I trained as a horticulturalist at Niagara College (Welland, Ontario, Canada), and worked as a landscaping consultant at Richlyn Nurseries (Fergus, Ontario, Canada), specialising in IPM (Integrated Pest Management) and landscape design.
Eventually I became discouraged by the many unsustainable practices of the industry, and unaware of permaculture at the time, I pursued an opportunity to leverage my keen interest in computers and critical thinking skills. I left the field of horticulture to develop a career in Information Technology as a systems support engineer which I enjoyed for ten years before I began to long for a livelihood closer to nature.
I immigrated to Sydney, Australia in 2006, then to the Sunshine Coast, QLD in 2011, where I discovered permaculture, rekindling my passion for nature. I became, as Geoff Lawton says, "infected" with permaculture and read as many books and watched as many videos as I could on the subject while practicing what I learned in my backyard. Unable to imagine myself doing anything else I wanted to take the next step, so I completed the Permaculture Design Certificate course with Geoff Lawton at PRI in April 2013.
After completing my PDC, I volunteered at the Centre for Growing Sustainability on the Sunshine Coast where I was the Garden Committee Co-Ordinator and designed the initial CGS community vegetable garden plot.
In July 2013 I started my own design and consulting business; Regenerative Designs. I provide permaculture consulting and design services on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland for people that want to work with nature, not against it. My designs focus on regenerating and recreating damaged landscapes and habitats using indigenous and native plants, and I am particularly passionate about food forests and productive polycultures.