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RELEVANT WORK HISTORY

2013 – Present

Freelance Writer

Written for The Huffington Post, The Globe & Mail, University of Toronto Magazine, and Maclean’s. See “My Writing” section in portfolio for more details.

2010 – Present

Consultant & Public Speaker

Consulting and/or speaking engagements include The International Federation of Red Cross & Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Save the Children USA, The World Economic Forum (WEF), Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN), VidCon, YouTube/Google, South By Southwest (SXSW), United States Department of State (Tech@State), Embassy of the United States of America in Bangladesh, American International School in Dhaka (AISD), Kansas State University, and Columbia University.

2007 – Present

Media Commentator

Quoted, interviewed, and/or featured in CNN, CBC News, CBC Radio, BBC News, BBC World Service, NPR, Mashable, The Globe & Mail, The Toronto Star, The Huffington Post, NewsTalk Radio (Toronto), Global News (Canada), KABC Radio (Los Angeles), Dubai Eye (UAE), Deutsche Welle (Germany), and various publications in Bangladesh. Topics include LGBTQ issues, Bangladesh, Islamic extremism, charity, international aid and development, social media, and a variety of global issues. See “In The News” section in portfolio for examples.

2007 – 2014

Founder

The Uncultured Project

Please read my about me page and see the “My Videos” section of my portfolio to learn more about this award-winning work.

EDUCATION

2018

Certificate of Multimedia Journalism

University of Toronto

Certificate program designed specifically for journalists and freelance writers, communications professionals, and writers in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. Taught by industry leaders in journalism, freelance writing, and online communications.

2005

Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

University of Trinity College
University of Toronto

Focus on Sociology, Political Science, and Economics. Received multiple scholarships, inducted into the Golden Key International Honour Society, and part of the Trinity College Rugby Team. Graduated with Distinction.

2005 – 2006

Graduate Course Credits

University of Notre Dame

Received a full scholarship to the University of Notre Dame to pursue a Masters and PhD in Sociology. Served as department representative to the Graduate Student Union and as well as a Teaching and Research Assistant. Withdrew in good standing in 2007 to pursue what would be later known as “The Uncultured Project”.

2001 – 2002

Undergraduate Course Credits

Dalhousie University

Course credits in Economics to supplement courses taken at Mount Saint Vincent University.

2000 – 2002

Undergraduate Course Credits

Mount Saint Vincent University

Received multiple concurrent full scholarships and was elected and served on the University’s Board of Governors. Withdrew in 2002 after accepting a scholarship from the University of Toronto.

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AWARDS & DISTINCTIONS

The Shorty Awards

Judge (2015 – Present)

Inducted to The Real Time Academy of Short Form Arts & Sciences

The Webby Awards

Webby Award Winner (2013)

Online Film & Video for Public Service & Activism (Channel)

World Economic Forum

Davos Debates Winner (2011)

“White Badge” (Full Access) Participant Status at Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland

Government of Nova Scotia

Honored by Legislative Resolution (2010)

Resolution 2105 (passed November 15th, 2010) honors  my humanitarian work done in Bangladesh and Kenya. Applauds ingenuity of using online video to enable donors to see where their money is going.

The Webby Awards

People’s Voice Winner (2013)

Online Film & Video for Public Service & Activism (Channel)

YouTube/Google

YouTube Honors Grant Recipient (2010)

Awarded to Selected Top Content Partners

The Project for Awesome

Winner (2012)

Recipient of charitable grant awarded for my work with “The Uncultured Project”.

Microsoft

Multiple Scholarships (2010 & 2011)

Scholarships in collaboration with the Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN). Included speaking at Microsoft-chaired sessions at the 2010 and 2011 NTEN conferences in Atlanta and Washington DC.

The Webby Awards

Official Honoree (2009)

Experimental Online Film

Shuttleworth Foundation

Flash Grant Recipient (2012)

Awarded as a “social change agent” for my work with “The Uncultured Project”