What is your favourite thing about Winnipeg?
The small town feel of the ‘big city’ and friendliness of the citizens.
What makes you happy?
To look back at the end of the day and know our audience is engaged with the content we produce on the website creates a great sense of pride.
What’s something about your job that people might not know?
It isn’t a hobby! I’m often asked if ChrisD.ca is a full-time job. Since 2007, it certainly has been and our company has grown exponentially since the early days, thanks in part to a thriving local and national advertising market for digital journalism.
What do you think makes living in Winnipeg different from living anywhere else?
As a lifelong Winnipegger, I’ll have to get back to you on that one.
If you could give one piece of advice what would it be?
Be passionate about what you’re doing in life and make any necessary adjustments along the way.
When you want to get out of the house, where do you go?
Winnipeg has some wonderful green spaces, so I try to take advantage of them as much as I can. Whether it’s for a bike ride, a walk or playing ultimate. On cold days? A corner table at Starbucks.
If someone were new to Winnipeg what would you recommend to them?
I’d suggest visiting the new Journey to Churchill exhibit at Assiniboine Park Zoo, or taking in a University of Manitoba Bisons game. Amateur sports often get overlooked, but there’s some tremendous student athletes in Winnipeg.
What’s the best thing about your job?
Getting to meet new and exciting people on a daily basis, sharing their stories and making new connections. You never know where you’ll end up or what you’ll be doing, so that keeps the job exciting.
Why the mystery around who Chris D. actually is?
That’s what people say, but is there a mystery?
What are some “Random Facts” about you?
I’m actually a web developer by trade and a freelance voice-over artist.
If you could have any other career what would it be?
Having chosen the career of an entrepreneur, digital journalist, and news photographer, I wouldn’t change a thing.
If you were a superhero what would your superpower be?
I’d master the art of cloning. There’s been too many times when my camera and I have had to be at multiple places at the same time to cover a story.
If you could change one thing about Winnipeg what would it be?
Can somebody build a water park already?
What is a “must read” book that you’d recommend?
“Driven: How to Succeed in Business and in Life,” by Robert Herjavec.
What’s the secret to living a good life?
Time to pull out a cliché for this one, but a solid work-life balance is key to maintaining your health and sanity when your job can sometimes catch up with you.