Ezra Levant is the host of The Source, the controversial prime time show on the Sun News Network. He also writes twice a week for Sun Media newspapers.
TV News Anchor, Best-Selling Author & Provocateur
Ezra is the author of six books, including most recently Shakedown: How Our Government is Undermining Democracy in the Name of Human Rights; Ethical Oil:
The Case for Canada's Oilsands and The Enemy Within: Terror, Lies and the Whitewashing of Omar Khadr. His next book is expected in the fall of 2013.
Danielle Smith was elected as the Member of the Legislative Assembly for Highwood on April 23, 2012. She was elected as leader of the Wildrose Party of Alberta on October 17, 2009. She sits on the Special Standing Committee on Members’ Services and the Standing Committee on Alberta’s Economic Future.
Before joining CFIB, Ms Smith had extensive experience in the media. She was an editorial writer and columnist at the Calgary Herald for six years. She served as host of Global Sunday, a national current affairs television talk show, and was also the host of two programs on CKMX 1060 AM radio in Calgary, Health Frontiers and Standing Ground. She has made frequent guest appearances as a commentator on TV and radio.
Ms Smith received a BA in English and a BA in economics from the University of Calgary. She married her husband, David Moretta in 2006 and is the proud stepmother of David’s son Jonathan. Danielle and David live in High River with their dog Caine.
Due to the flood disaster in Danielle's home town of
High River, she is unable to join us this year. But we're delighted that fan
favorite Monte Solberg has agreed to come in her place!
The Honourable Monte Solberg P.C.
The Honourable Monte Solberg P.C. is a columnist, speaker, television commentator, government relations consultant and former federal cabinet minister.
Monte grew up in Drumheller Alberta and Rosetown Saskatchewan where his family was in the broadcasting business.
In 1988 Monte became active in politics. In 1991 he served on the Executive Council of the Reform Party where he chaired the committee on Policy, Strategy and Communications. In 1992 he won the Reform Party nomination in the riding of Medicine Hat. In 1993 he was elected as the Member of Parliament for Medicine Hat. In opposition Monte served as the critic for several portfolios, but gained notice for his work as the Finance Critic. For several years an annual Hill Times survey ranked him as one of the top three best speakers and most effective questioners in the House of Commons. He also served as a Director and Vice Chair of the Canada US Parliamentary Association.
In February 2006 Monte was appointed Minister of Citizenship and Immigration. In January 2007 he was appointed Minister of Human Resources and Social Development Canada, a position he held until his retirement from politics in October of this year. He has served on various cabinet committees including Foreign Affairs and National Security, Social Affairs, Operations and Economic Growth and Long Term Prosperity. In 2008 a Hill Times survey selected Monte as the Minister that Parliament Hill staff would most like to work for.
Recently Monte left his position as a Senior Advisor for Fleishman Hillard Canada to start his own public affairs firm-New West Public Affairs headquartered in Calgary.
He serves on the Advisory Board of Hansen AgBio, is a Governor with the International Development Research Centre and writes a weekly column for the Sun Newspapers and is a commentator on Sun TV. Monte has been married to Deb for 31 years. They have two grown sons, Matthew and Michael.
Brian Lilley is the host of Byline on Sun News Network and a weekly columnist carried in more than 30 newspapers across Canada. Prior to joining Sun Media, Brian was the Ottawa Bureau Chief for Astral Radio reaching an audience of more than 750,000 listeners on stations such as CFRB Toronto and CJAD Montreal. Brian has covered federal, provincial and municipal politics in Canada, interviewed Prime Minister Stephen Harper 7 times, covered visits by Presidents Bush and Obama and Queen Elizabeth II.
He lives in Ottawa with his wife Barbara, four children, two dogs and two cats.
Patrick Moore, Ph.D.
Dr. Patrick Moore has been a leader in the international environmental field for over 40 years. He is a co-founder of Greenpeace and served for nine years as President of Greenpeace Canada and seven years as a Director of Greenpeace International. As the leader of many campaigns Dr. Moore was a driving force shaping policy and direction while Greenpeace became the world's largest environmental activist organization.
In recent years, Dr. Moore has been focused on the promotion of sustainability and consensus building among competing concerns. He was a member of British Columbia government-appointed Round Table on the Environment and Economy from 1990 - 1994. In 1990, Dr. Moore founded and chaired the BC Carbon Project, a group that worked to develop a common understanding of climate change.
