While growing up in the Canadian prairie town of Wetaskiwin (population 12,525), I was inspired by that famously bespectacled, mild-mannered reporter who left his own small town roots and went on to report at The Daily Planet. Only my Metropolis of choice became New York City, where I completed my MA in journalism. I then reported for The Wall Street Journal and its monthly magazine SmartMoney, where I earned a Deadline Club award nomination following my investigation into close ties between financial companies and academic researchers.
Curious about life (even further) abroad and hungry for daily assignments, I pursued a newspaper gig in the United Arab Emirates just as the Arab Spring began and reported through parts of the Middle East and North Africa. Since moving to Toronto and doubling down on digital storytelling, I have taught journalism and written for Inc., Entrepreneur and HuffPost, where I blogged about social entrepreneurship after joining and mentoring a team of students in the Hult Prize. President Bill Clinton announced our team was among three winners from around 4,000 applicants and cited us in his “case for optimism” essay for TIME Magazine.
I later helped launch WSJ.Money magazine and spent eight months reporting for The Wall Street Journal's “Waste Lands” series, which earned a Pulitzer Prize nomination. As a deputy editor at OZY, I led the media start-up's 2016 presidential campaign coverage and oversaw editorial to support “The Contenders,” a TV series that aired on PBS and the BBC with interviews from John McCain and Vice President Joe Biden. I'm now a content strategy and writing lead at Shopify, where I previously led a team that launched an editorial channel featuring business founders.