Canadian Scholars


CANADIAN QEII Undergraduate Interns



Jeffrey Fontaine

Jeffrey is a Bachelor of Arts student, majoring in Geography and minoring in Global Studies. He plans to explore the issues of poverty, food security and climate change throughout his internship. These goals are in line with those of the BRiCC Knowledge Network of enhancing coastal communities’ response to climate change and developing sustainable and local agricultural production. Jeremy plans to enhance his understanding of international perspectives from a ‘first-hand’ perspective; Jeremy has identified that it’s the personal connection with people and their stories that really create that understanding of the issues that they may be facing. Through this scholarship, he worked as an Environmental Conservation Advisor with the Tanzania Tourist Board in Arusha, Tanzania.



Alexander Harte

Alex is taking his Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Geography. He plans to explore the topics of community development, disaster and emergency management, and climate change. Alex has identified that responding to climate change is a localized process as each community will be affected differently, whether it be economically, physically, or culturally. Through his internship, he hopes to learn about and to create change alongside one of these communities. Alex undertook an internship placement in Hanoi, Vietnam as a Student Engagement Officer for the Centre for Sustainable Rural Development.


Charlynn Jelier

Charlynn is taking her Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Global Studies. Her interests include working with the community to combat the effects climate change has on gender equality, which relates to the BRiCC theme of enhancing coastal communities' responses to climate change. Another key area of interest for Charlynn involves conducting research and workshops on economic activity among women which relates to the BRiCC theme of improving the capacity to foster sustainable economic activity. Ultimately, Charlynn plans to gain experience relevant and necessary to a career in sexual health education and program implementation. She worked with the Tanzania Tourist Board as a Sustainable Livelihood Development Officer in Arusha, Tanzania.


Erin Normandeau

Erin is taking her Bachelor of Tourism Management and hopes to explore and assist in developing sustainable tourism products and services that support decent work and economic growth, sustainable communities and responsible consumption and production. Erin plans to explore best practices of sustainable tourism in parks and protected areas that support the management and development of conservation and land/water protection and address the needs of local communities and assist in developing sustainable economic opportunities through tourism. Erin undertook an internship position with the Tanzania Tourist Board in Arusha, Tanzania as a Social Networks and Marketing Officer.


Rose Williams

Rose is taking her Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies & Political Studies. Through her QES internships, she aims to explore gendered aspects of development and the ways organizations are seeking to enhance the representation of vulnerable groups, such as women, youth, and LGBTQ individuals. Having grown up on small islands, she is interested in learning about enhancing coastal communities’ response to climate change, water management and sanitation and specifically how local concerns and vulnerabilities can be translated into policy and action. Working as a Student Engagement Officer with the Hue Tourism Office (HUETC), Rose completed her international in Hue, Vietnam.


Kayla Zielke

Kayla is a student in the Natural Resource Protection program at VIU. As a QES Scholar, she hopes to gain experience working with communities of different cultural backgrounds and be involved in educating the public of the detrimental effects of climate change, and its impacts on local ecosystems. Furthermore, she would gain a better understanding of the effects of climate change and how it may have negative impacts on tourism and other industries, and how those impact the local economy. Kayla worked as a Soft Skill Training Officer for the Hanoi Tourism College in Hanoi, Vietnam.


CANADIAN QEII Graduate Scholars

Lainy Nowak

Lainy Nowak is a graduate student in the Master’s of Community Planning program. She will be conducting her research in New Zealand with a focus on Coastal Resilience and Disaster Management. Her work will address key issues within VIU’s QES program of Building Resiliency in Coastal Communities. These include the capacity to foster sustainable economic activity, particularly tourism, developing and managing parks and protected areas in or near coastal communities, and coastal communities’ responses to climate change.


CANADIAN QEII Undergraduate Interns

Kristina Vaudry

Kristina is in her third year of a Bachelor of Tourism Management with a Major in Recreation and will be working with partners at the Wechiau Hippo Sanctuary. Her internship and role as a QE Scholar will provide her with tools to reach her career goals, where she aspires to conserve wildlife and the environment through parks and protected areas; provide leisure in a sustainable manner; and utilize tourism to sustain the local environment, economy and culture.

Sally Haynes

Sally Haynes is in the fourth year of her Global Studies degree with a minor in Economics. Sally brings valuable experience, having worked with non-profit groups both locally and internationally. Her international internship with the Wechiau Hippo Sanctuary in rural Ghana will allow her to follow her passion and deepen her learning of Sustainable Economic Development.

Jamie Humphrey

Jamie is working towards a Bachelor of Arts, Major in Global Studies. She is passionate about studying sustainable and inclusive community development, with a specific concentration on gender equality. Her QES internship, working with Global Vision International’s Women Empowerment project in Kerala, India will provide a first-hand insight into the lives of women working toward sustainable economic development within their own communities.

Avryl Brophy

Avryl is majoring in Natural Resource Protection at VIU. Her career goal is to work in environmental consulting, focusing on protecting and recovering wildlife populations and natural ecological reserves. She will be interning in Grenada alongside another QE Scholar from the University of Manitoba and a peer from St. George’s University of Grenada.  Her internship will focus on the morphology and song of the Grenada House Wren. Her work aims to foster environmental awareness and protection, with benefits of the knowledge gained being shared both in Grenada and in Canada.

Celina Glabus

Celina is currently majoring in Women’s Studies with a minor in Global Studies.  Her long term plan is to pursue a career in human rights law. She will also be working with Global Vision International, within their Women’s Empowerment project and will be based in Gordon’s Bay, South Africa. Her work will bring a gender lens to VIU’s QES program goal of enhancing capacity to foster sustainable economic activity, particularly tourism and coastal communities’ responses to climate change.





CANADIAN QEII Graduate Scholars



SKYE SKAGFELD, Master of Sustainable Leisure Management

Skye Skagfeld is currently a graduate student in the Master of Sustainable Leisure Management Program at VIU. She was born and raised on Vancouver Island and holds an undergraduate Degree in Tourism Management also from VIU. Her passion for travel brought her to Singapore where she taught English as Second language at the University level for seven years. She returned home to the island to continue her education and as a self-taught artist is combining her love of visual art and travel as a subject of research. Exploring how the tourism industry aids in sustainable development and resilient communities, the purpose of Skye’s research will be to identify creative tourism opportunities within coastal Australia.



ZACHARY HAIGH, Master of Community Planning

Zachary Haigh received an undergraduate degree in Natural Resource Management and a minor in Business from the University of Victoria. Having spent the last 5 years as a produce buyer in Victoria and Vancouver, he is currently a graduate student in the Master of Community Planning program at VIU. Zachary is particularly interested in the role that planners can play in addressing food security and while in Belize his thesis will be to determine the potential for government funded agricultural cooperatives as a tool for addressing their goals for increasing food security in Belize.

CANADIAN QEII Undergraduate Interns