Truth to the Powerless - Speakers Featured In The Docuseries 

Noam Chomsky

(Author, Academic, Linguist) 

Considered the founder of modern linguistics, Noam Chomsky is one of the most cited scholars in modern history.  Chomsky is widely regarded to be one of the foremost critics of US foreign policy in the world. Chomsky has published numerous groundbreaking books, articles, and essays on global politics, history, and linguistics.

Tyler Shipley

(Author and Academic) 

 Tyler A. Shipley is a Professor of Society, Culture and Commerce in the Department of Liberal Studies at Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning. He holds a PhD in Political Science from York University. 

Yves Engler

(Author and Activist) 

Yves Engler is a Canadian Montreal-based writer and political activist. In addition to eleven published books, Engler's writings have appeared in alternative press and in mainstream publications such as The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Ottawa Citizen, and Ecologist.  

Bill Graham

(Former Minister of Foreign Affairs and Defense) 

Bill Graham served as Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of National Defense, Leader of the Opposition,  and interim Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada. He was recently a member of the Minister's Advisory Panel for Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan,  providing expertise and advice for the Government of Canada's Defence Review. Graham has recently authored an autobiography, titled Call of the World: A Political Memoir

David Pratt  

(Former Minister of Defense)

David Pratt was Canada's Member of Parliament for Nepean-Carleton from 1997 until 2004. Pratt also served as Minister of Defense from 2003 to 2004  under the Paul Martin government. 

Richard Sanders 

(Peace Activist) 

Richard Sanders founded the Coalition to Oppose the Arms Trade (COAT)  and its magazine, Press for Conversion! in 1989. Over the decades, COAT organized many public campaigns including peace rallies, marches, vigils and conferences. 

Paul Jay 

(Journalist,  Television Producer) 

 Paul Jay is a journalist, filmmaker, the founder and host of, a news analysis service. He was the founder, CEO and senior editor of The Real News Network (TRNN).  

Jay was the creator and executive producer of CBC Newsworld's flagship debate program counterSpin (broadcast from 1998 to 2004) for six seasons. CounterSpin was a prime time debate show about the news of the day.



Dimitri Lascaris

(Lawyer, Activist ) 

Dimitri Lascaris is a lawyer, journalist and activist from Montreal, Quebec. In Canada’s 2015 federal election, Dimitri ran for the Green Party of Canada in the riding of London West. Subsequently, he served as Justice Critic in the Shadow Cabinet of the Green Party of Canada.  In 2020, Dimitri ran for the leadership of the Green Party of Canada.


Hélène Laverdière

(Former Member of Parliament) 

Hélène Laverdière served as the MP for the riding of Laurier-Sainte-Marie from 2011 until 2019, while holding positions as the NDP’s deputy leader and critic for international cooperation, and foreign affairs. She obtained a doctorate in sociology from the University of Bath.


Michael Kergin 

(Retired Canadian diplomat, Fmr. Canadian Ambassador to United States) 

 Michael Kergin is a former Canadian Ambassador to the United States (2000-2005) and to the Republic of Cuba (1986-1989). He was the foreign and defence policy advisor to Prime Minister Chretien, the equivalent of the National Security Advisor in the United States. His overseas assignments included three postings to the Canadian Embassy in Washington, to the Canadian Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York, and to Canadian Embassies in Cameroon and Chile. 

Paul Heinbecker

(Retired Diplomat, Fmr.Canadian Ambassador to the United Nations ) 

Paul Heinbecker is the former Canadian Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations and former Ambassador to Germany.  From 1989 to 1992, Heinbecker served as Chief Foreign Policy Advisor and speechwriter for Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, and as Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet for Foreign and Defence Policy. 

Dennis Horak

(Fmr.Canadian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia & Yemen) 

Dennis Horak was Canada's Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Oman, and Yemen from 2015 to 2018. Horak was also the Head of Mission/Charge d'affaires in Iran from 2009 to 2012. 

Justin Podur

(Author, Academic) 

Justin Podur is the author of Haiti's New Dictatorship. Podur has contributed chapters to Empire's Ally: Canada and the War in Afghanistan and Real Utopia. He is an associate professor in the Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University.

