Leslie King

Prof. Leslie King is program head of the Master of Arts and Master of Science in Environmental Practice programs and the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science in Environmental Practice programs at Royal Roads University. She directs the Canadian Centre for Environmental Education in partnership with ECO Canada.

She holds degrees from the University of British Columbia, York University, University of Toronto and the London School of Economics. King was faculty at the University of Vermont, the Founding Chair of Environment at the University of Northern British Columbia, Founding Dean of the Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth and Resources at the University of Manitoba and Vice President Academic at Vancouver Island University.

She has developed environmental programs in Canada, the U.S. and Africa. Her research sites are primarily in Africa and the Arctic as well as in Indigenous and local communities in North America. She has supervised scores of graduate students and takes delight in involving her students in her applied research and bringing research findings into the classroom and community.

Recent research projects include Meeting the Climate Change Challenge (MC3), Protected Areas and Poverty Reduction in Africa and Canada, Arctic Climate Predictions: Pathways to Sustainable Resilient Societies (ARCPATH), Northern Knowledge for Resilience, Sustainable Environments and Adaptation in Coastal Communities in the Circumpolar Arctic (NORSEACC) and Clam Gardens in BC: Eco-cultural Restoration.

King also serves on the boards of several environmental, arts and humanitarian organizations and as Chair for the Swedish Research Council.


Astrid Ogilvie

Astrid Ogilvie is a climate and environmental historian and human ecologist. Her overarching career goal is to build bridges between the humanities and the natural sciences in order to foster interdisciplinary cross-fertilization. Her wide-ranging research interests include the human ecology of Arctic and Subarctic regions; the environmental, social, and human history of countries bordering the North Atlantic, in particular Norway, Iceland, Greenland, and Labrador/Newfoundland; studies of sustainability and adaptability in Norway, Iceland and Canada; changing seasonality in the Arctic; the historical climatology of northern Europe and especially Iceland; the reconstruction of variations in the incidence of sea ice off the coasts of Iceland, Newfoundland/Labrador, the Greenland Sea and the Barents Sea; the impact of climate on societies (human dimensions); human and social dynamics in the context of climatic and environmental changes; syntheses of proxy climate records; North Atlantic fisheries history; the Viking period; the medieval literature of Iceland; and the analysis of primary historical texts in English, Icelandic, Norwegian, Swedish and Danish.

Although her career has primarily involved research, she developed and taught a course in the Department of Anthropology entitled “North Atlantic Peoples and Cultures.” Her service activities have included being on the board of ARCUS for two terms. She is the author of some 100 scientific papers and two edited books, and is currently writing a book on documentary records of climate change.


Walter Lepore

Walter Lepore is a Post-Doctoral researcher at Royal Roads University, School of Environment and Sustainability. He holds a PhD from the School of Public Administration at the University of Victoria (Canada), a Master in Public Administration and Policy (CIDE, Mexico), and a B.A. in Economics (UTDT, Argentina). He has more than 13 years of experience on the full range of the research life cycle, conducting high quality, multidisciplinary research on different topics related to the public sector and government organizations, and on issues of social and ecological sustainability, network-based governance, multi-stakeholder engagement, and community-university research partnerships. He has published over 30 scholarly essays in peer reviewed journals or as book chapters; co-authored a book on performance evaluation in the public sector and a research training guide for practitioners; and co-edited another book on capacity development in participatory research in higher education institutions and community organizations.

As an independent consultant, Walter has participated in more than 20 policy evaluation and consultancy projects requested by government agencies, arm’s length corporations, non-profit organizations, and international agencies.

Walter has worked as the project and research coordinator with the UNESCO Chair in Community-Based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education since 2014. He is also a certified mentor of the Salish Sea Hub, part of the Knowledge for Change (K4C) International Consortium, which offers training in community-based participatory research to university students, practitioners and local community organizations.



Craig Axford is a Royal Roads student completing an MA in Environment and Management. Prior to coming to Royal Roads, Craig earned bachelor’s degrees in both anthropology and environmental studies from the University of Victoria.

Before moving to Canada in 2010, Craig worked in the United States for the Democratic National Committee as a party organizer, as the program director for an environmental non-profit focused on national forest protection, as a campaign manager for an effort to defeat restrictions on wildlife related ballot initiatives in Utah, and as the founder and director of a non-profit dedicated to predator conservation. Craig has also served as the President of the Board of the First Unitarian Church of Salt Lake City and was a Green Party candidate for Congress in 2002.

Craig is currently working on his master’s thesis, a case study of the T’Sou-ke First Nation’s use of traditional ecological knowledge and science in governance. This study will be completed in the fall of 2020.