CBS and Fox News cover Peter Dash on his thoughts on what's ahead for you and his book. Remember, Peter met over a dozen top TV producers and other media heads in New York City and was interviewed by a top Wall Street insider. More on it later.
Scroll below and get a quick worldview from Peter, based partly on his Harvard research, assisted by one of the top scholars on political participation and former Chief Librarian at Harvard. And thank you Ben Bernanke for your salient warnings about risky investor behavior in exuberant times like we are beginning to see with the stock market. All consistent, in part to what Peter has been saying. Plus Jamie Dimon is also given attention, as well as a Russian princess, but not in the same article or century.
The Dash Report
Solutions to Grow Your Money and Stay Safe in Perilous Times
CBS And Fox News have covered Peter Dash, as well as Yahoo News. Also, award winning journalist, Paul Luke of the Vancouver Province extensively interviewed Peter Dash, an expert on managing your risks ahead. See the widely read article at www.theprovince.com/business/Forestry+grad+brutal+world/8204108/story.html
Peter has also been interviewed by top Wall Street media for his advice on investments and by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). His Harvard research has provided a basis for his writings and forecasts on a brutal world ahead.
His book, ZUrabia, is described by the US media and the CBC as "terrifyingly real as it gets" and "Not too far from what could happen." It warns you of possible scenarios that go well beyond Al Qaeda and the 2008 financial meltdown.
His views are well supported by extensive research, many radio shows and living years in "hotspots" throughout the world. Those who said the economic meltdown of 2008 would never happen are now cheery again. That makes Peter worry and probably so should you.
Trust in many institutions may be low. But your sense to protect yourself and your family with valuable independent advice should not be.
Update Alert: Canadian Bank Stocks Could Face a Major Global Shorting Before Recovering
Canadian banks are in agreement with RHC, risk consultancy set up and run by Peter Dash, at least on the following point. A large part of their lending is in home mortgages according to their official mouthpiece, the Canadian Bankers Association. However, the Association would appear to be in some disagreement with RHC and one female,TD Bank Vice President who has prudently predicted on a Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, television channel a correction of around 10 percent in major Canadian housing markets. RHC would agree that a major adjustment will take place more in the short term than in the long term, which could have a deleterious effect on bank valuations, and possibly, the Canadian dollar.
If a Canadian bank vice president admits on CBC that a very measurable correction is seriously possible, along with a number of major analysts, chiefly in the USA that could be very telling. After all, these banks wishing to maintain the maximum confidence in the mortgage market, so key to their profits, may be also getting nervous despite CBA's platitudes that all is generally well. That they further believe that Canadian household debt of which mortgages represent the primary retail component, is dandy fine as the Royal Bank CEO has also stated in fairly recent months. Unity of message appears to be weakening on whether a correction is past due. No doubt, Vancouver house prices are probably correcting even as you read this or as some Canadian bank CEOs tell the markets not to worry.
However, Canadian regulators may have learned how to limit any housing bubble from triggering a meltdown of the likes in 2008 on Wall Street. Capital reserves are up to meet new Basel standards and national ones. As well, the Bank of Canada is more than ready to pump in liquidity into the Canadian big five or six banks, which have been essentially designated as "too big to fail" by the government.
Furthermore, the tightly knit and concentrated Canadian banking system will not support the ganging up and shorting to death of one of its fellow five sisters. Unlike Goldman in America that appears to have effectively done so to some of its big competitors with massive shorting of a like almost never seen before in the annals of investment history. Possibly the conditions were facilitated in major part by ex-Goldman CEO Henry Paulson, a chief regulator as Treasury Secretary at the time who reportedly did not much care for a past major competitor and keeping it alive.
However, there is practically nil chance that Canadian politicians and finance officials would do anything similar to destabilize one or more members of the five to six sister "cartel" , while leaving banks like the Royal to pickup the pieces to create an even more concentrated Canadian banking sector.Though Prime Minister Harper did let a mega-giant in telecommunications fail when it ran into deep financial trouble, namely Canada's Nortel. So if a Canadian bank were unwise, this pro-free market PM might not come fully charging to its rescue.
However, increased concentration, resulting from what happened after the banking/mortgage meltdown in the US with Bear Stearns and Lehman Brothers removal would be generally considered as highly undesirable in Canada if such a meltdown were similarly to occur there. But It should not be forgotten that some Canadian bank CEOs have argued in the past for Canadian banks to become much larger. An idea that was rightfully killed by former finance minister, Paul Martin who looks visionary given the emerging issues after 2008 related to too big to fail.
There also appears to be less vulture capitalism on Toronto's' Bay Street compared to Wall Street, with the big Canadian banks actually having bailed each other out for the most part during the Great Depression. That may sound like cartel behavior to some Americans, but to Canadian bank CEOs it may be seen as part of the Canadian cooperative, more genteel, Loyalist and economically conservative enduring spirit that once facilitated anti-revolutionaries and more pragmatic ideology being established north of the border. That is one spin to the positive impact of Canadian values on creating a stabilizing banking compact. Another is that it is an elitist-run, Old Boy headed oligopoly that needs to be busted up in this day and age where meritocracy and competition are publically-stated policy in Canada. Nevertheless, a collapse of a bank or the Canadian banking system is highly unlikely even if it makes interesting media bite. While a collapse is greatly improbable, it sadly is an increasing outside possibility.
For consider what some top analysts have been saying about the potential for the Canadian real estate market to render havoc on Canadian financial institutions, even at prestige investment seminars in the United States. According to Cam Hui.
"There is a time bomb waiting to go off in the Canadian financial system."
An additionally interesting point was made in the same recent CNBC article on a Canadian housing bubble. While many Canadian mortgages are backed by a kind of Canadian Fannie Mae like structure called CMHC, the Royal Bank of Canada remains with many mortgages unsecured by such government agencies.
For those, however, who wish to short Canadian bank stocks remember this. These banks have been highly profitable and combined with their tight connections with the federal government, major shorting efforts would be faced with a lot of resistance. Unless, many foreign hedge funds and other huge funds like PIMCO were to combine in an unprecedented way, so to speak and short these stocks.
Also, Canadian (government) pension funds might not prove indifferent to what might be perceived as an attack on Canadian financial sovereignty. On the other hand, it might prove tempting to American banks who are peeved at the restrictive rules preventing them from having a major in on the mortgage market in Canada. Pouring further salt into the wounded but reviving Wall Street banks, that saw Canadian banks make headway post 2008 in capturing new business in the USA, the sacred market ground to American banks. US banks with new vigor may be ready to strike back.
