Born in the New York area and educated at McGill University and the University of British Columbia, he has taught Anthropology and Sociology at the University of B.C. and at Columbia College for over 40 years. Research includes field work among the Coast Salish First Nation of B.C., and in Japan, during periods of residence between 1972 and 1989. Ron has been involved in international education in both Japan and Canada, and directed the first study-abroad program for Japanese students in Vancouver in 1978. He has been active in promoting cultural exchange, and served as consultant to Shingakukai Corporation of Nagano, Japan for ten years.
Ron has produced several CD’s and numerous concerts in collaboration with his wife, Wendy B. Stuart. Their company, WRS Productions, is active locally in event production and collaboration with other producers. He was the founder and artistic director of the Jewish Music Society of British Columbia, and served as co-artistic director of the World Sacred Music Festival of Vancouver from 2000 – 2003.
He is a graduate of the Vancouver Film School, and has produced and directed educational/ethnographic films in Canada, Japan and South Africa.