Rod Chapman

Biography

RODNEY CHAPMAN BA, MCS

PO Box 295 Stn Main
Kimberley, British Columbia
Canada V1A 2Y6
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I have written widely for magazines and newspapers, served in a number of organizational roles, and edited numerous books on personal and business achievement.

As Director of Public Affairs at the University of Calgary, my work in higher education earned many public relations awards for media relations, event promotion and issues management. Prior to that I was Publications Manager with the 1988 Olympic Winter Games Organizing Committee in Calgary, where I directed editorial content for the 712-page Official Report to the International Olympic Committee. Following the Winter Games I was invited to join the Olympic Games Organizing Committee in Seoul, Korea, where I prepared the English-language media guide for international media working in the World Press Centre.

As founder and principal investigator of Knowledge Navigators Inc., a company specializing in Internet-based competitive intelligence and research, I assisted corporate clients, government agencies and non-governmental organizations with product development and strategic planning. During that time I was a distance education instructor with the Faculty of Information Studies at the University of Toronto, teaching web-based courses called Current Awareness Services on the Net and Internet Competitive Intelligence. I was also an instructor at MKS Learning Centre in Calgary, teaching market research and effective web searching. For more detail on the publications I've worked on, please see my bibliography.

I currently live in Kimberley, BC, where as a sustainability consultant in the oil and gas services sector I write and edit publications relating to sustainable development. Before that I lived in Moncton, New Brunswick and Paris, France, where I worked as a book editor and sustainability consultant for a major oilfield services company.

On a personal note, you can view my Google+ profile here. I'm an outdoor enthusiast and a developing nature photographer. A life-long volunteer, in Paris I was a founding member of the Ecole Active Bilingue Parent Association, and in Calgary I served the Bridgeland-Riverside Community Association (BRCA) for six years as newsletter editor. Following that I was a member of the Board of Directors for four years and led community participation in a major redevelopment project on the site of the former Calgary General Hospital. While in Calgary I served on the campaign team that helped elect the Ward 4 alderman for four consecutive terms, and more recently I chaired the communications committee that in 2015 helped elect the City of Kimberley's new mayor.

I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from McGill University and a Master of Communication Studies (MCS) degree from the University of Calgary.