A ganging up by big foreign money on Canadian bank stocks may be an unlikely one, but a potentially disastrous one. For some of the big five or six might not be able to outlast a long campaign if such a focused international effort took place. There might be little international sympathy for such an attack upon a cartel.
The consequences might not be pretty for the Canadian dollar either. After all, it may be on the way down in years, if not months ahead given what some perceive as the end of the super commodity cycle on which its value is heavily determined. The effects of a strengthening US dollar are already having an impact on the commodity driven Ausse dollar, for example.
Any such massive or measurable shorting could be more likely induced if too many Canadian banks keep singing the siren song to fairly rapidly expand household debt and mortgage lending. Many investors around the world, as well as in Canada already know that for years, finance minister Jim Flaherty and Governor of the Bank of Canada, Mark Carney have been wisely and almost courageously been making warning signals about high levels of household debt that have not been significantly mitigated. Their efforts having been largely ignored by the big five may prove costly.
All this should also tell investors they might want to wait awhile in rushing in to fatten their portfolios (further) with Canadian bank stocks. Possibly they should wait for a 10 to 20 percent correction over the year before diving in with two feet. Lets hope that Canadian householders won't be swimming underwater on their mortgages when any possible correction is completed. But the good news is that on the long term at the worst, these large Canadian banks will likely remain solid enough to weather or recover from any coming storms so are worthy to hold as stocks for long-term investors. There is a caveat, however.
We hope this sector or individual Canadian banks will resist any future collapsing pressures. But cautiously point out that Lehman Brothers was almost untouchable for a century before it passed away.
Harvard Research by Dash predicted systemic breakdowns decades ago
Many institutions worldwide are besieged by crises, which they are evermore failing to keep up with.
The global order as detailed in Dash's extensive Harvard research in the 1980s and follow-up work, led to a prediction that youth alienation and unemployment would become disastrous.
That "coping youth" struggling terribly throughout the world would become open to radicalization and dysfunction: be it home grown, in the Middle East, Africa or well beyond.
Furthermore, internal and international security is under increasing threats. Weapons seem everywhere, spreading along with nuclear proliferation and terrorism.
A reduction in certain local law enforcement budgets may not auger well. It might further makes authorities worry about the accelerated weaponization of the public as citizens' mistrust of law enforcement capabilities begins to increase.
At the same time, interestingly Pew research shows that overall crimes involving gun use have gone down. All one could argue as result of American citizens increasingly arming themselves to partially make up for reduced quantity and quality of law enforcement?
Another worry is whether central Government will grow more short tempered to dissent and critics. To up the monitoring of the Internet and widen the definition of unacceptable expression of diverse opinions.
These could include the right to bear arms or to be of libertarian thought such as balancing budgets and predicting economic collapse if debt is not managed soundly.
To begin to evermore limit freedoms and even bend or break the laws they are supposed to follow?
One thing for sure, many Governments are "freaking out" as to what to do as they face too many problems and crises.
In short, many governments are tired and spent out. Institutional reform including getting a handle on rogue practices by tax authorities is desparately needed and should be the unifying call than "us versus them."
Unfortunately though, not only is trust breaking down, selfish behavior has hit extraordinary levels that threatens the concept of local to global community.
The banker greed of the last decades is symptomatic of such problems especially on Wall Street, in the City of London and elsewhere. .
Too many investment and senior executive bankers are spiritually disconnected as they undermine society with their selfishness.
Sometimes treating their customers like "muppets" and the general public with contempt as they pile up their multi-million dollar bonuses.
Alluding to this and referenced in ZUrabia, the past Pope described the West as a "spiritual wasteland". Overdone? Extremist language? You decide.Look at your own work place, country and personal practices.
Global society under environmental threat, as well, is like a boiler without enough pressure relief valves. War and conflicts have been spreading as resource supplies get tighter or more expensive, like water. Pollution in places like China is nearly deadly.
That is not to say all leadership or institutions are problematic. For example, ZUrabia alludes to the fact that some bankers are taking heroic actions to fight criminal money laundering and terrorism. Some give much to charity. Too embarrassed to admit their generosity in a sea of wolves?
BCRIC countries for the most part have net savings and more manageable debt levels and are still growing at decent levels. China is a leader in solar technology.
Western countries like Australia, Canada, Germany, Switzerland and most of Scandinavia are more than hanging on.
Americans through their churches and synagogues, for example are giving massive amounts of donations to help the world's poor, despite western government foreign aid budgets being depleted. Emerging market countries are pulling up part of the slack.
Newer institutions in the Silicon Valley have incorporated modern values, as well as financial institutions, like PIMCO also run from the West coast. Not perfect, but moving forward.
Complementing Peter Dash's Blog radio and research, he will further outline a blueprint over weeks for reforms that are desperately needed in this crisis filled world that affects your life style. And also provide you practical ideas to insulate you from this brutal world ahead.
Diary from Moscow: Dash on Dashova
It is almost inevitable that so many of us have a preoccupation with the now and whatever fancies our immediate needs, including shopping ones and punching into our Blackberry or iPhone what comes to mind.
But the Russians have much to teach us from their deep past to rejuvenate our troubled Western spirits these days of techno-superficiality, frivolous escapism and instant consumerism.
I give you one example. Most would not take a microsecond to learn about a famous Russian princess who advanced science. Even the average Russian has no idea about who she was.
But pause a moment from our daily mindless escapist drivel on our Blackberries or iPhones shoving out empty small talk and small-type mindlessness at times. And not to forget Facebook, too where we can write about how we floss.
Think about Princess E.R.Dashova. No, not a long lost relative of mine, though the similarity of family name did capture a bit more of my attention than another name might have. I actually discovered her name in a fantastically restored palace on the edge of Moscow called Tsaritsyno.
In fact, Dashova, was the first woman head of the Russian Academy of Scientists. No small accomplishment given that it was about two hundred years ago she achieved this prestige title in a country not exactly known for its thorough enlightenment towards women.
The Russian people of course, have many great figures of history including those of Dashova's friend, the Empress of Russia, Catherine the Great. Think of this. Princess Dashova was a woman even invited by Benjamin Franklin to join his distinct exclusive philosophical society so impressed was he with her brilliance on his visits to Europe.
