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Environment Mentorship Meal – Winter 2018

February 15 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Note: this event is only open to current students registered within the School of the Environment

Environment students — please email for registration details.



  • Michael Lawler, Operations & Communications, Know The World Tours
  • Emily Van Halem, Knowledge Exchange Manager, Community Food Centres Canada
  • Sarry Zheng, Senior Analyst, Privy Council Office





Michael Lawler, Operations & Communications, Know The World Tours

Mike currently works for Know The World Tours, a boutique travel company that leads tours of East Africa, Europe and Asia. He is also pursuing a Certificate in Food Security from Ryerson University. Prior to this, he worked for two years in Thailand and Cambodia for Operation Groundswell, a non-profit which focuses on experiential travel and volunteering abroad. Most recently he designed and led multiple programs focused on food and agriculture in Thailand for OG. Other engagements have included working in Recruitment and Communications for the University of Toronto and as a line cook at Cava restaurant.
His travels have brought him through much of South Eastern Africa, Asia, India, Europe, both coasts of Canada and the Caribbean. From volunteering with the Barbados Sea Turtle Project to trekking through the Himalayas, he has been very privileged to be able to explore the world! He studied Environmental Studies, Geography and History at the University of Toronto. He has volunteered with a number of environmental organizations, played and coached with the Varsity Blues Badminton team as well as built and ridden countless bicycles.


Emily Van Halem, Knowledge Exchange Manager, Community Food Centres Canada

A graduate of U of T’s Environmental Policy and Practice program (2008), Emily has dedicated her career so far to food. Over the past 10 years, she has run food education programs promoting sustainable food systems, written about food issues for several magazines and websites, and worked on two urban farms here in Toronto. Since 2014, she has worked at Community Food Centres Canada, a national organization that builds health, belonging and social justice in low-income communities through the power of food. Here, she spearheads an international community of practice of like-minded “good food organizations” to whom they offer training, grants, resources and an annual conference.


Sarry Zheng, Senior Analyst, Privy Council Office

Sarry Zheng is a Free Agent / Policy Analyst with the Government of Canada, currently working on an innovation and engagement project at Canada Centre for Remote Sensing.

Graduated in 2009, Sarry worked with the federal government as a labour market analyst for four years in Kitchener-Waterloo before moving to Silicon Valley to pursue her MBA. She also served as a Board Advisor to the City of Kitchener Citizen Advisory Board.

During her time in Silicon Valley, she was involved in innovation and strategy projects for BMW, and Clorox, setting up MOOC for EIT Digital, as well as working directly with leaders such as the co-founder of the North Face, and the SVP of Innovation at Schneider Electric.




February 15
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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