I have almost 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 taxation 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, Research Advisor to the Indigenous Resource Network, a Global Fellow at the Wilson Centre in Washington D.C. and Principal Consultant at Morris Interactive, a consulting firm based out of Saskatoon, where I work with First Nations and Métis organizations. I have held positions at the International Centre for Northern Governance and Development, the University of Saskatchewan, and the University of the Arctic Undergraduate Studies Office.
I sit on the boards of the Saskatchewan Indigenous Economic Development Network, the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation and The Arctic Institute. 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 75 conferences and events nationally and internationally. I have chaired or moderated dozens of provincial, national and international panels, workshops and conferences.
I currently live near Calgary.