Rick Antonson

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Born (1949-08-12) August 12, 1949 (age 74)
Vancouver, British Columbia
Alma mater
  • Simon Fraser University
  • Capilano University
  • Author
  • President & CEO

Richard Alvin Antonson (born August 12, 1949) is a Canadian author of books on travel and history. He is also a former publishing executive, and was President & CEO of Tourism Vancouver from 1993 to 2014. He has been described as “an evocative and perceptive travel writer.”[1]

Personal Life

Antonson was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, to Elsie Elizabeth Cristobel (née Bailey) and Alvin Antonson. He has two children with his first wife, Wendy (née Lyons, div. 1995), Brent Antonson and Sean Antonson. He married his current wife, Janice Antonson (Sapergia, née Beverage) in 1999.[2] He has lived in Australia and Germany and now lives in Predator Ridge, British Columbia.[3]

Antonson attended Burnaby South High School where he graduated as valedictorian in 1967[4], and then attended Simon Fraser University (1967 to 1969). He has an Honourary Doctorate from Capilano University.[2]


Antonson is the author or co-author of eight non-fiction books, focusing on travel and history. His first book, In Search of a Legend: Slumach's Gold: The Search for the Slumach-Lost Creek Gold Mine was written with Mary Trainer and his brother, Brian Antonson, and published under the imprint ISOAL in 1972, which later became Nunaga Publishing, co-founded by the three authors. A revised and expanded 35th anniversary edition was published in 2007.[5] The book was included in The Essentials: 150 Great BC Books & Authors.[6]

Following this, The Fraser Valley was published by Whitecap in 1981 with photographs by Bob Herger.

In a round up of books for the holidays, the New York Times Book Review called it, “one of the best books of the bunch.”[7] Along with playwright Shawn Macdonald, Antonson is currently working on a musical based on his book.[8]

Antonson’s most recent book is Train Beyond The Mountains: Journeys on the Rocky Mountaineer (Greystone, 2023) which is based around a trip he took on the Rocky Mountaineer train in British Columbia and Alberta with his grandson, Riley, who was 10 years old at the time.[9] In a review in the Weekend Australian it was described as “an excellent blend of personal travel narrative and backstory.”[10]


Antonson’s professional career was split between tourism and the publishing industries. He left university to work at the Greater Vancouver Convention & Visitors Bureau in 1969, before moving into publishing where he co-founded Nunaga Publishing (later briefly named Antonson Publishing). Nunaga was eventually bought by Douglas & McIntyre (Lee, 2013), where Antonson became Vice-President and general manager for five years.[5]

After leaving Douglas & McIntyre, Antonson moved into the tourism industry, holding positions with Edmonton Tourism and Rocky Mountaineer, before moving back to the Greater Vancouver Convention & Visitors Bureau (by then called Tourism Vancouver) where he was President & CEO from 1993 to 2014. During his time with Tourism Vancouver, Antonson played a pivotal role in the campaign to bring the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games to Vancouver.[4]

Antonson is an established public speaker who talks on cathedral thinking.[11]


  1. "Full Moon over Noah's Ark: An Odyssey to Mount Ararat and Beyond, by Rick Antonson | Booklist Online". BooklistOnline.com. Booklist. Retrieved 18 July 2023.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Canadian Who's Who 2023 (56th ed.). Oakville, Canada: Grey House Canada. 2022. ISBN 9781637003244.
  3. Mahoney, N. "Episode 44: Use Cathedral Thinking to Create a Brighter Future, with Rick Antonson". Break the Ice. Retrieved 18 July 2023.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Lee, Jenny. "Rick Antonson writes himself a new scenario". Vancouver Sun. No. September 1, 2013. Retrieved 18 July 2023.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Antonson, Rick". ABC BookWorld. Retrieved 18 July 2023.
  6. Twigg, Alan (2010). THE ESSENTIALS: 150 Great BC Books & Authors. Vancouver, Canada: Ronsdale Press. ISBN 978-1-55380-108-5.
  7. Hammer, Joshua (December 2, 2012). "TRAVEL". The New York Times Book Review.
  8. "Profile: Shawn Macdonald". Playwrights Guild of Canada. Retrieved 18 July 2023.
  9. Antonson, Rick (26 May 2023). "The Rocky Mountains by Train—Through the Eyes of a 10-Year-Old". MONTECRISTO. Retrieved 18 July 2023.
  10. Kurosawa, Susan (May 13, 2023). "Book Club: Train Beyond The Mountains: Journeys on the Rocky Mountaineer". The Weekend Australian. No. May 13-14, 2023.
  11. "Rick Antonson". Keynote Speakers Canada. Retrieved 18 July 2023.

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