MREM Intern Candidates

Master of Resource and Environmental Management students are available for a 12 to 16-week internship between May 1 and August 31 (dates are flexible).  For additional information, please contact the MREM Internship Coordinator, Brenda Smart, at 902-494-1344 or bsmart@dal.ca.


James Aksenchuk completed a BSc in Environmental Science at Mount Royal University in 2015 and is currently pursuing a Master of Resource and Environmental Management degree at Dalhousie University.

Prior to graduating from Mount Royal, James gained valuable work experience through internships with an environmental testing laboratory and an oil and gas company. Through these internships and university course work he developed his knowledge in reclamation and remediation; as well as groundwater, surface water, air, vegetation, and soil analysis.

After obtaining his undergraduate degree, James worked with an oilfield waste management company as an Environmental, Health and Safety Coordinator where he created and managed the company’s internal health and safety reporting system. James was subsequently promoted to Regulatory Advisor, where some of his responsibilities included coordinating with provincial regulators across western Canada to obtain regulatory approvals for capital projects and conducted consultation with First Nations and public stakeholders. In this role, he developed an understanding of regulatory requirements across British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba.

James is an enthusiastic and dedicated individual who has strong interpersonal skills and attention to detail. When he is not in school or working, James loves to spend his time hiking and traveling, most recently climbing and summiting Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa.

Upon graduating James plans to capitalize on the professional experience and knowledge gained through the MREM program. His target interests include working in environmental consulting, renewable energy, or policy analysis.


Nicholas Baker comes from a multidisciplinary background with academic qualifications including a BA (St. Francis Xavier University), BEd (Acadia University), and a Wildlife Conservation Technician Diploma (Holland College). He is also able to offer valuable life experiences that are applicable to a wide array of professional fields. Some of his noteworthy positions of employment include nature interpreter (Nova Scotia Department of Lands and Forestry), watershed coordinator (Margaree Salmon Association), and secondary school teacher (Sun West School Division).

Nick’s career aspirations include employment in the fields of fish and wildlife management, habitat reclamation, and conservation of species at risk. Given the opportunity, he is eager to face new challenges and utilize problem solving skills to overcome obstacles. Nick’s passion for environmental sustainability and wildlife conservation has motivated him to be involved in organizations such as the Nova Scotia Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture, Ducks Unlimited Canada, and the Canadian Wild Turkey Federation. Since Nick has begun his coursework, he has had the opportunity to broaden his academic interests and further develop his knowledge. He is eager to apply his experiences in his future endeavours to aid his goal in creating innovative solutions that ensure sustainable management of natural resources and promoting biodiversity.

When not involved with his studies, Nick enjoys spending his free time outdoors. He is an avid angler and hunter and enjoys activities such as hiking and snowshoeing. Nick also has many years experience playing and coaching rugby and values the camaraderie from team sports. 


Matthew Brennan graduated from Mount Allison University in May of 2018 with a BSc majoring in Environmental Science and minoring in Chemistry. He is currently a student in the Master of Resource and Environmental Management program at Dalhousie University.

Matt is a lover of the outdoors, enjoying fishing, swimming and exploring new landscapes. Through his choice of electives at Mount Allison, the latter of those interests was combined with a new skill - working with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in the ArcGIS package. This allowed him to investigate and manipulate features in a landscape in a systematic way, as Matt is a firm believer in the benefits of a sound process to deliver a meaningful product. His affinity for ArcGIS in his third year influenced his decision to take on two research-based courses with a heavy GIS focus in his final year at Mount Allison.

Matt has a passion for problem solving, entrepreneurship and hands-on work, stemming from his experience in the landscape and property maintenance industry. He is interested in combining analytical processes with fieldwork and has aspirations to enter the consulting sector in the future with a focus on environmental remediation.


(William) Connor Cepella completed a combined honours BA in Environment, Sustainability, and Society and Environmental Science at Dalhousie University in 2017. During his undergraduate degree, Connor completed a natural resource studies program at the Haida Gwaii Higher Education Society, Haida Gwaii, British Columbia. He is currently a student in the Master of Resource and Environmental Management program at Dalhousie University.

