Dr Malwila Gamini Dissanayake is currently the Chair of the Environmental Science Department at Lakeland College, Alberta, Canada.
Dr. Dissanayake graduated in Civil Engineering from the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka in 1974. He worked as a Lecturer in the Civil Engineering Department of the University of Moratuwa briefly before proceeding to The Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) to pursue a Masters degree in Environmental Engineering. He obtained a Masters degree in 1977 and a Doctoral degree in 1981 from the AIT in Environmental Engineering and Management. Just after graduation he worked as a senior research Associate at AIT and as a short term consultant at the United Nations Environment Program in Bangkok.
Dr. Dissanayake worked as a Program and Environmental Specialist at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Colombo. At the USAID, he functioned as a Project Manager for the Mahaweli Environment Program funded by USAID and other donors such as the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank. From 1981 to 1984 he worked as a Visiting professor at the Federal University of Paraiba (Now University of Campina Grande), Brazil in the field of wastewater Treatment and Environmental Management. He conducted research as well as supervised graduate research programs.
Dr. Dissanayake was a charted Engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka. He was also a Charted Engineer and a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers, United Kingdom. In 1984, Dr Dissanayake was awarded a Mastumae International Fellowship to conduct research by the Matsumae International Foundation, Japan. Dr. Dissanayake conducted research as a post doctoral fellow at the University of Miyazaki, Japan.
In 1987, Dr. Dissanayake joined the senior management team of the Sampath Bank, Sri Lanka. He functioned as the Head of the Development Banking and Credit Divisions of the bank for 5 years. In 1992, he formed his own consultancy company in Sri Lanka (Resource Organization and Management International) which provided consultancy services in financial and environmental management to a variety of clients. During this time he also formed an Educational service company (IMPAC), which awarded more than 60 MBAs to Sri Lankan Students through University of Lincoln, UK. Dr. Dissanayake also functioned as a Board 0f Management member of the Post Graduate Institute of Management (PIM), University of Sri Jayewardenepura. In 1988, Dr. Dissanayake was instrumental in forming the AITAA Sri Lanka chapter.
In 2000, Dr. Dissanayake immigrated to Alberta, Canada where he joined the University of Calgary, first as a research Associate and subsequently as a part time Sessional professor. He has been teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in a wide variety of topics such as energy and environment, pollution prevention and control and environmental assessments and sustainable development. He is a Professional Engineer and member of several professional Engineering Associations in Canada.
From 2001 upto the present time, Dr. Dissanayake has been working as a senior consultant in Alberta and British Columbia, Canada through several consultancy companies. He has gained experience in many facets of Energy and Environment projects ranging from renewable energy systems to wastewater engineering. He has been providing consultancy services to the oil and gas industry in Canada for over 14 years. He has over 30 years hands on experience in environmental management acquired in projects in Sri Lanka, Brazil, Thailand, Maldives, Japan, USA and Canada. He has been teaching courses to graduate students in many Universities including the Federal University of Paraiba, Brazil and the University of Calgary.
Dr. Dissanayake has also provided consultancy services to agencies such as the United Nations Environmental Program, the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, United Nations Development Program, International Labour Organization and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).