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.

Audra White. After graduating with a BA in Economics and International Development from Dalhousie University, Audra chose to pursue a Master of Resource and Environmental Management (MREM) to answer the lingering questions she had from her undergraduate studies.

The decision to pursue an MREM degree was also inspired by her internship with the International Ocean Institute (Canada) in the summer of 2017.  In this position she assisted the course director in coordinating the 39th Training Programme on Ocean Governance: Policy, Law and Management.   By attending lectures alongside the participants of the training programme her interest in the complexity of environmental management and global justice was further ignited.

Her particular interest in global affairs was also inspired by her two academic exchanges in her undergrad.  The first exchange to Bergen, Norway, took place in the fall of 2015 and was followed that spring by an exchange to Munich, Germany.  In both locations she took economics and development courses to understand the European perspective on issues such as climate change and international relations.  While abroad she also tutored English, volunteered at yoga studios and was involved in local student societies.

Audra is constantly inspired by her academic and professional work and as a result has a wide array of interests.  Through the MREM program she has focused on issues of urban resilience, environmental policies, and the relationship between urban policy and international law.  It is her belief that sustainable cities will lead the way to a sustainable world.

Bringing enthusiasm and dedication to all that she encounters, Audra is eager to pursue a career in land-use planning as it is such a fundamental aspect of resilience, community building, and working towards climate change mitigation.

Benji Spagat graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a Bachelor of Science degree majoring in Biology in 2014.  He is currently pursuing a Master of Resource and Environmental Management (MREM) degree at Dalhousie University.

After completing his undergraduate degree, Benji obtained a Certificate in Environmental Conservation through the University of Guelph.  During this degree, Benji gained firsthand field experience completing environmental assessments and analyzing soil samples on farms in Southern Ontario in order to help mitigate wind and water erosion.  While completing his certificate, Benji worked for TD Canada Trust and lead fundraising initiatives for charities such as United Way and TD Friends of the Environment Foundation.  He orchestrated volunteer initiatives that promoted community engagement, environmental education and the funding of other environmental projects.

Prior to enrolling in the MREM program, Benji worked, travelled and volunteered in South Korea while teaching English to school-aged children.  It was while travelling that he developed an interest in industrial symbiosis and resource reutilization by observing some of the successful implementation projects in East Asia.

Benji is passionate about sustainability and wants to pursue a career in the field of environmental management.  He has a broad range of interests which include resource reutilization, business and government relations, environmental policy implementation, and energy efficiency.  When he’s not in school or working, you can find Benji riding his bike, finding a mountain to climb or planning his next adventure.

Curtis Quirion is currently working towards his Master’s degree in Resource and Environmental Management (MREM) at Dalhousie University with a focus on urban sustainability. He holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering with a specialization in environment and water.

Curtis has both research and work experience in solid waste management. His research interests now focus on the development of clean urban networks, renewable energy, and sustainable transportation. He is particularly keen to begin a career that encompass his skillsets in engineering and environmental management to contribute to his goal of achieving zero-emission’s in cities.

At the University of New Brunswick, Curtis wrote a green column for the Brunswickan newspaper that was aimed at increasing awareness. He has volunteered for the Nature Conservancy of Canada and the Nature Trust of New Brunswick, where he worked on management plans and took part in wildlife monitoring events.

While understanding the importance of a balanced lifestyle, Curtis ensures that his priorities are maintained within his career, relationships, and hobbies. This awareness encourages the development of time management and organizational skills. In his spare time, he can be found reading, playing guitar and piano or out for a hike with friends.

Dana Mears completed a BSc in Geography with a Minor in Development Studies from the University of Calgary in 2017. She is currently pursuing a Master of Resource and Environmental Management at Dalhousie University.

During her undergraduate degree, she worked with Dr. Scott Jasechko to conduct an independent study of the status of water policy and legislation in Alberta and Canada. Dana has extensively studied Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and has conducted an analysis of where to implement a water quality monitoring program on the Bow River in Calgary.  She has received Tri Council Ethics approval to conduct research involving humans, she utilized qualitative research techniques such as interviews and focus groups to assess participants apathy towards electricity usage in fitness centres.

