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Michael Behiels, University of Ottawa; - Politics and Federalism

Michael Behiels has written seminal works on Quebec and Canadian political and intellectual history. More recently, he has explored how Canadian federalism has functioned historically, and how it has changed under the current government to become a more asymmetrical form of federalism based on the concept of classical, watertight jurisdictional compartments for the provincial and federal governments

Fluency: English and French



Penny Bryden, University of Victoria; - Politics and Federalism

A specialist in Canadian federalism and the history of Ontario, Penny Bryden’s work probes the nature of relationships within government and between governments. Her publications include ‘A Justifiable Obsession’: Conservative Ontario’s Relations with Ottawa, 1943-1985 (2013) and Planners and Politicians: Liberal Politics and Social Policy, 1957-1968 (1997)

Fluency: English


Matthew Hayday, University of Guelph; - The 150th Anniversary of Confederation

Matthew Hayday is a political scientist who studies bilingualism and language policies, Canada Day and Dominion Day celebrations, nationalism and identity politics, as well as federalism and intergovernmental relations. He is currently working on collective works with Raymond Blake (University of Regina) on national holidays, commemorative events and celebrations, and how they contribute to the shaping of national and regional identities and the political context surrounding their creation and implementation in preparation for the 150th anniversary of Confederation

Fluency: English and French


Greg Kealey, University of New Brunswick; - Security and the state

A member of the Royal Society of Canada, Greg Kealey specializes in Canadian Social History, Labour History, and Security and Intelligence History. In addition to two prize-winning books on Social and Labour History, he co-edited Debating Dissent: Canada and the 1960s (2011) and co-authored a history of the Canadian secret service, entitled Secret Service: Political Policing in Canada from the Fenians to Fortress America (2013)

Fluency: English


James Kelly, Concordia University; - Constitutional history and issues, and the Senate

Author of Governing With the Charter (2005), James Kelly has explored the democratic rights flowing from the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and tackled the relationship between judicial power and parliamentary democracy. Kelly has argued that the alleged threat of judicial activism has been overblown, and that instead, Cabinet has become stronger at the expense of Parliament

Fluency: English


Marcel Martel, York University, - Commemoration, French Canada

Marcel Martel is a professor of history at York University and holds the Avie Bennett Historica Canada Chair in Canadian History. He has researched, among other things, issues such as commemoration, drug regulation, French Canada and Francophone minority communities, Francophone immigration, the RCMP, and internal surveillance, and has often worked with media

Fluency: English and French


Ged Martin, University of Edinburgh; - The 150th Anniversary of Confederation

Ged Martin is Professor Emeritus of the University of Edinburgh and Adjunct Professor of History at Fraser Valley University in British Columbia. He specialises in 19th century Canadian politics and has written extensively on the formation of Confederation, including Britain and the Origins of Canadian Confederation, 1837-1867 (1995) and John A. Macdonald: Canada’s First Prime Minister (2012) 

Fluency: English


David E. Smith, University of Regina; - History and Constitutional Issues and the Senate

A senior member of the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Regina, David E. Smith is one of the most established experts in the field of Canadian federalism and on the question of the crucial but often misunderstood role of the Senate in the functioning of Canadian federalism.

Fluency: English




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