Joanne Lau

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Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Environmental Studies and Political Science •  University of Toronto

Bio

Joanne completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto in 2019 with a double major in Environmental Studies and Political Science. Throughout Joanne’s academic studies, she took various courses on environmental law, governance, and politics, that sparked her interest in the area of sustainability. As Joanne learned about the complexities involved with balancing competing views surrounding environmental matters, she became increasingly passionate and determined to educate others about the importance of sustainability.

Upon completing her undergraduate degree, Joanne spent her summer working as a Business Development Assistant for a non-profit social enterprise called the ClimateWise Business Network (A Project of the Windfall Ecology Centre). During her time at ClimateWise, Joanne was able to gain professional experience in the environmental sector and work on various projects that helped her learn more about current energy-saving initiative programs being implemented by the provincial and federal governments. Prior to working at ClimateWise, Joanne had experience working as a placement student at Carbon Management Canada Research Institutes (CMCRI), as well as being a research student on a Pre-Occupancy Evaluation (PREOE) for the University of Toronto’s Facility and Services.

While not in school or at work, Joanne can be found on the water paddling with her dragon boat team or in the gym training during the off-season. Through her four years on the New Dragons Dragon Boat team, Joanne and her team have won the National Club Championships in both University and U24 Divisions twice, as well as receiving a Gold Medal in the U24 Women’s 2K race at the 2018 Club Crew World Championships in Szeged, Hungary.

As a student in the MScSM program, Joanne is excited to learn about sustainability through different lenses and the role she can play in implementing sustainability on a larger scale.