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Jonathan van Bilsen

img_6564Jonathan van Bilsen has spent most of his adult life travelling, photographing and writing about wonderful locations around the world. He has visited 99 countries, written 11 books and has photographed some of the most exotic locales on our planet.

For the past 14 years, he has been writing travel and lifestyle articles and currently writes 4 monthly features for magazines and newspapers, taking readers all over the world and sharing his adventures and sometimes calamities in many different lands.

Jonathan currently serves on the boards of the Scugog Council for the Arts (VP & Treasurer), The Scugog Public Arts Committee, The Assante Wealth Management Advisory Board and is the founder of the Port Perry Photographic Society as well as the North Durham Photographers’ Association.

Below is a list of former boards Jonathan served on:
– Junior Achievement of Central Ontario
– Scugog Public Library 
– Canadian Deafblind and Rubella Association
– Kent Farndale Gallery (Chair)

Jonathan’s sense of humour and storytelling ability makes him an excellent speaker at events and meetings. He has spoken to groups as large as 1,500 and as small as 20 in faraway places like Hawaii and Paris, as well as close to home.

Consider Jonathan van Bilsen as a guest speaker at your group or club’s next event. His adventures, packed with award-winning photographs will open a new window to the world.

Jonathan van Bilsen: 905.925.1343,

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page”



1 comment

  1. Randy VanDerStarren

    Hi Jonathan.
    Rick Shaver has shared enough with me that I am quite excited to meet you tomorrow.
    I am an ad guy who somehow became President of a wealth management company.
    I quit my job in December to write and shoot my first motivational book.
    It’s called Take Your Seat.
    It’s a motivational book intended to get people to stop saying, ‘One day I’m going to…’
    to ‘This day I will…’
    I have taken a Director’s chair as a symbol of directing your life.
    That chair has travelled with me to some incredible locations that you no doubt have been to as well.
    Each chapter will have about 2000 words and six feature photographs to accompany the story.
    I look forward to meeting you and sharing some of my own stories with you.
    See you tomorrow.
    Randy 416 580 1249

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