Dana’s current interests are water policy, environmental assessment and management with a focus of wetlands. She plans to pursue consulting or environmental policy with a focus on inland water preservation and management upon completion of the MREM program. She hopes to apply her knowledge and interest of resource and environmental management in her career.

Dana worked as a Swim Instructor/Lifeguard for over five years. She customized each lesson to the students’ needs in order for them to complete their required skills and understand the complexities of aquatic emergency situations. Using her leadership skills, she was able to take lead on emergencies and work as a team to ensure member enjoyment and safety.

Elliot McLauchlan completed his BSc (Hons) in Earth Science majoring in Geology and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Resource and Environmental Management (MREM).  Elliot has also been pre-approved for up to $15,000 in wage subsidies through the Eco-Canada Internship Program for eligible employers.

Upon completion of his undergraduate degree, Elliot was determined to gain a better understanding of geologic principles with regards to environmental and sustainable development, which led him to the MREM program.  Prior to joining the Master’s program, Elliot spent time working with the BC Oil and Gas Commission (OGC), Geologic Survey of Canada (GSC-Atlantic), Walcott Geophysics, and most recently with the University’s Basin and Reservoir Lab.

His diverse work experience has exposed him to a number of projects, including the assessment of methane gas emissions from legacy fossil resource extraction sites in Atlantic Canada (Basin and Reservoir Lab), caribou habitat restoration in northern BC (OGC), and paleolimnological reconstruction of the Great Lakes (GSC-Atlantic).  Elliot has also gained experience in the field conducting IP and magnetic surveying, soil, water and air sampling, and is well versed with mapping software ArcGIS.  He hopes to apply these experiences to gain entry to the industries of energy development and management, resource evaluation, and industrial sustainability.

Outside of academia, Elliot maintains an active lifestyle and is a volunteer coach for Halifax Minor Baseball, and Dunbrack Soccer Club.  He has also served as the Vice-president of the Dalhousie Running Club, and is always looking to engage with the community however he can.

Emilie English is a first-year student in the Master of Resource and Environmental Management program (MREM) at Dalhousie University. Her interests include policy and environmental planning, forest management, indigenous rights and reconciliation, and climate change adaptation.  She hopes to find an internship position related to these fields for this coming summer.

Prior to graduate studies in Halifax, Emilie lived in Vancouver where she completed a Diploma of Technology in forestry at the British Columbia Institute of Technology.  She then worked as a forest technician for a consulting firm where she enjoyed opportunities to travel across the province, and to experience the challenges and intricacies of forest management first hand.  Seeing the effects of large-scale landscape changes, due to the mountain pine beetle, timber harvesting, and large forest fires, emboldened her resolve to build a career promoting the sustainable use of our resources and the resilience of natural areas.  Emilie worked mostly as the team leader for the silviculture survey projects, and assisted with proposals, technical reports, and research projects, including some work on First Nations claims.

In a “past life”, Emilie graduated from the Glenn Gould School of Music at the Royal Conservatory in Toronto with a Bachelor of Music in Performance.  She worked as a professional harpist for several years, playing with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the Canadian Opera Company.  Her strong work ethic, attention to detail, public speaking skills, creativity, and interpersonal skills are all rooted in her musical experiences.

In her free time, Emilie enjoys all things outdoors, be it hiking, camping, or cycling, has a passion for tiny houses, and believes in engaging with her community by volunteering and supporting local culture.

 

Heidi Taylor’s conservation interests are inspired from her love of the ocean and all things marine. It all started while traveling in Thailand where she learned to scuba dive and had her first encounter with the underwater world – she was immediately hooked. Since then, she has spent nearly 6000 hours underwater working as a scuba diving instructor in the tourist industry and leading groups of volunteers for marine-based conservation organizations in South East Asia and the Caribbean. This experience not only shaped how she sees the marine environment, but it also showed her the need for marine-based environmental education and the value of working with communities to solve conservation issues.