Connor is interested in natural resource law and governance. During his undergraduate degree, Connor completed an Honours Thesis Project where he studied the public participation in the environmental assessment for the Northern Gateway Pipeline. Drawing on his environmental assessment experience, Connor completed an internship at Nova Scotia Environment in the Environmental Assessment Branch in 2017. Connor is passionate about working with people and has acted as a consultant for the Mersey Tobiatic Research Institute, Halifax Port Authority, and Nova Scotia Environment (100 Wild Islands Project). Connor is currently taking courses in environmental law and natural resource economics.

Connor is an avid outdoor professional. He has travelled through the remote regions Jammu and Kashmir in northern India, completed a rigorous 29 day trek in the Mount Everest region of Nepal, and completed a 52 day canoe trip in the Canadian Arctic. This past spring and summer, Connor worked as a tree planter on Haida Gwaii, British Columbia, and guided two 25-day canoe trips in the James Bay region of Ontario.


Marina Daoud graduated from the American University of Beirut with a Bachelor in Political Studies with a minor in Biology and International Law. She chose to pursue the MREM program after completing international law courses where different themes of environmental violations were tied to human rights law and international environmental law.

A major trigger in her decision to enroll in the Master of Resource and Environmental Management program was the ongoing waste crisis in Lebanon which gained momentum in 2015 whereby waste went rampant in the streets. Experiencing the crisis first hand, she became more self-conscious of the choices and impacts we make as consumers. In addition, it made her curious about how different levels of government interact to either protect or violate the environment and society’s well-being.

Being a member of the Lebanese Red Cross Youth Department for four years as an undergraduate, she learned the difference an individual can make in society. Marina hopes to work for an NGO where she can apply the skills learned working in one of her interest areas. Marina’s interests include waste management, pollution, conservation, civil society, and law and policy. She would like to further improve her field work skills and combine it with the knowledge she is obtaining from the MREM program to tackle different environmental issues.


Sam Donaldson completed a BSc with Honours in Chemistry at Mount Allison University in 2018, focusing on inorganic and environmental chemistry. Currently, Sam is a Master of Resource and Environmental Management candidate at Dalhousie University, and is passionate about the inter-disciplinary value of the program.

During his undergraduate education, Sam became skilled at instrumental analysis, sampling methods, and chemical synthesis. This background led to an interest in the interactions between chemicals and natural systems. Sam is drawn to industrial activity and the process, from planning to monitoring, that takes place during the development of large or small projects.

Sam’s work and volunteer experience crosses many disciplines. He is able to draw on independent research experience gained at Mount Allison, exposure to compliance and safety from employment with the Nova Scotia Lifeguard Service, and management participation during his time as a coordinator with the SMILE program at Mount Allison. As a student employee at Parks Canada, Sam had the privilege of conducting field work for conservation projects, on top of his full-time position engaging with the public as an Ambassador.

Currently, Sam’s professional interests include environmental monitoring and compliance, environmental consulting, and environmental assessment. In his spare time, he might be on the trail enjoying rural Nova Scotia or spending time with family in East Hants. You can find Sam online at www.linkedin.com/in/sddonaldson or by email at SDonaldson@dal.ca.

Vijaya Lakshmi has a Bachelor of Technology in Biotechnology. Her interdisciplinary background in science exposed her to a wide array of subjects from chemical engineering, molecular biology to environmental biotechnology. After exploring her options, she decided to choose the Resource and Environmental Management program at Dalhousie for her Master’s. She was inspired to choose to this program after seeing the different environmental management problems in developing countries and how poorly they were being dealt with.

Prior to coming to Dalhousie, Vijaya did an internship at Duke-NUS Medical school in Singapore. She worked on immunological research and compared the immune responses during early stages of infection by the chikungunya and yellow fever virus using mice models. Living in Singapore opened her eyes to the sustainable management of environmental resources, especially when resources are scarce. Her research interests are now focused on environmental management of solid wastes and renewable resources. She is interested in pursuing a career in the field of environmental consulting, working on environmental assessments, renewable energy, public policy design and corporate sustainability.


Iliana Irons is a Master of Resource and Environmental Management Candidate at Dalhousie University. She completed a BSc in Environment at McGill University in 2016.