Showing that within the most difficult chauvinistic environments, women can succeed. Acting as an inspiration to today's daily fights against female discrimination in the office, lab or at the highest levels of scientific administration.
Russians may not know of Dashova, but they know of other titans like poet, Alexander Pushkin who Moscow hotel waitresses can quote. Whose poems got me through difficult family times given their great insights about rising from deep sadness.
The Russian people who have experienced so many tragedies and overcame them heroically, have a great reservoir of literature and knowledge about surmounting great challenges and suffering which we can draw on.
That is if we take a moment to put down our "smart" phones to limit our social chattering. That is if we can show respect for this country and read from the Pushkins and Tolstoys between all the negative present headline news on Russia in the West.
Something to remember on World War II victory day here in Moscow. A victory that may have cost the Russian people 30 million lives of their own to secure victory against the Nazis. But from which they bounced back under the most difficult circumstances.
Now excuse me as I go back to my own surfing and e-mails on my new Apple computer. The siren call of techno-vapidity of the now is too strong even over the charms of a Russian princess with so much more to tell us from the deep past of this fascinating country. Even if it is now not in fashion.
Shareholders: Get off Your Butts and Protect Your Positions, not those of the Dimons
I have countless times met lower management or investors who cannot understand executive compensation packages. Fortunately, as seen by recent examples by Glencore and Black Rock, there are some murmurs of a possible "Shareholder Spring" revolt developing.
In my estimation and other insiders, while there has been a major restructuring of corporations in the lower ranks regarding remuneration and cost savings post 2008, not enough of it has gone on at the senior levels, especially but not exclusively in banks.
Executives are replaceable. But the way some of them and their friends talk, you might think not. Instead, most of their subordinates seem to be from too many CEO perspectives. In this regard, I am almost amused at all the talk about the worry that if Jamie Dimon does not retain his position as Chairman of JPMorgan, he might walk. A message that he clearly has not denied. But that might be good, if he were to take a stroll.
For if he does, there might be a chance to get some new blood into it thereby giving extra life to the bank. More importantly, it might strengthen the credibility that it will not have another "Great Whale". To finally put the last "Whale" episode behind it, for the analysts that evaluate it and most importantly, for jittery shareholders whose jitters could be further retested.
Yes, Jamie is telegenic, attractive and very articulate, but so what as Canadian bankers are generally super dull and more profitable. Yes, he has a Harvard MBA, but few Canadian bank CEOs do and far from all successful ones have this diploma. That being said, Canadian bankers may not have been fully tested yet against potentially oncoming bubbles vis-a-vis Canadian real estate. Yet, in all fairness, Jamie could look like a genius if a Canadian real estate debacle were to take place, given that Canadian bank CEOs have not really prepared for one.
It also needs to be remembered that Dimon was mouthing off about killing new regulations out of Congress to protect banks from laying waste to the economy and taxpayers. This was happening all while his own company was under considerable risk with the dangerous derivative positions it took. He should have been better minding the store and letting Congress overall do its job is one perspective.
No wonder his apologies were extensive about his "Whale" with no visible public expressions of dissatisfaction by him about a major cut in his salary. Few cried for him when this happened and again, few will cry if he were to leave because of losing his chairman role. The public and no doubt a significant number of shareholders and bank regulators would likely feel the same.
The corporate world is a brutal place, usually to those who make gargantuan mistakes. By every measure, Jamie should feel happy just to retain his CEO position after his Canary Wharf plunge. Brutal, but true.
Frankly, shareholders could do a lot better by bringing in at the top many other more modest, non "Masters of the Universe" types at Wall Street with lower salaries and more collaborative and less macho and egotistical approaches. I believe his outing would make it possible for Wall Street to get its first female CEO of a major bank, which could further a more collaborative approach with regulators and a more risk balanced approach.
In terms of more modern models, rather Moynihan at Bank of America may be present a good one with his no worries about equating a shrinking bank stripped of non-performing assets with an executive shrinking power base leading to lower remuneration.While he is hardly the most exciting person to listen to, nevertheless, he should be possibly the new representative CEO for American banks with his more modest overall demeanor and vision.
There are other benefits of getting executives salaries under control where need be. Savings from reduced top executive remunerations could go to improve CSR, which would help improve public solidarity with Wall Street and American capitalism. And could be used to better grow dividends.
Lower CEO pay where practical would also lower the temperature of lower level employees, many of whom are struggling just to pay their mortgages, often borrowed from Jamie's beloved bank. And so many of them wonder, including tellers to branch managers, why they are paid so pitiful sums relatively speaking, while their workloads significantly expand.
I say no to Dimon being reappointed as Chair and no to bloated remuneration. And no to power grabs by senior management at the expense of shareholder value and employee morale of subordinates.
On a positive note, it is again good to see major initiatives at Glencore and increasingly by Black Rock to prevent management from being so self-centered and forgetting for whom they are working. They should also remember that their own employees well below them in rank are so key to their success. Many, many more shareholders should do the same and be more active on these issues.
If some executives are not more careful with their remuneration and avoiding non-constructive power grabs at the top, they could increasingly find themselves facing "Shareholder Springs," That is if CEOs and their inner groups cannot figure out who is really their bosses and major stakeholders.The warning signs are all there. It is time to stop the massive executive excesses.
RHC, Risk Analysis and Management Consultancy
RHC (Risk Help Consultancy) actually mentioned in ZUrabia, should be up and fully running by Spring 2014, if not earlier. Its mission: advise governments, businesses and individuals and families about immediate and strategic risks they likely have not internally assessed and solutions to mitigating or eliminating them.
Key Media on ZUrabia
Available online at amazon.com, etc and Indigo and Chapters bookstores;Barbados' Pages
Covered by Fox News
Covered by CBS channels.
Covered by Yahoo News.
ZUrabia is covered and described in the Vancouver Province, April 2013 article by Paul Luke and linked to the Regina Leader-Post, Edmonton Journal and Canada-media.com.
Rebecca Skane, February 1, 2013, Seacoastonline Blogs. "Zurabia is not only a fast-paced and action-packed suspense thriller of James Bond proportions, the story itself holds immediate relevancy to the recent media attention given to hidden offshore bank accounts."
ZUrabia is a cautionary tale about corrupt and greedy bankers who join up with extremists, terrorists and nuclear rogue states.Yahoo News. Feb 17, 2013. http//news.yahoo.com/ harvard-researcher-peter-dash-releases-novel-bsed-real-151213434.
