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Senior Advisors 

Our Senior Advisors are made up of industry leaders and subject-matter experts who bring a wealth of experience in sustainability best practices. We are able to leverage their knowledge and experience to provide our clients with valuable insight. 

Jacques Gerin, P.Eng


Jacques Gérin, a civil engineer with a master’s degree in Regional Planning, has been a manager and an advisor in the fields of natural resources management, economic development and the environment in both the public and private sectors, in Canada and internationally. Formerly with the Government of Canada, he was Vice President of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), Secretary to the Cabinet Committee on Priorities & Planning, Deputy Minister of Environment Canada, and Associate Deputy Minister of Northern Development.   He is a former President of Hatch-Québec and was responsible for the Environment for the Hatch group of companies. 

Jacques accomplishments and contributions include:

  • Chair of the Government-appointed Panel on Ecological Integrity
    of Canada’s National Parks, which recently received the J.B. Harkin Award for Conservation.

  • First Chair of the Joint Public Advisory Committee (JPAC) of the North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC)

  • Governor of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC)


  • Chair of the Board of the International Institute for
    Sustainable Development (IISD)

  • Board member of Engineers Without Borders (EWB)

  • Recipient of the Richard Beatty Mellon Award for lifetime achievement from the Air and Waste Management
    Association (1997)

  • Executive Secretary of an Independent Panel advising the President of the World Bank on a major oilfield development project in Chad and Cameroon (2001-2009)

  • Advisory panel member observing a hydroelectric project in Laos

  • Appointed by the World Bank to the Panel of Experts to review studies related to conveyance of Red Sea waters to the Dead Sea.

  • Advisor to Rio Tinto on a mining project in Madagascar
    (1992 to 2016)

  • Advisor to a Calgary-based oil company


Don Ritz


Don Ritz is a leader in corporate loss mitigation and risk management through the creation and implementation of environment, health and safety policies and programs in the petroleum, mining and construction sectors. Don was Senior Vice President, Safety and Leadership at Barrick Gold Corporation where the developed the Courageous Leadership for Safety and Health, and the company’s leadership development program – Touchstone.  Prior to Barrick, Don enjoyed a successful career with Syncrude that spanned over 28 years in various managerial and senior management roles.  Don’s counsel and expertise are sought by industry, education groups and as a conference speaker.

Don’s other contributions and achievements include:

  • Vice-Chairman of the Alberta Workers’ Compensation
    Board of Directors

  • Past Chairperson of the Advisory Committee for the University
    of Alberta Industrial Safety and Loss Management Program

  • Member of the National Advisory Committee, North American Agreement on Labour Cooperation

  • Chairperson of the Safety Committee, Construction Owners Association of Alberta

  • Executive Member of the Board of Directors, Alberta Construction Safety Association


  • Member of the University of Calgary Risk Communications Committee and member of the Advisory Board, Job Safety
    Skills Society 

  • Recipient of the prestigious Canadian Petroleum Safety Council’s “Achiever/Leadership” Award (1999)

  • Construction Owners Association of Alberta Excellence
    in Construction Safety recognition (2002)

  • International Society of Mine Safety Professionals (ISMSP) esteemed Leadership Award in 2009

  • Mining Industry Roundtable Health and Safety
    Recognition (2010)

  • Recognized as the University of Alberta Stollery Executive
    in Residence in 1999 

Don holds a Bachelor of Science degree (1970) from the University of Alberta.  He has done course work toward a Master’s in Business Administration and is a graduate of the Operations Management Program at the University of Western Ontario School of Business Administration as well as the Executive Development Program, Texas A&M University.


Carole Burnham, P.Eng PhD


Carole Burnham has significantly contributed to the climate change and greenhouse gas emissions considerations (i.e. reductions, management and credit opportunities) for various government ministries and private sector organizations over her 40 year career.  Carole’s experience in sustainable development and environmental policy and planning includes a senior consultant role to Inco and Vale on Environment, Health and Safety strategy development.


She also has a long list of project experiences in environmental impact studies and assessments, and project descriptions for environmental assessment.  Carole has served on the Boards of Air & Waste Management Association and Canadian Environment Industry Association, and is a Fellow of the Air & Waste Management Association. She is a Board Certified member of American Academy of Engineers and a Member of Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario.  Carole holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering and a PhD in Physical Chemistry from McGill University.


Strategic Alliances 

SDC works closely with select partners to deliver additional value to our clients.


Impakt Corp is an innovative consulting firm that helps corporations and
non-profit organizations profit from innovative social change.


Metrio develops and markets Web applications that enable public and private organizations to improve their performance in sustainable development.


IsoMetrix brings together, in a single system, all your requirements
for managing business risk, legal compliance, governance and sustainability.




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