Science Career Talks

Science Career Talk

When: June 6th, 2018
Where: The Landing (UC 3018)
Time: 12pm-1:30pm

Science alumni working in the industry will speak about the career paths they have pursued and how they navigated their job search with science backgrounds. Since many jobs are not publicly advertised, networking often plays a major role in how students and graduates find jobs and careers that fit their interests and values.

This event provides a great opportunity for science students and graduates to build their network, learn what opportunities there are in the hidden job market and how to best market their skills to industry professionals.

Alumni Presenting on June.6th, 2018

Deidre Puddister
Environmental Manager
Pennecon Limited

Deidre Puddister completed both a B.Sc. (HONS) Biology and a M.Sc. Env. Sci. from Memorial University of Newfoundland. Deidre has 16 years’ experience working in the environmental industry, the last 9 of which have been focused on the construction industry. Deidre began her career in construction with Pennecon Heavy Civil Limited (PHCL) in 2009 as the PHCL Site Environmental Manager on the Long Harbour project.

Deidre currently holds the position of Environmental Manager with Pennecon Limited and is responsible for ensuring environmental considerations are incorporated into project planning and execution, as well as the monitoring and assessment projects, ensuring adherence to applicable guidelines and regulations, environmental permitting, liaising with regulators and stakeholders, and document preparation (Environmental Management Plans, Environmental Emergency Plans, Waste Management Plans, Spill Response Plans, etc). Since starting work with Pennecon, Deidre has participated in every mega-project in the province, including Long Harbour, Muskrat Falls, Hebron, and White Rose, as well as several major projects outside of the province, including hydro works, wind farms, etc.

Prior to joining the construction industry in 2009, Deidre worked as an Environmental Consultant, focusing on environmental impact assessments, marine and freshwater habitat compensation works, environmental effects monitoring, etc. As a consultant, Deidre worked on projects in Indonesia, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, and Cameroon.

Mark Squires
GIS Research Analyst II
Newfoundland & Labrador Centre for Health Information
St. John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador

Twenty years ago, Mark Squires would not have believed you if you had said that he would one day become a geographer. Squires entered university without a defined idea of what he wanted to do. With his first GIS course, Squires found something that he was interested in. Squires began his career at ERSI -- the world’s largest GIS software company -- and approached his time with an openness and eagerness to learn all aspects of GIS, with the intention of becoming extremely well-rounded and comfortable with the functions of GIS. Squires has since worked in several fields as a GIS analyst, including the natural resources and health care.

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Laura King
Conservation Biologist
Stewardship Association of Municipalities (EHJV)

Laura King is a Conservation Biologist with an office in St. John's but working across NL on conservation areas that protect habitat for wildlife. She has worked at three universities, three non-profits, two federal government divisions, and one high school. Favourite adventures so far include raising, screening, and releasing a thousand tiny snapping turtles, spending late nights in the lab finding industrial contamination in birds, showing hundreds of students how to extract their own DNA, and helping to collaboratively conserve thousands of hectares of beautiful boreal forest in central Newfoundland. Laura has a university certificate, a BScH, an MSc, and a Post-graduate Diploma and other random pieces of paper and thinks that continuous learning not only helps prevent Alzheimer's, but it can also be lots of fun. She volunteers as Vice President, lecture host, and 'Nature Nook at The Rooms' coordinator at Nature NL and as a biology/environmental science career advisor through Evisors.

Rebecca Newhook
Faculty of Science Co-Op Office

Rebecca Newhook from the Faculty of Science Co-op Office will talk about the kinds of work that co-op students have been involved in on their work terms and how students can apply to participate in the co-op program.

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