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Join us at the Faculty of Environment Career Night and gain valuable insight from our alumni as they reflect back on their path from graduation to career.
You will have the opportunity to join in 4 roundtable discussions with four different alumni/industry professionals. 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.
3:30 - 4:00: Check-in, Mingle, LinkedIn Headshots
4:00: Keynote: Tony Botelho, Director, Career and Volunteer Services, SFU
4:15 – 4:30: Roundtable #1
4:35 – 4:50: Roundtable #2
4:55 – 5:10: Roundtable #3
5:15 – 5:30: Roundtable #4
5:30 – 6:00: Social
Meet Our Alumni
Intan Kardal (Fish Culturist, Department of Fisheries & Oceans)
Intan graduated from SFU with her environmental science undergraduate degree in 2016. Her academic and professional interests focus on the well-being of the environment and its complex relationship with people, policies, and the economy. During her academic career, she was involved in the coop program with an 8-month placement as a research assistant on an asthma study at Vancouver General Hospital, as well as a 4-month placement in Ontario with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) as a student fisheries technician. Intan also worked with SFU geography professor Jeremy Venditti as a Sediment Lab Technician during her final undergraduate year and was responsible for the sediment analysis of 190+ samples. She has been working as a fish culturist with the DFO at the Chilliwack River Salmon Hatchery since 2017. She works to conserve and manage the different Pacific Salmon species, to rebuild the vulnerable stocks and maintain the populations for commercial, recreational, and First Nations fisheries. She is also currently employed with the Canadian Forces as a naval reservist working with youth in the Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Program.
L. Elizabeth Doyle (Coroner,British Columbia Coroners Service (BCCS). / Instructor, UBC)
Elizabeth Doyle is a biological anthropologist specializing in quantitative approaches to health and disease, with applications to contemporary and past societies. She completed her BA in Archaeology at Simon Fraser University and her PhD in Anthropology at the University of Toronto, and has since forged a path that bridges scholarly and applied anthropology. Having worked in both museums and in field archaeology, today she balances medicolegal work as an on-call, or community coroner, with teaching statistics, forensic anthropology, and archaeological methods at the University of British Columbia. As a coroner she attends and investigates sudden deaths, a practice that draws together all aspects of an anthropological skill set, from reconstructing the circumstances of a death to supporting family members in their first steps along the path of mourning. This work, which confronts the intersections of failure in our collective support systems, inspired her newest venture as principal of Clare Research Associates, offering statistical consulting, research, and education services to academic and social purpose initiatives in public health and housing, community services, and cultural heritage.
Marv Jakobsen (Junior Environmental Specialist, Hatch)
Marv completed their degree in the fall semester of 2019 with a major in Resource and Environmental Management, with a minor in Geography. They completed 4 co-op work-terms during their undergrad. Their first two work-terms put them in the role of environmental educator, at Science World and Science AL!VE, respectively. They also completed a 4-month co-op in Ottawa at Environment and Climate Change Canada as a policy analyst, which helped them land their final co-op job as an environmental services co-op student at Hatch, an engineering consulting firm.
Marv was hired into a full-time position by their last co-op employer Hatch, where they currently hold the title of Junior Environmental Specialist. They assist clients in the mining, energy and infrastructure sectors in fulfilling their Environmental Assessment, consultation and permitting requirements, and ensure that robust environmental management plans and procedures are developed to mitigate any adverse effects to the environment. Their work is based both nationally and internationally, and thus far has included everything from environmental assessment work for renewable energy projects overseas to obtaining permits for local infrastructure projects.
Michael Vegh (Indigenous Law Coordinator, CCIRA / Climate Action Coordinator, Coastal First Nations)
Michael is from the Heiltsuk Nation, and graduated in April 2018 with a BEnv, REM major. While completing his BEnv, Michael completed a Co-op at Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada as a Jr. Policy Analyst. He completed a directed study on culturally significant species and features in the Great Bear Rainforest. Michael is passionate about working for Indigenous-led stewardship, and currently works for his own nation and other coastal nations as both an Indigenous Law Coordinator for CCIRA and Climate Action Coordinator for Coastal First Nations.
Anur Mehdic (Housing and Planning Child Care Analyst, City of New Westminster)
Since graduating from the Resource and Environmental Planning Program in 2014, Anur Mehdic has had the unique opportunity to wear several hats in the municipal government realm, specifically through his work in sustainability, land-use, and social planning departments. Currently, Anur is a Planning Analyst with the City of New Westminster’s social planning division, where his main role is to work towards the development of affordable housing and child care. This is highly interdisciplinary work that involves advocacy, creating policy and regulation, leveraging lands and resources, entering into partnerships with business, non-profit communities and senior government agencies, and promoting quality housing design and innovation. In his spare time, Anur continues to work at several City of Burnaby community centers, where he is able to benefit from the lived experiences of residents in the community, which helps further informs his planning work.
Cait Pilon (Collections Coordinator, Museum of Anthropology, UBC)
Cait Pilon received her BA in Archaeology from the SFU in 2009, and a MSc in Museum Studies from the University of Leicester in 2015. Cait has worked in the Collections department for the Museum of Anthropology at UBC since 2014. She has also worked for the Museum of Vancouver and the Bill Reid Centre for Northwest Coast Studies, and served as a director for PoCo Heritage Museum and Archives and Moving Mirrors Productions.
Kristin Oliver (Contractor, Arrowstone Consulting Ltd.)
