Brian Alger is a retired musician, educator, and entrepreneur. He holds an MFA in Ethnomusicology (York University), a B.M. in Music Composition and Arranging (McMaster University), and a B.Ed. in Music Education (University of Toronto). During his graduate studies, he received the Ontario Graduate Scholarship award and was a course director in the undergraduate music department. During his B.Ed., he received a U of T award for music arranging. As a performer, Brian was a classical pianist and jazz trumpet player.
Throughout the nineties, Brian was a pioneer in the integration of digital technology into curriculum and instructional design. He was an Apple Certified Trainer lead technology coach in an Apple School of Tomorrow. Brian was a member of CIER (Composers in Electronic Residence), a recipient of the Marshall McLuhan Distinguished Teacher Award, and a fellow at Scotch College at Melbourne, Australia. As an international speaker, he delivered presentations throughout Canada, the United States, Australia, and New Zealand. Brian went on to become a Director with the KPMG Digital Strategies Practice and developed educational technology projects in Europe. He published The Experience Designer: Learning, Networks, and the Cybersphere in 2002.
During the final phase of his career, Brian was a Financial Management Advisor and Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute. He owned and operated a successful investment management business under the agency of Raymond James Ltd. In 2016, he sold his business and retired. He soon became a board member of BERN (Business Education Resource Network) and the Simcoe Jazz Society (both defunct). Today, Brian enjoys writing for his website, Exploring Life, playing blues-shuffle-boogie piano with the band Upbeat Groove in the Orillia & Lake Country area, and volunteering his time as a Board member for the Orillia Center for Art and Culture. Brian also enjoys playing golf and volunteers at Hawkridge Golf Course in Severn.