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I never thought I’d pursue business, but I knew I’d be in a career focused on sustainability and impact. Before Ivey, I was in Western’s Media, Information and Techno culture program, where I developed an interest in how innovative solutions can promote sustainable business. I’ve further explored my passions by working at a sustainable packaging company, acting as an orientation leader, and volunteering as a tax clinic logistics director. In my free time, I love travelling, hiking, and trying new outdoor sports. One day, I hope to participate in wildlife conservation (e.g., reef restoration) and own a sustainably operating farm.

What is your personal definition of sustainability?

Sustainability means maintaining resources, processes, and quality of life for future generations. It is away of long-term thinking that considers more than just present needs. Sustainability can be seen from an environmental, social, and economic perspective. Environmentally, sustainability is preserving the natural environment and its resources–for example, through renewability and recyclability. Socially, it is providing support and equity to people worldwide. Economically, it means sustaining long-term economic development with responsible processes and practices. Individuals and organizations must consider these three interdependent features in decision-making, and act in a way that benefits their communities–both present and future.

What role do you see sustainability playing in your professional career?

I am driven by my passion for sustainability; I believe my sustainable vision will influence my decision-making throughout my career. Where possible, I hope to work with sustainable companies that share my values, but I would also like to touch companies that require improvement in sustainability. One of my career goals is to work in sustainability consulting, where I aim to enact more widespread change by integrating sustainability across many organizations. Even when I am not working in sustainability consulting specifically, my actions and decisions will be based upon sustainable principles. As I advance in my career, I hope to use any influence to promote sustainability and sustainable decision-making across the organization I am a part of. I will teach others about the importance of a sustainable vision, and integrate it into the organization so sustainability endures over time.

One day, I hope to go the entrepreneurial route and operate my own sustainable business that creates positive social and environmental impact while leveraging innovations. Leading a sustainable company would allow me to inspire long-term change and set an example, as I hope to also mentor others through their careers and journeys in sustainability.

What sustainability projects have you been engaged in?

In the summer before HBA1, I worked as a marketing intern at a sustainable packaging company called Rootree. I learned about the realities of packaging waste, pollution, greenwashing, and more, throughout supply chains and the consumer packaged goods industry. I saw firsthand how businesses can reduce their environmental impact with innovative sustainable practices. This experience lit a fire under me to explore the intersection of sustainability and innovation, and how it can be applied businesses across all industries. This opportunity also allowed me to volunteer with local conservation organizations and spread awareness through environmental campaigns.

In second year, I volunteered on the FIMS Student Council’s Advocacy Team to raise awareness and take action on issues in the Western/London community and beyond. I participated in creating activism campaigns and co-facilitated a documentary event focused on women’s issues around the world.

I am currently a logistics director for the USC Tax Clinic. My team aims to provide equitable knowledge of finance and taxes for students, and support for those in the Western and London community. I am also a member of the Ivey Social Impact Club, where I continue to explore my passion for sustainability.

Mia Semeniuk

Mia  Semeniuk

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