For the past 20 years I have been conducting research and teaching in the area of sustainable development. I completed a PhD in Forest Resource Management at the University of British Columbia in 2006, a Masters of Resource Management at Simon Fraser University in 1993 and a Bachelor of Communication at Simon Fraser in 1979. In 2001 I completed a provincial instructors certification and diploma in Adult Education from Vancouver Community College. In 2011 I developed and taught courses in Integrated Land Management and Integrated Tourism Management at the British Columbia Institute of Technology.
From my experience as a sustainable forestry and community development consultant in British Columbia I have learned to teach and to help organize communities in transition. The 1990s saw significant downsizing of the forest industry in British Columbia and I learned to assist communities to organize and plan for new economic growth opportunities. My extensive work and PhD research with Secwepemc First Nations communities in central British Columbia has enhanced my sensitivity to negative impacts of colonization and cross cultural planning issues from the grassroots level up to the global level.