rural Futures

Our Associates

Michael McLaughlin (BScF, PhD): Project Lead, Economics

Michael McLaughlin

Dr. McLaughlin earned a Bachelor of Science in Forestry and Economics (Lakehead University) in 1977 and a Doctorate in Cross-cultural Studies
(University of Toronto) in 1995.

Michael draws on 32 years of experience in natural resource management, education, and community development. Michael moved to British Columbia in 1998, where he has worked with dozens of rural communities, primarily on economic development initiatives.

He has led several projects that include community and stakeholder consultation. As lead consultant he has managed projects involving economic and social analysis related to forestry, tourism, agriculture, transportation, renewable energy and land conservation.

Laurence A. G. Moss (MCP, PhD): Socio-Cultural & Political-Economic Strategies

Laurence Moss

Raised in western Canada, Dr. Moss has since lived and worked principally in Pacific Asia and western North America, and more recently in middle Europe. After receiving his undergraduate degree from the University of British Columbia, he undertook graduate studies at Keio University, Japan and University of California-Berkeley in cultural & economic change analysis, ecology and urban & regional planning.

In his professional work he has targeted cultural and environmental sustainability issues in socio-economic change, particularly the effects of amenity migration, tourism and technological change in mountain bioregions, always with the intent to assist clients to manage change. He is expert in multiple-scenario analysis and planning, emphasizing collaboration among stakeholders.

He has worked directly for local communities and regional and national bodies around the world, including Canada, the U.S.A., the Czech Republic, Viet Nam, and Indonesia. His clients include the Canadian International Development Agency, Danish Ministry of the Environment, Indonesian Ministry of the Environment, the UN Development Programme, World Tourist Organization, Alberta Dept. of Economic Development & Trade, Greater Trail Community Futures Corp. And in the private sector, Shell Canada, Robson Lapina, and United Technologies.

Romella S. Glorioso, (PhD): Community and Bioregion Planning

Laurence Moss

In her research and practice Dr. Glorioso focuses on sustaining the quality of life of smaller human communities in the context of healthy ecological systems, especially in mountainous regions. To these issues and opportunities, she brings a well-integrated multidisciplinary approach grounded in both her education and experience, along with substantial comparative global experience.

Dr. Glorioso was educated in the Philippines (B.Sc. geology, urban & regional planning) Thailand (M. Sc. environmental resources planning & management), Czech Republic (Ph.D. landscape ecology) and USA (GIS and transportation planning). She has considerable professional experience and achievement as a strategic and environmental analyst and planner in both poor and wealthy regions and countries. In this context she emphasizes strategic analysis, combining it where appropriate with a bioregional perspective.

During the past 19 years she has worked in natural resources and environmental analysis and planning, local and regional development analysis and sustainable community planning, agrarian reform and agricultural extension services and facilities, engineering geology, and environmental and cultural amenity-based change analysis, policy formulation and implementation.

Dr. Glorioso continues her work at the International Amenity Migration Centre, (Spokane, USA), and is also a Research Fellow at the Institute of Systems Biology & Ecology, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic (Ceske Budejovice, CZ).

Lee McFadyen: Sustainable Farming and Rural Living

Laurence Moss

Born in Australia, Lee grew up on her family's farm. She worked as a public health nurse (RN) in rural communities and immigrated to Canada in 1967. She moved to her current home, Mariposa Organic Farm in 1970.

Mariposa is one of B.C.’s pioneer organic farms, yearly hosting international students interested in sustainable agriculture and rural living. Lee has been involved in the development of organic standards in B.C. She taught a course on organic principles and practice at Okanagan College and continues to advise farmers throughout B.C. on organic methods and rural alternative living. Lee has sat on the Boards of various organizations, including The Land Conservancy of BC and the Certified Organic Associations of B.C.

At Rural Futures, Lee will lead our bio-region sustainable farming team. She has extensive involvement in food security planning, sustainable farming methods and has assisted establishment of food cooperatives in rural B.C. Her international experience includes participation in the South Asia Canada Dialogue on the Future of Agriculture, culminating in working with farmers and policy makers in India and Nepal.

Angelique Wood: Facilitator & Community Design

Angelique Wood

Angelique relocated to the Similkameen Valley from Vancouver, where she was involved in inner city art and gardening projects. Her personal interest in indigenous plants and gardening led her to the micro-climate of the semi-desert surrounding Hedley. She is championing development of a Hedley community garden.

