Balie Walker, MA Sustainable Energy

The School is very pleased to announce the first-ever winner of the Dr. Glen Toner Scholarship – Balie Walker.

This is a fitting recognition of Balie’s contributions to the School of Public Policy and Administration (SPPA) and her excellent work as a student in the Master of Arts (MA) in Sustainable Energy program.

“She has been an incredible student in her time with us,” remarks Director Graeme Auld. “Not only has she embraced and excelled in her course work, she has done innovative research and given so much to the School and Carleton University.”

During her studies, Balie has taken on several leadership roles. She served as Editor-in-Chief of the student-run journal ISEMA and as a member of the SIGNALS Network’s executive. Balie was also a key student volunteer involve in running the International Sustainable Transitions conference that Carleton hosted in 2019. Her final research project focuses on the closure of mine operations in Ontario to understand how this facet of mining is regulated and what gaps exist related to environmental impacts. She also contributed to ongoing research examining the mining approval process in Australia.

“The School and the MA in Sustainable Energy program are lucky to have students like Balie,” explains Professor Alexandra Mallett, supervisor of the MA in Sustainable Energy. “They start with a general interest in energy and policy and leave with a broadened and deepened capacity to be leaders in this critical policy area for our country and the world. Entering with a natural science background, Balie showed great perseverance and determination to learn across disciplines – a skill that is increasingly required to effectively contend with the complex challenges societies face today.”

The Dr. Glen Toner Scholarship will be awarded annually to outstanding full-time SPPA students studying environment and sustainable energy policy.

“Our amazing alumni are responsible for this new scholarship fund,” explains Director Graeme Auld. A group of the School’s graduates and adjuncts initiated a fundraising campaign in 2019. Led by Bob Masterson (MAPA, 2002), President and CEO of the Chemistry Industry Association of Canada, the scholarship committee worked to reach out to alumni of the School and friends and colleagues of Glen Toner. Their efforts bore fruit. Over several months, 150 individuals and organizations made donations, which were matched by Carleton University. These generous gifts have endowed a scholarship fund that will allow the School to continue celebrating Glen’s contributions by recognizing and supporting our excellent students.

This new award will be a constant reminder of Glen’s distinctive and significant academic career that involved key contributions to Canada’s efforts to advance sustainable development, improve environmental policy and tackle climate change. Numerous graduates that Glen has mentored have gone on to take up leadership positions in government, international organizations, consulting, industry and the non-profit sector. The students who win this award will follow in their footsteps.

Congratulations, Balie, on this excellent recognition of your hard work, academic performance and leadership!

The School extends our deepest thanks to all the members of the scholarship fund committee.

  • Heather Birchard, Manager, Talent Management, Community of Federal Regulators (MAPA 2010, SPPA)
  • Matt Jones, ADM, Environment and Climate Change Canada (MAPA 2001, SPPA)
  • Carey Frey, VP, Security, TELUS (MAPA 2004, SPPA)
  • Bob Masterson, President & CEO, Chemistry Industry Association of Canada (MAPA 2002, SPPA)
  • Richard Paton, former TBS Deputy Secretary and SPPA sessional lecturer
  • Chris Stoney, Professor, SPPA (MAPA 1989, SPPA)
  • Graeme Auld, Director, SPPA

    Prof. Lisa Mills, Prof. Alexandra Mallett, and Balie Walker at the FPA Emerging Perspectives Graduate Conference 2020.

    Prof. Lisa Mills, Prof. Alexandra Mallett, and Balie Walker at the FPA Emerging Perspectives Graduate Conference 2020.