L’Allié. When I came across the name – which means ‘the ally’ – it resonated.
I have often been caught on both sides of issues explaining and defending one group to another. I’m from Western Canada but lived 17 years in France and Quebec; was a climate advocate from an Oil & Gas family, and an engineer who spent his degree making a movie. I’ve come to respect the fact that there are many ways to see the same reality.
“L’Allié” has become a bit of a job description and an ideal I try to live up to – is my work helping others? Am I there for people when it matters? Would I be considered an ally?
A Western Canadian raised in France, I studied mechanical engineering at the École Polytechnique de Montréal (B.Eng 11′) and filmmaking at the New York Film Academy (Cert. 08′), then moved back to B.C. and worked in mining, engine emissions compliance and political organising.
My true passion is politics and public service and I ran three times for office (note: I am currently not a member of any political party), focusing on shifting the debate on climate change. It was during this time that I was struck by the disconnect between our current political discussions and the (really) big challenges the 21st century.
In April 2016 I moved to Toronto to research and write a book about the future we face and how to make sense of it.
In 2017, I launched the Centre for Human Success, a nonprofit dedicated to advancing the discussion on what success might look like for humanity this century, and advocating for solutions to achieve that vision. Currently it is mostly inactive as I focus on finishing my book (due in 2019).