Resume

Emily Ferguson

Highly motivated & dedicated to addressing social & environmental issues. Interested in opportunities that benefit people & our planet. Exceptional educator & communicator. Driven to increase knowledge every day. Energized by inspiring others to become active agents of positive change.

TRANSFERABLE SKILLS

Environmental Advocacy Innovative & Solutions Focused
Digital Content Development Psychology of Communications
Public Speaking Social Media Outreach
Strategies for Social Movements Research & Writing
Teaching & Training Community Organizing
Educational Storytelling Detail Oriented & Self-Motivated

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

ENVIRONMENTAL COMMUNITY ORGANIZER – Global         

  • Oil & Gas Pipeline Review, Public Participation & Consultation, Community Engagement & Capacity Building, Funding Applications, Media Relations, Research & Report Writing
  • NEB regulatory support & review of TransCanada’s Energy East / Eastern Mainline project
  • Quantitative surveying of plastic pollution in the Bay Islands, Honduras
  • Educational nature trails development for school aged children
  • Interested in assisting communities impacted by fossil fuel projects & taking action on climate change

EDUCATOR – Island Academy of Roatan, Honduras         

  • Teaching a split grade 3 / 4 class of 8 students from various cultural backgrounds
  • Working with Calvert Education homeschooling curriculum in subjects including science, social studies, history, geography, math & language
  • Design and implementation of an environmental studies special course
  • Daily communication home to parents to ensure student success

ENVIRONMENTAL CONSULTANT Shared Value Solutions Ltd, Canada

  • Strategic Advisor working for Indigenous communities across Canada
  • Review of major infrastructure & land use projects (e.g. pipelines, mines, roads & transmission corridors)
  • Working to integrate Indigenous values, environmental considerations & cultural heritage contributions
  • Organized Michigan, USA tour for Canadian First Nations & American Tribal Councils to meet & learn from each other. Co-Produced documentary to capture experiences & strengthen negotiations with proponents.
  • Practical application of the Canadian Duty to Consult & Accommodate
  • Engagement with environmental regulatory processes
  • Project management, coordination & budgeting
  • Successfully applied for funding programs in excess of $1,000,000
  • Conducting traditional knowledge & land use interviews

UNIVERSITY TEACHING ASSISTANT – McMaster University, Canada

  • Facilitated multiple classes of up to 40 students in human & urban geography courses
  • Dedicated weekly office hours to discuss assignments, grade homework & prepare lesson plans

EDUCATIONAL TOUR SPECIALIST – EF Educational Tours, Canada

  • Organized worldwide educational tours for students to travel abroad while enhancing customer experience
  • Excelled at creative design of print marketing materials & sales team instruction manual

EDUCATION

HONOURS BACHELOR OF ARTS – McMaster University, Canada

  • Geography & Environmental Studies, Political Science: An interdisciplinary degree that focused on making connections to address complex social and environmental challenges.
  • Courses: Energy & Society, Surface Climate Processes, Earth History, Ecosystems & Climate Change, Environmental Policy & Ethics, Environmental Assessment, Natural Disasters, Global Political Economy, International Politics, Democratization & Human Rights
  • Thesis: Communicating Climate Change – Psychological barriers to effective climate change communication

TOURISM & TRAVEL DIPLOMA – Seneca College, Canada

  • Courses: Event Planning, Tour Operating, E-Commerce, World Destinations, Leisure Travel, Finance, Cruise Specialist, Hotel & Banquet Management, Sales, Marketing, Finance & Human Resources.
  • Valedictorian & High Honours (GPA 4.00)

STUDIES ABROAD – Instituto Mexicano de Español y Cultura, Mexico

  • Intensive Spanish language & Mexican culture studies including a one month home stay in Mexico

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

ECO EMILY (www.EcoEmily.com)Personal Blog, Ecology & Politics         

  • Promoting systems thinking to understand connections between social and environmental challenges
  • Website & social media campaign to raise awareness & encourage action on environmental issues

