Ex-navy, ex-banker, now novelist, journalist and professor.

Awards & Recogniton

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2018 National Magazine Award Finalist, Profiles, Crypto Kingpin, Globe and Mail Report on Business Magazine

2014 National Magazine Award Finalist, Arts & Entertainment,
The Way Things Are: Fred Herzog's Art of Observation, Canadian Art
2013 National Magazine Award Finalist, Sports & Recreation, Ya Gotta Believe, Eighteen Bridges
2013 National Magazine Award Finalist, Editorial Package, Energy Smarts, Canadian Geographic
2012 CBC Bookie Prize Winner for The Blue Light Project
2012 National Magazine Award Silver, Arts & Entertainment, Man Standing, Canadian Art
2012 Western Magazine Award Gold, Human Experience, Blood Brothers, Vancouver Magazine
2012 Western Magazine Award Gold Award, Best Article, Blood Brothers, Vancouver Magazine
2012 Western Magazine Award Nominee, Public Issues, Blood Brothers, Vancouver Magazine
2012 National Magazine Award Nominee, Society, Blood Brothers, Vancouver Magazine
2012 Western Magazine Award Nominee, Arts Culture & Entertainment, Chaos and Planning, Vancouver Review
2011 Western Magazine Award, Gold, Arts Culture and Entertainment, Watching the Waterfront, Vancouver Review
2010 Western Magazine Award, Gold, Arts Culture and Entertainment, Foodville Part One, Vancouver Review
2010 Western Magazine Award, Gold,  Best Article BC/Yukon, Foodville Part One, Vancouver Review
2010  National Magazine Award, Travel, Gold - Walking the Way, Walrus
2010  National Magazine Award, Personal Journalism, Finalist - Walking the Way, Walrus
2009  North American Travel Journalism Association Merit Award
2008  Folio: Eddie Magazine Award, Bronze Medal
2008  Western Magazine Award, Finalist
2008  National Magazine Award, Finalist
2007  Canada Reads Finalist, Stanley Park
2007  Magnum Opus Gold Award
2006  Magazine du Quebec, Grand Prix
2005  National Magazine Award, Silver
2004  Lowell Thomas / Society of American Travel Writers Award, Silver
2004  Northern Lights Travel Writing Award, Silver
2004  One Book One Vancouver selection, Stanley Park
2003   Globe and Mail 100 Best Books of the Year, Silent Cruise
2002  Danuta Gleed Award, runner-up
2002  National Magazine Award, Gold, Time Warp, first published in Saturday Night
2002   Globe and Mail 100 Best Books of the Year, Stanley Park
2001  Giller Prize Finalist
2001  Writers Trust Prize Finalist
2001  BC Book Awards Finalist
2001  Vancouver Book Awards Finalist
2001  Torgi Book Awards Finalist
2000  National Magazine Award, Silver
2000  Journey Prize, winner
1996  National Magazine Award, Finalist