We continue our “Sustainability Leaders” series, with Fionnula Wade, the 2nd guest and the Climate Change Coordinator at the Hamilton Conservation Authority.
With a solid academic foundation, Fionnula holds a Master of Climate Change from the University of Waterloo, complemented by a Bachelor of Science with Honours from Trent University. Her commitment to environmental science and natural resource management has propelled her into a dynamic career in the field.
Fionnula’s professional development extends beyond the academic realm, with certifications from McMaster University in Sustainable Forest Management, Carbon Sequestration, Carbon Markets, and Field Work.
Moreover, her commitment to learning and action is evident through certifications like “Climate Change: From Learning to Action” issued by the United Nations in September 2020. This reflects her dedication to staying at the forefront of climate change discourse and translating knowledge into meaningful initiatives.
Today, we have the privilege of delving into Fionnula Wade’s wealth of experience and insights, particularly focusing on her work in carbon sequestration, nature-based solutions, and the development of sustainable strategies to combat climate change.
Join us as we explore the intersection of academia, practical experience, and environmental advocacy with Fionnula Wade from the Hamilton Conservation Authority
Can you provide an overview of the HCA and its core business activities in Hamilton?
As the largest environmental management agency in the Hamilton Region, the HCA is dedicated
to the conservation of our watershed and enjoyment of watershed lands and water resources.
Our overall mission is “to lead in the conservation of our watershed and connect people to
How would you describe the role the Hamilton Conservation Authority within the local community and industry?
The HCA works to provide the community with a healthy watershed through the conservation of
the watershed and its land. The HCA also encourage the community to connect with nature
within the Hamilton Region by making use of our trails and other conservation areas that
welcome the public to visit.
How do you see sustainability contributing to the long-term success and resilience of the Hamilton Conservation Authority?
As a conservation authority, sustainability is woven into the work that we do. Our goal is to
conserve land and the watershed within the Hamilton Region. Ensuring sustainability is
integrated in our operations will help to ensure that the HCA is continuing to work towards our
goal of “a healthy watershed for everyone.”
How do you involve your employees, customers, and other stakeholders in your sustainability
Since 2012, the HCA has had an active Sustainability Committee that is comprised of staff
representatives from each of our corporate departments and conservation areas. This
committee encourages staff members to get directly involved with sustainability within our
organization. HCA staff also encourage sustainable practices across our conservation areas and
programs such as providing access to water bottle refilling stations, encourage a pack-in pack-
out mentality, and making use of informational signs.
How do you foster a culture of sustainability among your employees?
Sustainability is incorporated in the what the HCA does. In order to keep sustainability at the
front of employee’s minds, the HCA has a Sustainability Committee which was formed in 2012.
Looking ahead, what is your vision for the role of sustainability in your organization’s growth
When looking ahead, our hope is that the HCA will continue to learn and improve our
sustainable practices. Being a conservation authority, we are dedicated to managing and
preserving that natural environment, which is why sustainability is so important.
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