Experience

  • Digitization Special Projects Associate, University of Calgary; Calgary, AB — Present
  • Research Associate/Digitization Assistant, University of Calgary; Calgary, AB — 2014 - 2016
  • Reporter, Rocky Mountain Outlook newspaper; Banff-Canmore, AB — 2002 - 2014
  • Freelance writer and photographer — 1999 - present
  • Reporter, Canmore Leader newspaper; Canmore, AB — 1999 - 2002

Education

  • Alberta Museums Association – Exhibits course, 2012
  • Mount Royal College, Calgary, AB – Diploma of Journalism, 1995
  • Prescott College, Prescott, AZ — Bachelor of Arts, Writing/Photography, 1996

Blogs

Presentations/Tours

  • The Calgary Regiment: From Reggio to Motta, The Military Museums, Calgary, AB (April 2014)
  • A Picnic Rather Than a War: The Second World War Journals of Doc Alexander, The Military Museums, Calgary, AB (March 2014)
  • A Picnic Rather Than a War: The Second World War Journals of Doc Alexander, Canmore Museum & Geoscience Centre (Nov. 2013)
  • The History of Canmore: The Quick Version, Canmore Museum & Geoscience Centre (Oct. 2012), a special historical presentation for delegates attending for the 17th Canadian National Child and Youth Care Conference
  • Oil, Water and Blood: The Dieppe Journal of Doc Alexander, The Military Museums, Calgary, AB (Sept. 2012)
  • Canmore Historical Walking Tours, Canmore Museum & Geoscience Centre (Summer 2012)
  • Canmore: Then and Now, Canmore Museum & Geoscience Centre (May 2012)
  • Canmore: What’s our identity, really?, Canmore Rotary Club, Canmore, AB (April 2012)
  • Photographers Showcase, EXPOSURE: Calgary Banff Canmore Photography Festival, Banff, AB (Feb. 2012)
  • Canmore the Survivor, Friends of the Canmore Public Library, Canmore, AB (Jan. 2012)
  • Canmore: A Great History, Canmore Seniors’ Association, Canmore, AB (Jan. 2012)

Projects

  • Interpretive signs for Rotary Friendship Park, Rotary Club of Canmore (2014)
  • Interpretive historical plaques for Quarry Lake, Town of Canmore (2012)
  • Interpretive historical plaques for The Hector and The Blakiston buildings at Palliser Village, Canmore, AB, CCL Classic Communities, writing (2010)
  • Historical walking tour brochure, Canmore Museum & Geoscience Centre, layout, photography and writing (2008)
  • Captions for Town of Canmore photography exhibition Taking the Natural Step: What Comes Naturally, writing (2008)
  • Canmore Children’s Festival program layout and design, (2000–present)
  • Negotiating Place: 100 Views of the Eastern Bow Valley, photographer (2007)
  • Morley Community School Student/ Parent handbook, layout and design (2005)
  • Three Sisters Royal Canadian Legion video interviews with Canmore veterans (2005)
  • Evolution of Main Street comparison photography project, Canmore Museum & Geoscience Centre (2000)

Television

  • Historical advisor/guest, How to Survive a Nuclear, Pyramid Productions Inc., Calgary (2009)
  • Historical advisor, Exhibit eh! Exposing Canada One Mystery at a Time, Big Red Barn Entertainment (2006)

Media Coverage

  • CBC Calgary Radio, The Eyeopener with David Grey, Canmore man publishes WWII journals (Sept. 13, 2012)
  • The Globe and Mail, Dieppe remembered 70 years later through a grandfather’s red leather journal, Carrie Tait, (Aug. 19, 2012)

WRITING

 Books

  • The History of Canmore, Alberta, Summerthought Publishing, author (2010)
  • Survival in Paradise: A Century of Coal Mining in the Bow Valley, Canmore Museum & Geoscience Centre (2008), editor, layout and design, sidebar writer
  • The Exshaw Cement Plant: Foundations for the Future, Lafarge Canada (2006) co-author, layout and design
  • Exshaw: Heart of the Valley, Exshaw Historical Society (2005) co-author, layout and design

Magazines

  • Eliminating barriers for people with chronic diseases, Apple Magazine (Summer 2015)
  • Morleyville story, Canada’s History Magazine need date
  • 1812 in Living Colour, Canada’s History Magazine (April/May 2012)
  • Jane Ash Poitras, November 12 to 22, Galleries West (Spring 2012)
  • Wheeler House becomes artist group’s inspiration, The Alpine Club of Canada Gazette (Winter 2010)
  • Bonny Books, Legacy Magazine (Winter 2009)
  • A Dark Secret: Your Friendly Neighbourhood Fall-out Shelter, Highline Magazine (Winter 2009)
  • Previews and Profiles: Silke Otto-Knapp, Galleries West (Summer 2009)
  • Previews and Profiles: John H. Burrow, Galleries West (Summer 2009)
  • Reviews: Alex Janvier, Galleries West (Spring 2008)
  • Annie Staple: Gatekeeper, The Midlands Ancestor (2007)
  • Great Galleries: Corridor Collective, Galleries West (Spring 2008)
  • Previews and Profiles: Dieter Schlatter, Galleries West (Summer 2008)
  • Process: Diane Colwell, Galleries West (Summer 2008)
  • Annie Staple: Chief Gatekeeper Rocky Mountains Park, Experience the Mountain Parks (2007/2008)
  • Cycling with Grizzlies: Moraine Lake Highline, Pedal Magazine (Fall 2007)
  • Archaeology lessons at the Nickle Arts Museum’s Ancient Peru Unearthed Exhibit, Legacy Magazine (Fall 2006)
  • Heroes in Holland, Legacy Magazine (Winter 2005)
  • Rob Bosinger: Last Run, Ski Canada (Fall 2005)
  • The Sound of Drowning, Standing Wave Literary Journal (Fall 1996)
  • Tall Peaks on Thin Air, Explore Magazine (Aug./Sept. 1995)

