Born and raised in the farming community of Montmartre, Saskatchewan, Jenna Gall (W. Garfield Weston Loran Scholar ‘10) has felt a lifelong connection to nature. In high school, she participated in an expedition to the Arctic and started her school’s environmental group and newspaper.
Jenna decided to study Earth and Environmental Science at UBC Okanagan. She started and led an environment and sustainability society, coordinated a volunteer matching program and initiated a local food kitchen project called Karma Bowl. She currently serves as an outreach director for the Youth Arctic Coalition and as a youth committee member of the Environmental Advisory Commission of the Okanagan.
The Loran Scholar summer program provided Jenna with opportunities to broaden her university experience. She spent her public policy summer with the Yukon Climate Change Secretariat, where she worked on carbon reporting and sustainable development projects. “We became the first regional government in North America to fully report on carbon emissions to The Climate Registry, and I am very proud to have have helped make it happen.”
Jenna subsequently interned at a solar and geothermal energy company in Saskatchewan. As a technician, she helped sell, install and wire over 250 kW of renewable energy. For her third summer, Jenna moved to Nunavut to take courses at the Pangnirtung Summer School and to work for the Youth Arctic Coalition, an organization she helped to found.
“The summer program allowed me to gain experience in so many areas while doing things that I never thought I could do as an undergrad. From public policy to renewable energy to youth engagement, these experiences have become irreplaceable parts of who I am today.”