My adult life started on a fairly well-trodden path—with a BComm in finance and plans to get my CFA while working at an investment banking company in Calgary. But deep down I knew this just wasn't for me. So I took a leap. With $500, a sleeping bag, and a backpack, I went to the most beautiful city I had ever seen: Vancouver, British Columbia.
I soon learned that I preferred the less-trodden paths. I became a telecommuting contractor before that was really a thing—working for VanCity, MEC, Dairyworld and others. I jumped into the newly emerging world of CSR (corporate social responsibility) and joined the CBSR board in its early days. I also went back to school to study community economic development and completed an interdisciplinary master's degree at Simon Fraser University. By that time, I was revelling in my longtime love for community and now had my heart set on finding and caring for land. I completed my permaculture design certificate, my horticultural therapy certificate, and began dabbling as a naturalist, grower, and maker—while starting the beautiful gong show of having a family.
Today, I run a unique type of social enterprise that creatively integrates all my backgrounds: my lifelong love of nature, along with my knowledge of finance, project management, community organizing, horticultural therapy, and permaculture. I use this skill set to broaden the applications of nature-based solutions—through my business and through my board work with the Canadian Horticultural Therapy Association. At the same time, I am pioneering a space for "workplace naturalist" by collaborating with forward-thinking corporations intrigued by the power of nature.
So in short, I have a keen analytic mind and a love for soil under my nails. I have an enterprising spirit and four delightful chickens.