Iliana enjoyed the broad scope of her undergraduate degree as it gave her the opportunity to explore various environmental topics and discover her interests in water, forest and park management. While on a field-course in Barbados, she investigated how the island’s physical geography posed challenges to water management, and how residents were impacted by water shortages. Another project had Iliana working with the Mont-Saint Hilaire Gault Nature Reserve, in Quebec, where she formulated recommendations to better manage the park entrances for visitors.

Upon graduating, Iliana was hired as a purchasing coordinator at Lufa Farms, a pioneer in the field of commercial rooftop greenhouses. Within four months, she was promoted to purchaser, which was an extraordinary learning experience in communication, financial accountability, time management and problem solving.

Iliana is fluently bilingual in English and French. She can also converse and read in Greek and has studied Spanish and Mandarin. She is very adventurous, having recently spent four months travelling solo through New Zealand and Australia, including living and working on farms. She then lived in China for five months, teaching English to College students. These experiences have reinforced her belief in the importance of environmental management.

Outside of class, Iliana maintains an active lifestyle, rowing for Dalhousie, playing golf and ringette, and working as a fitness trainer. She is also the social chair of the School for Resource and Environmental Studies.


Frederica Jacks is currently pursuing a Master of Resource and Environmental Management degree at Dalhousie University after having received her BSc in Biology with a minor in French from Dalhousie earlier in 2018. Her current interests include wildlife and ecosystem management, environmental education and enforcement, and sustainable urban forests.

Her senior undergraduate research included studying the relationship between infections and physiology in deer ticks in the Rossolimo Lab. She presented her findings at the Atlantic Canada Association of Parasitologists conference in Pictou County, Nova Scotia, and is published in the International Journal of Biology. This summer, Frederica completed an internship as a Zoology Collections Assistant at the Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History, where she developed and applied a testing protocol to determine arsenic contamination in ornithology specimens.

Frederica has been a volunteer medical responder for the Dalhousie Medical Campus Response Team (DMCRT) for four years and is the current secretary for the SRES Student Society. In her spare time, she is a dog, sports, and houseplant enthusiast. She is looking forward to gaining valuable experience in the MREM program and in her internship next summer.


Benjamin John graduated Wilfrid Laurier University in 2018 with an Honours Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree, majoring in Business Sustainability, and minoring in Environmental Studies. He is currently pursuing a Master of Resource and Environmental Management (MREM) degree at Dalhousie University.

During his undergraduate degree, Benjamin was involved in a project to bring sustainable initiatives to the town of Ayr, Ontario. This project involved considerable public consultation, as well as coordination with municipal officials to deliver the initiative that realized the greatest environmental benefits, social acceptance, and economic feasibility. 

Throughout his volunteer and work experience, Benjamin has been involved in politics, facility management, marketing, and sustainability efforts; each providing him with unique knowledge and skill sets. This has resulted in his growing interest in renewable energy, energy efficiency, innovative business solutions that address environmental issues, and policy. Benjamin plans to pursue a career in these areas and is looking forward to gaining further experience through the internship portion of the MREM program.

Outside academia, Benjamin is an avid hockey player and drummer. These passions lead him to become a volunteer coach for his local hockey team, and drum teacher. His time in these positions has developed strong communication, team-work, and leadership abilities.


Jessica Kern graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University with an Honours BA in Psychology and Sociology in 2018. She is currently pursuing the Master of Resource and Environmental Management degree.

During her undergraduate degree, Jessica completed community engagement sessions with Wilfrid Laurier University. She launched a wildlife protection initiative with Rare Conservation Area in regard to the positive behavioural implications of citizen engagement. Jessica was a member of the Woodstock Field Naturalist Club where she assisted in the instrumentation and promotion of local conservational efforts in the Oxford County municipality. In addition to community engagement, Jessica was employed with the City of Woodstock Public Works Department for four consecutive summer work terms. Jessica assisted in waste management efforts and acted as a liaison between the City of Woodstock and its residents for

management inquires.

Jessica is particularly interested in waste management practices and the behavioural and social

ramifications of sustainability in our current society. Jessica hopes to pursue a career where she is able to incorporate these interests while working with skilled professionals in the field and promoting the importance of civic engagement.