"Not too far from what could happen…" Sonali Karnick, Canadian Broadcast Corporation (CBC) host, "All-in-the-Week-end" (Montreal) in interview of Peter Dash about ZUrabia.
"...this thriller gets the heart pumping and the pages turning...Many of Dash's characters leap off the page, especialy the well developed Sands and Isolde." Kirkus Review. One of the most demanding, important and independent book reviewers in America.
"A must read" in Montreal Gazette and Ottawa Citizen.
ZUrabia, with its dark predictions of anarchy will get attention. Steve Harrison, promoter of numerous New York Times best-selling authors, including Jack Canfield. PR trainer of ZUrabia author, Peter Dash.
"A thinking person's spy thriller that especially does not disappoint in the second half of the book as a page turner. A real literary, well researched thriller for our times." Red Pepper Books. One of South Africa's top book sites.
"Suspense begins on the first page and it never lets go! (Meaning it is a struggle to put this work down.)" Dr. Thelma Barer-Stein, Phd University of Toronto, 20 years publishing and major editor, Toronto.
"Dash has synthesized a novel relevant to the times through his own pragmatic social conscience to create a distinct thriller meant to educate and entertain." Westmount Examiner: Review by David Edelman.
"ZUrabia is a fine pick for those seeking a thriller of espionage and war." Midwest Book Review (One of America's premier book reviewers where only books are listed that meet amazon.com's five star rating or higher.)
ZUrabia received "Editor Choice" prestige designation from the publisher.
Selected for Miami Book Fair International by publisher. One of the most important gatherings of authors and exhibitions of books in the world
Covered April 2013 in UBC alumni affairs main home page,as well as UBC Trek Magazine and Forestry Faculty newsletter
Media and Research on/of Peter Dash
1) Interview with Debra Borchardt, street.com (Dec.13,2012) on wise shopping and investment in troubled times, Enter Peter Dash in the search window of thestreet.com and click it. One of the most important news sites in the world for retail investors, thestreet.com is led by CNBC's host of Mad Money, Jim Cramer. Debra is a former VP of a Wall Street bank and contibuting on air analyst to CNBC and ABC.
Also, see Peter's predictions from last December about why there would be a correction in gold prices on the short to medium term. Go to Peter Dash Blog Radio, "Fed-con-game"on gold. Doubling of import duties on gold by the Indian government remind one of interventionist risks by governments vis a vis gold. Gold is still a long-term buy after a possible drop of more than 300 dollars an ounce, post last December.
2) Article on shopping that will protect you and your family: (Dec. 6, 2012) http://www.ammoland.com/2012/12/05/the-preppers-guide-to-holiday-shopping/# axzz2ETwo6fIH. (Site has about 3 million people/yr who visit it. More than a dozen other sites have published it across America and in Canada. Scroll to end of master list for these sites.)
3) Interview of Peter Dash on CBC Radio One with Sonali Karnick, All-in-the-Week-end http://www.cbc.ca/allinaweekend/2012/02/26/not-too-far-from-reality-st-lambert-author-peter-dashs-suspense-novel-zurabia-deals-with-internation/. Peter talks in his first major media interviews about his book, ZUrabia, and possibility of some western societies becoming unhinged without proper leadership, inclusive of financial institutions.
4) 80+ radio episodes, Peter Dash Blog Radio on taking out "insurance" against collapse. http://www.spreaker.com/dashboard/episodes. Includes protecting your finances and political and economic risks unknown to you that you had better get to know. For example, why fascism or radical socialism within the West could be/is increasingly a problem if debt, deficit and various fiscal cliff "time bombs" are not properly defused. Solutions for your investment and savings based on these trends.
5) " Zurabia." iUniverse. U.S.A.(374pp). Dystopian-Thriller. A warning about unique threats using personal insights/experiences into finance, Middle East and central Asia, sustainability and global security.The author lived in hot spots or potentsial ones of the former Soviet Union, Korea, Qatar, Saudia Arabia and China, just to name a few, as well as Europe, North America and the Caribbean.
6) "Youth Participation in the Legislative Process" (60pp.) Research done under supervision of Center for International Affairs, Harvard University. One of the world's leading reports on challenges and opportunities in getting young people to participate in mainstay political processes. Explains why youth will be increasingly alienated and prone to protest and extremism, especially in certain countries and communities..
7) Guest blogger: Author Peter Dash Calls for a “Renaissance” in His Canadian Homeland http://timofowler.wordpress.com/2012/06/08/guess-blogger-author-peter -dash-calls-for-a-renaissance-in-his-canadian-homeland/. Explains how irresponsible elite elements, primarily in most Western countries, have supported excess spending and are jeopardizing the economy and youth's overall future and education quality.
7) "Exit Red Tories, Enter Corporate Canada." Toronto Star (op.ed. piece).Need for a society with social compassion, freedoms and real fiscal responsibility.
8) "Why the Government Chases Bright Minds Away." Toronto Star (op.ed piece).
9) "Why Canada's Forest Barons Ravage and Pollute." Toronto Star (op.ed. piece). Makes use of Dash's Harvard research on generational change to provide solutions for a renaissance in the Canadian resource sector, including applying private sector policies and solutions for environmental and resource management improvements.
10) "Governing by Polls." Toronto Star. (op.ed. piece). How too many governments are slaves to immediate popularity, thereby evermore leading to long-term crises and compromising youth's future.
11) "In Search of Models of Development." Drum. Ottawa. African community newspaper. The crisis in Africa and how case studies of Vietnam and Malaysia offer insights for African development, not simply Eurocentric foreign-aid programs and IMF.
12) "Canada's Foreign Policy Blackout." Drum. Ottawa. How African economic development at the time had become off the radar of the Canadian government.
13) "Africa in Crisis". UCOP International conference report : In Search of Models of Development (article). Points to Asian cases studies as partial solutions for Africa.
14) "Eurocentric Environmentalism". PIMA (USA forest industry journal). Europe better needs to understand North America's unique economic and environmental conditions, when making eco-criticism. However, some was well-deserved.
15) "Canadian Forest Policy". Canadian Pulp and Paper Journal. The government needed to understand forest industry's needs and provide more consistent policies.
