Peter Johansen taught journalism at Carleton University for nearly 40 years. In that role he taught literally thousands of students from Canada and abroad and published research in a variety of academic journals and books. He has judged travel writing competitions sponsored by Ottawa Tourism and the former Canadian Tourism Commission, as well as for TMAC, and has himself won numerous awards from the North American Travel Journalists Association for stories in such publications as the Ottawa Citizen, Toronto Star, United Church Observer and Inns Magazine. For two years he wrote a bi-weekly travel column for Troy Media, a Calgary-based news syndication service.
Benoit Legault teaches Tourism Management at Champlain College (near Montreal) since 2010. His key courses are about exotic destinations, strategic communication and sustainable tourism. Benoit wrote hundreds of travel stories published in dozens of publications since his own college days, chiefly in French in Le Devoir, but also in English in The Toronto Star and elsewhere. And he wrote in numerous travel guidebooks, including the Michelin Green Guide for Quebec (in English). Benoit’s list of travel writing awards is notable. It includes a 2nd place at the prestigious Northern Lights Awards for an article on Toronto in 2007, and awards and nominations for stories on Ottawa, London, Hamilton and Brantford. Unsurprisingly then, Benoit considers Ontario as its main inspiration. He worked as a policy analyst for the Ontario ministry of Tourism and Recreation in the 1990s, and he is a regular travel contributor to L’Express de Toronto since 1996. Benoit Legault as served on the board of directors of TMAC in 2001-2002 (when Hamilton’s Sam Ion was president) – he then led the committee that produced TMAC’s code of ethics (for media and industry), which is still largely in use today. He has more recently been president of the Quebec/Ontario youth hostels association. Benoit holds a bachelor in Communication Arts (UQAM in Montreal), and a graduate diploma in Leisure, Culture and Tourism from UQTR in Trois-Rivières.
Snyder was born in Montreal, raised in St. John’s, and schooled in Montreal (Concordia, BFA in Jazz Guitar Performance) and Toronto (Ryerson, BFA in Journalism). He began his career at The Globe and Mail in 1995 as a copy editor and editor for foreign and local news. Over the next five years he worked in the travel, news, arts and lifestyle departments. He edited the fashion and style sections and oversaw the National Magazine Award-winning Fashion + Design Quarterly, while also writing a weekly travel technology column. He was creative director for Redwood (later renamed Totem), a Toronto marketing communications company, where he launched and oversaw publications and media for clients such as Aeroplan, CAA, Acura, General Motors and Air Miles. He launched the Toronto Star’s branded content division in 2012, creating communications strategies for the JUNOS, Genworth and the Greenbelt Foundation.
These days, Snyder writes about food, drinks, guitars, music, travel and other fun stuff for publications such as Zoomer, Canada’s 100 Best, The Toronto Star and Harry. He has been writing about Toronto’s food and drink scene for 20 years, and was the founder of CityBites Magazine (2005 – 2015). Inspired by some great food tours he took in San Sebastian, Scottsdale and Puerto Vallarta, he co-founded the walking tour company Drink Toronto (drinktoronto.ca) in 2017. Snyder has his Diploma in Wines and Spirits from WSET, and has judged wines for the Ontario Wine Awards, the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair and VinItaly.
I am a photographer, a dreamer, and a documenter. I am a writer, an explorer, and a purveyor of beauty and light. I am on a continual journey to seek out and capture the beauty of existence- whether it's the most extreme and pristine environments in our world, or the beauty of humanity. In addition to living throughout northern Canada for much of my life - an area of Canada that I have worked hard to document and share with audiences, I – along with my beautiful wife, Erin, and our three children – have also lived in Asia and have traveled extensively through both the many provinces and territories of our native country and numerous countries abroad. I now live proudly on Prince Edward Island on Canada’s East Coast and am a child of the sea. I am proudly a Sigma Pro Photographer, a StrobePro professional, and a regular contributor to Photo Life Magazine and to Outdoor Photography Canada.
Bruce Kemp is an internationally known, award-winning journalist, writer and photographer. He has covered everything from fine dining in Europe to the America’s Cup and voyages through the Northwest Passage. His work appears world wide. In 1986 he was honoured by the America’s Cup organizing committee when he was asked to write the Canadian portion of the official America’s Cup Challenger’s Program. He has also been the editor of Travel A La Carte, Sailing Canada and SailOntario. His previous books include: The Complete Travel Writer; Gifts of the Okanagan (with wife Laurie Carter); the Ports Cruising Guide to Lake Erie and Lake St. Clair; the 2006 update to the Ports Cruising Guide to the Rideau Canal; Weather Bomb 1913: Life and Death on the Great Lakes; and the novel Letters From A Fugitive’s Son. He has just finished his second novel – Free Wireless Social Networking. Bruce created Canada’s first college-level travel writing course (The Complete Travel Writer) in 1988 for George Brown College and has taught his craft for more than twenty years at colleges across the country: Lambton College, George Brown Collage, Okanagan College and the Centre for Arts and Technology (Okanagan). He has also work in Canada’s major newsrooms as a newspaper reporter and columnist.
Over the span of more than thirty years, Bruce’s writing and photography have earned him numerous awards from his peers. His first national nomination came in 1987 when he was nominated as Nabisco Food Writer of the Year (Humour). In 1991 he was awarded the Lake Ontario Racing Council’s top honour for Best Colour and Composition in a sailing photo, as well as the Best Sailing Photo. In 2003 he won the Travel Media Association of Canada/Starwood Hotel’s Best Travel (People Photo – national). 2005 saw him win the Metroland In-House Design and Layout Award. Then 2006 was a very good year for him as he won the Travel Media Association of Canada’s Best People Photo once again plus the Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Award for Best Travel Journalism and he capped the year off by taking home the prestigious international accolade of Caribbean Travel Photographer of the Year for his photos of Trinidad’s annual Carnival. In 2011 he was once again on the podium to accept the Travel Media Association’s national award for Best Travel Photo (People), a feat he repeated in 2014 along with a second place in Family Feature Writing, and an Outstanding Achievement Award for Best Story About Travel In Canada.
Bruce just turned 68 and currently lives and works with his wife Laurie in Merrickville, Ontario, on the Rideau Canal. His photographic work was recently shown in a one-man show staged at Vistek Ottawa and called “Sweetwater Dreams.” It portrayed the lives of the sailors and ships of the Great Lakes merchant marine.
Freeman Patterson has been a photographer since 1958 and a full-time professional freelance photographer and writer since 1965. He has taught week-long workshops in photography and visual design in Canada since 1973, in South Africa since 1983, and from time to time in Australia, New Zealand, Israel, France, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
The author (photographer and writer) of 15 books, including five instructional books for photographers and co-author of two others, Freeman’s images have been exhibited around the world and Fredericton’s Beaverbrook Art Gallery hosted a four-month, 115-print retrospective exhibition of his photographs in 2013. Freeman was the 2004 Writer-in-Residence at the University of P.E.I. and the 2005 Visiting Scholar for the Medical Humanities Faculty of Dalhousie University, Halifax.
Freeman is a member of the Order of Canada, the Order of New Brunswick, and the Royal Canadian Academy of Art and has received the highest honour of several international photographic organizations, Canadian universities, and arts bodies. He spends about eight months a year at his home in Shamper’s Bluff, New Brunswick (where he engages in the fine art of gardening and a lot of other hard work) and the other months travelling (photographing, writing, and teaching) both in Canada and abroad.