Dean is currently pursuing a Masters degree with the department of Environment and Geography at the University of Manitoba. Dean completed a BA (Honours) in Geography that centered on the role of alternative food systems in Manitoba, focusing on the injustices created by the conventional food system. Dean’s current SSHRC and MAFRA funded research explores the participation of Aboriginal Fishers in the freshwater fish industry on Lake Winnipeg and the complex relationships with government and industry. Dean is currently the steering committee student representative for MAFRA. During his time with MAFRA he has worked in conjunction with other organizations in producing videos that highlight the work each does in promoting food justice in Manitoba (The Organic Food Council of Manitoba, Four Arrows Regional Health Authority, Harvest Moon Society, Harvest Moon Local Food Initiative Food Buying Clubs, and Food Matters Manitoba). Dean is also working on a Heifer International program aimed to teach youth in northern and rural communities to use participatory video as a tool to communicate and evaluate food justice related programs in their communities.