I am a writer, environmental designer, teacher and community ecologist based in Vancouver, Canada.
I work with individuals, groups and governments to improve the planet through words, design and education.
As a journalist from nearly the start of my working life I still feel I have the “ink in my blood.” Most of recent writing has gone into books. You’re welcome to visit here to consider buying a novel or non-fiction work, including my most recent book which was — to my eternal surprise — a BC #1 Bestseller for 16 weeks.
I have a Masters in Landscape Architecture and BA in Politics. I used the systems analyses and design skills I picked up in school to create my company EcoUrbanist. It offers ecological site design, environmental consultation/reporting and project management for diverse clients from home residents to municipal 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 in part because, as with writing, it helps me figure out what I know. I am currently managing the new Indigenous Land Stewardship certificate program for Native Education College. I have designed and lead a variety of courses for Simon Fraser University’s Continuing Studies program, and have taught Sustainable Landscape Design for Kwantlen Polytechnic University. 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.