Kristin began doing field work in 2017 through a research assistantship with her alma mater, Douglas College. Since then, she has spent three years working in the interior of British Columbia doing community-based research in the traditional territory of the Líl’wat Nation. In the summer of 2018, Kristin took the opportunity to study for a term at Bamfield Marine Science Centre on Vancouver Island’s west coast, in the traditional territory of the Huu-ay-aht First Nations. Here she conducted intertidal surveys of clam gardens and subsistence beaches, and analyzed materials from the University of Victoria’s excavations in the Broken Group Islands (Tseshaht Territory), under the direction of Dr. Iain McKechnie. In 2019, Kristin attended SFU’s summer field school in Courtenay, B.C., working in the traditional territory of the K’ómoks Nation. This is where Kristin first became interested in fish bones, a topic that she is excited to pursue in her future research.
Maziar Kazemi (Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure)
Maziar Kazemi received his BA from the Faculty of Environment in 2013. He majored in Human Geography with an Environmental Specialty and completed a Certificate in Spatial Information Systems (SIS). While at SFU, Maziar was heavily involved in extra-curricular activities promoting student engagement on campus and off campus in the community. He was an active member of the Geography Student Union (GSU) and was involved in the creation of the annual GSU Experiential Learning trip. He was a Simon Fraser Student Society (SFSS) Board of Director serving as the the Faculty of Environment (FENV) elected representative. Maziar participated in various Work-Study terms where he had the opportunity to work as a research assistant on various ongoing research projects on campus. Since 2013, Maziar has been working in the BC Public Service for the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure in various capacities. He enjoys the meaningful work and appreciates the opportunity to learn-through-doing. He’s had the opportunity to be involved in various aspects of large projects such as proponent proposal evaluations, stakeholder consultation and overall contract management. He looks forward to the continuous learning opportunities and progressing his career with the B.C. Public Service.
Jerold Brito (Air Quality Technician, EXP Services Inc.)
Jerold is an environmental professional with interests in water and air quality, science communication, and environmental policy. He received his bachelor's degree in environmental science, with a concentration in water science, in 2019, and has since been working as an Air Quality Technician with EXP Services Inc. In this consulting role, he conducts air quality and occupational exposure assessments for various industrial and residential clients throughout the Greater Toronto Area. As an alumnus of SFU's co-op program, he previously worked at ALS Environmental and Environment Canada. He also served as Chair of the Environmental Science Student Union and studied abroad for a semester at University College London. He hopes to continue his academic journey this fall with graduate studies in public policy.
Susanne Bell (Senior GIS Administrator, Translink)
Susanne Bell is a Senior GIS Administrator with TransLink – Metro Vancouver’s regional and multimodal transportation authority – where she works as a core team member responsible for improvements to TransLink’s Regional Transportation Model and improved GIS access and administration. Since joining TransLink in 2006, she has been actively involved in the planning and development of various long-term transit plans to help identify local area and regional service needs as well as open data and visualization solutions such as the Transit Service Performance Review Data Mapping tool (http://arcg.is/1TmSne).
Susanne has worked in the planning and data science fields for over 20 years, working as a System Administrator, Database Developer and Planner in both the private and public sectors. Her work has included asset management solutions for Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, public consultation on the Highway 10 expansion project, Official Community Plans, policy and by-law amendments, Multi-modal area transportation planning, bus service-SkyTrain integration planning, as well as many data innovation and automation projects. Susanne is trained as an Urban Planner and GIS specialist, with a combination of data management and desktop publishing from BCIT, various planning and leadership training courses throughout her career, and holds a Bachelor of the Arts in Geography, from Simon Fraser University.
Allison Westin (Soil Resource Supervisor, Provincial Agricultural Land Commission)
Allison graduated with a BSc in Physical Geography and an MSc in Earth Sciences, both from Simon Fraser University. During her SFU studies, Allison participated in workplace co-op, research assistantships, teaching, and both the Geography and Earth Sciences Student Unions. She has worked in private environmental consulting for forestry terrain hazards, residential geohazards, and agrology as well as Federal and Provincial government, recently joining the Agricultural Land Commission in 2019. Previous experience also includes coordinating First Nation final agreements, preparing of food and soils for laboratory trace metals analysis, and conducting chinook salmon counts on the Fraser River. She has been an active member of Engineers and Geoscientists BC since 2013, serving as both a Tri-City board executive and a member of the Editorial Board. Allison has also been an invited speaker for the Soroptimist Society and the BC Institute of Agrologists.
Jeannine Johnstone - (Stewardship Coordinator, Stanley Park Ecology Society)
Jeannine Johnstone is the Stewardship Coordinator at the Stanley Park Ecology Society in Vancouver, BC. She graduated from Simon Fraser University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Environment majoring in Global Environmental Systems. While completing her degree Jeannine worked as an environmental educator in Lynn Canyon Park and the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve. she continued to pursue her interest in nature interpretation through the Capstone Project of her degree where she developed place based environmental education programming connected to the BC High School Curriculum. After graduating Jeannine began working at the Stanley Park Ecology Society as an environmental educator and subsequently moved into the Stewardship Coordinator role where she develops and coordinates invasive plant removal, habitat enhancement and invasive species mapping/analysis. In order to complete these tasks Jeannine coordinates a dedicated network of community, school and corporate volunteers who collectively donated over 5,300 hours of their time last year. Jeannine and SPES acknowledge that their work takes place on the unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish Nation), and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh Nation).
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