Bachelor of Arts, Enviornmental and Urban Sustainability • Ryerson University
Post-Graduate Certificate, Project Management (Dean's Honours) • George Brown College
Courtney Hayes moved from British Columbia to Toronto to complete a degree in the Environmental and Urban sustainability program at Ryerson University, then completed a post graduate certificate program for Project Management at George Brown College to provide additional skills to make the institutional change she wants to make in the world by implementing sustainable values while managing projects across any industry. She is very interested in waste management, food security, urban gardens, planning for equitable and ecologically integral urban environments, and environmental justice.
Born in Newfoundland and raised in British Columbia, Courtney has learned to love and respect our natural environments while recognizing our role within them. These environments have been experiencing the impacts of climate change, so with a little help from a passionate social justice teacher in high school who told her you could actually have a job “saving trees”, she decided to pursue a career in sustainability. She wanted to do something about the injustices she was seeing happen to the land she loved so deeply. She began getting more involved in activism and volunteering related to sustainability in her third year at Ryerson by helping her friends operate their vermicomposting company that was a product of the Ryerson social venture entrepreneurship zone, volunteered at the Ryerson Urban Farms, ran sustainability workshops for the GBC Student Leadership Academy, starting up a sustainability club at GBC, was the student representative for the GBC Green Team, and recently creating and carrying out the role of sustainability advisor at the George Brown Residence building. Other than work or volunteer experiences, she does her best to be a sustainability advocate in her daily life and through her social media presence. She hopes she can bridge the gap between popular culture and a sustainable lifestyle through human connection and current media outlets.
Courtney feels very fortunate to have been exposed to the best of both worlds being raised out in natural landscapes and having moved to a very diverse urban environment like Toronto, because she gets to experience many different things in terms of hobbies. She has played piano since she was young, has played volleyball competitively in high school and keeps the love going by playing with friends at the beach, loves to draw and paint, going hiking around the GTA whenever she gets a free day, gardening, taking care of her indoor plants, indoor rock climbing, and is a competitive powerlifter.