Fresh out of university, armed with a shiny new degree in my back pocket I was ready to get to work. Finally ! It sounded like such a stepping stone in the process of adulting. Earning enough of an income to get an apartment on my own and buy new work clothes, Yay! Little did I know back then that these next few years were going to challenge my self-esteem and my views on what it meant to be in the workplace. Here are some of the lessons I learned.

From, pic by Scott Graham

Beware of those who seem “overly popular”

Alright this one…

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On sait tous que cette fin d’année aura un aspect amèrement spécial, car nous devrons nous en tenir à quelques repas de fête bien choisis pour respecter les mesures sanitaires mises en place. Cela étant dit, même en petit comité, si ta famille est du genre à servir de la dinde farcie ou de la raclette bien laitière et que tu t’es récemment joint au cercle des végés, il y a des chances pour que ton choix d’alimentation monopolise les conversations autour de la table. …

We don’t need more cars on the road, we need to rethink our mobility system instead.


When Elon Mulk and team came up with the first Tesla model, the Roadster, the entire world was watching. This model showed unprecedented ranges of up to 394 km, and due to its electric drivetrain, was able to achieve impressive accelerations. The only hiccup was its price of $109,000 making it a luxury car.

Since then, the price of electric cars have been continuously declining, the cheapest electric car available today in Canada being the Volkswagen e-Golf and the Nissan Leaf.

With an economy…

I see the number of smart brains dedicated to create autonomous vehicles. The biggest arguments I hear behind the billions spent in this development that it will supposidly make travel safer once all vehicles are autonomous.

Meanwhile the Earth is on fire. People are getting poorer which means it’s a lot more difficult to afford cars. Even if these vehicles are going to be electric some days a lot of current development is done on regular gasoline cars. Ford, GM and other automotive makers are starting to sell the dream that eventually one day you are going to need a…

I left my town of Victoria, British Columbia, to follow a childhood dream of mine to conquer the east of Canada and more particularly: Montréal.

Picture of me at the mural fest trying to check if the paint was dry — 2018

I have been living there for the past 2.5 years and must say I don’t regret moving here one bit. This City has been welcoming and full of opportunities.

Here are a few things I love about Montréal and that you may want to consider if you want to move there.

1 — Its diversity

The first neighborhood I lived in was Côte des Neiges for two years. It is home of two universities, a busy center road with…

My background is quite unique: I had the chance to work on automotive fuel cells research and development, and battery electric buses integration projects. Being exposed to both worlds, I found it interesting how there seems to be a constant battle between hydrogen believers — and hydrogen skeptics (Elon Musk famously spoke to the later).

Through my work experience, I see the immense potentials of both technologies in reducing transportation emissions in North America— though I believe hydrogen fuel cells will become the dominant solution to electrify heavy duty transportation in the next decades.

A common comment we hear in…

I was 19 years old when I first set foot in British Colombia, Canada from my village in the South of France. My English at the time was highly questionable, and the only fact I knew about the city I was moving into was that it hosted a parliament house. I honestly didn’t even know I was going to live on a big Island…

6am, camping in front of Kennedy Lake (the largest Lake on Vancouver Island)

Here is a list of my top picks activities I experienced while being an international student in Victoria BC which were defining adventures in my love story with Canada, which may inspire you to come check…

Here is a cow living in the mountains near my hometown in the South of France, Parc du Mercantour

My boyfriend and I like to debate various topics over breakfast, especially when drinking our coffees.

This morning, he argued that the meat industry has a far greater impact on the environment compared to the dairy industries — mostly because of the massive post processing chain and the long distances meat has to travel to undergo specific transformations. But for me, a vegan with a (somewhat strong) bias against the dairy industry, it wasn’t so obvious that the production of dairy had a negligible impact compared to the meat industry. You see, milk and its derivatives are everywhere! …

Camping trip on Hornby Island, British Columbia. Picture taken by my good friend James.

If you live abroad and consider studying in Canada, this article is made for you !

Oh dear Canada … what’s there NOT to love about you?

This nation is well known for its great outdoors, diversity, kind people and harsh winter conditions that make you enjoy summer time even more. Canada’s economy is strong, politics are relatively stable, the country is safe and there are reputable schools from coast to coast.

Here are 8 facts I wished I had known before coming to Canada as an international student 7 years ago :

1- Pick your school wisely

While it is tempting to pick a school solely based on its international rank for your degree, other factors need to be considered.

Ana Lévy

Mechanical engineer who wants to help the planet. Vegan & international, living in Montreal. Here are things that matter to me. Je suis française !

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