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Thursday, November 19, 2020 — 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM EST

Eryn, Wanjiku and Barbara

Get to know our incredible 2020 alumni award recipients

Join us for an intimate conversation with dean Jean Andrey and each of this year's exceptional award recipients: an inspiring leader reshaping the narrative on energy planning in Indigenous communities, an esteemed scholar and expert in gender and development supporting the lives of women in Kenya and a passionate leader in corporate sustainability who turned a class project into a sustainable research network leading charge to protect Canadians from flooding.

Find out what drives these incredible women, the people and places that have helped them succeed and how they are contributing to sustainability in Canada and around the world.

Wanjiku Chiuri

Wanjiku Chiuri (PhD ’96)

2020 Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award

An educator, researcher, consultant and one of the first academics to bring a gender lens to issues such as poverty, land access, community mobilization and the sustainable management of natural resources in Africa. She advises one of Kenya’s most successful – and mostly female – savings and credit cooperatives and led the charge to open the first daycare for university students in the country.


Barb Turley-McIntyre

Barbara Turley-McIntyre (MEB ’14)

2020 Friend of the Faculty Impact Award

Co-founder of Partners for Action (P4A) and recently retired as Vice President, Sustainability and Citizenship at The Co-operators Group Limited, where she led the company to embed sustainability into every aspect of business operations. She has catalyzed change on the local, national and international level through her extensive volunteer and advocacy work promoting sustainable finance.


Eryn Stewart

Eryn Stewart  (BES ’15)

2020 Young Alumni Achievement Award

Founder of the pan-Canadian non-profit, the Indigenous Clean Energy Social Enterprise, Eryn created and leads an award-winning program supporting Indigenous communities across Canada transition to clean energy. Recipient of a 30 under 30 Leaders in Sustainability award (2018), she is helping shape a new narrative on Indigenous communities leading the way to a just environmental and clean energy transition.


The University of Waterloo is committed to achieving barrier-free accessibility for persons with disabilities who are visiting, studying, or working at Waterloo. This event will be delivered through Zoom. After the event, a recording with captions will be available. If you would like to request an alternative format or any other accommodation, please contact event organizers via email, or by phone 519-888-4567, ext. 42492. Please note that some accommodations may require time to arrange.