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Humber College professor from Caledon pens new book on Canadian inventors

Humber College professor and Caledon resident Mark Rector will be at Forster’s Book Garden in Bolton Sept. 15 from 1 to 4 p.m. to promote his book Oh Canada! Our Home and Inventive Land.

The book features Canadian inventors, inventions and firsts in technology and industry.

Canadian inventors featured in Caledon prof’s new book

Long-time Caledon resident Mark Rector will be signing his first published book ‘Oh Canada! Our Home and Inventive Land,’ at Forster’s Book Garden this Saturday, Sept. 15, which focuses on Canadian inventors and their inventions.

A professor at Humber College, he teaches electronic engineering and has described himself as a history technology buff.

“I’ve had a passion for Canadian inventions and proud Canadians, and all the things we’ve done,” he said on why he wrote the book.

TEDxUNBSaintJohn brings diversity to a DIVERSEcity


Nine dynamic speakers will take their journey to the stage with “ideas worth sharing” at TEDxUNBSaintJohn on Saturday, Sept. 28 at the New Brunswick Museum

With talks about everything from self-care to loving relationships, inventions to whales, and even emotional literacy, this eclectic group will wrap these issues and initiatives around the theme of DIVERSEcity, as they take place not only in our community, but around the world.

Here are some of the speakers you’ll hear at TEDxUNBSaintJohn.

From Avro to Wonderbra: Georgetown author explores Canadian innovation

Basketball, insulin, peanut butter and the jock strap, all have one thing in common: they were invented by Canadians.

“After that, the name recognition drops off and that’s always bothered me,” said Mark Rector, a professor of electrical engineering at Humber College who is publishing his first book, Oh Canada! Our Home and Inventive Land. “I decided to put an end to that one reader at a time.”

The book is a collection of stories about Canadian inventors and their inventions — roughly 170 different inventions from peanut butter to the Wonderbra — and a surprising number of them are largely mistaken for American innovation.