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FREE EXPRESSION MATTERS

The following individuals and organizations have shown their commitment to freedom of expression by supporting PEN Canada. We applaud them for championing a world in which writers are free to write, readers are free to read, and freedom of expression prevails.

Last updated June 20th 2022.

 
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CanadaNewswire
McLean Clinic for Plastic Surgery
Norton Rose
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 Walrus magazine

Honorary Patron Members 

Margaret Atwood

Louise Dennys

John Ralston Saul

Patron Members

Platinum Patrons (10,000+)

Yann Martel

Silver Patrons ($2,500–$4,999)

Linwood & Neetha Barclay

Cynthia Berney & Philip Slayton

Scott Connell & Anouchka Freybe

Patrons ($1,000–$2499)

Sara Angel

The Late Walter M. & Lisa Balfour Bowen

Scotia Bhattacharya

Randy & Anna Boyagoda

Rebecca Brill-Argall

The Right Honourable 

Adrienne Clarkson

Andrew Cohen

Suzanne DePoe

Charles Foran

George Galt

Bruce Geddes

Nicholas Giardini

Peter Grant

Charlotte Gray

Richard Greene

David Kendall

Eric Lax

Andrea Lenczner

Margaret MacMillan

Scott McIntyre

Rohinton & Freny Mistry

Laurence Packer

Sarah Pape

Peter Raymont

Marcus Reid

Karen Ruddy

Jim Ryce

John Ralston Saul

Eva Seidner

Peter Showler

Richard Stursberg

Jean Teillet

Lucy Waverman

Grace Westcott

Sponsors & Supporters

Platinum (25,000–$49,999)

Horne Family Charitable

Foundation

The RBC Emerging Artists Project

RBC Foundation

Gold ($15,000–$24,999)

Ontario Arts Council

Bronze ($1000–$14,999)