Angelique brings a background in gallery curation, exhibition design and photography at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC, sales and marketing at the Inuit Gallery of Vancouver Ltd., and project development and coordination at the BC/Yukon Society of Transition Houses. Rural Futures prizes her sharp eye for detail, flow of ideas and empathetic facilitation skills that are part of her nature.

Since moving to the small community of Hedley, Angelique has become involved with the Hedley Heritage Museum Society and the Princeton and District Museum and Archives. She is a practicing fine artist with work in private collections worldwide, as well as a book in the Special Collections Library at the University of Washington.

Bob Hart: Re-use Industries

Bob Hart

Bob is one of those people that every community needs. He knows how everything works and can fix just about any thing. He is a journeyman automotive mechanic and electro mechanic and has training in plumbing, welding, hydraulics, schematic reading, mining, large equipment repair and operation and design-fabrication and installation of air, electrical, mechanical and hydraulic systems.

Most importantly from the Rural Futures point of view, he knows the value of materials and how to re-use them. Bob created the “East Princeton Mall,” a re-use depot which diverts 40% of “garbage” from the landfill. One could buy just about anything at the “Mall,” including used construction materials . . . until the Regional District contracted all landfills to one firm and the Mall was shut down.

Bob is on our Community Energy Descent Planning team. He assists communities to set up and operate re-use facilities. Bob will help communities to develop redundant materials recovery and use strategies. And, Bob advises on mini-energy generation projects.

Monty Horton (BSc.): Environmental Planning

Monty Horton

Operating independently through Valley Ventures Consulting, Monty brings to the team fourteen years of experience and expertise in planning and natural resource management field, both in the public and private sectors.

Monty is a planner and specializes in community and natural resource planning, parks & conservation areas, public recreation, tourism development, communications & public relations, and computer applications.

Monty has been consulting since 1998, and prior to that he worked for the Ministry of Forests in Recreation and Visual Landscape Management. He holds a B.Sc. in Natural Resource Management from the University of Northern BC, Prince George, BC, and a Diploma in Wildland Recreation Technology from Selkirk College, Castlegar, BC.

Eric Doherty (MA): Transportation, Land Use and Energy Planning

Alison Gardner

Eric is a transportation planning specialist, who also offers expertise in land use and energy planning. In his transportation and land use planning work Eric focuses on practical approaches for reducing energy use and greenhouse gas emissions, while improving the liveability of communities. He integrates diverse experience from community and regional planning, environmental consulting, and engineering.

Eric's education includes an MA from the UBC School of Community and Regional Planning where he specialized in transportation planning, a BA in Geography, and a 3rd Class Marine Engineer's certificate. His consulting experience includes providing technical assistance and project management for BC Hydro's Green Electricity Resources of BC map. He was also the lead author of the UBC Students Society's unique environmental sustainability strategy based on environmental footprint analysis, the Lighter Footprint Strategy.

A resident of Vancouver's first streetcar suburb, Grandview-Woodlands, Eric also spends part of each year working on an organic herb farm near 100 Mile House, BC. He has worked on a sustainable transportation project in Central America, and is on the board of the BC Sustainable Energy Association.

Alison Gardner: Sustainable Tourism

Alison Gardner

Alison is an alternative tourism specialist, focusing on marketing and product development for ecological, educational, cultural/historical and volunteer vacationing worldwide. An area of particular strength is in addressing the needs and interests of the older traveler [ages 45 to 80]. She combines 28 years of experience as a journalist, guidebook author, magazine editor and travel consultant, with ten years of small business/home business writing, editing and counseling.

Alison speaks to the practical realities of sustainable tourism development with always-fresh field experience and a clear appreciation of the challenges of the small-scale entrepreneur. Alison’s mission is to combine sound business directions with respectful, sustainable tourism practices that will become, in themselves, a marketable message.

For an introduction to Alison Gardner's globally-respected Travel with a Challenge web magazine, visit www.travelwithachallenge.com.  Specializing in ecological, educational, cultural/historical and volunteer vacations suitable for the mature travel market, the magazine attracts 942,000 readers in 157 countries. In 2000, Alison wrote a 575-page guidebook, Travel Unlimited: Uncommon Adventure for the Mature Traveler, that remains the bible for the powerful "mature" travel market around the world.  For her tourism consulting specialties, visit www.travelwithachallenge.com/Consulting.htm.

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