ASI Masterclass Faculty
Ryerson University, Toronto, 2018 + York University, Toronto, 2019
Melissa Peneycad is a passionate, results-driven sustainability leader.
Her background includes transformative work in sustainable buildings and infrastructure planning, design, and management; the development, implementation, and application of sustainability standards and rating systems; change management; and facilitation and stakeholder engagement.
At the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI), a research and education non-profit headquartered in Washington, DC, Melissa leads ISI’s global Envision® sustainable infrastructure project verification and awards program. She has verified the sustainability and resiliency of more than 70 infrastructure projects across Canada, the US and overseas collectively worth more than US$25 billion in infrastructure development, with an additional $25 billion in development under her purview.
Melissa has extensive experience working in Canada, the US and overseas in the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) industry, as well as in the non-profit sector. She is presently Chair of a global UN-led initiative to evaluate and score public-private partnerships and infrastructure against the UN Sustainable Development Goals. She is also providing her expertise in evaluating the sustainability and resilience of infrastructure to the World Bank’s Public Private Infrastructure Advisory Facility.
Melissa holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Queen’s University and a Master of Environmental Studies degree and Graduate Diploma in Business & Sustainability, both from York University.
In this June 2020
Melissa and host Nicole Doray discuss the role infrastructure should play in the post-COVID-19 recovery, their experience working through this period of uncertainty, and the possibilities civil infrastructure can create with respect to helping create more equitable and socially just societies.