While growing up in the Canadian prairie town of Wetaskiwin (population 12,525), Neil was inspired by that famously bespectacled, mild-mannered reporter who left his own small town roots and went on to report at The Daily Planet. Only Neil’s Metropolis of choice became New York City, where he completed his MA in journalism before reporting for The Wall Street Journal and SmartMoney. He’d later help launch WSJ.Money, a magazine where he became its managing editor.
Curious about life abroad, Neil took a newspaper gig in the United Arab Emirates just as the Arab Spring began and traveled through parts of the Middle East and North Africa. He also visited Shanghai, where he fell for the teahouse ceremony scam, and learned about the Kiwis’ love for flat whites well before Starbucks ever started offering them. (For the record, Neil needs no caffeine.)
Since moving to Toronto, Neil has taught journalism and written for Inc.com, Entrepreneur.com and The Huffington Post, where he blogged about social entrepreneurship – a passion that stems from having won the Hult Prize, a global competition that awarded $1 million to benefit SolarAid, Habitat for Humanity and One Laptop per Child. He also spent eight months contributing to a Journal project that was a Pulitzer finalist.
Reporting aside, he gets the occasional two-steppin’ itch and has a penchant for sporting plaid.