At The Financial Post, they call me the girl who played with tax data and uncovered the foreign funding of Canadian green groups. But it wasn't always this way...
Born in Vancouver, I am a B.C. girl at heart. As a child I lived in Kitimat. My father taught at Kildala Elementary School. Our family eventually moved to Kamloops where I finished high school at Westsyde Secondary (a proud Westsyde Whunda!). After a few years at community college and U.B.C., I went back east for a B.Sc. from McGill University. My major was Nutrition. I also have a Masters of Science from l'Université of Montréal.
During the 1990s, I worked for the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) on programs for maternal and infant nutrition in Guatemala (1990-1995) and Indonesia (1996-2000). I also did some food aid planning for the U.N. High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR). Before that, I had worked with Algonquin people to prevent diabetes in their communities in the north part of Quebec.
During 2002 and 2003, I was Corporate Development Manager for North America for NUTRECO, one of the world's largest producers of farmed salmon and fish feed.
In 2006, I prepared a submission to the Special Committee on Sustainable Aquaculture of the B.C. Government. While preparing that submission, I unexpectedly came across a grant for an "antifarming camapign" with "science messages" and "earned media." When I raised questions about this grant from the Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation, four grants for a multi-million dollar campaign against salmon farming were quietly re-written by the Moore foundation. While going through the tax returns of American charitable foundations to try and figure out who was funding the campaign against salmon farming, I happened to notice many grants for a "Tar Sands Campaign" (see here also). That's when I started to write about the campaign against Alberta oil.
If you would like to read more about how I ended up going from UNICEF to salmon farming, and started writing this blog, please click here.
As I tried to take a look at the salmon farming controversy from a marketing perspective - a point of view that I missed when I worked in the industry - I wrote two papers about the so-called 'science' about PCBs in farmed salmon, and sea lice - and the money behind it.
Since the fall of 2010, I have been writing a series of articles published in The Financial Post.
I reside in North Vancouver and can be reached at [email protected] or @FairQuestions, on Twitter.
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