Graduates of Endeavour’s Sustainable Building & Design course have found green buiding jobs in a wide range of roles, in Canada and around the world. Some have gone on to become sustainable building contractors, others have specialized in sub-trades such as straw bale wall builders, earthen floor installers, natural plastering, renewable energy installation, green roofing and timber framing. Others have found roles in the design field and as consultants. A few graduates have gone on to build their own sustainable homes. Further training is also possible, with some graduates continuing their education in fields like architecture, building science, carpentry and electrical.
With Endeavour’s strong connections among sustainable builders and designers in Canada and around the world, many pathways open up for our graduates! Over 70% of our graduates now work in the sustainable architecture field.
Explore some of our graduates’ stories.
In 2009 I took part in Fleming College’s Sustainable Building Design and Construction Program, headed by Chris Magwood and his team. This program touched on nearly everything pertaining to what a great building should be.
I found Endeavour at a time when I was recently enchanted with Permaculture but not finding a lot of career opportunities in sustainable agriculture.
My time at Endeavour was nothing short of game-changing and I owe the current direction of my life to Shane, Chris, Jen, and the rest of the gang.
Plastering has been a revelation in my life since 2007 when Chris Magwood from Endeavour introduced me to natural plasters. I did not know back then that this would become such a game changer in my life and those around me.
Endeavour exposed me to a way of building that feels good, rooted in sustainability, practicality, ingenuity, science and generosity.
It was clear I needed a new approach to building better homes, and the Endeavour Centre helped me understand the fundamental issues of the built environment and provided clear actions to combat those issues.
I had no prior building experience, and with my nine classmates we built the Zero House. It was one of the most empowering experiences of my life. From there, hooked on natural building.
After taking part in the Sustainable Building Course in 2016, I started to integrate the information and techniques I learnt and implement them in my work as much as possible. I regularly experience first hand how versatile and flexible sustainable building can be.
After completing the Sustainable New Construction/Renovations program at Endeavour Centre in 2018, I moved to a farm in the Ottawa Valley where I have put my new skills to use updating the energy efficiency of the existing farmhouse.
The Endeavour Centre allowed me to embrace two of my greatest passions–sustainability and working with my hands. I developed my building skills and was surrounded by encouraging instructors and peers that shared the same values of sustainability
Natalie Van Dreal
Hi, I’m Natalie. I live in Portland, Oregon and I currently work at a nature-based therapy center.
Hi! My name is Melissa Furukawa. I started my journey into sustainable buildings by taking the Endeavour Centre’s Sustainable New Construction course.
My name is George Akomeah. I was excited to be part of the 2018 Sustainable New Construction Program at the Endeavour Centre.