Interview with FRANK PEDDIE, BA in history ‘94. Frank Peddie is from Toronto and now lives in Japan, where he is an Associate Professor at the Graduate School of International Development at Nagoya University.

 Why did you choose your program at Glendon, and what did you enjoy most about it?

I had been interested in history since childhood, especially European history. I enjoyed many of the courses I took, but the ones that particularly stand out for me are Historiography and the 4th year seminar I took on Fascism and Communism with the great William Irvine.

Were there any skills you learned in history that have been particularly useful after graduating?

The most important skills are critical thinking and analyzing sources. The historiography course was also incredibly useful for teaching me about logical fallacies.

What were some of your most meaningful experiences at Glendon?

I spent a lot of time in Theatre Glendon and the sadly departed Café de la Terrace. My classes were mostly good, but the social and cultural life and the friendships I formed during my years at Glendon were the most meaningful experiences.

What choices did you make at Glendon that contributed to your career success/journey?

I chose to get into the Faculty of Education. Being a language teacher outside of Canada paid the bills until I decided to go to graduate school. 

What was your first job after graduation, and what other jobs did you have before your current position?

My first job was as an Assistant English Teacher for the Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme (JET) in a small town in rural Japan. I was a language teacher in Japan and Mexico before getting my MA and Ph.D. and becoming a professor.

Is your current career path as you originally intended? What challenges did you face in launching your career?

I came late to work in academia. I thought I would be a high school history teacher, but it never happened that way. Getting an academic position in Japan took some work and time. 

Are there any other achievements or activities you would like to highlight?

I’m really happy that my Ph.D. dissertation was published as a book, “Young, Well-educated and Adaptable: Chilean Exiles in Ontario and Quebec, 1973-2010.”



Kathryn White (Glendon History BA, 2009) Assistant Secretary of the University, York University

Maia Foster-Sanchez (Glendon History BA, 2016) Producer, Knockabout Media & Disaster Researcher

Patrick Banville (Glendon History BA, 1989) Executive Officer, Glendon College

Gordon Henderson (Glendon History, 1972) Executive Producer, 90th Parallel Productions – see his video featured below Dr. Steven Bednarski’s on this page

Dr. Steven Bednarski (Glendon History BA’95)
Prize-winning medievalist,
castle dweller and environmental historian: September 2017 lecture

Glendon History graduate John McNee “joined the Global Centre for Pluralism as its first Secretary General on September 6, 2011. A career diplomat, he served as Canada’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York from 2006-2011. During his career, he also served as Canadian Ambassador to Belgium, Luxembourg, Syria and Lebanon and Canada’s representative to the Council of Europe. In addition, he was posted to Tel Aviv, London and Madrid.  John McNee joined the Department of External Affairs in 1978 and worked in various capacities in the Department including as Assistant Deputy Minister for Africa and the Middle East. He also served in the Foreign and Defence Policy Secretariat of the Privy Council Office.”  Watch John McNee speak about Canada and the World at the Glendon Grads Address Canada @150 in 2017.