Max’s extraordinary life and education have instilled in him a passion for the English language which he shares in MaxBook: The Little Book of Grammar.
Poor language skills lead to missed opportunities, failed meetings, lost deals, and botched media appearances. MaxBook is your quick reference guide to help you to avoid making the most common errors.
Born to a teenage mother in Port Maria, Jamaica on the 18th of June 1941, Maxwell Nelson learned the value of education early. In fact, his mother Hilda Maud Nelson, was adamant that the only way out of poverty for her son was a good education. Against great odds, she insisted that Max stay in school no matter the personal and financial cost to her. Growing up in Jamaica in the 40’s and 50’s, elementary school education was only free until grade 9. Hilda funded Max through grades 10, 11, and 12 with great sacrifice and hard work. After experiencing working life at a post office in the capital city of Kingston at the age of fifteen, Max buckled down and completed his high school through correspondence courses, graduating at the age of 19. Max then went on to study at Mico Teachers College (today known as Mico University College), the oldest and best known teacher training college in the western hemisphere, graduating first in his class in 1963. Max was then awarded a scholarship to the University of the West Indies where he graduated with a B.Sc. in Economics. Emigrating to Toronto, Canada in 1969, Max studied at the University of Toronto where he received an MBA, MIR, and MEd, and also became an accountant (CMA). Throughout his study he also worked full time as a teacher and then vice principal in the Durham Board of Education from 1969 to 1989. Today Max works as a financial planner for the biggest financial management company in Canada.