Meet Our Alumni

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Alumni are the experts when it comes to how the Master of Science in Occupational and Environmental Hygiene works and what employment opportunities are available after graduation.

Check out some of the diverse careers available to our graduates, get to know our alumni better, and if you have further questions, you can contact those who have made their information available.

 

“It’s practical and it’s useful and it’s interesting.”

Industrial hygienist Judith Anderson for the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA says the MSc OEH degree was a huge advantage when it came to her career.
It prepares graduates well with critical thinking skills, and provides exposure to different aspects of the field. “I ended up with a very rewarding job.”

Read more about Judith’s work and experience here.

Hygiene

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Many of our alumni are employed as health and safety professionals, industrial or occupational hygienists, where they work to identify, analyze and prevent workplace exposures or factors that lead to illness or impairment. Our graduates work in a wide variety of areas, including in private industry, for unions and for governmentBelow, you can find some of our graduates who are happy for you to contact them with any questions that you have. However, please be respectful of the fact that they are professionals volunteering their time and advice.

Levi Kimble, MSc, Grad Year 2014 – Industrial Hygiene Specialist, AMEC Environment & Infrastructure Mail envelope
Bianca Malouf, MSc, Grad Year 2013 – Industrial Hygienist, Suncor Energy Mail envelope
Jacquiline Thompson, MSc, Grad Year 2013 – Safety Coordinator, Agrium Vanscoy Potash Operations Mail envelope
Navid Taherdin, MSc, Grad Year 2011 – Industrial Hygienist, AREVA Resources Canada Inc. Mail envelope
Cris Barzan, MSc –, Grad Year 2010 Occupational Hygienist Mail envelope
Saleema Dhalla, MSc, Grad Year 2010 – HSE Manager, Compass Group Mail envelope
Shirley Wang, MSc, Grad year 2009 – Project Manager, Pacific EHS – A Total Safety Company Mail envelope
Graham Rhodes, MSc, Grad Year 2006 – Occupational Health, Safety & Environment Consultant, University of Victoria Mail envelope
Victor Leung, MSc, Grad Year 2004 – Director Senior Occupational Hygienist, Core Extension Health & Safety Mail envelope
Kevin Hong, MSc, Grad Year 2003 – Health & Safety Advisor, Vancouver Airport Authority Mail envelope
Mary Lo, MSc, Grad Year 2003 – Safety Specialist, AREVA Resources Canada Inc Mail envelope
Nela Graham, MSc, Grad Year 2002 – Industrial hygienist, Metro Vancouver/President, AIHA Mail envelope
Angela Bianco, MSc, Grad Year 2001 – Chemical Safety Advisor, Cenovus Energy Mail envelope
Dan Strand, MSc, Grad Year 2001 – Manager Health & Safety, Vancouver Airport Authority Mail envelope
Jason Pierreroy, MSc, Grad Year 2000 – Safety & Hygiene Specialist, Chevron Mail envelope
Nora Maher, MSc, Grad Year 1996 – Occupational Hygienist, Occupational Health Clinic for Ontario Workers Mail envelope
Tracey MacDonald, MSc, Grad Year 1995 – Venture Support Integrator, Shell Canada Mail envelope
Judith Anderson, MSc, Grad Year 1995 – Industrial Hygienist, Association of Flight Attendants, CWA, AFL-CIO Mail envelope
Andrew Sinstadt, MSc, Grad Year 2016 – Inspector of Mines, Occupational Health, Ministry of Mines Mail envelope

 

“The degree opens doors.”

Metro Vancouver Industrial hygienist for Metro Vancouver and President of the BC-Yukon Chapter of the American Industrial Hygiene Association Nela Graham never goes to work bored.The MSc OEH’s critical thinking component has been invaluable in helping with how to approach new issues and events, from inception to application. “There is no greater place you can have an impact in prevention than at someone’s workplace where you can control their exposures.”

Read more about Nela’s work and experience here.

 

Education and Research

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Many of our graduates go on to further education after gaining their Masters, including gaining PhDs, becoming faculty at universities around Canada, and working as researchers at institutes around the world.

Below, you can find some of our graduates who are happy for you to contact them with any questions that you have. However, please be respectful of the fact that they are professionals volunteering their time and advice.

