Mr. Vandervelde grew up in Alberta and received his B.Sc. (Astrophysics) from UBC in 2000 and then his B.Ed. from the Concordia University College of Alberta in 2004. After teaching on-call in Calgary and working for the Calgary Science Centre doing Astronomy outreach for two years, he travelled to volunteer as a teacher in Nepal for 5 months. Upon returning to Canada, he settled down to teach Physics and Math for nine years in small-town Alberta before relocating to Vancouver in 2016.