Good things happen when students and alumni connect. Students grow their networks, learn to apply professional skills and expand their knowledge and awareness of employment opportunities. Alumni have an opportunity to give back in a meaningful way, share their experience and support the next generation of change-makers.
The Leadership Series was created in 2016 to foster community and knowledge sharing amongst the Faculty of Environment Alumni-Student Network through themed discussion and small group speed networking. Since its inception, the biannual event series has connected hundreds of alumni and students.
Addressing the need to pivot the alumni-student network online in early 2020, the faculty launched ENV Connect, an online networking and mentorship platform that uses a smart-match algorithm to connect alumni and student members every four weeks based on their interests, industries and goals.
January 2021 marked the launch of another opportunity for alumni-student networking and connection, the bimonthly Alumni Office Hours Series. Alumni Office Hours are smaller, more casual online events hosted by alumni where students can learn about career paths, ask questions and have casual conversations that grow their professional capacity.
Join us for the next phase of this exciting event series, resuming Fall 2021.
Past Alumni-Student Network Events
June 2, 2021: In this Alumni Office Hour, Insiya told her story to the 16 attendees of how she ended up working for Facebook as an ENBUS alum, the importance of connections and networking, and applying for jobs you might not be holding back on.
May 20, 2021: David was joined with over 40 students and alumni for this Alumni Office Hour where he discussed the Environmental Consulting Industry, tips on how to get started in the industry, and how to showcase your experience during interviews.
May 5, 2021: Close to 30 students and new grads joined geography and planning alumnus Robert Walter-Joseph to talk about the merits of graduate studies, breaking into the planning profession, developing professional skills and the future of the profession.
April 21, 2021: ERS alumnus Sabrina Bowman (BES '07) was joined by 38 students, alumni, and guests and spoke on her experience with stepping into the not-for-profit sector, making it her career, and the ups and downs of this career path.
April 6, 2021: MCC '16 alumnus Mujtaba Ali spoke to a small group about his experience during his time at Waterloo, finding his interest in economic development, and how he started working for a company that aligned well with his interests.
March 24, 2021: 13 students and alumni joined Jessica for an engaging discussion where she shared her tips and tricks on how she manages multiple things going on in her life, from work to hobbies and training for triathlons, as well as how to stay motivated.
March 8, 2021: Over 30 students and alumni attended this Alumni Office Hour where Toshi presented his journey of working internationally in Africa, applying Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the real context of life in Africa.
February 23, 2021: A small group of 11 students and alumni joined Paul for a comfortable, casual, and engaged discussion on planning your career, keeping your skillsets polished, staying motivated, and more.
February 9, 2021: 14 students and new grads joined Laura for an Alumni Office Hour discussing topics ranging from networking and building connections, to changing direction in school, to volunteering and community involvement.
January 28, 2021: More than a dozen students & new grads joined Eldon to discuss a broad range of topics, from finding your passion to highlighting transferrable skills on your resume to his role co-chairing the Anti-Black Racism in Planning Task Force.
January 28, 2020: 62 students connected with 22 alumni on the topic of critical goal setting, best practices, taking informed risks, building discipline, how to expect more of yourself, finding your why and changing course.
October 3, 2019: ERS alumnus Atul Nanda shared his influential international experience. Then, 19 alumni shared tips with 51 students on navigating different cultures, working overseas and making the most of travelling.
March 12, 2019: In our first evening event, 59 students had the opportunity to meet with 19 alumni to learn how to sell their unique skills and attributes in a competitive job market.
October 3, 2018: Planning alumnus Anne-Marias shared a presentation on networking best practices before 57 students sat down with 14 alumni over breakfast to put what they'd learned to practice.
September 18, 2017: Change can be hard. At this Leadership Series event, 24 alumni met with 71 students to share how change affects our lives and aspirations in different ways.
January 25, 2017: 11 alumni met with 28 students over breakfast in the EV1-Courtyard to share tips on how to distinguish themselves and bring their best attributes forward.
September 22, 2016: 10 alumni met with 27 students over breakfast in the Ev-1 Courtyard to discuss Failing Successfully and how to grow from it.