I am a writer, environmental designer and community ecologist, based in Vancouver, Canada.
My aim is to make the world greener and better. I work with people, groups and governments to improve the environment, and I write about things that matter, or should, or don’t but seem funny anyway.
You can click here to buy my novels or non-fiction books, including the latest which became — gasp — a BC #1 Bestseller.
I have an undergraduate degree in Politics and a masters degree in Landscape Architecture. I used the systems analyses and design skills I learned in school to create my company EcoUrbanist. It offers ecological site design, environmental consultation/reporting and project management for diverse clients from individuals to city governments.
I am the founding Executive Director of Tree City, a non-profit environmental group “helping people and trees grow together.” We helped Vancouver early on with one of its key Greenest City goals by creating the TreeKeepers program which added nearly 9,000 trees to our urban forest.
I also teach because, as with writing, it helps me figure out what I know. I have designed and lead a variety of courses for Simon Fraser University’s Continuing Studies program. I also teach online for Gaia College where my most recent course on Living Green Infrastructure was all about urban design using nature.
I am a keynote speaker and have given presentations across Canada, the U.S., Europe and Asia. I also pop up on radio, most recently talking about trees for CBC. You can click here for some sample clips.
Volunteers are my favourite people. At times I’ve been lucky to be one myself. I served as an elected member of the Vancouver Food Policy Council for four years, and represented Vancouver on the Metro Vancouver Agricultural Advisory Committee for three years. I also served for three years on the Board of Directors for Heifer International, a non-profit working to “end hunger and poverty and care for the Earth” in more than 50 countries.