Career night

March 1, 2023 from 4:30 – 6:00 PM

Join us at the Faculty of Environment Career Night and gain valuable insight from our alumni as they reflect back on their career path after graduation.

You will have the opportunity to join in four discussions with four different alumni. They will share their stories and answer a selection of questions. We hope this event will spark ideas and inspiration to help guide your own pursuit of a rewarding career. 

By attending the event you will be entered to win one of 15 prizes. If you register before February 20 and attend the event, you will be entered to win our early bird grand prize of a $100 gift card to the SFU Bookstore! Spots are limited, so register early.


4:30: Welcome

4:40 – 4:55: Session 1

5:00 – 5:15: Session 2

5:20 – 5:35: Session 3

5:40 – 5:55: Session 4

6:00 – Final Wrap-Up

6:00 – 6:30: Appetizers, prize draws, mingle (optional)

Meet Our Alumni

Megan Bassendale

Founder and Director, Forensic Guardians International

As a leading global forensic advisor and an expert in forensic human identification and emergency management, Megan has an impressive history of advancing humanitarian forensic practice. Megan is the founder and current director of Forensic Guardians International, a company focused on global fatality management, disasters & conflict, and preparedness & emergency response. She has also worked as a forensic specialist and advisor for the International Committee of the Red Cross in Lebanon and Georgia, a forensic coordinator for the Committee on Missing Persons in Cyprus, and a forensic anthropologist for the International Commission on Missing Persons. Megan graduated from SFU with a bachelor of arts in archaeology, going on to receive a master’s in forensic archaeology and anthropology, a master’s in disaster and emergency management, and a diploma in forensic medical sciences and law.

Anthony Lee

GIS Analyst, BC Rapid Transit Company (BCRTC) / Skytrain

Anthony works with BC Rapid Transit Company (BCRTC) / Skytrain as a GIS analyst. During his undergrad, he worked as a research assistant with the geography department and participated in Co-op, completing work terms as a GIS Technician with both the Fire Underwriters Survey and TransLink. He also worked as a contractor for the Heart and Stroke Foundation of BC & Yukon, where he performed GIS services for the organization. Anthony graduated from SFU with a bachelor of arts in geography with certificates in spatial information systems (GIS) and environmental literacy. He also has a minor in dialogue.

Michele Thompson

Senior Environmental Specialist, Public Services and Procurement Canada

Michele graduated from SFU with a bachelor of science in physical geography. Immediately after graduation, she was hired as a project manager with Parsons Corporation where she worked for four years focusing on contaminated sites. Michele then moved into a role with Transport Canada as an environmental officer. She remained with the federal government, but moved to Public Services and Procurement Canada in her current role as a senior environmental specialist, where she specializes in large scale remediation projects.

April Gullacher

Hydrogeologist, GIT, SLR Consulting

April graduated from SFU with a bachelor of science (honours) in environmental science, as well as a certificate in earth sciences. Afterwords, she completed a master’s in earth sciences with a focus on hydrogeology. During her undergraduate degree she completed a work study in a soil science lab, and worked as a research assistant on a groundwater project. April now works as a hydrogeologist and geoscientist in training for SLR Consulting.

Mireta Strandberg-Salmon

Policy Analyst, Environment and Climate Change Canada

Mireta graduated from SFU with a bachelor of environment in resource and environmental management. During her time at SFU, she completed co-op work terms with local and federal agencies involved in stewardship and sustainability, as well as working as a research assistant for the Embedding Project to advance business sustainability leadership. Mireta also co-founded Ban the Bottle SFU—a student club with the goal of eliminating single-use plastics and supporting a circular economy on campus. After graduating, she quickly transitioned into her current role as a policy analyst on the Circular Economy Team with Environment and Climate Change Canada. Mireta has also recently been named a Top 25 Environmentalist Under 25 by The Starfish Canada

Paige Tuttosi

PhD Student, Computing Science

Paige graduated from SFU with a bachelor of arts (hons.) in archaeology, specializing in physical anthropology, and is currently a PhD candidate in computing science. Since graduation, Paige has used her background in archaeology to explore how modern computing methods such as Text to Speech and Chatbots can help preserve and teach Indigenous languages.

Jordan Chia

Environmental Scientist, Keystone

Jordan graduated from SFU with a bachelor of science in environmental science with a concentration in environmetrics, a minor in chemistry and a science co-op. During his time at SFU, Jordan gained valuable co-op experience working as a lab analyst specializing in inorganic properties in soils and water, working in range management for the Ministry of Forests and environmental-based marketing for biodegradable materials. Jordan began his professional career immediately after graduation and found a niche in the contaminated sites sector of environmental consulting. He currently works for Keystone Environmental and works on a variety of projects including preliminary site investigations, supplementary site investigations, detailed site investigations, remedial excavations, spill response and ministry submissions. His day-to-day involves a variety of field and office work while working within municipal, provincial and federal environmental regulation.

Marv Jakobsen

Environmental Specialist, Hatch

Marv graduated from SFU in 2019 with a bachelor of environment in resource and environmental management and a minor in geography. They completed four co-op work terms during their undergrad and were hired into a full-time position by their last co-op employer, Hatch, an engineering consulting firm. They currently work at Hatch as an environmental specialist, assisting clients in the mining, energy and infrastructure sectors in fulfilling their environmental assessment, consultation and permitting requirements, and ensuring that robust environmental management plans and procedures are developed to mitigate any adverse effects to the environment. They are currently working on the Pattullo Bridge Replacement Project, and typically focus on providing coordination and strategic regulatory support for infrastructure and solar energy projects. Marv is also on Hatch’s pride committee and is working to make engineering and technical consulting spaces safer and more welcoming to 2SLGBTQIA+ folks.

