Anna Porter’s most recent books are Buying a Better World: George Soros and Billionaire Philanthropy, The Ghosts of Europe, winner of the Shaughnessey Cohen Prize for Political Writing. Kasztner’s Train, the True Story of Rezso Kasztner, Unknown Hero of the Holocaust, winner of the 2007 Writers’ Trust Non-Fiction Award and of the Jewish Book Award for Non-Fiction. She has also written three novels, a memoir, and numerous articles.
Anna Porter is co-founder of Key Porter Books, a company with a wide-ranging list that included Farley Mowat, Joan Barfoot, Fred Bruemmer, Norman Jewison, Hume Cronyn, George Jonas, Margaret Atwood, The Right Honourable Jean Chretien, Sylvia Fraser, Modris Eksteins, Dennis Lee, John Keegan, Martin Gilbert, Irving Abella, Josef Skvorecky, Italo Calvino, William Trevor, Conrad Black and Janet Lunn. She sold majority interest in the company in 2004.
She is an Officer of The Order of Canada and has been awarded the Order of Ontario.
Anthony Cary holds an MA in English Language and Literature from Oxford University and an MBA from Stanford Business School. He 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, he was on the Policy Planning Staff, and headed the European Union Department. He was twice seconded to the European Commission in Brussels, where he was chief of staff 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 a British Commissioner of the Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan.
Chad Gaffield recently returned to the University of Ottawa after serving as President and CEO of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) during 2006-2014. An expert on the sociocultural history of 19th- and 20th-century Canada, Gaffield has studied official language identity and policy, socio-demographic change in the Ottawa Valley, and childhood and family history during the nineteenth-century development of mass schooling. A fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, he received the RSC’s 2004 J.B. Tyrrell Historical Medal for his outstanding contribution to the study of Canada. Gaffield is now Professor of History and University Research Chair in Digital Scholarship. He received his BA (Hons) and MA from McGill University and his PhD from the University of Toronto.
David Frum is a senior editor for The Atlantic and the author of eight books, including a history of the 1970s: “HOW WE GOT HERE.” He served as speechwriter and special assistant to President George W. Bush in 2001-2002.
Maya Jasanoff is Coolidge Professor of History and Harvard College Professor at Harvard University. She is the author of Edge of Empire, awarded the 2005 Duff Cooper Prize, and Liberty’s Exiles, which won the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award, the George Washington Book Prize, and a Recognition of Excellence from the Cundill Prize in History. Jasanoff regularly writes essays and reviews for publications including The New York Review of Books and The Guardian, and is currently completing a book about the life and times of Joseph Conrad.