THE JURY OF THE SIXTEENTH
RBC TAYLOR PRIZE
John English is a Canadian historian and writer who taught at the University of Waterloo for several decades, retiring in 2009. Currently Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Canadian Forces College and Director of the Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History at Trinity College at the University of Toronto, he is best known for his two-volume biographies of two Canadian Prime Ministers: Lester B. Pearson and Pierre Elliott Trudeau. The former won numerous awards including the Macdonald Prize of the Canadian Historical Association, the John W. Dafoe Prize, and the Canadian Authors Association Non-Fiction prize. The latter won the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize, the University of British Columbia Biography Prize, and the Dafoe Prize. Both volumes of the Trudeau biography were finalists for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Non-Fiction and the RBC Taylor Prize.
One of Global TV`s first female reporters, Ann MacMillan joined CBC’s The Journal as London Correspondent in 1981, went on to cover news for CBC TV and Radio, and was CBC’s London Bureau Chief until her retirement in December, 2013. During her long career in journalism,Ann worked for CHIN Radio in Toronto and CTV News in Toronto, Montreal, and London, England. She is currently co-authoring a book with her husband Journalist Peter Snow about outstanding individuals who took part in conflicts ranging from the Crimean War to modern-day Syria; the book will be published in autumn 2017.
Colin McAdam is the author of three acclaimed novels. The most recent, A Beautiful Truth, won the 2013 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize. He has written essays and memoirs for Harper's, Granta, and other publications, and holds a PhD in Medieval and Renaissance Literature from Cambridge University. Colin McAdam lives in Toronto.