The Leadership Series Event is an initiative of the Faculty of Environment that connects students with alumni and aims to provide a meaningful mentorship opportunity over some tasty appetizers.
October 3, 2019 - Going Global
The topic of focus for October's event is International Experience; learning about global opportunity's and how to take advantage of them.
In this experiential learning opportunity lead by Atul Nanda, students were introduced to the sacrifices, commitments, benefits and challenges to overseas travel. In an effort to provide his own personal experience with international travel, students were able to pose questions pertaining to their personal travel inquiries all while building new relationships and strengthening existing ones with alumni.
If you are unable to attend, you must notify the advancement office by October 1, 2019. Failure to attend without prior notification will result in your being barred from attending any other Leadership Breakfast Series events for the next two semesters.
Meet Our Alumni Advisors:
MDP 2015, Development Practice
CEO, Stelpa International Inc.
Jodie Baker worked with kin-groups in the Red Light district of Mumbai and developed SME's with female farmers in Malawi. Moreover, she has also studied in France and Italy all while absorbing the culture.
"Always ask for help if you need, and work on being able to identify when you actually need help."
BES 2012, Planning
Director of Development Strategy & Special Projects, The Cadillac Fairview Corporation Ltd.
Jordan Bruder studied at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts and his work has taken him to Paseo De La Reforma, in Mexico City.
“In a new market you need to be able to learn quickly, understand that you are no longer the expert and be able to create meaningful connections.”
BES 2008, Planning
Senior Development Manager, Starlight Investments
Mark Chemij worked as a Project Coordinator for a Canadian planning consulting company in Northern Kuwait and as a Project Manager on a transportation and planning study in Accra, Ghana.
“Try to travel to other places in the region that you wouldn’t necessary travel to from Canada. Have an open mind, and most importantly take lots of pictures.”
BES 2015, GEM
Faryal Diwan moved from Pakistan to Canada to complete an undergraduate degree and has since travelled and worked in many locations across the country.
“Don't be afraid to put yourself through experiences that might make you feel uncomfortable. It's part of your personal growth.”
BES 2002, ERS & MAES 2006, LED
Senior Partnership & Social Impact Advisor, The Co-Operators
Jessica Fisher spent 1 ½ years living and working in France, after completing her Masters in Local Economic Development. There she worked as an English teacher while developing both professional and personal skills.
“Finding a way to connect with locals and other students living abroad makes a huge difference.”
MES 2018, Sustainability Management
Business Strategist, Apply Board
Iman Hassan moved to Canada and graduated with a masters of Sustainability Management from the Faculty of Environment. His love of learning is a skill that has transferred to his career working as a business strategist.
“Everything you do now will have an impact on the future, so don’t be afraid to fail and always be curious when it comes to learning!”
BES 2010, ENBUS
Senior Consultant, Wayne Hussey Consulting Inc.
Daniel Hussey extended his international exchange at Murdoch University in Perth, Australia to 8 months, where he made relationships that will last a lifetime.
“In my opinion, the more you experience aboard, the more memorable your experience will be.”
BES 2014, ERS
Transport Management Planner, City of Hamilton
Rachel Johnson spent her first co-op term in Switzerland, where she later became a teacher. Her studies later led her to the Netherlands and Australia.
“Try to be as open as possible to making new friends, trying new foods and trying new things."
BES 1975, Planning
President, Options for Homes Non-Profit Corporation
In 1975, Mike Labbé spent eight months visiting several continents including North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. He founded a nonprofit focused on affordable housing across the globe.
“Decide why you are travelling… Don’t have much of an itinerary and if you are trying to learn, two months is a good minimum.”
BES 1995, Planning
Owner, Long Legs Productions
Anne-Marie Marais studied in England during her planning studies at Waterloo, which led her to a job on a County land inventory with the Oxford County Council.
“I’m a big believer in doing things that challenge and scare you, as that is when you truly grow.”
BKI 2013, KI
Service Learning Program Coordinator, St. Jerome's University
Michelle Metzger has participated in many local and international Service Learning opportunities throughout her education. She has travelled to Peru, Chad, South Africa, as well as throughout Canada.
