Sarah Thoutenhoofd is a Master in Global Governance student with the Balsillie School of International Affairs at the University of Waterloo. Sarah’s research focuses on the facilitation of environmental sustainability through the interconnection of bottom-up local private sector sustainability capacity and top-down approaches of the Canadian Government.
Growing up in Calgary, Alberta, Sarah was inspired to study the ways in which Canada can transition from carbon-based energy to sustainable energy through multi-level governance. Sarah is driven by her desire to connect effective governance with sustainable, local-level transformations. Sarah hopes to broaden her knowledge of federal and municipal governments’ interactions with non-state actors and international treaties. The core of Sarah’s studies is to empower governments to make collaborative connections to promote the sustainability and well-being for citizens worldwide.
Sarah previously completed her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Alberta, majoring in Philosophy with an International Studies minor. Sarah also worked for the Department of Public Safety Canada for two years, where she learned firsthand the inner functioning of the federal government and the impact that small changes can have on national systems.