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Elaine Ho-Tassone

Postdoctoral Fellow and Part-time Faculty, Algoma University, Algoma University

​At the core of my project approach is collaboration that results in collective impact, especially in community-based projects (i.e., local implementation with broader scopes in mind). I strive to build lasting partnerships and effective working relationships among diverse organizations, persons, and empowered communities, with much of this experience being from youth engagement and, more recently, Indigenous-led projects related to freshwater quality. In my experience, collective benefits (e.g., sustainable development) are best achieved by meaningfully working together.

I earned my PhD in Social and Ecological Sustainability (Integrated Water Management) in the School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability, University of Waterloo. As of 2014, I am a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) through the Project Management Institute. My experience includes several years of entrepreneurship, founding and operating three small businesses in North York and Waterloo (Ontario). I have also contributed to the growth and success of several other businesses and non-profit organizations.


  • 2021–present
    Reearch Associate, NORDIK Institute
  • 2016–2021
    PhD Candidate specializing in fresh water social-ecological systems, University of Waterloo


  • 2014 
    University of Waterloo, Master of Environmental Studies

Professional Memberships

  • Project Management Professional (PMP), Project Management Institute