I grew up in Penticton, British Columbia, and received a bachelor’s in Economics from Brigham Young University – Idaho in 2014. A year later I started a master’s program with the University of Alberta’s Department of Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology studying Resource Economics. I am at the end of my second year, working on completing my thesis.
For my thesis project, funded by ReSDA, Dr. Bruno Wichmann, Dr. Brenda Parlee, and I are working with the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation (IRC) to better understand issues related to sustainability and wellbeing in the North. I had the opportunity to work in the Inuvialuit Settlement Region with the IRC on this project during the summer of 2016.
The first component of this project is the creation of a welfare model to monitor socio-economic indicators for the IRC. This model will use a system of interrelated equations to analyze how a change in one indicator will affect another. This will help the IRC more effectively work towards sustainability in their communities.
The second component of this project uses quantitative methods with a large data file from multiple Government of Canada sources to analyze the effects of mines on the number of alcoholic drinks individuals consume. We find a positive relationship between mines and alcohol consumption; individuals closest to mines consume the most additional alcoholic drinks and the effect decreases as individuals get farther from mines. We add to the literature on the effects of mining by providing quantitative evidence on how mines affect alcohol consumption in Northern Canada.
Department of Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology
University of Alberta