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Host of CBC's Quirks & Quarks

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 Bob McDonald Biography

Bob McDonald has been communicating science internationally through television, radio, print and live presentations for more than 30 years. He is the host of CBC Radio’s Quirks and Quarks, the award-winning science program with a national audience of nearly 500,000 people. He is also a regular reporter for CBC Television’s The National as well as Gemini winning host and writer of the children’s series Head’s Up. McDonald has also hosted Greatest Canadian Invention and the seven-part series Water Under Fire. 

As a print journalist, McDonald has authored three science books and contributed to numerous science textbooks, newspapers and magazines including The Globe and Mail, Owl Magazine and many others. His latest book is Measuring the Earth With a Stick, and he has written the introductions to The Quirks & Quarks Question Book, The Guide to Space: 42 Questions (and Answers) About Life, the Universe, and Everything as well as Nasty, Brutish and Short, the Quirks Guide to Animal Sex.

Beyond his work in media, McDonald is Chairman of Geospace, an exciting new environmental centre and planetarium for the Toronto Waterfront.

McDonald has been honoured for his outstanding contribution to the promotion of science in Canada as the recipient of the Michael Smith Award from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, the Sir Sanford Fleming Medal from the Royal Canadian Institute and the McNeil Medal from The Royal Society of Canada. McDonald was also the recipient of a 2008 Gemini Award for Best Host in a Pre-School, Children's or Youth Program or Series.

He has received six honourary Doctorates, from the University of Guelph, Carleton University, Laurentian, McMaster, University of Winnipeg and University of Calgary.  In 2011, he was appointed to the Order of Canada.

McDonald is constantly in demand to speak for a variety of audiences across Canada.

Being There: Science as I've Seen It

    After more than 30 years of reporting on science, this journalist has seen a lot, from the exploration of our entire solar system by robots, to the computer and genetic revolutions that have profoundly changed our lives. We live in remarkable times where the most powerful tools humanity has ever known are in our grasp. Do we have the wisdom to use these tools wisely?

   

Energy, Who Cares?

    Canadians consume more energy per person than almost every other country. We live in a land rich in resources but supplies are dwindling and demand is rising. Climate change is forcing a re-thinking of our energy use, what are the realistic alternatives to a clean energy future?

   

From The Pit To The Peak: Extreme Canadian Science

    A travellers tale from the depths of a nickle mine in Sudbury where neutrinoes are captured, to the peak of the worlds largest mountain, Canadian science is at the forefront of scientific investigation. Our astronauts are an intricate part of NASA and our laboratories are churning out world class data. Canada does great science, which is largely unappreciated in this country. It also places us in a position to provide the knowledge base to address some of the serious world problems and lead by example to sensible solutions.

   

I Don't Get It! Environmental Conundrums

    When the first energy crisis happened in 1973, large gas guzzling cars were instantly unpopular as efficiency became a priority. Why then, as gas prices have continued to rise, are large, gas guzzling SUV's so popular? Why do people oppose Kyoto? Why are protests mounted over windmills when they are clean producers of energy? Why is Canada one of the worst consumers of energy and water in the world? Scientists have been sounding alarm bells about environmental decline for decades, why is real social change so slow in coming? Are there realistic solutions out there?

   

Perspectives on a Planet

    This presentation looks at the Earth in its full environmental context: a small rock covered in a thin film of water and air just close enough to an average star to support intelligent life. There is no other world like it. While robots have visited eight other nearby worlds and telescopes have spotted more than 250 planets around other stars, not one of them is like our Earth. Looking at our planet in a holistic way we see how its face has changed over time, how human activity is altering that face today and examines ways we can take care of the little bit of air and water that clings to its surface for the future.

   

Science in the Third Millennium

    In the last thousand years, humanity has emerged from the dark ages and touched the moon. As a science journalist, it is an exquisite privilege to witness the remarkable new achievements, discoveries and challenges at the cutting edge of our knowledge. Canada's contributions, from the search for dark matter in the depths of a Sudbury mine to exploring the winds of Mars are internationally recognized. The third millennium will be a remarkable time for Canadian science.

   

Surviving The Third Millennium

    Climate change, water supply, droughts on the prairies, floods on the coasts, energy shortage, growing population, clones, computer kids...the future can look scary sometimes. Can we engineer our way through another thousand years of civilization? This optimist says yes, and Canada is in a position to lead the way.

Vacations in Space

    A fanciful look into the future when a weekend to a space hotel, or ski trip to the snows of Mars will be available to everyone. Take a swim in a zero-gravity pool or float through the orange clouds of Jupiter. Of course, like any traveller, you will think about the planet you left behind and how remarkably unique or Earth really is.

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The Quirks & quarks guide to space: 42 questions (and answers) about life, the universe, and everything

The Quirks & quarks guide to space: 42 questions (and answers) about life, the universe, and everything

The Quirks & Quarks Question Book: 101 Answers to Listeners' Questions

The Quirks & Quarks Question Book: 101 Answers to Listeners' Questions

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    Booking fees for Bob McDonald, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Bob McDonald, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • WHO IS THE AGENT FOR Bob McDonald?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Bob McDonald for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Bob McDonald for your next private or corporate function.
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    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Bob McDonald or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Bob McDonald or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.
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Host of CBC's Quirks & Quarks

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Bob McDonald Biography

Bob McDonald has been communicating science internationally through television, radio, print and live presentations for more than 30 years. He is the host of CBC Radio’s Quirks and Quarks, the award-winning science program with a national audience of nearly 500,000 people. He is also a regular reporter for CBC Television’s The National as well as Gemini winning host and writer of the children’s series Head’s Up. McDonald has also hosted Greatest Canadian Invention and the seven-part series Water Under Fire. 

