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Benjamin Perrin researches and teaches in the areas of criminal law and international law. He joined UBC in 2007 and served as a law clerk at the Supreme Court of Canada and special advisor in the Office of the Prime Minister. Ben is the author of policy papers, journal articles, and several books including Overdose: Heartbreak and Hope in Canada’s Opioid Crisis (Penguin Random House, 2020) and Victim Law: The Law of Victims of Crime in Canada (Thomson Carswell, 2017).

Cliff Lee is an editor and writer at the Globe and Mail. Over a decade and a half at Canada’s national newspaper, he has reported on a range of arts and lifestyle topics, from books, film and television, to fitness, food and travel. Previous stints include helming the Toronto section and the prestigious Books section. He is currently the Letters editor. His favourite YA novel is Invitation To The Game, by Monica Hughes, from 1990, a fine vintage indeed.

Ian Keteku is a writer and multimedia artist. Ian is the 2010 World Poetry Slam champion. He uses his voice to inspire messages of peace, action and critical thought. Ian’s work is strongly influenced by his upbringing and journeys throughout Africa. His work has been translated into French, Slovak, Russian, Danish, ASL and others. His debut book of poetry Black Abacus is published by Write Bloody North.

Wendy O’Brien is a philosopher with an avid interest in the ways philosophy, literature and the visual arts overlap. After over 30 years in academe teaching and lecturing at Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Wilfrid Laurier University, the University of Waterloo, Harvard and Oxford, she recently retired to be able to explore these points of intersection in non-academic settings.  Her work explores subjects including power, violence, the relation to the Other, home, silence and creativity. She is presently working on a long-term project on the concept of wonder. An active member of the Ontario literary scene, she has been an interviewer for organizations including By the Lake Book Club, the Toronto International Festival of Authors and GritLit, as well as hosting Bourbon and Books book club in both Toronto and Hamilton.

Poet and essayist Maureen Scott Harris has published three collections of poetry and three chapbooks. Drowning Lessons (Pedlar Press, 2004) won the Trillium Book Award for Poetry; Slow Curve Out (Pedlar  Press, 2012) was shortlisted for the Pat Lowther Award. Her work has appeared in Canadian, American, British and Australian journals. Her essay on the Don River won the 2009 WildCare Tasmania Nature Writing Prize. With the River Poets she has developed poetry walks through Toronto’s ravines and parks. In 2019 she won the Great Blue Heron Poetry Contest and was runner-up in the Edna Staebler Personal Essay Contest. 

A former Canadian diplomat, Colin Robertson is Vice President and Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute and hosts its regular Global Exchange podcast. He is an Executive Fellow at the University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy and a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University. A member of the Department of National Defence’s Defence Advisory Board, Robertson is an Honorary Captain (Royal Canadian Navy) assigned to the Strategic Communications Directorate. He writes on foreign affairs for the Globe and Mail and he is a frequent contributor to other media. The Hill Times has named him as one of those that influence Canadian foreign policy. 

Michelle Shephard is an award-winning journalist, author and filmmaker who has covered issues of terrorism and civil rights since the 9/11 attacks. During her two decades at the Toronto Star, she reported from more than 20 countries, including Somalia, Yemen, Syria, Pakistan and the U.S. Naval prison in Guantanamo Bay. Among her films, Shephard was the co-director and producer of the Emmy-nominated documentary Guantanamo’s Child, and her books include Decade of Fear: Reporting from Terrorism’s Grey Zone. Shephard is also a podcast host and producer. Her most recent series is the CBC’s Brainwashed, about the CIA’s mind control experiments.

Charlie Foran is the author of 11 books of fiction and non-fiction. He is the Executive Director of the Writers’ Trust of Canada. 

Brenda McPhail is the Director of the Privacy, Technology and Surveillance Program at the Canadian Civil Liberties Association. As a researcher at a national, non-profit legal advocacy organization, her work supports litigation, advocacy and public education relating to the ways in which privacy rights are at risk in contemporary society. She has appeared as an expert witness before Parliamentary and Senate committees regarding privacy law reform, national security, and biometric data, and leads CCLA’s litigation in key court cases that raise privacy issues. 

Laurance Ouellet Tremblay a publié deux recueils de poésie, Était une bête (2010) et salut Loup! (2014), ainsi qu’un récit, Henri de ses décors (2018), aux éditions La Peuplade. Elle enseigne la création littéraire à l’Université McGill.