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Emily Nickerson

Fourth Year Environmental Engineering, Chapter President and 2012 Junior Fellow

Junior Fellows work at the intersection of poverty, systemic change, innovation and education, an experience that opens doors to experiences and insights. They gain knowledge, perspective and understanding to define the world for a better future and tools to make this change happen. It’s learning to lead, and leading to learn, all while creating positive, systemic change that unlocks human potential.

Emily Nickerson with Godfrey Butoto, business owner of Sukura, Iganga

The JF program is an intensive leadership program that allows individuals to invest in themselves and others. Working overseas in a stimulating and challenging work environment, I was pushed both professionally and personally. Now back in Canada, I am trying to understand, mold and apply my learning and growth in order to transition this short-term experience to a lifelong journey. – Emily Nickerson

Emily Nickerson worked with the Agriculture Value Chains Venture in the town of Iganga, Uganda. Working directly with a small agro-inputs business, Emily was able to develop an in-depth understanding of field level realities regarding the access and use of agro-inputs by small-scale farmers. Alongside the business owner she co-evaluated the potential of a new business model that would help the business grow its market share and bring quality certified seed closer to the farm-gate. Further as a member of the USAID LEAD project, her insights on influencing a business and creating ownership over a new business model were used to evaluate and adapt the project’s approach to creating systemic change in the maize, coffee, and inputs value chains.

Hannah Batten

Third Year International Development, 2013 Junior Fellow

Hannah Batten is a third year International Development and Anthropology student with a focus in Rural and Agricultural development. She began to develop a deeper understanding of social justice and activism in high school and has not looked back since. A outdoor- loving, garden- tending, vegan swimmer, Hannah is extremely excited for the opportunity to be this year’s Junior fellow for the University of Guelph chapter. Hannah’s involvement with Engineers without boarders began in first year and she has gained a deep respect for the organization ever since. Through their system thinking approach Hannah has gained valuable insight into an alternative way of thinking about the dilemmas of poverty and focuses on systemic change within the sector. Furthermore, Engineers Without Boarders openness about failure has enabled much discussion in many of Hannah’s classes and every day conversations surrounding development.

Through her involvement with School outreach and taking on the Vice President of People role in the Guelph chapter, the junior fellowship placement seemed like a likely next step. After becoming this year’s junior fellow for the Guelph chapter Hannah has been working hard to ensure that her investment in this placement will not only strengthen her own understanding of the development sector but also the Guelph chapter’s. Leading up to her placement overseas Hannah has and will continue to host an event called “development drinks” every Saturday in a little cafe downtown Guelph. Every week an assigned reading is sent out that addresses various topics surrounding the complexity of development that is part of the preparation material before heading overseas. The aim of this experience is to not only strengthen that chapters understanding of the complexity of development but to also gain valuable insights about the readings in chapter members eyes and to foster a deeper connection to the Junior fellowship role.

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