What were you doing/studying before joining SPPA?

The journey I have been on since fleeing my country of origin, the Democratic Republic of Congo, has been an arduous one.

Having limited educational opportunities as a refugee, becoming a Canadian citizen and pursuing post-secondary education has served as a big lesson and achievement. My education includes a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Accounting from the University of Ottawa, and a Diploma in Public Safety and Legal Studies from Algonquin College, both earned before joining SPPA.

Throughout my career, I have held several positions in the banking and medical research sectors, as well as the insurance industry. My professional career offered me the opportunity to explore a variety of opportunities and to gain insight into the present demands in the private and public sectors.

How did you learn about SPPA and what compelled you to join the School?

During a discussion with a colleague about the different paths that are available to me, I learned about SPPA. I became more inclined toward pursuing a career in the public sector after more than a decade of advocating for community well-being and sustainability. Upon further research, I found that Carleton University’s Master of Arts in Sustainable Energy (Policy) program aligned with my career interests and would provide me with a more solid foundation to achieve my goals.

What are you excited about doing in your program?

Since federal and provincial policies have such a strong influence on vulnerable communities, and since I wish to assist these communities with improving their quality of life, I am confident that I will be able to strengthen political practices that would provide resources for vulnerable communities throughout the country and perhaps even internationally.

In addition to learning about how to use a roadmap to develop energy solutions for low-income countries, I will also gain a better understanding of how to use a roadmap to develop new energy technologies.