Growing up in small-town Alberta, I worked for both my Mom (who owned an independent bookshop) and Dad (who owned a boutique travel agency). I vowed I'd never run a business myself, though their tenacity against the giants in their respective industries inspired me. I started freelancing in university. Eventually, I incorporated a business. Later, I'd switch to a sole proprietorshipall while writing business stories.

I recently enjoyed interviewing and writing about couples for a heartfelt and candid series called Partners—in Business and Bed, where business owners discuss the good, the bad, and the ugly of living and working together. Previously, I tried to answer a question for Corporate Knights about whether it was time for regulators to set some carbon disclosure ground rules for businesses. For The Wall Street Journal, I've looked at how franchises study buyers' personal lives and why they've tried to attract pro athletes into their network.

When I lived outside of North America, I reported on how some workers caught in Arab Spring unrest struggled to be hired in United Arab Emirates, and why Abu Dhabi chose New Zealand as a model economy in its Economic Vision 2030. A colleague and I also investigated the perils and pitfalls of the UAE's economic and business free zones in a special series.