Communications & Media Consultant / Writer, Walter & Company, Toronto, ON. Born: Jamaica.
Ingrid Walter is a writer/editor and communications specialist, who has worked in TV, radio, print, publishing, politics, government, the NGO and corporate sectors.
Highlights: In 2010, Ingrid managed media relations for the WRA Maternal Mortality Campaign’s Canadian spokesperson, lawyer Maureen McTeer, in the lead up to the 2010 G8 G20 summits in Toronto. In 2003, she designed and implemented the media relations campaign which led to the election of Mary Anne Chambers, former Ontario Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities.
Ingrid began her broadcasting career with Radio Canada International and hosted broadcasts, field news and current affairs stories for CBC Radio and TV, Citytv and TVO. In 1989 she was a Parliamentary Correspondent for Citytv and Western International Communications and was the first woman of colour from English media to join the Ottawa press gallery.
In 1992, she produced the TV documentary, Learning with Pride, which looked at the impact of residential schools on native youth; hosted and interviewed episodes for TVO’s Lifelong Learning. In print, her articles and columns have appeared in local, national and international newspapers and magazines, including the Toronto Star, The Network Journal, The Walkley Magazine, Share, Pride News Magazine, Canada Extra, The New African, The Daily Gleaner, Jamrock, She Caribbean and others.
Other: Co-organized and chaired the first International Press Freedom Awards banquet for the Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (1998).
Works: A Sea of Wisdom, a book of proverbs (2004); editor and publisher of Our Father, Father to the Fatherless, about a star Canadian football player (released in 2008 and optioned for the production of a movie).
Honours: TVO Telefest Award, Learning with Pride; inclusion in Who’s Who in Black Canada 2 (2006).
Education: Master of Journalism, University of Western Ontario (1992); Honours, Bachelor of Arts, York University (1991).
Favourite book? The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison, because Morrison is a brilliant writer. She paints unforgettable images with her words and provides poignant commentary on the beauty and the ugliness of human nature.
Favourite quote? “It takes a deep commitment to change and an even deeper commitment to grow.” – Ralph Ellison
Given the chance, what would you love to do that you haven’t done yet? Fly a jet.
Who inspires you? People who do everything in their power to make our world a better place.
Why do you do what you do? I enjoy it. It provides intellectual stimulation, allows for creativity and there are opportunities to contribute to the health and well-being of our world.