Wednesday, October 27, 2010

40 after 40: Greg Halseth


When Greg Halseth came to Douglas College in 1978, he didn’t have a clear idea of what he wanted to pursue. But during his first year he developed a strong interest in both community development, and the relationships between communities and the natural landscapes in which they are set. At the end of that year he decided to major in Geography and then took courses to fulfill the requirements to transfer to UBC.

After graduation, Greg spent four years as a regional planner with the Regional District of Fraser-Cheam (now part of the Regional District of the Fraser Valley). He then returned to school to do his MA and PhD at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, before returning to BC to do post-doctoral studies in Geography at SFU and with the university’s Community Economic Development Centre.


Today, Greg is a professor in the Geography Program at the University of Northern British Columbia, in Prince George, where he’s been since 1994. He’s also the Canada Research Chair in Rural and Small Town Studies as well as the Director of UNBC’s Community Development Institute.

“My years at Douglas were really the foundation for the trajectory that built towards my career,” Greg says. “When I entered Douglas I really had no intention of going very far with my studies, and I certainly did not imagine a career in academia or as a researcher. Douglas opened these opportunities for me and let me see a world that I really had no idea existed.”

40 after 40 is a series showcasing our amazing grads and employees in celebration of our 40th anniversary. Check back every Wednesday and Friday for another inspiring story. See more about our 40th on our Anniversary page.