Heidi learned a tremendous amount about the marine environment by immersing herself in it, but she realized that if she wanted to work directly in conservation than formal education was the necessary next step. She enrolled in the Master of Resource and Environmental Management Program at Dalhousie as a way to combine her wealth of ‘real-world’ experience with a solid academic foundation. Combined, her experiences abroad and her education, give her a unique perspective on marine conservation issues. Her goal is to pursue work in marine-based environmental communication, policy analysis and research.

Prior to working in scuba diving, Heidi did interpretive writing and exhibit planning for museums and science centers. She also holds a BA (honours) in History from the University of British Columbia.

Johanna Buchmann-Duck is a Master of Resource and Environmental Management student at Dalhousie University. She received a Bachelor of Arts with distinction in Environmental Studies with concentrations in Global Political Ecology and Canadian Environmental Studies from the University of Alberta. Through the interdisciplinary nature of her undergraduate work, she has developed analytical skills necessary for a career in environment.

For her undergraduate Capstone, Johanna completed a collaborative research project examining Alberta’s Provincial Park public consultation process. This project not only helped develop her research, writing and presentation skills but also piqued her interest in the role of public consultation in resource management.

A returning employee for Banff National Park, Johanna was promoted to a supervisory position on a Parks Canada pilot project this year. As a Lead Hand, Johanna developed her staff management, problem solving and decision-making skills while leading staff in the field. Her life, work, and educational experiences have nurtured a passion for protected areas.

While studying abroad in Germany, Johanna was fascinated by international environmental politics. She is interested in exploring the implementation of management strategies across the globe as well as approaches to international governance.

Johanna is an excellent communicator, team player and critical thinker. She seeks a career that will allow her to play an active role in shaping policies that will protect natural resources for future generations.

Joseph Spagnuolo is a Master of Resource and Environmental Management (MREM) candidate at Dalhousie University. He holds a BSc in Environmental Science at Queen’s University.

Joseph’s undergraduate thesis research was conducted for the Frontenac Arch Biosphere, a UNSECO Certified Biosphere Reserve. The main objective of the project focused on examining pressure state response methodologies for invasive species. The final report was given to the Board of Directors of the Frontenac Arch Biosphere in order to utilize the information provided and create a 10-year review report for the United Nations.

In his upper years, Joseph worked to conduct an Environmental Impact Assessment for a contaminated site remediation, and an assessment for a proposed management plan of the Salmon River Watershed. During this experience, he developed skills in data interpretation of Community Strategic Plans, reviewing municipal and provincial policy, city planning documents, town hamlets and official conservation.

Joseph also has great interest in environmental education. From working with organizations such as the Queen’s Solar Design Team focusing on building a complete net-zero house and taking a management role in educating children and the public on the importance of renewable energy through curriculum and workshop programing. Such opportunities allowed him to attend and speak at conferences, engage with public speakers and truly tailor his academic knowledge to specific communities and social justice initiatives. 


Joseph is a dedicated, imaginative, attention oriented individual who is excited to grow his current skill set by working with organizations that focus on environmental assessment and remediation; taking the processes of interdisciplinary study and applying it to consultation of both the physical and social aspects of sustainable resource development.

Upon completion of the MREM program, Joseph hopes to venture into the field of environmental consulting with strong emphases on environmental impact assessment and policy analysis.

Kendra Marshman is a Master of Resource and Environmental Management candidate at Dalhousie University. Kendra holds a Bachelor of Arts from Dalhousie University with a combined honours in Environment, Sustainability, & Society and Canadian Studies. Research, writing, and interviews skills were grown while working on two undergraduate theses, one on urban forestry and the other on Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women in Canada.

Kendra is an organizer and presenter for Trees in the City: Learning about the Urban Forest public workshop. She engages the public through environmental education about urban trees, fulfilling education and community engagement goals of the Halifax Urban Forest Master Plan. She is confident with public speaking, fundraising, and event organizing.

In 2014 Kendra began volunteering at Hope Blooms community garden and social enterprise and was later employed as the full-time volunteer coordinator. She was involved with Hope Blooms for three years. With a mission to engage youth in developing gardening and business skills in North End Halifax, Kendra recruited and trained volunteers, organized community events, led a seniors group in developing a business model, and facilitated programming. Kendra’s passion for business stems from her own jewelry business which she has operated for over seven years after receiving training from the Ontario Small Business Center.

