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Sarah-Patricia Breen

Adjunct Professor, University of Saskatchewan

Sarah-Patricia Breen is the Regional Innovation Chair in Rural Economic Development at Selkirk College. She has over 10 years of experience in research, public policy, and project management. Her current research interests includes connectivity (broadband), digital skills, local delivery of economic development services, community resilience, place-based policy, and access to data - all with a specific focus on rural. Sarah holds a PhD in Resource and Environmental Management from Simon Fraser University, a Masters in Geography from Memorial University, and a Bachelor's degree in Geography from Lakehead University in her hometown of Thunder Bay, ON. In addition to her role as the Regional Innovation Chair, she is a past president of the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation and an Adjunct Professor in the School of Environment and Sustainability at the University of Saskatchewan.


  • 2020–present
    Chair professor, Selkirk College
  • 2018–present
    Adjunct professor, University of Saskatchewan


  • 2017 
    Simon Fraser University, PhD