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John Donaldson

John Donaldson is a neurological biochemist with a primary interest in the role of trace metals in the brain. In the industrial milieu, he was formerly a vice-president, scientific affairs and head of molecular biology in the pharmaceutical industry. In the academic area, Donaldson has served as Associate Professor of Pharmacology at the University of Manitoba and as Professeur Agrere at the Universite de Montreal. He holds a BSc in chemistry, an MSc, in microbiology and a PhD in experimental medicine, all gained at McGill University, Montreal. He is a former Garfield Weston scholar in medical research, as well as the recipient of several awards from the American Parkinson's Research Foundation.

John Donaldson grew up in Scotland and came to Canada in 1955. Following an active academic and industrial career, John, with his wife Ishbel, now live in Kingston, Ontario, They are proud parents and grandparents, love the great outdoors and have traveled extensively. In addition to canoeing, John is a keen dinghy sailor and light aircraft pilot. He has a great interest in Scottish history, the history of the Canadian fur trade, aviation history and the history of World War II. On the spiritual side, John is a lay oblate of the Benedictine Order and follows Christian meditation.

John Donaldson

See his Web site devoted to retracing the Cross-Canada canoe odyssey of Sir Alexander Mackenzie, the great Scottish-Canadian explorer and fur trader (1764-1820).

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