I moved to Yellowknife in 2002, and immediately got involved with Ecology North when an excited member nominated me to the Board (muttering something about fresh blood). Not knowing quite what I was getting into, I ended up loving the experience and spent spent 6 years on the Board, learning and volunteering time. This Board experience led to work as a contractor and I was hired to complete climate change adaptation plans for NWT communities. This turned into a short-term contract with EN and eventually I parlayed all these EN experiences into a position at the helm of the organization as the Executive Director.
I completed an honours Environmental Studies degree at Waterloo University, with a business option. This degree led to a variety of experiences across the world, Canada and the North. Upon moving to Yellowknife, I worked in Environmental consulting with FSC Consulting, and with the GNWT as the Climate Change Specialist. These experiences allowed me to start CS Environmental and work independently as an environmental consultant. Highlights of this work include, authoring climate change adaptation plans for three NWT communities, developing Permafrost Guidebooks for Homeowners for NWT and Nunavut and doing a wide-variety of energy, and climate change projects. When not in the office, I can be found with my wife and three young girls, canoeing, fishing, kite-skiing, or playing hockey or Frisbee. In the Spring I can be found in the woods harvesting birch syrup, and collecting wild foods as part of my partnership in the wild food company Arctic Harvest.