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About The Author:
Bruce M. Firestone B. Eng. (Civil), M. Eng-Sci., PhD.
Bruce applied to go to McGill University in Montreal, at 14, arrived after turning 15 and graduated as a civil engineer before legally an adult (then age 21). He was rejected in his first job search because he was considered a ‘child’, not legally responsible for his actions. Three and a half weeks later he was living in Sydney, Australia. A new and exciting Labour government had just been elected. First two things Prime Minister Gough Whitlam did were recall Aussie troops from Vietnam and lower the age of majority to 18.
Firestone worked for the New South Wales government doing operations research and building mixed integer programming models while continuing his education at the University of New South Wales where he obtained his Masters of Engineering-Science degree and then at the Australian National University in Canberra, where he received his PhD in Urban Economics.
He was among the first group in Australia to fly hang gliders and not die. He has travelled and worked in Canada, Australia, United States, Sri Lanka, New Zealand, India and many other nations. He has been at times an engineer, a real estate developer, a hockey guy (founder of NHL team the Ottawa Senators, Scotiabank Place Arena and Ottawa Senators Foundation, a children’s charity), University Prof, a consultant, art collector and benefactor, writer, columnist, futurist and novelist as well as Executive Director of not-for-profit Exploriem.org dedicated to assisting entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs everywhere.
Firestone has taught and studied at McGill University, Laval University, the University of New South Wales, the Australian National University, Harvard University, University of Western Ontario, Carleton University and the University of Ottawa, in the subject areas of entrepreneurship, business models, architecture, engineering, finance, urban planning, urban design and development economics.
He has launched or helped launch more than 168 startups, writes a blog about entrepreneurship, urban issues and life at EQJournal.org and moderates a lively @ProfBruce community on Twitter. He is also author of Entrepreneurs Handbook II.
He is married to a most wonderful girl, Dawn MacMillan. They have five great kids and one fine grandson.
“Entrepreneurs follow a moral path when they: first, take care of their business so second, the business can take care of their families so that, third, their families can take care of them so, fourth, they don’t become a burden on society or their fellow human beings, so, fifth, they can help others so that, sixth, others can help their business,” Prof Bruce, 2012.
His current motto is: “Making Each Day Count”.