I’m a scientist by training, having graduated from the University of Calgary twice—once in 2013 with a Bachelor of Health Sciences, and again in 2014 with a Master of Biomedical Technology.
How did I get into design, then? During my undergraduate studies, I participated in the iGEM competition, where I fell in love with synthetic biology, biotechnology, graphic design, and UX design.
Since then, I’ve been a design guy, a sales guy, a marketing guy, a government advocacy guy, and a community engagement guy. But the core of everything I do (and still do) revolves around my love for both biotech and design. I hope that I can bring these two areas together to help build an ecosystem that encourages biotech entrepreneurs to make big things happen.
Life Science Marketing Consultant and Designer
My consulting work has connected me to many different clients, primarily working in life sciences and digital technology. My main services are graphic design, web design, and branding, but I have also worked on event coordination, program management, content creation, and UX design projects in the past.
I continue to work on community development projects to build a robust and sustainable ecosystem for life science innovation in Alberta.
Manager, Memberships and Partnerships (Contract)
2015 – 2016
BioAlberta is the central voice and organizing hub for the life science industry in Alberta. I managed and maintained connections to over 140 member companies, learning about their specific business and advocacy concerns and helping to shape programming and initiatives to help them.
I helped recruit over 20 new members and partners over the year, increasing membership revenues by over 20%. To support those companies, I also helped raise over $50,000 of sponsorship for programs and events.
Sales and Account Manager
I researched sales leads for a synthetic biology startup that produced educational toolkits that allowed students to engineer their own bacteria and learn about biotechnology. I also provided technical support for early adopters and beta testers that we sponsored at the iGEM competition using our platform.
Executive Judging Committee Member
As a member of the Executive Judging Committee, I help make the overall judging experience better for both the iGEM teams and the judging panel, including revisions to the judging criteria and support for the judging panel at the competition.
Workshop Mentor and Judge
2014 – Present
I have mentored high school and undergraduate iGEM teams from across Alberta at various workshops aimed to prepare them for the competition. I have given a number of talks on applying graphic design theory to presentations and websites (“wikis”), and have also judged at the Alberta-centered “aGEM” competition.
2013 – 2018
As a former iGEM student, I had the pleasure of being invited to be part of the judging team at iGEM starting in 2013. Each year I go back to see the amazing work and creativity coming from young innovative synthetic biologists.
In 2018, I had the great honour of winning the Best Veteran Judge prize at the iGEM Giant Jamboree.
Master of Biomedical Technology (MBT)
University of Calgary
2013 – 2014
Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours), Bioinformatics
University of Calgary
2009 – 2013