We’re thrilled to announce our keynote speaker for National Capital History Day 2015: Dr. J.L. (Jack) Granatstein.
Granatstein is one of Canada’s best-known and most respected historians and is an award-winning author of more than 60 books, including Who Killed Canadian History? Whose War Is it? and the recently published The Greatest Victory: Canada’s One Hundred Days, 1918, which examines the extraordinary contributions of the Canadian military in the 100 days that led to the end of the First World War.
Granatstein is Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus at York University’s Department of History, is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (which awarded him the J.B. Tyrrell Historical Medal for “outstanding work in the history of Canada”), an Officer of the Order of Canada and previously served as the CEO and director of the Canadian War Museum.
When Canadians want to better understand their past, they often turn to Granatstein — you have likely seen him offering commentary on CBC or perhaps you have read one of his many op-ed pieces published in newspapers across Canada.
For these reasons, we’re honoured that Dr. Granatstein has made time to speak to students and teachers attending National Capital History Day. His keynote address will shine a spotlight on Sir Arthur Currie, Commander of the Canadian Corps in the First World War, and on the importance of studying leadership and legacy in history, the theme of this year’s event.