Bennett Family Foundation

Butterfield Family Foundation

Emerald Foundation

Freybe Foundation

Gerald Sheff and Shanitha Kachan

Charitable Foundation

Howitt Dunbar Foundation

MacMillan Family Foundation

Michael B. Decter Foundation 

at Toronto Foundation

N.A. Taylor Foundation

Nazanin Foundation

Norman & Margaret 

Jewison Foundation

Penguin Random House

Rotman Family Foundation

Sierra Supply Chain Services

Stonefields Foundation

Programming Partners 

Centre for Free Expression, Toronto Metropolitan University

Digital Media at the Crossroads

(DM@X) Conference 2022

George Brown College

Global Reporting Centre, University of British Columbia

Human Rights Watch

Humber School for Writers 

ICORN International Cities of Refuge Network

IFEX

Infoscape Research Lab, Ryerson University

International Issues Discussion Series, Ryerson University

PEN America

PEN International

PEN Myanmar

Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights

Romero House

Toronto International Festival of Authors

Toronto Public Library

Wordfest

In Kind 

Authors at Harbourfront Centre

Babin Bessner Spry

CNW Group

Soapbox Design

Literary Review of Canada

Kathy Koch

Honorary Members 

Said Abdelkader

Azimjon Askarov

Emanuel Asrat

Raif Badawi

Temesken Ghebreyesus

Mattewos Habteab

Dawit Habtemichael

Medhanie Haile

Gary Heyde

Dawit Isaak

Faraj Karimov

Gerald Lunz

Yusuf Mohamed Ali

Eskinder Nega

Rashad Ramazanov

José Armando Rodríguez Carreón

Dilmurod Saidov

Seyoum Tsehaye

Fesshaye Yohannes

Members

A

Jeff Abraham

Peyman Adl Dousti Hagh

Rajah al Sur

Jason Anderson

Anneli Andre-Barrett

George Anthony

Richard Archbold

Jess Atwood Gibson

B

Richard Bachmann

Andrea Torrey Balsara

Salma Bani

Cindy Barkway

Gavin Barrett

Jim Bartley

Alison Bate

Danielle Bazinet

Gary Beelik

Aaron Berhane

Paul Bennett

David Bezmozgis

Peter Birt

Neil Bissoondath

Robin Blackburn McBride

Becky Blake

Ronna Bloom

Stephanie Bolster

Michael Bookman

Ali Boreyri

Marian Botsford Fraser

Lynne Bowen

Lyse Boyce

Mary Breen

Jake Brooks

Maureen Brosnahan

Mitchell Brown

Colin Browne

William Bruneau

Andrew Bryant

William Bryant

Anne Brydon

Mary Burns

Helen Burstyn

C

Gillian Campbell

Rosemary Carbonara

Anthony Carnovale

Claudia Casper

Jennifer Chapin

Mary Frances Coady

Valerie Connor

Paige Cooper

Susan Coyne

Jim Creskey

Alan Cumyn

D

Jack David

Gwen Davies

Ryan Day

Michael and Honor de Pencier

Teri Degler

Ron Deibert

Onder Deligoz

Furkan Demirdoven

Gezahegn Mekonnen Demissie

Poonam Dhir

Marcello Di Cintio

Emily Dial

Rebecca Dillon

JoAnn Dionne

Martin and Karen Dockrill

Brownwyn Drainie

Naomi Duguid

Catherine Dunphy

E

Kim Echlin

Jennie Egerdie

Omar El Akkad

Taha Elkhalifa

Peter & Jacqueline Elton

Marina Endicott

Tawhida Tanya Evanson

F

Kim Fahner

Jane Fairburn

Rob Fennell

Robert Finley

Jonathan Finn

Hannah Fisher

Cynthia Flood

Kevin Flynn

Cadence Fournier

Keath Fraser

G

Marie-Louise Gay

Anne Giardini

Aaron Goodman

Laurence Gough

Katherine Govier

Ron Graham

Eva Green

Lyndsay Green

Melvyn Green

Richard Greene

Susan Greer 

Michael Groden

Jing Guo

H

Beth Haddon

Soloman Hailemariam Erba

Don Hannah

Victor Harding

Dawn Harman

Merle Harris

Hannah Hassanpour

Elizabeth Hay

Peter Hay

Samantha Haywood

Christopher Hedges

Dorris Heffron

Clara Henssen

Lawrence Hill

Carol Holmes

Robert Hough

Lisa Horrocks

Louisa Howerow

Linda Huestis

Isabel Huggan

Graeme Hunter

I

Kevin Irie

John Irving

Frances Itani

J

Bassam Jamil

Catherine Jeffrey

Elizabeth Johnston

K

Elizabeth Kaplan

Hoda Karimi Sadr

Anna Ling Kaye

Janet Keeping

Richard Keith

Margo Kelly

Nancy Vernon Kelly

David Kent

Camie Kim

Mark Kingwell

Gail Kirkpatrick

Mary Kirton

Joshua Knelman

Brenda Koller

Sheila Koop

David Koulack

Martha Kumsa

Diana Kuprel

Tanya Kyi

L

Marlene Lachcik

Emilia Lafond

Anita Lahey

Bianca Lakoseljac

Fiona Tinwei Lam

Jennifer Lanthier

Cynthia Lapeña

Mary Jo Leddy

Alexander Leggatt

Sylvia Legris

Dayna Leighton

Maria Claire Leng

