I graduated in 2019 with a B.A. in Business, majoring in international business with a minor in French. I have been lucky enough to have two placements through the McKenna fellowship. My first placement was with the Centre for Greening Government at the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat. The mandate of the Centre for Greening Government is to reduce GHG emissions in federal government operations. I was able to develop web–ready material related to the Government of Canada’s commitment for its operations to be low-carbon and green. In addition, I was involved in the Greening Government Fund which provides project funding to federal government departments and agencies to reduce GHG emissions in their operations.
My current placement is with the Clean Growth Hub as a Natural Resources Canada employee. The Hub is co-led by Natural Resources Canada and Innovation Science and Economic Development Canada. The Clean Growth Hub supports clean technology entrepreneurs and adopters navigate the federal ecosystem. I have been working on creating a procurement inventory, pulling together a list of clean technology products and services commercially available from our Hub clients. The Government of Canada is one of the largest public buyers of goods and services in Canada and green procurement is top of mind. It is really rewarding to know that I am helping Canada to buy environmentally preferable goods and services.