Green Careers Week 2019


Green Careers Week 2019 - Full Schedule


Tuesday March 26th
Faculty Lounge – Macdonald Campus
11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Ms. Lontoc-Roy will present her McGill/Montréal experience and how that helped prepare her for managing complex federal programs. She will also provide an overview of Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the types of green careers it offers to university graduates.

Melinda Lontoc-Roy, B.Sc. Environment (McGill 2002); M.Sc. Plant Science (McGill 2005)
National Manager, Ocean Modelling
Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Originally from Montréal, Melinda Lontoc-Roy attended McGill University from 1999 to 2005, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree from the McGill School of Environment (Environmetrics) in 2002 and a Master of Science degree in 2005. Her Master’s research focused on visualizing and quantifying plant root systems in three-dimensional space. Ms. Lontoc-Roy subsequently moved to Ottawa to join the federal public service and has since managed national programs in support of Indigenous involvement in aquatic species at risk protection and recovery, fisheries habitat protection and applied ocean modelling.

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Wednesday March 27th
Brown 5001 – Downtown Campus
11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Come listen to McGill alum who are all working in a green career. Hear their stories and take advantage of this opportunity to network with them!


David Oswald, MSc Geography, 2008; PhD (in progress)
President and Founder
DE Design and Environment Inc. 

David is a designer and environmental scientist with 20+ years experience in the environmental sector. He founded DE in 2005 while in graduate studies at McGill University. He has developed the company from its inception to today where he and the team work throughout the world on various mandates ranging from developing software for helping countries adapt to climate change to providing environmental consulting expertise to the United Nations and major corporations.


Kendra Pomerantz, Bachelor of Arts Honors: Economics and the Earth’s Environment, 2014; MBA, Corporate Social and Environmental Responsibility, 2018
Buildings and Grounds Supervisor: Sustainability, Contracts and Special Projects
McGill University; Department of Buildings, Grounds and Events Support.

Kendra was highly involved during her McGill undergraduate studies, especially around sustainable waste management, directly leading to multiple employment opportunities following graduation. After working both in Canada and internationally, she decided to improve on her concrete management skills through an MBA at Université Laval, specialized in environmental program implementation in organizations. She was then thrilled to return to McGill as an employee, originally contracted as Zero Waste Coordinator but eventually obtaining a permanent position as Supervisor: Sustainability, Contracts and Special Projects with the McGill Buildings and Grounds Department. Today she is working on implementing many exciting projects on campus (including expanding composting and upgrading McGill’s waste bins and signage), improving the contents of operational contracts, and ensuring that contractors comply


Camille Ouellet Dallaire, M.Sc, 2012; Ph.D Geography, 2018
Policy Analyst
Geological Survey of Canada, Natural Resources Canada

Camille is a doctoral candidate that survived the last nine years in Burnside Hall. She studied geography throughout her post-secondary education, from CEGEP in Trois-Rivières, to a Bachelor’s degree at Université Laval, to a Master’s degree and PhD at McGill University under the supervision of Bernhard Lehner. Her PhD work aims to provide new tools and data for the sustainable management of river systems at large scales, with work on the global and Canadian scale, and a study of the Greater Mekong region. Her weapons of choice are geographic information systems, spatial statistics and scientific outreach. She is the mom of a nine month old baby girl and is looking forward to starting her new job as policy analyst in Ottawa in April.


Maya Hassa, Bachelor of Ag. Env. Sc. Renewable Resource Management, 2018
Associate, Inerjys Ventures

Maya has over 2 years of extensive lab and field work experience researching biogeochemical processes in the context of renewable resource management. She worked as an International Project director for a student-run, community-based development organization at McGill University, where she managed a venture investment initiative and consequently developed and led a team of interns in completing a sustainable development project with an NGO in the Peruvian Amazon. She currently works as an Associate at a clean technology-focused venture capital firm in Montreal and a candidate for the CFA program.


Leandra Langlois, Bachelor of Bioresource Engineering, 2014
Environmental Emergencies Officer
Environment and Climate Change Canada

Leandra is a Bioresource Engineering and Management graduate from McGill University. Upon graduation, she started full time with Environment and Climate Change Canada’s National Environmental Emergencies Centre. Over the past 4 years, she has developed a vast skill set that includes expertise in environmental and socioeconomic resources at risk to various types of environmental emergencies, GIS and geospatial data, project management and spill response operations. Maintaining a can-do attitude and fostering innovative problem solving are two of her core professional values. Leandra is excited to be apart of McGill’s Green Careers week.


Christina Kozsukan, BA Environment (Environment & Development), class of 2018
Account Manager/Customer Success, One Tree Planted

My passion for the environment started when I was in 11, learning about the greenhouse gas effect in elementary school. When I started studying at McGill, my eyes were opened to so many fascinating topics and themes surrounding the Earth and climate change that I wanted to do something about it. When I found a job at One Tree Planted, I knew that this was what I wanted to do in my career. I converse with business people, teachers and individuals who seek to make the Earth greener, and who would like to combat increasing rates of deforestation by helping us plant trees around the world.



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Thursday March 28th
Brown 5001 – Downtown Campus
12:00 pm 2:00 pm

Mr. Stuart Lee will present his experience and career path, and will also provide an overview of Environment and Climate Change Canada along with the types of careers it offers to university students and graduates.

Stuart Lee, BSc Biology / Biochemistry; PhD Science Education
Senior Advisor to the Expert Support National Program Director
Environmental Protection Branch
Environment and Climate Change Canada

Stuart began his career in the life sciences, studying molecular biology and biochemistry as an undergraduate and graduate student. He cut his studies short to move to the West Coast and became involved in environmental issues. After teaching at the University of Victoria for a number of years, he took a Ph.D. in Science Education, focusing on the learning involved in advocacy around science-based issues. After some brief post-doctoral work on Indigenous approaches to knowledge / resource management, he started working for Environment Canada in a program looking at the Ecosystem Effects of Genetically Modified Organisms. During his career in the public service, he has had the privilege to work on a variety of complex science-policy files including – biotechnology and sustainable development, science and innovation policy for Canada, water policy, and a number of cumulative effects-related projects, including the environmental effects of the oil sands, and the new Impact Assessment regime.

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