Nada Sutic is an Environment and Resource Studies grad (’03), and now the Director of Sustainability with Bentall Kennedy, Canada’s largest Real Estate Management firm. In this video, Nada talks about her work at Bentall Kennedy and how her degree from ERS has helped her in her career.
Across North America, a blue box means recycling. What most people may not know is that a University of Waterloo Environmental Studies graduate was instrumental in starting the world’s first blue box program.
In 2012, the first cohort of KI students finished their Bachelors of Knowledge Integration. Here are a few examples of what they’ve been up to now that they’ve graduated, and how KI has helped them on their way.
Waterloo Knowledge Integration student Chelsey, and alumnus Ryan talk about their experience working at Overlap Associates. Overlap works with businesses, non-profits and government on a new way to work that is creative, idea focused and empowers the individuals within these organizations to tap into their creativity and capacity for innovation to solve complex problems.
Though he is certainly too humble to admit it, University of Waterloo alumnus Dr. Stephen Woodley could be considered the godfather of modern protected area management policy in this country. From his time with the Faculty of Environment to his leadership as Chief Ecosystem Scientist with Parks Canada; our nation has seen few people as dedicated to ensuring our protected areas stay that way. Today, Woodley has taken his work global, as the Senior Advisor of Biodiversity and Climate Change for The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
Though he doesn’t take it personally, most mining companies would rather that Ramsey Hart simply did not exist. “That’s true in most, if not all cases,” admits the Environment and Resource Studies alumnus (’97). Hart works for MiningWatch Canada, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to reforming mining laws and policies and educating the public about the activities of the largest mining concerns. When mining companies act irresponsibly, it is his job to find out what they’ve done, and let the public know.
Waterloo planning graduates Rob, Caitlyn, and Matt talk about their work as assistant planners at Malone Given Parsons. Their work includes everything from working on stadiums for the Pan-am games, to retail and commercial development, and even international projects in places like Iraq and Ghana. Malone Given Parsons is a private planning consulting firm in Markham, Ontario.
When Jackie McMillan looks at an overgrown yard or trail, what she sees for the most part isn’t weeds. She sees food. McMillan, an environment and resource studies alumna (BES ’94), has worked for years in the environmental and human health fields. She is on the autism spectrum and says wild foods help her function better.
When Devin Causley enrolled as an undergraduate in the School of Planning at the University of Waterloo in 1998 he wasn’t exactly sure where the degree would eventually take him. The school was in his home town which would keep him close to his family, and the course work would satisfy a curiosity developed after many hours spent playing SimCity. Beyond that though, he wasn’t quite sure.
Like many students, John Sheridan went to the University of Waterloo not quite knowing what he wanted to do. He was interested in environmental issues and enrolled in what was then the Faculty of Environmental Studies. In 1975, he emerged with a bachelor’s in geography.
Founded by International Development students, Zikomo Bags supports development in Malawi. Overseas, the project is based out of the Rainbow Centre, which is a centre that focuses on HIV/AIDS home-based care. On campus, these students run a small business that makes a big impact.