Our Team

Laura S. Lynes, LLM

Laura S. Lynes, LLM

President/CEO

Laura is the co-founder of The Resilience Institute. She holds a master of law with distinction in climate change law & policy and a master degree in intercultural and international communications. 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.

Dr. Shawn Marshal

Dr. Shawn Marshal

Board Chair

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.

Dr. Barrie R. Nault

Dr. Barrie R. Nault

Vice Board Chair

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. Andy Dobson

Dr. Andy Dobson

Board Member

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.

Therese Greenwood, MA

Therese Greenwood, MA

Board Member

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. David Sauchyn

Dr. David Sauchyn

Board Member

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.

Brooklyn Rushton

Brooklyn Rushton

Knowledge Mobilization, Student Intern

Brooklyn is currently a PhD student at the University of Waterloo. For most of her life she was focused on being a veterinarian as she always had a passion for helping animals and humans. However, as she began to learn more about climate change and its global impacts, she shifted gears, now focusing her efforts on climate change. Her passion lies in local mitigation and adaptation actions to make communities more resilient to the uncertain future. Formerly, Brooklyn studied Wildlife Biology & Conservation at the University of Guelph, which sparked her interest in the use of nature-based solutions for climate change mitigation and adaptation. In her work Brooklyn is interested in helping weave Indigenous and scientific knowledge into climate action and resiliency building. While Brooklyn is relatively new to the field of climate change, she is a keen learner and is looking forward to contributing to the work of The Resilience Institute. 

Dr. Cynthia Lane

Dr. Cynthia Lane

Ecologist

Dr. Cynthia Lane is a Conservation Biologist known for her ability to integrate scientific information with community wisdom and wishes to address complex environmental challenges. She has a broad background in conservation science including, plant ecology and restoration, forest and insect ecology, landscape ecology and planning, horticulture, silviculture, and monitoring systems design. She has worked on projects throughout Northwestern Canada and the Midwestern U.S., as well as tropical and subtropical regions including Florida, Panama and Puerto Rico. In addition to working on ecological projects in remote locations, Dr. Lane has developed innovative GIS-based tools to inform urban and landscape planning efforts.

Elliot Fox

Elliot Fox

Indigenous Community Liaison

Elliot is a member of the Kainai (Blood Tribe) First Nation (Blackfoot Confederacy) who has worked in the field of natural resource conservation in southwest Alberta for the past 27 years as a fish, wildlife, forestry, rangeland and climate adaptation technician, and as a land manager with the Kainai  and Piikani First Nations. Elliot is a graduate of the Renewable Resource Management (Environmental Science) Program at Lethbridge College.  Elliot is also a member of the Kainai Ecosystem Protection Association (KEPA) Steering Committee and the Kainai Iinnii (Bison) Rematriation Advisory team, who were instrumental in returning a cultural herd of Plains Bison to Kainai lands in February 2021, after a 140-year absence. Elliot is also working as the Assistant Project Manager for the Blackfoot Confederacy Native Trout Recovery Project as a technician/consultant. Elliot is deeply concerned about global warming and is working with TRI and Alberta Indigenous communities to facilitate the development and implementation of local action plans to prepare to address climate change and adaptation, utilizing Traditional Indigenous Ecological Knowledge combined with the best western science. Elliot enjoys spending his leisure time with family, hiking, biking, fishing, hunting, camping and eating great food in and around the Rocky Mountains and Blackfoot Territory.

Eli Panning-Osendarp

Eli Panning-Osendarp

Programming & Logistics Coordinator

Eli has a background in social science with experience in research and project management. He graduated in 2017 with a bachelors degree in human geography from the University of British Columbia. Since graduation, Eli led the development of a Vital Signs report for the Banff Canmore Community Foundation (2019). The report provided a snapshot of numerous biocultural indicators to judge the overall wellbeing of the Bow Valley – a mountain community in Canada. Eli has received training related to advancing Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation goals and in climate change adaptation and project management.

Amica Antonelli, MEDes

Amica Antonelli, MEDes

Resilience Team

Amica has a Master’s Degree in Environmental Design and twenty years of experience in the fields of resource management and community planning. She is passionate about progressive approaches to sustainable community development, sustainable agriculture, and ecological restoration. She has worked on resource management projects in British Columbia, Alberta, and South Africa. Amica’s current work focuses on climate change adaptation and green building.

Advisors

Kansie Fox

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

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. 

Nikolaus Demiantschuk

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 Jones

Alberta, Canada

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.

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.

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