Growing up on a grain farm in Saskatchewan exposed my siblings and me to hard work and planning for the future.
Although not appreciating it at the time, seeding a crop and nurturing it until harvest creates an understanding of the dedication required and an appreciation for anything that is seemingly created out of nothing.
I can find a genuine curiosity in any topic, especially if the topic is important to the person I am speaking with and they are sharing their passion.
The ability to listen, observe and learn has made me an effective communicator, leader and professional.
Becoming a husband and father has given me a new perspective, allowing me to see the world through the eyes of my children.
Observing our children as they explore our interests for the first time fills me with energy. Learning alongside them, their unique passions enrich my life, and witnessing their enthusiasm flourish for something new keeps the childlike curiosity within me alive.
I cherish my role as a devoted husband to an incredible wife and a proud father to two remarkable children. My life story is woven with the threads of a supportive and loving family that provided invaluable opportunities for learning, growth, and exploration. Throughout, I have tasted both success and failure, known gain and loss, and encountered moments of immense joy alongside times of profound sadness.
The tapestry of my experiences has led me to various cities and countries, driven by leisure, competition, and career pursuits. Along this diverse path, I have been shaped by numerous teachers and seized opportunities to impart my knowledge to others. In the journey, some have been left behind, while others added who have become integral to my core circle — sharing common goals, ideals, and unwavering support. Together with my wife, we have built not just a family but a home, nurturing dreams and aspirations both individually and as a united front.
Always optimistic about the future and with the right people at my side, a spirit of adventure, and an authentic curiosity for what lies ahead, I am genuinely excited for the journey that awaits.
Growing up on a grain farm in Saskatchewan, my family spent our summers at the family cabin at Dore Lake, a large freshwater lake surrounded by the vast Northern Boreal Forest. Our winters were spent skiing at the local ski hills (yes SK does have downhill ski hills) and family trips to ski the Rocky Mountains.
After graduating high school I attended the University of Saskatchewan where I graduated with two Bachelor's degrees. A B.Arts, majoring in Regional & Urban Development followed by a B.Comm majoring in Marketing. While at the UofS I was also a member of the Huskies Men's Track & Field Team where I competed in the Pentathlon and 4x400m relay. I was also on the Huskies Football team where I played Slotback.
While in my last year of studies at the University of Saskatchewan, I was reading a SCUBA diving magazine and came across an application for the Our World Underwater Scholarship Society. The ad described a 12-month scholarship to travel the world SCUBA diving and assisting with several research projects. I was already a certified diver, but I was not sure how a business / Commerce graduate was going to win an application previously only won by Biology and Science graduates. Alas, I did not win the 12-month scholarship but I did win a 4-month internship that took me to Sunny Los Angeles, not bad for a farm boy from the prairies.
My 4-month internship turned into my first professional job and 2.5 years living in the sun and sand of southern California.
Edmonton, Alberta has become the place of my adult life and my professional and personal growth and development. Edmonton is where I have developed my career and where I met my wife. Married in 2020, during the global pandemic, Cat and I have become parents to two amazing children and we continue to build our lives together.
Always open to change and adventure, we are not sure if Edmonton will be home forever or if new opportunities will draw us away, but regardless, my time and our time in Edmonton have had a very large and profound impact on our lives.
On May 18th, 2020 I was supposed to be standing on a sandy beach in Mexico watching my fiance walk down a sandy aisle between friends and family on her way to saying 'I do' and us being married. Instead, due to a global pandemic and an international travel ban, I was standing on the rocky banks of Abraham Lake in Alberta Canada watching my fiancee make her way toward me. Instead of a 5-star resort, we had a motorhome, a camper and a tear-drop trailer for accommodations. Our first dance was spent singing the lyrics of "All For Love" by Brian Adams, Sting and Rod Stewart to ourselves on a cold windy cliff as our photographer 'clicked' away. Instead of speeches, we were sent a video collage of stories, well-wishing and embarrassing tales.
Not what we planned, but I wouldn't change it for the world.