During my formative years in small-town Alberta, my Mom owned an indie bookshop while my Dad owned a boutique travel agency. I was certain I'd never get into business myself, though their successful tenacity against giants such as Chapters/Amazon and Expedia/Kayak inspired me. I started freelancing in university. Eventually, I incorporated. Most recently I switched to a sole proprietorship. All the while I wrote business stories.

One question I've tried to answer for Corporate Knights is whether it's 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 entice professional athletes into their network. Pizza from Peyton Manning, anyone?

At SmartMoney: The Wall Street Journal Magazine, my investigation into the close ties between financial services companies and academic researchers garnered a Deadline Club Award nomination. (Here's an excerpted version.) That same year I contributed reporting to a feature about a national brokerage chain behind so-called "small town" financial advisers that earned my colleague who wrote the piece a Deadline Club Award nomination.

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.