Ron Blicq


Ron Blicq
Associated organizations
Red River College
Fields of study
Technical writing


Ron Blicq was born on the British Channel island of Guernsey. After the island was occupied by the German Army, Blicq was evacuated to England at the age of 15. With his parents and brother he immigrated to Winnipeg, Canada. On his eighteenth birthday, he joined the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF). At the war’s end, Blicq transferred to the Royal Air Force in England where he remained until his wife’s death in 1957. He then returned to Canada with his sons and until 1967 wrote manuals for the U.S. Air Force and the RCAF on the installation and maintenance of early warning defense systems. In 1967 Blicq was offered the position of head of the Technical Communication Department at Red River College in Winnipeg, Canada. Blicq developed the program in technical writing and presentation and published the textbook Technically-Write! during his twenty-three year tenure at Red River. He has been active in the IEEE Professional Communication Special Interest Group over most of his career. Blicq has also been involved in other international organizations, including INTECOM, which promotes written and oral communication education for engineers. Blicq was active in PCS and INTECOM after his retirement and continued to write plays for the stage, including the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival.

Blicq was the recipient of the 1976 IEEE Professional Communication Society Alfred N. Goldsmith Award for Outstanding Achievement in Engineering Communication, the 1997 IEEE Professional Communication Society Emily K. Schlesinger Award for Outstanding Service to the Professional Communication Society and the 2000 IEEE Professional Communication Society IEEE Third Millenium Medal.

Blicq died on May 28th, 2021.

Further Reading

Ron Blicq oral history