

Oliver holds a Masters of Science degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Saskatchewan and an undergraduate degree from the Royal Military College of Canada. 



Sadia Butt  


PhD. candidate, Faculty of Forestry, University of Toronto

MFC., Faculty of Forestry, University of Toronto

BSc., University of Toronto





Sadia is in her final year of a doctoral degree at the University of Toronto. In her professional and volunteer life she uses and promotes the learning and application of GIS.   Sadia has worked with the City of Mississauga's Forestry Department (5yrs) and Environment Canada's Adaptation, Impacts and Research Group (6yrs). Her research investigates the role of engaged citizens in local level municipal urban forest governance. In her thesis sheintegrates data that is qualitatively and quantitatively derived into GIS in order to characterize the relationship of engagement to spatial parameters.  

Sadia is a Totten Fellow at the USDA Forest Service NYC Urban Field Station and a volunteer with A.C.E.R., an environmental education group, where she enjoys teaching GIS to high school students to store and analyse tree mensuration data. She has been an active member of the Faculty of Forestry's Alumni Executive, serving on the College of Electors. 



Gennedy Gienko

Gennady Gienko

MSc (Photogrammetry and Aerial Surveying), Novosibirsk
PhD (Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing), Moscow
Instructor/Facilitator, Distance Ed., School of the Environment, University of Toronto
Adjunct Faculty, Michigan Technological University, School of Technology, Surveying Engineering Program
Associate Professor, Department of Geomatics, University of Alaska Anchorage.


Dr. Gennady Gienko is the instructor/facilitator for course GEM 402- Geospatial Technologies for Environmental Mapping with GIS. Gennady has been with the program since 2008 and was involved in design and development of the GEM 402. He has been teaching in the online environment for several years in the areas of Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing. At his previous position with the School of Geography at the University of the South Pacific he was developing and teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in Remote Sensing, Geographic Information Systems, and Fundamentals of Geographic Techniques.

Gennady has extensive international teaching, research and consulting experience in Geospatial Science and technologies. He holds the scientific title of Associate Professor in Photogrammetry from his previous academic positions at the department of Photogrammetry and department of Cartography and Geoinformatics at the Siberian State Geodetic Academy, Novosibirsk, Russia. His background in geomatics and photogrammetry, along with 25+ years of research and teaching, helps him to apply recent tendencies and innovations in Geospatial science and technologies to his teaching and research.  Dr. Gennady Gienko is a member of working group on Cartography and GIS for Sustainable Development, International Cartographic Association.

Research Interests:  Integrated Geospatial Technologies, Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing, Geospatial Visualization and Computer Cartography.


Michael GovorovMGovorov

Eng. (Cartography), Russia
MSc (Cartography), Russia
PhD (Automated Cartography), Russia
Postdoctoral Certificate (GIS and Cartography), China
Instructor/Facilitator, Distance Ed., School of the Environment, University of Toronto


Michael Govorov is the instructor/facilitator for the core courses GEM 400- Introduction to GIS for Environmental Management, GEM 401- Advanced GIS for Environmental Management and GEM 402 - Geospatial Technologies for Environmental Mapping with GIS as well as GEM 403- Environmental Remote Sensing and GEM 404 - GIS Modelling for Environmental Applications. 

Dr. Govorov has been with the program since its advent and was instrumental in the initial development of the pilot project from which the distance education program evolved from. He has been teaching in the online environment for over since 2002 At his current position with the Advanced Diploma in GIS Applications of Vancouver Island University, he is preparing and presenting courses in GIS and Remote Sensing for postgraduate and undergraduate students.

Dr. Govorov has extensive international teaching, research and consulting experience in Geographic Information Systems, Digital Cartography and Remote Sensing. His previous academic position was Senior Lecturer and Director of the GIS Unit at the University of the South Pacific, Fiji Islands where he prepared and presented courses in GIS and Remote Sensing at the Department of Geography. Prior to this, he presented courses in Computer Cartography and GIS at the Department of Surveying and Land Studies, Papua New Guinea under a UNDP program. With the Department of Cartography at the Siberian State Academy of Geodesy, Russia, he was the course coordinator for the Bachelor and Master program in Computer Cartography and GIS. He has a broad understanding of current global tendencies in geo-information science areas and applies these perspective to his teaching and research.

Research Interests: web mapping; learning objects; environmental geo-statistical modelling.


Sharonna GreenbergSharonna_Greenburg

B.Sc., Chemistry and Mathematics, University of Toronto
Ph.D., Chemistry, University of Toronto
Instructor/Facilitator, Distance Ed., School of the Environment, University of Toronto
Instructor, Department of Chemistry and Biology, Ryerson University

Sharonna's doctoral and postdoctoral research in chemistry dealt with creating new polymers and finding more environmentally friendly ways to synthesize pesticides and drugs without relying on toxic metal catalysts.  She is currently a professor at Ryerson University, where she teaches several chemistry courses.  Her current research interests focus on teaching and learning in higher education.


