Improving Human Habitat
with projects for places we love

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I'd love to make your project even better. Here's what I do.


Research, writing, strategy to guide your city-building ideas.


Uncovering a mission and message your people can get behind.


Hands-on support to take the first steps from idea to reality.


Finding and engaging supporters through stories worth sharing.


A selection of projects I've worked on. Thank you to my professors, coaches, team mates, and clients over the years.

The Summer Institute

Full Service

Strong Towns Videos

Full Service

Welcome Home Vision

Full Service

Places I Don't Want to Sit


Another Place for Me


Vote Mobs



Where I'm coming from.

  • 2008-2011

    It all started with climate change

    I came of age at exactly the right time to be appropriately freaked out about climate change. So in my undergrad years at the University of Guelph, I took action by leading a national rally and organizing flash campaigns with the help and encouragement of my friends. I had to learn a lot on the fly, including online mobilizing, working with volunteers, PR, and basic web development. This is also when I discovered that I love making videos.

  • Summer 2011

    Introduction to entrepreneurship

    After years of activism, I was curious about positive citizenship in the for-profit world. I had the chance to learn by doing with The Next 36 entrepreneurship accelerator in Toronto. For a summer, I joined three co-founders to launch a startup while studying business. The experience taught me a lot about myself, about working on a team, about living in a big city, about power and responsibility, and about the challenges of starting a business.

  • 2012-2013

    Cities on the mind

    Despite all this excitement and newness, my mind was still locked on cities. After all, cities can either be a major problem or solution when it comes to a liveable planet. So I left the business in the hands of my co-founders and got back to the books. I interned at an urban studies think tank while researching and writing about the ways suburbs can reimagine themselves. I graduated from the University of Guelph as the 2012 Winegard Medalist and went on to the University of Cambridge to study policies and programs for places in decline. I wrote my thesis on commercial farming within cities and suburbs and graduated with distinction (MPhil Planning, Growth, and Regeneration).

  • September 2013 - Now

    Borderline action research

    Then I moved to a small city on the East Coast of Canada called Fredericton with a head full of questions. Most of the urban planning world is fixated on managing problems of success (think transit, height-limits, rent inflation). I'm most interested in problems of abandonment or stagnation that affect a ton of otherwise nice places across this continent. I've been learning through action and observation how regular people transform a place. Fredericton has given me lots of practice at being a good neighbour and conducting small experiments in city-building. I've been writing about my projects, thoughts, and encounters on my own blog and at Strong Towns since.

  • Wonder


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