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Silvana Costa
Bridge Masters Fellow 2006 - 2008

A community planner, Silvana Costa defended her PhD in April 2008 and continues to explore and promote sustainable practices in the mining and mineral exploration sector. Since then, Silvana has worked in the public and private sectors. Her expertise involves environmental management systems, environmental assessment, stakeholder engagement management and Aboriginal consultation, community development and socio-economic and cultural impact assessments, involuntary resettlement, and social risk management. As the Environment and Social Responsibility (ESR) Coordinator for New Gold Inc. in Vancouver, Silvana is currently involved in planning and implementation of corporate and site-specific initiatives related to environmental management and social responsibility, the development of sustainable development strategies and policies as well as sustainability reporting.  Her work includes close coordination with sites to continuously improve ESR performance in a way which respects the expectations of New Gold’s investors, local communities, regulators and other stakeholders.

Midori Courtice
Bridge Masters Fellow 2007 - 2010

Midori completed her MSc program at the School of Environmental Health in February 2010. For her thesis, she studied the prevalence of asbestosis in a group of internal migrant Bangladeshi shipbreakers and completed an internship at the WHO in Bangladesh where she worked on the surveillance of occupational injuries in rural Bangladesh. She completed her PhD in Public Health at the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2013. Midori is currently a research scientist at IOM Singapore.

Monica Danon-Schaffer
Bridge Learner 2004-2005

The Bridge Program enabled me to see just how interdisciplinary my research really is. Not only did it provide me with essential tools for my PhD, it was an amazing experience to share with people from other backgrounds and learn from them. I am currently a principal chemical engineer at CH2M.

Gabriella de la Paz
Bridge Masters Fellow 2012

Gabriella was involved in the Bridge Masters program from September to December 2012. She has a B.Sc. Industrial Engineering with a minor in Systems from Monterrey Institute of Technology and a Certificate in Supply Chain Management from the Sauder School of Business. Her interests include workers' safety, personal protective equipment performance, and acoustics. She is the founder of Baby Academics which is an initiative providing parental support.

Kristian  Dubrawski
Bridge Learner 2009 - 2010

Kristian completed his Ph.D. in engineering, focusing on nanoparticles for water treatment.  He also researched sustainability issues in Canada, and global health issues in lower and middle income countries.  After his doctorate, he was an associate at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government researching sustainable development policy, and is currently a research engineer at Ecological Engineering Canada.

Sara Elder
Bridge Masters Fellow 2008 - 2010

Sara completed her Master’s degree in August 2010. For her thesis she examined the effects of Fair Trade certification on the social determinants of health of Rwandan coffee producers. Sara is currently working as a Technical Officer in Rural Development and Global Supply Chains in the International Labour Organization and is pursuing her doctoral degree at UBC.

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Miranda Elliott
Bridge Doctoral Fellow 2009-2011

Miranda defended her MSc thesis in Population and Public Health in October 2011.  Her research examined the impact of changes in pharmaceutical policy on online searches for emergency contraception, and explored ways to improve access to high quality web-based resources related to EC.  She recently completed an internship at the Canadian Center for Policy Alternatives, BC Office.  Miranda's research interests include: the social and structural determinants of health inequities, and the potential role of e-health technologies in helping to address inequities in health literacy, services delivery and outcomes. Miranda currently works as a Research Assistant at the National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health.

Negar Elmieh
Bridge Doctoral Fellow 2003 - 2009

Negar is an interdisciplinary researcher who applies both quantitative and qualitative methods to understand complex health, environment, risk, and policy issues.  She completed her Ph.D in April 2009, for which she examined public health responses to West Nile virus across Canada and how to best manage the risks.  She is a curriculum coordinator and tutor of Life Sciences at Quest University in Squamish, B.C.

Angela Eykelbosh
Bridge Doctoral Fellow 2009 - 2014

Angela's thesis research drew on the fields of ecohydrology and soil science to examine the effects of a sugar cane-derived distillation product (vinasse) and a solid waste (filter cake) on soil quality and subsequent effects on groundwater quality in the state of Mato Grosso in northwestern Brazil. This knowledge is necessary for agricultural (and other) management decisions that may impact the regional availability of safe drinking water, and the maintenance of healthy terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. She is currently an Environmental Health and Knowledge Translation Scientist at the BC Centre for Disease Control.

Olivia Freeman
Bridge Masters Fellow 2010 - 2012

With a background in forest ecology, resource management and development studies, Olivia’s interests lie in combining the fields of natural resource management and international development. For her Masters thesis she looked at tradeoffs between relative climate, health and development benefits associated with different models of improved cookstoves. After completion of her Masters in September 2012, Olivia took an internship with the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) in Nairobi, Kenya and continued to work with them for the subsequent three years. Her work with ICRAF focused on landscape approaches for integrated resource management and addressing drivers of deforestation and climate change in tropical forest landscapes.

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