Career night 2024

February 28, 2024 from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Gain valuable insight from Faculty of Environment alumni as they reflect back on their career path post-graduation!

Select four alumni from the list below. In each session you will join your selected alumni, along with a small group of your peers, as each alumni shares their career journey. What helped them land their first job? What is their day-to-day like? What skills are employers most interested in? Get answers to the questions you're wondering about!

We hope this event will spark ideas and inspiration to help guide your own pursuit of a rewarding career.

Register for the event by 11:59 p.m. on February 16th and be entered to win one of five early bird prizes!



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 – 6:30: Wrap-up, Appetizers, Mingling

Special thanks to Alumni Relations for their support with this event.

Guest alumni

Read about the alumni who will be joining us and choose four that you'd like to meet when filling out the registration form.  

Hasini Basnayake

Environmental Impact Specialist, Aritzia

As an environmental impact specialist at Aritzia, Hasini works to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the fashion industry, while helping them set sustainable emissions targets.

Prior to her role in corporate sustainability, Hasini was a consultant at Compass Resource Management, where she supported multi-stakeholder deliberations on complex environmental issues. She also has experience working in federal government as an aquaculture data coordinator with Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

Hasini started her journey at SFU as an international student and graduated from SFU with a bachelor of science in environmental science. She then completed a master's of resource management (MRM), focusing her thesis on blue carbon budgeting in wetland ecosystems. She completed several co-op terms during her time as an undergraduate student, including working as a communications associate at the Faculty of Environment, a GIS coordinator with Fisheries and Oceans Canada, and an environmental technician at Parks Canada. She is also the co-founder of a women-focused dance community named BollyFusion, where she brings together like-minded artists in Vancouver.

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Karina Bastos

Planning Assistant, Tsleil-Waututh First Nation

Karina works as a planning assistant for the Lands Planning team at the Tsleil-Waututh Nation government, with a focus on community planning. 

Karina completed two internships during her undergrad; her first as a food systems planning assistant, supervised by Tammara Soma, and her second as a community organizing assistant at South Vancouver Neighborhood House, supervised by Meg Holden.

Karina graduated with a bachelor of environment in the REM Planning Stream. 

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Paige Hunter

Research Analyst, Environment and Climate Change Canada

Paige is a research analyst with Environment and Climate Change Canada, where she works on developing resources and connecting with Canadian Youth in the Innovation and Youth Engagement Division.

During her time as an undergradraduate student, Paige was invited to attend COP27, the UN Climate Change Conference in Egypt, as a student delegate. She was a member of the student climate action club SFU350, and a research assistant with SFU’s Action on Climate Team (ACT). She also completed a co-op work term as an environmental GIS technician for the Department of National Defense.

Paige is the co-founder of the Sword Fern Collective, a hope-centred climate education initiative. She graduated from SFU with a bachelor of environment (with honours) in resource and environmental management.

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Gary Ip

Project Analyst, Impact Assessment Agency of Canada

Gary is a project analyst with the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada. Prior to this, he has held a number of interesting positions, including environmental specialist with Indigenous Services Canada, environmental assessment coordinator with Skeena Resources Ltd, and environmental lead with Matrix Aviation Solutions.

As an undergraduate student, he completed all his co-op work terms at Innergex Renewable Energy and was hired on full-time basis immediately after graduation.

Gary graduated from SFU with a bachelor of environment in global environmental systems with a minor in resource and environmental management and a GIS certificate.

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Jonathan Ling

District Operations Technician, BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure

Jonathan graduated from SFU with a bachelor of arts in geography, a business minor, and a certificate in GIS.

He is now working as a district operations technician with the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure in Williams Lake, BC. In this position, he manages the provincial sign program, implements a road maintenance program and resolves highway issues.

During his undergradraduate degree, Jonathan completed three co-op work terms, working in youth research, the Agency for Cooperative Housing and the Downtown Surrey BIA. 

