The evening will start with a cocktail at 5:30 p.m. in one of Canada’s most beautiful libraries, followed by dinner in the historic College Hall at 6:30 p.m., catered by Le Saint-Amour restaurant, inspired by the meals served during 1864’s Quebec Conference on the way to Confederation.
The evening’s speakers
Keynote speaker: Christopher Moore, historian
Our keynote speaker is Christopher Moore, the author of “1867: How the Fathers Made a Deal” and other works. His speech, “Three Weeks in October: When Quebec City invented Canada,” will explore the personalities, parties, and politics of the constitutional conference held at Quebec City exactly 150 years ago, when the constitutional arrangements by which we still live were debated and drafted.
Moore has presented Canadian history to general audiences for over thirty years. He has won two Governor General’s Awards, first for “Louisbourg Portraits: Life in an 18th Century Garrison Town,” which won the 1982 nonfiction prize, and for “From Then to Now: A Short History of the World,” which earned the 2011 award for children’s literature.
Based in Toronto, Moore is currently a columnist for Canada’s History magazine, and served as the national chair for the Writer’s Union of Canada from 1999 to 2000.
Moore’s awards also include the Children’s Literature Roundtable Award (for “The Story of Canada”), and the Secretary of State’s Prize for Excellence in Canadian Studies, as well as recognition from the Canadian Historical Association and Ontario Historical Society. His journalism has been recognized with three National Magazine Awards nominations.
Honorary Chair: David F. Blair, Partner, McCarthy Tetrault
David F. Blair is a Partner in McCarthy Tetrault’s Business Law Group, where he focuses his practice on transportation law. Since 2011, he has been listed as a leading transportation law practitioner in Woodward/White’s Best Lawyers in Canada. He is also recognized in the 2014 edition of the Chambers Global for his experience in transportation law.
Mr. Blair is a former president of the Canadian Transport Lawyers Association and a former director of the Transportation Lawyers Association of the United States. He is involved in Québec’s Anglophone community as a director and administrator of numerous socio-cultural organizations, and was president of the Literary and Historical Society of Quebec from 1999 to 2012. He is also the Chancellor of the Anglican Diocese of Québec.
In December 2013, Mr. Blair was awarded the Order of Canada. He received his LLB from Université Laval in 1979 and was called to the Québec Bar in 1980. He is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors, the Canadian Bar Association, the Canadian Transport Lawyers Association and the Transportation Lawyers Association of the United States.
Susan Campbell was born in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. She completed journalism studies at the University of King’s College in Halifax.
After a year in the corporate world she came to Quebec City to fulfill a promise she’d made to her Grade 6 French teacher to one day become proficient in her second language. During her studies at Université Laval she was hired as an associate producer at CBC Radio in Quebec City, and she’s been there ever since,
She’s currently host of the CBC’s regional morning show for the province, Quebec AM.