Bachelor of Arts, Political Science and History • McGill University
During her undergraduate degree at McGill University, Kaitlyn studied comparative politics, international relations, history, and geography. She also spent a summer at the Chinese University of Hong Kong studying sustainable urban development with a focus on Asia and Chinese foreign policy. By examining and working on various projects relating to global and local environmental issues, she saw the consequential social and economic problems that arose from a lack of understanding on how to cooperate, manage and implement sustainable practices on the part of key decision makers throughout various industries.
Kaitlyn notes two experiences in particular as motivating her to pursue a career in sustainability management. The first being her role as a project management associate with OXIA Initiative which is a fintech start-up in Montréal that works with private investors to measure and reduce carbon impact, while the second was her role as a summer research student working on research related to community resilience and clean energy transitions in post-disaster situations at the Low Carbon Energy for Development Network in the United Kingdom.
These experiences and the supportive individuals she met along the way inspired her to apply to the MScSM program in the hopes that she could more effectively support organizations in developing strategic and innovative solutions to sustainability issues and encourage collaboration between citizens, governments, countries, industries and various organizations. Her specific career interests include partnerships, environmental governance, renewable energy, technological innovation, market transformations, and sustainable development.
In her spare time, Kaitlyn enjoys visiting local farmer’s markets, hiking, spending time with her friends and family as well as studying geopolitics. Kaitlyn is also an avid scuba diver and a licensed PADI rescue diver.