In July, 2010 Alex’s “The Size of the Skip” received an honorable mention in the prestigious and world-wide Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition (LHSSC). In 2011, he was awarded a second Honorable Mention for “Caboose Follies”, but this is getting ahead of ourselves.
Alex carried out his undergraduate work at the University of Western Ontario (UWO), then received an M.A. in Economics from the University of Toronto (U of T). He also completed the first year towards a Doctorate while living at U of T’s Massey College.
The pull of the job market was too strong and Alex went to work for the Canadian Institute of Steel Construction (CISC) in 1972. The CISC is a trade association representing structural steel fabricators in Canada. Alex eventually became the Secretary-Treasurer as well as the Economist for the CISC.
Alex is the author of four books of short stories. “Four Scoops” Is Over The Top features “Caboose Follies”, which received Honorable Mention in the 2011 Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition. “Three Scoops” Is A Blast! includes the 2010 Lorian Hemingway Honorable Mention winner, “The Size Of The Skip”.
“Two Scoops” Is Just Right was the first in the “Scoops” series. The latest volume, released May 2012, is “Five Scoops” Is An Addiction!”
Also in mid-May 2012, Writer’s Digest chose Alex’s site for its Blog of the Week. The accompanying description said, “Alex Carrick’s blog is clean, crisp and entertaining. His stories range from humorous to thought-provoking, making it a fun read.”
Since 1985, Alex has held the position of Chief Economist/Editor with CanaData, a division of Reed Construction Data (RCD), where he has acquired an in-depth knowledge of the Canadian construction industry.
He is often quoted in the media, especially in the two construction newspapers, The Daily Commercial News and the Journal of Commerce.
Alex has delivered presentations throughout North America on the Canadian, United States and world construction outlooks. In 2008, he ventured into blogging and then in 2009, he started making videos on economic topics for various RCD web sites. This offers an exciting challenge that requires development of a new skill set.
Alex is married with three children, plus a dog and cat that round out the household. Much of the family’s life revolves around the cottage on Georgian Bay. He writes both a serious economics blog (his day job) and a lifestyle blog, which is light-hearted and informative in a general-interest sort of way.
His wonderful wife Donna is a well-known author in the crime and intrigue fields.
He can be reached at email@example.com, or contact Carrick Publishing to arrange a speaking engagement.