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Mr. Timothy Aitken, President, Beaverbrook Canadian Foundation, London, England (2008 & 2009 Award Years)
Timothy Aitken is President of the Beaverbrook Canadian Foundation Educated at the Sorbonne and McGill, Tim Aitken is currently the President of the philanthropic Beaverbrook Canadian Foundation located in Montreal. Tim lives in London where he has spent thirty years in business in Britain and the US – heading, among other things, a financial services and investment banking company as well as the UK's first independent breakfast television broadcasting company. Tim has worked as a journalist for the London Evening Standard, The Montreal Star and as a freelancer in India and Ethiopia and has also managed eight public companies. He enjoys sailboats, politics, and tennis.


Garvin Brown, Brown-Forman Board Chairman

Geo. Garvin Brown IV is Executive Vice President of Brown-Forman Corporation. He provides executive leadership and planning on strategic and operational matters related to the Board of Directors and the Brown family, which controls a majority of the company’s voting shares of stock. Also, Brown serves as Presiding Chair of the Board of Directors and Co-Chair of the Brown-Forman/Brown Family Shareholders Committee. Brown is a graduate of McGill University, with master’s degrees from the University of British Colombia (in political science) and London Business School (MBA). 


Anthony Cary, Executive Director of the Queen's-Blyth Educational Programs


Anthony Cary, who holds an MA in English Language and Literature from Oxford University and an MBA from Stanford Business School served in the British Diplomatic Service from 1973-2011, in Berlin, Kuala Lumpur, Washington DC, as British Ambassador to Sweden, and finally as British High Commissioner to Canada from 2007 to 2010. In London, his posts included the Policy Planning Staff, and he was Head of the European Union Department. He was twice seconded to the European Commission in Brussels, where he was chef de cabinet to Chris Patten, as Commissioner for External Relations. He was made a Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in 1997. He is currently Executive Director of the Queen's-Blyth Educational Programs.


Professor Roger Chartier, Directeur d'Études at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris, Professeur in the Collège de France, and Annenberg Visiting Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania (2008 & 2009 Award Years)
Roger Chartier is Directeur d'Études at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris, Professeur in the Collège de France, and Annenberg Visiting Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania. He frequently lectures and teaches in the United States, Spain, México, Brazil and Argentina. Professor Chartier is recognized internationally for his work on the history of books, printing and reading. His books and articles have appeared in at least ten different languages.


Ms. Denise Chong, Author, Ottawa (2008 & 2009 Award Years)
Denise Chong is best known for her award-winning memoir, The Concubine's Children, one of the first book-length narratives of the early experience of the Chinese in Canada. Her book, The Girl in the Picture, describing a famous news photograph from the Vietnam War, was also groundbreaking in its account of war-torn South Vietnam. Both books were short listed for the Governor General's literary award and are translated into several languages. Before her writing career, Denise was an economic advisor in the office of then Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau.


Professor Natalie Zemon Davis, Department of History, University of Toronto (2008 Award Year)
Natalie Zemon Davis is Adjunct Professor of History and Professor of Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto and Henry Charles Lea Professor of History emeritus at Princeton University. She is best known to non-specialist readers for her book The Return of Martin Guerre, and she also served as historical consultant for the French film of the same name. Among her other books, all of them appearing in translations in Europe and Asia, are a study of the uses of history in film and, most recently, Trickster Travels: A Sixteenth-Century Muslim Between Worlds.


Catherine Desbarats, Associate Professor, Department of History, McGill University
Catherine Desbarats is professor of Canadian colonial history at McGill University and the director of the French Atlantic History Group. She holds a doctorate in Economics (D. Phil) from Oxford University and a Ph.D. in History from McGill University. Her research and writing centres on two principal areas: historiography and the finances of the colonial and pre-industrial French state. Currently, she is working on a study of the Jesuit Pierre-François-Xavier de Charlevoix's writings on the history of the new world, as well as on a study of the economic culture of state debt in the French colonial empire of the eighteenth century.


Adam Gopnik, Author and Contributor, The New Yorker
Adam Gopnik has been writing for The New Yorker since 1986. During his tenure at the magazine, he has written fiction and humor pieces, book reviews, profiles, reporting pieces, and more than a hundred stories for The Talk of the Town and Comment. Gopnik became The New Yorker's art critic in 1987. In 1990, he collaborated with Kirk Varnedoe, the former curator of painting and sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art, on the exhibition "High & Low: Modern Art and Popular Culture," and co-wrote the book of the same name. In 1995, Gopnik moved to Paris and began writing the Paris Journal column for the magazine. An expanded collection of his essays from Paris, "Paris to the Moon," appeared in 2000. While in Paris, he also wrote an adventure novel, "The King in the Window," which was published in 2005. Gopnik has edited the anthology "Americans in Paris," for the Library of America, and has written introductions to new editions of the works of Maupassant, Balzac, Proust, and Alain-Fournier. His most recent book, "Through the Children's Gate: A Home in New York," (2006), collects and expands his essays about life in New York and about raising two children here. It includes the essays "Bumping Into Mr. Ravioli," about his daughter's imaginary friend, and "Last of the Metrozoids," about the life of Kirk Varnedoe and the year before his death, in 2003. Gopnik has won the National Magazine Award for Essays and for Criticism three times, and also the George Polk Award for Magazine Reporting. He lives in New York.


