Municipal Climate Internship

The EOWC Supporting Youth Engagement: Municipal Climate Internship

Environmental Leadership Canada logoThe Municipal Climate Internship (MCI) provides young environmental leaders, age 18-30, with the opportunity to work and learn alongside municipalities that are invested in advancing local climate change solutions. Interns receive a six-month paid internship placement with a host municipality and take part in cohort-based leadership and professional development.

Throughout the program, interns will gain first-hand experience and knowledge in municipal climate issues, solutions, and local decision-making. Interns will be exposed to various municipal government and political processes and will become well-versed in how climate change is integrated into municipal planning. The knowledge, experience and professional skills gained will help prepare participants for careers as local climate leaders.

This year, Environment Leadership Canada has partnered with the Eastern Ontario Wardens’ Caucus (EOWC) member municipalities including Lanark County, County of Frontenac and United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry to each host one of the three interns – Tyler Lalonde (Frontenac County), Kimberly Bray (United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry) and Lalit Kumar (Lanark County). Interns will be working on advancing municipal projects using an environmental lens.

Find out more about the Municipal Climate Internship on Environmental Leadership Canada’s website and social media.

Meet the 2024 Interns

Kimberly Bray

United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry – Kimberly Bray

Kimberly Bray (she/they) was raised in Cornwall, Ontario, on the unceded and sovereign territory of the Kanien:keha’ka (Mohawk) and Wendake-Nionwentsїo (Huron-Wendat). Kimberly holds an Honors Bachelor of Science from the University of Ottawa specializing in biology with a minor in geomatics and spatial analysis. She is also a candidate for a Master’s of Environment in Environmental Assessment at Concordia University. As a knowledge seeker, Kimberly is pursuing a professional certificate in Project Management from the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies.

She is passionate about biodiversity conservation and engages in local efforts to protect and enhance wildlife through habitat restoration and tree planting projects. A special interest of theirs is the integration of green spaces and sustainable infrastructure in municipal urban planning. Kimberly previously worked for the City of Cornwall as a researcher on green infrastructure to develop a natural infrastructure inventory and assisted with community outreach for sustainability initiatives. She has also volunteered with a number of organizations such as the Cornwall Community Police, Seaway Valley Community Health Centre, Cornwall Transition +, the Bird Friendly Committee of Cornwall, the Ottawa River Keepers.

Lalit Kumar

Lanark County – Lalit Kumar

Lalit Kumar (he/him) is from Almonte, Ontario, the traditional and unceded territory of the Omàmìwininìwag (Anishinaabe Algonquin) and was born and raised in India. Lalit’s passion for environment sciences began when he first hiked the mighty Himalayas. There he got to learn about various climate change effects including the melting of glaciers, increasing temperatures and uneven rainfall patterns. Lalit has an educational background in environmental management and assessment, policy and regulation. He has worked in leadership roles within both the private and public sectors in British Columbia, Nova Scotia and Ontario, further witnessing the effects of climate change, this time across Canada. He is passionate about environmental policies and initiatives which shaped the regulatory framework of Canada. Through his work and academic experiences he has developed a strong interest in mental health initiatives and sustainable energy. Currently, Lalit is doing a Masters of Business Administration in Consulting Leadership from the University of Fredericton. He is a big outdoors person and likes to spend his time hiking or running in nature.

Tyler Lalonde

Frontenac County – Tyler Lalonde

Tyler Lalonde (he/him) is an environmentalist based in Cornwall, Ontario, the territories of the Kanienʼkehá꞉ka (Mohawk) and Wendake-Nionwentsїo (Huron-Wendat). He grew up in the rural community of St. Andrews West, where he learned to appreciate nature and sustainable living from his family’s sugar shack, gardening, and forestry activities. He also led a recycling education team in elementary school, which raised awareness and encouraged best practices among students and staff. Tyler began his professional career working in retail where he was empowered by his managers and grew an interest in business operations that encouraged him to study Business Administration at Algonquin College in Ottawa.

Tyler moved to Kingston, Ontario in 2022 looking to further his education and graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration from St. Lawrence College and Laurentian University, where he gained valuable knowledge and skills in management, marketing, and finance. He worked with Frontenac County Economic Development, where he supported local entrepreneurs and rural tourism initiatives, and developed an interest in municipal politics and governance.

Tyler is passionate about protecting the environment and promoting local development. His favorite hobbies include walking and cycling on local trails, and spending time with family in Cornwall.