Last Update: October 25, 2020
Influencers. Creators. DADFLUENCERS. Call us what you like, we’re here to change the GAME.
Let’s start with the basics—yes, Canadian dad influencers exist.
While I repeatedly say that dads overall need to do a much better job of sharing their journeys, there’s a handful of us putting in the time and energy to make sure we’re telling our stories instead of having them told for us. It’s easy to believe the hype and think we’re not bringing much to the table, but even if we’re but a mere fraction of the 4.5 million dads we have from coast to coast, we’re hoping it’s enough to start at least changing our narrative.
But while some of us have had moderate success getting those stories out into the world, it only takes a quick Google search to see we’ve got a long way yet to go. Searching any combination of “Canadian” and “dads” gets you results from 2017 in the top ten results at best, with some top tens having results all the way back to 2012 depending on what you combine them with. Are we talking about dads? Are our viewpoints part of the conversation? With so few of us, I figured I could do a little to improve things and at least make us easier to find.
Why is hearing more Canadian dad voices so important?
There are definitely some names I wish I had here amongst the Canadian dad influencers, like Shaun Worrell from Milk and Coco or Carl Bainbridge from A Parent’s Perspective, but the fact is that people are busy, and keeping up with a blog often gives way to other priorities. But it’s a list that I hope to see grow, as forty-odd fathers can’t even start to scratch the surface of what fatherhood’s all about.
Even in our group alone, you have BJ Barone and Frankie Nelson, whose Family is About Love explores what “family” looks like regardless of who’s in it. Dale Allen Berg talks about life raising children with special needs and how the complexities of his life don’t stop him from being a great husband and father alike. 2020’s had me struggling with being the Black dad of a mixed family; Joseph Tito continues his truly inspirational life as a single, gay, adoptive father of twins… no two stories are alike, and that’s what we’re really trying to drive home about fatherhood—that it’s not as simple as the world would have us think!
Why does a list of dadfluencers matter, though?
So with all this work put into the list, some people have asked why I didn’t just take all my research and sell it to PR firms as a service instead of putting it online for free.
It’s because making a quick buck’s not the point.
This list is to cultivate a presence for all of our dadfluencers across the country, making them seen in a space they’re often not represented.
Here’s what some have had to say about the list so far:
- Jerry Godinho sent a shout out my way, committing to continue being real, vulnerable, and authentic
- Christopher Sweeney wrote an appreciative post for being included on the list, too!
- One campaign manager even called it “a PR company’s dream” and said it was “laid out perfectly”!
On to the dads, though.
But without further ado, let me introduce you to the dads who challenge expectations, making people laugh, cry and do everything in between. Though I spent some time compiling this, I won’t pretend it’s completely exhaustive—make sure to add anyone I’ve missed through the form at the bottom so we can keep showing the rest of Canada what we’ve got!
I hope you find this list useful—thanks for checking it out!
Canada’s Dad Influencers | A List That Will Hopefully Keep Growing
Last Updated: October 21, 2020
|Casey Palmer||Casey Palmer, Canadian Dad||Toronto, ON|
|Dale Allen Berg||Dale Allen Berg||Kelowna, BC|
|James R.C. Smith||SocialDad||Vancouver, BC|
|Dai Manuel||Dai Manuel||Vancouver, BC|
|Stacey Robinsmith||A Dad in the Burbs||New Westminister, BC|
|Stephen Fung||Stephen Fung Dot Net||Coquitlam, BC|
|Michael Kwan||Beyond the Rhetoric||Vancouver, BC|
|Dad Things||Dad Things||Vancouver, BC|
|Buzz Bishop||Dad Camp||Calgary, AB|
|Matt Richard Beauchamp||Dashing Dad||Calgary, AB|
|Trent Wilkie||The UnDad||Edmonton, AB|
|Jason Thompson||The Art of Dad||Canmore, AB|
|Jamie Schmidt||A Crock of Schmidt||Calgary, AB|
|Ivan Pedormo||Family Filmmaker||Calgary, AB|
|Chris Read||Canadian Dad||Ottawa, ON|
|Davindra Ramnarine||Goat Roti Chronicles||Mississauga, ON|
|Warren Orlans||The Urban Daddy||Toronto, ON|
|Craig Silva||Big Daddy Kreativ||Oakville, ON|
|Mike Armstrong||Daddy Realness||Hamilton, ON|
|Kevin Wagar||Wandering Wagars||Milton, ON|
|Keith McArthur||Keith McArthur||Toronto, ON|
|Mike Reynolds||EverydayGirlDad||Ottawa, ON|
|Eric Novak||EnviroDad||Ajax, ON|
|Chris Farley Ratcliffe||Dad Goes Round||Ottawa, ON|
|Ingus Wan||Dad Mode: On||Markham, ON|
|Aron Harris||Dad Rock Dad||Toronto, ON|
|Andrew Moore||DanforthDad||Toronto, ON|
|Joshua Murray||This Daddy Life||Toronto, ON|
|Jason Dykstra||They Call Me Dad||Cambridge, ON|
|David Pierre Bacque||Life With Benjamin||Calgary, AB|
|Tyler Ingram||A Dad's Adventures||White Rock, BC|
|Family Is About Love||Family Is About Love||Toronto, ON|
|Scott Thomson||Canadian Fit Dad||Yellowknife, NWT|
|Clive Felice||Dads with Attitude||Milton, ON|
|Joseph Tito||The Dad Diaries||Toronto, ON|
|Rick Campanelli||Rick Campanelli||Burlington, ON|
|Roz Weston||Roz Weston||Toronto, ON|
|Steve Bock||BockFive||La Salle, MB|
|Stewart Reynolds||Brittlestar||Stratford, ON|
|Andrew Taylor||Just Dad Bloggin'||Northumberland County, ON|
|Christopher Sweeney||Pop Culture||Toronto, ON|
|Matthew Tully||Answer the Tullyphone||Dieppe, NB|
|Kenny Bodanis||MenGetPregnantToo||Montreal, QUE|
|Chris Murphy||Parenting to Go||Toronto, ON|
|Christopher Grady||Lunarbaboon||Toronto, ON|
|Dan Gibson||The Baby Gang||Cambridge, ON|
|Rad Dads Edmonton||Rad Dads Edmonton||Edmonton, AB|
|Mohit Rajahns||Dadspotting||Toronto, ON|
|Jerry Godinho||Four Columns of a Balanced Life||Toronto, ON|
|Nick North||Nick North||Okotoks, AB|
|Jeremy Rupke||How to Hockey||Huntsville, ON|
|Khodr Habib||The Dad Code||Windsor, ON|
|Jonathan Greenwald||The Longest Stride||Toronto, ON|
|Ryan Hinkson||Eat Famous||Toronto, ON|
|Bobby Umar||Bobby Umar||Toronto, ON|
|Marquis Murray||The Unfit Dad||Northumberland, ON|
|Xandrae Ramdeen||Xandrae's World||Toronto, ON|