John Ibbitson,one of Canada’s most respected journalists and authors, has lived many writing lives. He became a CIGI Senior Fellow in 2014.He was born in the Ontario, graduating from the Uni- versity of Toronto in 1979 with an Honours B.A. in English and from the University of Western Ontario in 1988 with an M.A. in Journalism. Ibbitson worked as a reporter and columnist for the Ottawa Citizen, the National Post and, since 1999, The Globe and Mail. He has served as the paper’s Queen’s Park bureau chief, Washington bureau chief and Ottawa bureau chief, becoming Chief Political Writer in 2012.
Along the way Ibbitson published four works of political analysis. His most recent work is the national bestseller The Big Shift: The Seismic Change in Canadian Politics, Business and Culture, and What it Means for Our Future (HarperCollins, 2013), which he co-wrote with Darrell Bricker.
He is also a writer of plays and of novels, including The Landing (Kids Can Press, 2008), which won the 2008 Governor General’s Award for Children’s Literature.