Peter C. Newman
Peter Charles Newman, journalist, author, newspaper and magazine editor, born
in Vienna, Austria, May 10,1929. He came to Canada as a refugee in 1940 and enrolled
in 1944 as a "war guest" boarder at Upper Canada College. Here he met
several members of the Canadian establishment whose lives he would later chronicle.
Career: 1951-1953 Assistant Editor, The Financial Post; 1955-1964
Ottawa Editor, Macleans Magazine; 1964-1969 Ottawa Editor, Toronto Daily
Star Syndicated columnist carried by 29 papers with circulation of two million.
1969-1971 Editor-in-Chief, Toronto Daily Star; 1971-1982 Editor-in-Chief Macleans
Magazine; 1972-1983 Director, Maclean Hunter Publishing Inc.; 1981-1987 Weekly
interview show, Global Television Network;1982- Senior Contributing Editor, Macleans
Educational Activities: 1974 Honorary Doctor of Laws, Brock
University; 1975 Honorary Doctor of Letters, York University; 1983 Honorary Doctor
of Laws, Wilfrid Laurier University;1986 Honorary Doctor of Laws, Queens
University; 1986 Honorary Doctor of Laws, Royal Military College; 1972-1974 Member,
Board of Governors, University of Toronto; 1969-1971 Visiting Professor, Political
Science, McMaster University; 1979-1980 Visiting Professor, Political Science,
York University; 1985-1987 Adjunct Professor, Sask. Indian Federated College,
Regina; 1986-1990 Professor, Creative Writing, University of Victoria; 1998- Visiting
Professor, Sing Tao Graduate School of Journalism, University of British Columbia.
1966 National Newspaper Award for Feature Writing; 1967 CBCs Wilderness
Award for Best Television Documentary of the Year; 1971 Michener Award for Journalism.
CBC TV Sales. The Tenth Decade; 1974 Presidents Medal, University of Western
Ontario, for best Magazine article; 1977 Quill Award, Journalist of the Year;
1978 Officer in the Order of Canada; 1981 Best Television Program of the Year,
ACTRA Award; 1983 Knight-Commander in the Order of St. Lazarus; 1986 National
Business Writing Achievement Award; 1987 Book of the Year, Canadian Authors Association;
1990 Companion in the Order of Canada; 1992 Elected to The Canadian News Hall
of Fame; 1998 Lifetime Achievement Award, The Canadian Journalism Foundation.
Involvement: 1984 Governor, Shaw Festival, Niagara-on-the-Lake; 1985 Director,
Canadian Council for Native Business; 1985 Director, Canadian Council for Economic
Education; 1989 St. Pauls Hospital Foundation, Vancouver, B.C.; 1992 Director,
Vancouver Airport Authority; 1998 Director, Lions Gate Entertainment Inc.
1959 Flame of Power: Intimate profiles of Canadas greatest businessmen.
Reprinted five times. 1963 Renegade in Power: The Diefenbaker Years, Canadas
breakthrough political bestseller. 1968 The Distemper of Our Times: Book-Of-The-
Month selection; published in the US by Alfred Knopf. Reprinted four times;
1973 Home Country: People, places and power politics. Literary Guild selection;
1975 The Canadian Establishment: Volume 1; Bestselling book ever published in
Canada; 1978 The Bronfman Dynasty: The Rothschilds of the New World, Book-Of-The-
Mouth Club; Fortune Book Club; 1981 The Acquisitors The Canadian Establishment
Volume 2: Book-Of-The-Month Club selection; 1982 The Establishment
Man: An intimate profile of Conrad Black. Literary Guild Feature selection;1983
True North Not Strong and Free: A Guide to the Peaceable Kingdom in the
Nuclear Age; 1983 Debretts Illustrated Guide to the Canadian Establishment:
Illustrated British Edition; 1985 Company of Adventurers: A highly authorized
history of the Hudsons Bay Company; Book-Of.The-Month Club selection: published
across the English speaking world; 1987 Caesars of the Wilderness: Volume
II of the history of the Hudsons Bay Company. Number one best seller for
10 weeks; 1988 Sometimes a Great Nation: Will Canada Belong To the 21st Century?
Book-Of-The-Month Club; 1989 Empire of the Bay: Illustrated History of the Hudsons
Bay Company; 1991 Merchant Princes: Volume III of the Hudsons Bay history.
Number one bestseller for 10 weeks; 1991 Canada 1892: Portrait Of A Promised Land.
Presentation book for Canadas 125th Anniversary; 1995 The Canadian Revolution:
From Deference To Defiance. Number one national best-seller for eight weeks; 1996
Defining Moments: Dispatches from an Unfinished Revolution; 1998 Titans: Volume
3, The Canadian Establishment. Book sales to date are in excess of 2 million copies.