Educational Background:Allison got her honours undergraduate degree in 2005 from Trent University in Environmental Studies with a minor in Business Administration. In the two years between her undergraduate degree and the beginning of her Masters degree at Queen's University, Allison volunteered with several environmental non-governmental organizations and worked at two not for profit organizations as a researcher, conducted waste audits with a small environmental consulting firm and worked for Bullfrog Power. Allison successfully completed her MES in 2009.
Project Title: Role of Community Groups and Non-Governmental Organizations in Brownfield Re-development.
Research Topic/Project description: My research is focused on determining the role community groups and non-governmental organizations play in the implementation of environmental mitigation programs, specifically brownfield re-development; and what factors lead to the formation of community groups such as the Kingston Environmental Advisory Forum and the Environmental Bureau of Investigation.
Supervisors/advisors: Dr. Graham Whitelaw, Dr. Pamela Welbourn
School of Environmental Studies - Sustainability Committee
Queen's Amnesty International
Kingston Plastic Bag Ban Initiative
Nonprofit; 1-10 employees; Nonprofit Organization Management industry
July 2012 – Present (4 months) Toronto, Canada Area
Supporting the expansion of Swim Guide across Canada and the United States:
• Research and compile data on monitored beaches in Canada and the United States
• Update daily water quality information for US and Canadian beaches
• Draft work plans and review the work of interns and volunteers
• Compile communication information for Waterkeepers participating in Swim Guide
• Assist with research and drafting of funding reports
Renewables & Environment industry
November 2009 – June 2012 (2 years 8 months) Toronto, Canada Area
• Research environmental assessments on the Oak Ridges Moraine to check compliance with the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan.
• Coordinate and deliver educational and policy monitoring workshops to stakeholders across the Oak Ridges Moraine.
• Develop community resources including an innovative community-based policy monitoring protocol.
• Update MTM web pages and maintain social media sites.
• Edit EcoSpark monthy newsletters, web content, and reports.