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 FungShe's So Boss

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, Stephen Thompson’s expertise with Geographical Information Systems (GIS) made him a key contributor to an online commercial property system.  


Barbara Turley McIntyre Leader in corporate sustainable development

As vice president of Sustainability and Citizenship at The Co-operators Group Limited, Barbara Turley-McIntyre has embedded sustainability in all areas of business decision-making. 


Brianna Aspinall Fighting climate anxiety through education

Brianna Aspinall is the founder of Carbon Conversations Toronto (CCTO), a volunteer organization that provides a safe space for people to express concerns about climate change while gaining tools and resources to reduce their carbon footprint. 


Amina GilaniTech founder boosting local food businesses 

As both a tech founder and Chief Operations Officer with a growing business, and a mom with a growing family, Amina Gilani has a unique set of experiences as an entrepreneur in Kitchener-Waterloo. 


Lucy HintonDedication to food security

Having won a prestigious year-long research fellowship to work with the International Development Research Centre, Lucy Hinton is examining the role of multinational corporations in changes to food habits and nutrition in the developing world.


"Any job can be a sustainability job"Megan Poss

Through her work at Leading Change, Megan Poss advocates for youth to be included in key decision making on critical environmental issues.


Eryn StewartAdvocate for Indigenous leadership in renewable energy

As a settler-Canadian whose family has lived in Canada for generations, Eryn believes she must take a role in re-learning Canada’s true history as part of decolonization. 


Rija RasulThink globally, act locally

Rija Rasul uses her experience and passion for climate change mitigation in municipal climate change initiatives. 


Scott BohachykDeveloping solutions for a sustainable future

Scott Bohachyk connects young like-minded young people in Canada and abroad to find innovative and collaborative opportunities to advance the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


Jennifer MartinTransforming the lives of vulnerable children

Jennifer Martin, the Executive Director of the Registered Canadian Charity Home Free, supports the global movement toward a family care model to meet child development, uphold children's rights, and create healthier societies.