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My Canada Project

The "My Canada" project was something I came up with during the 150th year of Canada's founding. It captures the thoughts, ideas and dreams of a variety of Canadians that are in my life or connected to people in my life.

Canada is a special country. I understand there are many nuances to celebrating a country, especially considering how many founding stories are covered in a veneer of hypocrisy. Certainly any story originating 100+ years ago likely carries the stench of racism, intolerance and more. In this, there are no perfect countries. However, for me, a country is not just what has come before but what we can make of it together in the future by learning from its past. Every Canadian has both the right and the obligation to change the country we leave to our descendents. I am proud, unlike many places in this world, that we have such freedoms to change Canada. This is the point of the "My Canada" Project, a look at our country in a point in time and the views of those in "My Canada" for the future.

A Canada Day Letter to my Godchild for her 25th Birthday

A letter to Rosalind born on the 150th anniversary of Canada looking towards her 25th birthday and our 175th anniversary.

June 28, 2017

Jeff: Embrace the diversity, flourish with the country

Jeff’s passion for friends and community has allowed me to vividly experience his immigrant journey in Canada: sometimes as a bystander, sometimes as a participant.

June 14, 2017

Joe: Canada — My Home Away from Home

Joseph Teo is one of the co-founders of HeyOrca. HeyOrca is a successful software startup out of my alma mater that I am happy to help by advising Joe.

June 1, 2017

Phil: Watch out for bears; they are cunning

Phil Veale is a software developer extraordinaire, UK transplant and a man of immense cynical and sarcastic wit.

May 24, 2017

Boris: Give back to this society!

A startup entrepreneur and now investor, Boris Wertz has backed some of the best Canadian startups through Version One Ventures.

May 9, 2017

Derek: Get serious about driving innovative entrepreneurialism

Focused, smart and one of Canada's best exports now living and working with tech people in the United States

May 1, 2017

Sarah: Let’s tear up the Indian Act!

From St. Johns, NL to Bella Bella, BC, Sarah Norris has definitely lived on the east/west extremes of our country.

April 17, 2017

Stephen: Pristine and chaos all in one

Stephen Wild is a photographer extraordinaire in Kingston, Ontario. Stephen is always happy to entertain you with a smile while teaching the hordes of photography students.

April 7, 2017

Niketh: Resist provincialism. Think like a globalist, live like localist.

Niketh Pareek is almost the definition of multi-culturalism. A Canadian of Indian heritage who grew up in Kuwait, lives in Montreal, Quebec and is married to a Canadian of Korean heritage.

March 1, 2017

Sylvia: Change, but don't. Hug a tree.

Sylvia Warkentin is the second of the Warkentin family in the series and travelled almost 'coast to coast to coast'

February 20, 2017

Rebecca: Let’s fix the education system

Rebecca MacDonald is a tour de force. Rebecca impresses upon her friends the urgency of looking at the “here and now”

February 13, 2017

Ted: Canada as the Europe of North America

Theodore Grenfell Bonnah, a Labrador Metis living in Kyoto, Japan, who has travelled the world and brought Newfoundland and Labrador to the world.

February 9, 2017

Christo: Visit the world of all your friends and neighbours

Christo Stassis of Greek descent. Passionate gamer and pizza maker.

February 6, 2017

Canada is neither all roses nor all thorns

Why do the My Canada Project in the first place.

January 30, 2017

Ingrid: We are all stronger together

Whether it is brewing sake, business sense or making amazing French delicacies, Ingrid has brought her French culture to bear on enlarging the Canadian tapestry.

January 28, 2017

Ed: Never take freedoms for granted

From Dublin, Ireland to Kingston, Ontario, Ed McNally is recent Canadian heavily involved in the culture and fabric of Kingston, Ontario.

January 25, 2017

Keli: My Canada is not unilingual

Keli Ryan living abroad from Canada and a world-traveller who has been part of many of my own adventures in Asia, Europe and Africa.

January 23, 2017

Katherine: An incredible maritime history

Katherine Crothers Leverette, amongst many other things, writes for Profile Magazine with a column called The Kingstonian.

January 18, 2017

Erwin: “Colonialist amnesia” : The myth of the two founding nations

Dr. Erwin Warkentin: an unvarnished consideration of the Canadian experience

January 16, 2017

Daniel: Drive across it before self-driving cars steal that

From Edmonton to Montreal to BC and beyond, from big AAA games to independent games. Daniel Fedor has run the gamut of working in Canada

January 13, 2017

Sahand: Long term visions require long term commitment

Sahand embodies the “Yes We Can” spirit that I personally find so prevalent in entrepreneurs.

January 11, 2017

James K.: My Canada is working as a community

My Canada has a bright future with people like James in it.

January 9, 2017

Dave: Watch a John Candy movie, or two

Being Canadian means getting to take credit for being polite and liberal, without necessarily being either of those things.

January 6, 2017

Genevieve: Love the wilderness

Whenever I think of Genevieve I think of travelling with her far into the north of Quebec to see where the road ended at James Bay

January 4, 2017

Karin: Our newest Canadian citizen

She is my newest Canadian-citizen friend, and truly my Canada is a much better place with her in it

January 2, 2017

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