Nicole grew up in a small rural village in Oxford County and eventually attended University of Western Ontario and completed a Honours BA in Geography (1992-1996). During and after her undergrad, she worked for Dale and Karon Cowan of Agri-Food Labs (Guelph) developing some of the first precision agriculture services in Ontario in the early to mid-1990’s (e.g. GPS grid sampling, topographic mapping, aerial remote sensing products). Nicole then returned to University to pursue a Master of Science in Alberta at the University of Lethbridge (2001-2003). The thesis research was focused on the advanced applications of remote sensing (hyperspectral) for agriculture. During her time in Southern Alberta she worked for Lethbridge Community College teaching geomorphology in the Civil Engineering program. After completing her MSc. she then became a research associate at the University of Lethbridge in watershed and climate change modelling (2003-2005). In the fall of 2005, Nicole secured a teaching position in Manitoba at Assiniboine Community College where taught for 6 years in Ag & Environment division. Her teaching responsibilities at ACC were in 3 programs: GIS Environmental Technologies, Land & Water and Agribusiness. Course assignments included GIS, remote sensing, field courses such as agro-ecology and mobile mapping, communications, water resource management, introductory statistics and project management. Nicole also was a sessional instructor during her time in Manitoba at Brandon University. Since 2011, Nicole has been a Land Resource Specialist in the Environmental Management Branch of OMAFRA. Her role at OMAFRA include responsibilities for soil map renewal, soil health program & policy development, and in precision agriculture.