March 28, 2019: IRES Professional Development Seminar: Non-academic career options

IRES Seminar Series

Time: 12:30pm to 1:30pm (every Thursday)

Location: AERL Theatre (room 120), 2202 Main Mall



Non-academic career options  

By desire or necessity, many of us will end up in non-academic careers. But what does that mean, exactly? Given your strengths, work methods, and values, what sort of roles might be most fulfilling for you? In this seminar, we’ll hear from professionals with a range of organizational backgrounds about their experiences in the workforce.

Speaker Panel:

Sonja Wilson











Sonja Wilson advises governments, institutions, utilities, and developers on developing sustainable infrastructure and energy projects with Reshape Strategies. She is an IRES alumni and professional mechanical engineer. She has over ten years of experience in thermal energy systems, including five years of experience in the planning, design and construction of District Energy Systems.

Dylan Heerema











Dylan Heerema is a member of the Pembina Institute’s remote communities team. At the Institute, he has been involved with the development of B.C.’s Energy Step Code, advising governments and communities on energy efficiency and renewable energy, and participating in utility resource planning and demand-side management bodies. Dylan is an electrical engineer and holds a master’s degree in clean energy engineering from the University of British Columbia.

Adrian Semmelink











Adrian Semmelink is the New Entrant Agrologist with the BC Ministry of Agriculture. After graduating from IRES last year, Adrian worked as a Program Analyst for the Ministry of Agriculture before moving to his current role. He has worked on consultation, design, implementation, and evaluation for programs that serve new and existing farmers and ranchers, indigenous communities, and commodity associations. In his new role, he is focusing on programs and projects for new farmers and ranchers.





Photo Credit: Madison Stevens, IRES PhD Student