+1 What do you read to keep current on the latest trends and news?
Where do I start? Between my smartphone, tablet and desktop, and mostly via Twitter and some RSS feeds, I’m basically bombarded by every nerdy tech and tech culture feed imaginable. It’s borderline unhealthy, if you ask my wife. For tech, I lean on staples like Verge, Mashable, Gizmodo, Wired.com and Tech Crunch, among others. But I’m also a bit of a world news addict, too, so for that I frequent the Globe and Mail, CBC, BBC World and the Daily Beast.
+2 If you could live in any city, where would it be and why?
Manly, NSW, Australia. It’s a suburb outside of Sydney, where I lived for a while after backpacking around the country years ago. I always swore I’d end up there. The surfing’s great and my commute to work downtown was on a ferry through Sydney harbour every morning. It’s a relaxing way to start every morning with a coffee, nice sea breeze and the occasional pod of Humpback whales. It’s paradise to me.
+3 What’s your “plan B” if you need to spontaneously switch careers?
Professional hand model like my idol, J.P. Prewitt. “We think differently than the face and body boys… we’re a different breed.”
+4 Most coveted superpower?
The power to change, feed and calm the occasional meltdown of my toddler with a Jedi-like wave of the hand.
+5 Looking back, of which moment in your career are you most proud of and why?
I’m definitely proud of the many awards Connected and URmagazine have won over the years for producing industry-leading branded content that consistently delivers on its objectives for our clients at Rogers – we’ve gotten very good at what we do and the proof is in how our business has grown. Personally, though, some of my favourite moments have come from the opportunities I’ve had to speak with and write about some cool people whose work I’ve admired over the years – people like Trey Parker and Matt Stone (South Park, Book of Mormon), Arcade Fire’s Win Butler, Hayden, the guys from Coldplay (at their studio in London, which was neat) and more. Oh, and covering CES for the last decade has been pretty awesome, too. It’s been a wild ride so far.