16) "Are We Oceans Apart": Silviculture Canada. Why Sweden is perceived as having a "superior" forest sector over Canada's. Also, explains impact of monetary policy differentials on Canadian industry profitability.
17) "A Comparative Analysis of Coastal British Columbia and U.S. PNW Industrial Silvicultural Practices." University of British Columbia, BSF thesis 60pp. An early wake-up call about Canadian forestry practices compared to American ones.
18) "English Learning in the Asian Context." Co-editor. Asian EFL journal.The academic "bible" by top experts on applied linguistics in teaching English in Asia.(Peter is co-founder of the Asian EFL Journal, an academic journal well used by teachers)
19) "English Only: Time for a Reality Check." Asian EFL Journal. One of the top academic articles on teaching English using English in Korean schools. Countered government experts that using only English to teach English was useful everywhere.
20) "Cross Cultural Pragmatic Failure: A definitional analysis." Asian EFL Journal. Studies on how lack of knowledge of cross-cultural issues in second/foreign language learning can lead to serious communication breakdown, even with good fluency.
21) Interview of Peter Dash in Finland, by American Professor Tim Fowler, Lappeenranta University of Technology. Peter discusses women's issues, the U.S. presidential election and equity in banks. www.youtube.com/watch?v=cMtcXDX4nDc.
22) "His First Spy Novel Explores World Equity and the Economy." St. Lambert Journal. Peter talks about his hometown, his book ZUrabia, women's equality in the Middle East, and need for more positive leadership in preventing global collapse. http://www.zurabia-peterdash.com/attachment/peter_dash_media_profile.pdf.
23) "Inspiration Series." Dr Gaby Cora, MD, MBA interviews Peter Dash on women's issues in business and politics in New York City at Steve Harrison's, National Publicity Summit. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=51H2qS3uX3A.
24) "Gatt and the Environment" Policy Options. A top Canadian policy magazine on current affairs (archives). Interviewed senior Canadian civil servants and Power Corporation and Quebecor executives.
25) "UBC Forest Grad Predicts Brutal World Ahead" Regina Leader Post, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. This is an article that has now got much distribution in North America, including Vancouver where it was originally published.
Additional media coverage on Peter on protecting you against disasters
1) "Author’s novel warns North Americans- corrupt bankers & valueless dollar spells citizen concern" http://www.thesilo.ca/author-warns-americans-corrupt-bankers-valueless-dollar-spells-citizen-concern/
2) Prepper Guide to holiday shopping. Corporate Profile Reports. http:www. cpreports.com/?p=254.
3) Christmas shopping guide to preparing against disaster. "Four Tips for Protecting Your Family's Future." Montana Senior News. http://montanasenior news.com/news/2012/dec/06/preppers-guide-holiday-shopping/.
4) Christmas shopping guide to preparing against disaster "FourTips..." Idaho Senior Independent http://idahoseniorindependent.com.
5) "Holiday Guide..."New Day New Page http://newdaynewpage.blogspot.com.
6) "Prepper Guide..."The Mommy Diary.http://ashleysmommydiary.blogspot.com /2012/12/holiday-shopping-guide.html.
7) "Four Tips" Pasadena/San Gabriel California newspaper.http://www.pasadena journal.com/ personal-finance/4614-the-preppers-guide-to-holiday-shopping-4-tips-for-protecting-your-familys-future.
8) Shopping to prevent disaster. Before It's News. http://beforeitsnews.com/survival/ 2012/12/the-preppers-guide-to-holiday-shopping-2452376.html
9) Debra Borchardt. personal site. Interview of Peter Dash on prepping. Google Plus.https://plus.google.com /101204300032650784580 /posts/ZTSCNV4UaUt.
10) "Holiday Guide to Prepper Shopping" Newslook.http://www.newslook.com /videos/ 524149-the-disaster-prepper-s-guide-to-holiday-shopping.
11) Disaster Preppers Guide..."Financial News. http://en.financee.de/2012/12/13/the-disaster-preppers-guide-to-holiday-shopping/.
12) "...Holiday Shopping..."http://m60.org/17574.
13) "Preppers Guide..." Newsodrome.http://newsodrome.com/search/harvard _news/the-prepper-s-guide-to-holiday-shopping-35120832.
14) "Holiday Guide..." Red Blooded Gun Owner.http://188.8.131.52/search/srpcache ?ei=UTF-8&p=Prepper+Peter+dash &fr=yfp-t-701&u=http://cc.bingj.com/cache.aspx?q=Prepper+Peter+dash&d =4852055434201934&mkt=en-US&setlang=en-US&w =zFcY-QuYdFieda46tBSm8a LPSTwZu4kG&icp=1&.intl=us&sig=ADKPm8vN9mu EDX1eFFI.Dg--.
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The Author: In his own words
I have been a contrarian for most of my life and interested
in cutting through the noise. Why did I start having these
"bizarre" outlooks? I am not truly sure. Maybe it started
when I found out that I was the only left handed person in
my immediate family. This might have helped me see the
world differently, and contributed to developing both my
lateral and critical thinking skills. This helps me to better
filter out crowd-pleasing sensationalism and weak
arguments that prey on too many average investors and
voters. A science background in part has been also
This means that I ignore the instinctive cheery-spend-
and lend types with rosy, poorly thought-out forecasts.
I am able to avoid having euphoric lemming instincts
and better face the cliffs and face the "Sandys". In 2006,
I called a substantial market meltdown and avoided being
totally market swamped. I recommended major changes in
Canadian forest management while most forest industry
executives ignored these issues and got slapped with
massive US duties relating to their companies' historical
environmental malpractices that killed shareholder value. I
'watched' the golf club swingers rushing from the 13th
hole as their bank shares began to melt down while I had
next to zero investments in Wall Street.
I will sadly in the future watch others get 'crushed' (again)
with interest and debt payments, alimony payments and
education fees as interest rates and inflation climb.
I will watch safer havens prosper as most western
governments grow massively hungry for your money and
increasingly grab your hard earned dollars. I will watch
others who control pensions cut them while mine goes
untouched. I will watch new 'Ponzi' scheme investment
paper have the same affect on balance sheets as AIG did
before with its overflow of valueless credit default swaps.
It is now more clearly the time not to follow the born-
again, happy investor flock to the slaughter.
I was also born when my mother was about 40, unusual
especially in the 1950s. This makes me also aware of the
long term not just short term, within generation trends.
Being different through my life was normal for me at first.
