I am a curious innovator & educator who cares deeply about students and the planet.
I spent the last 20 years imagining, designing and facilitating intensive, interdisciplinary programs that focus on dialogue, social innovation, group process, divergent thinking and urban sustainability. I co -created, co-designed and co-taught for 16 years in the SFU Semester in Dialogue program.
I spent 9 years co-founding and co-directing CityStudio Vancouver – an innovation hub that connects students with City Hall to co-create, design and launch experiments.
I adore learning and have taken many courses in leadership, mindfulness, facilitation, conflict resolution, social innovation and urban sustainability.
I currently live on unceded traditional lands of the Squamish (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw), Tsleil-Waututh (səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ) and Musqueam (xʷməθkʷəy̓əm) Nations –also called Vancouver. I came to the west coast 25 years ago from Oakville, Ontario lands of the Anishnabewaki (ᐊᓂᔑᓈᐯᐗᑭ), Haudenosaunee and Mississauga. I spend a lot of time walking in the rainforest, the coastal mountains and finding ways to explore The Salish Sea. I spent the last 16 years at Simon Fraser University teaching in an amazing program called “The Semester in Dialogue” and co-founding CityStudio Vancouver. My family is developing a net zero duplex as one small act of learning towards climate adaptation.
I have a BSc in Marine Biology from McGill (I love whales and intertidal zones) an MSc in Ecology from UBC (where I fell in love with teaching, hummingbirds & the west coast). My PhD at UBC combined lessons from the School of Community and Regional Planning (urban sustainability, systems and feminist methodology) and the Faculty of Education (transformative learning & participatory methods).
I am passionate about new possibilities in cities and thrive when co-creating imaginative solutions to complex problems. My interests include transdisciplinary higher education, transformative learning, social entrepreneurship, social innovation and organizational change in higher education. I am learning to reconcile what it means to be a settler on the west coast of Canada. I love riding my bike, digging in the garden, hanging out with my family and walking my dog Magic in the rainforest.
Faculty member - SFU Semester in Dialogue
Fellow- Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue
Board Chair - CityStudio Vancouver Society
Co-Founder - CityStudio Vancouver
Director - BC Working Group on Sustainability Education (Walkingthetalk)
Post Doctoral Fellow- Learning City Research Collaborative
Research Assistant - Georgia Basin Futures Project
Lab Faculty - First Year Biology Program University of British Columbia