I was born and raised in The Netherlands, where I earned my Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning and worked as a Project Manager and Advisor on a range of projects. Initially as an administrator for the municipal government and later as a consultant for a private firm. During my professional career I also pursued a Post Bachelor degree in Business Administration.

In the beginning of 2010 we, my spouse and I, pursued our long cherished dream. We sold our house, left our jobs, said farewell to our family and friends and moved to Canada with our daughter and unborn son.
We were convinced (and still are..) that Canada could offer us an excellent place for professional and personal life.

We chose to settle down in the Kingston Area, not only because it is a lovely place, it also has a great geographical location, a lot of heritage, culture and nature, a good population size, a great community and last but not least: a lot of potential.

In 2010, I essentially focussed on the start-up of my spouse’s Web Design and Development Company: CDyWeb. This was a great opportunity to further develop my entrepreneurial mindset and use the business administration knowledge that I gained in The Netherlands. I worked on CDyWeb’s Marketing, Account Management and Administration.

In the beginning of 2011, I had the opportunity to work as the Project Manager for the New Energy Project. In this new position I combine my professional knowledge and experience in Project Management and Business Development with my personal interest and passion for sustainable development, completed with some Dutch pragmatism.

I spend a lot of time volunteering for different initiatives. I use my Urban and Rural planning background as a board member for the Kingston Coalition for Active Transportation. I am also active for Transition Kingston, where I focus on the organization of the skill sharing workshops and last but not least, I am responsible for the website and social media presence of the Annual Kingston Unplugged event.