I have fifteen years of experience in Indigenous and northern economic development, governance, health, and post-secondary education. I have published and/or presented on Aboriginal Economic Development Corporations, urban reserves, telehealth, Indigenous workforce development, First Nations taxation and own source revenues, distributed & distance education, Indigenous health care, Arctic human security, regional Arctic governance, Indigenous engagement in the Arctic Council, and Arctic innovation.
I obtained a PhD in Political Science from the University of Calgary in 2011 and have held several positions at the International Centre for Northern Governance and Development, the University of Saskatchewan College of Nursing and its distributed sites in northern and rural Saskatchewan, and the University of the Arctic Undergraduate Studies Office. I currently work on strategy and research for pro-development Indigenous groups in Western Canada, and consult directly for First Nations and Métis clients through Morris Interactive. I am also a Research Associate at L’observatoire de la politique et la sécurité de l’Arctique (OPSA) at the Centre interuniversitaire de recherche sur les relations internationales du Canada et du Québec (CIRRICQ).
I am a Board member for the Saskatchewan First Nations Economic Development Network, the Managing Editor of the Arctic Yearbook (an international, peer-reviewed annual volume), a regular contributor to Radio Canada’s Eye on the Arctic, a Board member for The Arctic Institute and Chair of the Canadian Northern Studies Trust.
I have conducted research and policy analysis for various Indigenous and government stakeholders, including Global Affairs Canada, Battlefords Agency Tribal Chiefs, the National Coalition of Chiefs, the Saskatoon Aboriginal Employment Partnership and the Northern Municipal Trust Association.
I have published over 35 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and edited volumes, and presented at over 40 conferences and events nationally and internationally. I have chaired several provincial, national and international workshops and conferences, including the 2018 Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation conference.
I currently split my time between Calgary and Saskatoon.