Project Development Through Community Engagement

Operations Manager

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Robin Gosse, B.A. Psych (Grenfell)
Operations Manager, WNLDC

Born in Stephenville, NL, Robin Gosse has since lived in Port Aux Basques, Pasadena, Meadows, Corner Brook, Englee and most recently Roddickton-Bide Arm. He has never had a permanent address outside the region under the stewardship of the Western Newfoundland and Labrador Developers Cooperative. Married to Sarah, father of two staffordshires. He runs his own blog in what spare time he has, over at Widdershins Joinery.

Education:

  • Marine Institute – At-Sea Fishery Observation (2014)
  • Grenfell Campus, MUN – Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (2012)
  • Regina High School (2003)
  • College of the North Atlantic – Civil Engineering Technologist (Incomplete)
  • College of the North Atlantic – Computer Support Specialist (2005)

Interests:

Passionate about sustainability and food security specifically, Robin is focused on creating a safe, independent economy with a focus on permanent, non-invasive resource management. Particularly interested in closed-loop aquaponic greenhouses, his interest has proven an asset in his position, having been hired in October 2014.

Responsibilities:

As Operations Manager, Robin is responsible for the inception of research concepts and the drafting of proposals for future projects (and associated funding) for consideration by the Western NL Developers Cooperative. Determining market and logistical viability for potential projects by active communication with Government officials among non-profit groups, municipalities and the province of Newfoundland and Labrador is critical to his performance. The development and implementation of pilot projects to satisfy present/anticipated needs, oversight of project supervisors and teams across established and developing projects under his jurisdiction. Regular reporting of progress to the Board of Directors and effective transmission of board goals across the network of staff, volunteers and projects under their influence. He works from his home office with regular project site visits.

Fun Facts:

Robin is fond of trivia, once worked as a taxi driver in Corner Brook for 3 years, and purchased their first home with his wife in the sleepy town of Bide Arm on valentines day, 2014. He is a writer and rather fond of dystopian science fiction, and an advocate of off-grid intentional communities (ecovillages) as model for rural development. He has two brothers and his parents are retired, snowbirds.

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