Alumni Update from August 2021
Our 2020/21 cohort persevered through ongoing pandemic uncertainty and lockdowns, which meant that the students had to make the most of entirely remote placements in some cases. Despite this, many students got contract extensions and longer term contracts after finishing their placements! Students worked with conservation authorities, Parks Canada, the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources & Forestry, ENGO's and consulting companies.
These are some of their testimonials:
"The M.BEMA program offers students both excellent classes and faculty, which helped me to develop a variety of skills that are sought out by employers in the environmental sector".
“I had been looking forward to my placement as a great opportunity for hands-on experience and to apply my knowledge from the course work. I also think that Trent and the BEMA program have a lot of connections to our community, which was really helpful for the placements.”
“The program is so flexible and enabled me to complete it in two years as a part-time student while I continued working, which was important to me.”
Alumni Update from August 2020
Our graduating M.BEMA class of 2020 faced some challenging times, including the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting 'virtual' placements. We look forward to seeing what our alumni will do in the near future! These are some of their thoughts on the program:
"It was so great to be a part of this program and to work with everyone! This program has taught me so much & I can't wait to see where it takes me in life."
"My favourite part of the M.BEMA program was the experience of working with my classmates on issues & ideas that we are all passionate about, as well as developing so many different skills that will help me in my future career."
"I learned a lot from the discussions, the courses were relevant & informative, and the placement was perfect to tie everything in. The Capstone was an essential part of the degree personally."
"It was great & it went by so quickly. Loved getting to try things I was unfamiliar with (e.g. GIS, R) and being able to do little tasks & feel myself learning the content."
"I'm passionate about the environment & I wanted to do a professional Masters degee, so this was perfect for me!"