Environmental Career Day's expo and speakers assist university and community college students

Friday, April 15, 2011 9:31:03 AM

Students News

students and staff at Environmental Career Day 2011
Sharing a table at the Environmental Career Day held in March 2011, staff and students advised students on some of U of T's graduate environmental program offerings and provided insight on the student experience.  From left to right: Kirsten Grant, Maciej Jamrozik (B.Sc. Forest Conservation Science students), Kathy Giesbrecht (Administrative Assistant - Student Services, Faculty of Forestry), Shelley Eisner (Graduate Administrator, UTSC Office of the Dean and Vice-Principal, Academic), and Pavel Pripa (Graduate Student Advisor, Centre for Environment).  (Photo courtesy of Pavel Pripa.)

By David Powell

The Centre for Environment (CFE) was pleased to co-present Environmental Career Day, an annual day-long Spring event, open to all registered university and community college students at the University of Toronto and elsewhere.  This successful event is a collaborative effort by CFE, the Graduate Environmental Students Association (GESA), the Toronto Undergraduate Geography Society (TUGS), the Forestry Union of Students (FUS), and the Environmental Students' Union (ENSU).

This year, the event was held on March 3 in the Hart House Great Hall with approximately 200 students in attendance.  It included a Career Expo with 16 exhibitors from U of T, government, and consulting and non-governmental organizations, providing students with useful information, career advice and many potential career, job and volunteer opportunities.       

In addition to the Career Expo, the day also included presentations by speakers from various sectors in the environmental field.  They discussed and answered questions from students about their present job, how they got there and the key next steps needed for advancing one's career before and after graduation, such as volunteering, and seeking training courses and programs to obtain specific skills.  Speakers included U of T alumna Josephine Archbold (Environmental Health Research and Policy Advisor, City of Toronto Public Health), Angela Bischoff (Outreach Director, Ontario Clean Air Alliance), Ray Clement (Senior Research Scientist, Ontario Ministry of the Environment), Peter Love (Principal, Love Energy Consultants; and former Ontario Chief Energy Conservation Officer), Dan Mossip-Balkwill (recent CFE graduate; and Street Outreach Worker, City of Toronto North Support Services), and Donna-Mae Robinson (Manager of Outreach and Stakeholder Engagement, Ontario Public Service Green Office).

The Centre for Environment looks forward to continuing to offer this event, which assists our students as they plan their futures.

David Powell is Undergraduate Student Advisor and Placement Coordinator at the Centre for Environment.  For more information, please contact him at david.powell@utoronto.ca.