Student Chapter

Connecting Environmentally-Focused Students with Professionals in the Environmental Sector

The MEIA Student Chapter is designed for university and college students who wish to enhance their knowledge of the environmental industry and to network with potential future employers.

The MEIA recognizes the uncertainty the pandemic has brought for students. That is why the annual Student Chapter membership has been reduced to $30, half the rate from previous years. This membership is open to all university and college students in Manitoba.

Student Membership year is valid September 1st through August 31st. 

Membership in the Student Chapter comes with many benefits!

  • Receive job opportunities sent directly to your inbox
  • Access to networking opportunities such as the Student Chapter’s biannual Speed Mentoring events where you can connect one-on-one with professionals in the environmental sector;
  •  Participate in pizza nights and training seminars offering Student Chapter members the opportunity to develop elevator pitch skills, share ideas, projects and opportunities;
  • Discounted rates on MEIA professional development learning sessions, workshops and conferences 

To renew or to become a member of the MEIA’s Student Chapter, contact MEIA at (204) 783-7090.

The Deb Tardiff Scholarship 

In memory of the founder of MEIA’s Student Chapter, MEIA has created the Deb Tardiff Scholarship.


This $1,000 scholarship is open to all Manitoban post-secondary students from all disciplines. 

Selection criteria

  • MEIA Student Chapter membership (mandatory)
  • Volunteering
  • Contribution to environmental sciences
  • Academic Achievement


Applications due January 31st, 2022. Scholarship will be awarded in April 2022. 

Applications should be 2 pages maximum, send to [email protected]

Congratulations to the recipient of the 2021 Deb Tardiff Memorial Scholarship Fund: Carly Dyck! In recognition of her participation with MEIA, academic achievements, and contribution to environmental sciences. Congratulations to Carly and we thank all that applied!

Student Chapter Alumni

I completed a Bachelor of Environmental Science at the University of Manitoba, minoring in soil science. During my undergraduate degree I became a member of MEIA’s student chapter, which gave me the opportunity to attend different conferences and mingle with established professionals in the industry. It was a great way to see the side of environmental consulting that you can’t really fully understand until you are working in that field. Plus, it was a great way to socialize with others while gaining insight as to where employment opportunities may exist once entering the workforce as a new graduate. After all, hands on involvement is the best way to explore employment opportunities as opposed to simply having the relevant education! MEIA’s Student Chapter was a great way for more introverted students like myself to get engaged – which set me up for great success once I was ready to start working.

I am now employed by SNC-Lavalin where I work as a project scientist. Having a background in soil science has given me the opportunity to work more in reclamation projects and have progressed from being in a junior role to an intermediate role with the opportunity to partake in project management. A typical day in the field is coordinating with subcontractors and providing direction on whichever site we are visiting, starting off with tailgate meetings (HSE), providing information on scope, and then supervising the work taking place to ensure it meets the expectations of the qualified environmental professional on site. – Anneleise Forsythe, SNC-Lavalin