Kendra has interned for the Halifax Urban Forest Master Plan under Peter Duinker’s supervision, developing the skills of tree identification, measurement, and database management in Excel. During this internship she became confident with collaborative report writing, working on the 2014 Halifax’s Urban Orchard Project: Report of a Consultation Workshop.

Kendra hopes to bring her research, facilitation, and entrepreneurial skills to a federal government department this summer for a co-op internship. She is willing to re-locate.

Kristyn Lyons completed a Bachelor of Science in Biology at the University of New Brunswick in 2017. She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Resource and Environmental Management (MREM) at Dalhousie University. Kristyn’s current research interests are climate change, coastal management, environmental assessment, and renewable energy.

During her undergraduate degree, Kristyn studied the growth rates of ribbed mussels in salt marshes along the Northumberland Strait under Dr. Myriam Barbeau. She presented her findings at the Science Atlantic Environment (SAE) Conference in Fredericton, New Brunswick. She also worked with Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society’s (CPAWS) New Brunswick chapter, engaging with the public in provincial parks and raising awareness regarding the importance of protected areas.

During her university studies, Kristyn has volunteered with Rotaract, the UNB Biology Society, and she is currently a member of the School of Resource and Environmental Studies Student Society. These experiences, along with her work with CPAWS NB and Dr. Barbeau, have allowed her to gain valuable leadership skills and experience working as part of a team. Kristyn is looking forward to gaining further experience through the internship portion of the MREM program.

Laura Bartlett completed her Bachelor of Arts with a Combined Honours in Environment, Sustainability & Society and Sociology at Dalhousie University, one of only ten people to hold this unique degree combination. Her undergraduate thesis focused on creating a new assessment tool to measure correlations between individual health and pro-environmental behaviours.  She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Resource and Environmental Management (MREM) with a certificate in Environmental Impact Assessment at Dalhousie University.

After completing her undergraduate degree Laura travelled and worked in New Zealand before returning to Halifax to pursue a career as an International Travel Consultant. As a travel agent she developed excellent project management, communication, and client relationship skills while working in a fast paced and competitive industry. After a trip to the Galapagos Islands, Laura was inspired to return to school to follow her passions of wildlife conservation and public engagement.

Laura has worked with the Museum of Natural History and the Clean Foundation working on their environmental education and outreach programs. She is constantly expanding her skill set, having taken a variety of courses like ArcGIS, field methods in animal behaviour, and receiving her Sustainability Leadership Certificate through Dalhousie University.

Laura would like to further develop her field work and program development skills while working closely with the public to promote wildlife conservation and environmentally friendly behaviours. She also has a passion for birds and hopes to complete her bird banding certification in the near future.

Madison Leggat completed a Bachelor of Arts with Honors specialization in Kinesiology at Western University. After completing a course in environmental management provided by Seneca College, she decided to pursue a Master’s degree in Resource and Environmental Management (MREM) at Dalhousie University.

During her undergraduate degree she worked alongside 4 other students to conduct research on sea floor substrates in the Great Barrier Reef under the supervision of Dr Selina Ward. In addition, she was a member of the Wildlife Association where she took part in beach clean-ups, and organized fundraisers. After completing her degree, she began to work for Quantec Geosciences, where she conducted surveys using Orion 3D and Titan 24 technology to map concentrations of uranium and other elements underground.

Madison’s current interests are environmental and wildlife conservation, with a particular interest in coastal systems and protected areas. She plans to work with an NGO, focusing on coastal regions and even international coastal regions. She is driven and passionate about her work and is excited to apply her knowledge from the MREM program to a career in the resource and environmental management field.

Madison has developed a love for the ocean and you can find her scuba diving as an open water diver, surfing off remote islands or fishing. She also loves to document her love for nature and travel through photography and film.

Marcia Poirier is currently working towards her Masters in Resource and Environmental Management. She graduated on the dean’s list with a BSc (Honours Health Science with a minor in Chemistry). Marcia is very meticulous and loves doing research both in the laboratory and in the field.

