Ashley Arora


Bachelor of Science (Hons. with distinction) • Biochemistry and Environmental Science • University of Toronto


Ashley graduated with Honors Bachelor of Science in 2016 from the University of Toronto in Environmental Science and Biochemistry (Co-op stream). During her years, she was heavily involved in various extra-curricular activities. Ashley was an enthusiastic and continuously supportive Mentor for Arts and Science students, a community outreach volunteer for the Toronto branch of Chemical Institute of Canada (CIC) to work with children in generating scientific awareness, and took pride in successful event planning while leading her executives as the President of one of the largest departmental student organizations, the Chemistry Society at UTSC (CSU).

Fusing her interest of the environment and chemistry, she supported a comparative research study on the effect of organic contaminants in the rural and urbanized watersheds within the GTA. Deviating from her academic background, Ashley took on the position of a Technical Writer Intern at Sanofi Pasteur, one of the world’s largest vaccine manufacturing companies. Maintaining her love for teaching and working in a chemistry lab, Ashley continued to TA for second year Analytical and Organic chemistry. Ashley’s passion for sustainability was triggered from her field camp course with a trip to Iceland in summer of 2015. She had witnessed the dramatic effects of climatic changes on the natural geology and glacier retreats, as well as their extensive integration of technology in utilizing geothermal energy; with this, she witnessed the implications global warming, but also the lifestyle of a green economy.

Upon joining the MScSM program, Ashley desired to expand her working knowledge of the corporate sector by taking on an internship placement as an Associate Consultant at Impact Change Management Consultants Inc. She closely worked with one of the clients, off-site, for support to the company’s consulting services, while her other role involved contributing her sustainability knowledge to support the company’s business strategy and development model to drive social and organizational impact.

Furthermore, Ashley had always had an interest in taking her education beyond the classrooms. In her second year, she was selected as the top 20 wildcard participants from 570 applicants around the world to attend her first sustainability conference, Nudge Global Impact Challenge, in the Netherlands in October 2017. Following this, she was privileged to be selected as the top 150 delegates from across Canada to attend the Leading Change conference and GLOBE Forum 2018, North America’s largest sustainability conference, held in Vancouver. 

With a technical background in the sciences, and strong interest in sustainability and management, Ashley hopes to fuse her interests while transitioning into the corporate sector in addressing issues to create environmental stewardship and a sustainable future. In her spare time, Ashley enjoys yoga, zumba, travelling, watching Marvel movies, taking a walk on beach, catching sunsets, event planning, and making spontaneous road trips with friends. 


Ashley's MScSM Internship: Impact Change Management Consultants Inc.


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