Posted Thursday May 16, 2019


University of Waterloo Environment Faculty Along with Corporate Sponsor and Nature Conservatory Make Their Attempt To "Save the Planet!

Yesterday KEEN Canada, University of Waterloo’s Faculty of Environment and the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC), announce their partnership in the creation of a special support program for Faculty of Environment students. The program will offer five new four-month internship opportunities that are each valued at $10,000, as well as ten scholarships of $5,000 for graduate students.

Funded by KEEN Canada, a North American outdoor footwear company with a unique focus on sustainability, the KEEN Global Citizen Internships will enable Environment students to support NCC’s efforts to protect important natural areas and biological diversity across the country. The internships will expose students to the operations of NCC and allow them to assist with projects and programs, including conservation stewardship, communication and engagement and working with systems that manage spatial and geographic information.

“As an independently owned company that creates versatile, eco-friendly and quality outdoor gear, we care a great deal about the environment. We are committed to putting our values into motion and are excited to find such great partners in the University of Waterloo and the Nature Conservancy of Canada”, says Rob Brydges, General Manager of KEEN Canada. “This program will create an excellent platform for the next generation of sustainability leaders to make a meaningful impact on our communities, which we are extremely proud to support.”

Faculty of Environment Global Citizen Internships at the University of Waterloo provide students with hands-on experiential learning in collaboration with our not-for-profit partners. Envisioned by Jean Andrey, Dean of Environment, these internships are each valued at $10,000, provide a four-month placement opportunity to support the partner organization’s impact on communities where they work, and mobilize the knowledge that students learn in the classroom. Andrey’s aim is to create 50 internships globally in 2019, as the Faculty of Environment turns 50!

“The next steps of our journey, both locally and globally, will depend on our willingness to adapt to the changing world around us and collectively transition towards achieving the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals here at home and around the globe. Our partnership with KEEN and their tremendous investment in our students is supporting this common goal.” Jean Andrey, Dean, Faculty of Environment, Chair, Sustainable Development Solutions Network Canada.

The graduate scholarships are available to students entering the Master of Climate Change, Master of Development Practice, and Master of Economic Development and Innovation programs, who demonstrate leadership and community engagement.

“The KEEN Global Citizen Internship will be a tremendous impetus to foster new ideas and talent when it comes to helping safeguard nature” explains Erica Thompson, National Director, Conservation Engagement, at the Nature Conservancy of Canada. “This innovative partnership will enable NCC to accomplish meaningful work in support of ecologically significant lands and the communities depending upon them, while providing solid experiential learning opportunities for future leaders working within the environmental sector.” is distributed twice weekly; Tuesday and Thursday

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