Faculty of Environment Alumni Awards

Environment alumni are shaping our sustainable future

The Faculty of Environment at the University of Waterloo is extremely proud of our exceptional alumni who, through their public service, professional accomplishments and contribution to sustainability, are making the world a better place. We are honoured to recognize some of our most illustrious graduates through our annual awards program. 

Congratulations our 2020 recipients

Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award

Honours an alumnus 10 or more years post-graduation who has demonstrated outstanding professional achievement, proven community impact and significant contribution to sustainability. 

Wanjiku chiuriDr. Wanjiku Chiuri (PhD ’96) is an environmental scholar, researcher and consultant who has married her passions for education, gender equity and the environment to establish herself as a leading expert in gender and development.

Deputy vice chancellor of Academic, Research and Student Affairs and associate professor of Environmental Science in the Department of Earth Sciences at Laikipia University in Kenya, Wanjiku led the charge to create the first daycare for female students and staff.  She also applies her expertise and knowledge to an impressive scope of consultancy projects, serving as a gender mainstreaming expert and a gender trainer in various sectors including environment, agriculture, and education. 

Combining community development and academia has been a hallmark of her many successful initiatives, which include leading a tree nursery initiative, providing gender expertise to Roots, Tubers and Bananas, a food-security research collaborative, and supervising one of the most successful, nearly 100 per cent female, cooperatives in Kenya. 

Recognizes graduates of the last 10 years who inspire the next generation of Environment grads through their professional achievements, community impact and contributions to sustainability.

Eryn StewartEryn Stewart (BES ’15) works at the forefront of Indigenous leadership in Canada’s clean energy economy. She is the creator and director of an award-winning, interactive Indigenous clean energy capacity-building program designed to support communities embarking on clean energy projects. To date, the Catalyst 20/20 program has supported more than 100 Indigenous communities across Canada, creating a collaborative network of Indigenous leaders and allies.

Alongside partners at Gwich’in Council International, Eryn authored the book, Arctic Community Energy Planning and Implementation Toolkit, which is fundamentally reshaping how energy planning is done in communities across the circumpolar Arctic.

Chosen in 2017 by the Arctic Council, Eryn was one of twenty emerging leaders to take part in the Arctic Remote Energy Network Academy, a program to promote information sharing on the integration of renewable energy in remote communities. In 2018 she was recognized with distinction as among Corporate Knight’s 30 under 30 in Sustainability.


Acknowledges an individual, company, organization, group or foundation who has had a positive and substantial impact on the Faculty of Environment through volunteerism, promotion, financial assistance, collaboration, and/or participation.  

Barb Turley McIntyreBarbara (Barb) Turley-McIntyre (MEB ’14) is recently retired from her role as Vice President, Sustainability and Citizenship at The Co-operators Group Limited, where she led the organization to embed sustainability in all areas of the business, endorsing all 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and integrating nine of them into its official long-term goals.  

Thanks in large part to Barb’s courageous and unremitting leadership, the company has been recognized as one of Canada’s Greenest Employers and has achieved Top 10 rankings on Corporate Knights’ “50 Best Corporate Citizens” every year since 2010, with two first place rankings, most recently in 2019

Barb is also cofounder or Partners for Action (P4A), an established research network bringing together all three levels of government as well as business, academia and NGOs, to address flood resiliency. The program raises public awareness and education and informs governments and other stakeholders on policy and flood management.  


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