I grew up on the tiny island of Saint Lucia before moving to Barbados for college and grad school. After graduation, I headed to Canada to intern at the Centre for Trade Policy and Law and then back to Saint Lucia, where I worked as Senior Policy Officer at the Ministry of Commerce. While there, I recruited some grad school friends and started an e-think tank with the goal of contributing to public policy by providing non-partisan empirical research to policymakers. I soon discovered an interest in business—I enjoyed making pitches to policymakers, networking, raising capital, and managing the team just as much as research. Soon after, I won a prestigious research award with the International Development Research Centre, and moved back to Ottawa.
I loved being in Canada, and began to reevaluate my political aspirations (this may or may not have had to do with the fact that I met an incredible woman). Around that same time, my brother and I discovered that we could turn a specific genus of seaweed into a potent biofertilizer. Just like that, I'd been presented with the perfect opportunity to combine my research and analysis skills with my business management interests. I managed our strategic planning and marketing functions, and pursued an MBA so I could learn the fundamentals of business and simultaneously put that new knowledge to work for our startup.
After the MBA, I moved to Calgary, and then to Vancouver. The incredible woman, now my wife, got a job as a law professor at UBC, so we've (finally!) settled permanently. My current goal is to channel my education and experience into a career in strategy consulting, especially relating to business and innovation. In the meantime, I'm passing on everything I learn from running a startup to other startups, teaching myself how to code, design, and market things, and traveling every chance I get (29 countries and counting!✈️).