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Submitted by yayoi.moriguchi on Sat, 03/14/2015 - 10:10am

Vanadis Oviedo

Vanadis Oviedo "I was looking for a program that could provide me with the opportunity to demonstrate my ability to produce results and communicate my interest in sustainable development issues. Although I didn’t have any experience in the energy field, current environmental and societal controversies involving the energy industry drove me to choose the MSc program at the University of Calgary."

"The program provided me with excellent knowledge and skills to manage sustainable energy projects and operations. What I loved the most was the interaction with students who had different educational backgrounds and work experience. This diversity helped me to understand the challenge of addressing sustainability for the energy sector but also confirmed the importance of using an interdisciplinary approach to find solutions for its actual and future problems."

Prior to entering the program, Vanadis worked as a statistician and database officer for a non-profit organization dealing with immigration issues. She had earned a BA in Economics in her native Venezuela and had some work experience as a junior researcher in agricultural economics and rural development. After graduating, she accepted a job offer from the Province of Alberta, Department of Energy, as an energy markets analyst.


Nichole van Steenbergen

Nichole van Steenbergen "During my undergrad I studied Biology, but as I started my career I moved into environmental consulting, and found myself involved in a multi-faceted company focused on both business and environmental issues. I knew I would need a program that would reflect the areas I was now working in. This program, designed to give an all around look at environmental issues, energy, as well as the business world, was a great fit for me."

"Courses in air, water and land pollution give us an idea of why we are in this program; and courses in sustainability reporting and renewable energy (among others) help us find ways to alleviate these prevalent issues. Now that we are entering our research studies, I can choose an area that I have found interesting, and really delve into it. On top of that, I am being exposed to business and HR classes that are completely new but nonetheless very useful for the future."


Erin Woodrow

Erin Woodrow "I chose this program because I am passionate about sustainability and wanted a more holistic view on the issues we face in today’s energy industry and how to manage them. It has challenged me to think outside the box on how these problems might be addressed and provided me with insight and best practices on today’s most current technologies and solutions."

"I’m fortunate to be doing this program part-time while working with Suncor Energy, a company that truly values sustainability. I am currently in the Sustainable Development group and have found that much of the learning has broadened my knowledge and helped to add value at work. I hope to grow with this company and continue in roles that tie closely with the issues that link to sustainability, eventually working in upper management where I can continue to influence and drive sustainable development of our resources."


Rod MacIntosh

Rod MacIntosh "Although I am focused on the technical side of projects, it has been important for me to understand energy policy, regulation and economics, and their relationship to poverty alleviation. Working in the not-for-profit industry means that I wear many hats. The interdisciplinary focus of the program prepared me to do just that."

Rod graduated from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) as an electronics technologist and then subsequently earned a Bachelor of Arts degree. Since completing the MSc in Sustainable Energy Development, he has taken a position with Light Up the World, a not-for-profit organization that develops solar lighting solutions in rural areas of developing countries. He is a technical coordinator working in a regional office in South America.


Noel Dekking

Noel Dekking "The MSc in Sustainable Energy Development offered me an opportunity to see first-hand many of the technical and intellectual challenges facing those who consider sustainable energy development as a necessary step in the evolution of human society. Field trips to the Galapagos and the Ecuadorian rainforest provided an on-site perspective regarding the difficulties of transitioning from fossil fuel to renewable-based energy production."

Noel was employed in various international settings using his degree in international development. He worked as a journalist for A.M. Costa Rica, after which he ended up in Nicaragua through a CIDA internship program, where he worked with Grupo Fenix, a renewable energy-based NGO.


Carl Lammens

Carl Lammens "This program allowed me to develop an understanding I otherwise may never have learned involving an overall perspective of the industry and how it fits within our way of life. It also taught me that to move forward one needs to work with what is currently the paradigm (fossil fuels) and change the system from within, that fossil fuels should not always be considered a negative, and that there are many changes that can be embarked upon immediately.”

Carl earned a degree in environmental earth science and worked for five years as an environmental consultant and project manager in oil-and-gas remediation/reclamation, and in utility industry waste management and compliance auditing.


Jarrett Leinweber

Jarrett Leinweber “What I liked the most about the program was the exposure to the technical, financial and social aspects of the energy industry. I wanted to come out of this program as a well-rounded professional capable of understanding and articulating solutions to complex, multi-faceted problems from both an environmental and economic perspective.”

Jarrett completed a BSc in Biology and a minor in Spanish from the University of Calgary, and during his third year, he completed a year-long exchange in Mexico. Before starting the MSc program, he worked for an environmental consulting and engineering firm as an environmental scientist. Based largely on the success of the research project he conducted while in the program, he received multiple job offers and ultimately decided to work for WorleyParsons Canada as an environmental liability analyst.