Education & Awards

MA New Media Digital Cultures University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam Netherlands | 2020

BA Peace, Conflict, & Justice/Book & Media Studies University of Toronto, Toronto ON | 2019

  • Dean’s List of Academic Achievement/Honours with High Distinction
  • Michael’s College McLuhan Award in Innovation and Creativity in Learning
  • UofT National Scholarship Award (one of ten annual recipients, full university funding)
  • Loran Regional British Columbia Scholar

Professional Experience

Research Assistant, University of Toronto iSchool Toronto, ON | May 2019 – present

  • Supervised by Dr. Leslie Shade;
  • Wrote non-fiction book on women’s rights and digital privacy/security;
  • Supported through the SHHRC Grant: Opening the Door on Digital Privacy: Practices, Policies, & Pedagogies.

 Research Assistant, The Centre for Digital Media Vancouver, BC | April 2019 – present

  • Supervised by Dr. Richard Smith;
  • Edited, researched, and co-wrote sections of the third edition of New Media: An Introduction with Professor Richard Smith for Oxford University Press.

Research Fellow, Mosaic Institute of Canada Toronto, ON | Aug 2018 – April 2019

  • Co-designed student-based activity to help identify participant’s own implicit racial bias, implemented through University of Toronto and translated into an academic paper.

Communication Coordinator, Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner for British Columbia Victoria, BC | May – Sept 2018

  • Created accessible guidance on BC’s Personal Information Protect Act (PIPA) for private businesses collecting and handling BC citizen’s personal information for PrivacyRight;
  • Wrote webinars, public service announcements, and blog posts on PIPA;
  • Advised on various public speeches and media responses for the BC Commissioner.

Author, Orca Book Publishers International Victoria, BC | Aug 2015 – Sept 2018

  • Can Your Smartphone Change the World, Sep 2017; Can Your Outfit Change the World?, April 2018; Can Your Conversations Change the World?, Sep 2018;
  • International distribution and media promotion.

Human Rights Research Fellow, Level Justice Toronto, ON | Jan 2018– April 2018

  • Co-wrote 25-page research report on how legal resources can effectively assist Indigenous communities during environmental conflicts.

Founder, Editor and Writer, PopActivism Blog Virtual | Sep 2015 – Jan 2018

  • Researched the impact of popular culture on social systems, designed website, and published 26 articles;
  • Promoted work through dedicated social media accounts resulting in content viewed by over 7,000 people from 73 countries.

Content Creator, MUCH Canada ‘SIDES*’ Television Show Toronto, ON | Sep – Dec 2017

  • Produced weekly videos responding to political issues, created online engagement.

Intern, She’s the First New York, NY | June – Aug 2017

  • Co-created annual funder impact packages and secured future sponsorship, summarizing the funding’s impact on women’s global educational rights.

Community Involvement, Extracurricular, and Volunteer Activities

Peer Advisor/Women in Leadership Mentor Trinity College, Toronto, ON | Sep 2015 – present

  • Offered personal and academic advice to students in office hours and organized events.

Head of Fundraising, UofT Students for Change Group Toronto, ON | Sep 2016 – Dec 2017

  • Fundraised on campus for organizations working to support women’s rights.

Canadian Federal Representative Daughters of the Vote Foundation, Ottawa, ON | Mar 2017

  • Selected through competitive process to represent Esquimalt-Saanich-Sooke federal riding in the House of Commons;
  • Participated in intersectional workshops and occupied MP’s role for the day.

Trinity One Representative Women in House Parliament Program, Ottawa, ON | Mar 2016

  • Selected through competitive process to represent University of Toronto and shadow MP Sheila Malcolmson in the House of Commons.

Founder, ActionNOW Activism Group Victoria, BC | Sep 2011 – June 2015

  • Contacted and organized weekly guest speakers, ex. Green Party Leader Elizabeth May;
  • Created political awareness projects, ex. PSA on importance of young male feminists;
  • Organized and supported multiple local political demonstrations, ex. Idle No More.

Speaking Engagements 

University of Toronto Guest Lecturer Toronto, ON | May 2018

  • Designed and presented lecture on social media activism to undergraduate class.

National Privacy and Data Governance Congress Calgary, AB | Oct 2014

  • Spoke on panel about social media privacy rights to students, educators, and media.

Social Media Camp Conference Victoria, BC | Apr 2014

  • Organized and spoke on ‘Bullying and Harassment in a new age of Social Media’ panel.

15thAnnual Privacy and Security Conference Victoria, BC | Feb 2015

  • Spoke on ‘Social Media Online Reputation – Harassment and Bullying’ panel.

Privacy and Access 20/20: A New Vision for Information Rights Vancouver, BC | Oct 2013

  • Spoke on panel about youth online privacy with Facebook’s privacy and safety manager.