University of Waterloo
Environment 3 Building
200 University Avenue West
Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1, Canada
Tel. (519) 888-4567
Our students work all over the world. See past placements
Name: Ana Senatore-Smith
Education: B. A. H. with majors in Global Studies & Spanish, Wilfrid Laurier University; Business Spanish Language Certificate, Camara Commercio de Madrid; General Arts and Science Certificate, Mohawk College.
Experience: Following graduation, Ana cofounded and acted as Project Manager for VivaCity Development and Holdings, which seeks out underutilized and endangered historic and culturally significant buildings in Canadian downtowns for adaptive reuse. Ana’s main objectives with VivaCity has been to promote social equity by creating mixed use, mixed income, multi-residential buildings; environmental sustainability by reusing centrally located existing buildings and reincorporating original materials, which embody vast quantities of energy, to curb the negative environmental affects that result from construction, development and urban sprawl; and public health by providing walkable downtown living opportunities conducive to socialization, exercise, and local economic development. Furthermore, Ana has acted as chair to an immigrant women’s integration group, and English language facilitator for Immigrant Services Guelph Wellington; she also has experience conducting English/Spanish translations of documents and testimonials for World Accord International Development Agency.
Interests: Sustainable cities, green energy initiatives, local economic development, heritage preservation, food security and sustainability, urban and rural planning, ecology, and refugee rights.
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Name: Bojian Zhang
Hometown: Henan, China
Education: Bachelor in Land Resource Management, Zhejiang Gongshang University, China
Experience: During his undergraduate career in China, Bojian served in 2013 as an intern with Land Plan Bureau in Zhejiang, where he mainly worked in land investigation and data analysis. Working with the Land Plan Bureau was a significant experience for him in terms of obtaining practical knowledge in work. He also interned in a marketing department of a real estate company and volunteered for many international conferences and sports event held in China. Bojian has joined University of Waterloo’s MDP program in hopes of exploring sustainable methods to address crucial issues of the contemporary age in developing countries.
Interests: Socioeconomic development and environment challenges, trade facilitation and financing related to development, international cooperation, international development, and alternative energy sources.
Name: Chieh Cheng
Hometown: Taipei, Taiwan
Education: BA in French Language and Literature, Tamkang University
Experience: During her undergraduate years, Chieh travelled to different cities including, Victoria, Vancouver, Burnaby, Kelowna, Banff, Toronto, Los Angeles, San Jose, San Francisco, Tokyo, etc. By travelling, Chieh started to develop the interests in Urban Planning and Tourism Policy.
Interests: Urban planning, sustainable development, tourism policy and planning, and gender equality.
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Name: Jason Durst
Hometown: Aurora, Ontario
Education: BSc (Honours), Psychology Major, at Queen's University
Experience: Jason has spent a lot of time overseas, having helped fundraise and construct school and hospital buildings. While abroad he has also taught in a school, facilitated sports camps, and travelled to 6 continents. In Canada he has worked as a support worker and residential care worker. During his time at Queen’s University he founded the Queen's International Justice Mission Chapter. The team fundraised and organized awareness campaigns surrounding the problems of global slavery.
Interests: Human sex trafficking, gender equality, peace and conflict resolution
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Name: Kadra Rayale
Hometown: Scarborough, Ontario
Education: Bilingual Bachelor's of Arts in History and Political Science. Certificates in Refugee and Migration Studies, Law and Social Thought and Bilingualism (English and French)
Experience: Kadra is an immigrant of Somali descent who moved to Canada in the early 1990s. While completing her undergrad at York University, Glendon Campus in Toronto, she volunteered with Plan Canada's Because I am A Girl campaign to advocate for girls rights in developing countries. She travelled to the 55th UN Commission on the Status of Women in New York to inspire state leaders to declare an international day of the girl. She also volunteered at York University's Centre for Refugee and Migration studies as a research assistant. Since graduating in 2012, she has worked in both the public and private sector learning of the benefits of community development with organizations such as Plan Canada, the Central Local Health Integration Network, and the Ontario Trillium Foundation. In December 2015, she will travel to COP 21 summit on climate change in Paris with an accredited status as a member of the Kiribati delegation. In her career, she hopes to study forced and voluntary migration trends to help develop a sustainable method of resettlement for refugees and internally displaced peoples.
