Well-known Franco-Ontarian journalist Chantal Hébert has graciously agreed to give the 2017 Bronfman lecture, a prestigious annual lectureship organized by the Institute of Canadian and Aboriginal Studies. The event will be held on Monday, October 16, 2017, in the evening. Hébert will make her speech in French, and will take questions from the audience in both English and French. Hébert is expected to speak on some aspect of her speciality, the dynamics of politics in Canada, as is only fitting in light of this year’s marking of the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation.
Chantal Hébert is a political columnist with the Toronto Star and a guest columnist for L’actualité. She has been a weekly participant on the political panel at Issue on CBC's The National, as well as on Les Coulisses du Pouvoir and the Montreal radio show Gravel le matin. Ms. Hébert first covered Parliament Hill for Radio-Canada. She subsequently served as parliamentary bureau chief for Le Devoir and La Presse. Ms. Hébert is a graduate of Glendon College, York University. She is a Senior Fellow of Massey College at the University of Toronto and holds honorary degrees from a dozen Canadian universities. She is a recipient of two Asia-Pacific media fellowships (Malaysia and Japan). In 2 006 she received the Hy Solomon award for excellence in journalism and public policy as well as York University's Pinnacle Achievement Bryden Alumni award. Ms. Hébert’s second book titled The Morning After was published in September 2014. She won a 2014 National Magazine Award (gold) for her political column in L’actualité. She is an officer of the Order of Canada.