Dan Donovan

Publisher and Managing Editor

Dan Donovan is the founding Publisher of Ottawa Life Magazine, the capital’s largest and longest running (est. 1996) general interest and lifestyles magazine. His work has been featured in The Globe and Mail, Financial Post, Sun, Ottawa Citizen, Masthead Magazine and The Hill Times. He is a regular guest commentator on public policy matters on CFRA, 1310 AM and the Corus networks Charles Adler Radio Show. He is a former Vice President of Government and Public Affairs at Magna International. He served as Chief of Staff to the former federal minister of youth and labour and as Director of Publications and Communications at the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy. He is a former Director of Environment Policy at The International Chamber of Commerce in Paris, France. Dan holds degrees from both the University of Ottawa and the Université de Strasbourg (Institut d’Etudes Politique et Economie). He is a past member of the Executive Committee and the Board of the Conference of Defence Associations Institute, former member of the Board of the National Cycling Centre and a former governor of the Canada's Sports Hall of Fame. His first book, True Grits, New Grits was published by Hemlock press in 1993.
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China recalibrates as the Communist  Party of China celebrates its 100th Anniversary

China recalibrates as the Communist  Party of China celebrates its 100th Anniversary

ABOVE: Images from the "An Internationnal Exhibition of the Centennial History of Communist Party of China. Ottawa Life Magazine has been publishing a Canada-China Series since 2013. The series focuses on bi-lateral interests, business affairs, people-to-people relations, Chinese culture, and [...]

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Chinese Ambassador Cong on the question of humanitarian release of the ‘Two Michaels’, Taiwan, Hong-Kong, and Cooperation

Chinese Ambassador Cong on the question of humanitarian release of the ‘Two Michaels’, Taiwan, Hong-Kong, and Cooperation

In an exclusive interview with Ottawa Life Magazine last week, Ambassador Cong Peiwu was asked if he could update Canadians on the treatment and condition of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor. China arrested Kovrig, a former diplomat, and fellow Canadian Michael Spavor (the two Michaels) in December [...]

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Ambassador Cong Peiwu says there is a strong bond between the CPC and the Chinese people as centennial approaches 

Ambassador Cong Peiwu says there is a strong bond between the CPC and the Chinese people as centennial approaches 

ABOVE: A crowded pedestrian mall during China national day, Wuhan, China. (PHOTO: Julien Viry) July marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China (CPC) which was established in Shanghai on July 23, 1921. A century later, the CPC has guided China as it has moved from a [...]

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Share the Love — Greg Keelor captures the isolation of our times and the hope of renewal 

Share the Love — Greg Keelor captures the isolation of our times and the hope of renewal 

Greg Keelor’s new solo album Share the Love was released today and, like he has done so many times in the past, Keelor has managed to put into words and songs what many people are feeling. The musician and songwriter and co-founding member of Canada’s beloved Blue Rodeo has poured his soul [...]

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Canada’s approach to China is based on misguided superiority complex and bad reporting

Canada’s approach to China is based on misguided superiority complex and bad reporting

ABOVE: CIC President Ben Roswell practices censorship based on his own personal ‘comfort level.’ A train wreck is an apt descriptive for Canada’s bilateral relationship with China under the Trudeau government. Given the current path of the government, it does not appear that this [...]

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Canada’s gluttonous banks and their greedy CEOs reel in record profits during pandemic

Canada’s gluttonous banks and their greedy CEOs reel in record profits during pandemic

Canada’s Big 6 Banks reported a 14 per cent increase in their 2021 first-quarter profits, and extremely high profits in 2020 totalling $41.13 billion, just $5.1 billion (12 per cent) less than in 2019 (BMO - $5.1B; CIBC - $3.8B; National - $2.08; RBC - $11.4B; Scotiabank - $6.85B; TD - $11.9B). [...]

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The Canadian Ecosystem Institute quickly establishing itself as leader in Asian-Canadian business community

The Canadian Ecosystem Institute quickly establishing itself as leader in Asian-Canadian business community

ABOVE: Hanson Zeng is VP of Market Research at CEI. The Canadian Ecosystem Institute (CEI) is a communications and marketing research firm committed to connecting Canadian and Chinese business opportunities. Founded in 2020, CEI operates across Canada and China with bases in Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, [...]

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Le Boat — Close to home yet far from ordinary 

Le Boat — Close to home yet far from ordinary 

If you are looking for a summer vacation close to home, you can’t go wrong with Le Boat. After taking my first Le Boat excursion on the beautiful and historic Rideau Lakes and canal system I kept wondering why I had not done this earlier and am already planning for my next Le Boat excursion. This [...]

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Rapes and lies—the cancerous misconduct at the Ottawa Police Service

Rapes and lies—the cancerous misconduct at the Ottawa Police Service

The Ottawa Police Service Board members are accessories to the rape culture at the OPS. Ottawa Life Magazine has been writing about the serious problems in policing in Ottawa and across Canada with police misconduct, police recruiting, police training and police oversight for over a decade. Over [...]

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Canada’s hockey dad passes

Canada’s hockey dad passes

— Walter Gretzky was the ‘Great One’ for parents and amateur hockey coaches (PHOTO: VIA NHL.COM) Wayne Gretzky announced the passing of his father today at 82. I stopped and took a moment in my day to reflect on what a great person Walter Gretzky was and why I always had such [...]

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