co-founder of Citizens for a Canadian Republic, Tom Freda has
been its national director and main Anglophone media
spokesperson since 2002. He studied Applied Arts at the Sheridan
Institute in Oakville, Ontario and Fine Arts at Toronto's Ryerson University.
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. Supporters of these
sites helped form Citizens for a Canadian Republic the following
In his professional life, Tom was vice president and marketing
director of Focus, a supplier to the advertising and publishing
fields. He was also CEO of Visual Contact, a visual arts
business specializing in digital media, marketing and design.
Through his work, he has traveled extensively throughout every
province and territory in Canada. His travel, landscape and fine art
photography is published regularly in North America while his
writing has appeared in numerous international publications.
A Nova Scotia native, his
family connections in that province include the late Honourable
Robert H. Winters, a federal cabinet minister under Prime
Ministers Mackenzie King, St Laurent and Pearson, as well as the
late U.S. industrialist and Nova Scotia descendant Francis A.
Countway and his sister Sanda Countway, benefactors of Harvard
University's Francis A. Countway Medical Library.
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' soldier 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.