Technical Manager, SUMM Ethiopia (on maternity leave)
Abigail Cruickshank is the Technical Manager for the Global Affairs Canada funded ‘Supporting the Ministry of Mines in Ethiopia’ (SUMM Ethiopia) project at UBC’s Canadian International Resources and Development Institute.
She is committed to environmental resilience, social and ethical responsibility, and community development. She holds an interdisciplinary background which provides a solid foundation for understanding the complexities of sustainability and working with stakeholders to design plans and frameworks to maximize benefits and minimize adverse effects. Abigail has worked with governments, private and public-sector clients, financial institutions, communities and indigenous peoples from a variety of cultural settings and has in-country experience working in Indonesia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Cambodia, Kenya, Botswana, South Africa, Ethiopia and Canada.
Her technical expertise include environmental and social performance assessments, impact assessments, gender-sensitive planning and management, applied social research, monitoring and evaluation, and capacity building and training. Abigail has prepared impact assessments and sustainability action plans for a range of projects including urban and rural planning, international development, renewable energy, climate change adaptation, environmental governance, conservation (forestry and water resources), and extractive sector environmental and community management.
Her professional experience includes seven years with Hatfield Consultants in Indonesia and Canada and supporting their Mekong (based on Vientiane, Lao PDR) and Botswana offices. During this time, Abigail managed and served as a technical lead for several environmental and social projects. She also has experience as a Research Analyst with the British Columbia Conservation Foundation and worked with the International Development Research Centre’s Rural Poverty and Environment and Climate Change Adaptation in Africa Programs.
Abigail has a BSc (Hons) in Physical Geography from Simon Fraser University and a Master of Environmental Studies from York University.