Environmental Careers Journey

Starting out a new career or transitioning into a new role and sector can be difficult. It can feel daunting and leave job seekers struggling to see a clear path to their dream role.

Speaker: Lora Amos-Terpstra

Lora Amos-Terpstra has over ten years of experience in the environmental consulting industry. Lora currently works as an Environmental Project Manager with Parsons Inc. Lora enrolled in the original CEPIT program offered by ECO Canada in 2009 and later became an EPt. In 2015, she became a fully certified EP with a specialization in Water Quality and Site Assessment and Reclamation Practice.
Speaker: Liz Waterfield

Liz Waterfield is an Environmental Scientist and Project Manager at Stantec Consulting. To date, her experience includes provincial and federal regulatory review, environmental assessment, construction monitoring, project management, and various field tasks. As of late, she has been a mentor and manager to numerous coop students and interns through the ECO Canada program. While she has a passion for the environment, getting to share her skills and provide opportunities in the industry has been a highlight in her journey thus far.
Speaker: Hari Pemmaraju

Hari Pemmaraju- has been working as an environmental and sustainability professional for over 9 years and believes that innovative business models and changes in processes hold the key to making a difference. Through his consulting experience, Hari has developed a strong understanding of how to listen to people, figure out their needs, communicate clearly and leave no room for misinterpretation. He now employs these skills to manage and work on multi-disciplinary projects and navigate complex challenges in his role as an Environmental and Social Risk Management Advisor at Export Development Canada.

Topics discussed include but are not limited to the following.

Panellists share about:

  1. Their background and the experiences that led them to where they are today.
  2. What attracted them to working in the environmental sector.
  3. What a typical workday looks like.
  4. The qualifications required to work in their positions.
  5. Their greatest achievements.
  6. The skills—soft and/or technical—that have been the most critical for professional development and progress in their careers.
  7. Their advice for people trying to break into the environmental sector, whether as a new grad or a mid-level professional looking to make a career change?
  8. The skills entry-level workers in the environmental field lack that may be a barrier towards employment and how t0 develop these skills in a way that is relevant to the environmental workforce.
  9. How COVID-19 has affected the environmental industry and their jobs/companies in particular and how it will impact the future of environmental work.
  10. The greatest lessons learned over the past 18 months working through a pandemic? (Could be personal, professional, environmental, etc.)

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Course Length:
60 Minutes
Career Stage:
Junior to Mid-Career, Mid-Career
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