Lisa White is an Industrial Professor at the School of Engineering Safety and Risk Management in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Alberta, and has over 15 years of professional and academic experience in Strategic Environmental Assessment, Environmental Risk Assessment, and Environmental Impact Assessment.
She has worked as an environmental consultant for over 11 years as a Project Manager, and in 2013 she received her Ph.D. in the area of Strategic Environmental Assessment for Sustainable Resource Development and Planning from the School of Environment and Sustainability at the University of Saskatchewan under Dr. Bram Noble. She was also awarded an Engineering MSc in the assessment of surface and groundwater contamination potential from point source pollutants in 2006 from the University of Saskatchewan.
Her research applied a strategic decision-making (SEA) framework in support of the development of energy resource policy that operationalized sustainability. This was accomplished by developing quantitative sustainability criteria linked to higher level social, environmental and economic sustainability principles and using an online assessment process to evaluate energy policy options. The structured decision-making framework provided for replicability, transparency, and accountability in the decision-making process; while the use of stakeholder focus groups and an online multi-criteria assessment process allowed for the meaningful participation of multi-party stakeholders.
Dr. White’s most recent relevant project experience includes a Strategic Environmental Assessment for Parks Canada assessing the cumulative environmental impact of industrial development surrounding the Wood Buffalo National Park in Northern Alberta, as well as an environmental risk assessment for Alberta Transportation for a school expansion in Edmonton. Her other corporate experience in environmental management includes Environmental Scans and Reviews; Phase I and II Environmental Assessments; Environmental Impact Assessments; and project management and communications support.
Lisa also manages and leads multi-disciplinary projects and teams, and has been responsible for writing and editing many technical reports.