I have been a professional journalist since 1979. I was the Editor-in-Chief of Montreal’s The Gazette newspaper, editor of the http://medicdrugstore2015.com/ Calgary Sun, Editorial pages editor of the Calgary Herald, and the vice-president of English editorial for Reader’s Digest Canadian magazines, where I oversaw the launch of new publications such as the highly successful Best Health. In 2009, I co-founded with Father Raymond J. de Souza the magazine Convivium, which is published by the think tank Cardus.
In 2011, I published the short story collection If Only through Montreal publisher Siren Song Press. I also have my own media company, Prima Communication, which offers strategic planning, editing, writing and photographic services. I currently divide my time between Montreal, where I am part of Studio 411 in the city’s historic St. Henri neighborhood, and Ottawa where I track developments on and around Parliament Hill as a member of the national press gallery.
The years I’ve spent as a working journalist in Canadian cities such as Vancouver, Medicine Hat, Alta., Kamloops, B.C., Edmonton, Ottawa, Quebec City, Calgary and Montreal, and the international events I’ve covered such the funeral of Mother Teresa in India and Pope John Paul II’s historic meeting with Fidel Castro in Rome, are only part of the story. The full story goes back to childhood lying on the living room floor scribbling stories in school notes, and roaming my small town taking snapshots with a tiny Instamatic camera. The love I developed for images, written and photographic has helped me earning a living throughout my adult life but, much more importantly, it still drives me to live out my twin creative passions.