Masters of Applied Science, University of Ottawa, 2016
Bachelors of Engineering, University of Guelph, 2013
Government Work Experience
Policy Analyst - Health Canada - Tobacco Control Directorate - 2016 - Current
Core Policy Functions
Assembled the literature on tobacco promotion, and wrote a review on the capacity for tobacco packaging to act as promotion and how this capacity is mitigated through plain and Standardized packaging measures.
Contributed to the development of options concerning the treatment of specific tobacco products under the proposed plain and standardized packaging regulations.
Developed the projected time line and critical path for the introduction of plain packaging in Canada, based on treasury board standard durations and input from the department.
Led the Canada Gazette, Part I consultation process for plain and standardized appearance of tobacco products.
Supporting Policy Functions
Developed and ran the on-line portion of the National Tobacco Conference in May of 2017.
Helped to adapt policy for the treatment of specific tobacco products based on the results of public opinion research, public consultations, and economic analysis.
Debriefed verbally up to the Director level, and have contributed to presentations DECKs for the ADM, DM and Minister.
Through working closely with my team and mentors at the Tobacco Control Directorate I have developed strong Analytical, Collaborative, and Adaptable competencies.
During my masters, which required extensive genomic analysis, I developed a strong capacity for data analysis and data visualization.
Working on large public consultations (over 58,000 submissions) at the Tobacco Control Directorate helped me further develop my data analysis and data visualization skillsets.
Through the XFN program I would like to gain experience and mentorship in my user-centric and storytelling competencies.
Work Experience (Non Government)
Student Researcher - Ottawa Hospital Research Institute - 2012
Worked with and adapted well defined analysis pipelines designed for large scale genomic analysis.
Developed skills necessary to transform loosely defined project requirements into useful analysis software.
Gained experience presenting to subject specialists.
Student Research Assistant - University of Guelph - 2011-2012
Exposed to a variety of research environments, including soil analysis, pyrolysis / gasification prototyping and materials surface testing.
Gained experience applying statistical analysis to small data sets.
Developed tools that could automate data collection and assessment.
Plain and Standardized Appearance Canada Gazette, Part I Consultation
Led the preparation for 2018 consultation process, which involved contacting stakeholders and working with other departments within Health Canada.
Contributed to the preparation of briefing materials following submissions from major stakeholders and debriefed verbally up to the director level.
Participated in meetings with stakeholder groups.
Liaised with the contractor during the development of the formal consultation summary.
Micro Assignment at the in the Deputy Minister of Health’s Office
Reviewed incoming media requests, briefing notes, question period notes and memos.
Summarized and distributed notes from meetings between ADMs and the Deputy.
Gained insight into how the upper management of Health Canada functions.
Virtual National Tobacco Forum
Led the development and procurement of a virtual space for those outside of Ottawa who wished to take part in the National Tobacco Forum in March of 2017.
Gained experience working with external contractors.
Wrote technical support documentation and provided direct support for registering for the Forum and logging into the WebEx session.
Gained leadership experience setting up the event and organizing both the French and English teams.
Structuring and Analysis of Consultation Emails 2017
Took over the role of assessing incoming consultation response emails, as the volume dramatically increased.
Analyzed the incoming emails to assess the time-line that each of the stakeholder groups responded.
Preformed text mining on each stakeholder group to quantify their specific concerns.
Assembling the Literature for Tobacco Labeling and Plain Package
Focused on a detail oriented approach, ensuring that statements in current documentation align appropriately with their sources.
Systematical assembled relevant literature on the subjects in such a way as to ease the transition for new entrants.
Provided cross cutting support to both teams in the Labeling and Packaging Divisions.
Distinction of Simulated and Real RNA Hairpins
Applied supervised machine learning algorithms to distinguish between simulated and real RNA hairpins.
Incorporated meta analysis in the form of bagging to help avoid overtraining.
Comparison of the Compression Methods for EMG Signals
Implemented and compared five algorithms, both lossy and lossless, for the compression of EMG signals.
Utilized C as the core language for each of the implementations and developed a wrapper for analysis in both Bash and Python.
Mastodon.el - The Mastodon Client for Emacs
Gained experience working with distant project collaborators.
Developed documentation habits to ensure clear representation of my work.
Exposure to a rigorous test driven environment, meant to ensure a quality and stable product for users.