COP25 logoThe 25th Session of the Conference of the Parties (“COP25”) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will be held in Madrid, Spain, from December 2nd to 13th, 2019.

The Interdisciplinary Centre on Climate Change (IC3) at the University of Waterloo is sending a delegation of staff and faculty as well as many of our top graduate students. Attending COP25 will provide our students with an immersive experience in global climate change negotiations and exposure to institutions and organizations from around the world. The students will be providing their reflections on the experience throughout their time in Madrid to engage a wider group of interested students, faculty and staff from UW and beyond. 

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Meet the COP25 Student Delegates

Valentina Castillo

Valentina's headshotValentina is a Master of Environmental Studies (MES) student in Sustainability Management in the Faculty of Environment’s School of Environment, Enterprise, and Development (SEED). She is currently researching cross-sector social partnerships that have implemented sustainability community plans in three major cities; Barcelona, Spain; Gwangju, South Korea; and Montreal, Canada. Her interests at COP25 are governance mechanisms, stakeholder participation, and both adaptation and mitigation policies for climate change. 

Lowine Hill

Lowine's headshotLowine is a first year PhD student in the School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability (SERS). Her research focuses on socio-ecological sustainability issues of small islands in the Caribbean. This year's COP is on oceans; a topic that Lowine is very passionate about. By being part of the University of Waterloo's Delegation, she will be able to better understand the challenges faced by small islands and how her research can contribute to the islands' sustainability priorities and overall well-being.

Muhammad Koya

Muhammad's headshotMuhammad is a graduate student in the Master of Environmental Studies, Sustainability Management program where he focuses on climate policy and sustainable finance. He has a strong passion for having a positive impact on the world environmentally and socially. He has a diverse set of work experiences with non-profit organizations, marketing, business positions in the tech industry, and sustainability consulting.

Verity Martin

Verity's headshotVerity is a student in the Masters of Political Science program with a research focus on Loss and Damage funding procurement strategies and emissions attribution modeling. She is also the production manager for Climate Action Network International's policy newsletter ECO at COP25. 

Janetta McKenzie

Janetta's headshotJanetta is a PhD candidate in the Department of Geography & Environmental Management, working in the SPROUT lab with Dr. Sarah Burch. Her research focuses  on the extent of regulatory capture in the fossil fuel industry and the development of restrictive supply-side energy policies. 

Isha Rana

Isha's headshotIsha is a second-year master’s student at the School of Planning. She holds an undergrad degree in Planning and have extensive planning consulting experience in a developing country.Isha’s broad research interest is estimating GHG emission in the Urban Freight Transport sector and also in developing improvement strategies to reduce overall carbon emissions in the Transport Sector.

Brooklyn Rushton

Brooklyn's headshotBrooklyn is a Masters of Climate Change student and is particularly interested understanding how negotiations happen on an international scale. At COP25 Brooklyn hopes to follow discussions about food security, the role of civil society in climate action, and how to incorporate all forms of knowledge (indigenous, local, and scientific) into adaptation and mitigation planning.