Working as a transportation planner, Wayne enjoys collaborating with local residents and stakeholders to design a more walkable, bikeable and liveable community we can call home. Born and raised in China and having moved to Canada in 2008 to attain his bachelor degree in University of Alberta, Wayne happily calls himself a global citizen and proud Edmontonian. He is interested in exploring cities on bicycle or public transit and helping to shape Edmonton’s transportation network with more sustainable modes of transport. He believes in diversity and that everybody can and should make their voice heard in a vibrant and democratic society.
In his spare time, you will find Wayne with his girlfriend either volunteering in multiple organizations (Institute of Transportation Engineers, his community garden, art festivals, community bike shop, etc.), cooking fresh and local, or losing himself in the mountains. He is excited to become part of Next Up ‘s Climate Leadership Program and endeavours to give back to the community with his leadership and professional skills.
Parker is an educator and community builder who facilitates workshops and other learning spaces on a wide variety of topics, including gender-based violence prevention, support skills, risk assessment, and gender & sexual identity. Having grown up as a white settler on treaty territory in Albertan cities, Parker is passionate about learning to act in solidarity with Indigenous communities and other justice movements. As part of this learning journey, he is currently a part-time student in the Bachelor of Native Studies program at the University of Alberta. With a growing career as a university services professional, Parker has worked in a number of roles at the U of A since 2011, including positions with the Office of Sustainability, the Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services (iSMSS), the Sexual Assault Centre, and currently, the Helping Individuals At Risk program. Parker is fond of dogs, folk music, macgyvered solutions, lists, and the art of thrifty decorating.
Stephanie Kot is a graduate of the Glendon School of Public and
International Affairs at York University. She is excited to join Next
Up Climate Leaders. Stephanie sees a tremendous opportunity in the
green economy, and is ready, with her Program colleagues, to change
hearts and minds on climate change and renewable energy in Alberta.
This is the biggest issue of our lifetime - Stephanie vows not to let
future generations down because of inaction.
Julia spent summer months growing up at a little cabin on a lake in Central Alberta. These small town summer experiences and spending time in nature inspired her to pursue a degree in Conservation Biology at University of Alberta. With many areas of interest in social justice, Julia has volunteered and worked in the non-profit sector. She finds stories inspiring and currently works in industry to engage the public in providing input on development projects. These developments include energy generation, oil and gas extraction, electrical system upgrades and pipeline projects where she is able to advocate for responsible development and community values.
At home in Calgary, she can usually be found cuddled with her two cats and full focus on a good book or research on her computer. Julia enjoys a good thought provoking film, gardening, yoga and learning a bit more everyday.
Born and raised in Calgary and inspired by her progressive, eco-focused parents from a young age – Kate Letizia became an unyielding combatant for equality, human rights and environmental health before she even knew how to 'fight'. Educational and professional adventures throughout Latin America, Sweden, the Philippines, and now her hometown, created opportunities to build and refine an arsenal to generate positive, lasting change.
While her education (MSc in International Development and Natural Resource Management) and recent career and community focus has been on reframing waste and legitimizing non-conventional forms of employment and living (check out Calgary Can), a recent fellowship opportunity with SiG International vaulted Kate into the world of complex problems, social innovation and transformational change across Alberta. Armed with an even more diverse toolkit of human-centered, generative changemaking devices, and a few years of climate and social justice activism under her belt, Kate is now ready to focus her energy on what may be the biggest battle she’ll ever face: transforming the way her local and provincial peers, counterparts and communities respond to climate change and our collective future. Kate wants to live in a city, and province, where climate change is taken seriously and responded to fairly, intelligently and creatively. Kate was a participant in Next Up Calgary (2013 - 2014) and in the 2015 Climate Leadership Program.