I have twenty years of experience in Indigenous and Arctic economic development and governance. I have published on Indigenous economic and resource development, energy security, Arctic human security, regional Arctic governance and the Arctic Council, Arctic innovation, urban reserves, telehealth, Indigenous workforce development, First Nations equity and own source revenues, distributed & distance education, and Indigenous health care.
I obtained a PhD in Political Science from the University of Calgary in 2011. I am a Senior Fellow and Director of Energy, Natural Resources and Environment at the Macdonald-Laurier Institute in Ottawa, Special Advisor to the Business Council of Canada, Research Advisor to the Indigenous Resource Network, and Global Fellow at the Wilson Centre in Washington D.C.
I sit on the boards of the Saskatchewan Indigenous Economic Development Network and the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation and am on the Advisory Council of Morris Interactive. I am a member of the GlobalArctic Mission Council and the Canadian Defence and Security Network, and a Network Coordinator at the North American and Arctic Defense and Security Network. I am the Managing Editor of the Arctic Yearbook (an international, peer-reviewed annual volume), and the former Chair of the Canadian Northern Studies Trust.
I have published over 45 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and edited volumes, and presented at over 100 conferences and events nationally and internationally.
I currently live near Calgary.