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. Join us for this exciting event series launching January 2021.
Series Launch: January 2021
Exploring a career in Not-For-Profit with Sabrina Bowman (BES '07)
Developing your professional toolkit with Robert Walter-Joseph (BES '12 | MA '15)
Planner at Gladki Planning Associates
Success within the Environmental Consulting Industry with David Wade (BES '87)
President at Premier Environmental Services Inc.
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 it's 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 marks 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.
Past Alumni-Student Network Events
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.