I have over fifteen years of experience in Indigenous and northern economic development, governance, health, and post-secondary education. I have published and/or presented on Indigenous economic and resource development, 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 positions at the International Centre for Northern Governance and Development, the University of 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, Métis organizations and municipalities through Morris Interactive, a consulting firm based out of Saskatoon. I am also a Fellow at the Macdonald Laurier Institute in Ottawa, and a Global Fellow at the Wilson Centre in Washington D.C.
I sit on the boards of the Saskatchewan Indigenous Economic Development Network, the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation and The Arctic Institute. 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 40 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and edited volumes, and presented at over 50 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 am currently based in Calgary.