Liz Bulbrook

Managing Lawyer, White Raven Law

Liz is currently a managing lawyer at White Raven Law with an interest in Aboriginal, Indigenous, environmental, and constitutional law and eDiscovery. Prior to studying law, Elizabeth acted as a reconciliation coordinator for the Council of the Haida Nation and was an archaeologist for the Haida Heritage and Forest Guardians. She has also instructed and developed a wide variety of university level courses, which centered on archaeology and Indigenous issues. Liz graduated from SFU with a bachelor of arts in archaeology and political science, as well as receiving a master of letters in underwater archaeology from the University of St. Andrews, and a juris doctor of law from UBC.

Carolina Costa-Giomi

Environmental Technician, Skeena Resources Ltd

Carolina graduated from SFU with a bachelor of science in environmental science and a concentration in environmental earth systems. In addition to her degree, she also completed an extra year in the earth science department and completed a co-op certificate. During her undergrad she completed a variety of co-ops, work-studies, and volunteer positions including: teaching assistant for EVSC 100; volunteer, work study and co-op in the J.W. Moore Salmon Watersheds Lab; volunteer and work-study in SFU’s Sustainability Office; co-op as a conservation field technician for The Nature Trust of British Columbia. After graduating, Carolina worked for a local consulting company in geoscience and agrology before transitioning to the mining industry. She now works as an environmental technician for Skeena Resources Ltd., a role that focuses on contributing to the coordination and execution of groundwater and surface water baseline and compliance field work, sampling, and data processing.

Elizabeth Peterson

Interim Director, Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at SFU

As the current interim director of Indigenous engagement at the SFU Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Elizabeth’s career journey is exciting and extensive. She has been part of many heritage projects and initiatives aimed at connecting communities with museums and archaeological projects through exhibits, educational activities, and ethnographic research. Along with being a museum curator and archaeologist, Elizabeth is the founder of My Local Museums, a platform that connects museums with nearby museum goers. She is also on several local museum boards including the Roedde House Museum and The Cumberland Museum. Elizabeth’s past work includes being the assistant curator at the Museum of Surrey and the head curator for the Vancouver Police Museum and Archives. As an archaeologist, Elizabeth has worked and continues to work on several international projects as a lithic expert, field director/supervisor, and as a museum specialist.

Amelia Cooper

Referrals Analyst, Tsawwassen First Nation

Amelia graduated from SFU with a bachelor of arts in geography and a certificate in spatial Information science. She was an active member of the Geography Student Union and worked as a research and analysis sssistant during her time at SFU. Since graduation, Amelia has had roles as an administrative coordinator, human resource coordinator, as well as working as a GIS specialist for Vancouver Airport Authority. She is currently working as a referrals analyst for Tsawwassen First Nation where she coordinates TFN’s response to land and marine referrals. Amelia is also the chair of the Persons with Experiential Knowledge Working group for the National Employment Accessibility Standards Project.

Odessa Cohen

Sustainability Coordinator, District of Summerland

Odessa graduated from SFU with a masters in resource and environmental planning in 2021. She is also a full member with the Professional Institute of British Columbia (PIBC), and the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP). Odessa previously graduated with a bachelor's degree in community planning (honours in environmental planning) from Dalhousie University in 2015. Odessa currently works as the sustainability coordinator for the District of Summerland, a role which involves management of projects that work towards the District’s emission reduction goals, energy efficiency, and climate adaptation, which are based on the approved District Corporate and Community Climate Plans.

Paige Parent

Development Manager, Bosa Properties

Paige graduated from SFU with a degree in environmental geography and a minor in development & sustainability. During her undergrad, Paige was a volunteer for Sustainable SFU, a Peer Mentor, achieved her Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Accreditation, and participated in the Co-op Program. She has over eight years of real estate development experience and is currently managing the planning, development and construction of a master-planned community in Squamish as a development manager for Bosa Properties. In 2019 Paige co-founded the Women’s Leadership Initiative of BC (WLI), which aims to promote the advancement of women, throughout their careers, as leaders in the real estate industry. Last year, Paige was chosen from a global pool of applicants to receive the Prologis Achievement Award for leadership and passion within her local District Council of the Urban Land Institute (ULI).

Nick Bartlett

Environmental Technician, SYLVIS Environmental

Nick earned his bachelor of environment, majoring in resource and environmental management (REM), in 2021 and soon after entered the conservation field with the British Columbia Conservation Foundation (BCCF) working under direction of Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC). Now working in environmental consulting as an environmental technician for SYLVIS Environmental, Nick has used his degree and field experience to become part of environmental monitoring, land reclamation, residual management, and research projects. 

Alexandra Welch

Junior Biologist, Diamond Head Consulting

Alexandra graduated with a bachelor of environment in resource and environmental management. Her current role as a junior biologist with Diamond Head Consulting is focused on the development of environmental strategies, avian protection, and ecosystem management. She's gained experience completing riparian area assessments, ecological reports, and environmental impact assessments. Prior to her current position, she was an invasive species and restoration technician, where she conducted chemical and mechanical control measures, data collection, mapping of invasive vegetation as well as wetland and terrestrial restoration. In her spare time, she is on the Board of Directors of WildResearch and assists in research that aims to better determine the use of critical habitats of migrating species by volunteering at a bird-banding station that monitors spring and fall bird migration in the Lower Mainland.


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