Interests: Migration, refugees, resettlement, and community development.
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Name: Kaylia Little
Hometown: Vancouver, British Columbia
Education: B.A.H. in Global Development Studies and minor in French Studies, Queen's University; International Studies Certificate, Bader International Study Centre and Queen's University
Experience: Kaylia began her undergrad in Southern England, spending a year studying various topics in connection with field research across the United Kingdom and continental Europe. Once in Kingston, Ontario, she immersed herself fully in her faculty at Queen's and connected with various Professors to conduct academic research in the areas of development, decolonization, and the historical and present contexts of Aboriginal Peoples in Canada. Participating in various field-based courses, she travelled to Havana, Cuba and was exposed to local innovative approaches to community health and sustainable food systems. Outside of the classroom she was involved with a number of organizations including Nyantende Foundation and Amnesty International.
Interests: Sustainable development, community development and outreach, human rights, decolonization, gender equality, indigenous land rights, and sustainable agriculture.
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Name: Laura Maxwell
Hometown: Oakville, Ontario
Education: B.Sc., University of Western Ontario, Honors Double Major Biology and Political Science
Experience: Laura completed her bachelor of science at Western with a double major in biology and political science. During undergrad, she had a special interest in evolution and ecology, was involved with student council, and gained research experience in a molecular genetics lab and as part of Western’s Leadership and Democracy Lab. Laura has international experience in Kenya and Belize, and hopes that the MDP Program will help her to learn more about global health and environment.
Interests: Global health, maternal health, ecology and environmental science, and global governance.
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Name: Mary Crawford
Hometown: Sarnia, Ontario
Education: B.A.H. in Global Studies and Near Eastern and Classical Archaeology with a Research Specialization Option at Wilfrid Laurier University; International Development Certificate from Universiteit Van Amsterdam.
Experience: Mary began participating in development work at a very young age since volunteering at her local soup kitchen with her parents. She has travelled to El Salvador, Haiti, Dominican Republic, and Mexico with various organizations as both a participant and team leader. She has also been a supervisor of two archaeological digs in Madaba, Jordan. Mary discovered her research interest in disarmament when coordinating the entire Lend Your Leg campaign a Wilfrid Laurier University. She has mastered French, Creole, Dutch, and Arabic during her travels and experiences. As well as participating in a semester abroad both in high school to Belgium and in her undergrad to the Netherlands. During her university years she has fostered Guide Dogs for the Lion’s Foundation of Canada.
Interests: Sustainable development, disarmament, animal rights, archaeology, photography, history, and global arms trade.
Name: Rija Rasul
Hometown: Islamabad, Pakistan
Education: B.A.H. in Political Science, University of Toronto
Experience: During her time at U of T, Rija worked as a Compliance Analyst with the G8 Research Group at the Munk School of Global Affairs, where she conducted and published research on various G8 member states and assessed their compliance to previously made commitments, such as fostering green growth and mitigating climate change. Rija also worked with the Pakistan Development Fund during her undergrad, raising awareness and organizing discussion forums concerning poverty eradication and developmental issues such as labour rights, religious extremism, and sectarian violence in Pakistan. After graduating, while working in the financial industry, Rija also completed a research fellowship with the NATO Council of Canada, where she submitted analytical articles addressing various issues published under their Society, Culture, and International Relations program.
Interests: Human rights, international security and terrorism, poverty alleviation, renewable energy, sustainable cities, water sanitation, and security.
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Name: Stephanie Solomon
Hometown: Calgary, Alberta
Education: B.A.H. in Sociology with a concentration in Multiculturalism and Immigration from the University of Calgary
Experience: Stephanie showed a keen interest in qualitative research, completing such research for her undergraduate thesis at the University of Calgary. In her last position she participated in survey creation and interpretation. Furthermore, her volunteer experience has been with youth and at risk populations.
Interests: Poverty alleviation, gender, children’s development, and social mobility.
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Name: Stephen Little
Hometown: Cambridge, Ontario
Education: Bachelor of Engineering & Society, Civil Engineering, McMaster University
Experience: After graduating from McMaster University Stephen worked as an engineer in both the Telecommunication industry and in the Building Sciences world. These positions enabled him to build several key skills: Project Management, Business and Sales, Client and Customer relations, and the confidence to work in uncomfortable situations. As useful as these jobs were for skill building, Stephen realized they were not for him as they solely focused on the rat race for company income. Stephen believes there is more important work in life than ensuring a profit margin improves three percent! In order to turn that thinking into action he decided to explore the world of International Development and chose to pursue his studies in the MDP program.