Jessica is also interested in hiking and travelling. She travelled to Ireland for an exchange program in 2017 and enjoyed being apart of the Outdoor Pursuits Club.


Jessica Lockyer graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Environmental Studies and a diploma in ecological restoration in 2018. She is currently pursuing a Master of Resource and Environmental Management degree at Dalhousie University.

During her undergraduate degree Jessica completed four work terms through the cooperative education program at the University of Waterloo. Her first two work terms were with the Canadian Tire Corporation where Jessica was instrumental in developing a reuse process for damaged chemicals. Her second 8-month work term was with the Region of Waterloo Waste Management Division where Jessica assisted in the facilitation of region wide waste collection changes. As well, in the summer of 2016 Jessica volunteered at an eco-education center in Spain. Her primary role was to educate visitors on alternative energy systems and assist in the implementation and improvement of alternative energy systems and facilities within the community.

Jessica’s current interests include energy and waste management systems. Upon graduating from the MREM program, Jessica hopes to pursue a career in consulting. To work towards this goal, Jessica is focusing her studies towards learning more about energy systems, geographic information systems, and industrial sustainability.

Outside academia, Jessica has a passion for travel. She has visited 30 countries on 5 different continents. She also participates in half-marathons in Canada and internationally with her most recent being in Croatia.


Medha Malviya completed her Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Economics from University of Delhi. Building on this foundation of conventional economics she obtained a degree from TERI School of Advanced Studies, New Delhi in Environmental and Resource Economics. Her thesis for the degree, in association with WWF-India, focused on cost-effectiveness of mining operations in India. This also included a cost-benefit analysis (CBA) of two government owned manganese ore mines. She was also involved with WWF-India in the SWITCH-Asia program on sustainable and responsible wood trade.

Medha has worked briefly as a climate finance consultant with the Ministry of Finance, Government of India, where she was involved with climate change policy evaluation and inputs for low carbon strategy for inclusive growth. This was followed by a three-year experience in the banking sector which helped in developing communication and project management skills including handling of finance portfolios, public dealing and grievance redressals.

Given a deep interest in environmental concerns, she has returned to graduate school to expand her knowledge of social, political and legal dimensions of environmental management. She is currently pursuing the Master of Resource and Environmental Management program at Dalhousie University where her areas of interest include monetary valuation, environmental impact assessment, climate change economics and sustainable finance. 

   

Eamonn McGuinty is currently pursuing the Master of Resource and Environmental Management degree at Dalhousie University at the Faculty of Management where he is focusing on international trade and investment, natural resource management and technology and innovation. He is also completing his Certified International Trade Professional (CITP) designation through the Nova Scotia Business Inc. program in partnership with the Forum for International Trade Training (FITT). To refine his research and strategic skills, Eamonn is working with a group of researchers and industry members on the 2019 Canadian Food Price Report analyzing consumer trends, macro-economic factors and technological disruption of the food industry.

Previous to Dalhousie, he worked at a leading technology company (League Inc.) at the MaRS Discovery District in Toronto. He contributed to growth going from “Seed” to “Series B” stages of company development. He was tasked to manage strategic accounts of commercial sizes in Canada and delivered on expansion and growth targets for his book of business.

Eamonn obtained his Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree in food and agricultural business from the University of Guelph and the Ontario Agricultural College (OAC) in 2015. At the same time, he was selected as a Kirchner Food Fellow with the Kirchner Private Capital Group to allocate capital to for-profit sustainable food companies in different parts of the world. He loves traveling, languages, cultures, cycling, hockey, soccer and running. He’s constantly trying to work on his creative side!


Megan Pagniello received her Bachelor of Arts from Dalhousie in 2015, with combined honours in Environment, Sustainability and Society and Political Science. During her ungraduated degree, Megan also earned her Environmental Impact Assessment Certificate and Sustainability Leadership Certificate through Dalhousie University. She is currently perusing a Master of Resource and Environmental Management degree at Dalhousie.

During her undergraduate degree, Megan completed an internship with the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, working alongside the specialized Build Research Establishment (BRE) Innovation Parks team. She has also worked in the NGO sector for several years. As a result of her many experiences and continuous academic inspiration, Megan has several interests including impact assessment, conservation, protected areas, environmental politics, and sustainable development.

