Terry Fallis

Terry Fallis

Co-founder, Thornley Fallis Communications
Bestselling author

Terry Fallis grew up in Toronto and earned an engineering degree from McMaster University. Drawn to politics at an early age, he worked for Cabinet Ministers both at Queen's Park and in Ottawa. After leaving politics in 1987, he worked as a government affairs and communications consultant with the international PR firm, Hill and Knowlton, including stints as Vice President running the Ontario government affairs group and finally President of Berger & Associates, a Hill and Knowlton subsidiary. In 1995, he co-founded Thornley Fallis with Joe Thornley, a full service communications, digital, and social media agency with offices in Ottawa and Toronto. In 2006, Terry co-founded the popular business podcast, Inside PR, and co-hosted more than 200 episodes.

His first novel, The Best Laid Plans, began as a podcast, then was self-published, won the 2008 Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour, was re-published to great reviews by McClelland & Stewart, and was crowned the 2011 winner of CBC’s Canada Reads as "the essential Canadian novel of the decade." The Best Laid Plans, a national bestseller, is now in development by CBC Television as a six-part miniseries. A stage musical based on the book is also in the works. His follow-up novel, The High Road, was also a national bestseller and was a finalist for the 2011 Leacock Medal. McClelland & Stewart published his third novel, Up and Down, in September 2012 and it debuted on the Globe and Mail bestsellers list. He lives in Toronto with his wife and two sons and blogs about his writing life at terryfallis.com.

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