Trevor Jacques graduated from the Imperial College of Science and Technology, in London, England with a degree in Physics. He is an Associate of the Royal College of Science and the Institute of Physics. He moved from England to Canada in 1981. He has had a varied career as a field seismologist in England and Africa; avionics, infra-red sensing, and computer systems engineer in England and Canada; and as the director of marketing for a database company in Canada.
In 1991, he and his co-authors of On The Safe Edge: A Manual For SM Play designed and delivered a series of SM safety seminars, given under the auspices of the AIDS Committee of Toronto, to further the practice of safer sex. Some 3,500 people have attended the courses in the last ten years.
Mr. Jacques was the principal co-author of On The Safe Edge, which became a national best seller in its first year of publication and rapidly rose to become a standard for safety in healthy BDSM play. For several years, he was the publisher and editor of Canada’s Gay Guide. He has also sponsored the Toronto Pride celebrations for several years.
In March, 1994 and again in January, 1997, Mr. Jacques was honoured with the Pantheon of Leather award for the Canadian Region.
He is frequently invited to talk about SM on television and radio. His appearances include: CBC Television, CityTV, CFTO Television, MuchMusic, The Women’s Television Network, Ryerson Polytechnical University Television, BBC Greater London Radio (England), CBC Radio, Spectrum Radio (England), MVS (Amsterdam, The Netherlands), Q107, and AM640. He is also often interviewed about SM by newspapers and magazines, for example: The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, The Toronto Sun, Boudoir Noir, Secret Magazine, Tab Magazine, O Magazine, etc.. He is also published in Checkmate and DungeonMaster magazine and the SandMUtopia Guardian.
Mr. Jacques has presented talks and seminars on a regular basis at the University of Toronto, York University, and Ryerson Polytechnical University. In his travels, he has spoken about SM and health in Toronto, London, New York, and Chicago.
He is also an avid windsurfer and skier. He has led corporate teams to two successive wins in charity running/cycling competitions.
Dr. Dale McCarthy received his doctorate of medicine from the University of Toronto. He was an internist and lecturer at a teaching hospital, and had a subspecialty interest in arthritis and allied conditions. He was chairman of a university graduate committee for fifteen years and was a member of the board of a university recreation, athletic, and social institution.
He travelled frequently to remote parts of Canada to provide the care that would otherwise only be found in the larger cities.
In 1985, in the face of AIDS, Dale, with the AIDS Committee of Toronto, initiated the development of a pamphlet on safer SM practices that has been distributed and used as a model for similar pamphlets as far afield as Houston, London, and Sydney. He was responsible for the revisions to the original for the 2nd. and 3rd. editions.
Dale died peacefully, surrounded by his family, in 2007.
For many years he has contributed to the SM community as a volunteer for AIDS organizations, and was one of the original four creators and presenters of the safer SM courses in Toronto. He volunteers for the AIDS Committee of Windsor, where he is co-ordinating efforts to educate the SM community about safer practices.
Michael lives in rural Ontario, from where he continues to volunteer for HIV/AIDS organisations.
Sniffer is a dentist who is very active in his field. He received his doctorate in dentistry from the University of Toronto. He regularly teaches university courses and has written several position papers for his profession.
Sniffer was a founding member of the People Living with AIDS (PLWA) Foundation in Toronto, and for several years was member of its board. He started the “penny jar” campaign in Toronto, and it has since proven to be an extremely successful way of raising funds for the Foundation.
At the start of the project, Sniffer had been exploring the SM scene during the previous few years; he brought the novice’s point of view to the book. He is no longer a neophyte when it comes to SM….