She has worked for both Redeemer University and A Rocha Canada as a Research Assistant, performing the work of an Environmental Analytic Chemist. This work resulted in determining the location of cross connections in sewer pipes for the city of Hamilton.

Marcia wishes to use her science background and passion for research in her future work. She is currently seeking to secure an internship position for the summer of 2018 in an area of environmental research.

Mariya Tsehtik – Having specialized in Textiles (BFA) in her undergrad, she was particularly interested in using local dye plants and was seeking out ways to incorporate her interests in horticulture and community engagement into her practice. Furthermore, in her final year, she created a series of textile pieces that explored the historical, social and political narratives of green spaces in Halifax (NS) through local dye plants.

After graduation, Mariya was accepted into a 6-month internship program at the Ross Creek Centre for the Arts (NS) where she delivered community events and facilitated the Garden Education Program. Her duties included expanding and maintaining the Centre’s organic gardens, building the Center’s first bee hives, teaching class and organizing volunteers. The internship proved to be a wonderful experience as it gave her hands-on skills in community outreach and expanded her interest in this field.

Currently, Mariya teaches workshops at NSCAD School of Extended Studies, Ross Creek Centre for the Arts and Adventure Earth Centre. Some of the workshops she teaches include Natural Dyeing, Gardening, Kite Making as well as Art and Nature. As an avid outdoorswomen, she is passionate about sharing her love for the environment by facilitating outdoor education programs that encourage participants to develop their social skills, creative thinking and physical literacy through hands on learning. Also, this is her third year volunteering with the Common Roots Urban Farm as a Farm Steward. At the farm, she enjoyed sharing gardening skills and facilitating community events.

Working to combine her interests in community engagement, horticulture and art, she is interested in working with educational organizations that support environmental education, healthy living practices, food security and community building. She is also interested in urban agriculture, including urban bee keeping, community orchards, and urban livestock. Furthermore, coming from a textiles background, she is also interested in working towards developing Nova Scotia’s textile industry, particularly wool and linen production.

Morgan Rice is a first year Masters of Resource and Environmental Management student. She obtained a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science (honours) with a major in environment and resource management from the University of Guelph. During her time at the University of Guelph, Morgan completed 3 core GIS courses that have provided her with proficient GIS and spatial analysis skills. For her undergraduate honours project, she completed a major GIS project with an environmental consulting company, Dougan & Associates, modelling suitable habitat for at risk avian species in the Grand River Watershed for future conservation planning purposes. Morgan also took a keen interest in the complexity of forest ecosystems after taking a Forest Ecology course in her graduating year in which she then pursued volunteer research opportunities under her professor to further her knowledge in ecologically based forest management.

Morgan volunteered with two ENGO’s in Ontario; Friends of the Rouge Watershed (FRW), where she was a land restoration team lead, and Burlington Green, where she assisted the program coordinator in environmental program planning and implementation. With FRW, Morgan lead groups of high school students and community volunteers in invasive species removal and tree planting initiatives. Morgan has strengthened her education and leadership skills in environmental causes through volunteering with FRW. With Burlington Green, Morgan helped design outreach programs to get youth involved in protecting their local environments, educating them in environmental causes and sparking a passion to be future environmental leaders.

After graduation, Morgan completed two work contracts with Credit Valley Conservation Authority, gaining valuable insight into the operations of a CA, as well as watershed planning and management strategies. Morgan worked as a Conservation Technician, where she conducted research with senior staff in decision making and planning for restoration projects within the watershed, aided in the hands-on restoration of streams and habitat, as well as outreached to community members to become stewards of their environment.

Between her contracts at CVC, Morgan considered several Master’s programs in environment and resource management across the country and decided that the MREM program at Dalhousie University was the right fit for her. With the internship component of the program providing an opportunity to explore new fields of work, Morgan has a keen interest in utilizing her knowledge of sustainable resource management, GIS and forest ecology towards mitigating the impacts of climate change on Nova Scotia’s forests for her internship. As such, Morgan is using the flexibility of her research projects this semester to focus on different aspects of forest management in Nova Scotia within each of her four courses. So far, Morgan is enjoying the challenges and opportunities associated with returning to school to pursue a Masters degree and is looking forward to growing her network in Halifax.

