2004 Conference Videos: His Excellency John Ralston Saul
Opening Keynote, Friday
Through his writings John Ralston Saul has made a growing impact on political and economic thought. He is widely renowned for his 1995 Massey Lectures, and the resulting book, The Unconscious Civilization. For this work Mr. Saul won the 1996 Governor General's Literary Award for Non-Fiction and the Gordon Montador Award for the Best Canadian Non-Fiction Book on social issues (1996).
Mr. Saul's books have been sold and published all over the world. Over the course of his career as a writer, John Ralston Saul has earned many international awards and accolades. In France, Saul was named a Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. His work The Paradise Eater won the 1990 Italian Premerio Litterrario Internazionale, and in 1995 he was named the Canadian Humanist of the Year.
Mr. Saul has also created and managed a European investment firm, and has held the role of Special Assistant and Policy Advisor to the founding Chairman of Petro-Canada. Active in the cause of freedom of speech, Mr. Saul served as secretary, vice-president and president of the Canadian Centre of International PEN between 1987 and 1992. He is now its Patron. He is also the founder of Le Francais pour l'Avenir/French for the Future, an organization that encourages communication between students of French Immersion programs.
Mr. Saul received an Honours B.A. at McGill University and a Ph.D. on the modernization of France at King's College, University of London. He holds honorary doctorates from the Universities of McGill, Victoria, Western Ontario, Simon Fraser, McMaster, UQAM, Manitoba, St. Francis Xavier, Queen's, Laurentian, Mount Allison, Herzen State, and Calgary.