|Field of Study: Politics and Policy, Media & Culture
University: Ryerson University, Emeritus
MA (Economics), Edinburgh; Technical Assistant’s Certificate – Pedagogy, Ontario College of Education; MSc (History of Technology), London; DIC (History of Technology), Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine; Teisteanas a’ Chursa Inntrigidh [Gaelic Language Certificate], University of the Highlands and Islands.
Professor Gillies is Professor Emeritus of Media and Communications in the School of Image Arts, of which he was Chair, at Ryerson University. He is Adjunct Professor to the Joint York-Ryerson Graduate Program in Communication and Culture, of which he was the founding Ryerson Director. As Adjunct Professor he has continued to supervise ComCult students’ theses, master’s research papers, master’s projects, directed readings and directed research and to assess field placements.He was a graduate student in Marshall McLuhan’s Media and Society seminar at the Centre for Culture and Technology and a member of the former Executive Committee of the McLuhan Program in Culture and Technology, both at the University of Toronto. He was a member of the McLuhan Legacy Network planning events to celebrate the centenary of McLuhan’s birth in 2011. With other McLuhan students he participated in the CBC Ideas program “At the Feet of the Master”, broadcast on the hundredth anniversary of his birth. As a member of the Speakers Bureau of the University of Toronto’s Academic Retiree Centre he gave a series of public lectures on McLuhan in 2011, continuing into 2012. In 2011 he produced Marshall McLuhan: Sound, Music and Acoustic Space at the Arts and Letters Club of Toronto to celebrate McLuhan’s membership of the club.From 1986 to 1988 he was the founding Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Telecommunications Executive Management Institute of Canada on leave-of absence from Ryerson. He has been a member of the Canadian National Organizing Committee for the Telecommunication Development Bureau (ITU-D) of the UN’s International Telecommunication Union since 1995 and has served as a consultant in Canada, the United States, and France. In 2004 he was a consultant jointly to the University of Ontario Institute of Technology and Durham College in degree planning.
He is a member of the Arts and Letters Club of Toronto; the Celtic Studies Association of North America; the International Institute of Communications; the Media Ecology Association, for which he is Ryerson Co-ordinator of its 2014 Annual Convention at Ryerson; a Fellow of Senior College in the University of Toronto where he is a member of the Speakers Bureau and Chair of the Senior College University in the Community Committee and Course Director of How the Media Work: The process of Communicating (2013) and Cultural Production: How the Cultural Industries Produce Meaning (2014).
In addition to the interests represented by these activities, in 2003 he reactivated his work in Scottish Gaelic language and culture begun at the University of Edinburgh, continuing at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig in the University of the Highlands and Islands, Scotland, where he is an Honorary Professor, and at St. Michael’s College in the University of Toronto. He is a Life Member of An Commun Gàidhealach (the Highland Society of Scotland).
The Toronto School of Communication, centering on Marshall McLuhan; history of media and communications, especially telecommunications; the communications industry; communications policy, including international communications and development, particularly Canada's role; media ecology, particularly in Gaelic culture.
“Marshall McLuhan’s Legacy in Culture and Scholarship”, in The Canadian Encyclopedia, 2012.“Virtual Gaelic Communities”, in A’ Cleachdadh na Gàidhlig: slatan-tomhais ann an dìon cànain sa choimhearsnachd [Using Gaelic: criteria in language maintenance in the community], Richard A.V. Cox and Timothy Currie Armstrong, editors, Sleat, Skye: Clò Ostaig, 2011.Review of in A’ Cleachdadh na Gàidhlig: slatan-tomhais ann an dìon cànain sa choimhearsnachd [Using Gaelic: criteria in language maintenance in the community], Richard A.V. Cox and Timothy Currie Armstrong, editors, Sleat, Skye: Clò Ostaig, 2011, in Canadian Celtic Arts Association Newsletter, 7, 4, Fall 2011.
“Media Ecology for the Gàidhealtachd”, in Rannsachadh na Gàidhlig 5: Fifth Scottish Gaelic Research Conference, Kenneth E. Nilsen, editor, Sydney, Nova Scotia: Cape Breton University Press, 2010.
Review of Cànan & Cultar/Language & Culture: Rannsachadh na Gàidhlig 4, Gillian Munro and Richard A.V. Cox, editors, Edinburgh: Dunedin Academic Press, 2010; Coimhearsnachd na Gàidhlig an-diugh/Gaelic Communities Today, Gillian Munro and Iain Mac an Tàilleir, editors, Edinburgh: Dunedin Academic Press, 2010; Bile ós Chrannaibh: A Festschrift for William Gillies, Wilson McLeod, Abigail Burnyeat, Domhnall Uilleam Stiùbhart, Thomas Owen Clancy and Roibeard Ó Maolalaigh, editors, Brig O’ Turk, Scotland: Clann Tuirc, 2010, in Canadian Celtic Arts Association Newsletter, 7, 1, Fall 2010.
Review of Brian Sykes, Saxons, Vikings, and Celts: The Genetic Roots of Great Britain and Ireland, New York: W.W. Norton, 2008, in Canadian Celtic Arts Association Newsletter, 5, 2, Fall 2008.
Review of Roger Hutchinson, A Waxing Moon: The Modern Gaelic Revival, Edinburgh and London: Mainstream, 2005, in Canadian Celtic Arts Association Newsletter, 5, 1, Spring 2008
“The Fall and Rise of Scottish Gaelic: A Language on the Edge,” in Garm Lu: A Canadian Celtic Arts Journal, 29, 2006.
International Telecommunication Union World Telecommunication Development Conference, Document 197(Rev. 1)-E, Resolution (WG-GI-1), Mainstreaming gender in ITU-D programmes, Istanbul, 25 March 2002; anonymous co-author as a member of the Canadian delegation drafting group.