Majid Kajbafzadeh, MSc, Grad Year 2014 – Medical Student, University of Sydney Mail envelope
Chun-Yip Hon, PhD, Grad Year 2012 – Assistant Professor, Ryerson University Mail envelope
Billy Quirke, MSc, Grad Year 2012 – Research Coordinator, Partnership for Work, Health & Safety Mail envelope
Imelda Wong, PhD, Grad Year 2012 – Post-Doctoral Fellow, Institute for Work and Health Mail envelope
Amy Hall, MSc, Grad Year 2009 – PhD Student, UBC Mail envelope
Rakel Kling, MSc, Grad Year 2008 – Resident Public Health & Preventative Medicine, UBC Mail envelope
Catherine Trask, PhD, Grad Year 2008 – Canada Research Chair in Ergonomics & Musculoskeletal Health, University of Saskatchewan
Mike Neudorf, MSc, Grad Year 2007 – EHS Advisor, Research Safety, SFU
Victoria Arrandale, MSc , Grad Year 2006 – Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of Alberta Mail envelope
Adrian Hingston, MSc, Grad Year 2006 – Assistant Director Safety Security & Emergency Management, BCIT
Melissa Friesen, PhD, Grad Year 2001 – Investigator, Occupational & Environmental Epidemiology Branch, National Cancer Institute Mail envelope
Parveen Bhatti, PhD, Grad Year 2000 – Assistant Member, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Mail envelope
Stephanie Ebelt Sarnat, MSc, Grad Year 2000 – Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental & Occupational Health, Emory University Mail envelope
Igor Burstyn, MSc, Grad Year 2006 – Associate Professor – Department of Environmental & Occupational Health, Drexel University Mail envelope
Omid Nobakht, MSc, Grad Year 2016 – Graduate Researcher – SPPH Occupational & Environmental Health, UBC Mail envelope

 

“The program provides strong foundational skills that will aid both professional and research-oriented careers in exposure science.”

National Cancer Institute investigator Melissa Friesen says she uses the foundational skills from the MSc OEH program in her research studies daily. She has fond memories of the program and just how approachable the faculty were when help was needed. “No visit back to Vancouver is complete for me without a stop to visit the program.”

Read more about Melissa’s work and experience here.

 

Government

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Whether it’s local, provincial or federal government, program graduates are directing and developing regional occupational health policy, advising authorities on best evidence-based practice and conducting exposure investigations around Canada.

Below, you can find some of our graduates who are happy for you to contact them with any questions that you have. However, please be respectful of the fact that they are professionals volunteering their time and advice.

Narmana Majumder, MSc, Grad Year 2012 – Safety Advisor, Provincial Health Services Authority Mail envelope
Sona Jassal, MSc, Grad Year 2011 – Safety Consultant, Fraser Health Mail envelope
Cornel Lencar, MSc, Grad Year 2010 – Senior Health Data Request Officer, BC Ministry of Health Mail envelope
Lucy Burdhoo, MSc, Grad Year 2009 – Exposure Prevention Specialist, Fraser Health Authority Mail envelope
Raymond Li, MSc, Grad Year 2005 – Drug & Poison Information Pharmacist, BCCDC Mail envelope
Quinn Danyluk, MSc, Grad Year 2001 – Managing Consultant – Safety & Prevention, Fraser Health Mail envelope
Craig Ollenberger, MSc, Grad Year 2001 – Health & Safety Officer, Labour Canada Mail envelope
Mike Mills, MSc, Grad Year 1998 – OHS Officer, Effective Practices Specialist, Government of Alberta Mail envelope
Geoff Thompson, MSc, Grad Year 1998 – Occupational Hygiene Officer, WorkSafeBC Mail envelope

 

“It’s like an applied science – you can directly apply it to people’s safety and health.

The MSc OEH shows employers you possess good critical thinking skills and research abilities, 2015 graduate Jasper Tam says. His classmates were one of the best parts of the degree, with great camaraderie and collaboration. And as for current students feeling slightly overwhelmed with the prospective workload? “Everyone feels the same way, but everyone makes it!”

Read more about Jasper’s experience here.

 

Environmental Health

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Graduates employed in the environmental health field look at the environmental factors affecting the health of the public and the community, including identifying causes and solutions. Our students have gone on to work at municipal, metropolitan, provincial or national agencies and to conduct research in this field.

Below, you can find some of our graduates who are happy for you to contact them with any questions that you have. However, please be respectful of the fact that they are professionals volunteering their time and advice.

Rebecca Abernethy, MSc, Grad Year 2012 – Environmental Services Coordinator, Fraser Valley Regional District Mail envelope
Sunil Varughese, MSc, Grad Year 2003 – Environmental Health Analyst, Public Health Ontario Mail envelope

 

“The program leads to some great career paths.”

Vice president of environment health and safety for GE Canada Vice President Kenneth Kan says the degree kick-started his career, convincing his first employer to take a chance on a new graduate. The occupational and environmental hygiene and health and safety field allows direct application of scientific skills to make change. “The program gets you into a field that’s rewarding.”

Read more about Kenneth’s work and experience here.

 

Consulting

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Our graduates have gone on to provide advice and expertise as consultants. Some graduates have established areas of expertise, forming their own companies and contracting for a range of companies, governments and organizations or working within institutions to inform other departments and colleagues

Below, you can find some of our graduates who are happy for you to contact them with any questions that you have. However, please be respectful of the fact that they are professionals volunteering their time and advice.

Karen McCaig, MSc, Grad Year 2006 – Branch Manager (Senior Consultant), AMEC Environment & Infrastructure Mail envelope