Irv Ash is a native-born Torontonian but was a lawyer in a Calgary law firm in the 1980s for six years. Returning to Toronto after a round-the-world trip, he was a corporate executive for seven years with vairous companies, including being vice-president at Cineplex Odeon Corporation. He then decided that his real profession was teaching, and after nine years part-time teaching at various Toronto colleges he has been a full-time professor at Seneca College since 2001. Happily married to Irene Borins Ash since 2000, he has also written various works, assisted Irene in her work, played tennis, downhill skied, and watched numerous movies. He has personally experienced lont-term care while assisting his mother, Nellie, during the last three years of her life.