Welcome to CRMI

The Cooperative Resource Management Institute (CRMI) was established in 1998 to facilitate interactions between SFU researchers and personnel in environmental management agencies. It is located on the Burnaby Mountain campus of Simon Fraser University (SFU), Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada.

The CRMI helps to develop solutions to difficult multidisciplinary problems in resource management by providing an environment where personnel from different agencies, such as those responsible for forestry, fisheries, water, and wildlife management, can collaborate with SFU faculty, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and research associates. The CRMI houses personnel from selected resource management agencies, coordinates joint research projects, and offers occasional professional development courses to upgrade skills of agency staff.

The Institute produces many benefits. The university benefits from greater concentration of expertise in resource management on campus and from new opportunities for multidisciplinary, collaborative research programs. Agencies benefit from engaging SFU researchers in projects that are directly applicable to the agencies’ needs and that cover topics that otherwise might not be investigated.

The CRMI has two types of members: personnel from natural resource management agencies, and SFU faculty. The faculty are based in various schools and departments, such as the School of Resource and Environmental Management (REM) and the Department of Biological Sciences.

The federal department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) is a management agency that has located several of its Salmon Assessment and Freshwater Ecosystem Division staff full time on campus in the CRMI. This section of the DFO carries out research and provides advice relating to freshwater habitat and fisheries resources within Canada’s Pacific region. Staff provide expert advice to the public, resource managers, industrial stakeholders, and other scientific agencies through public hearings, court cases, management referrals, affidavits, scientific publications, and extension activities.