POST GRADUATE EDUCATION
1958-1963: B. Com. McGill University, Montreal
(Minor in philosophy and English)
1963-1964: B.A. Sir George Williams University, Montreal
(Honors in English)
1964-1965: M.A. University of British Columbia, Vancouver
(academic program with creative writing thesis, under Earle Birney)
1966-1969: University of London, England
(Doctoral program, modern poetry)
1969-1972: La Sorbonne, Paris
(Doctorat de troisième cycle, la poésie moderne, sous le professeur Roger Asselineau)
1959-1961: McGill University Library (part time)
1962: Office of the Auditor General of Canada Audit of the CBC
1965: The Apostelides Language Institute, Cos, Greece Taught English comprehension
1965-1966: South East Ham Secondary Modern School, London, England
Initiated and conducted a drama program for the school
1966-1969: University Tutorial College, London taught English to "A" level
1969-1971: Berlitz, Sorbonne Branch, Paris taught English to professionals and academics.
Led a series of lectures on such writers as Joyce and Beckett
1971-1972: Tundra Books, Montreal; editor
1971-1985: Dawson College, Montreal taught literature, creative writing and drama.
Chaired the English department
1986-2014: Safdie & Compay, President & CEO. Oversaw and coordinated daily
operations, directed personnel and human resources, travelled
extensively to establish and oversee supply chains.
Company grew twelve fold during time as CEO.
1962-1998: Published poems in literary and weekly magazines ranging from
Forge (Montreal), Prism International (Vancouver), International Times (London)
to the World Literature Magazine(Beijing)
1972: City Flower, Tundra Books, (Collaborated with John Fox)
1973-2000: Published articles, mostly on music, theatre and travel,
in newspapers and magazines
1986: 0PEN WINDOWS, Jonquil Press (a volume of poetry)
1989: AFTER LOVE, Jonquil Press (a volume of poetry)
PRODUCTIONS AND PLAY READINGS
1984: SURROGATE, a full length play, Alternative Playwrights, St-James Anglican Church, Montreal
1985: BINARIES: A PLAY IN TWO ACTS, Alternative Playwrights, St-James Anglican Church, Montreal; PWM
1992: FULL CIRCLE, West End Gate Theatre, New York city. COFFEE HOUSE BLUES, West End Gate Theatre, New York city.
2003: NIGHT FLIGHT, Playwrights Workshop(Montreal) McGill University, Play Reading Program
1966-1969: The Tower Theatre, London, England Assisted in various aspects of directing and production.
1971-1985: Dawson College, Montreal: served on numerous boards and committees,
for example, created an international student travel for credit Program,
worked on the curriculum, served on the Committée de Relation de Travail and the Senate,
founded the literary magazine ARCADY (1977- still active) and acted as consulting editor.
1977-1985: Dawson College Developed a Creative Writing program and hosted visiting writers throughout.
1982-1986: Coordinated and founded the Alternative Playwrights ' Workshop.
1990-1995: Playwrights Workshop, Montreal, QC
Served on the board and on numerous committees, local and national,
participated in events throughout.
1995-2005 Playwrights’ Workshop, Acting as President and helped realize a number of fundraising events,
including three art auctions. Established a national status for the local organization, now over 50 years.
1999- Present Traquen'art Productions
President since 2001 while coordinating musical events and sourcing groups
from around the world for Musique et Traditions du Monde and Musique Actuelle,
with annual attendance at WOMEX.
2001- 2015 Philmultic
President overseeing the activities of the organization,
produced albums, coordinating and promoting tours of world and contemporary musicians.
2005-2013 Blue Met/Metropolis Bleu--- International Literary Festival
Worked with Linda Leith on international events and fundraising.
2013-Present Blue Met/Metropolis Bleu--- International Literary Festival English Program Committee
1990- Generally involved in sourcing and coordinating projects and activities in Theatre,
world music and the visual arts, especially from China, India and Mexico including
currently such organizations as the Kathakali Theatre of the Cochin Cultural Center,
Kerala, India or the R. Murray Schafer Patria Music/Theatre project and the Theatre des Amriques Festival.
Produced first Canadian play in China(Colleen Wagner, The Monument).
Coordinated Major Art Exhibition in the Beijing Forbidden City, Sylvia Safdie and John Heward,
in conjunction with the Canadian Embassy.
2008: India: Illumination, Victoria Hall Westmount, Quebec
2009: Travels in Aisa, Gallerie D’Art Le Vieux Forgeron-Stanstead, Quebec
2010: India: Illumination, Gallerie D’Art Le Vieux Forgeron -Stanstead, Quebec
2010: China Through the Eyes of a Canadian Friend Part 1, Shandong Provincial Cultural
Center, Tai An City, Shandong Province, China
2011: The People of China Gallerie D’Art Le Vieux Forgeron -Stanstead, Quebec
2011: China Through the Eyes of a Canadian Friend Part 2, Qingdao’s National Museum,
Qingdao City, Shandong Province, China
2012: China Through the Eyes of a Canadian Friend Part 3, Beijing Ancient Cultural
Paleoanthropology Museum, Beijing, Shandong Province, China
2012 Light of India, Gallerie D’Art Le Vieux Forgeron, Stanstead, Quebec
2013: Street Photography, Gallerie D’Art Le Vieux Forgeron llery, Stanstead, Quebec
2013: China Through the Eyes of a Canadian Friend Part 4, Chinatex National Art
Gallery, Beijing, China.
2014: Discovering Cartagena Gallerie D’Art Le Vieux Forgeron, Stanstead, Quebec
2015: Aerial Views, Gallerie D’Art Le Vieux Forgeron, Stanstead, Quebec
2015: Street Photography, E.K. Voland Centre d’Art, Montreal, Quebec
2015: Changing China,, The Anji Art and Cultural Centre. Anji City, ZheJiang
2016: Changing China, Tieling City Art Museum, Tieling City, Liaoning Province China.
2017: Animus, Spiritus, Corpus, E.K. Voland Centre d’Art, Montreal, Quebec
2018: Dia De Los Muertos, Victoria Hall Westmount, Quebec
2012 Art Westmount, Victoria Hall Westmount, Quebec
2018: What's New, E.K. Voland Centre d’Art, Montreal, Quebec
2019: Exclusive-Art-Sale, E.K. Voland Centre d’Art, Montreal, Quebec
2019: Exhibition 71 %, Studio Georgeville, Georgeville, Quebec
2011-2012: Victoria Park, Westmount, Quebec
2011- 2019 : Shanghai Grill restaurant, Westmount, Quebec
2019: The Stanstead Stone Circle, Haskell Free Library and Opera House, Stanstead, Quebec.
2008- Present- Annual Calendars displaying photography from personal archives under thematic titles. 1000 copies distributed per year.