Rodd Laing - Director of Environment, Nunatsiavut Government

Rodd Laing

Director of Environment, Nunatsiavut Government


Rodd was born and raised in rural southern Alberta. He spent most of his childhood outdoors playing sports, camping, and exploring the Rocky Mountains with his family and friends. Upon graduating high school, he moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia to attend Dalhousie University. Rodd earned an Honours Bachelor of Science in Biology from Dalhousie University and began working in the Arctic in 2008, while working on graduate work at the University of Manitoba. In 2010, while working at Trent University, Rodd centred his research in the Nunatsiavut region, and in 2012, moved to Nain to begin working with the Nunatsiavut Government.

Rodd has worked for the Nunatsiavut Government for the past eleven years and is based in Nain, Nunatsiavut. He currently manages a large variety of research programs that use science and traditional knowledge to better understand terrestrial and marine ecosystems, sea ice, and the impacts of climate change on the health and well-being of Inuit. Rodd oversees research that operates out of the Nunatsiavut Research Centre in Nain and the Torngat Mountains Basecamp and Research Station, and is helping to lead the development of the Imappivut Marine Plan and the Nunatsiavut Climate Change Strategy. When not working, you will find Rodd hiking, running, or travelling.