Our Team, Sustainability Consulting Experts
Our Team Shares a Commitment to
Sustainability – And to Our Clients’ Success
- Lise Laurin, CEO and Founder
- Nathan Ayer, Senior Sustainability Analyst
- Harnoor Dhaliwal, Senior Sustainability Analyst
- Tom Whidden PhD, Chemistry Fellow
- Jim Lochran, Product Manager
- Holly O. Harris, Latin American Business Development
- Samuel Boduch, Sustainability Coordinator
EarthShift Global’s team helps top-level executives, front-line practitioners, academic researchers and policymakers worldwide achieve their sustainability goals and objectives by providing Life Cycle Assessment software, consulting services, as well as onsite and online training programs that de-mystify the path to sustainability. Our proven approach emphasizes engagement, adaptability and credible, measurable results, and the incorporation of performance-enhancing sustainable thinking into everyday business decisions.
Lise Laurin, CEO and Founder (Woman-owned Business)
Lise is a pioneer in Sustainable Return on Investment (S-ROI) and Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). She founded EarthShift in 2000, adopting these methodologies to support North American industries’ early efforts at sustainability. Lise continues to develop and leverage EarthShift Global’s training, simplified LCA tools and S-ROI tools to build organizational capacity and drive large-scale change. Her unique skillset and knowledge base has put her in demand globally by companies, organizations and governments alike.
Lise is currently the driving force behind the LCA Roadmap, working with the SETAC North America Life Cycle Assessment Advisory Group. She was a member of the UNEP SETAC Life Cycle Initiative team working on Organizational LCA (O-LCA) and advocates for a balanced, holistic approach to LCA within the International Standards Organization (ISO) Technical Advisory Groups for LCA and Ecolabeling.
She continues to develop S-ROI, having broadened the scope from the original Total Cost Assessment methodology to include benefits and impacts to society, and in particular how a decision can be adapted to be a win-win-win solution for all stakeholders. Under Lise’s guidance, the technical team at EarthShift Global produces high-quality, high-value assessments for a range of clients. She also directs EarthShift Global’s software development and support and teaches advanced training courses in LCA, social impact assessment and S-ROI.
Lise is the Vice President of the Sustainability Conocente Network, a member of the board of directors for the ACLCA, a member of the SETAC Steering Committee for the LCA advisory board, a member of the US ISO TAGs on LCA and Ecolabeling and an advisor to the AIChE Institute for Sustainability and Engineers for Sustainability. Lise also serves as chair of General Electric’s Ecoassessment Advisory Board, leading an advisory team that will provide an external perspective on GE’s sustainability activities as well as advising the Ecoassessment Center of Excellence and recommending strategies and next steps to maximize GE’s effectiveness in a rapidly changing world. She holds a BS in Physics from Yale University.
Nathan Ayer, Senior Sustainability Analyst
Nathan brings an interdisciplinary approach to his work, along with a strong background as a professional consultant, academic researcher, and instructor.
He is a certified LCA practitioner under the ACLCA and has been working as a senior LCA analyst for Canadian and U.S. clients since 2009. He leads EarthShift Global’s consulting services by conducting LCAs, chairing ISO critical reviews, developing and delivering LCA training courses, and contributing to software development. Nathan also has experience with other environmental management tools such as Environmental Impact Assessment and has previously worked for government environment departments in Canada.
Nathan is currently a Ph.D. Candidate at Dalhousie University’s Interdisciplinary Ph.D. program. His research includes the use and refinement of LCA to assess emerging wood-based bioenergy systems as substitutes for conventional fossil fuels, and a critical analysis of the potential for these types of alternative technologies to contribute to global sustainability. In a related role, Nathan has also worked as a sessional instructor for a range of undergraduate and graduate university courses in sustainability, industrial ecology, and LCA.
Nathan is recognized for his excellent teaching and communication skills and is frequently invited to deliver guest lectures and has presented his work at several industry conferences.
Harnoor Dhaliwal, Senior Sustainability AnalystHarnoor works with clients on LCA studies - from collecting LCI data and modeling it in SimaPro to interpreting the results and writing ISO-compliant reports. She has also been actively involved in developing and teaching LCA courses, including Impact Assessment Methods, Environmental Mechanisms and Impact Assessment Methods, and Beginning End of Life. Harnoor holds two masters degrees - in Environmental Management and Environmental Policy Studies.
