The Emerging Green Professionals’ (EGP) executive committee is proud to present our next event: “Young Sustainability Professionals Speaker Panel”, aimed at helping students, new graduates and emerging professionals in the sustainability sector discover effective ways of building their personal career brand, networking and making connections, getting their foot in the door, and most importantly, successfully establishing and advancing their careers in this sector.
This speaker panel will feature 5 young professionals currently working in the sustainability sector who have successfully navigated their way into their respective positions at reputable companies who are doing great work in various fields - such as green building construction, renewable energy, and sustainability consulting.
Panel discussion will include topics like:
How to discover your personal strengths and career interests
Importance of networking and mentorships
Advice for professional development
Essential skills and attributes needed to succeed at the job
Common career paths in the field
Lessons learned and general career advice
Anureet Kaur, Business Operations Analyst at Internat Energy Solutions Canada
Anureet works in the Greenhouse Gas Accounting team where she conducts policy research and analysis, internal peer reviews for Greenhouse Gas Verification projects and leads all the marketing and stakeholder engagement sessions for the company. She pursued her Master of Science in Sustainability Management and a Bachelor of Business Administration from University of Toronto. Anureet has working knowledge of carbon pricing and how it works in a specific province and is currently serving on the Program Advisory Committee for Seneca College’s Green Business Management Program.
Joanna Kipp, Consultant at Quinn and Partners
Joanna uses her sustainability and business knowledge and experience to develop tailored solutions for clients. She works with companies from multiple sectors to embed sustainability in company strategies and programs. Most recently, she has worked with a Canadian investment manager to embed sustainability across its multiple asset classes through policy, procedures and training. She also leads the annual sustainability program for a top-ten Canadian pension plan, where she, among many tasks, curated speakers and content for its award winning,
international sustainability conference.
As the sustainability manager for two major clients, Joanna uses creativity and innovation to curate annual leadership programs that elevate performance. She is responsible for strategy and policy development, benchmarking, performance measurement, materiality assessments and disclosure. Joanna is also an experienced sustainability reporter, supporting clients with external disclosures, including adhering to all GRI Standards requirements.
Matthew Tokarik, Building Energy Consultant & Certified Passive House Consultant
Matthew is a building energy consultant and Certified Passive House Consultant whose technical experience includes the application and implementation of Passive House design strategy, creation and calibration of whole building energy models for new and existing buildings, assessment of existing building energy performance, and application and management of energy incentive programs, code compliance, and building certification. Recent experience includes energy and carbon studies on various institutional, commercial, and residential projects. Matthew is currently the Passive House consultant for a seven-story mixed use facility in downtown Vancouver targeting Passive House Certification.
Nick Brown, Team Lead, Lumenix
Nick is a dedicated energy professional acting as the Team Lead of the Energy Analytics and Incentives department at Lumenix where he leads a multi-jurisdictional team of analysts. Nick has spent the last 4 years focused on conservation and demand management in all major sectors and jurisdictions in Canada. In 2015, he helped to complete the largest social housing retrofit in the province as well as accepting Luminex’s award as the 2015 Retrofit Champions for Enersource in the Lighting category.
The scope of his work has been centered around advocacy through engagement, allowing him to help foster an understanding around Energy Efficiency and Energy Management strategies. He is currently actively working with various stakeholders to help develop and improve provincial incentive programs in throughout Canada. Nick comes from Humber College with an advanced diploma in Sustainable Energy and Building Technology.
Nithya Vijayakumar, Senior Advisor, Pembina Institute
Nithya is a senior advisor leading transportation and urban development projects in the Pembina Institute’s Ontario office. Her work includes includes strategy development, project design and management, communications and building and leveraging relationships with policy makers to facilitate project implementation
Nithya is a transportation planner with experience working on projects in Canada, the U.S. and the U.K. Her projects have included designing campaigns to encourage increased transit use and assessing performance of new transit projects. Before joining the Pembina Institute, Nithya worked at TransLink, the regional transportation authority in Vancouver, and Steer Davies Gleave, a U.K.-based transportation consulting firm. She holds a BA and a Master of Urban Planning from McGill University.