Joel Faflak (Emcee)
Joel is a Professor in the Department of English and Writing Studies at Western University, where he was inaugural Director of the School for Advanced Studies in the Arts and Humanities (2012-17).
He is the recipient of a Faculty Scholar Award, the John Charles Polanyi Prize for Literature, and the Edward G. Pleva Award for Excellence in Teaching. He was twice Chair of the Literature
Sandra Datars Bere (Judge)
Sandra is the Managing Director, Housing, Social Services and Dearness Home, at the City of London. Sandra’s responsibilities include oversight of all homeless prevention and housing programs, social assistance, employment, immigration and
Before joining the City in 2013, Sandra held senior leadership roles with the Province of Ontario as a Regional Director for the Ministries of Community and Social Services, Children and Youth and Municipal Affairs and Housing.
Sandra holds both a Bachelor’s Degree in Honours Psychology and a Master in Public Administration from Western. She is active in her community, serving on Western University’s Senate and its Alumni Association as well as on the Foundation at Huron University College, Western’s founding college.
David Cole (Judge)
David is Vice Chairman of the Enterprise Strategic Client Group at Royal Bank of Canada (RBC). He is responsible for delivering senior executive coverage to clients here and internationally to support their business and family interests.
David joined the Enterprise Strategic Client Group after a
Patrick Searle (Judge)
Patrick Searle is the Director of Cyber Initiatives at the Council of Canadian Innovators (CCI), a national
Prior to joining CCI, Patrick served as a senior advisor to several Cabinet Ministers at the Government of Ontario.
Patrick is an alumnus of King’s University College at Western University (BA’11 Religious Studies and Political Science) and is the President of Western’s University Students’ Council (USC) Alumni Chapter.