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About Ryan O'Connor


Author: The First Green Wave: Pollution Probe and the Origins of Environmental Activism in Ontario (UBC Press, 2015). Currently writing a book about Canadian advertising icon Terry O'Malley. 

Academia: PhD in Canadian history, with expertise in history of environmental activism in Canada and the United States, the Sixties, oral history, the history of recycling, and Canadian politics. Peer-reviewed research published in Journal of Policy History, Ontario History, Acadiensis, and the Oral History Forum. Associate Member of the Centre for Environment, Heritage and Policy at the University of Stirling (Scotland). Previously taught History, Canadian Studies, and Environmental Studies at the University of Prince Edward Island and Trent University.

Historical consultant: Specializing in commissioned research, writing projects (history and biography), documentary consultation, and oral history.

Podcaster: Host and producer of Interesting People with Ryan O'Connor, released monthly ... or thereabouts.


In The First Green Wave, Ryan O’Connor traces the rise of the environmental movement in Toronto, home to one of Canada’s earliest communities of environmental activists. At the heart of the story is Pollution Probe, an organization founded in 1969 by students and faculty at the University of Toronto.

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On September 21, 1999, Ryan O'Connor conducted a wide-ranging interview with folk music icon Pete Seeger. In the course of the interview, Seeger discussed his hopes for humanity, his fears, his music, and his activism. This eBook, which features a complete transcript of the one hour interview, is an insightful look into the life of Pete Seeger, and a must for all true fans.

Available Now as a Kindle Single in Canada and the United States.