Ramachandra Guha, Author, Columnist and Philippe Roman Professor of History and International Relations at the London School of Economics
Ramachandra Guha is a columnist for the newspapers The Telegraph, Khaleej Times and The Hindustan Times. Mr. Guha has won awards for some of his works. His essay, Prehistory of Community Forestry in India, was awarded the Leopold-Hidy Prize of the American Society for Environmental History for 2001, A Corner of a Foreign Field was awarded the Daily Telegraph Cricket Society Book of the Year prize for 2002 and he won the R. K. Narayan Prize in 2003. Between 1985 and 2000, Mr. Guha taught at various universities in India, Europe and North America, including the University of California, Berkeley, Yale University, Stanford University, Oslo University and at the Indian Institute of Science. He is the author of India after Gandhi, published in 2007.


Lisa Jardine , Director, Centre for Editing Lives and Letters and Centenary Professor of Renaissance Studies, Queen Mary, University of London
Lisa Jardine CBE is Director of the Centre for Editing Lives and Letters and Centenary Professor of Renaissance Studies at Queen Mary, University of London. She is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and an Honorary Fellow of King's College, Cambridge and Jesus College, Cambridge. She holds honorary doctorates from the University of St Andrews, Sheffield Hallam University and the Open University. She is a Trustee of the V&A Museum and was for five years a member of the Council of the Royal Institution. She is Patron of the National Council on Archives. For the academic year 2007-8 she was seconded to the Royal Society as Advisor to its Collections. In 2008 she became Chair of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, the arms-length body that regulates assisted reproduction in the UK. She was the 2009 winner of the Cundill Prize.


The Honourable Serge Joyal, P.C., O.C., O.Q., B.A., LL.L., LL.M., M.Phil., Senate of Canada (2008 & 2009 Award Years)
A lawyer by profession and a former Secretary of State of Canada, Serge Joyal was appointed in 1997 to the Canadian Senate and serves on a number of committees specialising in legal and constitutional affairs. In 2003, he edited Protecting Canadian Democracy: The Senate You Never Knew, published by McGill-Queen's University Press. He is a specialist in art history, an art collector and a philanthropist. Senator Joyal is an Officer of the Order of Canada, an Officer of the National Order of Quebec and also an Officer in France's Légion d'Honneur.


Charles R. Kesler, Professor of Government, Claremont McKenna College (2011 and 2012 Awards Years)

Charles R. Kesler is a senior fellow of the Claremont Institute, editor of the Claremont Review of Books, and professor of government at Claremont McKenna College. Dr. Kesler also teaches in the Claremont Institute's Publius Fellows Program and Lincoln Fellows Program. He received his A.B. in Social Studies (1978) and his A.M. and Ph.D. in Government (1985) from Harvard University. From 1989 to 2008, Dr. Kesler was director of CMC's Henry Salvatori Center for the Study of Individual Freedom in the Modern World. Dr. Kesler is editor of Saving the Revolution: The Federalist Papers and the American Founding (Free Press, 1987), and co-editor, with William F. Buckley, Jr., of Keeping the Tablets: Modern American Conservative Thought (HarperCollins, 1988). He has written extensively on American constitutionalism and political thought, and his edition of The Federalist Papers (Signet Classics, 2003) is the best-selling edition in the country. Dr. Kesler contributes regularly to the opinion pages of The Wall Street Journal and the Los Angeles Times. His articles on contemporary politics have also appeared in The Washington Times, Policy Review, National Review, and The Weekly Standard, among other journals.


