I was born in the prairie grassland ecosystem of Saskatchewan. It is the home landland of the Saulteaux (Ojibwa), Cree, and Assiniboine peoples. I went to school in Calgary, Halifax, and West Lafeyette (Indiana) before starting my position at the University of Toronto. I now split my time between Mississauga, Ontario and the Aspen Parklands, Saskatchewan. My home rivers are the Credit Valley River and the Assissiboine River.