Renee Kuehnle, Director, Sable Island Institute

Renée Kuehnle


Renée Kuehnle, MCIP (M.Arch) is a Rural Planner specializing in community-led design, strategy and policy development. She founded Lightship Strategies Inc. in 2019. With 10 years managing challenging multidisciplinary consulting projects across Atlantic Canada, Renée’s work focuses on development: What does the future look like and how do we take action to get there? She works in a variety of areas – from buildings and land to people and policy. Her experience working across sectors – education, governance, culture, health, environment, infrastructure, economic development, tourism, land, energy, growth, and transportation – gives her an in-depth understanding of all aspects of development so that she can create solutions that are impactful and practical.

Renée primarily works in remote settings, with the bulk of her career spent in remote communities and sites in Labrador. She had her first experience on Sable Island in 2022. She is excited by the transdisciplinary nature of the Sable Island Institute and leveraging many ways of knowing and understanding the island to help connect and communicate these stories more broadly. Renée is a creative, design-oriented thinker who is looking forward to supporting the work of the Sable Island Institute into the future. She is based on the South Shore, in Lunenburg County.