D'Arcy Jenish, Playwright, The Tilco Strike
D ’Arcy grew up in the coal mining and grain growing country of southeastern Saskatchewan, attended high school and university in Peterborough, Ontario and began his journalism career at small newspapers in southwestern Ontario. He spent seven years as a Senior Editor at Alberta Report newsmagazine in Edmonton and then worked for 15 years in Toronto as a Senior Writer at Maclean’s magazine, Canada’s national newsmagazine.
Jenish has been a freelance writer since leaving Maclean’s in June, 2001. His work has been published in The Globe and Mail, National Post and Toronto Star, as well as a number of trade magazines, including the Canadian Mining Journal, Franchise Canada and Canadian Grocer. As well, he has written for a number of national organizations, including the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and the National Research Council.
While at Maclean’s, Jenish produced his first book, one based on a lifelong love of Canada’s national sport. The Stanley Cup: A Hundred Years of Hockey At Its Best was published in September, 1992 to coincide with the centennial of the game’s most hallowed prize. He has since written five other books, including The Montreal Canadiens: 100 Years of Glory, a national bestseller published in September, 2008, and The NHL: A Centennial History; 100 Years of On-Ice Action and Boardroom Battles, which was published in October, 2013 by Doubleday Canada.
He has also written three official histories. The first was Trials and Triumphs: The Remarkable Story of the Canadian Generic Pharmaceutical Industry, published in 2002. The St. Lawrence Seaway: Fifty Years and Counting was published in 2009. His third official history, entitled Trent University: Celebrating Fifty Years of Excellence, was released in August 2014 and launched Trent’s year-long 50th anniversary celebrations.