Sally Rudd


Sally focuses on supporting groups in collaborative decision making and analysis.

Sally has over 10-years of experience working in public policy, with a particular interest in sustainability decision making to balance economic, environmental and social outcomes for society. At Compass, Sally applies decision analysis and facilitation methods to assist groups in making informed and defensible decisions.  She has worked with all types of groups, including multi-stakeholder groups, inter-governmental groups, and technical working groups, and has worked in a wide range of fields, including water management, land management, environmental assessment, climate change, endangered species recovery and public transportation.  She has a multi-disciplinary background in public policy, economics, environmental science, and decision science.

Sally has a Master’s Degree in Resource and Environmental Management from Simon Fraser University.

What is something that most people don’t know about you?

Despite mostly playing with folk music groups, I can actually play a pretty mean electric guitar solo.

How did you come to work at Compass?

I was interested in working for government, academia, the private and the not-for-profit sector – Compass allows me to work for all of these sectors simultaneously.

Describe what you do in five words or less.

Facilitate dialogue for better decisions.

What have you learned through working for Compass?

The power of asking “why?” for uncovering what really matters to people.

Why do you do what you do?

Growing up, I spent every summer at the Experimental Lakes Area near Kenora, Ontario, where my parents, and many other scientists, conducted world‑renowned research on fresh water ecosystems.  This experience has left me with a deep appreciation for the value of environmental science and has driven my pursuit to work in areas that bridge the worlds of science and policy.

Do you have a role model?

Duff Roblin, the Premier of Manitoba who built the Red River Floodway around Winnipeg. When Roblin first came out in support of building the Floodway, he was severely criticized by those who thought it would be too expensive. But Roblin saw the value of the project for future generations.  In 1997, my house, and thousands of others, were saved from being flooded by the Red River.

What truly blows your mind?

Midnight Sun on the Yukon River.