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 a dozen years. 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 also editor and feature writer for many magazines including InfoAge, Microcomputer News, Moves, Ontario Motorcycle Guide, Strategy & Tactics, and Discover Mexico. He has recently written several recent articles on local government and governance issues for Municipal World.
Ian bought his first computer in 1977 and has been a computer programmer, consultant, trade show exhibitor and speaker about computers and technology since then. He wrote a weekly newspaper column on computers and technology for more than a decade, until the early 2000s. He ran a bulletin board system on an Atari 800 in the early 1980s, and was a sysop on both Compuserve and Delphi – the internet’s precursors – until the early 1990s. He taught website design for several years at local schools,and still does website design and analysis.
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, printing, 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 Festival committee, library board, sustainability committee, affordable housing committee, and hospital board. Today he remains passionate about local government and community engagement. Ian has filed his nomination papers for the 2014 municipal election, and looks forward to your support and vote.
In December, 2011, Municipal World published his 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. His latest book, Buzz, Brands & Going Viral – about marketing, branding and public relations for municipalities – was published in late 2013. A fourth book is in the works.
He completed a book on Machiavelli’s The Prince for municipal politicians (it can be read online here) and is currently working on a fourth book about e-government, and how technology affects governance and relations with the electorate. He is currently writing another book for e-publication on how politics, ethics and philosophy intersect in popular thought and culture.
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, as well as a Facebook page for tequila aficionados.
Ian has also been interviewed on TV, radio and in print many times, on many topics, from computer gaming to tequila and ukuleles.
He is currently semi-retired, but continues as a freelance writer and editor, graphic and website designer, blogger, social commentator, researcher, communication consultant, and wannabe novelist. He also plays and reviews the ukulele, bass and harmonica. He runs a local ukulele group at the Colilngwood Public Library.
He has recently developed an interest in baking bread and learning Latin. His other interests include history, science, motorcycles, writing, Shakespeare, music, Henry Hudson, animal behaviour, Buddhism, urban design and growth, politics, religion, Chaucer, science fiction, virology, language and typography.
Follow Ian on Twitter @iwchadwick and look for his Facebook pages. He is also on LinkedIn and Google+.
NB: For genealogy buffs, this archived blog is about his musical family and this one is about other links on his family tree.