About Me

I currently live in Ottawa while I work on my PhD. I grew up in Calgary where I worked and volunteered with nonprofits for more than 14 years. In all of my paid and voluntary roles in the charitable and nonprofit sector, I have been supporting organizations in capacity building so that they can contribute to improved social outcomes in their communities.

Current Projects

  • To what extent is the Canadian charitable sector a politically expressive sector?
    • This is my dissertation project.
  • Charity Self Regulation
    • Understanding the effects of the Imagine Canada Standards Program on participating organizations (PI: Susan Phillips).
  • Charitable Sector Leadership Mechanisms
    • How and when do whole-of-sector charitable sector advocacy mechanisms emerge? (PI: Susan Phillips).
  • Charity Funding
    • Examining fundraising markets and the effects of competition between fundraising organizations within those markets (PI: Nathan Grasse).
    • Understanding the effects of core funding on charitable innovation (PI: Susan Phillips).
    • Understanding what makes charities financially resilient (PI: Susan Phillips).

Past Projects

  • Charity Funding
    • Examining fundraising efficiency at STARS Foundation (with Kirk Schmidt).
  • Charity Governance
    • Assessing the governance standards of the Imagine Canada Standards Program and recommending changes based on academic literature (PI: Nathan Grasse).
  • Volunteerism
    • A series of projects in paid and voluntary roles. Most of my professional experience in the charitable sector has been in roles that included some element of leading, managing, supporting, and training volunteers.