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.
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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, 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, 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.
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 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, 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.