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For King and Canada: An Evening to Honour the Coronation of His Majesty King Charles III

Tuesday, May 2, 2023

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The Empire Club of Canada Presents:
For King and Canada: An Evening to Honour the Coronation of His Majesty King Charles III
In Partnership with the Office of the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario

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The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell

Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, Government of Ontario
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Carolyn Harris

Author, Historian and Royal Commentator

Author, historian, and royal commentator, Carolyn Harris received her doctorate in European history from Queen’s University and teaches at the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies. She is author of Magna Carta and Its Gifts to Canada (2015), Queenship and Revolution in Early Modern Europe (2015), and Raising Royalty: 1000 Years of Royal Parenting (2017). Dr. Harris is the proofreading editor of the Royal Studies Journal and co-editor of English Consorts: Power, Influence, Dynasty, a four-volume series about English royal consorts.

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Heather J. Hiscox

Senior Host, CBC News Network

Over an award-winning career that spans more than 25 years, Heather has experienced all facets of broadcasting, at both local and national levels. She has covered many of the most significant events of our time, and helped Canadians understand them in her trademark calm, balanced demeanor. She is highly respected for her insight and integrity, her work ethic and energy, as well for her curiosity, critical thinking and ability to ask key questions – the very hallmarks of her profession. In her newsroom, Heather is an editorial leader and mentor to younger journalists. Outside, she is dedicated to community service, and is sought after across Canada as an emcee, moderator and keynote speaker.

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Akaash Maharaj

Senior Fellow, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy, Ambassador-at-Large, GOPAC

Akaash works in strengthening pluralism within societies and peace between nations. He is currently a Senior Fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs, and was previously the Chief Executive Officer of the Mosaic Institute. His projects bring together peoples, communities, and states, to foster mutual understanding and to resolve conflict. They have included peaceful co-existence in the states of the former Yugoslavia, national reconciliation after the Sri Lankan civil war, and addressing post‑genocide trauma. He also serves as Ambassador-at-Large for the Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption. He has addressed the United Nations on international prosecution of Crimes Against Humanity, and he has a special commitment to reconciliation in conflict states.

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Nathan Tidridge

Vice-President, Institute for the Study of the Crown in Canada

Nathan Tidridge teaches Canadian history, government, and Indigenous studies at Waterdown District High School, Ontario. Nathan has authored six books, chapters, and many articles exploring the Crown in Canada, including its relationships with Indigenous Peoples, as well as Canadian identity and local history. One of his most important works, The Queen at the Council Fire: The Treaty of Niagara, Reconciliation and the Dignified Crown in Canada, was launched by the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

Nathan currently serves as vice president of the Institute for the Study of the Crown in Canada and a Keeper of the Chapel Royal Tobacco Beds. He was awarded a Meritorious Service Medal in 2018 for his work in educating Canadians on the role of the Crown and its relationship with Indigenous communities. He received a Governor General’s Award for excellence in teaching history in 2020.