Brian Alger

Brian develops content on his blog to document his creative work. He shares ideas about the intersection of creativity, learning, and wellbeing.

Brian is a retired musician, writer, educator, and entrepreneur. He holds a BM in Music Composition and Arranging from McMaster University, MFA-Ethnomusicology from York University, and B.Ed. from the University of Toronto.

Brian is an Ontario Graduate Scholar, recipient of the Marshall McLuhan Distinguished Teacher Award and the Bernice Adams Award in Art and Culture, an Apple Certified Trainer, and a Fellow at Scotch College in Melbourne, Australia.

His creative accomplishments include the Composers in Electronic Residence, lead trainer in an Apple Classroom of Tomorrow (ACOT), Director of the Digital Strategies Practices with KPMG Canada, and creator of the Connected Intelligence Education Program. He is the author of The Experience Designer: Learning, Networks and the Cybersphere. Brian has given keynote presentations in Canada, the United States, Australia, New Zealand, and Europe.

During the final third of his career, Brian shifted his lifestyle to spend time with and support his aging parents. This involved a creative shift into entrepreneurship to support himself. He became a Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute (FCSI), Certified Financial Advisor (CFA), and owned a client-centered investment advisory business. After ten years, he sold his business and retired.

After a 30-year hiatus, Brian has returned to piano playing. Although trained as a classical pianist, today he enjoys playing New Orleans-style blues, boogie, shuffle, and funk piano for the band Upbeat Groove.