Alec Bruce

BIOGRAPHY
Alec Bruce is a multi-award-winning writer and author. A former reporter, columnist, and editor for The Globe and Mail, Report on BusinessFinancial Times of Canada, and the Moncton Times & Transcript, he’s a senior contributor to Atlantic Business Magazine and Saltscapes MagazineHe writes extensively on business, politics, and society in the Atlantic provinces for major news organizations in Canada and the United States. He is the author of Keeping the Faith: The Story of Laura McCain (designed and printed by Goose Lane, Fredericton, 2013), along with two other commissioned biographies of prominent Canadians and their families. His new book, The Cooperators: The People Behind the Rebirth of a Nova Scotia Movement 1949-2024 from Pottersfield Press, Halifax, is slated for release in the spring of 2024. ”Informative, insightful, engaging, and startlingly entertaining, here is the untold story of the rise and rise again of Nova Scotia’s original ‘people’s’ movement. Bruce, who holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction from the University of King’s College/Dalhousie University lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia, with his wife Vivien.

PUBLICATIONS

Alec Bruce is regularly published in:

  • Atlantic Business Magazine
  • Saltscapes
  • Atlantic Salmon Journal 
  • National, regional and community newspapers in Canada through the Local Journalism Initiative.
AWARDS

Alec Bruce’s professional awards include:

  • Bronze, “Writer of the Year” in the 2022 International RMA Awards.
  • Merit, “General Feature” in the 2022 International RMA Awards.
  • Silver, “Commentary” in the 2014 Atlantic Journalism Awards.
  • Silver, “Magazine Article” in the 2014 Atlantic Journalism Awards.
  • Silver, “Commentary” in the 2012 Atlantic Journalism Awards.
  • Gold, “Regular Column” in the 2011 International TABBIES Awards
  • Silver, “Profile Article” in the 2011 Atlantic Journalism Awards.
  • Gold, “Regular Column” in the 2010 International TABBIES Awards.
  • Gold, “Commentary” in the 2010 Atlantic Journalism Awards.
  • Gold, “Magazine Article” in the 2010 Atlantic Journalism Awards.
  • Merit, “Feature Article” in the 2009 International TABBIES Awards.
  • Silver, “Business Reporting” in the 2009 Atlantic Journalism Awards.
  • Silver, “Magazine Article” in the 2009 Atlantic Journalism Awards.
  • Gold, “Commentary” in the 2008 Atlantic Journalism Awards.
  • Silver, “Magazine Article” in the 2007 Atlantic Journalism Awards.
  • Silver, “Magazine Article” in the 2007 Atlantic Journalism Awards.
  • Gold, “Commentary” in the 2006 Atlantic Journalism Awards.
  • Finalist, 2005 Kenneth R. Wilson National Business Writing Awards.


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