co-founder of Citizens for a Canadian Republic, Tom Freda has
been its national director and main Anglophone media
spokesperson since 2002.
As a republican activist, his strong belief in Canada’s
evolution, sovereignty, unity and identity as a nation prompted
his formation of Republic of Canada Online in 1999 and
Monarchy-Free Canada in 2001, two internet sources of news and
information about republicanism in Canada and throughout the
Commonwealth. Supporters of those
sites helped form Citizens for a Canadian Republic the following
In his professional life, Tom studied Applied Arts at the Sheridan
Institute in Oakville, Ontario and Fine Arts at Toronto's Ryerson University.
He was vice president and marketing
director of Focus, a supplier to the advertising and publishing
fields and later CEO of Visual Contact, a visual arts
business specializing in digital media, marketing and design.
His travel, landscape and fine art
photography is published regularly in North America. In
addition, his technical writing is used worldwide by leading
manufacturers of consumer electronics.
Through his work, he has traveled extensively throughout every
province and territory in Canada.
As a genealogist, Tom is also immensely proud of his own
personal connection to Canada's colonial history. He's the
direct descendant of a Brunswicker 'Hessian' who fought with the British in the U.S. War of
Independence and who later became an early Nova Scotia pioneer.
He currently resides in Toronto with his wife and son.