(Programme subject to changes)
10:00 am — Opening Remarks
Janet Walker, President and CEO, Canada’s History
Canadian War Museum
10:15 am — Young Citizens
Presentation of the 2014 Young Citizens Video Project Winners.
11:00 am— Keynote session - Mark Zuehlke
Recipient of the 2014 Governor General’s History Award for Popular Media – The Pierre Berton Award
Mark Zuehlke is the author of the critically acclaimed Canadian Battle Series—the most extensive published account of the battle experience of Canada’s Army in World War II. These best-selling books continue to confirm Zuehlke’s reputation as one of Canada’s leading popular military historian. In 2006, Holding Juno: Canada’s Heroic Defence of the D–Day Beaches, won the City of Victoria Butler Book Prize. He has written six other historical works, including For Honour’s Sake: The War of 1812 and the Brokering of an Uneasy Peace, which won the 2007 Canadian Author’s Association Lela Common Award for Canadian History. Zuehlke lives in Victoria, British Columbia. He is currently working on his next Canadian Battle book and also a reflective meditation on the role of remembrance in our culture focused on his participation in the commemorative Operation Husky 2013 march that followed the footsteps of 1st Canadian Infantry Division through Sicily. Zuehlke can be found on the web at www.zuehlke.ca and Mark Zuehlke’s Canadian Battle Series Facebook site.
Noon — Lunch
1:00 am — Storytelling for the Public
Michel Côté has worked for decades in the culture and museology fields as a manager and consultant. In 2010, he took on the role of leading the Musées de la Civilisation complex, which includes the Musée de la Civilisation, the Musée de l’Amérique Francophone, the Chevalier Historic House, the Musée de la place Royale and the Centre national de conservation et d’étude des collections. He relies upon the strengths which made famous each of these institutions, while leaving large room for new ideas and innovation.
David O’Keefe is an award-winning historian, documentarian and professor at Marianopolis College in Westmount, Quebec. He served with the The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) of Canada in Montreal and worked as a Signals Intelligence research historian for the Directorate of History and Heritage (DND). He has also created and collaborated on over 15 documentaries for History Television and appeared on CBC Radio, Global Television, and the UKTV Network in Great Britain.
Danielle Metcalf-Chenail is a freelance writer, project and event manager, and personal historian. She is the Historian Laureate for the City of Edmonton and very active in professional organizations such as the Canadian Aviation Historical Society, the Writers’ Union of Canada, the Writers Guild of Alberta and the Creative Nonfiction Collective.
2:15 pm — Break
2:30 pm — Storytelling in Education
David A Robertson is a graphic novelist and writer who has long been an advocate for educating youth on indigenous history and contemporary issues. He has created several graphic novels, including his newest series, Tales From Big Spirit, as well as the bestselling 7 Generations series. He is currently the co-creator and writer for the upcoming television series The Reckoner. His first novel, The Evolution of Alice, will be published in fall 2014. David lives in Winnipeg with his wife and four children, where he works in the field of indigenous education.
Neil Orford has a deep passion for engaging students in the joy of learning history - his strength comes from watching students revel in the wonderment of 'hands-on' history. He has an abiding commitment to the rigors of teaching the discipline of History, however those skills must be married with the experiential - much of which comes outside of the classroom, meeting experts in the field, but also, those who have lived Canada's story. All of this is driven by the exceptional stories from Canada’s past.
Mike Ford is a Juno-nominated Franco-Ontarian solo artist, has released 4 acclaimed albums of Canadian history -inspired songs, been described as being “rabble-rousing and Pythonesque” and “essential listening” by the Globe & Mail. He has toured as a swing member of The Arrogant Worms, sung at The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Ottawa for The Vigil Project, and created an ever-growing repertoire for his Canada Needs You School tours. Mike’s latest albums feature song-cycles about the War of 1812, and en français, the life of Étienne Brûlé. He has worked in or visited every region of this incredible country and is dedicated to sharing his enthusiasm for Canada’s land and history with people of all ages.
3:45 pm — Mark Reid, Editor, Canada's History Magazine
Mark Reid is the editor of Canada’s History magazine. An award-winning journalist, he has worked as an editor, reporter, and photographer for Canwest News Service, the Calgary Herald, the New Brunswick Telegraph Journal, and the Saint John Times Globe. A graduate of Dalhousie University and the University of King’s College. He is the editor of Canada’s Great War Album, a new personal look at the First World War.