Board & Advisors

Board of Governors

Dr. Shawn Marshal

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

Laura S. Lynes

President, The Rockies Institute

Laura is the co-founder and President of The Rockies 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

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.

Therese Greenwood

Therese Greenwood

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

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

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.


Kansie Fox

Environmental Protection Manager, Blood Tribe Land Management

Bio to come.

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

Demiantschuk Partner, Demiantschuk, 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.

Rebecca Innes, ABCP

Deputy Director of Emergency Management/Emergency Management Coordinator

Rebecca is a Deputy Director of Emergency Management/Emergency Management Coordinator, and has experience working in Government Administration, and Private Industry. Rebecca understands the importance and need for a collaborative approach to disaster risk reduction, and resilience within public and private organizations before, during, and after a disaster. Rebecca has created comprehensive resilience programs that engage, inform and incorporate existing resources and tools within a region, in order to promote disaster risk reduction, recovery and resiliency. The development of emergency management and disaster risk reduction programs will improve government, community, and business resilience through education, engagement, utilizing existing resources and community capacity building.

In 2018, Rebecca received the Red Cross Partners in Humanity Award from the Canada Red Cross for her work with Rocky View County. Rebecca has an educational background in Emergency Management, Human Resources, Health and Safety and Disability Management.