Writer and Publisher

Orland French and Wallbridge House Publishing

Wallbridge House Publishing is operated by Orland French, a former journalist and columnist with The Globe and Mail. He was also a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Award in 2013 and the Governor-General's Caring Canadian Award in 2014. Many of the books listed on this site have been authored and produced by Orland French and his wife Sylvia under the name of Wallbridge House Publishing. Mr. French has also been a journalism professor, and has been involved in preserving history through the Hastings County Historical Society, the Old Hay Bay Church board of trustees, and the Ontario Historical Society.

Orland French, a history of:

President and CEO

Wallbridge House Publishing

1998Present Belleville Ontario

Wallbridge House Publishing specializes in the creation of local history books.
• writing
• editing
• consultancy
• production

Awards and Honours

2014 Governor-General's Caring Canadian Award

2013 Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal

1991present Belleville, Ontario

I wrote magazine and newspaper articles, books and newspaper columns in addition to publishing and teaching.


  20092011 (2 years) Belleville, Ontario

I wrote and produced the biography of Maurice Rollins, entrepreneur, housing developer and creator of the Journey's End motel chain.

20012011 (10 years) Ontario

I was a sales agent for the History Book division of Friesens Corp. of Manitoba. My territory was Ontario and I assisted in the creation and publication of local and personal history books. I acted as consultant through the entire development of the book from organization to publication.


19981999 (1 year) University of Regina

I was the Visiting Professor of Journalism at the University of Regina in 1998-99.


19911998 (7 years) Belleville, Ontario

I taught in the print and photo journalism programs at Loyalist College, Belleville, Ontario.


19821991 (9 years) Toronto

Daily Ontario provincial affairs columnist based at Queen's Park, Toronto


Reporter, Desk editor, Parliamentary Reporter, Editorial Writer

1968-1982 (14 years) Ottawa Citizen



1965-1968 (3 years) Kingston Whig-Standard


Ryerson Polytechnical Institute (Ryerson University)

1965, graduated in journalism