Linda Freeman

(Historian, Academic) 

Linda Freeman is emeritus professor in the Institute of African Studies and Department of Political Science at Carleton University. She specializes in African political economy, with a particular interest in southern Africa.  Freeman is the author of  The Ambiguous Champion: Canada in South Africa in the Trudeau and Mulroney years. She has testified regularly to parliamentary subcommittees and is a frequent commentator on African affairs and for the Canadian media. 

Lewis MacKenzie 

(Canadian Retired Major General ) 

Lewis Mackenzie   is a Canadian retired major general, author and media commentator. MacKenzie is known for establishing and commanding Sector Sarajevo  as part of the United Nations Protection Force (UNPROFOR) in the former Yugoslavia in 1992. MacKenzie was a vocal opponent of Canada's involvement in the Kosovo War. 

James Bissett 

(Fmr.Canadian Ambassador to Yugoslavia) 

James Bissett is a former Canadian diplomat. Bissett was Canada's ambassador to Yugoslavia, Albania, and Bulgaria from 1990 to 1992.  Bissett was a staunch critic of Canada's involvement in the NATO bombing of Kosovo in 1999. 

Scott Taylor 

(Journalist, Fmr.Canadian Soldier) 

Scott Taylor is a former infantryman in the Canadian Military, and has been the editor/publisher of Esprit de Corps  magazine since 1988. He is also an award-winning author, documentary filmmaker, and war correspondent. 


David Webster

(Historian, Academic) 

David Webster is a History professor at Bishop’s University. Publications include, most recently, Challenge the Strong Wind: Canada and East Timor 1975-99 and the edited collection Flowers in the Wall: Truth and Reconciliation in Timor-Leste, Indonesia and Melanesia. Webster is a member of the international advisory council of the Centro Nacional Chega!, Timor-Leste’s centre for truth and memory.


Jean-Saint Vil 

(Activist, Haitian Dissident ) 

Jean Saint-Vil is the Special Advisor to the vice-principal of government and international relations at McGill University. Saint Vil has been critical of Canada's military intervention in Haiti in 2004. 

Jon Allen

(Fmr.Canadian Ambassador to Israel) 

Jon Allen  was Canada's ambassador to Israel from 2006 to 2010.  From 2012 to 2016 he was Canada's ambassador to Spain and Andorra. From December 2012 to July 2014, he was Chargé d’affaires to the Holy See. Mr. Allen is currently a Senior Fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Toronto; a Senior Fellow at Glendon College, York University; and a Distinguished Fellow of the Canada International Council.


Lawrence Wilkerson 

(Former Chief of Staff to United States Secretary of State Colin Powell) 

 Lawrence B. Wilkerson  is a retired United States Army Colonel and former chief of staff to United States Secretary of State Colin Powell. Since the end of his military career, Wilkerson has criticized many aspects of the Iraq War, including his own preparation of Powell's presentation to the UN, as well as other aspects of American policy in the Middle East. 


Michael Lynk 

(UN Special Rapporteur for the human rights situation in the Palestinian Territories ) 

Michael Lynk  is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law, Western University, in London, Ontario. He joined the Faculty in 1999, and has taught courses in labour, human rights, disability, constitutional and administrative law.  In March 2016, the United Nations Human Rights Council appointed Professor Lynk as the 7th Special Rapporteur for the human rights situation in the Palestinian Territories occupied since 1967. He recently issued his first report as Special Rapporteur to the United Nations General Assembly. 


John English

(Former Canadian Politician, Historian) 

John English was Member of Parliament for Kitchener from 1994 to 1997.  English has written many books and articles, and was the official biographer of former Canadian prime minister Lester Pearson; this work was published in two volumes. At the request of the Trudeau family, he wrote the biography of Pierre Trudeau. 


Ryan Pagnacco 

(Former Canadian Soldier) 

Ryan Pagnacco served fifteen years in the Canadian Armed Forces and fought in Kandahar, Afghanistan.