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Walking across the stage at Convocation isn't an ending — it is just the beginning. Just talk to Haidar Moubayed whose Mount Royal education set him on the right career path.

And if Moubayed ever wonders if he made the right decision, all he has to do is look at his beautiful baby daughter. The Certificate in Industrial Ecology (Waste Management) he earned in 2002 puts him on the front lines of preserving the environment for future generations.

An Environmental Control Technician for the City of Calgary Waste and Recycling Services, Moubayed helps ensure ground water at city landfill sites remains safe. In the spring and fall, he takes samples of ground and surface water and leachate to ensure compliance with provincial regulations.

The rest of the time is a mixed bag of issuing permits for proper disposal of industrial waste, fielding inquiries about recycling and waste disposal, and escorting industrial waste loads for proper disposal.

While his BSc in Chemistry earned in Lebanon provided important preparation for the job, “Mount Royal really enriched my experience and knowledge. There were lots of field trips, small classes, lab work — it was very comprehensive.

"In one year, I learned more than in four years at university.”

His first post after graduation was as a senior analyst at Maxxam, where he developed analytical methods and instruments, trained staff and spent many, many hours flying across the country. He took the City job in January 2006 because he wanted to spend more time with his family.

“I feel like I’m making a contribution,” he says. “Every day, I do my part to protect the city — to make it a better place for my daughter.”