SPF Governance Council

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Selection Process: Governance Council (GC)

The Sustainability Projects Fund (SPF) Governance Council ensures the fulfilment of the SPF’s mandate to build a culture of Sustainability on McGill campuses.

In addition to being responsible for the Governance & Administration of the SPF, they are also the body that determines which projects ultimately receive funding.

The GC is composed of eight voting members and two non-voting members. Its voting members reflect the same parity as the fund itself – half students and half staff.

The four student representatives include:

Two Student's Society of McGill University representatives 

Matthew McLaughlin

Matthew is policy wonk with a dedication to fighting climate change. Since starting his studies at McGill in 2017, he has been involved on campus through a number of organizations including the McGill Policy Association and the Students’ Society of McGill University. After graduation, Matthew hopes to pursue environmental action through a career in climate policy, with a focus on urban sustainability.

Léa Neumark-Gaudet, B.C.L./JD Candidate

Interested in the intersection of urban planning, law, and public policy, as well as the fight against climate change, Léa has participated in a number of sustainability initiatives throughout her studies. Prior to entering McGill, Léa completed a DEC in Environmental Studies at Dawson College, an undergraduate degree in Urban Planning at the Université du Québec à Montréal, and finally a Master’s in Environmental Assessment at Concordia University.

One Post-Graduate Students' Society representative

Casey Cohen, Ph.D., Experimental Medicine

Casey’s research focuses on peanut allergies, evaluating different processing methods and their effect on allergenicity. He is located at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC), Glen site. He has been an advocate for sustainability for the majority of his time at McGill, serving as a member of both the SSMU and PGSS Environment Committees throughout his undergraduate and post-graduate degrees. This is Casey’s third year working with the SPF, acting as an ambassador and played a large role in the 2019 PGSS SPF referendum, extending the SPF mandate for an additional 5 years.

One Macdonald Campus Students' Society representative

Karl-Antoine Hogue, Environmental Biology

It is with great enthusiasm that I am joining the Sustainability Project Fund as the Macdonald Campus student representative. I am currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Biology with a keen interest in nature conservation. As a great proponent of sustainability across McGill’s campuses, I am eager to hear the ideas and projects that will be presented this year.


The four staff representatives include:

Two academic staff

Madhav G. Badami, School of Urban Planning and McGill School of Environment

Madhav has a joint appointment in the School of Urban Planning and the MSE. He is also a core faculty member in the inter-faculty BA&Sc programme in Sustainability, Science and Society at McGill. His teaching and research interests are in the areas of environmental policy and planning; urban transport; alternative transport fuels; urban infrastructure and services; and environment and development.

Cynthia Kallenbach, Assistant Professor, Department of Natural Resource Sciences:

Cynthia Kallenbach joined McGill’s Department of Natural Resource Sciences as an Assistant Professor in 2018. She has two MSc from University of California-Davis in International Agriculture Development and in Soil Biogeochemistry and completed her PhD from the University of New Hampshire in Earth and Environmental Science. Her research integrates soil ecology and biogeochemistry to understand soil organic matter turnover and accumulation and microbial-plant interactions affecting carbon and nutrient cycling under land use and global change.

Two administrative staff

Brett Hooton, Director, Communications and Operations, Office of the Vice-Principal (Research and Innovation)

Brett oversees the day-to-day functions of the Office of the Vice-Principal (Research and Innovation), which supports all aspects of McGill’s research enterprise. Sustainability informs and drives much of his work in this role, as it is both an institutional strategic priority as well as a core commitment to how the University and its faculty conduct research.

Merika Ramundo, Communications Officer, McGill University Library

Merika joined McGill Library in 2010. She has over twenty years of experience in the fields of marketing, communications, and public relations in both the not-for-profit and for-profit sectors. Merika writes, creates, and distributes content that promotes the Library’s services, resources and activities. Her interest in the SPF started in the spring of 2017 when Merika collaborated with student Amélie Lemieux & SPF to start the jointly funded McGill Little Free Libraries initiative.


The two non-voting members include:

  • Executive Director of the McGill Office of Sustainability, co-facilitator
  • SPF Steward, co-facilitator

The GC members are selected based on their level of engagement within the McGill community, their understanding of sustainability, and their expertise. The group meets approximately once a month during the academic year.

For more information, please see the PDF icon SPF Governance Council Terms of Reference

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