Sven was born in North Bay, ON in 1994. He was awarded his B. Sc. (Hons) in Chemistry at the University of Ottawa in 2016 under the supervision of Juan C. Scaiano while working on niobium oxide supported photocatalysts. With an interest in photoredox catalysis, Sven is now continuing his studies in the same group, pursuing an M. Sc. in Chemistry exploring the catalytic activity of selective heterogeneous catalysts and transition metal-free alternatives to compete with current Ru (II) systems.