Jean’s done it all: as an academic, her research has been cited more than 4,500 times. As a Prof, she’s taught over 10,000 students. And as Dean of the Faculty of Environment at the University of Waterloo from 2014-2022, Jean has been a champion of new academic programming that has transformed the Faculty from a ‘problem framer’ to a ‘problem solver’, and in just the past 3 years, launched three new programs educating >500 students, and they focus on three different sectors in need of more comprehensively trained sustainability professionals: Accounting and finance; aeronautics; and climate change. These add to earlier initiatives to add research centres such as the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation.
Jean took the initiative in 2018 to create a Canadian chapter of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and has served as its Chair since its inception. Under Jean’s leadership, SDSN Canada has built a pan-Canadian network of 58 post-secondary institutions, civil society groups, and others, to facilitate learning and accelerate problem solving for sustainable development.
Proof of her impact is that University of Waterloo has raised its game to now rank 5th overall in total climate change-related scholarly output, and in the top 10 in Canada in the Times Higher Education SDG Global Impact rankings for Climate Action.