The Promise of Canada: 150 Years — People And Ideas That Have Shaped Our Country
Ever since she arrived in Canada nearly forty years ago, Charlotte Gray has been intrigued by what holds this country together. What makes it different from all other countries? What does it mean to be Canadian? From the research for her bestselling book, Gray believes that the ideas and actions of individuals can shape larger social changes, and those changes, in turn, mold national identity. Her goal is for her audiences to learn about Canadian events and forge an emotional connection with the people at the heart of the story, including those who have formed our history, and some of today’s Canadians who are shaping our collective tomorrow. She notes: “Canada does have an optimism and promise that you don’t see in many other places in the world. We have an extraordinary sense of stability.” Gray challenges audiences to ask “Is this real? Are we just five years behind the curve of change? Or have we quietly developed characteristics that will ensure stability for the next 150 years?”
Charlotte is a great facilitator of conversations around issues important to Canadians. She has experience moderating panels for The Canadian War Museum, Macdonald-Laurier Institute & various literary organizations.
Charlotte sparks fascinating and lively discussions that help audiences define the challenges and opportunities we face today, whether it is welcoming and accommodating new Canadians, achieving reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, building new relationships with the US and the rest of the world, or finding new economic opportunities for Canada at a time of great change and upheaval.
Toronto Book Award Creative Non-Fiction
City of Ottawa Book Award
Order of Canada
University of British Columbia Medal for Biography
Pierre Berton Award
Edna Staebler Award