Invited Career Panel Guests


Yayne-abeba Aklilu

Yayne Aklilu earned her BSc. in Environmental Physical Sciences at the University of Alberta and her PhD at York University.  Her dissertation included field and laboratory work and focused on understanding the influence of composition and mixing state on the hygroscopicity of fine particulate matter.  After a short stint (~2 years) as a postdoctoral fellow at Environment Canada (now Environment Canada and Climate Change), Yayne joined the Alberta Environment within the Government of Alberta.  She has worked in Alberta Environment and Parks (and its various previous names) for almost 14 years.  In the early years, Yayne’s work focused mainly on analyzing ambient air data with the aim of informing emission management.  Since then her work has included policy development, stakeholder relations, study and monitoring designs, development of mathematical models, while still continuing to work towards unravelling factors influencing air quality in Alberta through data analysis.


Bob Holmes

Bob Holmes is an Edmonton-based science journalist. Originally trained as an ecologist, he has been a correspondent for New Scientist magazine for more than 25 years, publishing more than 900 articles in that time. He is also author of the book Flavor: The Science of Our Most Neglected Sense. 

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Danielle Koleyak

Danielle is currently an environmental project manager with the City of Edmonton. Her role primarily focuses on climate change adaptation and resilience, overall environmental management and environmental policy, and air quality oversight. Danielle has an environmental and conservation sciences background, as well as a masters degree in environmental planning and design, with almost ten years of experience in the environmental profession. 

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Anne Myers

Anne Myers works at the Canadian Ice Core Archive at the University of Alberta as the Ice Core Laboratory Analyst. She completed an MSc and PhD in Environmental and Analytical Chemistry at the University of Toronto where her research focused on the environmental fate of halogenated contaminants. Along the way, she has worked as a technician for Maxxam Analytics, a research associate with the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, and an NSERC Visiting Fellow with the Northern Contaminants Program. In her current role, Anne applies her analytical knowledge to the study Arctic ice core chemistry.


Matthew Ross

Matthew Ross is an assistant professor in the Department of Physical Sciences at MacEwan University. He completed a PhD in environmental and analytical chemistry at the University of Alberta before moving across the river to MacEwan, where he has taught undergraduate courses in environmental chemistry and engaged undergraduates from all levels in student-focused research since 2012. His multidisciplinary research program focuses on understanding the sources, transport, and fate of anthropogenic pollutants in the environment.