About the Event

Politics and the Pen is a grand celebration of Canadian political and literary cultures.

Held annually at the Fairmont Château Laurier, this unique fundraiser brings together national politicians, talented writers, prominent diplomats, and notable arts and business leaders all in support of the Writers’ Trust mandate to advance, nurture, and celebrate Canadian writers and writing.

The highlight of the evening is the presentation of the $25,000 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing, named in honour of the spirited and inspiring parliamentarian and generously supported by CN. Congratulations to our latest winner Tanya Talaga, who took home the 2017 prize for her book Seven Fallen Feathers: Racism, Death, and Hard Truths in a Northern City.

The Writers' Trust of Canada extends enormous thanks to the 2019 Politics and the Pen co-chairs, Catherine Clark and Dan Mader, and to committee members Jim Armour, Maureen Boyd, Heather Bradley, Alayne Crawford, Elizabeth Gray-Smith, Patrick Kennedy, Francoyse Picard, Jill Scheer, and Max St-Pierre.

Platinum

Prize Sponsor

CN

Dinner Sponsor

CIBC

Reception Sponsor

Microsoft Canada

Video Sponsor

Shaw Communications

Gold

Amazon.ca
Chartered Professional Accountants Canada
Enbridge
Imperial
Interac

Silver

BMO
Bluesky Strategy Group
CBC
Canadian Publishers' Council
Innovative Medicines Canada
Insurance Bureau of Canada
IBM
Intuit
Lafarge
Lowe's
McKesson
Morneau Shepell
Quebecor
Scotiabank

Bronze

Canadian Bankers Association
CCUA
CPAC
CWTA
Crestview
Dentons
Earnscliffe
Gowling
Hill+Knowlton
Mr. Douglas Knight
MDA
Passmore
Rogers
RBC
SNC Lavalin

2018 Attending Writers

  • Kamal Al-Solaylee
  • Katherine Ashenburg
  • Michel C. Auger
  • Mike Blanchfield
  • Kim Bozak
  • Tim Cook
  • Michel Cormier
  • Alan Cumyn
  • Susan Delacourt
  • Jennifer Ditchburn
  • Greg Donaghy
  • Christopher Dummitt
  • Omar El Akkad
  • Terry Fallis
  • Rita Field-Marsham
  • Graham Fox
  • Rachel Giese
  • Charlotte Gray
  • Brian Hanington
  • Elizabeth Hay
  • Joseph Heath
  • Amanda Lang
  • Carrianne Leung
  • L. Ian MacDonald
  • Stephen Maher
  • Monia Mazigh
  • James McLeod
  • Nik Nanos
  • Don Newman
  • Carol Off
  • Fen Osler Hampson
  • Jocelyn Parr
  • Sandra Perron
  • André Picard
  • Bob Plamondon
  • Daniel Poliquin
  • Elizabeth Renzetti
  • Noah Richler
  • Ted Rowe
  • Mark Sakamoto
  • Doug Saunders
  • Sarah Selecky
  • Ann Shortell
  • Barbara Sibbald
  • Jeffrey Simpson
  • Dale Smith
  • Tabatha Southey
  • Kirstine Stewart
  • Karl Subban
  • Mark Sutcliffe
  • Vikas Swarup
  • Jamie Swift
  • Tanya Talaga
  • Paul Wells
  • Jan Wong