As a print journalist, McDonald has authored three science books and contributed to numerous science textbooks, newspapers and magazines including The Globe and Mail, Owl Magazine and many others. His latest book is Measuring the Earth With a Stick, and he has written the introductions to The Quirks & Quarks Question Book, The Guide to Space: 42 Questions (and Answers) About Life, the Universe, and Everything as well as Nasty, Brutish and Short, the Quirks Guide to Animal Sex.

Beyond his work in media, McDonald is Chairman of Geospace, an exciting new environmental centre and planetarium for the Toronto Waterfront.

McDonald has been honoured for his outstanding contribution to the promotion of science in Canada as the recipient of the Michael Smith Award from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, the Sir Sanford Fleming Medal from the Royal Canadian Institute and the McNeil Medal from The Royal Society of Canada. McDonald was also the recipient of a 2008 Gemini Award for Best Host in a Pre-School, Children's or Youth Program or Series.

He has received six honourary Doctorates, from the University of Guelph, Carleton University, Laurentian, McMaster, University of Winnipeg and University of Calgary.  In 2011, he was appointed to the Order of Canada.

McDonald is constantly in demand to speak for a variety of audiences across Canada.

Being There: Science as I've Seen It

    After more than 30 years of reporting on science, this journalist has seen a lot, from the exploration of our entire solar system by robots, to the computer and genetic revolutions that have profoundly changed our lives. We live in remarkable times where the most powerful tools humanity has ever known are in our grasp. Do we have the wisdom to use these tools wisely?

   

Energy, Who Cares?

    Canadians consume more energy per person than almost every other country. We live in a land rich in resources but supplies are dwindling and demand is rising. Climate change is forcing a re-thinking of our energy use, what are the realistic alternatives to a clean energy future?

   

From The Pit To The Peak: Extreme Canadian Science

    A travellers tale from the depths of a nickle mine in Sudbury where neutrinoes are captured, to the peak of the worlds largest mountain, Canadian science is at the forefront of scientific investigation. Our astronauts are an intricate part of NASA and our laboratories are churning out world class data. Canada does great science, which is largely unappreciated in this country. It also places us in a position to provide the knowledge base to address some of the serious world problems and lead by example to sensible solutions.

   

I Don't Get It! Environmental Conundrums

    When the first energy crisis happened in 1973, large gas guzzling cars were instantly unpopular as efficiency became a priority. Why then, as gas prices have continued to rise, are large, gas guzzling SUV's so popular? Why do people oppose Kyoto? Why are protests mounted over windmills when they are clean producers of energy? Why is Canada one of the worst consumers of energy and water in the world? Scientists have been sounding alarm bells about environmental decline for decades, why is real social change so slow in coming? Are there realistic solutions out there?

   

Perspectives on a Planet

    This presentation looks at the Earth in its full environmental context: a small rock covered in a thin film of water and air just close enough to an average star to support intelligent life. There is no other world like it. While robots have visited eight other nearby worlds and telescopes have spotted more than 250 planets around other stars, not one of them is like our Earth. Looking at our planet in a holistic way we see how its face has changed over time, how human activity is altering that face today and examines ways we can take care of the little bit of air and water that clings to its surface for the future.

   

Science in the Third Millennium

    In the last thousand years, humanity has emerged from the dark ages and touched the moon. As a science journalist, it is an exquisite privilege to witness the remarkable new achievements, discoveries and challenges at the cutting edge of our knowledge. Canada's contributions, from the search for dark matter in the depths of a Sudbury mine to exploring the winds of Mars are internationally recognized. The third millennium will be a remarkable time for Canadian science.

   

Surviving The Third Millennium

    Climate change, water supply, droughts on the prairies, floods on the coasts, energy shortage, growing population, clones, computer kids...the future can look scary sometimes. Can we engineer our way through another thousand years of civilization? This optimist says yes, and Canada is in a position to lead the way.

Vacations in Space

    A fanciful look into the future when a weekend to a space hotel, or ski trip to the snows of Mars will be available to everyone. Take a swim in a zero-gravity pool or float through the orange clouds of Jupiter. Of course, like any traveller, you will think about the planet you left behind and how remarkably unique or Earth really is.

Bob McDonald Videos

  • Bob McDonald - Host of CBC's Quirks & Quarks
    Bob McDonald has been communicating science internationally through television, radio, print and live presentations for more than 30 years....

Bob McDonald Books

FAQs on booking Bob McDonald

  • How to book Bob McDonald?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Bob McDonald for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Bob McDonald, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Bob McDonald or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Bob McDonald?

    Booking fees for Bob McDonald, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Bob McDonald, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Bob McDonald?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Bob McDonald for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Bob McDonald for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Bob McDonald or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Bob McDonald or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Bob McDonald is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Bob McDonald for your event is available upon request. Bob McDonald generally travels from TorontoCanada and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Ezra Levant, Josh Tickell, Graham Hill, Shaun Tomson and Robert Ballard. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Bob McDonald for an upcoming event.

Bob McDonald Speaker Videos

  • Bob McDonald - Host of CBC's Quirks & Quarks
    Bob McDonald has been communicating science internationally through television, radio, print and live presentations for more than 30 years. Currently, he is the host of CBC Radio's Quirks and Quarks,...

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