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Résumé in accessible text form below:



University of Waterloo School of Planning
Bachelor of Environmental Studies, April 2020

  • Focusing interests on Indigenous planning theory,
    Indigenous consultation, Indigenous law
  • Completing Bachelor thesis on conceptualizing
    Haudenosaunee planning theory
  • Recognized by OPPI as having research and professional
    interests crucial to the planning profession’s goals

University of Reykjavik School of Energy
Completion of Global Renewable Energy Education Network
Program (GREEN Program), August 2017

  • Completed capstone project on food system diversity
    education with international peers


University of Waterloo Faculty of Environment
Research Assistant for Dr. Janice Barry, January 2019 – Present

  • Transcribing interviews
  • Analyzing Municipal Development Service Agreements
  • Designing research graphics for publication

Smart Cities Challenge, Infrastructure Canada
Junior Policy Analyst, May – August 2019

  • Assisted with developing policy directions of program
  • Lead discussions on policy considerations for touring Smart Cities Challenge winners and applicants worldwide

University of Waterloo Special Collections & Archives
Projects Assistant, September – December 2018

  • Developed, curated digital exhibit on campus history
  • Conducted research on unknown archival items
  • Developed Wikipedia articles on archives content

Innovation Lab, Employment & Social Development Canada
Projects Assistant, January – April 2018
Outreach Assistant, May – August 2017

  • Developed products for major research project on Canada Learning Bond take-up rate across nation and minor projects
  • Facilitated workshops and developed outreach tasks
  • Designed and coded Wiki pages from scratch
  • Grew newsletter subscribership from ~100 to ~700


Computer Software

Proficient with InDesign, Microsoft Office Suite; confident with Illustrator, Photoshop, InMagic DB/TextWorks; familiar with GIS; fast learner with new software

Website Design

Confident with Wiki development, HTML, CSS, WordPress; experienced with social media marketing


Experienced with writing professional documents for review (proposals, grants, research papers, reports and collaborative work) and for public perusal (blogs, wiki pages, website content, public emails and invitations)


Conducted and participated in multiple qualitative and quantitative research projects in a diversity of contexts (non-profit, government, academic). Currently writing Honours thesis on Indigenous planning theory praised as Master’s level work and creativity by my supervisor


  • Executive Council member of University of Waterloo Indigenous Students Association since Fall 2017
  • Organizational Team Member of Frontier College Waterloo Chapter, September 2018 – April 2019
  • Elementary and Numeracy Tutor, Frontier College, February 2017 – April 2019
  • Volunteer grant writer and events planning assistant, Aboriginal Arts Collective of Canada since October 2019


  • Professional English
  • Intermediate French writer Novice French speaker
  • Mohawk language learner

Professional Memberships

  • OPPI
  • CIP