Version 2Hi there. If you’re visiting this site, you probably either want to know about something I have written, or are interested in having me write something. Let’s see how I can help.

To take a short-cut directly to information about one of my books, my academic work and credentials, examples of my illustrations, and my services, head to the menu at the top of the page now, where you will also find a career overview. Otherwise, keep reading. And visit my Blog for book excerpts and archived articles.

What I do

I am the author or co-author of about twenty works of non-fiction (and counting), and  have published innumerable magazine articles. I’ve written widely on history, business, the environment, and sport. I also work as an illustrator and a graphic designer.


I hold a PhD in history (York University, 2015). While I was a staff writer with the Financial Post in the late 1980s, I completed my Canadian Securities Course.


I won Canada’s National Business Book Award in 2003 for The Bubble and the Bear (Doubleday Canada, 2002), which dissected the tech-stock bubble through the rise and fall of Nortel. I was a finalist for the award in 2013 for Double Double (Harper Collins Canada, 2012), my assessment of the burgeoning Tim Hortons restaurant phenomenon. (In 1994 I published a biography of Tim Horton, Against the Odds, with Penguin Canada.)

In 2007, I published God’s Mercies (Doubleday Canada), which revealed the traumatic intersection of the careers of Henry Hudson and Samuel de Champlain. It was a finalist for both the Writers’ Trust Non-Fiction Prize (2007) and the Governor-General’s Literary Award (2008).

My doctoral dissertation, “Stone of Power,” was awarded a Dissertation Prize by York University. In 2016, I received the Distinguished Dissertation Award for Humanities, Social Sciences and Fine Arts from the Canadian Association of Graduate Studies. A revised version of my dissertation The Place of Stone, was published in 2017 by the University of North Carolina Press.

How do you reach me?

Email me here

Am I on Twitter?

More than I should be. “at” DWHauthor