I have 9 years of international and Canadian experience with specialized knowledge in Conflict Resolution, Qualitative research, Peace-building, Restorative Justice and Reconciliation. As a Mediator and Circle Keeper I bring a unique and highly diverse set of experiences to my teachings, research, project management and trainings. With a focus on International cross-cultural settings, conflict transformation, negotiations, power-rebalancing, Indigenous rights advocacy, consensus building, mediation and conflict coaching.
I am currently in my forth year of my PhD at Queens University working in Human Geography in the Heath, Environment and Communities lab working with Dr. Heather Castleden. My research is looking at Critical Geographies of living well (Buen vivir) in the Ecuadorian Amazon where I am examining decolonial knowledge production, power in neocolonial extractive landscapes, feminist political ecology and geographies of peace. I am working in collaboration and partnership with members of the Indigenous Shuar Community through community-based participatory research to preserve their ancestral territory and traditional ecological knowledge. My PhD work is activist oriented looking to help protect Shuar knowledge and territory in the Ecuadorian Amazon against rising transitional mining interests in the area.
My research is also working to support their Community Based Eco-Tourism Projects, and broader Foundation founded by the Chiriap Shuar family for Indigenous peoples of the Ecuadorian Amazon and stewardship of their forests. You can check out the project at Inishanunka.org
I have completed my Masters of Philosophy in International Peace Studies from Trinity College and have obtained Advanced Dispute resolution training from York University, and the GlenCree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation. I am fluent in English, Portuguese, Spanish and can speak some Haitian Creole. I learned to speak both Spanish and Portuguese while living abroad in South America after completing my undergraduate degree in Philosophy and Environmental Studies. My experiences abroad and especially in Latin America, have created a passion for reconciling relations to our natural world and one another.
Having travelled to 42 countries across the globe all of my experiences, studies, and work have shaped my passion to make the world a better place. As of right now I am available for part-time consulting work at home in Toronto, remotely, and internationally. Over the next few months you will find me back and forth from the Ecuadorian Amazon, the site of my field research.