GRAHAM GIBBS BIOGRAPHY
I am British by birth, though proud to be a Canadian. I became a Canadian Citizen in 1975.
I immigrated to Canada, armed with an Electronics Engineering degree, in my mid twenties, for a marketing position at the Canadian Marconi Company in Montreal, Quebec.My long-time ambition to represent, and to promote Canada abroad was fulfilled in 1988 when I joined, what would soon become the Canadian Space Agency, for a posting to Washington DC. There, I represented the Canadian Space Program for twenty-two years. The final seven as Canada’s first Counselor for (US) Space Affairs based at the Canadian Embassy. I am honoured to be the recipient of NASA’s highest award for non-NASA employees, the NASA Exceptional Public Service Medal. My wife Jay and I returned to Canada in 2010. I retired eighteen months later.
I have written professionally, and for pleasure, my entire adult life. In addition to reports and studies I have authored some fifty peer-reviewed Papers and Articles, and a published book recounting marketing lessons learned while at the Canadian Marconi Company. I have written (not for publication) three short autobiographical books, and after a significant event in my life. The latter included a Scuba Diving Expedition to Cobb Seamount 300km (200 miles) off the coast of Oregon, running the world’s northernmost marathon on Baffin Island, hiking across England, and (of course) after each of our Roadtrek campervan trips.
Though I am not an “academic” historian, I have a passion for history. My book Five Ages of Canada: A History from Our First Peoples to Confederation has been my most rewarding writing experience.
Jay and I continue to live in our Nation’s Capital.