I hail from back east, growing up mostly in Montreal and Toronto. I started university and mixed work with travel and work in western and northern Canada. Eventually I graduated with an Honours BA in Political Science from Carleton and a Masters (Political Studies) from the University of Manitoba. This was followed later a by a PH.D in Political Science, again from Carleton University. My specializations are Canadian and Comparative politics and political economy. My doctoral research was on hydro electric energy policy.
Teaching always interested me. I began with tutorials and sessional teaching while at Carleton and my first full time position in the Maritimes at the University of Prince Edward Island and then Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. Later I worked at Simon Fraser University. In the mid 1990s I returned briefly to Montreal, teaching at McGill and Concordia. Before coming to Vancouver Island University I worked at the UBC and then the SFU Political Science Departments and SFU’s Centre for Canadian Studies.
I have written on social democracy, North American integration, Manitoba Politics, Canadian responses to 9/11 and hydro-electricity energy policy. I have also coauthored two books, The Politcal Economy of Canada 2nd Ed (1999) with Michael Howlett and M. Ramesh, and In/Security: Canada in the Post-9/11 World (2005) with Allan Seager and Karl Froschauer.