The diversity of our students’ education and professional experience further enhances the interdisciplinary nature of the SEDV program. Students should expect to progress through this cohort-based program alongside others from varied disciplines such as engineering, business, political science, law, and a mix of science based degrees. In addition to their academic backgrounds, these future SEDV graduates join us from diverse roles with the energy sector and others to complement the multi-disciple and function learning environment we strive to create.
The MSc SEDV Class Profile*
- 44% Female, 56% Male
- 26% of the class is international
- 6 years’ average work experience
*Data is for Spring 2019 intake
Tinuke Chineme MSc (SEDV)’17
After more than 15 years in technical roles in the oil and gas sector, the SEDV program provided me with an opportunity to gain insight into an emerging sector that was foreign to me. The program taught me the intricacies of starting and running a business while honing my technical capabilities. The Research Project allowed me to work with an NGO on a renewable energy project that economically empowered local women in Burkina Faso, Africa.
Through SEDV program and the knowledge I have gained, it facilitated the startup of my own business with the long-term goal of transforming donor-recipient relationships in Africa.
Stephanie Duncan MSc (SEDV)’18
After graduating with a Bachelor in Management and working in the financial services industry, I was eager to transition into the energy industry and explore sustainability. The MSc in Sustainable Energy Development provided exactly what I was hoping for – a holistic education on sustainable development in the context of today’s society.
The program offered a balance of technical and non-technical courses, and taught us to evaluate the economic, environmental, and social impacts of resource development. Through experiential learning opportunities, as well as the Capstone project, the program enabled me to transition to a unique role in the energy industry that combines my finance background with the skills and knowledge I gained through the SEDV program.
Christopher Fry MSc (SEDV)’13
As a member of Kwanlin Dün First Nation in Whitehorse, Yukon, I grew up in Calgary and surrounding area. After completing my undergraduate degree at the University of Calgary in International Indigenous Studies, I wanted to further explore the complex relationships between the energy industry, government, and Indigenous communities. This led me to enrolling in the MSc SEDV program.
The SEDV program helped me to have a greater understanding of the energy challenges that we face both nationally and internationally and issues relating to the way that the energy industry and government works with communities. Since completing the SEDV program, I have been working for Shell in Calgary and now Houston in the External Relations department.
Doug Koroluk MSc (SEDV)’17
I enrolled in the MSc in Sustainable Energy Development program after working for a number of years in the upstream oil and gas industry. I wanted to pivot my career to a role where I could try to improve the development of energy that better addresses diverse stakeholder concerns. I was also looking for a way to enhance my skills and to stand out among professionals in the energy space.
The capstone research project gave me an opportunity to network with professionals in industry, in government, and in the university. The project was a great way to leverage my SEDV experience into a research topic where I had a lot of interest. I am utilizing my new skills from the program and it has helped me to see the broader concerns of energy development.