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b2B Backpack to Briefcase – Earth Sciences Mentorship Meal (Winter 2019)

February 6 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Not sure what to do with your Earth Sciences degree? We’ve got a Backpack to Briefcase (b2B) Earth Sciences Mentorship Meal for that!

Mentorship Meals bring together alumni, faculty and students from the same discipline where you can enjoy a delicious meal while engaging in conversations about future career paths and the possibilities your degree can open up. This a is a great opportunity to network with successful alumni. The event will take place on Wednesday, February 6th at 5:30pm at the Faculty Club (41 Willcocks Street)

REGISTER HERE to confirm your interest in attending.  Dinners are restricted to 17 student attendees and final registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Please read below attending alumni for more information. This is part of the Backpack to Briefcase (b2B) Mentorship Meal series. 

Attending Alumni:

  • Yannick Beaudoin, Director General, Ontario and Northern Canada, David Suzuki Foundation
  • Sarah Hirschorn, Manager, Geoscience, Nuclear Waste Management Organisation
  • Kanita Khaled, Geophysicist – Project Manager, Geotech Airborne Ltd
  • Jean-Paul Tsotsos, Manager, Corporate Development, Hudbay Minreals Inc.

Alumni Biography:

Yannick Beaudoin, Director General, Ontario and Northern Canada, David Suzuki Foundation

Yannick Beaudoin is the new (March 21, 2018) Director General, Ontario and Northern Canada for the David Suzuki Foundation. He joins a dynamic team of researchers, communicators and advocates working to bring about transformative change to benefit people and Nature. Yannick comes to the David Suzuki Foundation after 12 years as Chief Scientist at GRID-Arendal, a Norway-based United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) collaborating center and partner of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa. Over the past decade, he is fundamentally involved with overseeing environmental and sustainable development efforts that include: adaptation to uncertain climate futures in polar and mountain regions; embedding of local, traditional and indigenous knowledge in policy-, decision- and choice-making; enabling conversations and innovation for new development and economic paradigms; promoting a transition to a sustainable relationship between society and the ocean.

Yannick has dedicated much effort to the application of new economic thinking, a science of change and participatory social ‘technologies’ to global efforts touching on green and blue economy initiatives. This has meant working with countries, communities and industry to implement approaches that increase human well-being while preserving and enhancing ecological health and quality. He has also provided advisory services on green economy/blue economy to the East Asia Pacific group of the World Bank and to various UNEP Regional Seas Conventions.

His recent project activities include: co-design and co-facilitation with GIZ of a one year innovation lab on climate leadership in Central Asia, the development of a global UNEP TEEB (The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity) for Oceans and Coasts Global Environmental Facility effort, the management of the UNEP Global Outlook on Methane Gas Hydrates and co-coordination of the EU-funded SPC-SOPAC – UNEP Pacific Marine Minerals and Deep Sea Mining Assessment. He has also been a geoscientist with the Continental Shelf Project which has been providing technical assistance to developing states working to delineate the outer limits of their continental shelf according to criteria outlined in Article 76 of UNCLOS.

From 2001 to 2006, Yannick was a project geologist with Falconbridge Ltd managing “green fields” nickel, copper and platinum group element exploration projects in Canada and Norway. He has also worked in geological exploration for Phelps Dodge of Canada Ltd. and in the high Arctic for the Geological Survey of Canada. Yannick holds a doctorate (2006) and MSc (2001) in marine and economic geology from the University of Toronto with a research focus on deep ocean hydrothermal vent systems; he participated on 9 international marine research campaigns from Antarctica to the western Pacific. Yannick also holds a transdisciplinary MA in Economics for Transition (2014) from Schumacher College/University of Plymouth in the UK where his dissertation inquiry applied an action research approach to explore society’s ecological-economic divide.

Sarah Hirschorn, Manager, Geoscience, Nuclear Waste Management Organization

Sarah is a Geoscience Manager at the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO). She started at the NWMO in 2008 as a geochemist, working with both the site evaluation and the research and development programs associated with Adaptive Phased Management, Canada’s approach for long term of used nuclear fuel.  In her current role, Sarah is responsible for the management, planning and coordination of geoscientific preliminary assessments and field investigations to assess the suitability of potential sites for hosting a deep geological repository for the long term management of used nuclear fuel.

Sarah obtained her bachelor’s and doctorate degrees in Geology from the University of Toronto.

Kanita Khaled, Geophysicist – Project Manager, Geotech Airborne Ltd

Kanita completed a B.Sc. (Hons.) in Geophysics at the University of Toronto in 2013. During her undergraduate years she spent her summers in Senegal, West Africa as an Exploration Geologist for Teranga Gold Corp. Her key tasks included performing drill core logging, geological mapping, sample QA/QC and drill rig supervision. During her time there she developed a strong foundation in exploration geology, having authored and structured the company’s core and hand sample catalogue and conducting field mapping of emerging gold districts in the Birimian Greenstone Belt.

Upon conclusion of her work with Teranga, Kanita joined ESG Solutions as a Geophysical Analyst, monitoring microseismic activity related to global petroleum and mining projects. Her work with ESG required her to travel throughout North America, setting up geophysical instruments on-site as well as performing in-situ data processing. While in-house, she was responsible for assessing caprock integrity during procedures such as drilling, thermal injection or recovery, as well as tracking the long term geological integrity of underground gas storage facility.

With a solid background in data acquisition and processing, Kanita joined Geotech Airborne in Aurora, Ontario as a Geophysicist. She currently administers the final quality control, processing and reporting procedures for airborne geophysical surveys carried out globally. On a day-to-day basis, she works directly with a variety of geophysical data including airborne magnetic, electromagnetic, radiometric and gravity data. She is responsible for the delivery of final data and reports, and frequently liaises with clients to discuss their broader exploration goals and ways to maximize their survey results to cater to their prospecting goals.

Jean-Paul Tsotsos, Manager, Corporate Development, Hudbay Minreals Inc.

Jean-Paul Tsotsos is a Professional Geologist and Capital Markets specialist with over 10 years of experience in the Mining and Metals Industry.  He completed an undergraduate in Earth Science and Biology at University of Toronto – Mississauga, followed by a Masters of Earth Science at University of Toronto (St. George campus).  Post-graduation he worked at Royal Nickel Corporation, Dahrouge Geological Consulting and other junior exploration firms.  During this time, he not only acted as a Geoscientist, but due to the small scale of these organizations, he also worked closely with metallurgists, engineers and finance specialists, developing cross-disciplinary knowledge and skills. His greatest achievements included the collaboration on the Dumont and Blue River pre-feasibilities studies, Corporate Development initiatives with Dahrouge Geological securing multi-million dollar contracts and the support he provided during the Royal Nickel’s $45M IPO.

This interest in finance and valuations led him to complete an MBA specialized in Natural Resources, Energy and Environment at the University of Alberta.  A program focused on leadership, scenario planning, economics and strategy, but more importantly a deep emphasis on finance and valuations.  After the MBA, he moved back to Toronto and worked as a Mining Equity Research Associate with Top Ranked Analysts at BMO Capital Markets covering 23 precious
 metal equities and the commodities complex.  Over a year ago, Jean-Paul joined the Corporate Development team at Hudbay Minerals and played an integral role in developing business strategy and the execution of mergers and acquisitions.


February 6
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm