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Rick Mercer

Rick Mercer

CBC’s Rick Mercer Report | Author of A Nation Worth Ranting About

Rick Mercer chronicles, satirizes, and ultimately celebrates all that is great and irreverent about this country. Known as "Canada's Unofficial Opposition," Mercer is our most popular comic, a political satirist who knows exactly what matters to regular Canadians and what makes them laugh.

Rick Mercer's top-rated, award-winning CBC show, The Rick Mercer Report—which routinely tramples even its American competitors in the ratings—features his trademark rants, hilarious (and informative) fake newscasts, commercial parodies, and comic encounters with famous Canadians, talking about Canada. More than any other comedian (or journalist for that matter), he talks to Canadian newsmakers with a refreshing candor, and is uniquely able to spin topical hilarity from the people and the things deeply embedded in the national consciousness. The Rick Mercer Report is currently in its eleventh season.


Glenda Morgan

Dr. Glenda Morgan

Research Director, Gartner Inc.

Glenda Morgan, Ph.D., is a Research Director in Gartner Research, where her research area is higher education technology strategies, including learning management systems and platforms, learning analytics, adaptive learning, and new and emerging teaching and learning technologies.

Prior to joining Gartner, Dr. Morgan had 20 years of experience in higher education, including as a faculty member and most recently leading the Academic Technology Services unit at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She directed the Academic Technology Services group at the University of Illinois, where she set strategy and provided support for classroom technology, digital media services, e-textbooks, general access computing laboratories, emerging technologies, and teaching and learning support.


Nora Young

Nora Young

Host of CBC’s The Spark | Author of The Virtual Self

Nora Young is an informed and ideal guide for anyone looking to examine—and plan for—the ever-changing high-tech landscape; she helps audiences understand trends in social media, big data, wearable tech and more, while showing them how to better protect their privacy in our increasingly digital world. The host and creator of Spark on CBC Radio, and the author of The Virtual Self, she demystifies technology and explains how it is shaping our lives and the larger world in which we live.

Young was the founding host of CBC Radio’s Definitely Not The Opera, where she often discussed topics related to new media and technology. Her work has appeared online, on television, and in print. Along with Cathi Bond, she has been a hobby podcaster of The Sniffer since 2005. Her favourite technology is her bicycle.