CFUW hosting ‘An Evening with Terry Fallis’ – Stephen Leacock award winner


On October 9th, the Canadian Federation of Women (CFUW) Southport will be hosting ‘An Evening with Terry Fallis’ at the Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre.

Photo by Tim Fallis

Fallis is  two-time winner of the Stephen Leacock medal for Humour and is the award-winning author of seven national bestsellers.

His debut novel, The Best Laid Plans (2008),won the 2008 Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour and was crowned the 2011 winner of CBC Canada Reads as the “essential Canadian novel of the decade.

(From Terry Fallis’ Bio)

“Terry Fallis earned a Bachelor of Engineering degree from McMaster University (1983) but after graduation turned to pollitics when he joined  future Prime Minister Jean Chretien’s full time staff for the 1984 federal Liberal Leadership campaign.

He also served on the political staff of the Liberal Minister of State for Youth, the Honourable Jean Lapierre, in the short-lived cabinet of Prime Minister John Turner. He stayed with Lapierre as his Legislative Assistant in opposition (1984-85) following the landslide victory of Brian Mulroney and the Progressive Conservative Party.

In 1985, he returned to Toronto  as Legislative Assistant to the Honourable Robert Nixon, Treasurer (now known as Finance Minister) in the newly-elected Liberal Ontario government led by Premier David Peterson.

For nearly eight years (1988-95) after leaving provincial politics, he was a government affairs and communications consultant with the international PR firm, Hill and Knowlton, including stints as Vice President running the Ontario government affairs group and finally President of Berger & Associates, a Hill and Knowlton subsidiary.

In 1995, he co-founded Thornley Fallis with Joe Thornley, a full service communications consulting agency with offices in Ottawa and Toronto. He also created and co-hosted more than 200 episodes of the popular business podcast, Inside PR.

For more than 25 years, Fallis has counselled corporate and government clients on various fronts including crisis communications, media relations, issues management, marketing communications, public opinion polling, public affairs, stakeholder relations, etc. He has also written speeches for CEOs, cabinet ministers, and other community leaders.”

The evening hosted by the CFUW is open to the public with admission by donation and is sponsored by Ontario Power Generation (OPG).  The event begins at 7:00 p.m.