Career Conversations: Discovering Green Careers

January 22, 2019 @ 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:

Sabrina Chiefari
Environmental Educator
Alumni Icon Alumna: BES Environment & Culture, 2007

About Sabrina

Katrina Gordon
Environmental Site Assessor,
Watters Environmental Group Incorporated
Alumni Icon Alumna: BES Environmental Studies, 2013

I often describe my job as an environmental version of CSI. As an Environmental Site Assessor, I am constantly faced with new projects and new sites each with their own unique set of environmental factors, site activities and potentially affecting neighbours. It is my job along with collaborative efforts with various levels of my team to carefully assess the Site and remediate any environmental issues if any.

Nishal Shah
Project Coordinator,
Ontario Climate Consortium- Toronto and Region Conservation Authority
Alumni Icon Alumnus: BES Environmental Studies and Certificate in Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing, 2018

I am an international student from Nairobi, Kenya. I finished my high school in Nairobi and decided to further my education in Canada at York University. I recently graduated with a Bachelors in Environmental Studies and a certificate in GIS and Remote Sensing. The reason I decided to choose environmental studies was to help me pursue what I have always loved- the environment and nature. This and to find pragmatic solutions to preserve the environment. After graduating I was offered a position with the Ontario Climate Consortium (OCC) as a Project Coordinator, where I supported the Project Managers in developing research that supports climate mitigation and adaptation projects, and also, obtain and prepare large spatial data sets, manipulating them in GIS, and carrying out research examining relationships between land use and climate change mitigation and adaptation.

Daniel Woolfson
Senior Planner,
City of Toronto
Alumni Icon Alumnus: MES Environmental Studies, 2012

After graduating from FES, I began my career in Urban Planning with the City of Vaughan. Starting as a Planner 1, I quickly immersed myself in all things municipal planning, reviewing applications to the Committee of Adjustment and moving on to more complex work. After 4 years, I moved to the City of Toronto, which has allowed me to fulfill a career goal of planning the City I call home. I am now a Senior Planner in Strategic Initiatives, moving from local community planning to a city-wide strategic policy focus.

Kate Hayes
Senior Manager, Restoration and Management
Credit Valley Conservation
Alumni Icon Alumna: MES Integrated Watershed Management, 1993

With over 20 years experience working in the United States and Canada in the environmental field, I have a particular interest in private/public sector partnerships to advance ecosystem restoration goals.

More recently, my work has focused on largescale habitat restoration projects on the north shore of Lake Ontario. I continue to have a strong interest in linking land-based activities with the health of the watershed and Lake Ontario.

In my capacity with CVC, I manage restoration team. We undertake a range of projects including forest, grassland, wetland, river and coastal restoration and management projects.

These projects are multi-disciplinary in nature, with a range of stakeholders from all levels of government, non-government, and corporate and individual landowners. My particular interest lies in identifying common ground that will achieve mutually beneficial goals and objectives.

Tonya Lagrasta
Sr. Manager, Corporate Responsibility & PwC Canada Foundation
PwC Canada
Alumni Icon Alumna: BA Environmental Studies and Geography, 2004

A certified Environmental Professional with over 15 years of experience in corporate responsibility & sustainability working with leading global organizations. I have developed a niche of expertise in the start-up phase within the public and for-profit sector, across multiple industries, where I have helped shape and translate vision into strategy, operationalize and report on performance.

I develop strategies and programs that deliver social value, mitigate impacts through operations, build brand awareness in the marketplace, and bring culture and values to life internally through the engagement of employees & clients. I establish strategic relationships and steward donor dollars across the public, private and charitable sectors to achieve social and environmental priorities in the community