I was born September 9, 1968 in Toronto -- the only child of Andrea Alexander, a high school Phys Ed teacher (later a full-time volunteer in the arts and lay adjudicator at the Law Society of Upper Canada) who grew up in Huntsville, Ontario, and Bruce Alexander, a lawyer and public servant born in Montreal and raised in Toronto and Oakville.  They gave me strong values, openness to the world, and a deep love of country.