There are few contemporary figures in Canada more fascinating, timely and controversial than Dr. Arthur Porter.
A university campus in Sierra Leone, the halls of power in Canada and the US and a jail cell in Panama: these are the stages on which the Porter story has grown.
Dr. Porter’s amazing story was the subject of a lively booking signing this month at the exclusive Club 375c in Montreal, which was sponsored by Wealth, Creation, Preservation and Donation (WCPD Inc). Jeff Todd, Director of Communications for WCPD Inc. and GIV Bahamas Inc., helped pen Dr. Porter’s newly released memoir, “The Man Behind the Bow Tie: Arthur Porter on Business, Politics and Intrigue”.
Since its release on September 15, the book has made a splash in media across the country, making headlines in the Globe and Mail, Maclean’s and the CBC.
You can pick up a copy of the memoir at any major bookstores, or order online and have it shopped at Amazon.ca: http://www.amazon.ca/The-Man-Behind-Bow-Tie/dp/1927958121
The book signing at Club 375c was attended by several Tiger 21 members, the peer-to-peer learning network for high-net-worth individuals, which has been called the most powerful networking group in the world by Forbes magazine.
Peter Nicholson, the President of WCPD Inc., and a member of Tiger 21, played host at the event.
“Porter is without a doubt a fascinating character who has attracted a lot of media coverage of late,” said Nicholson. “And I think having the event in Montreal, where he is perhaps best known, was of real benefit to Tiger 21 members and everyone else who attended.”
Todd, who met Porter while working as a journalist in the Bahamas for the Nassau Guardian and Associated Press, signed books for the attendees and offered his insight into the man “behind the bow tie”.
The book is Todd’s second and it has recently been optioned for television and movie rights.
Porter remains a source of fascination and mystery for Canadians, particularly in Quebec, where he is best known as the former Director General of the McGill University Health Centre. In February 2013, he was charged by the Quebec Anti-Corruption Squad or taking part in an alleged $22.5 million kickback scheme related to the construction of the $1.3 billion mega hospital’s construction.
But the Porter story goes well beyond an alleged crime.
An appointee of Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the former chairman of the Security Intelligence Review Committee, the watchdog of the Canadian secret service, Porter writers of his upbringing in Sierra Leone and his meteoric rise in Canada, the United States and the Caribbean. Tying together politics, business, medicine and espionage, Porter describes how he went from the halls of power to the hell of La Joya prison in Panama.
As a physician to hardened criminals, “the man behind the bow tie” continues to fight extradition to Canada in highly publicized standoff.
“I think what makes Arthur Porter’s story so exciting is we have yet to reach its climax. Nobody knows how it will end. What do I know, however, is his story is entertaining and truly original, and I hope more Canadians learn about it,” Todd said.
“I want to thank Peter for hosting the event and offering such a great platform to help get this story heard.”