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Silver Donald Cameron

Photo: Marjorie Summins 2009

Silver Donald Cameron is one of Canada's most versatile and experienced professional authors. He is currently the host and executive producer of, an environmental website devoted to intense, in-depth conversations with the brilliant thinkers and activists who are leading the way to a green and sustainable future. His guests on The Green Interview include Vandana Shiva, Farley Mowat, Robert Bateman, Ronald Colman, James Lovelock, Jane Goodall and the Prime Minister of Bhutan. Partnerships with Gale Cengage Learning, Kanopy Streaming, McIntyre Media and Films on Demand have made the Green Interviews available in thousands of libraries and universities around the world. Dr. Cameron is also the writer and narrator of The Green Interview's two documentary films, Bhutan: The Pursuit of Gross National Happiness (2010) and Salmon Wars: Salmon Farms, Wild Fish and the Future of Communities (2012).

His literary work includes plays, films, radio and TV scripts, an extensive body of corporate and governmental writing, hundreds of magazine articles and 17 books, including two novels. His non-fiction subjects include history, travel, literature, politics, nature and the environment, community development, ships and the sea, as well as education and public affairs. He was for 13 years a weekly columnist with the Halifax Sunday Herald. His most recent books are Sailing Away from Winter and A Million Futures: The Remarkable Legacy of the Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation.

His books have received the Evelyn Richardson Award, the Atlantic Provinces Booksellers Award, and the City of Dartmouth Book Award. His TV drama Peggy was named Best Short Film at the Canadian Film Celebration and the Moonsnail Awards, and was also a Gemini Award finalist. His magazine articles have received four National Magazine Awards. Four of his radio dramas have been ACTRA Award finalists; The Sisters (available on CD) was also nominated for the international Prix Italia. He has also won a Mercury Award and a Wilmer Shields Award for corporate writing.

He has been Writer-in-Residence at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, the University of Prince Edward Island, and the University College of Cape Breton. He has been a member of numerous Canada Council juries, and has served as a consultant to many corporate, governmental and non-profit clients, including four federal departments, five provincial departments, several important corporations and major charitable foundations.

Dr. Cameron is also a distinguished educator, having served as the first Dean of the School of Community Studies at the University College of Cape Breton (now Cape Breton University). He previously taught at Dalhousie University, the University of British Columbia and the University of New Brunswick. He holds a B.A. from U.B.C., an M.A. from University of California, and a Ph.D. from the University of London, England. In 2004 he received an honourary Doctor of Civil Law degree from the University of Kings College, and in 2007 Cape Breton University awarded him an honorary D. Litt. In 2012 he was appointed to membership in both the Order of Nova Scotia and the Order of Canada.  In 2019 he was named to a three year term as the inaugural Farley Mowat Chair in Environment at Cape Breton University. 

Dr. Cameron was the founding Chairman of Telile, Isle Madame's community television station, and was also a founding director of Development Isle Madame. He has served on many volunteer boards, including several terms on the executive of the Writers Union of Canada, of which he was recentlyTreasurer. 

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Sailing Away From Winter: A Voyage from Nova Scotia to Florida and Beyond. Toronto, ON: McClelland and Stewart, 2007
The Living Beach. Red Deer Press, 1998; reissued 2014
Sterling Silver: Rants, Raves and Revelations. Wreck Cove, NS: Breton Books, 1994; reissued 2019
Sniffing the Coast: An Acadian Voyage. Toronto, ON: Macmillan, 1993
Wind, Whales and Whisky: A Cape Breton Voyage. Toronto, ON: Macmillan, 1991
A Million Futures: The Remarkable Legacy of the Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation . Douglas and McIntyre, 2010
Dragon Lady: A Novel. McClelland and Stewart, 1980
Warrior Lawyers: From Manila to Manhattan, Attorneys for the Earth. Paper Tiger Enterprises Ltd, 2016


Donald Cameron for Living Beach
Mercury Award for business communications
Four National Magazine Awards
Wilmer Shields Rich Award (US Council on Foundations) for Excellence in Communications
Four nominations for ACTRA radio drama awards
Gemini Award finalist (for TV drama "Peggy")
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