Photo: Shannon Ruth Dionne Miller 2017.

David Suzuki Fellowships

Research. Collaborate. Inspire.

About the David Suzuki Fellowship program

David Suzuki has spent a lifetime at the forefront of environmental activism. Renowned for his ability to make the complexities of science exciting and easy to understand, he’s inspired millions of people around the world to take meaningful action to protect the planet. And he continues to help new generations understand their interdependence with nature.

Building on David’s legacy, the David Suzuki Fellowship program will help the next generation of leaders tackle complex environmental problems. Successful fellows will embody David’s research excellence and his ability to motivate people to make a difference.

Apply today on the Fellowships website

2019–20 fellows

Eric Miller

Eric Miller, MA in Environmental Studies

Ecological Economics Fellow

Eric has a master’s degree in environmental studies from York University, a bachelor of arts in economics (honours) from McMaster University and bachelor of science in biology from Carleton University. As a course director and researcher at York University, he’s leading a global initiative on the ecological footprint.

In his fellowship, Eric will focus on enhancing the public’s ecological economics literacy. This form of literacy is about understanding concepts, measures and perspectives that relate economies to ecosystems and to the conservation of nature.

Priscilla Settee

Priscilla Settee, PhD

Indigenous Knowledge and Climate Change Fellow

Priscilla has a PhD from the University of Saskatchewan, a master’s degree in education from the University of Manitoba, bachelor of education from the University of Saskatchewan and a bachelor of arts from the University of Guelph. She is Swampy Cree from Cumberland House, works on Indigenous, women’s and environmental rights, and is professor of Indigenous studies at the University of Saskatchewan and adjunct professor at the University of Manitoba’s Natural Resource Institute.

In her fellowship, Priscilla will focus on sharing place-based Indigenous knowledge to support climate change monitoring and development of local solutions and opportunities within and across Indigenous territories.

Annabel Webb

Annabel Webb, PhD Candidate

Environmental Rights Fellow

Annabel is pursuing an interdisciplinary PhD in international human rights law from the University of London. She has a master’s degree in international human rights law from the University of Oxford, and a master of arts and bachelor of arts from the University of British Columbia. Annabel has been an advocate for the rights of women and girls for over two decades.

In her fellowship, Annabel will focus on employing existing domestic and international human rights law to promote intergenerational environmental justice in Canada.

2018–19 fellows

Nicole Davies

Nicole Davies, MA in Indigenous Governance

Indigenous Knowledge and Climate Change Fellow

Nicole (Anishinaabe and Métis) has a master’s degree in Indigenous governance from the University of Victoria with a focus on land-based knowledge revitalization, ecological restoration, plant medicine and Indigenous queer ecologies.

For the fellowship, Nicole will focus on the requirements and impacts of Indigenous approaches to food sovereignty and ecological restoration and the barriers communities face in revitalizing their practices. Nicole will mobilize insights to support communities’ sustenance sustainability initiatives and to inform ethics and protocols that better direct climate change solutions and effective partnerships.

Maxime Fortin Faubert

Maxime Fortin Faubert, PhD Candidate

Climate Change Adaptation and Sustainable Cities Fellow

Maxime has been pursuing his PhD in biological sciences with a research focus on phytotechnology at the Université de Montréal. He aims to develop alternative, innovative and sustainable biotechnology solutions using plants and fungi to decontaminate polluted soils and fight climate change.

In his fellowship, Maxime will create an up-to-date portrait of contaminated lands across the Island of Montreal to identify vacant spaces that most contribute to the heat island effect and target those with the potential to transform into green spaces to help improve Montreal’s climate change resilience.

Tara Mahoney

Tara Mahoney, PhD Candidate

Climate Change Communications Fellow

Tara is completing her PhD in communication at Simon Fraser University, specializing in new forms of participatory political culture in Canada. Tara has a bachelor’s degree in international relations from the University of Calgary, a master’s degree in media production from Ryerson University, and a certificate in civic engagement and dialogue from Simon Fraser University. She is co-founder and creative director of Gen Why Media.

In her fellowship, Tara will integrate qualitative research, mapping, crowdsourcing and digital storytelling to better understand how to leverage media and culture in a way that empowers renewable energy champions across Canada.

2017–18 fellows

Brett Dolter

Brett Dolter, PhD in Ecological Economics

Climate Change Economics Fellow

Brett has a master’s degree in resource management and environmental science from the University of British Columbia, a master’s in economics from the University of Victoria and a PhD in ecological economics from York University. He is currently a researcher affiliated with the University of Ottawa.

In his fellowship, Brett is looking into the role of the electricity utility in facilitating distributed renewable energy. He’s researching the competitiveness impacts of carbon pricing and determining the impact of deliberative dialogues on Canada’s energy future.

Melina Maboucan-Massimo

Melina Laboucan-Massimo, MA in Indigenous Governance

Indigenous Knowledge and Climate Change Fellow

Melina has a master’s degree in indigenous governance with a focus on renewable energy in First Nations communities. She also has more than fifteen years of experience organizing with indigenous communities to plan and implement projects and campaigns. The culmination of her master’s thesis was the completion of a 20.8-kilowatt solar installation in her home community of Little Buffalo in Northern Alberta.

For the fellowship, Melina is researching renewable energy models that can be replicated in communities, pushing for more progressive renewable energy policy and implementing renewable energy projects in communities across Canada.

Jérôme Laviolette

Jérôme Laviolette, MA in Applied Science

Transportation and Climate Change Fellow

A trained civil engineer, Jérôme will complete his master’s of applied science this summer from Polytechnique Montréal where he used GPS data to better understand the demand-supply profile of the taxi industry.

For the fellowship, Jérôme is focusing on better understanding individual car dependency and the barriers and opportunities to change this behaviour. He’s working closely with Regroupement national des conseils régionaux de l’environnement du Québec and Centre interdisciplinaire de recherche en opérationalisation du développement durable, two important organizations for environmental and transportation issues in Quebec.