Claudia Cattaneo was born and raised in Italy, immigrating to Canada when she was seventeen. She has worked as a journalist for four decades, including twenty-five years covering the energy sector for a national Canadian newspaper. She has an undergraduate degree in journalism from Ryerson University in Toronto and a Master of Science (political science) from the Universite de Montreal.
She has received many accolades for her writing, including an Outstanding Achievement Award from the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing (Canada), a CIM/NRCan Annual Journalism Award for excellence in feature writing, and a Citation of Merit from the National Newspaper Awards for business writing. Claudia lives in Calgary with her husband, Ioan. The Canada Project is her first novel.