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Ray Argyle has worked as a journalist, a newspaper and magazine editor and a media consultant. In a career advising Canadian politicians, corporate executives and international luminaries such as actor Peter Ustinov and Apple founder Steve Jobs, he has been a first-hand witness to the use of media influence and political power to win over voters and advance corporate agendas.
Ray was born in Manitoba and educated in British Columbia. He pursued a career as a journalist with United Press International and the old Toronto Telegram and founded Argyle Communications Inc., one of Canada’s leading midsized public relations firms.
He has served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg, Ont., and the Scarborough (Toronto) Board of Education. He is Secretary-Treasurer of the Foundation for the Advancement of Canadian Letters (FACL) and a member of the Writers’ Union of Canada. Ray is the only Canadian to have been elected a Fellow of the International Public Relations Association.
He is the author of Turning Points: the Campaigns that Changed Canada, and two historical biographies, Scott Joplin and the Age of Ragtime, and The Boy in the Picture: the Craigellachie Kid and the Driving of the Last Spike.
Ray resides in Kingston, Ontario, with his partner Deborah Windsor.