MAX WYMAN wrote criticism and arts columns for Vancouver newspapers and the CBC for three decades, and was founding editor of The Vancouver Sun Review of Books. He has published a number of books on the arts in Canada, including Dance Canada: An Illustrated History and The Defiant Imagination: Why Culture Matters, a passionate manifesto asserting the central importance of the arts and culture to modern society. He was a director of the Canada Council for the Arts for six years, and from 2002-2006 was President of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO. For his services to the arts he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2001 and received an honorary Doctor of Letters degree from Simon Fraser University in 2003.
YOSEF WOSK is an Adjunct Professor and Shadbolt Fellow in the Department of Humanities at Simon Fraser University where he developed seminal programs such as The Philosophers’ Café and The Canadian Academy of Independent Scholars. In addition to being an ordained rabbi and receiving two honorary doctorates (SFU and Emily Carr University of Art + Design, he holds PhDs in Religion & Literature (Boston University) as well as in Psychology, and Master’s degrees in Education (Yeshiva) and Theology (Harvard). He founded and continues to support hundreds of libraries and numerous schools worldwide, and currently sits on the British Columbia Arts Council and the Museums Foundation of Canada. He is a member of The Order of British Columbia and recipient of both The Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medals, for which he was cited both as a visionary philanthropist and for his exceptional contributions to Canadian culture and heritage.