Nicholas Driscoll is pursuing a Master of Resource and Environmental Management at Dalhousie University. He holds a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering from Dalhousie University.

Nicholas’s professional goal is to work in the energy industry in Nova Scotia. He has co-op and research experience working for Dalhousie University, Canada’s National Research Council, and Environment Canada. He works as a tutor and badminton coach throughout the school year.

In the summer of 2017 Nicholas worked at Port Hawkesbury Paper (PHP) as an Engineer-In-Training. Through this work at PHP and his studies, Nicholas is developing an interest in industrial sustainability and aquaculture with a focus on modelling. He has experience in many coding languages: R, C, Matlab, VBA, and Python. He enjoys computer programming and is interested in modelling fish farms and anything to do with renewable energy.

Nicholas has an entrepreneurial spirit and although he feels he is not experienced enough to start on his own, he can operate effectively with little to no supervision and enjoys tasks that are critical to a project’s success.

Rachael MacNeil is a Master of Resource and Environmental Management student at Dalhousie University. Rachael obtained her Bachelor of Environmental Studies from Saint Mary’s University. In addition to working on her master’s degree, Rachael is also a program coordinator for Summerhill Group, where she works on energy efficiency programs for isolated communities. Working as a program coordinator has provided Rachael the opportunity to work with rural communities first hand, and gain experience working in her field of choice.

Rachael’s main areas of interest are renewable energy (with a specific interest in wind energy), energy efficiency, and community outreach. Rachael is particularly interested in community outreach for rural communities, as she is from a small rural community in Cape Breton, and knows firsthand the challenges and potential these communities carry.

When Rachael completes her master’s degree she intends to work in the field of renewable energy.

Riley Schnurr is a first year Masters of Resource and Environmental Management (MREM) candidate at Dalhousie University. He also has an Honours Bachelor of Social Sciences degree from the University of Ottawa in International Development and Globalization, with a Minor in Geography. Riley has also studied at the Bader International Study Centre, a Queen’s University campus in the United Kingdom.

Throughout his undergraduate degree in Ottawa, Riley gained valuable work experience in the federal government. He spent the semester leading up to the 2015 Census working on GIS mapping applications for census field workers. More significantly, Riley worked for Natural Resources Canada for over two years assisting with the development of Canada’s Enhanced Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Strategy for extractive activities abroad. While at NRCan, he also worked on files related to the OECD Global Forum for Responsible Business Conduct, the Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development, the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada, and other international partnerships between industry and governments. Riley gained experience in politics working for his home Member of Parliament in Ottawa as a Parliamentary Assistant, and as the Chair of the Finance and Fundraising Committee for the Young Liberals of Canada.

Riley has a passion for seeing community activism and engagement thrive, and explores grassroots engagement and youth empowerment in his extracurricular activities. His academic and professional foci include resource supply chain management, community-level sustainable development and climate change adaptation and mitigation, and the potentials within the public-private nexus. Riley’s experience and expertise are in the mineral extractive industries and the fisheries and aquaculture industries. He hopes to find an internship that is hands-on where he can apply his knowledge of government affairs and policy, as well as the technical aspects of resource management, in a real-world and in-field.

Sara Solaimani Baghainia obtained her Honours BSc in Biology with a focus in Ecology from the University of Ottawa. She is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Resource and Environmental Management (MREM) at Dalhousie University.

Sara’s academic interests lie mainly in park management, freshwater ecosystems, urban forestry, species at risk, environmental policy, and public engagement.   She worked for Parks Canada as a natural heritage presenter and a resource management officer at her hometown park, Georgian Bay Islands National Park (GBINP). Through her work at GBINP, Sara gained valuable field experience monitoring forests, wetlands and freshwater coastal shorelines in the park while working on the Ecological Monitoring Team. Under supervision by the park’s ecologist, she actively participated in the research, development and implementation of new monitoring protocols. She also gained experience educating the public about species at risk and animal-human conflict prevention techniques relevant to the park, on topics ranging from black bears to rattle snakes.

