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Antonia Maioni - Chair of the Advisory Committee

Dean of Arts, McGill University

Antonia Maioni holds a B.A. from Université Laval, an M.A. from Carleton University's Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, and a Ph.D. in political science from Northwestern University.  As Professor in the Department of Political Science and the Institute for Health and Social Policy, she previously served as Associate Vice-Principal for Research and International Relations (2015-2016), and Director of the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada (2001-2011).  Her research and publications focus on social and health policy, Canadian, Québec and comparative politics.   She served as President of the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences from 2013 to 2015, and she has served on the Research Council of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research since 2015.

Hudson Meadwell

Chair of the Department of Political Science, Faculty of Arts, McGill University

Hudson Meadwell is Chair of the department of Political Science. Professor Meadwell is known internationally for his work on nations and nationalism, primarily in Europe and North America. He also works on European political development, particularly on state and nation formation and regime politics in 19th and 20th century Western Europe. Professor Meadwell has published extensively in the fields of nationalism studies, comparative and international politics, history, sociology and social theory. He also is the co-editor of Politics and Rationality: Rational Choice in Application and The Social Sciences and Rationality.

Kit van Tulleken

Advisor, Kit van Tulleken LLP.

Kit van Tulleken is considered one of the pre-eminent independent advisers to publishing, information and data companies in the U.K., Europe and North America. Kit provides strategic, governance, and independent advice to CEOs, chairmen, senior executives, directors and entrepreneurs in the publishing, digital content and delivery sectors. Her clients derive from long-standing industry relationships. Her success is based on her industry knowledge, network of relationships, innovative ideas, an understanding of risk and compliance and, above all, discretion. Kit works exclusively in the media sector, using her network and market knowledge to benefit her clients.  Over the last 25 years, she has initiated and completed some 150 transactions.

Kari Cullen

Vice Chair, The Writers' Trust of Canada

Kari Cullen is an award-winning documentary film producer and arts consultant. Kari began her career with Andersen Consulting in France and Toronto before joining TVOntario as their in-house Strategic Planner. In 1996 she moved to London, England where she was a partner in the Emmy Award winning film and television production company Double Exposure. Upon returning to Canada she held the role of Executive Producer with Cinenova Productions in Toronto and Galafilm in Montreal. Over the last 17 years she has worked with the National Arts Centre in Ottawa in a variety of creative and strategic roles, including the creation of the Altantic Scene festival in 2003, as executive producer of the Governor Generals Performing Arts Awards from 2004-2014, and Senior Advisor to the President and CEO. Kari sits on the Boards of the Canadian Guild of Craft, the Festival des Arts de Saint Sauveur, and is Vice Chair of the Writers Trust of Canada. She holds an International MBA from the Schulich School of Business and a Journalism Degree from Carleton University. Kari lives in Montreal with her husband William Bonnell and their three children.

Debbie Dankoff

Director of Development, Faculty of Arts, McGill University

Debbie has over 20 years of experience working in philanthropy. A graduate of Concordia University she holds a designation as a Certified Fundraising Executive and is licensed as a Personal and Professional Life Coach.  She has been actively involved in the Montreal Literary Community, leading a number of book clubs and often volunteers her time consulting with local and nation NFP organizations on outreach and philanthropic development. Debbie is also a Candidate for the Master’s Degree in Philanthropy and Not for Profit Leadership at Carleton University.

Judith Flanders

Author and Historian

Judith Flanders is one of the foremost social historians on nineteenth-century Britain: The Victorian House: Domestic Life from Childbirth to Deathbed (2003) was nominated for a British Book Award History Book of the Year, and The Victorian City: Everyday Life in Dickens’ London (2012) shortlisted for the LA Times History Book of the Year, with The Invention of Murder (2011) nominated for the Crime Writers’ Association Non-Fiction Dagger award. Her most recent books are The Making of Home: The 500-year Story of How Our Houses Became Homes(2015), and a history of Christmas, due to be published in autumn 2017. She is currently a senior research fellow at the University of Buckingham in the UK, and a Visiting Scholar at McGill.

John Fraser

President and CEO, National NewsMedia Council, Canada

John Fraser is a Canadian journalist, author, academic, and inaugural president and CEO of Canada's National NewsMedia Council, a new ethics-based dispute resolution organization created from five former provincial press councils.  Fraser was master of Massey College at the University of Toronto from 1995 to 2014, and is the founding patron of its innovative Quadrangle Society as well as president of the newly-founded Institute for the Study of the Crown in Canada. He continues his extensive journalism and book writing. 
As a journalist, John Fraser has received multiple national and international awards. A former columnist at the Toronto Star and the National Post, his work has also been published in many leading international newspapers and magazines, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, Maclean’s, The Guardian, the Daily Telegraph, Paris Match, and New Republic.  In his career, he twice became part of the story: first when he assisted the Russian ballet star, Mikhail Baryshnikov, to defect from the old Soviet Union to the West in 1974; and later as a correspondent in China when he addressed a crowd of over 20,000 people in Tienanmen Square during the short-lived 1978 Xidan Democracy Movement. 
From 1972 to 1987, Mr. Fraser served at different times as the dance and theatre critic, China correspondent, Ottawa bureau chief, national columnist, national editor, and London correspondent at The Globe and Mail. From 1987 to 1994, he was the editor of Saturday Night magazine, where he pioneered the use of mixed circulation with inserted copies in the Globe and Mail and other newspapers across Canada.
Until mid-2008, John Fraser was the chair of the Canadian Journalism Foundation. He is the author of twelve works of non-fiction and fiction, as well as an editor of three anthologies. A recipient of four honorary degrees, he was appointed a member of the Order of Canada in 2001.