Jonathan was actively involved in volunteer work while at university, dedicating his time to being the co-chair of the Geography Student Union, a member of the Faculty of Environment’s Student Leadership Team and as an EnvironMentor mentoring new incoming students.

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Lainey Martin

Planning Assistant, City of Vancouver

Lainey is a planning assistant at the City of Vancouver, working collaboratively with communities to create positive change and support sustainable and equitable development. Prior to that, she was a project assistant at SFU’s Renewable Cities and the Hey Neighbour Collective.

Lainey graduated from SFU with a bachelor of environment in global environmental systems, a minor in Indigenous studies, and a certificate in urban studies. She also completed a co-op work term as a community development facilitator at Brightside Community Homes, and was awarded the SFU Academy to the Community Award.

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Paolo Orosa

Project Lead and Biotechnologist, ONT Holdings

Paolo is a project lead and biotechnologist at ONT Holdings, a start-up focused on carbon dioxide removal (CDR) using micro-algae to capture atmospheric carbon dioxide.

During his undergrad, Paolo completed co-op work terms as an urban researcher with Pivot Canada and was a student research assistant with Agriculture and Agri-food Canada and a tech assistant with GenomeMe.

Paolo graduated with a bachelor of science (honours) in environmental science with a concentration in applied biology.

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Nathalie Scott-Hsiung

Policy Analyst, Environment and Climate Change Canada

As a policy analyst at Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC), Nathalie specializes in modern treaty negotiations with Indigenous governments. Her role involves representing ECCC in negotiations and collaborating with regional experts to develop and update departmental policies regarding migratory birds.

During her time as an undergraduate student, Nathalie completed a year-long co-op position with ECCC's Canadian Wildlife Service as an environmental assessment assistant. She graduated from SFU with a bachelor of science in environmental science with an applied biology concentration.

Nathalie is also passionate about performing arts and sits on the board of directors for a local dance collective.

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Mairin Shields-Brown

Impact Strategy Consultant, Decade Impact

Mairin is an impact strategy consultant at Decade Impact, working with companies to define, measure, and manage their social and environmental impact in service of enacting strategies for radical change.

She has previous experience in sustainability advising as a sustainable procurement consultant at Reeve Consulting, where she supported both public and private sector organizations with implementing sustainable supply chain practices.

Mairin also interned as an environmental science researcher at a circular economy start-up, ShareWares. Mairin graduated from SFU with a bachelor of environment in resource and environmental management. She serves as a board director for Georgia Strait Alliance and HUB Cycling, two Vancouver-based charitable not-for-profit organizations dedicated to stewarding positive societal change and advancing climate action through various means.

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Uday Singh

Geomatics Mapping Technician, Terra Remote Sensing

Uday is currently a geomatics mapping technician at Terra Remote Sensing, an innovative mapping organization specializing in integrated remote sensing from aerial and marine based platforms.

Uday graduated from SFU with a bachelor of science in physical geography and a GIS certificate. During his time as an undergrad student, he worked as a research assistant in the Remote Sensing of Environmental Change (ReSEC) lab, focusing on the impacts of oil spills on the coastal ecosystem.

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Brennan Strandberg-Salmon

Policy Analyst, Environment and Climate Change Canada

Brennan is an experienced policy analyst, researcher, project manager and volunteer coordinator with a specialization in resource and environmental management, circular economy, climate justice, and youth engagement.

He currently works with Environment and Climate Change Canada as a policy analyst helping to ensure the federal government's environmental objectives are achieved.

During his undergrad, he completed a variety of co-op work terms with the City of Vancouver, the BC Council for International Cooperation, as well as Environment and Climate Change Canada — where he was offered full-time work after graduation.

Outside of work, he co-leads the Youth Climate Change Branch of BCCIC, which empowers young people to build skills for climate careers and advocate for equitable climate action through hands-on research, communications, and delegations to international climate change conferences.

Brennan graduated from SFU with a bachelor of environment in resource and environmental management.

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This registration form has been closed. If you missed open registration and want to attend, please come to the event at Halpern Centre no later than 4:20 p.m. and we will attempt to add you to any open sessions.