Interests: Sustainable urban futures and social-ecological development.
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Name: Tom Stark
Hometown: Regina, Saskatchewan
Education: University of Regina: B.A.H. History and Philosophy
Experience: Tom spent the majority of his academic career at the University of Regina. In 2013, he completed an academic and co-op program at The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars in Washington, DC. After graduation, Tom moved to Toronto where he completed a certificate in International Project Management at the University of Toronto while working for a local non-profit, TakingITGlobal.
Interests: Local economic development, entrepreneurship, governance, and the nexus between development and security.
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Name: Vidya Nair
Hometown: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Education: B.A.H. Specialization in Communication, CO-OP, University of Ottawa
Experience: Vidya’s passion for development stemmed from her international experience across continents. Her experiences link with health initiatives in the global south. In Zambia, Vidya worked with HIV positive youth in rural communities to develop coping strategies and immediate preventative measures to stop the spread of the disease. In Kenya, she worked with Embracing the World, an international NGO, to plan and coordinate a tele-medicine facility in Nairobi. She recently returned from India where she completed work in water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and implemented a program for rural tribes to use, build, and maintain sanitation facilities and end open defecation for themselves and their families. At home, Vidya continues to strengthen her love of development by volunteering in her community with a number of local organizations.
Interests: Clean water, education, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), economic development, gender and development, non-profit management, Southeast Asia, and resource management.
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Name: Yuye Li
Hometown: Jiangsu, China
Education: BS in Environment Management & Geomatics specialization, Nanjing University, China & University of Waterloo
Experience: Yuye spent two years studying resource-environment and urban-rural planning management in Nanjing University in China. She joined lots of volunteer work about sustainable development in Nanjing. Then she joined the 2+2 program and studied abroad at the University of Waterloo from 2013 to 2015. During the two years at the University of Waterloo, she participated in various field-based courses. After her graduation, she joined the “one map” program as an intern in Geomatics and Geography Information Department in Jiangsu, China.
Interests: Food security, climate change, sustainable development, gender equality, sustainable agriculture, and urban development.
Name: Zhe Zhang
Hometown: Shijiazhuang (capital of Hebei province in China）
Education: Bachelor of Engineering Major in Inorganic Nonmetallic Materials Engineering, School of Materials Science and Engineering
Experience: From September of 2010, Zhe studied at the University of Science and Technology Beijing (USTB). In July of 2013, he got through the Production Practice, interned in Liaoning Qinghua Group, with learning the whole process of production and equipment of refractory materials. During the last term of Zhe’s undergraduate study, he did the final research of his bachelor’s thesis and completed it, which concerned the preparation and properties of Silicon Oxide Lithium-ion battery anode materials.
Interests: Renewable energy application, sustainable cities (especially with low carbon emission)
Name: Zoya Khan
Hometown: Rockland County, New York
Education: Honours B.Sc. - Psychology Major, with Minors in History of Religions and Linguistics. Graduated with Distinction from the University of Toronto.
Experience: Zoya completed her Undergraduate degree in Psychology (HBSc), but always had versatile interests, which led her to pursue a Master’s degree in Development Practice (Sustainable Development). She has worked in healthcare, education, and research with people of various ages and ethnicities, and has developed great interpersonal and communication skills. Her passion for development grew after working with two NGOs, International Development and Relief Fund (IDRF) and Islamic Relief Canada (IRC), helping to implement projects in the areas of disaster relief, sustainability, health care, educational empowerment, and local community empowerment. She has experienced the importance of having systems-thinking and multidisciplinary approaches to Development, and plans to utilize her knowledge to make a meaningful contribution in the lives of others. She especially enjoys working with women and children, and has strong interests in the areas of Global Health, Mental Health Education, and Women’s Empowerment. Languages: English, Urdu, Punjabi, American Sign Language
Current Interests: Global health, mental health, education, women’s empowerment, gender equality, human rights, human development, community development and outreach, poverty reduction, food security, and sustainable development.
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