Technology and sustainability consulting.

About Alces Tech

Alces Technologies is an independent, mission-based technology and sustainability consulting company. Our name is inspired by the genus and species of one of the most majestic animals of the boreal forests, the moose (Alces alces).

Kamil Kisiel
President and Principal Developer

Kamil started Alces Technologies in 2014 after nearly a decade of working in software development in Canada, the United States, and Japan. He is a passionate developer with a broad skill set and a love for the community. He is an active contributor to the open source community and Vancouver music community. You will likely find him sharing his skills at coding meet-ups, electronic music events, and taiko drumming workshops around Vancouver. His interests in software and firmware development include design of digital music products, innovative computing infrastructure, workflow, and software development processes.

Belinda Li
Principal Engineer

Belinda brings an interdisciplinary background to Alces Technologies, combining foundational training in environmental engineering with data science, international development, research, education, and communications. She specializes in designing and implementing large-scale data collection, data analysis, data visualization/dashboards, and reporting systems. She is the co-founder of Food Systems Lab, a research and innovation hub for sustainable and just food systems at Simon Fraser University. Her current research focus is on evaluating and measuring the efficacy of household food waste prevention interventions, including the potential of using gamification as a catalyst for behaviour change.

Tamara Shulman
Principal Consultant

Tamara is an environmental planner and engagement specialist committed to reducing waste using innovative approaches that effectively foster both system and behaviour change. Over the past 20 years, she has applied her environmental science, communications, facilitation, and management training to positions at the San Francisco Department of the Environment, The Watershed Project—a leading science-based education non-profit, StopWaste.Org in Alameda County, California, and the District of West Vancouver in British Columbia. Since returning to the Metro Vancouver region in 2008, she has been instrumental in shaping organics management and waste reduction programs for municipal,  private sector, and First Nations clients in Canada and the western US. Tamara conducts research and serves as the Director of Community Partnerships for the Simon Fraser University Food System Lab. She is also a Board member for the not-for-profit society, the Recycling Council of British Columbia.

Projects

Outdoor Power Equipment Institute Canada – Fuel-Powered Outdoor Equipment Study (2020)

In partnership with Ecoinspire Planning Services, assessed the effectiveness of the market-based scrap metal recycling network for the management of fuel-powered outdoor power equipment (FPOPE). Conducted research to estimate the amount of FPOPE recycled and disposed annually, identify gaps in accessibility of collection facilities for consumers, assess the level of consumer awareness on the handling of FPOPE at end-of-life, and gain insights how metal recycling in British Columbia affects the management of FPOPE.

Recycle BC – Streetscape Recycling Roundtable Discussions (2019 to 2020)

Facilitated roundtable discussions with local government representatives on streetscape recycling in British Columbia. The objective of the discussions was to bring forth successful proof of concepts and potential consensus on executing feasible streetscape recycling models. Results are published in this report.

White Label Insights – Real Estate Data Analysis (2019 to 2020)

Compiled, queried, and analyzed real estate data in the Greater Toronto Area and British Columbia for money laundering indicators. Results are published in reports commissioned by Transparency International and the Attorney General of British Columbia. Support the Cullen Commission on data inquiries related to real estate transactions.

Closing the Loop – Zero Waste British Columbia (2020)

Provided in-kind services to plan and facilitate a day-long workshop with a diverse group of stakeholders on next steps towards zero waste and a circular economy in British Columbia. Updated a State of Play document and pivoted the workshop to be hosted online due to COVID-19. Supporting the revision of the Closing the Loop report from 2013 based on the workshop outcomes.

Food Systems LabWeb Services (2016 to present)

Providing in-kind web services for the Food Systems Lab, a research and innovation hub working on reducing food waste and supporting a sustainable food system.

Thomson Reuters – Eikon Messenger Server Team (2014 to 2015)

Member of the team responsible for the development of the server-side components of Eikon Messenger, a messaging application for stock traders. The server was developed in the Go programming language and used the XMPP and SIP protocols. Improved handing of XMPP communications and implemented extensions related to archiving and group chat.