Research Team


The Burin Peninsula Rural Secretariat region covers the area south of, but not including, Swift Current encompassing the entire Burin Peninsula. Comprised of 39 communities the population of the Burin Peninsula is estimated to be 20,962 in 2009, or about 4.1% of the total provincial population. The Burin Peninsula is a region steeped in rich history, culture and tradition.

Following an open nomination process, a Regional Council to represent the Burin Peninsula was established and presently consists of 10 individuals from around the region with varying backgrounds and interests from larger and smaller communities. Members of the Council have a variety of backgrounds that include municipal government, small business, education (secondary and post-secondary), economic development, tourism, culture, youth issues, labour market issues, and our social environment. The Council meets a minimum of four times a year and is supported by a Regional Partnership Planner, Greg Dominaux, whose office is located in Burin.

PhD Candidate, Department of Geography, Memorial University

Originally from rural Manitoba, Ryan Gibson has a deep intrigue and respect for rural communities, rural people, and the events that shape their futures. Over the past ten years Ryan has been engaged in research projects and community development processes focused on new forms of governance, regional collaboration, cooperatives, rural philanthropy, rural revitalization, and immigration and migration.

Ryan serves as a board member with the Canadian Community Economic Development Network and the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation. Ryan is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Geography at Memorial University and holds an appointment as a Research Affiliate with the Rural Development Institute at Brandon University (Manitoba).

Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, Memorial University

Dr.  Vodden is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography at Memorial University. She also serves as a research associate and advisor to  Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador (MNL) and as a board member with the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation. Kelly’s research and publications relate to sustainable community and regional development, with a focus on rural, coastal, often natural resource-dependent communities. Her recent publications include the co-authored book Second Growth: Community Economic Development in Rural and Small Town British Columbia, along with numerous other book chapters, journal articles, and reports.


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