Megan chose the MREM program because of its interdisciplinary approach and internship opportunity, but also was drawn to the beautiful landscape of Nova Scotia. She is an avid hiker and loves to spend time outdoors, which is what inspires her to continuously learn and explore ways of preserving the natural environment.

Megan hopes to find an internship that brings together her environmental politics and conservation interests. She is excited with all the possibilities that lay ahead.  www.linkedin.com/in/megan-pagniello


Victoria Sandre holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from St. Francis Xavier University. She is currently pursuing a Master of Resource and Environmental Management at Dalhousie University, connecting her aptitude for the physical sciences with management projects in the context of natural resources.

Throughout her undergraduate education, Victoria held positions on both University Senate and the Students’ Union as the Faculty of Science Representative. This experience enabled Victoria to participate in policy analysis and student advocacy. Victoria also conducted research through two fully-funded summer terms, including the Reactive Intermediates Student Exchange (RISE) Scholars program. The success of her research is reflected by three publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals, including ACS Energy Letters and the Canadian Journal of Chemistry.

Upon arrival to Dalhousie, Victoria established a Student Energy Chapter, aiming to bring unbiased energy knowledge and resources to the university campus. In the foundation year of this initiative, she will organize student-led discussions on a variety of energy-related topics, host documentary screenings, and bring in public leaders in the energy sector.

In addition to academic pursuits, Victoria competed on the Varsity Women’s Cross-Country team at StFX, receiving an All-Canadian Athlete designation. She continues to remain active and hopes to train for another marathon in the coming months.

Victoria’s employment interests are centered around project management with renewable energy companies, combining her excellent communication skills, well-developed scientific background, and inherent analytic thinking abilities.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/victoria-sandre-b82978156/


Jamie Smyth completed her Bachelor of Arts degree with Honours in Geography with a Concentration in Physical Geography and a minor in Geomatics from Carleton University, and has her Environmental Technicians Diploma from Sir Sandford Fleming College. She is currently pursuing the Master of Resource and Environmental Management degree at Dalhousie University. Her research interests include habitat connectivity, species at risk, coastal management, marine spatial planning, and protected area management.

During her undergraduate career, she conducted an independent study on incorporation adaptive spatial planning into marine protected areas design and management. This led her to work as a research analyst for the Species at Risk Program at Fisheries and Oceans Canada, analyzing spatial distribution patterns of aquatic species at risk for the creation of critical habitat maps for focal areas within Canada. She has studied Geographic Information Systems (GIS) extensively and promotes innovation and creativity through GIS technologies.

Jamie’s fascination with the complexity of environmental systems and the sustainable management of resource has pushed her to pursue a career that can incorporate her skills in GIS in an environmental field. She is a driven individual who is constantly looking to expand her skill set with new opportunities.

During her free time, Jamie enjoys immersing herself in the outdoors as much as possible through trail running, camping, or hiking. She believes in taking every opportunity to appreciate the beauty that nature provides.


Julietta Sorensen recently returned from the Middle East, where she spent 2.5 years working as a Science Instructor at a local elementary school. Her teaching experience, combined with a degree in Environmental Science from the University of Lethbridge, ignited her interest in the gap between science and society. She is now pursuing a Master of Resource and Environmental Management at Dalhousie University. She is especially interested in the incorporation of public values in Urban Forest management.

Julietta possesses a unique combination of social and scientific skills. Her hands-on internships, working with Parks Canada and the Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute, made her skilled in data collection, analyses, and field surveying. Independent research and self-taught field identification speak to Julietta’s ability to learn on the job, while remaining organized and punctual. Meanwhile, her experience as an educator (both in the sporting and academic world) allow her to comfortably navigate social engagement and public speaking.

To further her skills as a communicator, Julietta maintains a personal blog. Through this, she promotes environmental education by posting lessons and activities for children.  Julietta is now expanding her experience by volunteering as an interpreter at the Museum of Natural History. She is currently developing a summer-camp program designed to connect youth with urban nature.

Julietta is looking forward to a challenging and fulfilling career in Urban Forestry. She is seeking a wide variety of opportunities, including planning and maintenance, community outreach, and place-based education.


Farrah Stevens is a Mi’kmaq woman from the community of Pictou Landing First Nation, Nova Scotia. She completed her BSc in Environmental Science at Saint Mary’s University and is currently pursuing the Master of Resource and Environmental Management degree at Dalhousie University.

During her undergraduate degree, Farrah did an internship with Fisheries and Oceans Canada working for the Fisheries Protection Program. She collected and managed data that was used to create an interactive mapping tool, displaying fish species and locations across Nova Scotia. She gained field experience doing compliance monitoring which involved determining fish habitat by stream assessment, electrofishing, water quality assessment, and further assessing habitat using equipment such as the drone and underwater ROV. During her internship, Farrah had the opportunity to work with DFO-Science catching green crabs and taking tissue samples in the lab to be later assessed for speciation.

She continued her career in DFO with the Strategic Onboarding Unit within Human Resources as the Indigenous Coordinator. She assisted with developing the Indigenous Hiring Strategy for indigenous recruitment and retention in the Maritimes region. She planned an event for National Indigenous Peoples day, celebrating Mi’kmaq culture and showcasing indigenous artwork purchased for DFO-Maritimes. In addition, Farrah was responsible for welcoming students and new employees into DFO, where she took part in planning, organizing and hosting various orientation and networking events.

Farrah’s academic and career interests lie in renewable energy, environmental remediation, environmental policy, and species conservation. She is excited to further her career in environmental science and looks forward to beginning an internship in the summer of 2019.

 

Thomas Sweeney is a Master of Resource and Environmental Management student at Dalhousie University.  He received a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences with a focus on Marine Biology from Quest University in 2015.  As part of his honors thesis, Thomas analyzed sea surface temperature anomalies as a contributing factor in changes in Pacific Salmon migrations.  In his research he developed strong writing skills as well as a proficiency in analytical programs such as R.

As part of his undergrad, Thomas was the first student from his alma mater to go on an academic exchange in Rabat, Morocco, and while there he studied developmental economics.  His time in the region led him to an interest in applying wildlife management techniques in the developing world.  After graduation Thomas undertook a paid six-month internship through Memorial University in Malawi.  While his primary duties were in aquaculture research, he also undertook a number of independent projects.  Most notable among these was an independently pursued food sustainability project to alleviate pressure to a non-profit game reserve.  With a small EU grant, Thomas and a small team of colleagues were able to successfully implement small scale aquaculture co-ops that are still running today.

In addition to English, Thomas speaks fluent Spanish and German, as well as basic French, although he is also able to communicate in very basic Darija, Catalan, and Chichewa.  Most of all, he is passionate about Environmental Management, and is eager to apply himself fully to new opportunities. 


Marie-Josée (MJ) Valiquette is a Master of Resource and Environmental Management candidate at Dalhousie University. Prior to graduate studies, MJ received a BA with distinction in Environmental Studies from The King’s University in Alberta.

The interdisciplinary nature of her academic and work experiences is constantly developing the analytical and communications skills necessary for a dedicated career in the environmental field. During her undergraduate degree, she enhanced these skills by presenting and publishing academic work and by varied coursework, which included: geographic information systems (GIS), environmental impact assessment, public policy, ecology, and communications. Among various university volunteer positions, her leadership role in The King’s University environmental stewardship club proved exceptionally rewarding because it engaged hundreds of students in challenges that consisted of individual tasks and university-wide events related to lowering greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

MJ has work experience in agriculture, communications, and in municipal grant writing. Her years of experience as a municipal Grants Officer further developed her skills of problem solving, researching, organization, and communication. Examples of her experiences include: assisting local societies with funding acquisition by organizing and leading workshops, working on comprehensive research projects (such as, organizing the creation of a Climate Resilience Action Plan), creating and editing municipal policy, and collaborating with various (public, private, and indigenous) stakeholders to visualize and participate in projects.

MJ is passionate about environmental sustainability and would like to pursue a management career that effectively promotes it. She has a broad range of interests which include community building, sustainable agriculture, environmental impact assessment, environmental policy implementation, and GHG emissions reduction.