In selecting a career path, it is important to me that it will facilitate my ambition to contribute to positive change in our world and promote greater environmental stewardship. With a growing need for energy conservation and a reduction in resource consumption, a career in construction has the promise of allowing me to actively contribute toward finding solutions to these challenges. My interests include sustainable construction methods, low-income housing solutions and the reuse and repurposing of waste materials in construction projects. I believe my background in art, construction management and building science gives me the ability to look at things from a different perspective and find creative solutions.
In 2003, I graduated from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. At NSCAD, I developed a good sense of design, art appreciation and had the opportunity to experience working with a wide variety of materials and techniques, including goldsmithing, textiles, ceramics, life drawing, technical drawing and film.In 2007, I received my Bachelor of Animation from Sheridan College. While animation is no longer my chosen career path, I learned many transferable skills that have helped me in my pursuit of a career in construction. These include an understanding of major project management, time scheduling and computer modeling.
In 2015, I graduated from George Brown College with an Advanced Diploma in Construction Engineering Technology. The program covered a broad range of topics, including project management, cost control, estimating, timber, steel and concrete design and computer applied construction practices. During my time at George Brown College, I developed a strong interest in building science and decided to pursue a Master of Building Science degree from Ryerson University in the fall of 2015. The program focuses on sustainable building practices based on building science principles, energy efficiency in new and existing buildings and methods to reduce waste generation and resource consumption.
Having successfully completed the first semester at Ryerson, I decided to put my academic career on hold in order to develop my knowledge and skills of building science through work experience, with plans to complete the program at a later date.
It is important to me to participate in creating healthy communities. Over the past few years, I have participated in Habitat for Humanity builds and fundraisers and acted as site coordinator for The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup. I remain active with these organizations as I continue to register for builds and cleanups throughout the year.I value leadership and team building skills and believe they are imperative for facilitating change. I have participated in several leadership courses and seminars, and continue to pursue opportunities that will strengthen these skills.
I believe for sustainable and environmentally friendly construction to be considered mainstream, the process by which we construct our buildings requires a shift in our expectations and vision of how things are done. I want to be a part of the innovative and paradigm challenging process that will lead to a sustainable construction industry and sound environmental stewardship.