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Library and Archives Canada
Pellan Room, 2nd Floor
395 Wellington Street,
What did we learn about the country during Canada’s sesquicentennial? How do we see ourselves? Where do we go from here?
- Charlotte Gray, author
- Ujjal Dosanjh, former minister of health for Canada and former premier of British Columbia
- Manon Globensky, journalist, Radio-Canada
- Andrew Chunilall, CEO, Community Foundations of Canada
- Geoff Green, founder and president, Students on Ice Foundation
- Jessica Bolduc, executive director, 4Rs Youth Movement
- Caro Loutfi, executive director, Apathy Is Boring
Charlotte Gray is the author of ten non-fiction bestsellers. Born in England, Charlotte spent several years writing about contemporary Canadian politics before switching to Canadian history. She has won the Donald Grant Creighton Award, the City of Ottawa Book Award, the Toronto Heritage Book Award, and the 2003 Pierre Berton Award for popularizing Canadian history. Her latest book, The Promise of Canada, looks at the people and ideas that shaped Canada’s last 150 years. She lives in Ottawa.
Ujjal Dosanjh is the former premier of British Columbia and a former minister of health for Canada. He became the attorney general of British Columbia in 1995, and then premier from February 2000 to June 2001 before entering federal politics. He lives in Vancouver with his wife Raminder.
Manon Globensky began as a Radio-Canada local radio reporter in Ottawa in 1986. She served ten years as a parliamentary correspondent before becoming a foreign correspondent in 2004, and her many assignments have included the 2004 rebellion in Haiti, the Kosovo and Iraq wars, and reporting from Afghanistan, Lebanon, and Iran. She covered the second Obama mandate as Radio-Canada’s Washington Correspondent from 2010 to 2013. Since 2016, she has been a senior correspondent for the daily public affairs show L’heure du monde in Montreal.
Andrew Chunilall is the CEO of Community Foundations of Canada and serves as a dedicated national finance and regulatory resource for community foundations across the country. Active in the non-profit community, he serves as the chair of the board of Community Living London and treasurer of Art for AIDS International. He began his professional career at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and is a former VP of finance for the London Community Foundation.
Geoff Green is the founder and president of the Students on Ice Foundation and was the expedition leader for Canada C3. More than 2,500 youth from fifty-two countries have participated in the award-winning educational program, which takes students, scientists, elders, artists, and explorers to the polar regions for cross-generational and experiential learning. Geoff has received the Citation of Merit by the Explorers Club, the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, and special recognition from the United States Congress. He became a Member of the Order of Canada in 2012. He lives in Chelsea, Quebec.
Jessica Bolduc is the executive director of the 4Rs Youth Movement, a collaboration of fourteen national organizations creating conditions for Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth to engage and cultivate understanding. In her community, Jessica works with other leaders to foster arts-based economies, social infrastructure, and hub spaces for change makers. She sits on the boards of Community Foundations of Canada and Thinking Rock Community Arts. She lives in Sault Ste. Marie.
Caro Loutfi is the executive director of Apathy is Boring, a national non-partisan organization that engages young Canadians in democracy. She sits on the Inspirit Foundation board and contributes to media outlets including CTV, CBC, and Global News. She received the Erin Walker Humanitarian Award from Concordia University in 2013, and in 2015 the Canadian Arab Institute named her a Canadian Arab to watch. She lives in Montreal.