Who was your favourite Professor at UofT?
Prof. Ted Sargent (he was not my professor, but I have met him and like his research on renewables).
What do you currently do for a living?
Associate Professor, Global Management Studies, Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University. My research covers a variety of international topics related to sustainable development, especially in respect of technologies for climate change mitigation and adaptation, responsible investment and divestment of fossil fuels, the circular economy, and responsible corporate/urban governance. I have taught courses such as sustainable business, globalization, high tech strategy, and international strategy and entrepreneurship, all from a lens of sustainable development as per the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
Did you go to Frosh in your first year? If yes, what was your favourite part?
The best part was stopping traffic on Yonge Street with our crowd of happy engineering Frosh and leaders. Lots of spirit!
Do you have any advice to first years on how to get the best out of SkuleTM? What are some things you would tell your first-year self if given the chance?
Try to look for a good summer job in engineering as early as possible – start in first year. The University of Toronto offers tremendously helpful career services. Having engineering experience earlier on will help you to make a more informed decision when it comes to choosing your first real job on graduation. Also, your studies will have more meaning if you can see how they are applied on the job. Your summer job may even lead to a long term position after graduation. Also, don’t forget that your university years can be the lowest risk time period over which to try to start your own business and become an entrepreneur. In addition, your knowledge from your courses is fresh and you can reinforce your learning by applying it through the development of a new product or service offering. Your university years are also a great time for finding entrepreneurial partners in your university friends. Who knows, such efforts could make you and your friends your own bosses over the long term and then you will be hiring SkuleTM graduates. You might even become serial entrepreneurs.
Are there any clubs you would recommend to first years?
IEEE University of Toronto Student Branch. Get elected as an engineering executive to help make the engineering experience great for everyone – I was a Social Director and a Communications Director. I think that in your first year, joining one club is a good idea to help you get to know some others with similar interests. You are also getting used to the demands of your engineering program, so you may want to wait until your second year to add more activities based on what you can reasonably manage. Don’t let your studies suffer because you are in too many clubs. I also had to work while in engineering to pay my way, so keep this in mind when you are joining clubs, in case you are like me and may need to balance many obligations.
What is your favourite memory from UofT?
Lunches at Hart House are my favourite memory. Hart House is a beautiful, inspiring building.
Are there any life mottos or quotes to live by?
“No! Try not! Do or do not, there is no try.” – Yoda
“Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.” – Yoda