What outreach or public engagement do you do?
Over the years I have done many activities from DNA extractions to dissections with students ranging from primary to high school. I have participated in many of our institutional events such as our open house. I have also provided lab tours and contributed to professional development activities of school teachers.
Why are you passionate about reaching out to young people or the public?
It is a lot of fun. A curious and educated public will hopefully also value and support science. An informed public will also be able to make more informed decisions about a wide range of issues as well as support science to solve problems ranging from diseases to climate change.
You are a scientist. Did you ever want to be something else?
Yes, I think I would have also been an awesome ski bum or a pilot.
What three achievements in your life are you proudest of?
I am a proud father of four boys that enjoy a good challenge and appreciate education. I am proud of having been able to work with so many students and the opportunity to show them amazing things about my area of expertise. I am honored that my students and the university have recognized my teaching with an Excellence in Teaching award.
What was your first summer job?
A cashier at a fast food restaurant, but in my teens I have also worked as a rink rat, built outhouses and fences as well as cleaned up rural garbage sites in North Eastern BC.
Which favourite artists/groups/pieces of music do you listen to?
I have a high turnover on my playlist but some of my current favorites include: The Arkells, The Zolas, Radiohead and Twenty One Pilots.
How do you get to work every day?
I drive 286 km from Hope to the Burnaby campus and back in the most fuel efficient cars I can afford.
What are your favorite things to do when you aren’t working?
I love mountain biking, alpine skiing, hiking and running. I also enjoy family dinners and entertaining with family and friends.
Which 5 words would you use to describe yourself?
Curious, Energetic, Adrenalin-junky, Happy and Helpful
What advice do you have for a young person wanting to pursue outreach as a part of a science?
Just try it.