Guillaume Peterson St-Laurent

PhD Candidate


I am a Ph.D. Candidate at the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability, a Liu Scholar and a SSHRC fellow (Joseph-Armand Bombardier Doctoral award) supervised by Dr. Georges Hoberg. My PhD thesis is part of a larger research project supported by the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS) with the foremost objective to generate recommendations for regionally-differentiated climate change mitigation scenarios for BC’s Forest Sector. In particular, my study will shed new light on the public acceptability and the advantages and issues associated with existing and prospective climate change mitigation options and policies in BC’s forest sector.

In addition to my main research project, I am working on side projects related to 1) territorial governance in the context of mining projects and their impact on local and indigenous communities both in Canada and Latin America, and 2) how cumulative impacts are addressed in environmental impacts assessments.

I hold a M.Sc. and a B.Sc. from McGill University as well as a Diploma of Higher Specialist Studies in management and Sustainable Development from HEC Montréal. My Master thesis, supervised by Dr. Catherine Potvin at Mcgill university and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, focused on the implementation of REDD+ in eastern Panama, a specific study site that represents an archetype of colonization at the agriculture frontier. Previously to starting my Ph.D., I also had the chance to unite my passion for outdoor activities and conservation of our natural heritage with my professional life by working as a conservation project manager for the Quebec Chapter of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS).