This is the personal homepage of Bruce Gillespie, an award-winning Canadian writer and editor, and the program coordinator of the Digital Media and Journalism program at Wilfrid Laurier University’s Brantford campus, where he is also an associate professor. You may visit Bruce’s official Laurier web page here.
Bruce got an early start in journalism, at age 15, at the Mid-North Monitor, a weekly community newspaper based in Espanola, Ontario. He went on to pursue a degree in journalism at Carleton University, in Ottawa, where he became the arts editor of the independent campus newspaper, The Charlatan. He transferred to Ryerson University, in Toronto, to focus on magazine writing and editing mid-way through his degree and graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Journalism.
After working as a fact-checker and copyeditor at Canadian Business and then as the staff writer at MoneySense, Bruce decided to become a freelancer in 2002, giving him the chance to work on a wider range of projects. Since then, his work has been published in a number of magazines and newspapers, including Canadian Geographic, Chatelaine, Financial Post Business Magazine, Applied Arts, Quill & Quire and the National Post. Bruce’s writing has earned him four honourable mentions at the National Magazine Awards, and his article “Presumed Guilty” won Best Consumer Feature in the Rogers Media Best Of Awards in 2001.
As an editor, Bruce ran Bankrate.ca, a popular personal finance site for Canadians, for six years and was the listings editor for the first edition of the Time Out Toronto travel guide. He also edited the news section of This Magazine in 2004-05.
More recently, Bruce has edited three anthologies of personal essays about the 21st century family for TouchWood Editions: the Lambda Literary Award-nominated A Family by Any Other Name: Exploring Queer Relationships (2014) and, with Lynne Van Luven, Somebody’s Child: Stories About Adoption (2011) and Nobody’s Father: Life Without Kids (2008).
In August 2013, Bruce was appointed editor-in-chief of J-Source.ca, a hub for news, information and commentary about Canadian journalism. He finished his term there in April 2016.
In May 2017, he was named Wilfrid Laurier University’s 2017 Teaching Fellow.
He became coordinator of Laurier’s Digital Media and Journalism program July 1, 2018.
You may contact Bruce at bruce[dot]gillespie[at]gmail[com].