I grew up on a mixed grain and beef cattle farm in rural Alberta. From a young age I was part of the ongoing operations on the farm — I managed the large herd of cattle, drove equipment, maintained multiple farm yards, moved trucks, and delivered spare parts and meals.
I took a gap year after high school and then decided to go off to the University of Alberta to study geophysics. I was three hours from home and there were more people living in my building than there had been in the entire town where I grew up. I eventually adjusted to the culture shock and I’ve been in Edmonton ever since, having now obtained an interdisciplinary MSc that combines geophysics and social science, a BSc in geophysics, and a Diploma in environmental geological technology.
My professional interests are pretty broad — I love learning about hydrogeology, have plenty of experience with energy industry-related topics, enjoy project management and editing, and have added science communication to my ever-growing list of skills. I am now the Project Coordinator for the REDEVELOP Program, based out of the University of Calgary. As a graduate student, I was a participant in this program – first as project manager for my student team in 2018, then as co-chair of the HQP student leadership committee in 2019. I am thrilled to be able to continue giving back to this fantastic program!
When I’m not being a super professional Jordan-of-all-trades, I like to read, crochet, figure skate and teach basic skating skills, go hiking, play with my dog, Photon, and a bunch of other things that I can’t think of off the top of my head.