Heike Lettrari

Ezra Levant

Amanda Lewis

Steward Lewis

Jane Lind

Damian Lopes

Gloria Lorenzen

Ljerka Susanna Lukic

Derek Lundy

M

Wendy MacIntyre

Ian MacLean

Maria Maksymiw

Pasha Malla

Nicole Mankinen

Dina Marques

Émile Martel

Sandra Martin

Nadia Masri

Abdulrahman Matar

Carol Matas

Joseph Mathieu

Colin McAdam

Bob McArthur

Richard McClelland

S.A.M. McCue

Hope McIntyre

Neil McKinnon

Angus McLaren

Stephanie McLellan

George Melnyk

Iman Mersal

Lawrence Mirkin

Michael Mirolla

Jack Mitchell

Salah El Din Mohssein

Nancy Moon

Rebecca Morris

Elise Moser

Ezat Mossallanejad

Omar Mouallem

Rashid Mughal

Sarah Murdoch

Douglas Murphy

Cassandra Myers

N

Leilah Nadir

Marie Natanson

John Neal

Coleen Nemtin

Caroline Newton

O

Peter O’Brien

Jane O’Hara

Aila Omar

Frances M. Owen

P

Brian Panhuyzen

Jeungsoon Park

Kathleen Pattinson

Akram Pedramnia

Warren Peltier

Louise Penny

Laura Phillips

Carolyn Poirier

Alexandra Popoff

Anna Porter

Pamela Porter

Elizabeth Priddle

Q

Darlene Quaife

R

Monique Rabideau

Suman Rahman

Deepa Rajagopalan

Philip Resnick

Pedro Restrepo

Kamal Riahi

Nino Ricci

David Rintoul

Brenda Roche

Ingrid Rose

Anna Rosner

Stuart Ross

Naben Ruthnum

Maria Helena Rykov

S

Maria Sabaye Moghaddam

Judie Sahadeo

AZM Sajedur Rahman

Mahdi Saremifar

Denise Schon

Joseph Schreiber

Anneliese Schultz

Mel Shakespeare

Evelyn Sharpe

Gina Shochat-Rakoff

Haroon Siddiqui

Antanas Sileika

Merilyn Simonds

Marvin Singer

Mateusz Sklad

Elaine Slater

Caitlin Smith

Adam Sol

Sandra Stephenson

Felicity Stone

Susan Stromberg-Stein

Lesley Strutt

Rosemary Sullivan

Fraser Sutherland

Mark Swartz

George Swede

Joanne Szilagyi

T

Tanya Talaga

Barbara Tangney

Raymond and Fenelia Temmerman

Chris Tenove

Tasleem Thawar

Blossom Thom

Susan Thorne

Ryan Thorpe

Tom Thring

Hung Ton

Ziya Tong

Caroline Topperman

Kim Trainor

U

Lawrence Uhlin

Rui Umezawa

Peter Unwin

Pablo Urbanyi

V

Jacqueline Valencia

Aritha van Herk

Comfort Verissimo

W

Eleanor Wachtel

Hazrat Wahriz

Jennifer Walcott

Helen Walsh

David Waltner-Toews

Karen Walton

Katherine Ward

Janette Watt

Kelly Watt

Alison Wearing

Janice Weaver

Annette Wentworth

Alan Whitehorn

Laurelyn Whitt

Dorothy Woodhouse

Donna Wootton

Y

Serhy Yekelchyk

Karen Young

Z

Chro Zand

Donors

A

Tom Adlhoch

Jane Anderson

Ken Anderson

Sarah Atkins

Leah Atkinson

B

Deborah Bartlett

Benevity Community Impact Fund

Steven Benstead

Kaira Bergstra

Jennifer Bizzarri

Emily Blakelock

Paulette Bourgeois

Kate Braid

Michael Brooks

Sophie Brown-Graham

C

Canada Helps

Stephanie Coffey

Sarah Collins

Sarah Colwell

Sarah Cosh

D

Rob Degoeij

Michael Devine

Maureen Donnelly

E

Mary Elliott

F

Martha Fell

Elizabeth Ferguson

Amy Fisher

Flavelle Family Foundation

Rowan Fletcher

Kathryn From

G

Rebecca Garber

Rob Gilroy

John K. Grande

Rory Grant

H

Cheryl Hawkes

Sandra Heft

Andre Hila

Deidre Hill

Jennifer Hirshfeld

Holy Blossom Temple

Amy Hutchison

I

Stacey Ison

J

Robert Jickling

Theresa Johnson

Melanie Johnston

K

Jacob Kaufman

Peter Kirby

Joseph Kirman

Adrianna Knight

Kathy Koch

Sheila Koop

Hannah Koschanow

L

Keri Levinsky

Susan and Richard Levinsky

M

Cathy Martin-Pauwels

Norman McLeod

Karen Miller

Catherine Mitchell

Naomi Mori

Randy Murray

Appadurai Muttulingam

N

Mikio Nakashima

Joanne Nelson

Stephanie Nerlich

O

Lindsay Oughtred

P

PayPal Charitable Giving Fund

Roger Poirier

Barbara Powell

Kimberly Price

Q

Kathleen Quinn

R

Diana Rivington

S

Wendy Sacks

Robyn Scott

Chloe Shantz-Hilkes

Renee Silberman

Leslee Silverman

David Simmons

Sherry Simon

Joseph Simons

Glenn Smith

Roman Solonysznyj

Ilona Staples

Stephanie Stavro

Evan Steingarten

Michael Stevenson

Bob Stuart

Visha Sukdeo

Deborah Sword

T

Joyce Taylor

Melissa Thomson

Stephen Trumper

Ruth Tubbesing — Donation in memory of Karoly Sandor

V

Uma Viswanathan

W

Darren Wallace

Allyson Watts

Ellen Webster

Douglas Wilson

Carolyn Wood

Randy Witten

Wendy Wright

Y

Lori Yarrow

Shingo Yuki

 