Additionally, Sara has experience in research administration and in project coordination gained through several summer and part-time jobs and volunteer experiences throughout her undergraduate career, working in both official languages. She is project-oriented, pays great attention to detail and finds managing projects and coordinating events enjoyable. An eager learner and easy to get along with, Sara is interested in working as part of a team responsible for the management of a municipal, provincial or national park for her 2018 summer internship.

Simone Charron is an enthusiastic and energetic individual who loves nature, cycling and ultimate frisbee. She is currently pursuing a Master of Resource and Environmental Management at Dalhousie University and holds a Bachelor in Environmental Engineering from Carleton University. She is interested in applying her skills to urban projects, particularly those in the areas of public transportation, waste and energy systems.

As an undergraduate student, Simone became very interested in the concept of global engineering and pursued opportunities to expand her horizons beyond what she was learning in the classroom. This led to her 5-year involvement with Engineers Without Border Canada where she worked on a number of social and environmental justice causes and got the opportunity to spend a summer working overseas in Yendi, Ghana.

After completing her engineering degree, Simone worked for engineering companies in the private sector as well as the Department of Indigenous and Northern Affairs. During her most recent position with the Canadian High Arctic Research Station (CHARS), Simone led work on a number of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design credits including an education outreach program, green cleaning program and transportation management plan. Simone was also the lead on the CHARS waste management file, working in collaboration with the Hamlet of Cambridge Bay and other project stakeholders to realize a complete household and hazardous waste program for the research station.

Simone has an avid interest in cross-cultural learning having worked in Ghana and Nunavut; she also worked for a few months in Chile while travelling through South America in 2015-2016. She always makes a point of taking the local transit system whenever she visits a new place. Simone is fluently bilingual in English and French and continues to learn Spanish, which she dedicated herself to learning during her time in South America.

Simone’s experiences continue to grow her excitement for working within the environmental engineering field and bringing an interdisciplinary angle to her work.

Vanessa Alboiu is currently pursuing a Master of Resource and Environmental Management (MREM) degree at Dalhousie University. She graduated from The University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Science majoring in Geology.

Vanessa's prior work experience was in the Alberta oil and gas industry where as a geology summer student she evaluated various geological formations for heavy oil and oil sands exploration and development areas.

Upon completion of her undergraduate degree, Vanessa wished to understand the establishment and implementation of environmental policies and governance as they pertain to the energy industry as well as how Canadians can use existing infrastructure and technical skills in more sustainable industries. Vanessa’s professional interests include energy policy implementation, environmental consulting, environmental assessments and renewable energy.

Vanessa is an avid alpine skier having competed at the national level. Vanessa now passes on her technical knowledge and experience to the next generation through ski coaching and volunteering as an ambassador for Fast and Female.

Vanessa’s experience in a fast-paced work setting and competitive environment as a high-level athlete have enabled her to develop a strong work ethic and valuable skills in communication, problem-solving and team-work. These skills combined with her technical knowledge will make Vanessa a valuable asset to any employer and company.

After graduating from the MREM program, Vanessa hopes to apply her degree, technical knowledge and passion towards moving the Canadian economy and culture to more sustainable practices.

Venu Thavarajah is a graduate from Sri Lanka with a solid academic background in environmental science currently working towards his Master of Resource and Environmental Management at Dalhousie University.

Venu is committed to working on a variety of environmental evaluation and monitoring projects with his experience as a project assistant at the Irrigation Department of Sri Lanka, where he was a member of the environmental evaluation team for a number of mini-hydro power projects.  He worked as a member of the auditing team led by Centre for Sustainability in collaboration with Rainforest Alliance in the evaluation of impacts of Rainforest Alliance certification in the tea plantation sector in Sri Lanka.

Over the course of his undergraduate studies, Venu volunteered with the Department of Forestry and Environmental Science of his university for organizing several international conferences in the themes of environment and energy. Most notably, he was awarded with recognition for his excellent organizational skills at the 21st International Forestry and Environment Symposium which was held at Kandalama, Sri Lanka on September 2016.

He is presently looking to secure a job in the fields of environmental management and sustainability where his academic background and experience would certainly be an asset.