"It is exciting to be a part of applied research at Selkirk College and I’m honoured to get to oversee research undertaken by the Columbia Basin Rural Development Institute,” says MacDonald. "Supporting the needs and priorities identified by our communities through the provision of timely information, applied research and related outreach and extension is important and rewarding work."
Dr. Terri MacDonald, PhD, Regional Innovation Chair
Terri MacDonald holds a PhD in Educational Studies from the University of British Columbia, an MA in Policy and Administration from the University of Calgary, and a BSc and BEd from Lakehead University.
She has worked for over 15 years in economic development across British Columbia, primarily in the Kootenay region. She is committed to rural communities and to strategic decision-making as a fundamental ingredient to planning for positive change.
As a former educator and owner of her own research consulting business, Terri is uniquely positioned to work with communities to improve decision-making capacity through applied research and innovation. Terri has worked closely with municipalities, Chambers of Commerce, Community Futures Development Corporations and economic development organizations in the areas of investment attraction and business expansion, community engagement, business succession planning, and the development of collaborative economic development partnerships.
Dr. MacDonald's research interests include workforce innovation in regional economic development; New Regionalism and place-based development, the role of capacity in regional socio-economic development; and the linkages between learning, innovation and rural resilience.