“The close relationships I developed with two professors who were real mentors. Professor Ian McAllister at the Department of Economics taught his students to think about how they applied economic theory to real-world situations. He took a practical approach to his teaching and encouraged us take neoclassical theory as only a guideline, rather than a truth, about possible outcomes. Professor Hanson taught environmental studies and drew strong connections between economic development and their possible environmental outcomes, again using real-world examples. This was decades ago, when governments and society heavily favoured financial outcomes rather than balanced sustainable growth. They both stressed the importance of viewing issues from various points of view. ”Glenna L.