Oh hello! I’m a journalist based in beautiful Victoria, British Columbia. When I’m not handcuffed to my laptop, 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. To my delight, 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 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 also had the honour of speaking at Pecha Kucha Vancouver that year. In 2018, I was named an ’emerging leader’ by Canada’s Clean50.
In May 2018, I co-founded The Narwhal, an award-winning online magazine that publishes in-depth and investigative journalism about Canada’s natural world.
The Narwhal is a pioneer of non-profit journalism in Canada and is supported by more than 3,000 monthly members. In its first two years, The Narwhal has grown to a full-time team of 10 journalists and has won several awards from the Canadian Association of Journalists and the Digital Publishing Awards. The Narwhal’s innovative approach has been recognized by the Solutions Journalism Network and has been featured in the Ryerson Review of Journalism.
In March 2021, I published a long-form personal essay in Maisonneuve Magazine about my decades-long quest to track down my biological father.