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Judges for the 2014 Ontario Competition

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Rob Baker

Rob Baker is a founding member of famous Canadian rock band Tragically Hip, that was formed in 1983 at a residence at Queen's University. Since their formation in 1983 they have released 13 studio albums, two live albums, 1 EP, and 56 singles. Nine of their albums have reached No. 1 in Canada. They have received numerous Canadian Music awards, including the Juno Awards.

Rob formed another band called Stripper's Union in collaboration with Craig Northey of the Odds and released their first album in 2004. As part of this band Rob has collaborated with many artists and continues to explore new creative heights.

Rob with other members of the Hip are known for their charity arising from their individual and collective profits from shows and concerts. Some of the prestigious honours and awards the band has received include: the Canada Hall of Fame, 2002; Canadian Music Hall of Fame 2005; fellowship at Royal Conservatory of Music in 2006; and the Governor General's Performing Arts Award in 2008.

The Tragically Hip even have a street named after them in downtown Kingston.

​​Simona ChioseSimona Chiose

Simona Chiose is Education Editor at The Globe and Mail where she co-ordinates education coverage across the media company's multiple platforms and works with students across Canada through The Globe and Mail Student Advisory Council. Prior to this role, Simona was an arts editor at The Globe and graduate student at the University of Toronto from where she has an MA in political science and is completing a PhD that focuses on immigration policy-making.

She has worked as a freelance journalist and television producer, university instructor, served on university administrative boards and student organizations and worked as an editor and television producer. She is inspired by ideas for change and innovation and likes to connect ideas across disciplines.

photo of Emily ChungEmily Chung

Emily Chung is an award-winning science and technology journalist for CBCNews.ca and an occasional producer for CBC Radio's Quirks & Quarks. She has a PhD in chemistry from the University of British Columbia, and is a member of the board of directors for the Canadian Science Writers' Association. 





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Peter Dyakowski

Vancouver-born Peter Dyakowski was the first Canadian-born player to sign a football scholarship with Louisiana State University. He played four years as right tackle with the LSU Tigers, and was a member of the Tigers National Championship team.

In 2006, Peter was drafted by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and has been a fixture on the Cats’ offensive line since his rookie season in 2007. He was part of the Eastern Division champion team that played in last year’s Grey Cup final.

Peter balances his athleticism with his Mensa qualified intelligence. He earned the Canada’s Smartest Person title after participating in the groundbreaking CBC-TV special in 2012.

​​​photo of Terry FallisTerry Fallis

Terry Fallis is the author of The Best Laid Plans, winner of the 2008 Leacock Medal for Humour, and the 2011 CBC Canada Reads crown as the "essential Canadian novel of the decade." A six-part television miniseries based on the novel aired on CBC in early 2014. The sequel, The High Road, published in 2010, was a finalist for the 2011 Leacock Medal.

His third novel, Up and Down, hit bookstores in September 2012, debuted on the Globe and Mail bestsellers list, was a finalist for the 2013 Leacock Medal, and won the 2013 Ontario Library Association Evergreen Award. The Canadian Booksellers Association named Terry Fallis the winner of the 2013 Libris Award as Author of the Year. His fourth novel, No Relation, is available in May 2014.

Terry earned a Bachelor of Engineering degree from McMaster University and then spent several years working in federal and Ontario politics. In 1995, he co-founded Thornley Fallis, a communications and digital agency with offices in Toronto and Ottawa.

photo of Annette HammAnnette Hamm

Annette Hamm has been part of the CHCH News team since 1986. She moved to the anchor desk on Morning Live in 2005 after several years as CHCH's crime reporter. She now co-hosts Morning Live, and News Now Midday. Outside of work, Annette is a dedicated member of the Hamilton YWCA; has sat on the Board of Directors for Charlton Hall Child and Family Services and volunteers with the Hamilton Burlington SPCA. She was recently made a Paul Harris Fellow.



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Harvey P. Weingarten

Dr. Harvey P. Weingarten is president and CEO of The Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO) – an agency of the Ontario government that conducts research and provides policy advice to government to improve the accessibility, quality and accountability of colleges and universities. HEQCO is the only organization of its type in Canada. Since joining HEQCO in 2010, Harvey has expanded the agency's advisory role and influence with government and has orchestrated a larger public information mandate for HEQCO.

Prior to HEQCO, Harvey was president and vice-chancellor of the University of Calgary for nine years. From 1996 to 2001, he was provost at McMaster University. During a 21-year career at McMaster he also served as dean of science, professor of psychology, department chair, and a teacher and mentor to many undergraduate and graduate students. He received his B.Sc. from McGill University, and his MS, M.Phil. and PhD from Yale University. He has served on many boards and councils including the Science, Technology and Innovation Council of Canada; Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada; Canadian Language and Literacy Research Network; and Shad Valley.