“Wherever you go, don't waste one minute trying to find your people. And, recognize that even with your greatest effort, it always takes time.”
BES 1989, ERS
VP of Sustainability, Rubicon Global President, Recyclable Materials Marketing
Atul Nanda’s career in recycling and sustainability was inspired by a field studies trip to India. He worked on projects focused on the waste management system in New Delhi and the impact of television as a learning tool for rural areas.
“Be receptive and open to accept different cultures, food, living conditions and lifestyles.”
BKI 2012, KI
Freelance Content Marketer, Content Dragon
Jordan Nottrodt visited Amsterdam as a part of a school trip focused on museums. Jordan currently works as a freelancer in content marketing and can work from anywhere in the world.
“When you get to meet people from places in the world you’ve never been, you become more empathetic towards the experiences, lifestyles, and beliefs of people who are deep down not so different from yourself.”
BES 2014, GEM & MES 2017, Planning
Market Access & Regulatory Affairs Specialist, Miovision Technologies Inc.
Jocelyn Pan studied at the Wuhan University in China until 2012, when she fell in love with the Canadian Culture and moved to Canada. Jocelyn’s work focuses on traffic control infrastructure in cities.
“… Wherever you go, be brave. To whomever you meet, be kind. With whatever you have, do good.”
MCC 2014, Climate Change
Creative Director, The People's Climate Foundation
Kai Reimer-Watts travelled overseas to India, where he met with and learned from the local culture and communities. This research contributed to his feature documentary on climate change.
“Be open, and find a community that is welcoming and that you can contribute to.”
MAES 2010, Planning
Vice President of Federal Services, AECOM (retired)
Recently retired, Wanda Richardson travelled the world as Vice President of Federal Services for AECOM to learn about global best practices. She brought this international expertise to Canada.
"International best practices are very valuable to our industry bringing global learning and innovation to address Canadian infrastructure challenges."
BES 2003, GEM & MSC 2006, Earth Sciences
Vice President, Water Without Borders
Amanda Sills completed a portion of her research in Toluca, Mexico. Following that, she joined Water Without Borders as a board member and steadily grew within the organization to her current role as President.
"It's important to not have a rigid plan in place when going into these experiences. Project goals and success often have to pivot with what is feasible and the conditions that you find on the ground."
BES 2006, ERS & MES 2008, ERS
Secondary School Teacher, WRDSB
As an undergraduate student, Carolyn Smith spent a co-op work term in a small eco-community in Costa Rica. For her master’s, she returned to Costa Rica to research farmers’ knowledge of and adaptation to climate change.
“Community members would often get together to play games or socialize. I made sure I joined in on those, even though I felt awkward at first”
BES 1978, Planning & MA 1980, Regional Plan & Resource Development
President & Consultant, Self-employed
Bryan Tuckey came to understand the importance of travel early in his career. He has spent seven weeks in South Africa, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, and Malawi, and later travelled in Europe. Bryan has since visited a total of 76 different countries.
“Many places you will visit are very different with very different rules, norms and traditions…You may find there are good reasons for this even if you don’t agree with them.”
BES 1987, GEM
President, Premier Environmental Services
As a Professional Geoscientist and risk manager, David Wade has worked on technical projects throughout the United States, Europe, and the Caribbean.
“Gaining an understanding of local laws, regulations and guidelines before traveling for work was very important."
BES 2011, GEM & MES 2014, GEM
Energy Conservation Officer, Catholic District School Board
In 2009, Elena Weber-Kraljevska took a field research course in the Dominican Republic, where she had the opportunity to conduct first-hand research on oil spills.
"Being accepting of the new culture and open to it is the way to go no matter where you are.”
BKI 2018, KI
Current Graduate Student, Urban Planning
William Turman spent two semesters in Lyon, France where he was able to continue his studies while fully immersing himself in a second language.
“I met a lot of people from all over the world and learned a lot about the history and culture of the area in which I lived.”
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