I was born in Sudbury, Ontario, where I grew up and attended school. In addition to my interests in reading and history, I developed a love of cross-country skiing and made the Ontario Provincial Team as a racer. I later moved to Ottawa to attend Carleton University's College of the Humanities, where I graduated with Highest Honours in 2005. At the time I was still ski racing with ambitions of competing for Canada internationally. Highlights of my 3 years of university racing include winning 2 races at the Canadian University Championships (CCUNC) in 2002 and 2004, 2 races at the Ontario University Championships (OUA) in 2002 and 2003, being a 2 time All-Canadian, 2004 overall Ontario University Champion and a 3 time Academic All-Canadian. I also won races on the prestigious Canada Cup circuit in 2005 and 2006, while winning Canada's largest ski marathon in 2006. In the spring of 2005 I moved to Canmore, Alberta and in the fall of 2006 enrolled in the Master of Arts Program at the University of Calgary. Since January 2007, I have been completely committed to pursuing my fascination with 18th century Britain and aspire to change our understanding of its society and culture.