Born in Toronto and now living at Smith Falls, Ontario, he joined the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation as a producer and worked in Toronto and Ottawa. His various television series including "Close-up", "Inquiry", "This Hour has Seven Days" and more recently "The Watson Report" have been stimulating, often controversial, and have reached a wide audience. For his contribution as author, documentary film maker and broadcaster.
Companion of the Order of Canada
Awarded on: October 18, 2001
Invested on: October 26, 2002
A former Chair of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, he continues to promote excellence in Canadian television and radio. He created, produced and hosted the epic television series, The Struggle for Democracy, which has been seen in over 30 countries. He has sensitized viewers to the richness and splendour of Canada's past as Creative Director and principal writer of the Historica Foundation's Heritage Minutes project and as commissioning Editor of the History Television series The Canadians: Biographies of a Nation. The author of several books, he also finds time to contribute to his community as Honorary Chair of the Canadian Amputee Sports Association and Chairman Emeritus of The Canadian Abilities Foundation. This is a promotion within the Order.