Vicky Fenwick-Sehl joined Sierra Youth (then named the Sierra Youth Coalition) in mid-2016 and became the Chair in June 2017. She completed an undergraduate degree in Political Studies and Environmental Science at Queen's University in 2013. While at Queen's, she was a member of the student activist group Queen's Backing Action on Climate Change (QBACC) which led campaigns to stop quarries and pipelines, and encourage divestment. She also completed an undergraduate thesis, supervised by Dr. Jonathan Rose, analyzing the electoral success of "Green" political parties in Canada, Australia, and Germany.
In 2014, Vicky moved to the University of Waterloo where she completed a Master of Climate Change (MCC) the following year. During her tenure at Waterloo, she completed a Major Research Paper on shifting attitudes and behaviors towards climate change under the supervision of Dr. Sarah Burch. She was also a Research Assistant with the Earth System Governance Project, also supervised by Dr. Burch, until early 2017. In addition to being a member of the Sierra Youth Executive Committee, Vicky is also engaged in the sustainability sector as an Evaluation Support Fellow for the MIT Climate CoLab.
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Bianca Salive is a recent graduate of the University of Waterloo’s Environment and Business program. During her time at the University, she participated in a variety of different programs and extracurricular activities. Most recently, she had the opportunity to attend the UNFCCC’s COP21 in Paris as an accredited student delegate. Bianca notes this as her proudest accomplishment to date. While she has always been interested in international business, her passion lies in environmental advocacy. She has volunteered with several different organizations over the past few years, in a variety of roles. She began university by serving as the Communications Director of the largest student service on campus, the Sustainable Campus Initiative. She eventually went on to serve as the Managing Director, where was responsible for student-led projects with budgets as large as $20,000. She also served as a People Relations Specialist for Sustainable Waterloo Region, a non-profit that assists organizations in reducing their carbon emissions.
Additional experience lies in serving as an ambassador for various organizations. Having completed an international exchange herself, she served as an ambassador for Waterloo International, assisting other students in their academic exchange process. In addition to this, she also served as an ambassador for the Faculty of Environment, where she educated prospective students on the services and opportunities the faculty has to offer. Most recently, she was employed as the Manulife Financial University of Waterloo student representative, where she helped to recruit prospective students for the organization.
Bianca is a very dedicated and enthusiastic advocator, with an innate passion for connecting people with the natural environment surrounding them. This passion is evident in the professional endeavours she has chosen to pursue, as well as the organizations she chooses to volunteer her time with. Outside of her professional and academic life, Bianca enjoys hiking, kayaking, travelling, and spending time with her dog Stitch. She is also an avid foodie, who loves experimenting with new and local ingredients. She is currently studying for the LSAT, and hopes to attend law school in 2017. Bianca is looking to pursue a degree in international law, specializing in human rights law. Upon graduation, she hopes to defend the rights of those being displaced by the effects of climate change."
Christina is currently studying Nursing at McGill University. A Montreal native, Christina has always had a strong interest in the environment. She was an active member of her high school’s Earth Club, chairing it in her final year and organising events such as a clothing swap and extending the school’s recycling program. While in CEGEP, she completed her school’s Environmental Certificate, which focused on promoting environmentally friendly habits and environmental awareness around the school. Christina has also served previously as the Youth Representative on the Sierra Youth Coalition Executive Committee for two years. In her spare time, Christina can be found teaching swimming lessons at a local pool, reading a fantasy book or practicing her clarinet and ukulele. She also enjoys traveling around Canada with her family and seeing the many amazing national parks that the country has to offer.
Claire has joined Sierra Youth since April of 2016. Claire always has passions for international sustainability issues and she is interested in testing solutions to unsustainability problems especially social ones. During her second year of Master’s study, Claire decided to write her thesis about exploring the effectiveness of communication channels in disseminating information about sustainable community plans by using sustainability research as a domain. Claire Tian graduated from the University of Waterloo in January 2016 with a Master degree in Local Economic Development, and she has a bachelor’s degree in Environment and Business. Through the Local Economic Development internship program, she worked as a social entrepreneurship researcher for Independent Living Canada, a national not-for-profit organization providing support for people with disabilities. After her graduation, she started a one-year internship with the Township of White River-Winnie the pooh's hometown-as an Economic Development Practitioner. Recently, she has a new role as a Project Coordinator at Four County Labour Market Planning Board at Walkerton, Ontario. In her spare time, she loves hiking.
Truzaar is a corporate sustainability advocate, looking to help business and industry build a sustainable future. He is interested in the quantitative applications of climate finance, to understand the impact of climate change on our economy. His research surrounds the topics of fossil fuel divestment, stranded asset risk, Canadian pipeline development, climate policy, and sustainable entrepreneurship.
Matthew is an environmental communicator, with a background in biology. He believes that climate change is the most pressing issue of the modern world, and that only by educating the public and clearly communicating the science and methodology to combat it will we be able to secure a clean and sustainable future. In May of 2016 Matthew completed a BSc at U of T, with a specialist in Biology, a Major in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and a Minor in the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology. Immediately following graduation he enrolled in the Environmental Visual Communications program, which is a graduate certificate program taught at the Royal Ontario Museum. He developed the skills to bridge the gap between science and the public by communicating science through new and engaging methods, such as photography, videography, graphic design and social media. Matthew spent several months in Vietnam, working for an organization helping smallholder rice farmers adapt to climate change. He saw that the consequences of climate change are already with us, and that it is imperative to communicate them to governments and the public. He hopes to continue to provide his communications expertise to environmental NGOs, and to help to educate the public on the importance of environmental issues. In his spare time he can usually be found reading, playing video games, or travelling the world.
Atish is passionate about environmental awareness and sustainability.
He holds a Master of Environmental Science degree and Honours Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Toronto. He is an Accredited LEED Green Associate. Currently, he is a student at Seneca College, currently enrolled in the post-graduate Energy Managment Certificate Program. Through this program, he hopes to broaden his knowledge on how to make buildings more energy efficient to help combat climate change.