Peter Lockyer was raised on a family farm in Picton, Ontario.
He attended Memorial University in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Carleton University in Ottawa earning a Master of Journalism degree. His master’s thesis was on the rise and fall of the canning industry of Prince Edward County, once the centre of the industry in Canada from the 1880s until the late 1950s.
Peter worked as a broadcaster for CBC Radio and Television in Europe and locations across Canada. He later worked for a decade as an independent film producer travelling extensively to document Canada’s relief and development projects around the world. He has served as a communications advisor to federal cabinet ministers, House of Commons’ committees, federal government departments, businesses, and non-profit organizations.
In 2004, Peter formed his own communications firm, History Lives Here Inc. The company provides strategic communications, multimedia, marketing, event planning and fundraising services to clients through its base of ten skilled, experienced associates.
Peter’s background as a journalist, his international travel documenting micro-finance projects, his experience raising funds for heritage projects in his hometown of Picton, and his passion for history have all combined to shape his thoughts on heritage as an economic driver in Ontario communities through a concept he calls “The Heritage Economy” – the notion that local history can be packaged into a suite of goods and services retailed to the world.