But not always appreciated, especially later on as I started
stepping out of the box, and criticizing the lack of vision
of certain elites and institutions on many issues.
I feel that that I have benefitted by "ignoring" the western
"Old Boys Club," and those wishing to perpetuate their
patronizing class superiority and narcism. It has
saved me countless investment dollars, opened up
employment opportunities and understanding of the
broader world, and put me on a modern trajectory.
The below gives more additional details on who I am and
my driving force to promote fairness and sustainability: to
close the gap between have and have nots in a
responsible manner that grows free markets.
As a child, I liked taking off and exploring on the other
side of the railway tracks (or even on top of the tracks, much to
my mother's chagrin) or down the highway. Or crazily at 11 or
12 (cannot exactly remember the age), I would jump on my on
my little red bicycle and ride on the shoulder of a dangerous
highway to my little paradise of calm at Mount St. Bruno, 12
miles away. Far out even for young boys who are hard to keep
in one place.
I still retain my monk-like attitudes to escaping the madding crowd, especially when in need of reflection or to burn off frustrations through hiking and the distractions of a new physical environment. But my destinations now are places such as near the top of the Matterhorn in Switzerland, steaming volcanoes in Japan and New Zealand under my boots and hermit kingdoms, like Saudi Arabia with religious police, public executions and warm Bedouin fires in the middle of the cold, night-time desert. Yes, a contrarian for the most part, willing to travel off the beaten path of life and uncover the unusual. And to expose it and share it. Oh my!
Educationally: At 10, I was shot over to a "prep" school what seemed a million miles away from my regular middle class, suburban neighborhood. It was totally alien to my local friends and me.The school was actually 20 miles away and socially even further from my background.Though my dad, a small banker had gone there in the dark, Great Depression days when it was not quite so well known. When his father had had to fight to get him decently fed and properly clothed there. He was a Barbadian coping with a subzero winter. And a Depression, too.
At 10 travelling in the new Metro in Montreal to and mostly from school -about an hour on this subway followed by a bus ride(s) - I felt again there was something different about me, too. No one else seemed to have to travel so far at that age in the public transportation system. This feeling was compounded when some of the prep school kids showed
up in expensive cars, driven by their multi-millionaire
fathers, doctors, lawyers, CEOs and so on. This is not an
issue for me now as to what chassis one comes in. (If I
drive again though, I think I would go for a Smart car to
save the environment and oh yes, to better ensure a
parking space in traffic "crazy" Moscow. Though
its incredibly beautiful and efficient Metro provides a
Maybe worse: old local friends thought I was now quite
different given I went to another school -one they kind of
thought was for snobs. Maybe I was becoming a bit of one by
osmosis.I generally lost track of them given the demanding
school homework, intensive sports program and school
commuting time. I just could not "fit in" comfortably at the
time, much of anywhere it seemed.
I was between places - and I suppose, still am. Maybe a good
place from which to get a worldly perspective, and objective
one for my writings. I was thinking though that my wandering
lifestyle, and how it sometimes contributes to my sense of
existentialism and metaphors in the first chapters.
However what is inside one is most critically important
rather than pure location. There are many permanently
settled who are unsettled in their behaviour.
Returning to my school life: It also didn't help me get traction
as being part of the mainstay when some of those very well
off "fellow" students thought I was kind of a "barbarian"
by living so far away from the Westmount mansions, which
were closer to the school than the "sticks" I supposedly lived
in. I began to have growing self-doubts that maybe I was on
the wrong side of the river and not to forget, on the wrong side
of the railway tracks. No I stand corrected, our family
practically lived on the railway tracks given how close they
were to our house. Coincidentally, the hero in the story
Adrian Sands, lived so close to the tracks as a child that
he saw the locomotive lights flash through his bedroom
window, reminding him of his family's meagre means. My
present view is I could not care less where one lives, overall.
Those kids and their parents putting too much emphasis on
living in Westmount or places like it, are just empty social
vessels in my view.
And back to school - so much starts in ones formative years. In
another way, during these special years my school made me
feel different (from my local friends). If you got out of line, you
would be smashed with a sawed-off hockey goalie stick, or a
ruler just for messing up your math or a geography quiz.
That might have helped me develop a bit of a peevish attitude
to abuse of power. In Korea where I worked for a good part of
my forties, I refused to support the use of big sticks on
students' bodies by the school authorities. I never hit anyone
given how ugly I found corporal punishment to be in my
own school days.
A few more things I forget to say about my looks or body. I was
considerably shorter than my brothers, one of whom is well
over 6 feet - and with a higher IQ. Excellent is how I now feel
about it after expanding my own, the IQ that is. Though I hear
you can go to Lebanon for more height. But don't try it. I have
seen the results from a teacher who did.
All those differences made me especially feel in the past
as not being up to the highest standards of success,
occasionally beaten into me physically at the school and
"psychologically" too. We had to win, win win, but of course
be gracious losers - but really being burnt up inside to end
up on the wrong side of a contest.
School days, indeed, represented no magic of the
Hogwarts-like school in Harry Potter, but neither was it a
penal colony. Then there is peer pressure, which affects one -
especially as a teenager, Hogwarts or not. Around the age of
12, as a partial result of puberty (and maybe all that mounting
social and academic stress), I broke out with the worst acne
that just about anybody had in the whole city. I even had to
be treated by antibiotics, continuously. I was different again.
So for over a decade and a half from 12 on, I was a visible
minority, in a way I guess. Do not ask me why, but something
good has come out of it - I think. I grossly dislike
discrimination, simply based on how someone looks different
in the face, or even in height and overall body. I was also part
of a true minority.
In fact, I was part of the English minority in Quebec. I
remember facing a bullying youth gang on the block that did
not much like that I was English. I also remember in the 70s
more vividly, living through the bombings in Montreal by the
militant separatist group, the FLQ who were mad as hell that
the Westmount WASPs controlled too much of the finances
and overall economy in Quebec. That excessive Westmount
control has thankfully changed in Quebec with French
Canadians now well positioned in the province's business
So all these experiences in Quebec or worldwide, living my
life as part of a minority and seeing dominating forces
against underdogs have definitely impacted my sense of
self and others. I really get heated up for the most part when I
see minorities being treated unfairly, including being
bullied.Thus, It was easy to write against Nazism in the book
and against exploitation of Third World workers and women.
