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Selection Committee

Jim Byrd (Chair) is a communications consultant based in St. John's, Newfoundland and a former Vice President of English Television at CBC.

Pauline Couture is an author and communications strategist with a deep background in journalism, broadcasting and the knowledge industries.

Stephen Kimber is an award-winning writer, editor and broadcaster who has written one novel and nine non-fiction books, including Canadian bestsellers Flight 111: A Year in the Life of a Tragedy and Sailors, Slackers and Blind Pigs: Halifax at War. His most recent book, What Lies Across the Water: The Real Story of the Cuban Five (2013) won the Evelyn Richardson award for nonfiction at the East Coast Literary Awards and was long-listed for the Libris Award as Canadian nonfiction book of the year. His work has appeared in most major Canadian publications, and he has also been a producer for CTV and a producer, writer, editor and host for CBC TV and radio. He has taught journalism at the University of King's College since 1983, where he served as director three times, and is co-founder of the university's Master of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction program.