Board of Governors
Dr. Shawn Marshal
Shawn is a glaciologist and climatologist with broad interests in Earth and environmental sciences. He has studied glacier-climate processes and glacier response to climate change in western and Arctic Canada, Iceland, and Greenland. He is an accomplished professor at the University of Calgary in the Geography Department with over 100 peer-reviewed publications. In his role as Science Advisor for Environment Canada and Climate Change, he will provide specialized advice on how to encourage a culture of scientific excellence, harness opportunities for additional partnerships and collaboration with external researchers and networks, and leverage external science perspectives on science priorities.
Laura S. Lynes
President, The Resilience Institute
Laura is the co-founder and President of The Resilience Institute (TRI). She holds a master of law with distinction in climate change law & policy and a master degree in intercultural and international communications. Formerly she was the director of government relations and head of applied research at a specialized post-secondary institute in Alberta. She is a graduate of the Oxford Adaptation Academy and a Focal Point of the UNFCCC Nairobi Work Programme.
Laura recently received the Dean’s Excellence Award at Strathclyde University Law School and prior to that, the American Sociological Association’s Jane Goodall Fellowship for her work on perceptions on inclusion of large carnivores in communities. Her current passion is exploring how legal instruments, such as the Paris Agreement, can serve to broaden our notion of rights in the context of climate change.
Dr. Andy Dobson
Professor, Princeton University
Andy is a world-renowned epidemiologist and professor at Princeton University whose work extends to the ecology and economics of land-use change, wildlife-human interactions and ecotourism. His primary research is concerned with the ecology of infectious diseases and the conservation of endangered and threatened species.
Andy’s research focuses on the population and community ecology of infectious diseases in a variety of endangered and fragile ecosystems: the Serengeti in East Africa, the coastal salt marshes and grasslands of California and the eye’s of the finches in the back yards of New England. He also works on the interaction between climate variability and the transmission of pathogens in muskoxen and caribou in the Canadian Arctic.
Each study focuses on a different aspect of interactions between pathogens and their hosts that has allowed him to develop sections of a larger body of theory that deals with the role of infectious diseases in natural populations and communities.
Andy is a graduate of the Aldo Leopold science communications program and is an elected Fellow of the American Academy for the Advancement of Science.
Communication Specialist, Fort McMurray
Therese has more than two decades of experience in strategic communications, media, public engagement, and stakeholder relations with public sector organizations in Ontario and Alberta. The recent recipient of an Executive Certificate in Public Sector Leadership from Queen’s University’s Executive Education program, Therese is interested in working with highly engaged teams whose strong relationships and effective story-telling reflect strategic community priorities. She has also worked as a reporter, editor, broadcaster, and journalism teacher, and holds a Master’s Degree in Journalism from the University of Western Ontario. Originally from the Thousand Islands region, Therese has lived in Wood Buffalo for the past four years.
Dr. Barrie R. Nault
Professor and Director, University of Calgary
Dr. Barrie R. Nault is the Distinguished Research Professor and Director of the Informatics Research Centre at the University of Calgary. He was previously on faculty at The Ohio State University, the University of California, and the University of Alberta. He received his Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia. Dr. Nault is a Distinguished Fellow of the INFORMS Information Systems Society. His research interests include productivity of information technology; environmental incentives for new technology conversion; use of the Smart Grid; ownership, incentives, and investment in virtual organizations and supply chains; and net-neutrality and a two-tier Internet. Dr. Nault has published his research in academic journals such as Information Systems Research; Management Science; Production and Operations Management; Strategic Management Journal; Marketing Science; Journal of Monetary Economics, and Organization Science. He has also written reports for the National Research Council, and has held grants from the NSF in the U.S. as well as NSERC and SSHRC in Canada.
Dr. David Sauchyn
Director, Prairie Adaptation Research Collaborative
Dr. Dave Sauchyn is Director of the Prairie Adaptation Research Collaborative at the University of Regina and Professor of Geography and Environmental Studies. His main research interests are 1) the climate and hydrology of the past millennium and how this knowledge of the past can inform our understanding of future climate and water supplies, and 2) planned adaption to minimize the adverse impacts of climate change on the natural capital of western Canada. Dave has been principal investigator of more than 50 research projects and has written or co-authored more than 100 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters. During 2011-16, he co-directed an interdisciplinary study of the vulnerability of agricultural communities to climate extremes in Chile, Argentina, Colombia and Brazil and the Canadian Prairies. Dave is lead author of the prairies chapter of the national assessment of climate change due for release in 2020.
Director of Development - New Energy Nexus
Sarah Roberts is an enthusiastic and successful independent consultant fundraising for outstanding causes with 20 years experience fundraising for outstanding causes including MSF and Greenpeace, and New Energy Nexus. Sarah’s fundraising efforts have enabled positive social change across a range of environmental and social issues all over the world in particular in Australia, Brazil, China, India, SE Asia, South Africa, UK, Netherlands, Switzerland. Sarah is a passionate advocate for practical, community focused solutions to environmental issues, for example she is actively engaged in growing and protecting solar in Australia through her leadership on the Solar Citizens Board. Sarah is thrilled to support the Resilience Institute as an advisor helping to further our mission through championing indigenous knowledge systems and weaving traditional owners stories of resilience and adaptation to the climate movement.
