2015 Gala Table Hosts

Meet Our Distinguished 2015 Gala Table Hosts

The Couchiching Gala offers a rare opportunity where each table is its own conversation and participants engage in lively, wide-ranging discussions on issues that matter.  We are thrilled to have seven of Canada's finest as our distinguished table hosts at the 2015 Gala.

You do not want to miss out in this dynamic and premier event. Register now!

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No refunds will be issued after April 1, 2015. Substitutions can be made at any time.

 

Jesse Brown

Jesse Brown was first heard by Canadians on his hit CBC Radio show, The Contrarians, a program about “unpopular ideas” that just might be right. From there, he hosted Search Engine, a podcast that explored the effects of the Internet and social media on politics and culture. He’s now the host of a popular podcast, Canadaland, in which he sits down with some of Canada’s best and brightest from industries spanning high-tech to the arts.  Twitter https://twitter.com/jessebrown.

Michael Chong




Michael Chong was first elected to Parliament in 2004 and represents the Ontario riding of Wellington-Halton Hills. As cabinet minister, Michael served as President of the Queen’s Privy Council, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, and Minister for Sport. He is most widely known for his private member's Bill C586: The Reform Act, which was recently passed in Parliament.

Terry Fallins



Terry Fallis is the author of four national bestsellers. His debut novel, The Best Laid Plans, won the 2008 Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour and was crowned the 2011 winner of CBC Canada Reads as the “essential Canadian novel of the decade.“ In January 2014, CBC aired a six-part television miniseries based on The Best Laid Plans, earning positive reviews.

Jane Farrow





Jane Farrow, a passionate Torontonian, city builder, former CBC broadcaster, and Jane’s Walk founder, is currently the Director of Participation and Learning at MASS LBP, one of Canada’s leading experts on public engagement and deliberation.

Diane Flacks



Diane Flacks is an Emmy, Gemini and Dora nominated writer/performer, known for her theatre work, her four smash hit solo shows, her TV series, her book: Bear WIth Me, and her featured columns in the Toronto Star and Globe and Mail, as well as her regular national CBC radio column on parenting.

Rob Rae



Bob Rae was elected to the House of Commons 11 times between 1978 and 2013. He served as Ontario’s 21st Premier and was Interim Federal Leader and Foreign Affairs Critic for the Liberal Party of Canada. He is currently a Senior Partner at OKT LLP.

Ceta Ramkhalawansingh


Ceta Ramkhalawansingh is a community activist who is actively involved at the neighbourhood level on social housing, land use planning and heritage preservation. In July 2014, Ceta was appointed by Toronto City Council to serve as the Councillor for Ward 20 Trinity Spadina to fill the vacancy created through the election of Adam Vaughan as a Member of Parliament. Prior to retirement in 2010, Ceta worked at Toronto City Hall for nearly 3 decades, most recently as the corporate manager, of the City’s Diversity Management and Community Engagement programs and led a staff unit in the City Manager’s Office.

Tabatha Southey




Tabatha Southey is a writer and weekly columnist at The Globe and Mail. She is the monster at the end of this book: https://twitter.com/tabathasouthey.

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