Staff & Associates
Laura S. Lynes, M.A., L.L.M
Laura is the co-founder and President of The Resilience Institute (TRI) in Canada. She holds a master of law with distinction in climate change law & policy, a master degree in intercultural and international communications, and is a graduate of the Oxford Adaptation Academy. Formerly she was the director of government relations and head of applied research at a specialized post-secondary institute. She is a National Rapporteur for the Climate Change Litigation Initiative (C2LI), an alumna of the US State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) and, a Focal Point of the UNFCCC Nairobi Work Programme. Awards include the Dean’s Excellence Award at Strathclyde University Law School and the American Sociological Association’s Jane Goodall Fellowship for her work on perceptions on inclusion of large carnivores in communities.
Jennifer Feikes, P.h.D, CPA, CGA
VP Finance & Operations
As a designated professional accountant, Jen brings a wealth of experience in finance, planning, and operations, primarily in the not-for-profit and public sectors, to her role at TRI. As a senior finance consultant and manager, Jen has supported numerous organizations in the Bow Valley over the past 15+ years. Specific areas of expertise include: business and accounting operations, grant and project management, financial planning and reporting, performance management, governance, and risk management. Jen also holds a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University and a PhD from Oxford University in Engineering Science in the field of biomechanics. The breadth of her background and worldwide experience has helped Jen develop an analytical, yet holistic and cross-disciplinary approach in all aspects of her work. Results-oriented and values-driven, she is passionate about leveraging her skills to help TRI grow and flourish to become a global leader in the realm of climate adaptation.
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.
Karl Van Orsdol, Ph.D
Senior Climate Change Fellow
Climate change and resilience specialist with extensive experience in climate change and business risks and opportunities. Award winner for innovative resilience programs, community outreach, team building and service delivery. Technical expertise in environmental impact assessment, integrating development planning, climate adaptation and mitigation assessments, financial incentives, economic impact assessment, sustainability management systems and community and stakeholder training. Team leader on projects funded by World Bank, USAID, African Development Bank and Asian Development Bank.
Karen Barkley B.SW
Adaptation - Local Communities
Karen has a long history of project management and administration experience. She has managed international development projects in Nepal and Nigeria, climate change project for the University of Calgary, and theatre and dance programs – including her own dance company. Karen has a Bachelor of Social Work, Arts Admin Diploma, and post graduate courses in Climate Change and Environmental Management from the University of London, UK. She is thrilled to bring her passion and experience to her role as Project Lead for The Resilience Institute. When not in front of her computer trying to save the planet one email at a time, you can find her hiking and skiing in the Canadian Rockies with her dog Dorje.
Richard Boyd, Ph.D
Richard is an environmental economist with 25 years of experience working on climate change issues in Canada, Europe, Asia and Africa, for municipal, state and national governments, banks, insurers and development agencies. His research interests include climate change risk assessment and economic decision-making methodologies, the use of economic instruments to reduce GHG emissions, and the socioeconomic analysis of climate impacts and projects, programs and policies to mitigate climate risks.
Brooklyn is currently at student at the University of Waterloo in the Master of Climate Change program. 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 their 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 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.
Jeff Zukiwsky, M.R.M
Jeff is a professional planner and project manager with 10 years’ experience in climate change adaptation. During this time, he supported the development and implementation of climate adaptation strategies at the local and provincial levels, and provided policy evaluation expertise to various agencies. At the Federal level, Jeff has completed several projects under Natural Resource Canada’s Climate Adaptation Platform, including the development of national policy guidelines for Climate Change Adaptation in Canadian Water Resource Management, and more recently, the development of a Climate Adaptation State of Play Report for Canada’s Energy Sector. Provincial, he worked with the Province of Alberta for several years supporting the prioritization of climate change risks, and development of Departmental adaptation action plans. At the community level, Jeff has worked with over 30 municipalities in BC and Alberta, developing and implementing climate risk assessments and climate adaptation action plans.