In 2018, I made the bold decision to go back to school. Having completed my undergraduate degree while working full-time in 2015, I had aspirations of studying at the Masters level. I began my MSc International Business studies in August 2018, and embarked on a journey that I could never have anticipated!
My programme has provided me with myriad opportunities to deep-dive into topics that spark my curiosity. I have collaborated with fellow students to write about human trafficking in the workplace from an international Human Resources perspective, ecoTourism, ethical sourcing in supply chain management, and how the informal economy can be leveraged to create social equity.
Earning the top mark for our International Supply Chain Management paper, which focused on sustainable energy sources in supply chains, my co-writer Kathleen Gracey and I were encouraged to submit our work for inclusion at the Principles of Responsible Management Education UK & Ireland Chapter meeting, held in July 2019. I represented our work during the presentations at the University of Leeds.
Given my passion for the environment, my research gravitated towards the circumpolar Arctic and the implications of increased maritime traffic on the Arctic Blue Economy. For my MSc dissertation, I asked questions concerning what the opening of the Northern Sea Route means for Indigenous groups across the region, and I used UN SDGs 14 (Life Below Water), eight (Decent Work and Economic Growth), nine (Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure), and 13 (Climate Action) to explore how sustainable development may be achieved along Arctic waterways.
Since the completion of my MSc degree, I have been heavily involved in youth initiatives pertaining to the circumpolar Arctic, as well as international and Canadian policy issues. I serve as one of two Festival coordinators on the UK Polar Network Committee, and as the International Lead on Youth Change Canada, a non-partisan pilot project working to gather youth perspective and input on Canadian policy. In January 2020, I was selected as one of 35 under 35 Emerging Arctic Leaders by Arctic Frontiers, and traveled to the high north of Norway to participate in a week-long study tour alongside fellow Emerging Leaders from both Arctic and Non-Arctic states. My experience was shared by the Squamish Chief newspaper, and the article was subsequently picked up by Vancouver Is Awesome, linked here.
Most recently, I had the honour of representing my home university on the Model Arctic Council, hosted by the University of Akureyri, Iceland. I have written about the experience here. I also had the opportunity to contribute to the World Wildlife Fund Youth Takeover issue of The Circle magazine, linked here.
I am enthusiastic in my research pursuits, and look forward to building my career as an international relations researcher and advocate for the circumpolar Arctic.
If you have any questions or comments about my research, or if you are interested in collaborating, I invite you to please contact me.