Scott Henderson

Managing Director, Hencor Capital Inc.

Scott Henderson is currently Managing Director of Hencor Capital Inc., a Montreal-based investment company focused on communications, business services and aerospace. Before assuming the position of Chairman of Traxxall, Scott was the Chief Financial Officer of the Financial Times (London) eventually assuming the role of Chief Operating Officer in January of 2010. In addition to serving as a Board Member of FT and having operational oversight of the company’s finances, Scott’s responsibilities included the integration of acquisitions and the transformation of FT’s business model from print to digital media giving him extensive experience in the stewardship of technology-driven subscription-based business models.
Prior to joining the FT, Scott was Deputy Director of Corporate Finance & Strategy at Pearson Plc where he was responsible for overseeing Pearson’s mergers and acquisitions activity in Europe. Scott has also worked in various roles at GE Capital and practiced law at one of Canada’s most prestigious law firms, (Davies).

The Honourable Michael A. Meighen

Chancellor of McGill University

A graduate of McGill University and Université Laval, he was appointed to the Senate of Canada in 1990. In his private career, Senator Meighen practiced litigation and commercial law in Montreal and Toronto. He is Counsel to the law firm Ogilvy Renault (now Norton Rose Fulbright), and was Legal Counsel to the Deschênes Commission on War Criminals. He is Chairman of Cundill Funds (Vancouver) and sits on the McGill Board of Governors. In 2014, The Honourable Michael A. Meighen was appointed as the 19th Chancellor of McGill University.

Zoe Pagnamenta

Founder, Zoë Pagnamenta Agency

Zoë Pagnamenta is a literary agent of literary fiction and nonfiction. She founded her eponymous agency in New York in May, 2008. Previously, she spent five years as the director of the New York office of Peters, Fraser & Dunlop, and as an agent at The Wylie Agency in both New York and London.  Zoë represents a range of literary fiction and non-fiction. Born in the US, but raised in the UK, Zoë has lived in New York since 1995 and works with a list of writers from both sides of the Atlantic, including winners of Bancroft, Samuel Johnson and Pulitzer Prizes, Cullman Center and Guggenheim Fellowships, PEN and Whiting Awards.  She was recently appointed a Fellow of the New York Institute for the Humanities at NYU.

Christopher Sweeney

CEO and Co-Founder, ZSA Legal Recruitment

Christopher established ZSA (Zarak, Sweeney & Associates) Legal Recruitment, now Canada’s largest and only national legal recruitment firm, in 1997. ZSA also controls ZSA-X, a boutique financial services recruitment firm; LexLocom, a contract legal services firm; and ZSA Accounting. In addition to being CEO of ZSA, Christopher also exclusively recruits Partners and General Counsel.

Born in Montreal, Christopher attained a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from McGill University and a Bachelor of Laws degree from Osgoode Hall Law School. Called to the Bar of British Columbia in 1990, Christopher briefly practised in Vancouver before moving to London, England. There he secured a Graduate Business Degree from the London School of Economics (LSE) and a Masters in British Imperial History from London University. Christopher practised law in London before becoming a legal recruiter with QD (Quarry Dougall), then the pre-eminent global legal recruitment firm based in London.

Christopher founded both the Canadian (CGCA) and Quebec General Counsel Awards (PCJQ) to bring deserved attention to the senior in-house legal community. Christopher has written and spoken widely on the topic of legal recruitment, firm development and career strategy.

Ryerson Symons

Partner, New York law firm Simpson Thacher

Ryerson Symons is a Partner in the Firm’s New York Office. His practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions and other business combination transactions as well as corporate finance transactions. Mr. Symons has frequently represented many of the world’s leading private equity firms, including Apax Partners, The Blackstone Group, KKR, Permira and Providence Equity Partners. Mr. Symons joined Simpson Thacher in 1992 and was based in the Firm’s London office from 1994-1996. In 1997, he spent a year on secondment with Gide Loyrette Nouel in Paris before returning to the Firm’s New York office where he became partner in 2001. Mr. Symons received a Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science from McGill University in 1988, a Bachelor of Arts in Jurisprudence from Oxford University in 1990 and a Bachelor of Laws from Dalhousie University in 1992.

Faith Wallis

Professor, History and Classical Studies

Faith Wallis is Associate Professor in the Department of History and Classical Studies, jointly appointed in the Department of Social Studies of Medicine at McGill University. Her research focuses on the transmission of medical and scientific knowledge in the Middle Ages. Her anthology of translated sources, Medieval Medicine: a Reader, was published by University of Toronto Press in 2010, and she is presently preparing a full edition and translation of Alexander Neckam's De naturis rerum, an unusual "encyclopedia" of natural history composed at the turn of the 13th centuryProf. Wallis is a graduate of McGill (BA '71, MA '74) and received her PhD from the University of Toronto in 1984. She is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London, the oldest functioning historical society in the world.