Welcome!

Thanks for dropping by! I'm Kyle Blaney, a presenter, photographer, avid traveller and birdwatcher. I'm an outreach coordinator for the SHAD enrichment program and a faculty member at SHAD's University of British Columbia campus in Vancouver. I grew up and live in Belleville, Ontario, Canada.

Presentations

I love public speaking and I'm fortunate to have presented all over Canada. My presentations are inspiring, informative, sprinkled with humour, and filled with my favourite images. They're suitable for a wide range of audiences - nature clubs, photo clubs, schools, corporate events, and more! Read about my upcoming presentations and testimonials from those who have attended past presentations. See my presentation topics and contact me if you're interested in having me speak at your event.

Photography

My favourite photography genres are wildlife (particularly birds) and scenes. This site includes my photography blog, a description of my photography workflow, a list of my published photos, photo contests I have won prizes in, and my favourite photos. You can also see the bird photos I have contributed to Dendroica, an online aid to identifying birds in the Western Hemisphere.

Travel

Travel is a very important part of my life. I travel throughout Canada to promote SHAD and each year I go on a long camping trip (around 20,000 kilometres return) from my home in Belleville, Ontario to my job at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. Check out the maps of these camping trips!

SHAD

During the school year, I travel Canada to promote SHAD, Canada's premier summer residential enrichment program for grade 10, 11 and 12 students focused on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) and entrepreneurship. Participants spend the entire month of July living in one of 16 host university campuses across Canada and engage in transformative, experiential learning. SHAD is an unparalleled opportunity for youth to be inspired by living in a community of like-minded peers and gain insights into areas of study they haven’t encountered before. We nurture their initiative, skills, values and desire to solve important problems while challenging them to meet the highest standards of ethical conduct, social responsibility and environmental sustainability. It's the pre-university experience of a lifetime but the opportunities don't end when participants leave their campus. There are internships, scholarships, campus clubs, network opportunities, and venture capital funding that are only available to SHAD Fellows. You can learn more at shad.ca.

I am very passionate about SHAD. I participated as a high school student at SHAD's Acadia University campus and I've been a faculty member at SHAD's University of British Columbia campus in Vancouver since 2013. I've seen firsthand how much SHAD changes lives and prepares students to succeed. Watch my video testimonial on SHAD.

Software

Prior to 2013, I worked in software development for more than 16 years. You'll still see some remnants of that prior life on this site.