A State of Wild
A State of Wild
 Sitting out a rain storm without end (until we could sit no more) along the Powell Forest Canoe Route.

Sitting out a rain storm without end (until we could sit no more) along the Powell Forest Canoe Route.

Rumon grew up with a forest for a backyard.  First in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island and later in Prince George in British Columbia’s Central Interior, Rumon had the formative benefit of access to nature at his dirt-encrusted fingertips.  Times spent in the woods, waterways and mountains of his youth – playing, competing as a high performance endurance athlete, exploring – instilled a wonder and an ethic that has guided him throughout his adult life. 

Trained first as a wildlife biologist (B.Sc., University of Northern British Columbia, 1999), Rumon worked in a variety of research settings before his ultimate position as a research toxicologist studying contaminants in avifauna in and around the tar sands north of Fort McMurray.  Faced there with a scope of human environmental impact previously beyond his comprehension, it was there that Rumon concluded his best affect on sustainability could be had outside the field and laboratory and instead through avenues of more direct social impact.  To that end, following completing a degree in law (LL.B., University of Victoria, 2007), Rumon practiced for the BC provincial government, working in the Ministries of Attorney General (now Justice), Health, and (former) Healthy Living & Sport.  He spent his longest tenure in government with the Office of the Premier, working as a Special Advisor and later Director of Collaboration & Change. 

During his time in government, Rumon had the privilege of working on a variety of matters of public interest, including the drafting of the B.C. government’s groundbreaking greenhouse gas reduction legislation.  While with the Premier’s Office he helped spearhead efforts to enhance internal-to-government collaboration, evidence-informed decision-making and government-citizen engagement as well as bridging his personal and professional pursuits working with the government’s contingent to the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games.  Rumon’s final government position saw him working with the agency tasked with maximizing post-Games healthy-living outcomes across the province.

An entrepreneur at heart, Rumon left government in early 2011 to pursue more independently his interests in health, outdoor activity and environmental sustainability.  Through his company, Route 2 Projects, he supports progressive individuals and organizations in pursuing their business and creative goals via strategic and communications consulting and visual communications production.

While not at work, Rumon continues to spend as much time as possible in his “backyard,” pursuing adventure and advocating for the outdoors through his actions, exploring the forests, mountains and seas of Vancouver Island and beyond; and through the stories he tells, with a camera, with a pen and with his spoken words. Today, his motivation to model sustainable behaviours and advocate for a sustainable future has become heightened, to his great joy, by the presence in his life of three amazing ladies, to two of whom he envisions leaving behind a world at least as rich in opportunity and natural diversity as the one into which he was born. The bulk of that work, that exploring, and that storytelling he does with the girls' mother, and his love, Jennie, who's typically found a few steps up the trail in front of him.

Read Jennie's profile here; find out more of what we're about as a team via our story

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