Convocation is a special time to celebrate! Join the Faculty of Environment on Tuesday, June 11 to congratulate our hardworking students on their graduation!
Valedictorian for Environment
Chantelle Young is graduating with an honours bachelor’s degree in Environment and Business with a minor in Speech Communication. Her dual-disciplinary degree fueled a growing excitement for people and technology. Having her ideas and creations inspire others in a meaningful capacity is what motivates her. In her first year, Young served as president of the University of Waterloo Toastmasters Club to help guide students to become fearless public speakers. This sparked a bigger vision of community empowerment at co-op placements including Microsoft, Ritual and Formlabs. Microsoft helped propel her true passion for working with both people and products as she helped lead campaigns and events that inspired youth to innovate. After convocation, Young is looking forward to starting her new journey at Spotify. She is grateful for Waterloo's community of open hearts that helped shape her future.
Academic Achievement Award Recipients
Awards for the 2019 Distinguished Academic Achievement will be presented at spring convocation in recognition of academic excellence of the top graduating student from each academic plan:
- Megan Hiebert - Environment, Resource and Sustainability
- James Bramwell - Geography and Environmental Management
- Ruohan Li - Geomatics
- Stevenson Staios - Avation
- Indra Sarju - International Development
- Meagan Flus - Knowledge Integration
- Ben Crooks (Alumni Gold Medal Recipient) - Planning
- James Schnarr (Governor General's Academic Silver Medal) - Environment and Business
Susan M.W. Cartwright, CM, BA, MA
Doctor of Environmental Studies, honoris causaSusan Cartwright received a Master’s in Geography from the University of Waterloo in 1981, following which she became a public servant in the Canadian government. She served in diplomatic postings in seven nations, including as Canada’s Ambassador to Hungary, Slovenia and Albania. Subsequently, she held senior roles in the federal government, and, among other things, led the preparation of the Federal Accountability Act and reviewed the Public Service Modernization Act, key initiatives intended to strengthen management, accountability and efficiency. She then became the Foreign and Defence Policy Advisor to the Prime Minister. She was appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada in 2016.
Honorary members of the University
Ed Jernigan, BSc, MSc, PhD
Faculty of Environment
Professor Marvin Edward (Ed) Jernigan joined the young Department of Systems Design Engineering in 1976 from MIT. In his four decades at the University, he was a mentor, friend, and inspiration to students and colleagues alike. An award-winning teacher, his passion is legendary for giving students tools to know the world, and skills to change the world. He exercised this passion in his roles as Chair of Systems Design Engineering, the Director of Shad Waterloo and Waterloo Unlimited enrichment programs, and in the Department of Knowledge Integration, which he founded in 2008.
Distinguished Professor Emeritus
Ellsworth LeDrew, BA, MA, PhD, FIEEE
Faculty of Environment
Ellsworth LeDrew spent 41 years as a professor at the University of Waterloo. He earned his doctorate from the University of Colorado. As a scholar of Arctic climate change, coral reef responses to climate, and Arctic data stewardship, his most profound contributions have been his research into Arctic sea ice variability and Arctic science data stewardship. He was the founding Editor in Chief of the IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing, was elected fellow of the IEEE and the Canadian Remote Sensing Society, and was the recipient of the Gold Medal by the Canadian Remote Sensing Society, the highest honour of the Canadian remote sensing community. He has served as Associate Dean and interim Dean of the Faculty of Environment.
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