Dr. Juan José Alava

Dr. Juan José Alava is a marine eco-toxicologist, environmental scientist and conservation biologist. He serves as Adjunct Professor at the School of Resources and Environmental Management at Simon Fraser University and works as a Research Associate at the Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries (IOF), University of British Columbia (UBC). His research interests are broad and include the impact and interactions of climate change and pollutant bioaccumulation in marine food webs and ecosystems, environmental toxicology and marine mammal ecotoxicology; food web-bioaccumulation modelling of pollutants. climate change science and mitigation; marine mammals; sea turtles; seabirds; fisheries science and management, climate change, environmental impact and risk assessments, conservation biology; tropical biodiversity and parasitology. He was selected as an Active member of the Academy of Science in Ecuador in 2014.

Dr. Stephen Makonin

Stephen Makonin is an Adjunct Professor in Engineering Science at Simon Fraser University (SFU), a Senior Software Engineer at Knowledge Network, and philanthropist.  He is a member of the SFU Computational Sustainability Lab.  He received his PhD in Computing Science at Simon Fraser University in 2014, and he has been a software engineer for over 20 years working for various local and international clients. He is currently the Vice-Chair of the IEEE Signal Processing Society Vancouver Chapter as well as a Senior Member of the IEEE. His research interests include computational sustainability and the understanding of socioeconomic issues that pertain to technological advancement. He is an expert in data engineering and a world-renowned researcher in non-intrusive load monitoring (NILM) and disaggregation. Philanthropic work includes student scholarships (for aboriginal students in engineering) and mentoring.