About

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I’m an ex-newspaper publisher who chucked the office routine to freelance for magazines in Canada, United States, England, Sweden and Singapore. I am based between Nova Scotia’s Bay of Fundy and Minas Basin.

Research has had me criss-cross North America, travel extensively in Europe and venture as far as South Africa, India and China. I also cover the meetings and incentive sectors for the leading industry publications in Canada and the United States.

165 feet over a glacier-fed river in Whistler.

In pursuit of story ideas, I have traveled the old Orient Express (before it became a luxury train); bobbed around icebergs off Newfoundland in a very, very small open boat; hung upside down from treetops in an Alberta dude ranch (okay, that was a mistake); and nearly killed myself snowbiking down an 8,500-foot-high mountain in the Canadian Rockies (expletive deleted). I’ve twice cycled the length of Prince Edward Island, been thrown by a horse named Parker in Bermuda, found a rhinoceros outside my door in South Africa, and had drinks with a man dressed as a cow at St. John’s George Street Festival.

I am a ninth generation Bluenoser. My mother’s family arrived here in 1763, my father’s family

Red serge and kilts – a theme dinner in the library of the Halifax Citadel.

followed in 1765.

I’ve written four books (working on a fifth):
Sweat Equity: Atlantic Canada’s New Entrepreneurs (Nimbus)
Discover Nova Scotia’s Museums and Art Galleries (Nimbus)
All in the Family, Inc.; Insights from the Corporate Boardrooms and Kitchen Tables of Canadian Family Businesses (Macmillan), and
The Nova Scotia Book of MUSTS, The 101 Places Every Nova Scotian MUST See (MacIntyre Purcell Publishing).

I am available to write for publication and for corporate communications. My private clients have been domestic and international tourist boards and marketing agencies, independently-owned hotels and resorts and small chains. I also have a consultancy auditing and bolstering the web presentation and content of suppliers, properties and places targeting the meetings and incentive sector.

For first contact email: nscelt@hotmail.com