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  • Proficient in researching and understanding  policy documents from assistantships with CBCL, Athabasca University & the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV).
  • International experience in Kenya & Tanzania working with the Association of Universities & Colleges Canada (AUCC), Ardhi University & Goal4.
  • Strong research skills and knowledge of data analysis programs, through contracts with UFV, Athabasca University & the Chillliwack Social Research & Planning Council.
  • Outstanding in-person, phone & online communication skills combined with experience leveraging Social Media for Public Relations & crowd sourced information.
  • Practical experience in site analysis & project implementation gained through positions with Atangard Community Project Society, Maple Leaf Environmental & Cherie Enns Consulting.
  • Practical experience in ArcGIS with Ardhi & Dalhousie Universities & CBCL Engineering & Environmental.
  • Proficient with Apple & Microsoft Office programs, Google Sketch-up & Adobe CS5, applied in various consultant & research assistant positions.

Work Experience

Research Assistant/GIS Technician

Dalhousie University Planning Faculty 

Feb 2013 – Present

Responsible for building GIS models and organizing data for a study of Nova Scotia populations vulnerable to climate change.

Planning Intern  

CBCL Limited Consulting Engineers 

Nov 2013 – Present

Duties include; project research, site analysis, consulting stakeholders, assisting in pubic engagement, GIS mapping and report writing and formatting.

Research Consultant 

Abbotsford Community Foundation

Aug 2013 – Sept 2013

Responsible for data collection for the Abbotsford Vital Signs Community Survey. Topics include political engagement, education, child poverty rate, affordable housing, organic farming, youth and immigrant services and municipal service delivery.

International Development Intern (Tanzania) 

Accredited Universities and Colleges of Canada

May 2013 – Aug 2013

Awarded funding through the Canadian International of Development Agency to work on climate change projects. Including, research on the impact of flooding in informal settlements and GIS work on the Pennies for Playgrounds initiative, creating a safe place for relocated children to play.

Research & Development Consultant (Tanzania)

Making Africa Work 

May 2013 – Aug 2013

Worked on Request For Proposal, Memorandum Of Understanding, Terms Of Reference and Corporate Social Responsibility documents for various projects, including a youth engagement contract with Save the Children and a partnership between UN-Habitat (Kenya) and UFV to create a mobile education system, providing applied learning opportunities to youth groups that have received money from the UN Global Youth Fund to start a social enterprise.

GIS Technician (Tanzania)

Ardhi Regional University (ARU)

 May 2013 – Aug 2013

Assisted Faculty and PhD Candidates in the Institute of Human Settlement Studies with GIS mapping and data preparation for various research publications.

Research Assistant

Athabasca University / University of the Fraser Valley

Jan 2013 – Jun 2013

Worked with faculty from three Universities (UFV, Athabasca and Concordia, AB) with research pertaining to changes to Canadian post-secondary school degree granting status and how the change of designation translates into internal administrative and academic transformation.

Research Assistant

Chilliwack Social Research and Planning Council 

Jan 2013 – Jun 2013

Assisted in designing an engagement-focused survey for all middle and high schools in Chilliwack, BC to analyze root causes of low high school completion rates. Collected data and coded surveys.

Community Development/GIS Technician

Cherie Enns Consulting

April 2012 – Present

Part of an inter-disciplinary team that works with municipalities, community groups, and for-profit and non-profit associations providing services ranging from research to project implementation.

Research Assistant

The Representative for Children and Youth BC

April 2012 – June 2012

Assisted in the design of an online, user-friendly assessment tool to measure child and youth perspectives of youth services in British Columbia. Facilitated ten confidential participatory workshops with children and youth.

Environmental, Health and Safety Advisor

Maple Leaf Environmental & Safety

Jan 2012 – March 2012

EH&S Advisor on Cenovus Energy geophysical exploration sites. Ran daily safety meetings and site orientations for 30+ employees, advised on emergency response plan and ensured contractors were abiding by environmental guidelines. Worked with GIS technician to identify and map potential safety hazards.

GIS/GPS Technician (Kenya) 


Aug 2011 – Oct 2011

Surveyed and mapped homes, schools, medical facilities & sanitation points in the village of Sega, Kenya and supported the initial stages of development for a health survey, electronic records and GIS interface to improve healthcare delivery through information and communication technology.

Founding Director and Administrator 

Atangard Community Project Society

July 2006 – Aug 2012

Developed and managed communal housing for students and young professionals; organized Jam in Jubilee, a community summer concert series, in 2010, 2011 & 2012; created a community garden and networked with other community gardens; initiated Abbotsford’s first auto-share co-op program. 


Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Masters in Planning (Candidate, 2015)

University of the Fraser Valley, Abbotsford, British Columbia

Certificate in GIS (2013) Geographic Information Systems

Certificate of Extended Studies (2006) History Major (Political History)

Bachelor of Arts (2005) Geography Major (Community Development)

Associate of Arts (2002) Visual Arts Extended Minor  (Interdisciplinary Art & Design)


Esri Canada Higher Education GIS Scholarship (2014) 

Memberships and Associations

Dalhousie Graduate Planning Society, VP 

Jan 2014 – Present

Atlantic Planners Institute, Student Member 

Oct 2013 – Present

Canadian Institute of Planners, Student Member 

Oct 2013 – Present 

Licensed Professional Planning Association of Nova Scotia Professional Development Committee

Oct 2013 – Present

Green Party of Canada, Member 

2007- Present