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W Booth School Grad Celebrates Dream Job

“Learning is everything,” says W Booth School graduate Maria Topalovic (Master of Engineering and Public Policy, 2010). It’s a philosophy she applies to a range of pursuits in the classroom, community and workplace.

Maria is the Environment Manager at CRH Canada Group Inc., one of the country's leading vertically integrated producers and suppliers of products and services for the construction industry. With the strength of more than 3,000 employees, it manufactures cement, aggregates and ready-mix concrete, and provides construction services to many of Canada's largest infrastructure projects.

In what she calls “a dream job,” Maria helps deliver on CRH’s global commitment to sustainability, especially in the areas of environment and climate change, and people and community.

Much of her time is spent working with stakeholders in local Ontario communities where CRH operates a facility, such as a quarry or manufacturing plant. Maria’s top responsibility is ensuring full compliance with strict environmental regulations. Yet it’s the creative, value-added innovations that bring the greatest satisfaction. This includes engaging with others to protect species at risk, reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, and implement sustainable best practices for quarry rehabilitation.

Maria earned a five-year undergraduate degree in chemical engineering and management. At the W Booth School, she wrote a master’s thesis focused on the positive health outcomes associated with complete streets. Throughout her studies, Maria worked as a student leader, community builder and mentor.

Soon after graduation, Maria founded the Hamilton Sustainability Professionals Network, a social enterprise that continues to support individuals and organizations devoted to building complete and resilient communities. She was also instrumental in the establishment of Hamilton’s first “next gen” organization, Hamilton HIVE. These and other volunteer successes, coupled with an impressive list of academic and career accomplishments, highlight the importance of living and learning with breadth and balance.

Photo: Maria Topalovic, W Booth School Graduate