Sarah B. Hood, MA

Sarah
B. Hood
, MA
Professor
Biography

Over the past three decades, Sarah B. Hood has built a national reputation as a journalist focusing on topics like food, culture, urban life and sustainability. She has published hundreds of article in outlets including The National Post, The Globe and Mailand Canadian Business. Her most recent book, We Sure Can!, combines a broad discussion of the recent repopularization of home food canning with 100 recipes gleaned from cooks across North America. She has served as editor of three national Canadian magazines and is currently a contributing editor with the award-winning Spacing magazine. She is frequently called upon to offer public lectures and webinars.

She has taught at George Brown College since 1998. Initially, she was attached to what is now known as the Centre for Construction and Engineering Technologies (CCET), teaching communications and elective courses to apprentices and full-time students in the building trades. Later, she move to the Centre for Arts, Design and Information Technology (CADIT), where she teaches communications and fashion courses. She has designed courses on journalism and business writing specifically for fashion students. Students in her journalism course publish a fashion magazine called Oh, George!

Academic Credentials

MA, Near Eastern Studies (Assyriology), University of Toronto, 1983

BA (Honours), Classics (Classical Philology), Concordia University, 1981

Diploma, Fine Arts, CÉGEP de Vieux-Montreal, 1977

Areas of Specialization

Communications

Fashion

Areas of Expertise

Journalism

print & digital writing & publishing

arts & culture

social history (especially culinary and costume history)

fashion & design

sustainability policy & practice

construction

tourism

transportation

Career Highlights

1988-present: Freelance journalist and author

1998-present: Professor (partial load), George Brown College CADIT & CCET, Toronto

1993-2003: Founder & Director, Cadmus Communications, Toronto

1991-1993: Director of Communications, Toronto Theatre Alliance, Toronto

1987-1990: Communications Consultant, Ontario Human Resources Secretariat, Toronto

1987-1990: Communications Consultant, Manifest Communications, Toronto

1987-1990: Communications Consultant, Rhéal Leroux & Associates, Ottawa

1984-1987: Communications & Policy Officer, Commissioner of Official Languages, Ottawa

Other Activities

Culinary Historians of Canada (board member)

City of Toronto Volunteer Historic Cooks Program

Leslieville Farmers’ Market (founding volunteer)

Past member: Association of Cultural Executives, Canadian Theatre Critics Association (president), Caribbean Cultural Committee/Caribana, Costume Society of Ontario, du Maurier Ltd World Stage Festival (advisory committee), Festival of Canadian Theatre (vice chair), Todmorden Mills Museum and Cultural Centre (management board), Toronto City Cycling Committee (co-chair), Women's Culinary Network

Awards

Shortlisted, Canadian Business Media Awards, 2016

Shortlisted, Taste Canada, the Food Writing Awards, 2012

Shortlisted, Kenneth R. Wilson Awards, 2010

Honorable Mention, National Magazine Awards, 1990