Bilingual in English and French, I’m originally a jazz tenor saxophonist by trade and I turned 40 in 2013. I’ve been a devoted CBC Radio One listener since childhood, although since 2004 I’ve taken most of my audio journalism in podcast form. I was born in Regina, grew up mostly in Calgary, and studied music at McGill University from 1992-1996. After finishing at McGill and getting married to another Calgarian, we moved to Halifax so that she could train in medicine at Dalhousie University. We quickly fell in love with the East Coast and we’ve stayed in Nova Scotia ever since. We now live in Dartmouth, and our family is rounded out by three great kids and a Lab.
I’ve been a stay-at-home dad since around 2004, but the bulk of my professional experience has been in music performance, marketing research, and IT project management. Since university, I’ve worked in various technical, HR, marketing and sales positions with marketing research, software and technology companies in Halifax and in Montreal. I’m a car nut, I listen to a LOT of music, and I’m seriously—if not obsessively—into coffee.
Presently, I research and write about health, music, technology, spirituality, psychology, interpersonal relationships, and the internet. My most treasured interests and writing topics are related to recovery from obesity, addiction and trauma, although I also want to report on meaningful technological innovations and adaptations related to global climate change. And coffee. Did I mention how much I love coffee?
Until October 2012, I served as Vice-President of Programming on the Board of Directors for JazzEast Rising Association, producers of the TD Halifax Jazz Festival each July. I’ve also been Chair of the Shannon Park School Advisory Council from 2012-2014 and Webmaster for the Shearwater Bluefins Swim Club since 2013. I started my first personal blog in December, 2000. This is my Twitter feed and this is my Facebook page. (Note: The content on my Facebook page is mostly personal; if you want to see my professional writing, you’re best served by staying right where you are, at this website.)