· Born in St. John’s, Newfoundland
· Class valedictorian of Lester B. Pearson Memorial High School
· Received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Political Science in 1997 and a Business Management Diploma in 2000
· Served as Campaigns Coordinator of the Canadian Federation of Students in Newfoundland and Labrador for two terms, 1999-2000 and 2000-2001
· Successfully organized referendums and protests to achieve tuition fee reductions
· Works in the accounting department of an importer and wholesaler of home and garden accessories
· Volunteer with Habitat for Humanity.