Rowland Atkins

BSc (Easc),  1991

Rowland completed a BSc (Co-op) in Physical Geography (now Earth Sciences) and a Certificate in Liberal Arts, both in 1991, despite having started in Pure and Applied Mathematics in 1985. He changed programs in his third year because he was feeling disconnected from his studies. Following advice from the career counsellors on campus, Rowland took Physical Geography 100 and Geology 120 in his third year and was hooked. Co-op introduced him to senior researchers at the Geological Survey of Canada, who gave generously of their time in mentoring. Co-op also introduced him to the woman who would become his wife.

Rowland has been a practicing consultant as a Geomorphologist since 1993 after completing his MSc in coastal processes at the University of Toronto on an NSERC Scholarship. He attained professional registration as a PGeo with APEGBC in 1996 and have worked at three different firms, the last 16 years of which have been with Golder Associates. Rowland was appointed an Associate of Golder in 2010 and became the lead Geomorphologist for the 8,500 person strong global company, which has afforded him opportunities to work in many countries. The successes he had in his career are squarely down to the engaging and supportive atmosphere of the Geography department, the encouragement he received to pursue his area of study, and those professors in other departments who mentored him. His greatest pleasure has been giving back the mentoring he had received and watching those he had mentored find their own paths and build their careers.

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