Tom Whidden, PhD — Chemistry FellowTom’s extensive experience in many areas of industrial process chemistry began with training as an inorganic fluorine chemist. At Dow Chemical, he supported a world-scale process plant and researched polymer catalysis and properties; he later moved to Advanced Semiconductor Materials in Phoenix, AZ, where he developed variations on chemical processes for semiconductor production.
In the early 2000s the issue of anthropogenic climate change captured his attention and he spent the next dozen years as director of research for Atlantic Hydrogen Inc., leading development of sustainable processes for hydrogen production (and simultaneously developing expertise in LCA methodologies for retrospective process analysis and anticipatory process screening).
Tom’s academic work includes early participation in nanotech boom as a member of the Center for Solid State Electronics Research at Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, where he investigated nanolithographic patterning science for quantum device fabrication. He later organized and led a joint industry/academia research team with the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, NB, Canada, with a focus on in-situ chemical sensing methodologies and feedback control protocols for use in semiconductor chemical processes.
This background in industrial process development, advanced academic research, and practical process implementation and optimization gives Tom a unique perspective for assisting EarthShift Global’s clients. His strengths will be especially useful in understanding process sustainability issues in existing and proposed industrial chemical processes, including identification of solid proxy data for chemicals not yet in databases.
Dr. Whidden holds a PhD in chemistry and has authored or co-authored over 60 peer-reviewed publication. He served for five years on Canada’s National Sciences and Engineering Research Council’s Strategic Projects Grant Committee, and is currently an adjunct professor in the Chemical Engineering Department and an Honorary Research Associate in the Chemistry Department at the University of New Brunswick.
Jim Lochran, Product ManagerJim has a proven track record of sales and marketing success across a variety of industries, with nearly two decades of experience working with large and small organizations to deliver value to their customers. Jim also has a product management background with direct responsibility from conception to end of life. In previous roles as a product manager Jim worked strategically with customers, software vendors and systems integration partners to define, develop and deliver solutions.
Previously, Jim demonstrated his entrepreneurial skills at OnPlane Inc. where he oversaw the development of a real-time content aggregation and user behavior analysis solution. At OnPlane, Jim also demonstrated his extensive knowledge of Content Management Systems and Content Aggregation Architectures.
Specialties: Sales, Marketing, Marketing Automation, Business Development, Product Management, CRM, SFA, Product Marketing, Software Architecture, Strategic Planning, OEM partnerships.
Holly O. Harris, Latin American Business DevelopmentHolly joined EarthShift Global to manage correspondence in Latin America and strengthen administrative support. She has represented EarthShift Global at conferences including CILCA 2015, the VI International Conference on Life Cycle Assessment in Latin America held in Lima, Peru, where she unveiled the Spanish-language version of EarthSmart and collaborated with colleagues from Nucléo Biotecnología Curauma in a training session for managers of CompiteMas, Valparaiso, Chile’s project at The National Agrarian University of Peru. She is a key participant in EarthShift Global’s Latin American Pathways Challenge Network, which is developing Sustainability ROI data for a support program for small and medium-sized businesses, with funding from the U.S. Department of State and the World Environment Center.
She works with EarthShift Global’s other Latin American Pathways Challenge awardees: Capilla Malla Inocua, a program which finances greenhouses for Guatemalan farmers; ICAM GROUP (Informática y Computación Avanzada de México, S.C.), an expanding international organization based in Mexico which builds skills for SME sustainability while facilitating communication between workers and employers to improve social dialogue; and project Mobile Cocoa, a Nicaraguan group which is building a network of diverse stakeholders across sectors in several Central American nations to improve cacao farmers’ understanding of production and international markets.
Samuel Boduch, Sustainability Coordinator
Sam has a passion for teaching: learning about what’s new and innovative, then sharing that knowledge with others. His current role at EarthShift Global takes his passion and array of experiences to share his understanding of sustainability assessment with our clients, and more broadly with education facilities worldwide. He works with our tools and appropriate platforms to create user-friendly educational experiences.
He earned a Bachelor of Science in Management and Finance from Plymouth State University then completed a Master’s in Business Administration in Sustainability from Antioch University New England. He has worked as a systems administrator for a medium size manufacturer, a retirement specialist for a global investment firm, an education coordinator for a seacoast non-profit, and was recognized as a 2013 finalist for UNH’s Social Venture Innovation Challenge for his work on ReRootEd, a local food aggregation company.