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Sharmalene Mendis-Millard (she/her) is a mixed-methods geographer who is passionate about non-profits and harnessing the resources of academia for community benefit. She worked for several interdisciplinary research centres that aim to advance community well-being and social justice through community partnerships, program evaluations, and learning opportunities, and helped develop the pilot RAIN program to engage communities in stormwater management at Reep Green Solutions  Sharmalene now focuses on multi-hazard resilient retrofits, and equity in climate risk reduction and adaptation.
Office: evolv1
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Jason Thistlethwaite

Associate Director, Partners for Action

Jason is an Associate Professor in the School of Environment, Enterprise and Development (SEED) at the University of Waterloo, Associate Director, Graduate Studies in the Faculty of Environment, and Associate Director for Partners for Action (P4A). His research focuses on innovative strategies designed to reduce the economic impacts of extreme weather and climate change.
519-888-4567, ext. 39102
Office: Environment 3 (EV3) 4267
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Liton Chakraborty

Research Associate

Liton Chakraborty is a post-doctoral Research Associate at the University of Waterloo. He is a senior policy analyst in the Emergency Management and Programs Branch of Public Safety Canada.  As a lead researcher on socioeconomic vulnerability analysis and flood risk assessments at the Partners for Action (P4A) ’s program, Liton contributed to several research initiatives, such as community-engaged inclusive resilience, flood vulnerability mapping, and developing innovative methodologies on climate change risk assessment emphasizing an equity-centred approach.
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Mohammad Sina Jahangir

Research Assistant

Sina Jahangir is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Waterloo, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, working under the supervision of John Quilty. He is using his expertise in mathematical modeling, hydrology, and computer science to tackle pragmatic, and large-scale problems such as smart and effective flood planning.
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Tyler Hull

Research Assistant

Tyler is a Ph.D. Candidate in Civil and Environmental Engineering and part of the Structural Timber and Applied Research Team led by Dr. Daniel Lacroix. He led two winning structural design competition submissions, including the top prize in the student category of “Build the (Im)possible,” an international competition to increase the visibility of mass timber innovation. His research focuses on the advancement of the wood construction as a sustainable alternative to concrete and steel. 
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Sumana Mitra

Research Assistant

Sumana is a Masters in Climate Change Candidate at the Department of Geography and Environmental Management at the University of Waterloo. With an interdisciplinary background in civil engineering and transport planning, she is currently involved in developing a database of climate change adaptation measures for retrofits applicable to Canadian residential buildings.

Elena Christy

Stakeholder Engagement Coordinator (on leave)

Elena Christy (she/her) supports Partners for Action's stakeholder engagement, communications, and knowledge mobilization. With a background in community and international development, community-based research, and design, Elena is particularly interested in how transdisciplinary engagement can lead to the innovative solutions needed to address some of the world’s most pressing issues and bring about social change.
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