Born in Winnipeg and raised in Dufresne and Selkirk, Manitoba, I’m a geographer, educator, and now, I guess, writer.
I’m currently a part-time Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography at Western University, where I have taught GEOG2090: Space Exploration since 2012. The course is an introduction to all things space (basic planetary science, space history, space law, and space geography jammed into 4 months). The course is designed as a starting off point for students entering the ever-diversifying space sector.
As a 9 to 5, I work full time with the Canadian Space Agency, where i focus on the use of Earth Observation satellites for societal benefit and climate change action.
Lastly, I’m the Co-Founder and Advisor of the Ethics and Human Rights in the Space Sector Project Group with the Space Generation Advisory Council, the world’s biggest network of young professionals in the space sector.
Education wise, I won the 1998 Selkirk Junior High French Immersion Improve Tournament and then went on to receive my bachelors degree from the University of Winnipeg in 2010 with majors in Political Science and Environment Science. In 2010 I moved to London, Ontario to study the governance of water management across the Canada-U.S. border, for which I earned my Masters in Geography.
For some reason, in 2012, I decided I wanted a PhD. After repeated cycles of terror and joy, I received my PhD from Western University in 2018 for my work on the Governance of Climate Change in Canada. My research focused on how governments and other actors are working together to prepare Canada for the impacts of climate change, such as heatwaves, drought, more frequent storms, and floods.
Currently, I’m once again working with Tanya Harrison on a second book to be released in 2022. Details coming…
Soon I will also be starting a new chapter in my writing career. Throughout 2021, I will start writing about the history of heavy metal on my Medium page. A life-long passion, the time has come for me to become an amateur musicologist. Don’t worry, I’ll still be writing, teaching, and podcasting about space.