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Summary

After finishing my Master’s degree in Spatial Analysis (MSA) at Ryerson in May 2016, I am hoping to use my extensive background in analysis in either an environmental geospatial context, as would be available with a variety of governmental ministries and departments, or with more demographically-inclined or big-data market analysis (which would be more private sector). My undergraduate degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (HBSc) gives me extra competency in environmental subjects of concern and my previous experience in budget planning and analysis demonstrates my ability to work competently with numbers.

Education

Sep 2014Jun 2016

MASTERS IN SPATIAL ANALYSIS (MSA)

Ryerson University
  • Defended thesis on geospatial analysis of road salt distribution across various watersheds in southern Ontario and presented findings and topic at conferences and symposia
  • Completed Courses/Seminars include Database Management & Spatial Technologies, Analytical Methods & Spatial Data, GIS Project Management Applications, Thematic Cartography & Geovisualization, Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis of Land Resources.
  • Marker/Invigilator for: GEO513 (Physical Geography in Decision Support) & GEO110 (The Physical Environment), both Dr. Douglas Banting; & GEO151 (Location, Location, Location) with Stephen Swales.
  • Ryerson Graduate Fellowship (2014)
Sep 2007Jun 2012

BACHELORS OF SCIENCE (HONOURS) (HBSc)

University of Toronto
  • Specialist (Double Major) in 1) Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and 2) Cell & Systems Biology
  • Lecture & Laboratory Courses including Molecular Evolution, Bioinformatics & Computational Genomics, Phylogenetics, Avian Biology, Amphibian Biology, Animal Energetics, Respiration Neurobiology, Molecular/Cell Biology, Human/Animal Physiology, Virology, Organic Chemistry, Anatomy, Evolution.
  • 4th-year independent research project on a comparison of Bayesian & parsimonious methodologies for morphology-based phylogenies of various vertebrate groups and the impact that lack of molecular data has on palaeontological phylogenetic analysis.
  • Work Study Lab Assistant, Rowe lab (Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Dept.) from 2010-2011, where I assisted several graduate students in ongoing genetics experiment involving Drosophila melanogaster (fruit flies) and Poecilia reticulate (guppies). Fruit fly lab duties included preparation of experimental equipment, a variety of duties (insect maintenance, media prep, data collection, and data entry) as needed per graduate students and postdoctoral fellow requirements, cleaning and organizing lab.
  • Hosinec Family Scholarship (2012) & Undergraduate Grant (2010 & 2011)

Work History

Sep 2012Nov 2014

Research & Analysis Administrator

Ministry of Community & Social Services, Government of Ontario

Administrative support for a Director & branch staff in the Policy Research & Analysis Branch.

  • Coordinate administrative activities/services for Director & managers: calendar management (scheduling competing appointments and events/workshops/training sessions in Outlook), files/records management (archiving confidential documents), facilities management (conference rooms & resources), issues management, accommodation & information technology (SODO requests), and the development and implementation of new administrative processes & systems. Assist in the administration & processing (IFIS & WIN) of human resources, financial information & documentation for branch. Backup to Assistant Deputy Minister’s Office administration.
  • Prepare/coordinate internal & confidential documents using software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Visio), i.e. emails & correspondence, briefing notes, reports, memoranda, spreadsheets, minutes & presentations for meetings, briefings and committees for Director, with respect to statistical/analytical data in relation to Social Assistance & related programs, in order to drive results-based policy decisions. Coordinate project tracking; using process-tracking software (OCMS) to input/disseminate/approve/monitor various documents & projects outside of branch. Complete ad-hoc requests for accessing data or producing documents, reports, minutes, presentations (Cognos, Excel, SAS). Development of online surveys (Fluid) for inward-facing clients within ministry; provide valuable feedback to client via end-of-process reporting & analysis to accommodate data-driven policy decisions.
May 2008May 2009

Payroll/Workforce Productivity Manager

Hudson's Bay Company

Comprehensive management/execution of all payroll planning, allocation and reporting activities entailing extensive analysis and translation of data as well as management of labour scheduling activities for all HBC stores, totaling $500M annual spend. Managed performance and development objectives of 3 direct reports.

  • Planned annual payroll for HBC stores, following budget directives from leadership, forecasted impacts of payroll business cases throughout the year, resulting in $5M savings in 2008 and a 2009 budget which was $30M less than the previous year.
  • Improved the weekly payroll forecasting process by creating a new “office-to-store” tool, which enhanced store alignment and cooperation with the corporate direction for the business, and led to more accurate and efficient budgets. The tool involved improved and standardized timelines, clear and concise documentation and spreadsheets, and the integration of weekly store forecasts with corporate direction.
  • Provided direction and coaching to employees on the effective use of the HBC labour scheduling tool (Staff Works®). The proper use of the tool balanced spending with the budget, saved $5M in costs in 2008, and enabled the creation of a more-efficient work hierarchy.
  • Constantly reviewed stores to ensure most up-to-date configuration labour scheduling application as necessary as well as provided report tracking and visibility to the allocation of scheduled labour and effective use of store scheduling as needed through store communications (conference calls and presentations) which increases store satisfaction with the tools provided and also allows for increased head office control of payroll spend.
May 2005May 2008

Planning Manager

Hudson's Bay Company

Comprehensive financial management of merchandise departments (numerous housewares areas ranging between $30M and $60M in annual sales) and partnering with the buying and replenishment teams to achieve overall financial and strategic goals.

  • Created and executed merchandising financial plans, and validated the development of assortment plans with buyers, resulting in a sales/profit increase of 10% in one year and consistently meeting budget for three consecutive years. Provided forecasting and open-to-buy (merchandise purchasing budgets) processes, and unit buying plans (flowed purchase plans for units of merchandise) to bring executed actuals in line with budgets. Test-piloted/Validated a completely new in-house SAP-driven retail planning tool called FP (Financial Planning) to accommodate a more effective and efficient process for all buyers and planners.
  • Determined store clustering and location assignments and managed inventory quality and quantity to drive a leaner and more effective inventory year-over-year.
  • Performed in-season/post-season analysis to facilitate corrective actions (re-pricing and inventory movement) as owner of the inventory aspect of the business.