THE JURY OF THE FIFTEENTH
RBC TAYLOR PRIZE
Susanne Boyce is one of North America's most respected TV broadcast program chiefs. She has been a producer, a programmer and an executive at both public and private networks. Most recently she was President, CTV Creative, Content and Specialties. A champion of Canadian production and nation-building shows with a world-wide reach, she was responsible for one of the most watched original programming slates in Canadian television. Prior to this, she held production and management positions at both CBC (The Journal, Midday, Newsworld) and BCTV (Webster!/Newshour). She lives in Toronto.
Joseph Kertes was born in communist Hungary but escaped with his family to Canada in 1956. He studied English at York University and the University of Toronto, where he was influenced by both Irving Layton and Marshall McLuhan. Mr. Kertes founded Humber College's distinguished creative writing and comedy programs and was Humber's founding Dean of Creative and Performing Arts. His first novel, Winter Tulips, won the Stephen Leacock Award for Humour. Boardwalk, his second novel, and two children's books, The Gift and The Red Corduroy Shirt, met with critical acclaim. His novel, Gratitude, won a Canadian National Jewish Book Award and the U.S. National Jewish Book Award for Fiction. His latest novel is The Afterlife of Stars.
STEPHEN J. TOOPE
Stephen J. Toope is a distinguished scholar, prize-winning author, and Director of the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto. His book Legitimacy and Legality in International Law: An Interactional Account (with Jutta Brunnée) won the American Society of International Law’s 2011 Certificate of Merit for Creative Scholarship, the highest award for a book on international law. He most recently co-edited After the Paris Attacks: Responses in Canada, Europe, and Around the Globe (with Prof. Edward M. Iacobucci). In his current research, he is working on issues of continuity and change in international law and the origins of international obligation in international society. Prior to joining the University of Toronto, he was President of the University of British Columbia (2006 – 2014), President of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation, (2002 – 2006), and Dean of McGill University's Faculty of Law (1994 – 1999), among numerous other appointments. He lives in Toronto.