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The CV

Kirkland Lake Collegiate & Vocational Institute
University of Western Ontario, B.A., English/Philosophy
Victoria University, New Zealand, M.A., English Literature
University of British Columbia, doctoral programme-ABD

1969-72transportation research/writing, London Borough of Hammersmith; script reader, Warner Bros.
1973-74:assistant film editor, Pacific Films, New Zealand
1975-76:script editor, drama, Radio New Zealand
1975-76:book review editor, New Zealand Bookworld
1973-76:in New Zealand, freelance critic, print and radio
1981-91:freelance broadcasting, including the following:
  • 1983-85: host of TESTAMENT, a CBC Stereo programme on contemporary religious/social issues
  • 1984-88: interviewer, CBC Stereo music programmes
  • 1986-88: host, writer, B.C. The Knowledge Network
  • 1982-95:documentaries for CBC Radio programme IDEAS
  • Walking the Line: Travels along the Canada/U.S. Border, Douglas & McIntyre/ Sierra Club Books
  • script editor, CBC Radio drama
  • animation voice work
  • freelance contributor, The Globe and Mail
  • 1992-98:
  • coordinator, editor, writer: Arctic Council Panel, Ottawa
    speechwriter, Inuit Tapirisat of Canada
  • rapporteur, Inuit Circumpolar Conference
  • guest host, CBC Stereo Morning
  • freelance editing, writing, speechwriting, documentary-making
  • MORNINGSIDE, CBC Radio, summer host
  • communications strategy work for CARE Canada, Health Canada, Saugeen First Nation, Canadian Policy Research Networks
  • 1999-2001:
  • researching and writing Solitaire
  • communications/project management contracts
  • 2002-2006:
  • communications consulting, book, magazine and radio projects

  • 2007-2010:
  • books editor, MORE magazine, IDEAS documentary, freelance writing projects

  • Grants/special programs/awards
    1990:Arctic Exploration programme, Canada Council
    1992:Canada Council Nonfiction Grant
    1997-2001:Ontario Arts Council Grants
    2000:Cultural Journalism programme, Banff School of Fine Arts
    2002:National Magazine Awards finalist for "The Last Gold Mine" Toronto Life
    2004: Profile, Gold Medal, "A day with Sibongile Ndubaza" United Church Observer
    2007: Finalist, B.C. Literary Nonfiction Prize
    Winner, CBC Northern Ontario Reads
    2009: First prize, creative nonfiction, CBC Literary Awards
    Professional Associations/Public Affairs Participation
    1988-90: National chair, Writers Guild, and vice-president of ACTRA
    1992:Canadian Human Rights Mission, Sri Lanka
    1991-95:PEN Canada board
    1993-94:Minister's Advisory Committee, Cultural Industry Sectoral Strategy
    1995-96:President, PEN Canada
    1997-99: Communications advisory committee, Calmeadow
    1998-2001: Ad Hoc Committee, PEN International; vice-chair, Writers in Prison Committee, PEN International
    1999-2001: Deputy chair, Executive of PEN International
    1998-2006: Necessary Angel Theatre Company board
    2009-      :

    Chair, Writers in Prison Committee, PEN International