That Swastka on the book's cover is there to remind us that
such evil still lurks and must be fought in our Western
civilizations, even with all our protections and World War II
being over for decades. For those who wanted to judge this
book by only what they thought of the cover, I suggest you
read it first. I am not here on Earth to satisfy every whim of the
overly poliitally correct and their own " intellectual
dictatorships" that are poisoning the mind. And that prevent
decent literary works from getting into public libraries. Such
censorship: now that might represent true fascism or the
beginnings of it.
Now speaking of positive experiences, they included growing
up in Montreal, a vibrant international city hosting
wonderfully a fantastic world's fair, Expo 67, at that
formative period of the age of ten. It gave me a thirst for
international travel and understanding other cultures and
I had started to travel by five to see my distinguished
Caribbean grandfather who was imbued with Christian
values mixed with agricultural development. He was a
model and source of pressure to succeed, and public duty with
little remuneration. I keep his photo in my bedroom of him
holding me when I was small - and as he benignly smiles away
when I was three years old. He too was an underdog in a
way, as someone who lost his parents when young, had to
work his way through McGill University and felt he was
discriminated against at times by not being of the London
classes. So I used a little bit of literary licence in ZUrabia and
gave him a knighthood to go along with his real OBE award
from the monarch.
Why not use a novel to do a a bit of justice, even if the
imaginary kind or even the smaller kind. I think of Victor Hugo
(Les Miserables) and Charles Dickens (Oliver Twist) when it
comes to inspire us to appreciate those who suffered. And to
fight for those who cannot represent themselves and are
oppressed. Did these bankers, some of whom were really my
schoolmates really appreciate these same books that we read
in the same English courses? I know my father banker did
appreciate those messages due to his own experiences. But
with too many of today's overprivleged and over-remunerated
executive bankers, I really have to begin to wonder.
There are thousands more secrets to decode in my book.
This novel makes you work hard at understanding
many jigsaw pieces to the story puzzle. I hope this column
helps and a number of radio episodes found at Peter Dash
Blog Radio (Spreaker.com) explaing the Zurabian "rubric"
more thoroughly. Meanwhile, keep guessing as I explain more
details of it through the months on the radio and in blogs and
newspaper articles. As I said in the CBC interview, I am still
learning more hidden meanings to this story all the time.
What a never ending adventure! All our lives are "coded"
stories too; hopefully which we further gain knowledge of
their meaning as time passes by.
I hope ZUrabia will be one of those books you return to so as
to better understand your life, as it moves forward or even
sideways and backwards. To maybe even put to pen in thriller
or other form. Go for it. Everybody writes a book these days!
I thank all my ancestors for inspiring me, and we should not
forget their contributions - something I strongly learned from
my parents who I acknowledge for all their fine work and heavy
lifting -as a big baby. That pun was intended for the silent
generation who may think I am opening up too much, or
the macho jock types who simply say get over it and
forget it. I digress, but you are getting to know more of me -
and in turn the spirit and soul of this book. Hope that is okay?
After our ancestors, relatives and parents, we need to
thank our teachers - most of them. They are never given
enough credit - and sometimes, not enough respect. They
play such a critical role in developing our outlooks - or even
our books for those of us who are authors in whatever big or
small ways. So aren't we all. So there is no doubt them in me,
too. Maybe my teachers felt with their modest means as being
under appreciated, too. But they dedicated themselves to one
and all with hardly a complaint. Overall the teachers were first
rate and an inspiration in my own teaching career. Thank you,
thank you teachers, you never get enough credit or
respect. ZUrabia is full of allusions to this, but also of the
great two way sharing of knowledge and wisdom between
learner/teacher and learner/student.
I have not forgotten my three brothers - sadly no sisters - which no doubt made my mother's life a little hard at times. They were usually quite an age apart from me if not physically apart -so I really had few mentors in them on an ongoing basis. Off some place, far or near - or quite busy? And maybe along with that private school - now thankfully, mixed - might have limited my appreciation on all things feminine. My forestry classes at UBC also had few women at the time. I hope ZUrabia with its leading women heroines makes up for the shocking lack of women influences in my school and college at the time. Segregation sucks as I push my own school to get more students of poorer families into the school after they decided to get girls as students. Bravo on the latter. They still have much work to do though give out many scholarships.
My great teachers, also generally provided me good moral support, as well as my own circle of friends who also seemed to be excluded (or wanting to be excluded) from the manor-born circle. They helped me keep down to earth, and of course helped me not to feel excluded or too alien all the time -bad enough as a teenager at times. They were both ethnically and regionally diverse compared to that elitist golf club (mostly WASP) inner circle. I sat at the UBC international table with a diverse array of students, primarily from Third World countries.
Nature has been very important to me, as well, as a positive
force. I gained this interest in the environment, first through
hiking with school friends in the Monteregion of the Quebec
South Shore, including my favorite oases of Mount, Bruno, St.
Hilaire and Rougemont. Beautiful, beautiful places.
Love of nature -and the peace of nature - led to starting a forestry degree in beautiful New Brunswick: (home-country of my mother and many relatives of the Hyslop branch -judges, lawyers, doctors; fine people ) Now another interesting fact, until that time in the 1970s, no one from our preppy school went into forestry - too blue collar and not enough money in it, I guess. My nature escapes through forestry - included probably wanting to avoid the critical judgement of so many, given my skin condition - at least in my mind. And maybe in part contributed to my introvert attitudes.
In ZUrabia, I warn a very well-off banker to take a concern with the tar pits of Alberta, to which they lend so much money. Another kind of miserable scaring at times, though certainly not all bad given the employment it generates. I hope this is not lost on my ex-Westmount, classmate CEO bankers, as well as issues of social justice. I will be always a conservationist - and could not care less if that bothers Wall Street to Bay Street and their snide jokes about people interested in the environment. It is our children's legacy, you morons - no wonder it is easier to deal with women on green issues in general. (See my article "Why Canada's Forest Barons Ravage" Toronto Star -op.ed.)
However, using this environmental and forest knowledge, I
helped to develop a youth awareness drive about the need
to improve forestry in Canada and around the world. I went
on a crusade against excessive clear-cutting.
But after the school and college period, and a stint with
international youth organizations, it was also a time when
my interests in youth issues led me to the field of
education. Youth tend to feel different and excluded more so
than adults. So I could really identify with their feelings,
hopefully making me generally feel a greater sympathy for
them, making me a better teacher.
