Emmy award-winning journalist Adrienne Arsenault has been a senior correspondent for The National since 1999, deployed to the biggest breaking news stories and investigative stories in Canada and around the world. Arsenault’s assignments have included disasters, conflicts, politics, sports and human dramas. She won a 2015 International Emmy for her work covering the Ebola crisis. She has covered the Olympics in Sydney, Salt Lake, Beijing, Sochi, and Rio, as well as the World Cup in South Africa. Her investigative work on security has seen her cross Canada and pursue terror stories across the globe.
Arsenault began her career at CBC in 1991 as an editorial assistant for The National. Over the years since, her postings have included Vancouver, Washington, Jerusalem and London. She was named the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association’s Journalist of the Year, and has won two Gracie awards for outstanding female correspondent, a Monte Carlo Festival award for her coverage of the Zimbabwe election, and several Gemini and Canadian Screen awards.
Arsenault has been telling people for years that she has a crush on her job. Currently, she hosts The National alongside Rosemary Barton, Andrew Chang and Ian Hanomansing.
Kevin Dyer is a prize-winning playwright from the UK. He has always been interested in place and how it shapes us and how it limits us. He left England as soon as he could and has since lived across the border in Scotland and now across the border in Wales. He has lived in this secondlanguage place, this place where he does not know which team to shout for ever since.
He has a reputation for writing plays from the real stories of real people. He spent months working with children in residential care listening and playing ping-pong. He met Jo Berry whose dad was killed in the Brighton bombing and Pat Magee the IRA man who made the bomb. Following hours of meetings — walks along the beach, beer in pubs — he wrote about the central event and their later, complicated friendship. He is about to produce a play based on hundreds of interviews with “soldier’s wives” whose husbands were on front-line combat.
He first wrote about refugees after the break up and genocide of Yugoslavia. It was a story of a father and two children leaving Kosovo. Since then he has been to Iran and Turkey and made lasting friendships with people who have got away and also people who haven’t. His interest is in listening, finding the surprising truths, telling personal stories within world-sized conflicts. His latest play is called The Syrian Baker and is about a grandfather and his grandson going back — to make bread and start again. It is an attempt to tell a different story about Syria. It is a play with hope and, like all his work, not only about them but also about us.
Nam Kiwanuka is a multi-platform journalist, host and producer. She is the co-host of The Agenda with Steve Paikin, Ontario’s leading daily primetime current affairs show, and host of The Agenda in the Summer on TVO. She has hosted magazine shows for the NBA and CFL, and was a MuchMusic VJ. She has worked with CNN and BET and was a columnist for the BBC’s Focus on Africa magazine.
Born in Lahore, Pakistan, Adrees Latif immigrated to Houston, Texas at the age of seven. As a young teen, he was drawn to images on the front pages of daily newspapers and took his first photojournalism class as a sophomore in high school. Latif received his degree in journalism from the University of Houston. At the age of 22, Latif joined Reuters after interning with UPI, Miami Herald, Baltimore Sun and working as a staff photographer at the Houston Post. In his 24 years with Reuters, Latif has been based in Houston, Los Angeles, Bangkok, Islamabad and New York. Some of Latif's notable assignments include the invasion of Afghanistan, the invasion of Iraq, the 2010 Pakistan floods and both the Indian Ocean and Japan tsunamis.
Latif won Reuters its first Pulitzer in 2008 and has since edited and curated all four Pulitzer Prizes the photography team has been awarded to date. This year, he was awarded his second Pulitzer Prize, with a team of photographers, for their coverage of Central American migrants and their journey to the southern border of the United States. Latif is currently based in his home town of Houston from where he photographs top news stories and curates global packages.
Joseph Wong is the Ralph and Roz Halbert Professor of Innovation at the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy, and a Professor of Political Science. He has held the Canada Research Chair in Health, Democracy, and Development and was Director of the Munk School’s Asian Institute. Professor Wong has worked extensively with the World Bank and the United Nations, and has advised governments on matters of public policy in Asia, Africa, the Americas, and Europe. His research focuses on poverty and innovation. Through the Asian Institute and the Global Ideas Institute, he works with high school students, who are encouraged to think in a global context and tackle global challenges.