I help new businesses or programs get started with a worthy vision and implementation plan.
I make complex urban issues and technical content approachable and relevant to a general audience.
If you do great work, I can help you earn more through compelling reporting, analysis, and proposals.
I create and modify spaces that invite neighbourliness. Sit long, talk much, laugh often.
I was really stumped about how I could turn all my worries and enthusiasm into something productive. I thoroughly loved business and even co-founded a fun one in 2011 with Next Canada. But it was hard to square that passion with my growing obsession over urban planning and local economies. So I did what a lot of people do and went back to school, this time to beautiful Cambridge where I earned my MPhil in Planning, Growth, and Regeneration.
After grad school, I decided to move to a small city in Canada's Maritimes for a few years, partly for love and partly because I believe it's places like Fredericton that hold the secrets to making lemonade as this world becomes more precarious. I dove right in and learned as much as I could through observation and being a good neighbour. Writing about that process introduced me to city builders across North America who I'm now lucky to call my colleagues.
No matter which client I was working with or which mainstreet I found myself walking down, three things kept emerging from my work: small business, small buildings, and small interventions to improve the city. In 2015, I teamed up with some people who really valued this about me, helping grow the Incremental Development Alliance where I continue to serve as Director of Content & Contribution.
By now, you can probably see that I like to find opportunity in unconventional places. Well, one of those places was a sardine cannery! If you're interested in that story, check out my other business.