Heather McShane
(Program Director & Catalyst-in-Chief)

Heather McShane holds a Masters’ degree from Aberdeen, Scotland, and a Ph.D. from McGill University in Soil Chemistry. Her Ph. D. specialises in environmental toxicity of metals, specifically the effects of engineered nanomaterials on soil organisms. Her background experience is broad, and includes consultation Environment Canada, and over 20 years of international experience as an information technology manager and project manager in a wide range of industrial settings. Outside of McGill, Heather is a Board Member of the Montreal City Mission, the oldest not-for-profit organisation in Montreal, and a mentor for Women in STEM for YES Montreal. As the Catalyst-in-Chief for the McGill Sustainability Systems Initiative, Heather is responsible for moving the MSSI from vision to reality.

Contact: heather.mcshane[at]

Larissa Jarvis
(Research Associate)

Larissa's background is in Environmental Sciences (BSc, Concordia '09) and Water Resource Management (MSc, McGill '12). Before joining the MSSI team, she worked with the Land Use and Global Environment (LUGE) lab at McGill and the University of British Columbia. Larissa's interest in sustainability research began through work as an organizer with the student led Sustainability Research Symposium here at McGill. 

Contact: larissa.jarvis[at]



Nicole Middlemiss
(Administrative Assistant)

Nicole Middlemiss has been involved with research administration for more than ten years, both at McGill and at the Centre de recherche du CHUM. Most recently she has served as the program coordinator for the NSERC-CREATE Training Program in Neuroengineering and as the administrative assistant for Healthy Brains for Healthy Lives. She provides support to the MSSI research themes and committees, as well as manages the daily activities and logistics of MSSI.

Contact: mssi[at]


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