Dr. Terri MacDonald is the Director of Applied Research & Innovation at Selkirk College. As the senior administrator responsible for the operations of the RDI, the Selkirk Geospatial Research Centre, and faculty research, Terri provides oversight for over $2 million in research and innovation projects undertaken at Selkirk College annually.
Sharon Stoddart has had a history of working in Chartered Accountant firms ending that career as an Insolvency Administrator with KPMG in Vancouver. Moving from the Lower Mainland to the interior, she joined the staff of Kootenay School of the Arts as the Marketing Coordinator responsible for school and program marketing, recruitment, events, alumni relations and extension programming. Sharon later spent many years as the Program Marketing Coordinator with Selkirk College’s Communications and Development Department, providing marketing support to over 70 programs within the college. Today, Sharon looks forward to new challenges with CBRDI as the Coordinator of Projects and Communications.
Lauren Rethoret – Researcher: Water; air quality; climate; infrastructure; housing; demographics; research advisory and data provision services. Lauren Rethoret is a full-time researcher with the RDI, working primarily in the environmental and economic pillars. She holds a Master’s degree in Resource and Environmental Management (with a specialisation in land use planning) from Simon Fraser University and a Bachelor’s degree in Geography (with a specialisation in globalisation, society and the environment) from Carleton University. Lauren’s research interests include community-based resource management, landscape level planning, public policy in rural areas and sustainable infrastructure management. She has worked and studied in Columbia Basin rural development issues since 2008.
David Greaves - Faculty/Research Assistant: economic development; workforce; business retention & explansion; demographics; GIS. David has a Bachelor's degree in Geographic Information Systems, and a diploma in Recreation, Fish, and Wildlife from Selkirk College. He has proven experience in public relations, facility management, and a unique ability to apply technology to business processes. His research interests include remote sensing, UAVs, food security, and sustainable rural development. David also serves as team support for the Rural Policy Learning Common's Natural Resource Development Network.
Jayme Jones - Faculty/Research Assistant Jayme has a passion for sustainability and engaging others to build resilient communities. Jayme is a natural facilitator, project manager, and communicator. She loves being in roles bringing people together to address complex issues. Her key interests are water governance and climate change, recognizing the importance of balancing the environment with economic, social, and cultural considerations. Jayme's educational background includes a Diploma in Integrated Environmental Planning from Selkirk College, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Management and a Master of Art's Degree in Environment and Management. Her master's thesis examined community action on climate change and the role of Columbia Basin Trust. Jayme has previously worked in government, industry, and non-profit sectors. She is a committed volunteer with a long history of participation on many Advisory Committees, Executives, and Boards. Some examples include the Columbia Basin Trust's Environmental Advisory Committee and the Province of BC's Columbia Basin Regional Advisory Committee (CBRAC). The purpose of her role on CBRAC is to advise on issues related to the Columbia River Treaty. When Jayme is not busy with work or volunteering, you will find her skiing, crafting, singing, or exploring with her husband and two young kids.
Aside from the RIC, the RDI employs a team of part-time research staff (1.6 full-time equivalents).
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