My research work at Harvard in my late 20s focused
on this very youth alienation issue. Young people can face
being stigmatized by adults. And coincidentally, they drop out
of mainstay institutions way too frequently, which they
find too often or sometimes to be non-authentic. I believe the
word is "phoney". They got it right as we watched the near
collapse of many banks or their bail-outs, including the
Canadian ones. The mass financial meltdown and massive
debt stuck on the backs of the average youth must be more
convincing than ever that the system is rigged against them
with their high unemployment and uncertain future in certain
That is also why I talk in my book of places like Greece of the
potential for youth to become a major social trigger. Alienate a
group or groups enough -and pow. Youth can be a
detonator, indeed, of change given where the world is going.
Occupy Wall Street is but a tid-bit, temporal example of that
which I kind of work into my book in the opening pages - albeit
in a more dramatic projection into several years in the future.
Now to change direction a bit and move on in my career years and gaining interest in finance and investments.The Wall Street crash further piqued my ongoing interest in international banking. And its impact, negatively and so rudely on so much of the world economy and employment. It made me remember my father as a banker - who talked to me about the subject and provided traditional banking advice on balancing my budget. Sadly, I sometimes blew my budgets on red liquorice and cherry seven-up when I was a young boy travelling the subway. I still eat the same sad stuff. So maybe I should sometimes avoid chastising Wall Street for not showing enough restraint. It starts with all of us.
My study of this 2008 meltdown phenomenon using my graduate business studies done at McGill University in my 20s, and later on-line stock trading, helped turn me also into a voracious reader of international banking and investments. I strongly believe that long term, wise stewardship over greed is central to my education as a forester and my teachings. It was also very much a lesson my father taught me who was a traditional banker in the best sense of the word. A product of the Great Depression, he learnt that disaster was not necessarily so far away if one did not manage prudently. He might have rolled over in his grave, if he saw what Wall Street had done. He never liked Swiss banking either.
Now I want to tell you something really important about me. Despite all my human failings, these experiences of my life time will always make me want to stand up against the injustices and stupid discrimination administered to the underdogs of society. I will against good strategic judgement at times, not bow down to the massively inherited wealthy, the snobs and the abusive with excess powers, and those who destroy our economy with profligate spending and high risk gambling.
I think sometimes we males (especially old order ones) with our territorial instincts and high levels of testosterone are depreciating our value in the modern world we live in. We are too aggressive with risk in investments and banking. This includes alpha females foolish enough to imitate their overpowering bosses. No wonder in my book I largely give to women the job of preventing the destruction of the world. I simplify, pardon me.
I thus will continue to write especially against the injustices both at home and abroad. and particularly regarding the Middle East, one of my last postings. There I was very much motivated to make the lack of women's rights in the region a main theme in my novel. I will also work against the inanities and insanity of government bureaucracies that at times are killing the life soul and creativity of individuals who have much generosity, care and love to give to the community.
I have a belief in most individuals' ability with certain exceptions to overcome their problems, especially if we can reinvent solid concepts of true integrity, friendship, family and community and spiritual strength in its many forms. In other words, I will keep being a defender of human dignity. However, Community should be there enough to prevent destitution
but not to reward the foolish. I have learned my own lessons
enough on this score when scavenging for food and work in
Austria. Fortunately, all done when I was much younger.
But my free spirit is still there, indomitable - which is good
in a way as it helps me create at the literary level. If I had
wchosen to be a corporation man like my dad, I might have
dulled those impulses though certainly not the paycheques. So
be it, we are what we are. We need both bankers and writers.
We need to appreciate our differences not only those who
seem different. No author with decent royalties wants too
creative a banker. Dullness and the repetitive mechanics of
accounting and many jobs are good sometimes to ensure we
have the heat and electricity to burn the midnight oil for when I
write or when others might play, work - or sleep. We should all
remember this, when we sometimes think our jobs are not so
useful or are too boring. There is more purity and nobility in the
work of the garbageman (sorry, garbage person) over certain
executive Wall Street bankers.
We all need to appreciate our differences and what we do differently in helping one another where possible. Congress be "damned." It is the community of rigidity I challenge in my novel, not community or our collective responsibilities to one another. I challenge downright stupid ideology gone mad and extreme - and lack of respect for the "others". Our societies seem to be increasingly moving there.
Given the immediate risks to our common future and more than ever the need to think out of the stiff box of conformity and gridlock, I am hoping ZUrabia will help in some small way to get us to quieter shores. I believe all of us have important experiences and roles to find and make peace within ourselves and with our neighbors, far and wide. I have dined with and not only studied the many civilizations, which we are at kind of at war with. The Others, for the most part are not so bad - just mostly different. And sometimes frustrated with lack of opportunities and respect from those "better-off".
I have put my soul into it, my writing, even if readers sometimes might be confused as why a thriller would be written this way -maybe a new genre, of reflection on political and financial justice issues of the day. I suppose a new genre fit for the times, too; for peace and to avoid World War III. It could come and would be devastating to our youth and many others.
I seek to make and promote a peace and justice with this book in a very special way - not in continual dry textbook form - but in the life of interesting characters in great drama affected by the big issues of the day. I strive for my characters to fight to a peace through love I did not feel, when those who thought so much better of themselves tried to push me down, directly or indirectly. To make so many of us feel so low. But which gives me energy that rises up in my very bowels against the narrow-mindedness. And leads me to help promote women's rights, especially in certain societies where they are left behind - how sad.
ZUrabia, is not your everyday page turner of a thriller, but much more. It is also a unique personal odyssey of the author into the shadows of the world (and himself). And sometimes in the context of the big issues of today. It provides an ever realistic, special insight and wake-up call for all about troubles ahead, if we do not show the courage to fight institutional decay and oppression. And more importantly, it shows a way as to how we can redeem our troubled selves and societies. Read on for more.
Peter Dash Blog Radio (3,000+ listeners)
Zurabia: available for download. Also in softback and hardcover at amazon.com and Chapters and Indigo bookstores (Canada) and Pages in Barbados. Part of sales to go to needy students.
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Peter Dash worked throughout Asia as a teacher, university lecturer, and corporate trainer for more than fifteen years. He has lived and worked around the world and has been a freelance journalist and a researcher at Harvard University’s Center for International Affairs. He graduated from Lower Canada College in Montreal and the University of British Columbia, earning his Master of Applied Linguistics degree from the University of Southern Queensland.