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School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability (SERS) alumni profiles

MJ PattersonEntrepreneur for the faculty

REEP Green Solutions was established with the help of Mary Jane Patterson, eventually to become a non-profit, promoting positive environmental action.  

eric malliaA career conversion

Unsatisfied in his business career, SERS grad Eric Mallia wanted a job that was sustainable. Now he is the manager of a hot eco start-up.  

tim pattersonWatershed sleuth

This SERS alumn uses a mix of GIS data, historical maps and good old fashioned intuition to find and secure dangerous abandoned wells.  

Ian Jackson headshotThe eco-activist turned entrepreneur

As President of Nadurra Wood Corporation, Ian Jackson supplies FSC certified hardwood and bamboo flooring/plywood and reclaimed wood.  

Ramsey Hart looking lean and meanMining for the truth

Though he doesn’t take it personally, most mining companies would rather Ramsey Hart did not exist. “That’s true in most, if not all cases,” admits the Environment and Resource Studies alumnus.  

Candace WormsbeckerGrowing food for the community

Candace Wormsbecker did her master's thesis on local food. But studying it wasn't enough for her. Now she operates Transpire Organic, a community-supported agriculture farm outside Waterloo.

Jackie McMillanEating straight from nature

When Jackie McMillan looks at an overgrown yard or trail, what she sees for the most part isn’t weeds. She's a consultant on wild food and encouraging children with autism to thrive in nature.  

Atul NandaRecycler extraordinaire

Inspired by a trip to India, Atul Nanda helped establish Toronto’s first recycling program. Later, he started his own venture, Recyclable Materials Marketing, now one of the top five firms in the market.  

Taarini Chopra headshotPlanting the seeds of diversity

In the few short years following Taarini Chopra’s graduation, she has done an outstanding job advancing our understanding of seeds and diversity, as it relates to food security and the global south.  

Darcy Higgens HeadshotUniting to mobilize food movement

Founder and Executive Director of Food Forward Advocacy Alliance, Darcy Higgins developed an organization advocating for sustainable food and food access policy in Toronto.   

Meaghan King headshotConnecting Canada with the world through diplomacy

Since graduating from the Faculty of Environment in 2009, Meaghan King has led an exemplary career in Canada's foreign service.   

Laura Zizzo headshotCreating Canada's first climate change focussed law firm

Named “Lawyer making a difference” by the National Post, Laura Zizzo is an environmental lawyer looking to leave the world in better shape for the next generation.  

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.