CO-OP Student of the Month of May 2020
Faculty of Science - Environmental Science
As a long-time environmentalist and undergraduate science student, I never would have pictured myself entering the world of business or entrepreneurship. Lucky for me, all that changed when I participated in my first-ever hackathon in high school, which opened my eyes to the true power of innovation when it comes to solving our world's most pressing issues. From that point on, I began my journey of social entrepreneurship and sought to create a name for myself in the renewable energy and food waste mitigation sector. Winning seed funding for my "small-scale waste-to-energy" idea has led me to my current partnership with ReGenerate Biogas, a biogas company, which focuses on building locally owned biogas plants in order to effectively mitigate food waste and convert it into clean energy on-site.
Now, thanks to the support of the RBC Entrepreneurship program, I am able to work full-time with ReGenerate Biogas as part of my co-op term. This is allowing me to strengthen my relationship with my partners, carve time to develop my venture and reach out to prospective customers, and experience the world of business development. My work is based out of the Centre for Social Innovation Spadina in Toronto, which has given me the chance to develop valuable connections with other sustainability-based start-ups and advocacy groups. I know this work term will not only help me grow my entrepreneurial skills and find my place within the industry, but also help market this renewable energy technology across North America. Big thank you to RBC for supporting students in pursuing their passions and providing me with the resources to make a difference for the environment.