Long interested in forests and people, Alix did an M.Sc. in Forestry focusing on Indigenous agroforestry in Papua New Guinea and went on to work over the next 20 years with forest-based Indigenous communities in Southeast Asia, Africa and B.C, helping to develop tools for community-based mapping and forest planning.
Living in a small rural community in the Kootenays, she worked with Silva Forest Foundation and then joined the Board, was a founder of the Slocan Integral Forest Coop and Director of the Winlaw Watershed Committee.
She holds a 4th degree black belt in the martial art of Aikido, and expanded her practice with studies in conflict resolution through the Justice Institute of BC. She currently lives on W̱SÁNEĆ territory, where she teaches Aikido and together with her life partner is creating a hub for sustainable technology innovation.