Sergio Luzzatto, Modern History Professor, University of Turin and Winner of the Cundill Prize in 2011 for his book “Padre Pio: Miracles and Politics in a Secular Age”

Born in Genova in 1963 and studied History in Pisa, Paris and New York. He lives between Turin, where he teaches at the University, and Geneva, where his wife and three children live. His major works are about Eighteenth and Nineteenth-century French history and Twentieth-century Italian history. He is the author of L’autunno della Rivoluzione (1994), Il corpo del duce (1998), Il Terrore ricordato (2000), Padre Pio (2007), Bonbon Robespierre (2009), La mummia della repubblica (2011), and of two pamphlets about civil engagement: La crisi dell’antifascismo (2004) e Il crocifisso di Stato (2011). He also edited the two-volume Dizionario del fascismo (2002-03, together with Victoria de Grazia), and the three-volume Atlante della letteratura italiana (2010-12, with Gabriele Pedullà). His books have been translated into English, French, German and Japanese. He was shortlisted for the Premio Viareggio in 1999 (Il corpo del duce) and 2008 (Padre Pio), while in 2009 he won the Premio Bari for Bonbon Robespierre and in 2011 he was awarded the prestigious Cundill Prize for the American edition of his book about Padre Pio (Padre Pio: Miracles and Politics in a Secular Age). He has written for the Corriere della Sera for many years and he is now a regular contributor to the Sole 24 Ore Sunday supplement. His articles have been collected in three volumes: Sangue d’Italia (2008), I popoli felici non hanno storia (2009), Presente storico (2012).


Professor Angela Schottenhammer, Munich University, Germany (2008 & 2009 Award Years)
Professor of Chinese and East Asian History at the Department for Asian Studies, Munich University, Germany. Since 2002, she has been director of an interdisciplinary research project sponsored by the VW Foundation on "The East Asian "Mediterranean", c. 1500-1800". She obtained her Ph.D. in 1993 from Würzburg University with a thesis on "Song Period Tomb inscriptions" and her Habilitation 2000 from Munich University with a thesis on Quanzhou during the Song.


Vanessa Ruth Schwartz, Professor, Department of History, University of Southern California (2012 Awards Years)

Vanessa R. Schwartz is Professor of History, Art History and Film and directed the Visual Studies Graduate Certificate, from 2006-2009. An historian on modern visual culture, she was trained in Modern European History with a concentration on France and urban culture at Princeton (Phi Beta Kappa, 1986) and UC Berkeley where she received her Phd in 1993. The author of It’s So French! Hollywood, Paris and the Making of Cosmopolitan Film Culture (University of Chicago, 2007) and Spectacular Realities: Early Mass Culture in fin-de-siècle Paris (University of California, 1998), she is now working the history of “the jet age” and is writing, for Oxford University Press, "A Very Short Introduction to Modern France." She has also co-edited two volumes, Cinema and the Invention of Modern Life (California, 1995) and The Nineteenth Century Visual Culture Reader (Routledge, 2004). She co-edited a special issue of Urban History (Cambridge, 2006) with her colleague, Phil Ethington, called “Urban Icons” which includes a multi-media companion.


Jeffrey Simpson, The Globe and Mail's national affairs columnist (2011 and 2012 Awards Years)

Jeffrey Simpson, The Globe and Mail's national affairs columnist, has won all three of Canada's leading literary prizes (Governor-General's Award, National Magazine Award and National Newspaper Award). He also won the Hyman Solomon Award for excellence in public policy journalism. Mr. Simpson has published eight books - amongst them, Struggling for a Canadian Vision; Star-Spangled Canadians; and his latest book, with Mark Jaccard and Nic Rivers, is entitled Hot Air: Meeting Canada's Climate Change Challenge. He has written articles for Saturday Night, The Report on Business Magazine, The Journal of Canadian Studies and The Queen's Quarterly. Mr. Simpson has taught as an adjunct professor at the Queen's Institute of Policy Studies and the University of Ottawa Law School. He is now senior fellow at the University of Ottawa's Graduate School of Public and International Affairs.


Mr. Kenneth Whyte, Executive Vice-President, Rogers Publishing(2009 & 2010 Awards Years)
Kenneth Whyte has been editor-in-chief and publisher of Maclean's magazine since February 2005, the first person in the 100-year history of the publication to hold both titles. After his first year on the job, Maclean's was named magazine of the year at the Canadian Magazine Awards, and audited newsstand sales have jumped more than 50%. He was appointed Vice President, Consumer Publishing and Publisher of Canadian Business, MoneySense and Profit magazines in June 2009. He was also named Executive Publisher of Chatelaine Magazine. Mr. Whyte has been a practising journalist and commentator on Canadian and international affairs for twenty years. In 1993 Mr. Whyte was appointed editor-in-chief of Saturday Night. Under his leadership, Saturday Night was named magazine of the year by the Canadian Society of Magazine Editors. In 1998, Mr. Whyte was named founding editor of The National Post. In 2003, Mr. Whyte was a visiting scholar in media and public policy at McGill University and co-founder of the Observatory in Media and Public Policy at the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada. He is a senior fellow at Massey College, University Toronto, a governor of the Donner Canada Foundation, and a director of the Peter Munk Public Policy Foundation. His first book, The Uncrowned King: The Sensational Rise of William Randolph Hearst, was published by Random House Canada in 2008.