Photo: Shannon Ruth Dionne Miller 2017.

David Suzuki Fellowships

Research. Collaborate. Inspire.


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

Current 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 will look into the role of the electricity utility in facilitating distributed renewable energy. He will be 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 will research renewable energy models that can be replicated in communities, push for more progressive renewable energy policy and implement 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 will focus on better understanding individual car dependency and the barriers and opportunities to change this behaviour. He will work 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.