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John D’Eathe is a Vancouver-based author, who spent more than 50 years building a remarkable career in urban land development and real estate investment in Canada, the U.S., and internationally. 

As a young man, John spent a decade as a businessman in Colonial Hong Kong, an experience which was to shape his life. Traveling throughout Asia and Africa and working in Hong Kong in the waning years of the British Empire, he experienced the end of an era. He then moved to Canada and took part in the social transition which produced the integrated society of which we are proud today.

John’s new light-hearted financial crime novel, Laundering the Dragon, pulls from the author’s lived experiences throughout his notable career. A tongue in cheek and farcical satire on international financial crime, particularly money laundering, it illustrates how unprepared Canada is to deal with the real world and explores our still evolving relationships, especially with the seriously intruding, aggressive Communist China.

His previous book Tokkie Smith and the Colour of Rugby, is a historical narrative chronicling the creation of the Hong Kong Sevens and shares the tragic true story of South African Founder Tokkie Smith as he gets caught up in the turbulent forefront of rugby’s move from white domination and into the clutches of big money. 

A long-time member of the BC Bar Association, John was recognized by the Real Estate Institute of British Columbia through their Award of Excellence in 2011. For his civic involvement and community leadership he received the B.C. Community Achievement Award in 2013 and the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers in 2017. He served as a mentor and supporter for UBC’s Sauder School of Business and as a member of its Urban Land Economics Advisory Board.

John lives in West Vancouver with his wife Lane, a McGill graduate from Montreal, and tries to keep up with his four successful children and ten grandchildren. 

Publicist: Julia Wilkinson

Publisher: Adagio Media

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