Board of Directors

President, Grace Westcott

Vice President, Suzanne DePoe

Secretary, Michael Bookman

Treasurer, Carolyn Poirier

Chair, Events, Anouchka Freybe

Chair, Fundraising, Anna Porter

Chair, Writers in Peril, Peter Showler

Chair, Indigenous Affairs, Jean Teillet

Chair, Communications, Karen Walton

Members at Large

Marcello Di Cintio

Paola Gomez

Nancy Jamieson

Eluned Jones

Scott McIntyre

Omar Mouallem

Ziya Tong

Past Presidents

Richard Stursberg

Randy Boyagoda

Philip Slayton

Charlie Foran

Ellen Seligman

Nelofer Pazira

Constance Rooke

Haroon Siddiqui

Reza Baraheni

Sandra Martin

Ann Ireland

Katherine Govier

Ron Graham

Nino Ricci

Marian Botsford Fraser

Alison Gordon

Louise Dennys

John Ralston Saul

June Callwood

Graeme Gibson

Timothy Findley

Margaret Atwood

Advisory Council

Richard Stursberg

Randy Boyagoda

Neil Bissoondath

Kristin Cochrane

Valerie Connor

Douglas Coupland

David Cronenberg

Ronald Deibert

Esi Edugyan

Omar El Akkad

Charlie Foran

Adam Gopnik

Kevin Hanson

Mark Kingwell

Naomi Klein

Rohinton Mistry

Elana Rabinovitch

Devyani Saltzmann

Tanya Talaga

Michael Wernick

Ken Whyte

Staff

Executive Director, Brendan de Caires

Office Manager, Theresa Johnson

Volunteers

Anneli Andre-Barrett

Marian Botsford Fraser

Maureen Brosnahan

Onder Deligoz

Gezahegn Mekonnen Demissie

Hannah Fisher

Margo Kelly

Keith Leckie

Mary Jo Leddy

Joan Leishman

Caroline Newton

Maria Sabaye   

Speakers

Margaret Atwood

Randy Boyagoda

The Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson

Omar El Akkad

Colin McAdam

Jack Mitchell

John Irving

Colm Tóibín

Special Thanks 

Mariam Alzier

Theo Amory

Linwood Barclay

Gary Beelik

David Bezmozgis

Biblioasis

Mary Campbell

The Rt. Hon. Adrienne Clarkson

Irwin Cotler

Eva Crocker

David Cronenberg

Marcello Di Cintio

Esi Edugyan

Omar El Akkad

Anouchka Freybe

George Brown College

Chantal Gibson

Giving Tuesday

Paola Gomez

Susan Heximer, George 

Brown College

Beth Haddon

Chara Ho 

HotDocs

Jayu Human Rights Film Festival

Joshua Knelman

Martha Kumsa

Literary Review of Canada

Jason Leaver

Mary Jo Leddy

Joan Leishman

Jason Logan

Margaret MacMillan

Yann Martel

Kasey Maguire

Media Profile

Elise Moser

Omar Mouallem

Hasan Namir

Penguin Random House 

Canada

RBC

Deepa Rajagopalan

Jim Ryce

John Ralston Saul

Peter Showler

Philip Slayton

Sandra Stephenson (Trickledown House)

Richard Stursberg

Sara Taslim

Chris Tenove

Colm Tóibín 

Ziya Tong

Tonic Blooms

Toronto Foundation

Karen Walton

Grace Westcott

Ken Whyte

Everett Wilson

Cynthia Wine

Dr. Natalie Wong

Wordfest

Yonge-Lawrence Dentistry

Dr. Trina MaCrae

Dr. Carolyn Berbrayer

Liis Truuvert

Lies Aris

Kathy Findlayson

Loretta Ing

Kyra Lacaden

Kari Moyer

Shelley Youngblut

And all those who have contributed their thoughts and time.

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