 Websites

  • The Military Museums, Calgary, Hub Gray biography (2015)
  •  The Military Museums, Calgary, Andrew Hamilton Gault biography (2014)
  • SolaraLife.com, regular monthly freelance writing (2004-2008)

PHOTOGRAPHY

Publications

  • Galleries West Magazine
  • Legacy Magazine
  • Rocky Mountain Outlook  
  • Town of Canmore
  • SolaraLife
  • Calgary Herald
  • Alpine Club of Canada
  • High Country Colour
  • Canmore Leader
  • Canmore Tourism Planner 2006–2007, Tourism Canmore
  • Prescott College
  • Rock & Ice Magazine

Public art

  • Town of Canmore Utility Box Art Program, 2014

Exhibitions

2015

  • Canmore Juxtaposed: An exhibition of blended photography, Canmore Museum & Geoscience Centre, Canmore, AB
  • Canmore J uxtaposed: An exhibition of blended photography, Three Sisters Gallery, Canmore, AB

2014

  • Town of Canmore Utility Box Art Program, 2014

2013

  • TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary, F3 – TRUCK Gallery’s Fifty/Fifty Fundraiser, Calgary, AB
  • Cultivation: a celebration of mentorship, group exhibition, Elevation Contemporary Art Gallery, Canmore, AB
  • Open Photo/Open Digital 2013: Visual Arts Alberta, juried group exhibition, Kaasa Gallery Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, Edmonton, AB and Alcove Gallery, Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, Calgary, AB
  • Canmore mural competition: one of three photographers chosen to display a three ft. by four ft. photographic mural in downtown Canmore, AB during Exposure 2013: Banff Calgary Canmore Photography Festival.
  • Breaking Ground: Photographers Tamara Eder and Rob Alexander interpret the landscape, Exposure: Calgary Banff Canmore Photography Festival, Elevation Contemporary Art Gallery, Canmore, AB

    
2012

  • Local(e) – homegrown inspiration: a group exhibition showcasing the innovation and creativity in the Bow Valley, Elevation Contemporary Art Gallery, Canmore, AB
  • Frozen, solo exhibition, Elevation Contemporary Art Gallery, Canmore, AB
  • A Tribute to the Wheeler House, group exhibition, The Edge Gallery, Canmore, AB

2011

  • Blossoms & Botanicals, group show, Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, Banff, AB
  • Where We Are: A Sense of Place, Canmore 2011 wall projection, Exposure 2011 Calgary Banff Canmore Photography Festival

2010

  • Terra Firma: a salon of small objects, group exhibition, Elevation Contemporary Art Gallery, Canmore, AB
  • A Tribute to the Wheeler House, group exhibition, Banff Park Museum National Historic Site, Banff, AB

2009

  • Small Treasures Art Exhibition and Sale, group exhibition, Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, Banff, AB
  • A Question of Perspective (Size Matters), group exhibition, Elevation Contemporary Art Gallery, Canmore, AB

Collections

  • Wheeler House Foundation

Awards

  • First place, Best Historical Story, Canadian Community Newspaper Association (spring 2014). “Attack on hilltop town ‘bloody suicide’.” Rocky Mountain Outlook newspaper.
  • Third Place, Best Local News Story, Alberta Newspaper Association Better Newspapers Competition Award of Excellence (Spring 2011). “Life and times of a cougar named Doug,” Rocky Mountain Outlook newspaper.
  • Third Place, Best Environmental Writing, Alberta Weekly Newspaper Association Better Newspapers Competition Award of Excellence (Fall 2010). “Hike Highlights Burgess Shale Creatures,” Rocky Mountain Outlook newspaper.
  • Nominee, Community Builder – Individual, Mayor’s Awards for Arts and Culture, (2009)
  • First Place, University of Alberta Writing Award (2008).
  • Best Headline Writing, Canadian Community Newspapers Association (2006). “Sorcerer spells doom for local lad,” Rocky Mountain Outlook.


Volunteer Experience

  • Canmore Miners’ Union Hall Restoration Committee, Canmore, AB (current)
  • Canmore Museum & Geoscience Centre, lectures and guided heritage walks, (current)
  • Community Public Art Committee, Canmore, AB (2010-2012)
  • Canmore artsPeak Arts Festival (2008-2011)
  • Canmore Children’s Festival (2000-2011)