Environmental Protection Manager, Blood Tribe Land Management
Kansie Fox, or Apaitsitapiakii (Weasel woman), is Blackfoot (from Kainai / Blood Tribe) and Dine (from the Navajo Nation) and was raised on the Blood Reservation. Her father is Richard Fox Jr. and her late mother is Mary Ann Fox. She is blessed with raising her two amazing teenagers who reside with her in Lethbridge. Kansie is the Environmental Protection Manager with the Blood Tribe Land Management Department on the Blood Reserve. Her work involves communicating with Chief and Council, the Blood Tribe community, Kainai Ecosystem Protection Association, the Blackfoot Confederacy and environmental organizations and institutions to protect and sustainably manage Tribal lands. Kansie graduated from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah with a Bachelors degree in Conservation Biology. She has completed the National Aboriginal Land Managers Association Professional Development program to receive the Professional Lands Management Certification. In addition, is certified in 40 hours advanced wilderness first aid and basic Geographic Information System (GIS). Kansie assists with co-chairing the Kainai Ecosystem Protection Association.
Dr. John Colvin
University of Oxford, Environmental Change Institute / Emerald Network
A consultant and researcher in integrated and adaptive approaches to sustainable development. Dr. Colvin’s expertise is in social and institutional learning processes, including monitoring and evaluation, particularly in the context of climate change adaptation, water resources governance, ecosystem services, sustainable livelihoods and sustainable urban development. A former UK policy maker, he has over 14 years experience of working in international development for a variety of organisations including bilaterals, multilaterals, government ministries, research institutes and NGOs. A specific area of expertise is in multi-stakeholder participatory processes underpinning social innovation, systemic intermediation and inter & trans-disciplinary research practices.
Partner, DBH Law
Nick has been with DBH Law for almost 30 years practicing in the areas of financing, commercial real estate and real estate development and corporate and commercial law. He is a graduate of the University of Alberta’s law school, and has been a panel member for the Legal Education Society of Alberta and a lecturer for the Alberta Bar Admission Course. He is also the Honourary Consul General for the Republic of Austria in Alberta.
Fiona is a sustainability professional with 40 years of experience in private industry in the financial and energy sectors. A graduate of the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa, Fiona has held roles in financial risk management and governance, compliance and ethics, climate change and energy policy, climate risk disclosure, and, most recently, led the Sustainabilty team for a large integrated oil company. She believes that, at its core, organizational sustainability is about a company’s ability to understand, respond, and adapt to a changing external environment and in doing so remain relevant, and generate value, regardless of which version of the future unfolds. In that role she developed and integrated long-term climate change scenarios and risk assessment into the corporate strategic planning process, producing Canada’s first corporate strategic climate risk disclosure report. She has also advised the Carbon Disclosure Project and accounting standards boards on oil and gas climate change risk disclosure. A systems thinker that thrives on complex issues, non-linear concepts and “wicked” challenges, she has participated in multiple alliances and other engagement with ENGO’s and civil society to advance progressive policy and social change.
Rebecca’s passion is disaster risk reduction, and creating resilience through education, engagement, utilizing existing resources and building capacity within communities that are most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Formerly, she was the Deputy Director of Emergency Management for an Alberta Municipality where she worked with communities to build sustainable disaster risk reduction models to enhance resilience from a community, residential and business perspective. Rebecca was fortunate to work with communities and residents across North America while working in positions for Government and Private Industry. Rebecca is currently completing her Masters in Human Security and Peace Building at Royal Roads University, and has education in emergency management, human resources, health and safety, and disability management. In 2018, Rebecca received the Partners in Humanity Citation from the Canadian Red Cross for her work in community capacity building and disaster risk reduction.
Philip A. Loring, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Geography, Environment, and Geomatics Arrell Chair in Food, Policy, and Society
Dr. Philip Loring is a widely respected anthropologist, ecologist, and writer. His work focuses on the intersection of sustainability, food systems, and social justice, and he is particularly interested in solutions where people and ecosystems thrive together. He studied at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and his research has taken him to such diverse places as the temperate rainforests of British Columbia, the prairies of Saskatchewan, the highlands of Guatemala, and the Sonoran Desert in Mexico. An avid science communicator, Loring emphasizes writing, film, and other forms of storytelling to reach diverse audiences. He has published over 40 academic papers, multiple book chapters and reports, and numerous essays for popular online magazines including Ensia.com. He has also produced several short films and given invited presentations in numerous international venues, including for the OECD, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and TedX. He is also regular contributor to CBC Radio Syndication and his first book, “Finding Our Niche”, will be released in the fall 2020 by Fernwood Publishing.