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Environmental & Sustainability Careers

Justin Dearing
Sustainability and Climate Action Officer                    
Memorial University

Bachelor of Science (Biology)
Memorial University of Newfoundland
Masters Degree (Coastal Zone Management)
University of Ulster
Advanced Diploma (Integrated Coastal and Oceans Management)
Memorial University of Newfoundland

To Justin, the bottom line is that the depth of our challenges directly relates to the quality of our opportunities and he is committed to helping communities take ownership of those opportunities. He believes the greatest untapped resource in our province lies in the innovation and leadership potential of its people. Justin’s personal mantra, “Waiting to make a difference, is the one thing that guarantees you never will”, motivates him to BE the change instead of WAITING for change.

Justin’s unique perspective and expertise are a result of his extensive advocacy work at the community level being combined with nearly a decade of strategically managing change from a university setting. Having been shaped by some of our country’s most inspiring leaders and passionate community volunteers, Justin has dedicated himself to supporting youth, communities, and engagement programs in NL. In 2010, Justin was recognized as one of Atlantic Canada’s 40 Emerging Leaders and received extensive leadership training from Atlantic Canada’s top business, government, and private sector leaders. In 2011, he was named the Multi Material Stewardship Board’s Waste Reduction Hero for leading the Marine Institute’s civic engagement and volunteer-based ocean conservation Ocean Net programs. In June 2013, Justin received the Newfoundland & Labrador Environmental Award (Individual) by the Department of Environment and Conservation for excellence in environmental leadership. From 2014-16, as Manager of Education, Outreach, and Alumni Programs with the Students On Ice Foundation, Justin helped lead life-changing expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctic providing transformative learning opportunities for youth instilling the need for action and change. In 2020, Justin was chosen to lead Memorial University’s Sustainability and Climate Action Office and is devoting his efforts to navigating the opportunities to balances its climate impacts and strategically improve its capacity to be more efficient and sustainable.

2004 – Wellness Coordinator, St. John’s Boys and Girls Club
2005 – Green Team Leader, Conservation Corps NL
2006 – Provincial Director, Ocean Net
2009 – Conference Coordinator, MI Ocean Net, Marine Institute (MUN)
2014 – Manager, Education & Alumni Programs, Students on Ice Foundation
2016 – Alumni Affairs Officer, Alumni Affairs & Development (MUN)
2017 – Social Innovation Changemaker, Harris Centre, (MUN)
2020 – Sustainability and Climate Action Officer, Office of Sustainability and Climate Change (MUN)

Sarah Kennedy, MRM, EP
Environmental Manager
JCL Investments Inc.

Bachelor of Science (Environmental Biology)
Memorial University of Newfoundland
Masters in Resource Management, Coastal and Marine Resource Management
University Centre of the Westfijords

Sarah Kennedy is an Environmental Professional based out of Corner Brook, Newfoundland. She graduated from her Bachelor of Science in Environmental Biology (Memorial University (MUN)) in 2010. During her time at MUN, she worked with Dr. Robert Scott on projects that focused on the importance of Resource Management, sparking her passion in this field, leading her to a Masters Degree in Resource Management from the University of Akureryi, Iceland (2012). Upon returning to Canada, Sarah took on the role as Environmental Manager with Johnson’s Construction Ltd. (JCL). Here, she put her Resource Management skills to work to implement and manage an Environmental Program for the company that included regulatory compliance and environmental oversite, particularly within their Muskrat Falls contracts. In this position, Sarah’s role continues to vary and spans the entirety of company operations, involving both internal and external responsibilities and representing JCL in all matters related to the environment to outside partners and agencies.

2014 -Present - Environmental Manager, JCL Investments Inc., Corner Brook, NL
2011-2013 – Competed a Masters of Resource Management, University of Akureyri, Iceland
2011 –Research Biologist, Department of Natural Resources, Burgeo, NL
2011 –Research Technician, Department of Environmental and Conservation, Corner Brook, NL
2009-2010 – Research Technician, Memorial University of NL, Corner Brook, NL
2010 –Remote Research Assistant, Memorial University of NL, Aleutian Islands, Alaska, USA
2010 – Competed a Bachelor of Science, Environmental Biology, Memorial University, NL

Erin Woodrow
Environmental & Sustainability Manager
Finning (Global) 

Bachelor of Commerce (Co-Op), Honours
Business Commerce, Honours
Memorial University of Newfoundland
Exchange, International Business
University of Oslo
Masters in Science (Sustainable Energy Development, Environmental Science)
University of Calgary

Erin Woodrow is the Environmental and Sustainability Manager for Finning (Global), where she is responsible for managing the development and delivery of the global sustainability roadmap, ESG and sustainability reporting requirements (CDP, SASB, TCFD, etc.) and Canadian regulatory and environmental programs, reporting and due diligence commitments. She has over 15 years of industry experience working in both the oil and gas, service and consulting sectors, ten of which directly supporting and contributing to the environmental and sustainability field.

Erin has held positions with Suncor (Petro Canada), Talisman and Brion Energy and worked as a management consultant for Deloitte. She has been responsible for the release of numerous sustainability reports (two of which and received the Canadian Institute of Charted accounts corporate reporting award of excellence), has developed and implemented environmental, health and safety ISO management systems and built and managed environmental and GHG reporting systems.

Outside of work Erin is best known for her achievements in the boxing ring where she previously held three national titles as an amateur Canadian boxing champion and represented Canada in numerous competitions on the world stage. In 2020 she was inducted into the Newfoundland and Labrador sports hall of fame. Since retiring from the ring she has went on to compete in ultramarathons and has won numerous races over the past few years in Western Canada. She also spends time giving back to her community (Canmore, AB) by participating in the ladies auxiliary group for the Canmore Hospital and coaching mountain biking to young women and ladies in the bow valley. Also, while living in Calgary, she developed and ran a youth boxing program for girls aimed at building self-esteem and empowering youth through the boys and girls club.

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