Peter West – Bio

Peter West Photography

Tel:  905-616-5639



Award-winning photojournalist and national magazine editor specializing in personal and corporate event photography and creative business and personal portraits. Peter was a senior photography instructor for one of Canada’s largest retail camera chains and Halton District Catholic School Board where he has helped thousands of students discovery the joy of modern digital photography;

A long-time member of Toastmasters International, Peter is an award-winning and accomplished professional speaker and mentor to scores of new speakers and business communicators who have benefited from his mentoring and encouragement. He also is a specialist in the use of new media for business.


Honours Graduate – Public Relations Program                                                    1974

Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning

Certificate – Solution-Focused Coaching                                                                  2006

University of Toronto – School of Social Work


Peter began his career as a photographer working for a daily newspaper in a small southern Ontario city near Toronto. In addition to his photographic work, he also ran the newspaper’s film-based darkroom for many years. By now a respected “two-way” journalist (reporting and photography), Peter was invited to join the award-winning news team at a weekly community newspaper;

After more than a decade in the news business, Peter worked for The Canadian Red Cross Society as a public relations practitioner and later for the Ontario Provincial Police as a media relations officer (civilian);

Peter has been a community newspaper editor at The Oakville Journal (1994 to 1996) and a national and group magazine editor (Electrical Business, Energy Manager, Structured Cabling) for Kerrwil Publications(1999 to 2004);

Today, Peter works as an independent photographer and is one of the most sought-after senior instructors of digital photography at a Canadian school of digital photography that has trained hundreds of students in basic and advanced photography. Peter also provides one-on-one personal and small group training sessions, including evening sessions for photography clubs, in all aspects of photography;

For further information about Peter and his photography, please visit him online at and see his images at


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