After academic studies at Carleton College in Ottawa, Laval University in Quebec City, the University of Mexico and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Professor Ages did graduate work at the Ohio State University where he received his Ph.D.
In Canada, he taught French language and literature at the University of Waterloo for several decades and upon his retirement was awarded the title "Distinguished Emeritus Professor." The author of five books and eighty scholarly publications on various aspects of French literature, he has been a recipient of numerous Canada Council grants and the Killam Fellowship, Canada's highest academic award.
He has also had a lengthy career as a book reviewer and essayist for the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star and numerous periodicals in the United States, Europe and Israel. For the last eight years he has been teaching, during the winter semester, at Nova University and at Florida Atlantic University in Ft. Lauderdale, and Boca Raton, Florida.
In 1969 Professor Ages was asked to become Canada's first synagogue Scholar-in-Residence and for the last forty-three years he been involved in adult education and in the teaching of a weekly Torah study class at Beth Tzedec.