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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.