Professional Biography

I have had ten books published since 2003:

2021 Alexander Ross and his Country-Born Family from Columbia Country to Red River (Ternier Gordon Publishing)

2017    Letitia Hargrave: Mistress of York Factory2021 (Ternier Gordon Publishing)

2013    The Laird of Fort William: William McGillivray and the North West Company (Heritage House)

2011    People of the Fur Trade: from Native Trappers to Chief Factors (Heritage House)

2009    A People on the Move: the Métis on the Western Plains (Heritage House)

2009    Tecumseh: Diplomat and Warrior in the War of 1812 (James Lorimer)

2007    Sir Robert Borden: the shy guy who challenged an empire (Jackfruit )

2005    The Battle of Seven Oaks and the Violent Birth of the Red River Settlement (Altitude Publishing)

2004    Grey Owl: the Curious Life of Archie Belaney (Altitude Publishing)

2003    Marie-Anne Lagimodière:  the Incredible Story of Louis Riel’s Grandmother (Altitude Publishing)

Other work:

I oversaw the publication of a history of St. Charles Catholic Church, one of the oldest churches in Winnipeg. Many of its earliest parishioners were Métis buffalo hunters. For more information or to buy copies of the book, contact me or the church at


I completed a 50-day contract doing archival work for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Winnipeg and wrote a history of the Archdiocese for their web site.


I began writing freelance articles on education, farming, and religious topics for a number of newspapers and magazines.


I worked as a teacher-librarian and technician in a junior high school. During that time I was active in the Manitoba School Library Association (MSLA) and served as editor of their journal from 1996 to 1998. I also wrote book reviews of children’s books from 1985 to 1999. MSLA presented me with an honourary life membership in May 2009.


I am a graduate of the University of Manitoba with a B.A. (major in history) and a Pre-Master of Education in school librarianship. I also attended creative writing classes at the University of Winnipeg.

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