Ms Kevin Garland is a retired urban planning expert, a senior banking Vice President and keynote Toronto arts executive. She is a graduate of the University of Toronto and holds an undergraduate degree in English Literature and a Master of Science degree in Urban and Regional Planning. She worked as a professional urban planning consultant with the firm A.J. Diamond Planners ltd. and then moved to commercial real estate development, as a vice president with BCE Development, and Senior Vice President at CIBC. In 1998 she was appointed Executive Director of the Canadian Opera House Corporation where she headed the team that successfully launched the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. In 2002 she became Executive Director of The National Ballet of Canada, where she served for twelve years as Co-CEO with two Artistic Directors. Ms Garland retired earlier this year.

Martin Levin is a well-known Toronto columnist and journalist. For many years Mr. Levin was the Books editor of The Globe and Mail newspaper. He joined the newspaper writing a weekly column about ideas. During his tenure he was instrumental in turning The Globe’s book coverage into a stand alone Book section in the paper. He has launched and edited newspapers for baseball fans and seniors, contributed essays to half a dozen books, and co-written a play about the world’s worst moviemaker.

Andrew Preston
is an award-winning Canadian author, editor and lecturer based at Cambridge University in the UK. Andrew Preston teaches modern history at Cambridge where he is a Fellow of Clare College and editor of The Historical Journal. In addition to authoring over thirty scholarly articles, his articles have appeared in for major newspapers and magazines in North America. Preston is the author of the acclaimed study The War Council: McGeorge Bundy, the NSC, and Vietnam (Harvard, 2006) and co-editor of three other books: Nixon in the World: U.S. Foreign Relations, 1969-1977 (Oxford, 2008); America in the World: A History in Documents from the War with Spain to the War on Terror (Princeton, 2014); and Faithful Republic: Religion and Politics in the 20th Century United States (Penn, 2015). His book Sword of the Spirit, Shield of Faith: Religion in American War and Diplomacy (Knopf, 2012) was a finalist for the Cundill Prize and winner of the 2013 RBC Charles Taylor Prize.