Environmental Engineering Student, Dalhousie University
Rasheeda Slater is in her final year as an Environmental Engineering student at Dalhousie University, enrolled in a co-op program which has allowed her to work with a variety of employers from governments to social enterprises. Beyond her coursework, she’s also involved in the Dalhousie Engineers Without Borders Chapter which focuses on projects that address the root causes of poverty in Canada and Sub-Saharan Africa.
“As a young Canadian and a soon-to-be engineer, I am seeking new and innovative approaches to problems that are the result of ineffective systems,” says Rasheeda. “Like many young Canadians, I want to see change – in how we engage youth in the democratic process, how we listen to those affected climate change and how we create solutions.”
For Rasheeda, one main challenge facing the implementation of the SDGs in Canada is the the government's lack of youth engagement – a particular problem she hopes to dig into at length during the Summit. When not studying or travelling, Rasheeda enjoys biking through the hilly streets of Halifax and trying her hand at recipes from around the world.