Ian Chadwick is a veteran of 40 years in the media. He was reporter and managing editor of Collingwood’s Enterprise Bulletin newspaper, and previously managing editor of its Huronia Sunday weekly supplement. He was local correspondent for CBC’s Ontario Morning for over a decade. He hosted the current events program, Politically Speaking, for Rogers TV and was co-host of the variety/interview show, Medium Rare on Rogers TV.
In the years before he moved to Collingwood, Ian was in the publishing trade, including book and software editor for Holt, Rinehart & Winston publishers in the 1980s. He was editor and feature writer for many magazines including InfoAge, Microcomputer News, Moves, Ontario Motorcycle Guide, Strategy and Tactics, and Discover Mexico. He has written several recent articles on local government issues for Municipal World.
Ian bought his first computer in 1977 and has been a computer programmer, consultant, trade show exhibitor and speaker since then. He wrote a weekly newspaper column on computers and technology for more than a decade, until the early 2000s.
He is a book author of Mapping The Atari (Compute Books, 1983, revised 1985) and major contributor to Compute’s Third Book of Atari (Compute Books, 1985). He was winner of the Northern Lights short story contest in 1991. His short story about Henry Hudson has been reprinted in several publications. He is currently working on a humorous novel about small-town politics and a work of fantasy. He has written non-fiction for many publications across Canada and the USA, and published newsletters for organizations, special interest and community groups.
He was owner and operator of the local Mail Boxes Etc./UPS Store franchise for 11 years, where he did graphic design, editing, writing and layout for many small businesses, entrepreneurs and community groups.
Ian was a member of many community boards, committees and service clubs in Collingwood between 1990 and 2003 including the Greening of Collingwood Committee, Vision 2020, the library board, Ride for Sight host committee, Georgian Triangle Humane Society, Optimist Club and others.
In 2003, he was elected to local political office as a councillor. He was re-elected in 2006 and 2010. Since he was elected, he has been the council representative on the airport board, BIA, Elvis committee, library board, sustainability committee, affordable housing committee, and hospital board.
In December, 2011, Municipal World published his latest book, Politically Speaking, a guide to media relations and communications strategies for municipal politicians. His second book with Municipal World, Digital Connections, on social media for municipal politicians, was released in May, 2012.
He completed a third book on Machiavelli’s The Prince for municipal politicians (online here) and is currently working on a fourth book about e-government, and a fifth book, on public relations and branding, both approved for publication in 2013.
He has also been a presenter, tour host and conference speaker for the tequila industry, and maintains one of the oldest websites and forums about tequila. Ian has been interviewed on TV, radio and in print many times, on many topics.
He is currently a freelance writer and editor, freelance graphic and website designer, blogger, social commentator, researcher, communication consultant, and wannabe novelist. He also plays and reviews the ukulele, bass and harmonica. His interests include history, science, motorcycles, writing, Shakespeare, music, Henry Hudson, animal behaviour, Buddhism, urban design and growth, politics, religion, Chaucer, science fiction, virology and typography.
Follow me on Twitter @iwchadwick and look for my Facebook pages. I’m also on LinkedIn and Google+. NB: For genealogy buffs, this archived blog is about my musical family and this one is about other links on my family tree.
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