Gordon Pitts is an author, public speaker and business journalist, with a focus on management, strategy, and leadership. He was the 2009 winner of Canada's National Business Book Award for his fifth book, Stampede: The Rise of the West and Canada's New Power Elite. Stampede followed his national best-seller, " The Codfathers, Lessons from the Atlantic Business Elite," published in fall, 2005.
He has also written ' Kings of Convergence: The Fight for Control of Canada's Media' and ' In the Blood: Battles to Succeed in Canada's Family Businesses'. His first book, ' Storming the Fortress: How Canadian Companies Can Conquer Europe in 1992' was published in 1990. All five books have been finalists for the National Business Book Award.
A veteran of 36 years as a business journalist, he is currently a senior writer in the Report on Business section. A large part of his mandate is to follow the rise of the Canadian West as the country's economic engine. He contributes to the At the Top interview feature in the Monday Report on Business and the Exit Interview in the monthly Report on Business Magazine.
He is also a former editor and writer in the Report on Business's feature pages that have focused on strategic management and the professions.
In fall, 2006, he was the distinguished writer in residence at the University of Alberta Business School and the Alberta Business Family Institute. In June 2003, he delivered the opening keynote address at the Canadian media industry's Banff conference. The speech was titled: 'Convergence, Consolidation and Crisis'.