Ever since I was a child, I have been challenging the established and embedded beliefs of how we understand the world around us, especially our assumptions around social relationships and education. As an applied interdisciplinary scholar-practitioner, I work at the intersections of anthropology, history, philosophy, and cultural studies, where I connect seemingly disparate ideas, examine complex issues, and explore unique questions from a wide angle of perspectives.
I am driven to imagine the possibilities that can propel us toward empowered social change. My training as an anthropologist, coupled with a curious mind and creative imagination, help me to employ careful observations and gain deep insights into finding new ways of doing things.
As a professional researcher, I develop and lead complex research projects that support long-term, meaningful, and mutually beneficial partnerships with Indigenous communities, major resource and industry clients, and the public sector. I thrive in the pursuit of practical applications that address complex challenges in sustainable business and community development.
I believe that building diverse networks supports new ideas and perspectives, and ultimately leads to innovation.
Building On Our Strengths: Métis, First Nation and Inuit Youth Wellness in Canada’s North January 2014 — This report was commissioned by the Conference Board of Canada’s Centre for the North. This or [...]
Innovative Eco-Housing Design in Canada's High Arctic Canada's newest Territory, Nunavut has some of the most serious housing issues in Canada. Consider these statistics compiled by the Nunavut Housing Corporation (NHC): public housing m [...]
Framing Sustainable Housing Options in Canada’s North This report was commissioned by the Conference Board of Canada’s Centre for the North. This original research contributes actionable insights into issues related to the [...]
Strengthening Kitselas First Nation's land claims For more than a decade I've had the great honor and privilege of working with Kitselas First Nation in Northern British Columbia. My doctoral supervisor, mentor, and friend, Dr. Derek Smi [...]
Balancing Act: Major Resource Projects in Canada’s North Strong global demand for commodities, including gold, silver, copper, zinc, and diamonds, provides a unique opportunity for Canada’s North to stimulate development and e [...]
Striking a Balance: The impacts of major projects in the North This report was commissioned by the Conference Board of Canada’s Centre for the North and reviews how stakeholders are trying to maximize the economic benefits of maj [...]
Podcast: Aboriginal People and Resource Conflicts in Canada In this archival podcast, Dr. Sean Kheraj, Associate professor in the Department of History at York University, explores a case study of resource conflict in the Tema [...]