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Celebrating the Canadian outdoors

cdn-adv-mainDownload the May issue of Westjet Magazine (or flip through on your next Westjet flight) to get inspired by my roundup of 15 coast-to-coast outdoor adventures to enjoy this summer. Be it rock climbing, mountain biking, hiking or wildlife viewing, there’s truly something for everyone.

Business profiles

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I’ve been having fun writing profiles of small and medium businesses lately for CanadianBusiness.com. It’s so inspiring hearing from entrepreneurs on what has contributed to their success. Some recent examples:

How to bring your customer scheduling into the mobile age
How to choose the right software tool in five steps
How to decide when it’s time to expand your business
How this online retailer bridges the gap for remote-working staff

Award-winning again

northern-exposureI was excited to learn this week that my story and photos on travelling B.C.’s north coast won a silver award in the illustrated story (newspaper) category at the 2015 NATJA Awards. The same story was a finalist in two other categories, as well. Thanks to the judges and to the Globe and Mail for the excellent assignment.

Boost your digital presence

CB_INSIGHTS_Whitepaper_Final-1One of my most enjoyable projects of 2015 was sifting through survey data to put together a white paper on how small businesses can use digital better (and what consumers expect) for Rogers Small Business and Canadian Business. You can download it (in PDF format) here.

Fun in the snow

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For the December issue of Westjet Magazine, I rounded up 15 things to do at and near Canadian ski resorts this winter – even if you’re not a skier or snowboarder. Check it out online, on the iPad app or on a Westjet flight this month.

Get ready to party

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Proud of this massive project I worked on this summer for the Holiday issue of Food & Drink – a 10-page holiday party guide with tips on decor, planning and shopping, plus some buffet-worthy sweet and savoury recipes, Ontario cheese picks and how to stock a premium mocktail bar. Pick it up in LCBO stores now, and find links to recipes mentioned in the issue on the website.

Award-winning!

Running All Over TownI was excited to learn today that I won a bronze award in the 2015 Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism awards, for a story I wrote on “sightjogging” for Canadian Business magazine. Thanks to my editors for the fun assignment, and to Avalon Waterways for bringing me to Europe in the first place so I could bookend my Frankfurt-Amsterdam cruise with running tours of those two cities.

Exploring BC

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I’ve just had a few B.C. pieces come out in a few different publications.

In the August issue of Westjet Magazine (pictured above), a paean to the Okanagan food scene.

In the Back to School issue of Ricardo Magazine, a roundup of some top places to eat and drink in the Okanagan.

And in today’s Globe and Mail, the story of my June trip to the northern B.C. coast.

I’m a guestagrammer!

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As I head off for two weeks of exploring Armenia and Georgia (mostly on a tour with G Adventures), I’m also excited and honoured to be this week’s featured “guestagrammer” (that’s guest-Instagrammer) for Destination BC’s @helloBC account. I’m sharing some of my favourite photos from my recent trip to the northern BC coast, a journey that started in Port Hardy on northern Vancouver Island and ended in Prince Rupert, on an island just off the mainland near the Alaska border. (Some of the photos are repeats from my own account while others are new – stay tuned!)

I’ve also had some more travel and fitness stories published lately:

Exhilarating activities on New Zealand’s North Island (National Post, July 4, 2015)
Multisport races across Canada go beyond the classic triathlon (The Globe and Mail, July 2, 2015)
Escape to Tofino (Elevate Magazine, July/August 2015)
25 day trips from Vancouver (enRoute, July 2015)
48 things to eat in Vancouver
(The Loop, June 2015)

As well as some of a huge series of small-business articles I did for Canadian Business website ProfitGuide.com:

4 tips for a fruitful mentorship relationship (profitguide.com, July 2015)
How to stay creative as your company grows
(profitguide.com, June 2015)
How to turn one client into many
(profitguide.com, June 2015)
The pros and cons of hiring a recruiter
(profitguide.com, June 2015)
The five elements of an effective incentive plan (profitguide.com, May 2015)
3 simple steps to win more business from existing clients (profitguide.com, May 2015)
6 tips for dealing with a problem employee (profitguide.com, May 2015)

Travel writing updates

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So far this year, I’ve travelled in New Zealand, Mexico and several parts of B.C. and attended conferences in Ottawa and Quebec City. (Pictured: a passionfruit ice cream cone in Mount Maunganui, New Zealand.) A few of my stories from these trips have started to appear, including:

• The sweet side of Vancouver (westjetmagazine.com, May 2015)
• Eat like a local in Quebec City (westjetmagazine.com, May 2015)
• Top 5 places to sweat on New Zealand’s North Island (lululemon.com, May 2015)
• 5 reasons why Vancouver is the best food destination in Canada (theloop.ca, May 2015)

And some more recent stories from older trips (and research):

• Top picks: Last-chance getaways (Westjet Magazine, April 2015)
• 6 unforgettable boat tours from around the world (enRoute, May 2015)
• 5 fun ways to explore British Columbia’s Shuswap region (enRoute, March 2015)
• Crushing on Canmore (Best Health, March/April 2015)



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