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Masters of Environmental Design – Planning (2009)
University of Calgary, Faculty of Environmental Design

Bachelors of Environmental Studies – Co-op Honours Geography (2005)
Minor in Peace & Conflict Studies
Geography Specialization on Biophysical Systems
Dean’s Honours List


2009 – Canadian Institute of Planners – Humphrey Carver Past President Scholarship
2009 – Waterwalker Film Festival – Best Environment Film – for ‘Still Motion’
2008 – University of Calgary, Alberta Graduate Student Scholarship
2008 – University of Calgary, Alberta Association of the Canadian Institute of Planners (AACIP) – Best Thesis Proposal
2008, 2007 – University of Calgary, Faculty of Environmental Design, Graduate Research Scholarship
2007 – University of Calgary, AACIP – Best First Year Planning Student
2006 – University of Calgary, Faculty of Environmental Design – Entrance Scholarship
2004 – University of Waterloo, Becky Frey Peace & Conflict Studies Scholarship
2003 – University of Waterloo, Williams Peace & Conflict Studies Scholarship
2000 – University of Waterloo, Faculty of Environmental Studies – Entrance Scholarship



Schmidt, J. R., Mollins Koene, J., Tsuji, L.J.S. (2005) Comparative Risk Assessment and the Remediation of Abandoned Mid-Canada Radar Line Bases in Northern Ontario, Canada. Assessment and Remediation of Contaminated Sites in Arctic and Cold Climates (ARCSACC) Conference Paper, Edmonton, AB.

Quinn, M. S., Selvig, C., Schmidt, J. (2008). Considering Connectivity: Maintaining Critical Landscape Connections for the Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area in a Regional Context. University of Calgary, Faculty of Environmental Design. Miistakis Institute.

Business Experience:

Owner of registered graphic arts and digital media company: Morning Light Graphics.

Teaching Experience:

Teaching Assistant in the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Environmental Design for graduate level courses in research methods for planners and computer modeling of the environment.

Volunteer Community Involvement:

2007-09 Member of the Board of Directions for the Community Planning Association of Alberta (CPAA)
2008 Guest speaker on topics of land use planning and Alberta wildlife at local Calgary elementary schools
2008 Workshop facilitator at the Leighton Arts Centre
2008 Computer & GPS instructor at the Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area

Professional Workshops Attended:

2009 – Community Planning Association of Alberta Conference, Red Deer, AB
2008 – Low Impact Development Workshop, Cochrane, AB
2008 – Alberta Institute of Planners Conference, Banff, AB
2008 – Community Planning Association of Alberta Conference, Red Deer, AB
2007 – Community Planning Association of Alberta Conference, Red Deer, AB

Work Experience:

Planner – April ’09-Present
Oldman River Regional Services Commission, Lethbridge, AB

* Current  planning and long-range planning for rural and small urban municipalities in southern Alberta
Field Ecology Researcher – May ’07-May ‘08
Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area, Calgary, AB

* Interacted with over 100 landowners while conducting field research on rural planning and wildlife corridors
* Presented research findings at three public workshops for local residents
* Co-authored research report on rural planning & wildlife corridors surrounding the Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area

Transportation Planner-Apr ’05-May ‘06
Waterloo Region District School Board, Kitchener, ON

* Implemented school board transportation and planning policies through daily communication with principals, parents and administrators
* Designed and planned school bus routes using customized GIS/Computer Mapping software (BusPlanner)

Pedestrian Accessibility Researcher-Sep ’04-Jan ‘05
Region of Waterloo, Kitchener, ON

* Conducted field research of pedestrian accessibility for four communities in Waterloo Region part of the planning of a new rapid bus route
* Presented a one-hour multi-media presentation of research findings to Waterloo Region planning and engineering departments

Research Intern – Jan-Apr ‘04
Mushkegowuk Tribal Council – Land and Resources, Timmins, ON

* Analyzed technical documentation on 17 Mid-Canada Radar Line contaminated sites including strategies for addressing PCBs, DDT/DDE, hydrocarbons, and other contaminants
* Worked with federal and provincial governments to created a 20-page report highlighting an appropriate clean-up strategy for the sites

Outdoor Education Programmer  – Sept-Dec ‘02
Catholic Youth Organization (Camp Brebuef), Rockwood, ON

* Lead nature hikes interpreting basic elements of ecology to students
* Taught grade 7-8 students in environmental education and high-risk activities (nature hikes, high ropes, rock climbing, canoeing/kayaking)
* Acquired confidence in public speaking as lead programmer in charge of groups of up to 60 students

Energy Data Analyst/Advisor – Jan-Apr ‘02
Residential Energy Efficiency Project, Kitchener, ON

* Conducted public outreach on energy conservation at local environmental events
* Performed daily household energy efficiency evaluations
* Interacted with homeowners regarding environmental issues, especially climate change and conservation




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    thank you
    13 février 2013

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