Livia Mello

MSc. Candidate and MITACS Researcher

phone: 778-988-5749

Research Interests


Livia is a sustainability professional with both academic and professional background in business and sustainability. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce at McGill University and an MBA in Sustainability and Finance at Schulich School of Business. She worked in top mining multinationals, Alcan, Rio Tinto and Anglo American in risk assessment (SOX audit), Financial Reporting and Sustainable Development Reporting and Corporate Compliance. 

After working for large infrastructure projects, Livia realized that intangible factors are often overlooked and seem as non-material and off-balance-sheet. But the new reality of climate change requires a paradigm shift towards valuing Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) issues to improve corporate decision-making for both private and societal gains. As this is a critical issue the industry is facing, Livia has presented her research at Managing Risks across the Mining and Oil and Gas Lifecycle Conference in Imperial College London in July 2017.

She is finalizing her Master of Science (MSc) at the Institute of Environment, Resources and Sustainability at University of British Columbia (UBC), being also affiliated with the UBC Institute of Global Issues. She has been working on Ecosystem Services, Social and Ecological Systems and Sustainable Development for the extractive sector. She was selected as one of the SRK Canada Graduate Award Recipient as well as has been working in MITACS funded projects.

She is part of the partnership between the Canadian International Resources and Development Institute and UBC Institute of Global Issues to operationalize the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals through improving water metrics (SDG 6). She intends to continue to work to create value through the valuing and incorporation of ESG considerations in decision-making and investments.