Hendrik Slegtenhorst was born in Leiden, the Netherlands, the same university town where, 350 years earlier, Rembrandt was born. Unlike Rembrandt, Slegtenhorst did not remain in Europe but, early in life, was taken to Canada by his family, a transatlantic move he has always profoundly appreciated.
His experience includes:
- Executive management of local government and heritage institutions in British Columbia, Alberta, and New Brunswick.
- Board directorships in cultural, community, and economic development in British Columbia, Alberta, and New Brunswick.
- Senior management in post-secondary education in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, and Québec.
- His work as a professional writer, columnist, and editor.
- Delivery of over a thousand seminars and workshops across Canada and the United States.
- Corporate appointments in project management, information technology, human resources, compensation, and training at transnationals.
Since then, by design, he has lived and worked in Canada’s six largest cities—Ottawa, Montréal, Edmonton, Calgary, Toronto, and Vancouver—, many of the country’s smaller communities—including residences in Athabasca AB, Westlock AB, Kelowna BC, St. Stephen NB, Bowen Island BC, Banff AB, and Peace River AB—and in all regions of Canada except the far north; and has, as well, travelled and worked in the United States, Europe, and Africa.
He is presently writing three series.
The four-volume series on Surviving Government will be available in the fall of 2018. Volume one deals with the powers of municipal government; volume two, with the functions of government; volume three, with taxation; and, volume four, with political integrity
The Bach Cantatas series will be in eight volumes. Its first volume, J.S. Bach: Cantatas for Trinity I through VII (Enlora, Vancouver) was published in October, 2017. The second, on the cantatas for Trinity VIII through XVI, is in the editing phase, and will be available in the spring of 2019, and the third volume, which is in progress, on the cantatas for Trinity XVII through XXVII, will be available in the summer of 2019.
The trilogy Solitary Ethics, an exploration of ethical and moral considerations, will be available in full by the spring of 2020. Its first book, Caravaggio’s Dagger, (Iguana, Toronto), which deals with right action in the context of the experience of the individual will, was published in September, 2013. Mahler and Freud Meet in Leiden, the trilogy’s second book, completed in the spring of 2018, considers right action in the context of the absolute nature of the essence of being; and, the trilogy’s third and final book, Constellations of Desire, right action in the context of human desire guided by reason. It is expected to complete late in 2018.
In addition, Slegtenhorst has some 140 publications to his credit, including articles on local government as an invitational newspaper columnist on both Canadian coasts, and poetry in Canadian, American, Spanish, French, and Argentinian literary periodicals and media. As a published poet, he was awarded a 2004 Canada Council and a 2018 British Columbia Arts Council grant for professional writers
Other long-term projects and research have included:
- Lifelong and university study of English, with a particular interest in poetry.
- Lifelong and formal study of music, including performance on the clarinet, and with particular interests in opera, the symphony, and the string quartet.
- All the fiction and prose of Maugham, from 1965 onwards.
- All the novels of Hesse, from 1970 onwards.
- All of Shakespeare, especially from 1992 onwards.
- All of Bach’s cantatas, especially from 1997 onwards.
- All of Haydn’s symphonies, especially from 1999 onwards.
- Studies in world history, especially from 2000 onwards.
- Professional studies in international trade, from 2002 onwards, with receipt of the HSBC Award of Excellence and professional designation as a Certified International Trade Professional (CITP), both in 2003.
- All of Dickens’s novels, especially from 2004 onwards.
- Professional studies in Canadian local government, at the University of Alberta and later at Dalhousie University, Halifax, from 2006 onwards, leading to professional designations in local authority administration.
- All of Shostakovich’s symphonies, especially from 2008 onwards.
- All of Shostakovich’s string quartets, especially from 2011 onwards.
- All of Beethoven’s string quartets, especially from 2012 onwards.
- All of Beethoven’s piano sonatas, especially from 2014 onwards.
- Proust’s In Search of Lost Time, from 2016 onwards.
Other special interests include:
- In music: Bruckner’s symphonies.
- In music: All Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, and Mahler.
- In music: Operas by Wagner, Verdi, and Strauss.
- In painting: Caravaggio, Rembrandt, Vermeer, and van Gogh.
- In cinema: Lang, Ray, Ford, Huston, Mizoguchi, Ozu, Kobayashi, Ichikawa, and Kurosawa.
- In poetry: Milton, Rilke, Eliot, Faludy, Miłosz, and Melançon.