Although from the Alberta mountains, Thomas has called Waterloo his home for the last six years. He received his undergraduate degree in Nanotechnology Engineering from UW and is currently pursuing an MASc, for which he has received both the MASM and WIN fellowship awards.
Thomas has a proven record of student advocacy. Recognizing the need for greater student involvement in his field, Thomas founded the Waterloo Nanotechnology Conference, an annual event for students to expand their breadth of education, their ability to make connections, and to help bring world class research to UW. Using that same energy and passion, Thomas hopes to increase student engagement in the GSA, and to help the GSA become a stronger voice for the concerns of graduate students. Engagement requires mutual participation, and Thomas believes that the GSA can do more to routinely engage with and listen to the concerns of the university’s diverse population.
In his free time, Thomas is an amateur naturalist, aspiring cook, and an avid sailor.