“Any job can be a sustainability job,” according to Megan Poss (MEB ’15) an ardent educator and organizer who has shared this message with more than 2000 young people and supported over 500 students and young professionals with aspirations of pursuing a career with purpose.
Megan is the Executive Director of Leading Change, a nonpartisan, interdisciplinary, national, not-for-profit founded in 2003. It supports youth and young professionals who want to lead Canada to a low carbon transition. Its programming focuses on creating spaces fostering civil dialogue and building bridges.
Through her work at Leading Change, Megan advocates for youth to be included in key decision making on critical environmental issues. She has helped open the door for young people representing Indigenous, racialized, disabled, and other intersectional identities to participate in roundtables, workshops, and consultations with federal ministries and industry representatives.
“I’m grateful to the peers, colleagues, and fellow organizers who have educated me on the importance of understanding the intersectional identities you bring to your work and the positionality and relative privileges you may hold. Complex, systemic challenges require input and collaboration from across the system. I am constantly learning, trying my best to be aware of the identities I don’t hold, and whenever I can, making space and upholding voices from Black, Indigenous, racialized, refugee, 2SLGTQIA+, and disability communities,” Megan says.
As a student, Megan joined Resource Movement, a volunteer-led collective of young Canadians working towards the equitable redistribution of wealth, land, and power. Today, she lends her passion and experience to the development and oversight of cross-class governance structures and supporting infrastructure that has moved over $500,000 to grassroots social movements and frontline environmental leaders.
“The University of Waterloo’s Masters in Environment and Business program helped propel my career in sustainability,” she says. “If I’ve learned anything from my studies at the Faculty of Environment, it’s the importance of both adaptability and resilience.”