WORK EXPERIENCE

SENIOR UX LEAD
Shopify / Ottawa, Canada / 2017–present

After building out the content strategy team at Shopify, I took on a new role as the multi-disciplinary UX lead for a group of products. I lead teams of product designers, content strategists, and user researchers to create amazing experiences for Shopify's analytics and merchant education products.


SENIOR CONTENT STRATEGY LEAD
Shopify / Ottawa, Canada / 2015–2017

I established the discipline of product content strategy as a core part of the user experience organization at Shopify, and scaled the team from one (hi!) to 10+. That meant:

  • Overhauling voice and tone guidelines and content style guide
  • Establishing reusable product content patterns across Shopify products
  • Training hundreds of Shopifolk on content standards with both vim and vigor
  • Collaborating with senior leadership to integrate content strategy and information architecture into the product design process
  • Hiring, training, and managing a team of content strategists

CONTENT STRATEGIST
Yellow Pencil Inc. / Edmonton and Vancouver, Canada / 2011–2015

I led enterprise web content strategy and information architecture projects for municipal and provincial government, crown corporations, financial services, and private sector organizations across the US and Canada.

I established a complete enterprise content strategy practice, including:

  • Discovery: User research, stakeholder research, content audits and analyses, search and web traffic analytics
  • Design: Information architecture, content strategies, editorial strategies, social media strategies, gap analyses, taxonomies and metadata, content modelling, workflow plans, CMS content author environment designs
  • Development: page tables, content creation, HTML and CSS, technical writing, web writing training, voice and tone guides, style guides
  • Deployment: Content migration, editorial calendars, governance plans, CMS training

Clients included: Government of Alberta, BC Transit, City of Surrey, City of Red Deer, Fiserv Inc., Mackenzie Financial (no relation), and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.


FREELANCE DESIGN AND CONTENT STRATEGY
Edmonton and Vancouver, Canada / 2009–2013

Clients included University of Alberta and Alberta College of Art & Design


COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR
Latitude 53 Contemporary Visual Culture / Edmonton, Canada / 2010

Led the communications, visual design, and public relations for Alberta’s leading contemporary arts artist-run centre, on the web and in print


DESIGNER
Karacters Design Group, a division of DDB Canada / Vancouver, Canada / 2009–2010

Print design, brand identity design, and packaging design

Clients included: Sun-Rype, Cocoa Camino Chocolates, So Nice Soy Milk, BC Place (British Columbia crown corporation), BC Hydro (British Columbia crown corporation), and Langara College


EDUCATION

Associate Diploma in Technical Writing
British Columbia Institute of Technology / Vancouver, British Columbia / 2013–2014

Bachelor of Design in Visual Communications
Business and Marketing Route / University of Alberta / Edmonton, Alberta / 2005–2009


SELECTED SPEAKING EXPERIENCE

Practical Content Strategy for Product UX
Fluxible 2016 / September 2016 / Waterloo, ON

Product Content Strategy: Building a Practice at Shopify
Design and Content Conference / July 2016 / Vancouver, BC
UXPA 2016 / June 2016 / Seattle, WA

Content Strategy for Designers
Style & Class Conference / December 2014 / Vancouver, BC

Responsive Discovery
CONFAB 2013 / June 2013 / Co-presentation with Steve Fisher / Minneapolis, MN

Drupal for Humans: Content Strategy and Development, Together at Last
DrupalCamp AB / September 2013 / Banff, AB

(Web) Success in the City: Building a Better Municipal Experience
Municipal Information Systems Association of Canada Prairies Conference / April 2014 / Co-presentation with Carrie Keylock / Banff, AB