George Penfold specializes in research, policy and program development and strategic solutions to development and change issues for regional and local communities and organizations. His experience in advanced education and research, community planning and development, facilitation and mediation, organizational development, community and regional economic development, and resources policy complements his academic background in civil engineering and resources management.
George was a faculty member at the University School or Rural Planning and Development at the University of Guelph from 1981 to 1995. From 1995 to 2006 he was a community planning and development consultant on Vancouver Island, BC. In that capacity he worked with private landowners, community organizations, local, regional and provincial governments and First Nations communities. From 2006 to 2011 he was Regional Innovation Chair in Rural Economic Development at Selkirk College in Castlegar B.C. and Adjunct Professor at the School and Business and Economics at Thompson Rivers University. George was also a member of the Steering Committee of the BC Alberta Alliance of the Canada wide Social Economy Project and co-chair of the Social Economy in Human Services and Housing research cluster. In addition to his professional activities, he has also owned and managed a small farm in Ontario and a marine eco tourism business in B.C