Sally Rudd, MRM, is an Associate at Compass with nine years of experience in the policy development and resource management sectors, encompassing experience as a policy analyst and facilitator for a range of groups and processes addressing both technical and strategic issues. She is a skilled facilitator, with experience in the design and implementation of collaborative decision making processes, and with a wide breath of knowledge and practice in the many disciplines that are relevant to resource management (biological sciences, economics, governance, public policy). Prior to joining Compass, Sally worked with Environment Canada in Aboriginal and Stakeholder Affairs, where she specialized in public participation and aboriginal consultation and governance. Sally has a Master's Degree in Resource and Environmental Management from Simon Fraser University.
At Compass, she is combining her skills in stakeholder engagement and quantitative modeling to apply Structured Decision Making techniques to energy and water planning and policy.
What is something that most people don’t know about you?
Despite mostly playing with folk music groups, I can actually play a pretty mean electric guitar solo.
How did you come to work at Compass?
I was interested in working for government, academia, the private and the not-for-profit sector – Compass allows me to work for all of these sectors simultaneously.
Describe what you do in five words or less.
Facilitate dialogue for better decisions.
What have you learned through working for Compass?
The power of asking “why?” for uncovering what really matters to people.
Why do you do what you do?
Growing up, I spent every summer at the Experimental Lakes Area near Kenora, Ontario, where my parents, and many other scientists, conducted world‑renowned research on fresh water ecosystems. This experience has left me with a deep appreciation for the value of environmental science and has driven my pursuit to work in areas that bridge the worlds of science and policy.
Do you have a role model?
Duff Roblin, the Premier of Manitoba who built the Red River Floodway around Winnipeg. When Roblin first came out in support of building the Floodway, he was severely criticized by those who thought it would be too expensive. But Roblin saw the value of the project for future generations. In 1997, my house, and thousands of others, were saved from being flooded by the Red River.
What truly blows your mind?
Midnight Sun on the Yukon River.