A professional writer for 30 years, Chris Wood contributed to CBC radio and national print publications before joining Maclean’s in 1985.
Chris held senior positions at Maclean’s magazine, including National Editor, Business Editor and foreign correspondent based in the United States. As National Editor and Senior Writer, he reported for the magazine until 2001 on subjects ranging from Texas gun culture and Brazil’s samba schools to the state of the oceans. While with the magazine he also managed the launch of a pioneering Chinese-language edition.
Chris has completed seven books while continuing to write for leading magazines and the Internet. His book, Blockbusters and Trade Wars: Popular Culture in a Globalized World, written with Peter S. Grant, was short-listed for the Donner Prize for books on Canadian public policy and his latest book, Dry Spring: The Coming Water Crisis of North America, examines the implications of climate change for North America. Chris calls writing “a lifestyle decision, like farming or fishing.” He is motivated by “the next big story nobody’s writing.”