Oh hello! I’m a journalist based in beautiful Victoria, British Columbia. When I’m not handcuffed to my computer, I love to curl up with a cup of tea and a good book, surf the waves of Vancouver Island and roam this fine planet of ours.
I grew up in Valleyview, Alberta, a town of 1,800 people north of the 55th parallel in Canada. As far as I could tell, there was no valley and no view, but that’s beside the point. I spent a lot of time dreaming of how someday I was going to change the world.
After high school, I moved 650 kilometres south to Calgary, where I studied journalism. I spent the next eight years working as a reporter and editor on newspapers and magazines in Canada and the U.K.
In 2007, I created a column and website called The Green Guide for the Calgary Herald. Providing practical environmental advice, The Green Guide was a labour of love I put together in between laying out and editing newspaper pages. Much to my dismay, my pet project ended up winning international recognition from the Online Journalism Review, the International Newspaper Marketing Association, the Canadian Newspaper Association and the Emerald Foundation.
My work on The Green Guide piqued my interest in energy issues, so in late 2009, I left the Herald to help lead the communications efforts of the Pembina Institute, a sustainable energy think tank. In March 2011, opportunity came knocking again and I became communications director for the Dogwood Initiative, an innovative Victoria-based nonprofit that helps citizens have more say over what happens to their air, land and water. In 2012, Dogwood was nominated for a Katerva Award, described by Reuters as the “Nobel of sustainability.”
In October 2015, Mount Royal University presented me with an alumni achievement award for my contributions to the community in the first 10 years after graduation.
I now run DeSmog Canada, an independent, non-profit news website focused on energy and environment. I also write about health, fitness and travel for newspapers and magazines across Canada and am a member of the Travel Media Association of Canada. And, just for fun, I run a website to share the best bits of my beloved adopted city of Victoria, called The Vic Life.