PhD Candidate & Research, University of Guelph
Originally from small-town Ontario, Valencia Gaspard is a PhD candidate, researcher, and sessional lecturer at the University of Guelph’s School of Environmental Design and Rural Development. Valencia’s respect for rural communities is the driving force behind her current work which is dedicated to better understanding the impacts of precarious employment in rural Ontario.
Valencia is an Executive Board Member at the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation, network lead at the Rural Policy Learning Commons, and OpenCon alum.
Outside of academia, Valencia can be found engaging with her local neighbourhood support coalition, cooking with seasonal ingredients, and adventuring outside.
Valencia holds a BHSc from Western University and an MSc in Rural Planning and Development from the University of Guelph.