2019 Young Alumni Inspiration Award nominee: Scott Bohachyk
As a graduate of the Master of Development Practice program (MDP) at the University of Waterloo, Scott Bohachyk’s work has taken him around the world and back again. From Canada to Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Botswana, Bhutan and beyond, it is evident that Scott possesses a natural talent for connecting and engaging with people.
Scott began his career in Bhutan with the United Nations Association in Canada (UNA-Canada) as a Junior Policy Analyst under the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). During his six months there, he worked closely with universities, government ministries and vocational schools to improve upon sustainable agricultural employment initiatives. He aided in the creation of Youth@Work Bhutan, an online gaming platform that brought over 500 citizens together online to tackle youth unemployment issues.
Scott has worked with the UNA-Canada since early 2015. His work has focused on finding innovative and collaborative opportunities to advance the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at home and abroad. Scott has led several successful proposals, resulting in innovative programmes that launch the careers of young Canadians passionate about sustainability. These programs include Canada Green Corps and Canada Green Spaces, two youth employment programs, that have bridged over 1,000 youth into SDG-centered green jobs in over 70 municipalities across Canada with over 350 employer partners. The prestigious International Development & Diplomacy Program now trains and deploys over 50 Canadian youth annually to UN Agencies around the world to share made-in-Canada solutions, and bring back innovative best practices. He has also continued to advance The New Diplomacy of Natural Resources, which fosters a constructive and respectful conversation around the sustainable development of Canada’s natural resources. Scott strongly believes that in order to achieve the SDGs, young professionals must have opportunities to apply their skills, enthusiasm and creativity to real-world problems. This is one reason he continues to volunteer with his old high-school as a sustainability advisor for young environmental leaders.
In 2017 and 2019, Scott was elected to represent North American civil society at the third and fourth United Nations Environment Assemblies (UNEA) in Nairobi, Kenya. In the lead up to UNEA-4, Scott led the UNA-Canada partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme, MIT Solve, CISCO and the National Council for Science and Environment to bring over 200 people together online across North America for roundtable consultations on the elimination of single-use plastics and reducing food insecurity.
Scott has continued to support the Faculty of Environment by offering support, training and employment opportunities to Waterloo graduates. The faculty was an integral step in his career – it accelerated his professional development by exposing him to new ways of thinking about, and approaching, the complex issues the world faces today.
“The MDP connected and highlighted various disciplines that provided a holistic overview of the critical challenges and emerging opportunities in development. However, it was my classmates and professors, with their unique perceptions and lived experiences, who meaningfully advanced my understanding and actions towards these very complex issues. I am most grateful for what they taught me.”
Scott is currently pursuing his Executive Master of Business Administration (MBA) at Queen’s Smith School of Business. Scott’s continuing dedication to sustainable development, and desire to connect young like-minded young people in Canada and abroad, will allow him to continue developing impactful solutions to the most pressing issues facing our world today. He is an avid hiker, camper and cyclist.