Aaron Schroeder, P.Eng.

Principal at Brightspot Climate 


Aaron Schroeder pic


Aaron Schroeder has eleven years of professional experience analyzing, quantifying and auditing greenhouse gas emissions in North America. Prior to forming Brightspot Climate Inc. in 2015, Aaron worked for several years leading a team of greenhouse gas verification and policy analysts across Canada.

Aaron’s professional experience in the climate industry is both varied and comprehensive. Over the last ten years, he has developed the corporate greenhouse gas inventories of a broad range of companies including international wineries, financial institutions, property management companies, municipalities and industrial facilities. His verification experience exceeds 150 greenhouse gas project and facility verifications. These verifications include but are not limited to beef and dairy management, conservation cropping (zero-tillage) and nitrogen fertilizer management reduction projects, as well as renewable energy, waste management and industrial energy facilities.

Aaron is sought after for his expertise devising strategies to bridge the gap between theoretical and practical implementation of methodologies for quantifying, reporting and verifying, and he looks forward to sharing his knowledge with students.


David Sider  David Sider

B.Sc., Honours Geography, University of Toronto
M.E.S., Environmental Studies, York University
Ph.D., Geography and Environmental Studies, University of Toronto
Instructor/Facilitator, Distance Ed., School of the Environment, University of Toronto 


Dr. David Sider is a facilitator/instructor in both the Environmental Management and Water Resource Management Programs and has co-developed several additional courses for the School's Distance Learning Program.  He is also a lecturer/course director at the University of Toronto and York University. 

Dr. Sider has a B.Sc. in Geography from the University of Toronto, a M.E.S. in Environmental Studies from York University, and a Ph.D. in Geography and Environmental Studies from the University of Toronto.

Dr. Sider carried out his PhD fieldwork in India, focusing on community-based approaches to water supply, sanitation, and solid waste management in low-income urban settlements. Previously, he has worked with environmental organizations in Nicaragua, Malaysia, and Canada. His research interests include global environmental change, environmental issues in developing countries, poverty and environment, social capital, civil society, political ecology, and South Asia. Dr. Sider is a member of the Environmental Studies Association of Canada and the Canadian Association of Geographers. 


Ian Sinclair, P.Eng., EurIng, MEng&Man, LEEDAP  



Ian Sinclair


Ian has worked in the energy and water management field since immigrating to Canada from the UK in 1997, focusing on the built environment. He’s worked in a full range of building types: industrial to commercial, campus-wide to multi-residential, in a wide range of service types. These have included energy and water audits, building retrofits, recommissioning, renewable energy studies, measurement and verification, green certification, engineering and project management.

He has worked in a variety of environments and jurisdictions. A small example of clients would include Parks Canada in Banff, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, University of Guelph, Government of Beijing, Oxford Properties, Hospital for Sick Children, Wawakapewin First Nation.

Ian is also an instructor with the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering at the University of Toronto, where he teaches Sustainable Buildings and Terrestrial Energy Systems Management courses in Civil Engineering.    

Ian has a broad personal and professional experience having worked in Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia and North America. He’s worked in the not-for-profit sector, the development industry, mining, automotive and as a consultant.

Outside of work Ian is a competitive runner, a father and enjoys spending time in the great outdoors. 



Lucy Sportza   Lucy Sportza
MA (Planning), University of Waterloo
PhD (Planning), University of Waterloo
Instructor, Department of Geography, University of Guelph
Instructor/Facilitator, Distance Ed., School of the Environment, University of Toronto

Dr. Lucy Sportza is the instructor/facilitator for several courses in the Renewable Energy, Environmental Management and Water Resource Management Programs. She has been teaching in the online environment since 2007 at the University of Guelph. This work includes re-development of online courses, intended for both large and small groups. Lucy has been teaching extensively in the Department of Geography, University of Guelph for the last several years. She has a B.A. from the University of Toronto (Geography - Environment and Resource Studies), and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the School of Planning, University of Waterloo. Her doctoral research focused on planning for urban parks and protected areas, with a focus on Toronto.
Lucy's current interests focus on the use of parks and other types of protected areas as part of overall urban sustainability -- making urban areas healthier and more livable. This includes an interest in evolving forms of urban parks, including green roofs, and urban ecotourism. A long standing theme of her work has been integrating the continually evolving scientific knowledge of what we should be doing to protect our biophysical environment with the necessity of making decisions that also take social, economic and other considerations into account. 



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