Staff & Associates
Laura S. Lynes, M.A., L.L.M
Laura is the co-founder and president of The Rockies Institute (TRI) where she also leads resilience and adaptation planning projects. 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. 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.
Jennifer Feikes, P.h.D, CPA, CGA
VP Finance & Operations
As a designated professional account, 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.
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.
Karen Barkley B.SW
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 Rockies 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.
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.
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.
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.