Canadian Hillman Prize - 2016-2017 Judges
Bonnie Brown is a journalist and has worked as a television documentary producer, online and radio news producer at CBC for 20 years. She is the recipient of the Canadian Bar Association’s 2013 Stephen Hanson Award for Excellence in Journalism, and her investigative work on justice issues has been nominated and short-listed for national prizes. She has worked with students at the University of Toronto’s City Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies, and History departments in a storytelling initiative on community development, and is a proud member of the team working to expand and enhance the Canadian Hillman Prize in Canada. Now based in Toronto, Bonnie was born and raised in Winnipeg, studied French at the University of Winnipeg, and has a law degree from McGill University.
Armine Yalnizyan is a leading voice in Canadian economics. From 2007 to 2016 she advanced the work of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives on income inequality. She has a bilingual degree in economics from Glendon College, York University (including study of economics at Université de Bordeaux, France) and a Masters of Industrial Relations from University of Toronto. She is the proud recipient of the inaugural Atkinson Foundation Fellowship for Economic Justice. Armine publishes with Macleans Magazine and The Toronto Star; provides weekly business commentary on CBC Radio’s biggest morning show, Metro Morning; and appears weekly on CBC TV’s premier business show On The Money.
Tony Burman is former head of Al Jazeera English and CBC News, and, until recently, taught at Ryerson University’s School of Journalism. He also writes a weekly column on world affairs for The Toronto Star. While Managing Director of Al Jazeera English in Qatar from 2008–10, the network’s worldwide audience reach more than doubled to 220 million households. In October 2009, Arabian Business Magazine named him the second most influential non-Arab in the Arab world. Before Al Jazeera, he spent more than three decades as an award-winning news and documentary producer at CBC news and current affairs — working in more than 30 countries — including seven years as its editor-in-chief.