MICHAEL BRADLEY is a retired lawyer and is one of the founders and a principal of Quant Investment Strategies Inc. in Toronto, a firm providing investment advisory services. He obtained his B.A. and M.A. from Cambridge and his law degree from the University of Toronto. In addition to his law practice, principally in the areas of international and corporate tax, he also represented writers in matters related to publishing

VIJAY PARMAR Vijay Parmar is President of RBC PH&N Investment Counsel, one of Canada's premiere boutique investment counselling firms providing investment management and integrated wealth management solutions to families, executives, business owners and not-for-profit organizations / foundations. Vijay has over 20 years of private client investment management, wealth planning and business management experience during his tenure with RBC. Prior to joining RBC, he worked in the financial services industry and was also a small business owner. He also serves as Co-President of RBC's Private Counsel (USA) business. Vijay is a member of the Board of Directors of RBC Global Asset Management and the Crescent School Foundation, and a past board member of the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada Pacific District. He serves on the RBC Wealth Management Global Diversity Advisory Council and has previously led RBC Wealth Management's fundraising efforts for the United Way Charity Trust. Vijay earned a BSc from the University of British Columbia. His professional designations include Canadian Investment Manager (CIM), Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute (FCSI), Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA)..

DAVID STAINES is a professor of English at the University of Ottawa. Born in Toronto, he received his B.A. from the University of Toronto and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard. He is a founding member of the Scotiabank Giller Prize Advisory Board and he also serves as General Editor of the New Canadian Library and Editor of The Journal of Canadian PoetryIn 1998, the Royal Society of Canada awarded him the Lorne Pierce Medal, and in 2011 he was invested with the Order of Ontario and the Order of Canada.

NOREEN TAYLOR is the founder of the RBC Taylor Prize and chair of the board of the Charles Taylor Foundation. She has a lifelong interest in the arts and arts education, first teaching art and art history, then overseeing the Claude Watson School for the Arts (at Earl Haig Collegiate Institute) as its founding artistic director. In recent years her passion for the arts was manifest in her positions as chair of the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, a member of the Advisory Board of the University of Toronto Art Centre, and a member of the board of the National Ballet of Canada. Health care is the other driving force that occupies her attention. Following the lengthy care of her husband Charles, she became committed to patient care, first as a community representative for Cancer Care Ontario, then as a force behind the creation of a Palliative Care Centre at Sunnybrook Hospital, and now as chair of St. Elizabeth Health Care, Canadas largest not-for-profit home care organization. She is currently vice-president of Windfields Farm Limited.