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David McLaren

Making Waves Commentator

David has worked with government, in the private sector, with First Nations and with ENGOs (Environmental Non-Government Organizations).

He left the Ontario Ministry of Health to follow a hankering to write. He was nominated for a national Best Writer award with his first teleplay. He also received an Authors Award from the Foundation for the Advancement of Canadian Letters for an article on free trade.

During his time in the screenwriting business, he was elected three times to the ACTRA Board of Directors and then as President of the Toronto Writers Guild. As President, he worked alongside Pierre Berton to defeat censorship legislation being proposed by the Mulroney government.

However, some of the most satisfying times during this period were spent studying western culture under Northrop Frye, Shakespeare under Douglas LePan and dropping in on Marshall McLuhan’s lectures.

While working for a medium-sized advertising agency in Toronto, David met and married Ojibwe poet and story-teller Lenore Keeshig-Tobias. Shortly after, he began working for the two First Nations in the Bruce Peninsula. His last position was as head of their Environmental Office which initiated and supported consultations between industry and the two Bands.

During a lull in the action on the Bruce, the Canadian Environmental Law Association asked him to apply for their Director of Communications, a position he held for three years.

David still works with the seniors at Nawash, but spends most of his time writing and consulting.

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