I hold a Ph.D. (2018) from the University of Toronto and am currently working as a Communications Officer for the Government of Canada. Before UofT, I did my Master's degree in Communications and Cultural Studies at the University of Sydney in Australia, where I was named as a finalist for the John C. Harsanyi academic medal, awarded to the top international graduate student. My undergraduate training was at the University of Prince Edward Island, where in my last year I served as the President of the student's union.
My doctoral research focused on the development of the concept of the ‘business (risk) environment’ by conducting a case study of the bank credit card, that ubiquitous object in the hands of nearly everyone in the major industrialized economies, which accounts for a vast bulk of everyday consumer transactions in physical and virtual space. The project highlighted how commercial banks undertook a series of strategic "world-making" initiatives, instituting around themselves (through transforming bankers into managers, integrating automation technologies, improving backroom efficiencies, marketing, lobbying, infrastructure development, forming joint-venture enterprises, and technical capacity-building) a world in which unsecured consumer debt and the credit card is normalized, naturalized, and indeed necessary for everyday survival. This research has been published in the Washington Post, Enterprise and Society and Management and Organizational History.
My partner Caroline is an outdoor adventure expert, swim instructor, and synchronize swimming coach. In 2014, Caroline was diagnosed with Stage 4 melanoma. We were told that her melanoma had spread to her lungs, liver, and the base of her skull and that she had between a 17%-25% chance of making it to her 35th birthday, and less than a 10% chance to make it to 40.
On September 9th, 2015 we were given the amazing news that Caroline's body had a complete response to her immunotherapy treatment. She had absolutely no evidence of disease in her body. Amazingly, there is now an over 80% chance that Caroline will be melanoma free for the rest of her life. With a clean bill of health from her oncologist, Caroline and I are looking forward to whatever else life throws our way.