Career Conversations: Discovering Green Careers

March 22, 2017 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
140 HNES Building

In partnership with the Faculty of Environmental Studies.

Are you concerned about the environment and interested in a "green" career? Want to meet York alumni and other professionals working in jobs where environmental stewardship, sustainability and justice are important?

Connect with professionals currently enjoying environmental careers and get the inside scoop on what it's really like to work in this field. During this panel professionals will share their personal stories about breaking into the field, how their career paths took them from graduation to where they are now, what knowledge, skills and experience helped them succeed in their jobs and what types of opportunities are available in the field. The panel will be moderated by one of the Career Centre's team members and followed by an open forum where students will have an opportunity to ask the panelists their own questions.

Registration is required. You may register for this event on the Career Centre's online system (you must sign up for an account before you will be able to register for any events on the system).

Participating Panelists:

Colleen Cirillo
Director of Education,
Toronto Botanical Garden
Alumna: BES Environmental Studies and Geography, 1995

I have studied and worked in the environmental field for 25 years, with a strong focus on urban greenspace issues and the promotion of sustainable behaviours. My projects are collaborative in nature. They bring together diverse partners to identify and achieve common goals while considering the perspectives and priorities of all stakeholders.

Christina DiCecco
Managing Director,
Connexions Consulting
Alumna: BES Environmental Studies, 2014

The process of finding your core interests and working at capitalizing on your personal talents is part of the journey of life. From the way I was raised to first jobs and now in my career development, there are core values that always held true - sustainability and environmental stewardship. Looking forward to discussing all types of options for an efficient way to get there.

Chun Nam Law
Planner, Policy Development,
Region of Peel
Alumnus: MES Planning, 2013

Growing up, I have always been fascinated by our cities and the natural environment. For the longest time I did not know what I wanted to do and it wasn't until my undergraduate education when I discovered a career that could fit my interest in the urban and natural environment. This prompted me to learn all that I could about planning which ultimately led me to the MES Planning program and to where I am today, developing policies to address housing affordability and planning for more sustainable suburban development for Peel Region.

Rebecca Niblett
Children's Education Supervisor, School Programs,
Toronto Botanical Garden
Alumna: MES Environmental Studies, 2007

My career path hasn't been straightforward. I've gone back to school and studied a variety of subjects (psychology, environmental studies and visual art) and I've had jobs in a variety of fields including teaching English in South Korea, volunteer management, environmental education, and administrative work. I believe that a varied background is a huge strength in the environmental field. But, it has taken me some time to find a position where I can use all of my strengths and experience.

Steve Roesch
Coordinator, Greenspace Conservation
Toronto & Region Conservation Authority
Alumnus: BA Environmental Studies, 2007

When I graduated from York I never thought I would ever be doing what I am currently am. Data collection and trail inspection were not something I even considered, but finding employment in the environmental industry, opened my eyes to the potential of the various kinds of work you can do with a environmental Degree/Diploma.

Sophia Sestito
Environmental Manager-Corporate Services
Alumna: BES Environmental Studies, 2007

This is an exciting time to be in an environmental career. From carbon accounting, cleantech innovation, government grants and even yes I'm saying! I have had my fair share of time working out in the field, as well as the pleasure of project managing. My career has been diverse in nature and I believe my past experiences have helped shape the opportunities I have encountered and will into the future. I have been involved in asbestos testing, environmental assessments, paving, geotechnical and concrete assessment and project management in the environmental consulting world. I am currently the first Environmental Manager EllisDon construction has had in it's 60 years in the industry and there's more opportunities to come. I can't wait to be part of the perpetual innovation, knowledge and growth in this industry!

Jessica Wright
Environmental Consultant, Associate
Dillon Consulting
Alumna: MES Environmental Studies, 2010

When I decided to do my MES at York, I did not have a clear career path. My philosophy was to study something that aligned with my passions and interests in a field where an interesting job/career could follow. Before I had even finished my MES, I was hired by Dillon Consulting, and interesting it has been! Throughout my time as an environmental consultant, my work has been very dynamic and has provided me opportunities to work with various types of clients (ranging from renewable energy, transportation, resources to government) and in a variety of geographies (coast to coast in Canada, El Salvador and Panama).