Patrick McDonagh, PhD, has over 15 years experience as a professional writer, editor, and communications consultant. His articles have won a number of awards (including “Best Feature Article” and “Best Current Events Article” from the Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education).

Patrick earned his MA in English from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, in 1986, and in 1998 completed his PhD in Humanities at Concordia University, Montreal. He is a member of the Professional Writers Association of Canada and the Quebec Writers Federation.

In addition, Patrick has over twenty years experience teaching Technical and Professional Communications at UBC, Okanagan College, and Concordia. Recently, working with Salford University in Manchester, England, he developed a seminar on report writing processes for local businesspeople.

Patrick is also the author of Idiocy: A Cultural History, which tracks the history of different ideas of intellectual disability (for more information, visit

In 1986, Patrick co-founded the Spectrum Society for Community Living, a non-profit society that provides a wide range of support services for people with cognitive or developmental disabilities, autism, and acquired brain injuries; he still serves on the Board of Directors. Spectrum is regularly recognized as a model of best practice in community living support services. Most recently, he has been active in helping develop Spectrum’s publishing imprint, which aims to publish and distribute literature related to developing best practice in community living services.

From 2003-2004, working closely
with Executive Director Dr. Alan Roughley, he managed the establishment of the International Anthony Burgess Foundation (IABF), both as a legal and physical entity. Based in Manchester, England, the IABF is becoming a central player in that city’s lively cultural scene. In 2008 he returned to Manchester briefly to lead the very successful search for a new location for the IABF. In 2010, he served as Acting Executive Director during the transitional period as the Foundation completed renovations and moved into its new home. This site, which will include a cafe/bistro, will serve as an archive, research facility, and cultural centre. He has served on the IABF Board of Directors since 2007.

Patrick is Past President of Trial & Eros Productions, a Montreal-based dance-theatre company, and has been active on Trial & Eros’ Board of Directors for almost a decade.

Since 2005 he has been the poetry editor for the Quebec Writers Federation online magazine Carte Blanche; he has been the magazine's treasurer since 2009.

Patrick is also a veteran long distance runner, an enthusiastic traveler, and an occasional musician (playing mandolin with local musical ensembles).

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