THINGS I'VE BEEN PAID TO DO
Editor, Driven Magazine: In January of 2008 the Editor-in-Chief
of Driven magazine gave 24 hours notice and left, with all senior
staff, to start a competing publication. I stepped in and rescued
and redefined the publication. After six months I was able to hand
over a well-functioning magazine to my successor.
Communications Consultant: planning and implementation of
communications strategies for large and small events, advice on
communications strategy to senior management. Provision of media
materials, speeches, fact sheets, position papers briefing notes,
brochures, advertising, websites, etc. Clients in the private sector
and clients in public service, including Her Honour Hilary Weston,
His Honour Hal Jackman, His Honour Lincoln Alexander, the last four
provincial premiers, and approximately 40 cabinet ministers representing
all political parties.
Senior Writer (acting): During the height of the SARS crisis,
I came to the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care to co-ordinate
and produce material for the daily press conferences, speeches for
the Ministry and the Commissioner of Public Safety and Security.
Travel Writer: for all Toronto newspapers, many magazines
and several websites. I have written on the supersonic Concorde,
bicycling in Japan, cruising on the QE2, diving on reefs and wrecks,
and on riding a motorcycle in Tasmania. I have prepared in-house
materials for use by Butterfield & Robinson and promotional
materials for the Ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken (Ministry of
Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands) and others. I
am the founder and was the first president of Canada's only organisation
of travel writers, the Travel Media Association of Canada.
IT Communications Consultant 2000 to 2003 produced all
manner of communications products for the Elementary/Secondary information
Project in the Ministry of Education: presentations, Intranet, letters,
reports, memos, speeches, communication plans, brochures, and extensive
communications advice and direction for stakeholder relations and
Communications Specialist for the Community Services I&IT
Cluster. Duties included planning all staff meetings, co-ordinating
Intranet development, preparing communication plans for staff re-classifications
and the integration processes ("clustering") of I&IT branches.
Freelance Journalist: Producing material on mutual funds,
men's health, the economic prospects of Saudi Arabia, obituaries,
immigration and extensive ghost-writing.
Communications Co-ordinator: In 1999/2000
I led the Y2K communications function for the two Ontario Government
education ministries. Working with the Year 2000 Unit and
I&IT branches, I provided a full range of communications services,
including a website, frequent all-staff updates for 2,500 employees,
speeches and presentations for ant to executives, and I designed
and produced a weekly executive report which described in words
and graphs, the progress of Y2K preparations. In the new year
I worked for a short time with the IT branch and the new CIO and
helped to prepare, among other things, materials showing the relationship
between trends in e-government and the application of new technologies
Communications Consultant: for government
and private clients. Planning and implementation of communications strategies
for large and small events, advice on communications strategy to senior
management. Provision of media materials, speeches, fact sheets,
position papers briefing notes, brochures, advertising, websites, etc.
Project Manager in private and public sector undertakings.
Designed and implemented launches of products, programs and events;
created, contracted and oversaw production schedules for teams of
3 to 66 people.
Producer of CD-ROMs as Owner and President of Bald Man Productions.
A tiny electronic publishing enterprise.
Journalist specializing in business, finance
and travel-related articles.
Newspapers, major and secondary periodicals, guidebooks.
On-line Journalist Men's
Health Columnist for Sympatico's™
Business Writer business plans, annual reports, articles for
Screenwriter Ontario Arts Council Screenwriting Award.
Copywriter press releases, brochures, proposals, statements,
presentations, handbooks, fact sheets, video productions, etc.
Founder & First President Travel Media Association of Canada
(TMAC) The Canadian organization representing the professional travel media,
tourist boards and travel providers. (volunteer)
Co-ordinator, Editor and Senior Writer Communications
Branch of two Ontario ministries.
Writer and Researcher for the Ministerie van Buitenlandse
Zaken, (Ministry of Foreign Affairs) for The Kingdom of the Netherlands
and the Netherlands Bureau of Tourism.
Writer and Director "The Artificial Intelligence Research
Programme at the University of Amsterdam", video presentation for the European