As Chair of the Sustainable Forestry Committee of the Forest Alliance of BC from 1991 - 2002, he led the process of developing the "Principles of Sustainable Forestry" which were adopted by a majority of the industry.
In 2010, Dr. Moore published Trees are the Answer, a photo-book that provides a new insight into how forests work and how they can play a powerful role in solving many of our current environmental problems. In 2011 he published Confessions of a Greenpeace Dropout - The Making of a Sensible Environmentalist, which documents his 15 years with Greenpeace and outlines his vision for a sustainable future.
From 2000 - 2012 he served as Chair and Chief Scientist of Greenspirit Strategies, a consultancy focusing on environmental policy and communications in forestry, agriculture, fisheries and aquaculture, mining, biodiversity, energy and climate change.
From 2006 - 2012 he was co-Chair of the Clean and Safe Energy Coalition, a national US effort to build support among leaders and citizens for new nuclear energy construction. Dr. Moore believes that nuclear energy will eventually be the most important source of clean, reliable, safe energy to support human civilization.
Patrick Moore is now working as an independent scientist and consultant, advising government and industry on a wide range of environmental and sustainability issues. He is a Sensible Environmentalist, basing his policies and opinions on sound science and logic.
John R. Lott, Jr.
John R. Lott, Jr. is an economist who has held research and/or teaching positions at the University of Chicago, Yale University, Stanford, UCLA, Wharton, and Rice and was
the chief economist at the United States Sentencing Commission during 1988 and 1989. He has published over 100 articles in academic journals. He also is the author of seven books,
most recently At the Brink:. Other books include three editions of More Guns, Less Crime, Freedomnomics, and The Bias Against Guns.
Lott is a FoxNews.com contributor and a weekly columnist for them. Opinion pieces by Lott have appeared in such places as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times,
The Los Angeles Times, The New York Post, USA Today, and The Chicago Tribune. He has appeared on such television programs as the ABC and NBC National Evening News broadcasts,
Fox News, The NewsHour, and the Today Show. He received his Ph.D. in economics from UCLA in 1984.
John Robson, columnist and commentator with Sun Media, is also an Invited Professor at the University of Ottawa and a commentator-at-large with News Talk Radio 580 CFRA in Ottawa.
With a B.A. and M.A. in history from the University of Toronto and a Ph.D in American history from the University of Texas at Austin he has worked in academia, think tanks and politics as well as doing print, radio, TV and online journalism in Canada.
He is married to Brigitte Pellerin.
Born and raised in Poland, Magdalena Segieda graduated with a BA in Political Science and International Relations before moving to Ireland to study Media Production. In 2007, she worked on a documentary for Polish state television (TVP), shot in Dublin. Right after, she met two Irish filmmakers, Ann McElhinney and Phelim McAleer, and collaborated with them on Not Evil Just Wrong - The human cost of Global Warming hysteria, a feature length documentary with original soundtrack, filmed in USA, Ireland, UK, France, China and Canada. After the completion Ms Segieda moved with the filmmakers to Washington DC and worked on the independent distribution of the film. After moving to Los Angeles in 2010, Ms Segieda worked on the “Hypocrites”, a series of short films, taking a critical look at celebrities who run anti-development, environmental campaigns. In 2012 Ms Segieda co-directed a feature documentary FrackNation - A journalist's search for the fracking truth, which premiered on Mark Cuban's AXS TV in January 2013 and is available on DVD at www.fracknation.com. Ms Segieda is a frequent guest on US and international media and a contributor to The Blaze.
Vice President of Communications for the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP).
CAPP represents companies, large and small, that explore for, develop and produce natural gas and crude oil throughout Canada. CAPP's member companies produce about 90 per cent of Canada's natural gas and crude oil. CAPP's associate members provide a wide range of services that support the upstream crude oil and natural gas industry. Together CAPP's members and associate members are an important part of a $110-billion-a-year national industry that provides essential energy products.
Janet joined CAPP in 2009 from Shell Canada Energy where she was Senior Manager of Stakeholder Engagement and Major Projects Communications for Shell's oil sands business, a post she held from 2004.
A native Calgarian, Janet graduated from Mount Royal College. She resides in Calgary with her husband and dog.
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