I received all of my degrees from the Faculty of Forestry at the University of Toronto, gradually moving from forest operations to wood chemistry, to pulp and paper science, and ultimately to advanced forest products including energy production. Along the way I became very interested in the policy aspects of both environmental management and technology development. From 2001-2003, I held a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Liu Institute for Global Issues at the University of British Columbia, where I focused on the environmental aspects related to human security in the global context. From 2003 until 2008, I was a Research Associate in the Forest Products Biotechnology group at UBC, where I was involved in the development of new bioenergy and biofuel technologies – both in Canada and around the world. My main area of focus was exploring policy tools to evaluate the efficiency of new energy systems, and to deploy these types of technologies in commercial application. Much of this work was done in conjunction with the International Energy Agency (IEA) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). I have been at Queen’s University since 2008 and currently hold an appointment in the Department of Geography and Planning. I am also the Executive Director of the School of Policy Studies and an Associate Dean in the Faculty of Arts and Science at Queen's University. I have a cross-appointment to the School of Environmental Studies. I am currently the Director of the Queen’s Institute for Energy and Environmental Policy.