ONE PLANET – ONE OCEANThe International Ocean Institute          

  • Concepts: Ocean Circulation and Physics, Ocean Ecosystem, Deep Sea, Ocean Governance, Ocean Wealth and Sustainability, Coastal Change, Human-Ocean Interactions, Solutions

CLIMATE CHANGE SCIENCE & NEGOTIATIONS Columbia University, New York, NY, USA

  • Concepts: UNFCCC, COP21, Climate Science, Energy Systems, Global Policy, Technology, Financing & Ethics

PADI ADVANCED OPEN WATER & FISH ID SPECIALTY – Roatán, Honduras

  • Advanced open water dive skills including: Deep dive, Navigation, Drift dive & Wreck dive
  • Fish survey techniques & identifying characteristics of local fish families & species

AGE OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT Columbia University, New York, NY, USA             

  • Concepts: Land & Energy Use, Urbanization, Demography, Economic Development, Wealth & Poverty

PLANETARY BOUNDARIES & HUMAN OPPORTUNITIES Stockholm University, Sweden 

  • Concepts: Anthropocene, Social-Ecological Approach, Resilience, Earth Systems & Global Sustainability

PIPELINE SAFETY TRUST GUEST SPEAKER New Orleans, Louisiana

  • Addressed industry & community organizations concerning public awareness of pipeline projects

DOWNTOWN ADVISORY COMMITTEE – City of Guelph, ON, Canada  

  • Elected member to Guelph Downtown Advisory Committee
  • Strategic advisor to facilitate visioning, planning & coordination on municipal projects & issues
  • Supported collaboration, entrepreneurship & investment in Downtown Guelph

CLIMATE REALITY PROJECT – Climate Leader Training with Al Gore, Chicago, IL, USA                   

  • Concepts: Presentation Techniques, Social Media Skills, Effective Storytelling & Current Climate Science

LINE 9 COMMUNITIES (www.line9communities.com) Personal Initiative 

  • Personal initiative to raise awareness about the Enbridge Line 9 Pipeline through website & social media
  • Consulted with city counselors, media & communities to promote a community discussion
  • Built website & continue to maintain with updated digital content

CANADIAN NATIONAL ENERGY BOARD INTERVENOR – Enbridge Line 9 Oil Pipeline 

  • Conducted regulatory review of project documents including environmental & engineering reports
  • Filed information requests, written evidence & presented final oral argument at NEB hearing

CANADIAN FEDERAL ELECTION                                                                      

  • Get Out the Vote (GOTV) Organizer, canvassing, literature delivery & citizen engagement

ON THE BOOKSHELF

I take great pride in reading every day and consider my book collection one of my most cherished possessionsHere is a brief list of some of the books “On The Bookshelf”.

The World is Blue: How Our Fate and the Ocean’s Are One – Sylvia Earle

Thinking Fast and Slow – Daniel Kahneman

Don’t Even Think About It: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Ignore Climate Change – George Marshall

Exxon Mobil and American Power – Steve Coll

The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change – Al Gore

Blood and Oil: Consequences of America’s Growing Dependency on Imported Petroleum – Michael Klare

Blue Future – Maude Barlow

Merchants of Doubt: A Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth from Tobacco to Global Warming – Naomi Oreskes

Global Political Economy – Robert O’Brien and Marc Williams

The Tyranny of Oil: The World’s Most Powerful Industry and What We Must Do to Stop It – Antonia Juhasz

The Shock Doctrine – Naomi Klein

The Global Warming Reader – Bill McKibben

Black Tide: The Devastating Impact of the Gulf Oil Spill – Antonia Juhasz

Outliers: The Story of Success – Malcolm Gladwell

This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate – Naomi Klein

The End of Growth – Jeff Rubin

Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet – Bill McKibben

An Inconvenient Truth: The Planetary Emergency of Global Warming and What We Can Do About It – Al Gore

Why Your World is About to Get a Whole Lot Smaller – Jeff Rubin

Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference – Malcolm Gladwell

Looking Forward to Hearing From You!

Email: emily@ecoemily.com

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.” ̴ Henry David Thoreau