About Michelle Laurie

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Michelle Laurie

Do you have a great idea and need help turning it into a sustainable project or program? Do you find there is simply so much happening, it’s hard to mobilize your team in a common direction? Are you looking to set up or invigorate a knowledge partnership, network or collaborative endeavour?  My specialty is helping groups and organizations take action to bring about positive change in the world. I bring creativity, knowledge sharing and learning as well as over twenty years of expertise in sustainability. As we move to online work due to COVID-19, my practice and support is also shifting online!

My work typically falls within strategic planning, monitoring and evaluation, facilitation and engagement as well as research and writing upon request. I am an experienced communicator and facilitator and host training workshops on this topic for others. My expertise spans several countries  (18 thus far) and has been gained by working with entrepreneurial start-ups and the private sector, non-governmental organizations, development organizations and governments at all levels. I hold a Masters degree in Environment and Development with distinction from the London School of Economics in the United Kingdom and a BSc in Geography from the University of Victoria, B.C. in Canada. For over a decade, I have been working as an independent consultant from a home office in Canada (and sometimes abroad). Recently I was hired as the facilitation lead for the City of Trail’s (BC, Canada) Health and Environment Committee where I support a multistakeholder partnership promote a healthy community.

I am keen to work with new clients so contact me with your idea!

I have had the pleasure to work with the following organizations since I started consulting in April 2007 :


  • Asian Development Bank (ADB)
  • Evalnet (International Evaluation Consultancy)
  • International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD)
  • International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
  • International Forum for Rural Transportation and Development (IFRTD)
  • International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD Associate as of May 2013)
  • International Research Exchange (IREX)
  • United Nation’s Development Programme Energy and Environment Unit (UNDP)
  • United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
  • UN World Food Programme (WFP)
  • Canadian Water Network
  • Carleton University
  • Engineers Canada
  • Environment Canada – Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Programme
  • Geosoft Inc.
  • Ministry of Agriculture (Alberta)
Regional (British Columbia)
  • BC Hydro
  • BCcampus
  • Central Kootenay Invasive Plant Committee
  • City of Castlegar
  • City of Nelson
  • City of Trail
  • College of the Rockies
  • Columbia Basin Trust
  • Columbia Basin Watershed Network
  • Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program
  • Compass Resource Management
  • District of Saanich (Stantec subconsultant)
  • First Nations Environmental Assessment Technical Working Group (FNEATWG)
  • First Nation’s Health Authority (Northern BC)
  • Kootenay Association for Science and Technology
  • Kootenay Boundary Community Services Co-operative
  • Kootenay Family Place
  • Selkirk College
  • Slocan Lake Stewardship Society
  • Teck
  • Think Bright Environmental Innovations
  • Town of Golden
  • University of British Columbia
  • University of Northern British Columbia

When not working, I can be found riding my bike, skiing, and enjoying time with my family in the beautiful community I live in.

Download my CV

Contact me:

e: michelle.k.laurie (@) gmail.com


18 responses to “About Michelle Laurie

  1. Dan L

    ML– just discovered this via Facebook, very cool, keep it up! Now I know a blogger, sweet…–DL

  2. Laurel

    Michelle – this is wonderful. I look forward to having the time for a long, satisfying read of all you’ve written here. And the photography is stunning!

  3. Calvin Cheng

    Very cool.

    I think you were out the night that I came by with Derek and my wife Sandee to visit Stewart (this was last week).

    Anyway, great blog!

  4. Erik Mjanes

    Hey Michelle!

    it’s erik – the power of google led me here.
    it makes me smile to see all these beautiful shots… you are in your element – living, learning, teaching… and fresh tracks.

    I want to write you a giant email – what’s your email address these days?

    talk soon,
    take care


  5. Jim Duncan

    Great site.

    I’m wondering if this will appear online immediately, or if it needs to be approved by Michelle.


  6. Francois

    I was just reading the letter you sent to rosslandbc.org. Interesting to see the names of the people at the bottom.
    Always the same wankers.
    You guys are pathetic.

  7. Michelle

    Thanks to everyone for their comments and encouragement with the blog. It’s an opportunity to reflect and learn from what I am doing as well as comment on what is happening in the world around me. I aim to stimulate discussion, debate and thoughtfulness.

  8. john

    Hi Michelle…still owe you a long email, but conversation would always be best. Nice to see your picture and hope that all is well. I’m still an energized biped. And had a great field season on Banks last summer..7 weeks in a tent! Joy and peace. John

  9. I really like what you’ve done with your blog! Looking forward to seeing you this Thursday.


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  13. Wow that was strange. I just wrote an incredibly
    long comment but after I clicked submit my comment
    didn’t show up. Grrrr… well I’m not writing all that over again.

    Anyway, just wanted to say fantastic blog!

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  16. Rhonda Shears

    Hi Michelle,
    I am wondering if you are running a graphic facilitation workshop again in Rossland in 2019?
    If so, can you put me on the list?
    Thanks very much!
    Rhonda Shears

    • Michelle Laurie

      Hi Rhonda, Yes I am planning a workshop for June 2019. Please send me your email so I can keep you up to date. How did you hear about the workshop? michelle.k.laurie(@)gmail.com – thanks!

      • Michelle Laurie

        Hi Rhonda, Dates confirmed for my next Rossland workshop – July 11-12, 2019 at the Josie Hotel! Should be amazing! Contact me for more information. Thank you for your interest, Michelle

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