Cape Breton University Announces CSEE Advisory Board

Cape Breton University is pleased to announce the appointment of its Centre for Sustainability in Energy and the Environment (CSEE) Advisory Board. Comprised of a diverse and accomplished group of individuals, the Board’s advice and guidance will be instrumental in turning the CSEE’s vision into reality through an interdisciplinary, collaborative approach to conducting research and business.

Chaired by Dr. A. Kevin Francis, President and Chief Executive Officer of CenterBeam, Board members include J.D. (Jim) Irving, President of J.D. Irving Limited; Dan Christmas, Senior Advisor with Membertou; Dr. Rafik Loutfy, Director, Xerox Centre for Engineering Entrepreneurship & Innovation;  John Lynn, Chief Executive Officer of Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation; George W. MacDonald, Q.C., Counsel in the Halifax office of McInnes Cooper; R. Keith MacLeod, President of Sproule Associates Limited; and  Gail Rudderham-Chernin, Q.C., Rudderham-Chernin Law Office, Inc. Ex-officio members include CBU Chancellor, Annette Verschuren,  President, Dr. John Harker and CSEE Chief Operating Officer, Dr. Ross McCurdy.

President Harker, enthusiastic about the Board’s inaugural meeting, notes that “As CBU embarks on this new path of discovery we do so with confidence as I believe we have recruited an impressive and purposeful Advisory Board. Combining CBU’s ever expanding expertise with the extensive industry knowledge of the Board, I anticipate that CBU will soon be at the forefront of finding innovative solutions to global sustainability issues. As we move forward, I expect to see CSEE involved in key dialogue pertinent to these issues.”

COO Ross McCurdy adds, “The industrial legacy of the Island has not been without consequence, but we are working to transform these liabilities into opportunities, and doing so right here in our community. These solutions are imminent. It is very exciting to have our Board members see our facility first-hand — imagine the possibilities when industry, government and community collaborate. The Board has a full agenda facing them later this week and it speaks volumes that we have been able to attract these highly credible and well connected individuals to work with CSEE at CBU.”

Among its many features, CBU’s Centre for Sustainability in Energy and the Environment  was designed to meet criteria for a LEED Gold Standard designation. Classes and students are now enjoying a new lecture theatre and atrium area.    State-of-the-art labs will be populated in the coming months.   On November 4, President Harker will be joined by representatives of the federal and provincial governments along with CBU senior administration, the university community, industry partners and other supporters to officially open the Centre.

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