Melissa Radu (BComm) | 10x10 Alumni with Impact | Gordon S. Lang School of Business and Economics

Melissa Radu (BComm) | 10x10 Alumni with Impact

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Melissa Radu

BComm, (Hotel and Food Administration) '12

Sustainability Manager, Edmonton Economic Development Corporation 

As sustainability manager at the Edmonton Economic Development Corporation, Melissa manages the long-term sustainability strategies for both the Edmonton Convention Centre and Edmonton EXPO Centre. Stressing the importance of data and measurement in sustainability, Melissa works closely with these teams to set the benchmarks for year-after-year improvement and works to empower event professionals to collaborate outside of industry boundaries to drive positive change for future generations. These event venues are accountable to high sustainability standards that differentiate us among other convention centres in North America and help position the ECC and EXPO as hubs for community education around sustainability.
Holding a masters in Sustainable Regional Development and Tourism, as well as a Commerce degree from Lang, Melissa brings her international experience to the Edmonton Convention Centre’s sustainability program. While living in Spain, Melissa conducted research on the social unrest that came from over-tourism and gentrification, sustainable tourism strategies and heritagization projects. Before returning to Edmonton in 2018, she worked in Manchester at a sustainable events firm where she attracted, supported and provided training to a community of sustainable events associates. Melissa’s main motivation in this work is to help all of us to be more courageous and optimistic about protecting our earth’s natural systems.

Career Highlights

  • Conducting the facility sustainability audit at the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Cities and Climate Change Science Conference. 
  • Completing her Masters of Sustainable Tourism and Regional Development from the Ostelea School of Hospitality and Tourism in Barcelona, Spain
  • Completed a 12-month co-op term with Delta Hotels and Resort while at Lang/UofG and her Canadian Food Safety Certificate (Advanced FST) while at Lang/UofG
  • Worked abroad in Spain and UK
  • Launched her own consulting firm in 2017 - Sohier Consulting and Project Management

Previous Roles

  • Worked abroad in Spain, South Korea and Australia
  • Banquet and Event Manager, Delta Hotels and Resorts (2013-2015)
  • Meetings and Conventions Specialist, Edmonton Economic Development Corporation  (2015-2017)
  • Founded Sohier Consulting and Project Management (2017-Present)
  • Sustainability Manager, Edmonton Economic Development Corporation (2018-Present)

Memories of UofG / Lang 

"I was on the varsity track and field team which had lots of fond memories – long runs through the Arboretum between classes. Painting the cannon with my classmates and team was a something I will never forget. The Ivy that grows on Macdonald Hall and how it would turn such a vibrant colour of red in the autumn. Guelph is one of the most beautiful places in the Fall."


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