Introductory Post

Hello,

Allow me to introduce myself.  Starting September 2013 I will be joining a new graduate program at the University of Waterloo.  The Masters of Environmental Studies in Sustainability Management.   The program, run by Waterloo’s School of Environment, Enterprise, and Development (SEED), is focused on teaching students to develop environmentally sustainable business practices.  It is a new program and I’m looking forward to being a part of the first generation of students.

Having graduated from the University of Waterloo’s Environment and Business program I’ve been fortunate enough to have already started on some early research for my master’s thesis, which is what the focus of this blog will be.

In my final year of undergraduate studies at UW I worked on a project with several other students.  The project examined the issue of the conflict minerals trade.  (See the About page).  We set out to determine the drivers and barriers to an electronics’ supply chain free of conflict minerals.

Following the end of that research I have continued to work with the professor who advised our group on the project.  My research is still in its very early stages as I have yet to form a research question.  The challenges of doing this may be discussed in future posts.

This blog will serve as a way for me to present information related to the issue of conflict minerals as well as my own thoughts and commentary on the issue.

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