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School of Environment, Enterprise and Development (SEED) alumni profiles

Dorothy ChaoEach day, a new opportunity

As an energy consultant for the city, Dorothy Chao leads and assists in projects that generate millions in revenue for the city.  


Debbie FungBusiness, health and wellness

Debbie Fung combines her talent for entrepreneurship, environment and business education and passion for health. The result? A thriving yoga empire.  


Aaron StauchSelfless drive for the benefit of others

2013 Waterloo Region's Top 40 Under 40, Aaron Stauch spends his time helping in the community, managing a not-for-profit agency.  


Yuri Mito standing in a field wearing a pink tank top and white ball cap.Sustainable development work links Japan and Rwanda

Yuri Mito’s interest in environmentally responsible production began while she was pursuing her Masters in Local Economic Development and has continued since her graduation in 2003.


Katrina Bayley headshotCertified green

At 22, Katrina Bayley received her LEED accredited professional designation and went on to certify over 10 of the Minto Group’s LEED buildings including many record-breaking properties such as Minto Place, Canada’s first LEED Platinum office tower.  


Nirvana Champion headshotCreating long-term strategic plans

Nirvana Champion, a graduate of the Local Economic Development program, has travelled the world pursing her goal of creating a more sustainable world.


Raju Goteti headshotInformation services meets social innovation

After two-decades of work in his field, Raju Goteti decided to begin a new career where he could “give-back” to society. In pursuit of his goal he achieved a post-graduate executive diploma in Social Innovation at the University of Waterloo.  


Sherine Farid Said headshotImproving border security and relations

One of the many highlights of Sherine Farid Said’s successful career has been her employment with the Embassy of the United States of America where she contributed to a security action plan with the United States Customs & Border Protection.  


Ryan Kennedy headshotHelping Canada go smoke-free

Scientist, lecturer and geographer, Ryan Kennedy is an Environment and Resource Studies alumni with a focus on public health.   


Stephen Thompson headshotCultivating collaboration between private and public

Bridging his academic knowledge with real-world applications, Thompson’s expertise with Geographical Information Systems (GIS) made him a key contributor to an online commercial property system.