About me

I have lived in West Kelowna since 2009 together with my wife, Lisa – a fifth-generation Westbank local – and our two children, Eloïse and Oliver. In 2011 we built West Kelowna’s first (ok, only) straw bale house. I am an enthusiastic runner and novice mountaineer, an overly-enthusiastic coffee drinker, a baker, a reader, and a lover of classical music. I work on our family vineyard and, when the vines can take care of themselves, squirrel away on research publications. I recently completed a PhD from the University of Victoria, where I studied how governments work together and engage with stakeholders to plan and manage marine protected areas. Before undertaking this research I worked for the World Conservation Union in South Africa, completed a Master's Degree in conflict resolution in Ottawa, and directed a Summer Camp for kids with disabilities in Winfield, BC.

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