Our speakers for the 2015 forum



Kevin Tierney
Movie Director (Bon cop, Bad cop; French Immersion, c’est la faute à Trudeau; The Trotsky

Section : Movie and discussion 

Kevin Tierney is the producer and co-writer of Bon Cop Bad Cop, the first ever bilingual film made in Canada. His most recent production, French Immersion, also saw him make his directorial debut.  Tierney began his professional life as a high school, college and university teacher, working in faraway places like Africa and China. For the past 25 years he has made his living in the film and television business in Montreal and seen both his children enter similar fields, Jacob an award-winning filmmaker and Brigid, a film programmer for the Toronto International Film Festival. In 2013, Kevin Tierney was recognized by the QCGN with a Goldbloom Award for his unique way of building bridges between English- and French-speaking Quebecers through his work as an educator and film-maker. The judges noted that Kevin’s movies contributed immeasurably to breaking down stereotypes and fostering a better understanding between Anglophones and Francophones.


Jocelyn Létourneau
Canada’s Research Chair of Quebec Contemporary History, Laval University

Section : Lunch and learn 

Since 2001, Jocelyn Létourneau has been the Canada Research Chair of Quebec Contemporary History. Member of the Royal Society of Canada and winner of a research award from the Trudeau Foundation, he has been, throughout his career, a fellow of Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of Bielefeld in Germany; scholar at the Institut for Advanced Study at Princeton in New Jersey; Fulbright fellow at UC Berkeley and Stanford University; and scholar at the Collegium de Lyon. Between 2006 and 2011, he spear headed a University-College research alliance based on the theme Canadians and their past. Jocelyn is an author of seven publications. His latest book, Je me souviens, was published last February with Fides. It explores the perspective of youth on Quebec’s Past.


Charles Taker
Responsible for liaison in Quebec with federal institutions and official language minority communities in the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages

Section : Movie and discussion

Charles Taker has been with the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages since January 2003. He is responsible for liaison in Quebec with federal institutions and official language minority communities. Before this appointment, he was manager in the Official Language Minority Communities Secretariat at Human Resources Development Canada where he also held the ex-officio title of Secretary of the National Human Resources Development Committee for the English Linguistic Minority.