Chris Austin Hadfield OC OOnt MSC CD (born August 29, 1959) is a Canadian retired astronaut, engineer, former Royal Canadian Air Force fighter pilot, and US Navy test pilot. The first Canadian to walk in space, Hadfield has flown two Space Shuttle missions and served as commander of the International Space Station. Hadfield is enthusiastic about the prospects for a manned mission to Mars, and when asked in 2011 if he would consider a one-way journey to Mars to be the first to visit, he said “I would be honoured to be given the opportunity.”

Susanne Craig

Born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, Susanne Craig is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist, currently working at the New York Times. She was the reporter who was anonymously mailed Donald Trump’s 1995 tax returns during the 2016 presidential election. In 2018 she was an author of The New York Times investigation into Donald Trump’s wealth that found the president inherited hundreds of millions of dollars from his father, some through fraudulent tax schemes. She is also known for her coverage of the financial crisis of 2007–2008 and of New York State and New York City government and politics.

Beverley McLachlin

Beverley Marian McLachlin (born September 7, 1943) is a Canadian jurist and author who served as the 17th Chief Justice of Canada from 2000 to 2017, the first woman to hold that position and the longest-serving chief justice in Canadian history. In her role as chief justice, she also simultaneously served as a Deputy of the Governor General of Canada. McLachlin retired December 15, 2017, nine months before reaching the mandatory retirement age of 75. In March 2018, McLachlin was nominated to become a non-permanent judge on the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal, the first Canadian jurist nominated to the post.


Calin Rovinescu is the president and chief executive officer of Canada’s largest airline, Air Canada, having led the company since April 2009. Before joining Air Canada, Rovinescu was the managing partner of Montreal law firm Stikeman Elliott LLP, and for over 20 years practiced in the areas of corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions. While a lawyer at Stikeman Elliott LLP, Rovinescu served as lead external counsel on Air Canada’s privatization and public offering in 1988 and continued advising the airline on significant transactions and events thereafter. Rovinescu was appointed a member of the Order of Canada in 2018 for promoting the associated charitable causes and organizations of Canada’s largest airline, and for his leadership in spearheading humanitarian relief following several natural disasters. On November 9, 2015, he was named 14th Chancellor of the University of Ottawa, replacing former Governor General Michaëlle Jean.

Rick Mercer

RICK MERCER is a Canadian comedian, television personality, political satirist and author. He is best known for his work on the CBC Television comedy shows This Hour Has 22 Minutes and Rick Mercer Report. He is the author of three books, based on content from the television shows, and has received more than 25 Gemini Awards for his work on television.

Robbie Robertson

Robbie Robertson is a renaissance man in the field of popular music. Born in Toronto in 1943, the son of a Mohawk Indian mother and Jewish father, he began his musical career in his mid-teens, joining the backup band of rockabilly legend Rompin’ Ronnie Hawkins, and later Bob Dylan. With bandmates Levon Helm, Richard. Manuel, Rick Danko, and later, Garth Hudson, the five eventually became The Band, one of the truly legendary rock groups of all time. After The Band broke up in 1976, Robbie went on to develop a solo career that has included six record albums, three books, producing music for other groups and performers, and composing/compiling music soundtracks for nearly all the films of Martin Scorsese, including The Irishman.


Stephen Henry Lewis is a Canadian politician, broadcaster, diplomat, author and professor. He is a former Canadian Ambassador to the United Nations, Deputy Director of UNICEF, Special UN Envoy on HIV/AIDS, and a former leader of the Ontario New Democratic Party. He is known for his work in the field of HIV/AIDS in Africa. He grew up in a political environment as his father, David Lewis, was a national political leader. Stephen is recognized as one of Canada’s most gifted orators, and most passionate defenders of human rights.


Cassie Campbell-Pascall is a former standout player on the Canadian Women’s National Hockey Team, who, as Captain, led her team to Olympic Gold medals in the 2002 and 2006 Winter Games. She was also a member of Canadian teams that won Gold in six IIHF World Women’s Championships, from 1994-2004. Cassie is now a popular and respected analyst for Sportsnet, appearing regularly on Hockey Night in Canada telecasts. She is married to Calgary Flames Assistant GM Brad Pascall. They have a daughter, Brooke, age 9, and live in Calgary.


Peter Mansbridge OC (born July 6, 1948), was the primary anchor of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s National News, from 1988 to 2017. He was also host of CBC News Network’s Mansbridge One on One. He began his career in the late 1960s, in Churchill, Manitoba, and soon graduated to reporting for The National in the mid-1970s. Mansbridge has received many awards and accolades for his journalistic work including an honorary doctorate from Mount Allison University where he served as chancellor until the end of 2017.[1] On September 5, 2016, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation announced that Mansbridge would be stepping down as chief correspondent and anchor on July 1, 2017, following coverage of Canada’s 150th anniversary celebrations. He continues to do bi-annual documentaries for the CBC.


James Allen Pattison, OC OBC (born October 1, 1928) is a Canadian business magnate, investor and philanthropist. He is based in Vancouver, British Columbia, where he holds the position of chief executive officer, chairman and sole owner of the Jim Pattison Group, Canada’s second largest privately-held company, with more than 45,000 employees worldwide, and annual sales of $10.1 billion. The Group is active in 25 divisions, according to Forbes, including packaging, food, forestry products. Pattison’s first business was a Vancouver car dealership, which he purchased in 1961. He is a noted philanthropist and civic leader.


Award-winning geneticist and broadcaster David Suzuki co-founded the David Suzuki Foundation in 1990. In 1975, he helped launch and host the long-running CBC Radio’s, Quirks and Quarks. In 1979, he became familiar to audiences around the world as host of CBC TV’s The Nature of Things, which still airs new episodes.

From 1969 to 2001, he was a faculty member at the University of British Columbia, and is currently professor emeritus. He is widely recognized as a world leader in sustainable ecology and has received numerous awards for his work, including a UNESCO prize for science and a United Nations Environment Program medal. He is also a Companion of the Order of Canada.

He has 29 honorary degrees from universities in Canada, the US and Australia. For his support of Canada’s Indigenous peoples, Suzuki has been honoured with eight names and formal adoption by two First Nations.

In recent years, Suzuki has been a forceful spokesperson on global climate change. Suzuki is unequivocal that climate change is a very real and pressing problem and that an “overwhelming majority of scientists” now agree that human activity is responsible.


Margaret Eleanor Atwood (born November 18, 1939) is a Canadian poet, novelist, literary critic, essayist, inventor, teacher, and environmental activist. Since 1961, she has published 18 books of poetry, 18 novels, 11 books of non-fiction, nine collections of short fiction, eight children’s books, and two graphic novels, as well as a number of small presseditions of both poetry and fiction. Atwood has won numerous awards and honors for her writing, including the Booker Prize (twice), Arthur C. Clarke Award, Governor General’s Award, Franz Kafka Prize, and the National Book Critics and PEN Center USA Lifetime Achievement Awards.

Atwood’s works encompass a variety of themes including gender and identity, religion and myth, the power of language, climate change, and “power politics”. Many of her poems are inspired by myths and fairy tales which interested her from a very early age. Atwood is a founder of the Griffin Poetry Prize and Writers’ Trust of Canada. She is also a Senior Fellow of Massey College, Toronto. Atwood is also the inventor and developer of the LongPen and associated technologies that facilitate remote robotic writing of documents.

Her best known work, The Handmaid’s Tale, has been adapted to a universally-praised television series.  The sequel novel, The Testaments, was published in the Fall of 2019, to rave reviews around the world.

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