Congratulations, previous Quest student and member of the Leaders in Elite Athletics and Performance Program (LEAP), Roz Groenewoud, for qualifying for her second trip to the Olympics.

Roz will be competing in the 2018 Olympic Games in PyeongChang.

For more information, visit: https://www.olympic.org/pyeongchang-2018

2015 Quest graduate Julian Grant’s Keystone project has been published in the International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability. Julian surveyed and interviewed small-scale farmers to assess the perceived impacts of a Canadian permaculture non-governmental organization’s (NGO) project in Butula, Western Kenya. This study emphasizes the importance of direct, reciprocal communication between NGOs and project participants for fostering feelings of autonomy and competence, thereby strengthening resilient agroecological systems. Read the article abstract.

While at Quest, Julian received Distinction for his Keystone project. According to Dr. Maï Yasué, Social Sciences Tutor (Geography), who served as his mentor, “This was by far the most challenging and ambitious field-project she had ever supervised.”

Julian is currently pursuing an MSc in Anthropology, Environment, and Development at the University College of London, where he is researching the historical and political contexts motivating the establishment of Tribal Parks in partnership with the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation in Clayoquot Sound.

Alumnus Andrew Luba on EcoMeat

Quest University Canada alumnus Andrew Luba was a finalist in the Environmental Stewardship category of the Lieutenant Governor’s Visionaries Prize. He presented his talk on EcoMeat: Innovative Food for a Sustainable Future on September 26 in Waterloo. His presentation can be found here.

Alumni Zeeshan Rasool on Quupe

Quest graduate Zeeshan Rasool is one of the co-founders of the local startup Quupe—its name is short for the word recoup—an online platform that allows citizens to offer their recreational and hobby-oriented items for use. The service taps into a young generation’s tendency to rent rather than buy. They came up with the concept while attending Vancouver’s Centre for Digital Media, where they noticed many students borrowing resources such as bicycles, snowboards, and vacuum cleaners from one another.
Read more via the Georgia Straight…

 

Deepnify: Alumna Krista Caldwell

Quest alumna and co-founder of food logistics startup Deepnify, Krista Caldwell, is part of the speaker series RBCDisruptors discussion titled, Can Humans Save AI? They’ll talk about how AI is transforming unexpected industries including grocery stores and physical therapy, how we should deal with the increasing pace of innovation and disruption, and how humanity can use and shape AI to work for the common good.

 

Caroline Hedin, Quest alumna ’11 is currently working for Parks Canada as the Public Outreach Officer for the Bison Reintroduction Project in Banff National Park. They have just welcomed the first bison born in the Banff National Park backcountry in 140 years. This is great news for North American wildlife conservation and for the entire global community. Congratulations goes out to Caroline and the Parks Canada team for this wonderful accomplishment!

To read more about the Bison Reintroduction Project…

Photo Courtesy of Bison Reintroduction Project in Banff National Park (image: Adam Ziervogel)

Andrew Luba, Quest University Canada class of 2015, has won a spot as one of six finalists in the Environmental Stewardship category of the Lieutenant Governor’s Visionaries Prize. He will be heading to Waterloo in September to present in front of a live audience, which will include the Lieutenant Governor, along with head judge Piya Chattopadhyay, panel judge Edward Burtynsky, and other influential Canadians.

In his submission, Andrew states that we need to rethink meat. Livestock damage the environment through global greenhouse gas emissions, water use, and soil destruction. Further, we’re doing almost nothing to improve how we raise animals. What if we could make a change that helped our planet and our animal friends? What if we could make that change while still enjoying that juicy burger down at the local pub? Introducing #EcoMeat.

His application video can be viewed on YouTube.

Free tickets to hear Andrew deliver his presentation on September 26th in Waterloo and cast a vote for the best Environmental Stewardship pitch are available at https://www.eventbrite.ca/

The Lieutenant Governor’s Visionaries Prize is in partnership with the Walrus Foundation, and the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario. This prize is an opportunity for innovative and creative thinkers across Ontario to identify and present their solutions to the great challenges facing Ontarians and Canadians over the next 50 years—from evolving environmental pressures to the future of governance in the 21st century.

Following the close of submissions in March, 36 finalists were identified in six categories. Finalists will have a chance to publicly showcase and defend their proposed policy solutions before a live audience during moderated intensive sessions held across Ontario in the fall. The six winners will formally receive the Lieutenant Governor’s Visionaries Prize in October.

This is what our alumni are doing…

Quest University Canada alumna Olenka Forde, class of 2013, has been awarded a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Alexander Graham Bell Doctoral Scholarship. It is the most prestigious scholarship for PhD candidates in Canada, awarding $105,000 for three years of research in natural sciences or engineering.

Olenka is currently completing her PhD in Hydrogeology at The University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC. Her research examines the potential groundwater impacts in association with shale gas development. The objective is to characterize the mechanisms and geochemical impacts of fugitive methane gas migration through various field investigations and numerical modeling techniques. The results of one of her field projects were just published in Nature Geoscience, “Mobility and persistence of methane in groundwater in a controlled-release field experiment.”

The Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarships-Doctoral (CGS D) Program provides financial support to outstanding eligible students pursuing doctoral studies in a Canadian university. The Government of Canada established these prestigious scholarships, to be awarded through national competitions by the granting agencies, to ensure a reliable supply of highly qualified personnel to meet the needs of Canada’s knowledge economy. Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholars will help renew faculty at Canadian universities and will be the research leaders of tomorrow.

This is what our alumni are doing…

Jordan Larson: The Tyee

Recent Quest graduate, Jordan Larson, is featured in the thetyee.ca in an article titled, “Four Harsh Truths for Canada’s Lovestruck Pipeline Politicians.” He tracked changes in extraction efficiency and resource quality decline in Alberta between 1990 and 2011, and found that in over two decades it has taken increasing amounts of energy to produce petroleum. If the dismal trend continues, and there is no technological solution in sight.

Read More…

Thank you to the Whistler community for your wonderful surroundings and venue. It was a pleasure to host Saturday evening’s event on Innovation with The Walrus Foundation.

Quest alumnus Andrew Luba and Quest tutor Rich Wildman are pictured presenting to the audience. Andrew discussed ideas about the current power imbalance in the technology industry, while Rich spoke about his unique philosophy on grading and narrative review. Their thought-provoking talks received a warm welcome, and we thank those who attended this special event.

For more information on the event please visit: www.thewalrus.ca/the-walrus-talks-innovation-whistler/

Quest University Canada alumna Ashley Pearson, class of 2013, has written a new adaptation of The League of Youth by Henrik Ibsen to be staged by Theatre N16 in London, August 9–18. In addition to her BA&Sc from Quest, Ashley holds an MFA in theatre directing from East 15 Acting School. She was an apprentice director at New York Stage and Film’s Powerhouse Theater Festival, and has studied theatre at GITIS (Russian University of Theatre Arts) and Seacoast Theatre Centre. Her work as a writer includes North [Long-listed for the Theatre503 New Play Prize], Nerves of the Heart [awarded Distinction by QUC], West, and a new translation of Ionesco’s The Chairs. Ashley is an Associate Artist with Riot Act.
Riot Act is a radical band of artists who seek innovation that bleeds and unapologetically aims to incite new writing and breathe oxygen into classic themes and texts. Their acts of excavation, incision and resuscitation have positioned them to be one of London’s exciting new theatre laboratories.