A media panel featuring prominent Canadian journalists who report from around the world every day. Sponsored by CIGI and the Canadian International Council (CIC). More About the Speakers: Nahlah Ayed is a correspondent with CBC’s flagship news program The National. Based in Montreal, she covers Canada's foreign policy and the country's diverse makeup, while continuing her international reporting for CBC News. A veteran of foreign reportage, specifically in the Middle East, Ms. Ayed spent seven years as CBC's Arab world correspondent, reporting from several major conflicts, including those in Iraq, Lebanon and Gaza. As a former parliamentary reporter for The Canadian Press, she spent months in Afghanistan in 2001, covering the war and Canada's subsequent military involvement. She is the recipient of several awards for her print work, a Gemini nomination for her television reportage in Iraq and an honorary doctorate degree from the University of Manitoba for distinguished achievement. Patrick Martin is a veteran Middle East Correspondent for The Globe and Mail. His extensive travels and assignments in the Middle East began in 1971 as a 20-year-old, when he motorcycled across North Africa. In 1982, Mr. Martin wrote from the region as a freelance journalist and then made several visits for The Globe and Mail from 1985. He served as The Globe and Mail’s first Middle East-based staff correspondent from 1991-95, Foreign Editor from 1995-99 and Comment Editor from 1999-2008. In 2004, he returned to Iraq to cover its handover to civilian authorities and was in Israel a few days after Israel invaded Lebanon in 1982. He was nominated for a National Newspaper Award in 1998 for his article “Israel’s Mid-Life Crisis.” Bill Graveland is an Afghanistan Correspondent with The Canadian Press (CP). A reporter for more than 30 years, he has been with CP since 1995. This is his fifth time in Afghanistan, and previously he spent time with the Canadian Forces as an “embed” from 2006-09. Previously, Mr. Graveland was the Prairie Bureau Chief and Western Canadian Manager for Standard Broadcast News. He is the recipient of several Radio and Television News Directors Association (RTNDA) awards for his documentaries on the war in Afghanistan, as well as for previous work. Martin Regg Cohn writes a weekly column on foreign affairs for the Toronto Star, where he also serves as Deputy Editorial Page Editor. Previously, he was Foreign Editor and Deputy City Editor. A foreign correspondent for 11 years, he was chief of the Toronto Star’s Middle East and Asia Bureaus. He has reported from more than 40 countries and been nominated four times for the National Newspaper Award in International Reporting for his coverage from Afghanistan, India and Sudan. He is recipient of the Amnesty International Canada Media Award for his reporting from Sudan, and the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada media fellowship for his research on Islam in Indonesia. As Senior Columnist for Maclean's magazine, Paul Wells is one of Canada's foremost political commentators. Fresh, funny and authoritative, he was hailed by author Mordecai Richler as “a columnist for whom I have the highest regard” and by fellow journalist Robert Fulford as “a first-class Ottawa reporter.” His first book, Right Side Up: The Fall of Paul Martin and the Rise of Stephen Harper's New Conservatism was a national bestseller. He has written for Time magazine, National Post, La Presse and Literary Review of Canada. His blog, Inkless Wells, is required reading in Ottawa and wherever people spend too much time worrying about politics.
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