An award-winning,freelance journalist and former Canadian military officer, James Risdon reports for Halifax’s daily newspaper, The Chronicle Herald, and Canadian Defense Review.
During his 25-plus year career, James has also written for the Winnipeg Free Press, New Brunswick’s Telegraph-Journal, Ontario’s The Daily Press, and community newspapers and news websites throughout Canada. While serving as the Atlantic region director of the Canadian Association of Journalists, he was instrumental in bringing a writers’ symposium and workshops for journalists to New Brunswick.
An ex-pat Montrealer, James studied journalism at Concordia University and social sciences at Dawson College before completing his diploma in business administration at the French-language campus of New Brunswick Community College in Bathurst.
It was during his undergraduate days at Concordia that James met Hong Kong-born Ada Mei Wah Chan in the library and the two began to date. Three decades later, the now-married couple, their two daughters and grand-daughter call Bathurst, on the shores of Chaleur Bay, home.
Always interested in finding new and better ways to do things, James was twice honoured with the President’s Award while working at Volkswagen Canada. He has also twice run for the mayoralty of the City of Bathurst, bringing forward innovative ideas to improve the region in his campaigns. While at Dawson College and then again at the Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick, James developed strategies to resolve province-wide strikes which threatened to cripple the academic year.
A scifi buff, James is a voracious reader of Scientific American and tech-based science fiction. He enjoys lively discussions, riding his mountain bike, the beach, and playing his guitar – which he does with as much flair and raw talent as Red Dwarf’s Dave Lister.