Growing up in small-town Alberta, my Mom owned an indie bookshop while my Dad owned a boutique travel agency. I vowed I'd never run a business myself, though their tenacity against Goliaths such as Chapters/Amazon and Expedia/Kayak inspired me. I started freelancing in university. Eventually, I incorporated a business. Later, I'd switch to a sole proprietorship  all while writing 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 attract pro athletes into their network. And, at SmartMoney magazine, my investigation into close ties between certain financial services companies and academic researchers garnered 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.