Education

MA GEOGRAPHY (ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES) - CARLETON UNIVERSITY; OTTAWA, ON.  (2013-2016)

  • Graduate thesis entitled - “From Urban Forests to Neighborhood Treescapes: An examination of power, actors and processes”. This research demonstrates skills in primary research, policy analysis and critical discourse analysis.

  • Recipient  of the Ina Hutchinson Memorial bursary (2014)

HONOURS BA ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES / MINOR PHILOSOPHY - CARLETON UNIVERSITY; OTTAWA, ON. (2010 - 2013)

  • Undergraduate thesis entitled “Looking at Ottawa’s Urban Forest as a Socio-Ecological System: Understanding the phase cycle from elm through ash” (April 2013). This thesis demonstrated primary research using methods of policy analysis, archival research, and interviews.

  • Recipient of the Claude Bissell Scholarship (2012/2013)

  • Dean’s Honours List (2011/2012)

  • Authored a policy brief entitled “Planning for Woodland and Forest Canopy Protection in Urban Areas” (March 2012), as part of curriculum for the Department of Environmental Studies. The paper demonstrates environmental, social and political aspects of urban forestry, and reveals some of the current policies and practices around the protection of urban ecology.

  • Co-authored research paper entitled “Proposed Redevelopment of Oxbow Park” (June 2011) for university credit. The report demonstrates competency in the use of surveys and interview methods, biophysical and human research methods, and the analysis of  data with the primary goal of promoting environmental sustainability. The report also demonstrates skills using photography, illustrations, and tables to support communications of scientific information.

Employment Experience

Surf the Greats Inc. (Toronto, ON.)  April 2017- November 2018

  • Operations Manager: Broad responsibility for management of store operations, direct supervision of staff, procurement, developing and maintaining customer and supplier relationships, inventory logistics, participation in various community focused events, eco-tours and other activities related to the company, and payroll and finance.

Carleton University (Ottawa, ON.)  January 2012 - July 2015

  • Teacher Assistant: First - third year courses including: Geography: People, Places and Environment; Geography: Honours Field Camp; Geography: Global Connections; Geography: Natural Resource and Environmental Management.

  • Research Assistant - Prof. Jill Wigle

    • Duties: Collection and analysis of archival and secondary source data, and office administration.

Environmental Services Department, City of Ottawa (Ottawa, ON.)  Sept. 2011 - April 2012

  • Lead project manager (two term internship): Responsible of initial public education and outreach for the developing Green Roof Initiative with the City of Ottawa.

    • Designed and developing assessment posters for green roof case studies. Included data collection and analysis, policy analysis, project management, and presentation


Other Retail Experience: Surfside (2011-2017), Vertical Urge (2004-2010)

Other Achievements:

  • Organized and ran a youth Mental Health Awareness charity event (Brain Freeze, 2017)

  • Organized two local beach clean-ups (Toronto, 2017-2018)

  • Keynote speaker at the 2017 International River Surfing Summit (Bend, Oregon)

    • Topic: Business and community building

  • Conceptualized, planned, and hosted a public surf event: Ottawa’s First River Surf Jam (2016)

  • Nourish International - Start up of Agribusiness in Uganda (2007)