Our Team

Our Team

Research Team

Lauren Rethoret - RDI Coordinator and Environmental Lead


Lauren 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 center on the human dimensions of environmental well-being, including climate change adaptation, 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.

Jayme Jones - Social Lead


Jayme has a passion for sustainability and engaging others to build resilient communities. 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 education includes a Diploma in Integrated Environmental Planning from Selkirk College, a Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Management and a Master'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). When Jayme is not busy with work or volunteering, you will find her skiing, crafting, singing, or exploring with her husband and two kids.

Dr. Sarah-Patricia Breen - Regional Innovation Chair in Rural Economic Development