• TD Bank Tower
  • March 6, 2018 - 18:30

They are the journalists who produced some of Canada's most recent poignant and powerful stories. What challenges lie behind reporting these important pieces? From the first notion of an idea to its final fruition—and even after a story airs or is published—hear about the process and its results from three of this country's top investigative journalists.

In celebration of International Women’s Day, join Robyn Doolittle, investigative reporter for The Globe and Mail, on the ‘Unfounded’ investigation; Tanya Talaga, reporter with the Toronto Star and current Atkinson Fellow in Public Policy, on her book Seven Fallen Feathers; and Connie Walker, investigative reporter and host of Missing & Murdered, a CBC News podcast on bringing the still unsolved Alberta Williams murder story to light. Matt Galloway, host of CBC Toronto’s Metro Morning, moderates this discussion.

Seven Fallen Feathers
Seven Fallen Feathers

Over the span of eleven years, seven Indigenous high school students died in Thunder Bay, Ontario. The seven were hundreds of miles away from their families, forced to leave home and live in a foreign and unwelcoming city. Award-winning journalist Tanya Talaga delves into the history of this northern city that has come to manifest Canada’s long struggle with human rights violations against Indigenous communities.

This book will be made available for purchase at the event.



March 6, 2018
Doors open 6:00pm  |  Discussion 6:30pm  |  Reception 8:00pm
TD Bank Tower
66 Wellington St. W., 54th Floor



Robyn Doolittle is an award-winning journalist and author. She joined the Globe and Mail's investigative team in April 2014 after spending nearly a decade reporting for the Toronto Star. Doolittle's probe of former Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's troubled personal life won the 2014 Michener Award and her book on the subject, "Crazy Town; The Rob Ford Story" was a national bestseller. At the Globe, Doolittle's investigation into how Canadian police services handle sexual assault cases has prompted a national overhaul of policy, training and practices around sexual violence, with police services vowing to review thousands of previously closed cases. The federal government cited the "Unfounded" series when it pledged $100-million towards developing a national strategy to combat gender-based violence. @robyndoolittle

Tanya Talaga has been a journalist at the Toronto Star for twenty years, covering everything from general city news to education, national health care, foreign news, and Indigenous affairs. She has been nominated five times for the Michener Award in public service journalism. In 2013, she was part of a team that won a National Newspaper Award for a year-long project on the Rana Plaza disaster in Bangladesh. In 2015, she was part of a team that won a National Newspaper Award for Gone, a series of stories on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. She is the 2017–2018 Atkinson Fellow in Public Policy. Talaga is of Polish and Indigenous descent. Her great-grandmother, Liz Gauthier, was a residential school survivor. Her great-grandfather, Russell Bowen, was an Ojibwe trapper and labourer. Her grandmother is a member of Fort William First Nation. Her mother was raised in Raith and Graham, Ontario. Talaga lives in Toronto with her two teenage children. @TanyaTalaga

Connie Walker is an award-winning investigative reporter, focussed on reporting on Indigenous issues for CBC National News. In 2010, Walker helped produce CBC's acclaimed 8th Fire documentary series examining the relationship between Indigenous peoples and the rest of Canada. In December 2013, CBC News launched CBC Indigenous which has become a leading voice for coverage of Aboriginal issues. Last year, Walker and colleagues at the CBC's Indigenous Unit, won multiple awards including the 2016 Canadian Association of Journalists' Don McGillivray investigative award, a Canadian Screen Award and the prestigious Hillman Award for its "Missing & Murdered: The Unsolved Cases of Indigenous Women and Girls" interactive website.  In 2000, Walker was awarded a Joan Donaldson Newsworld Scholarship while studying at Saskatchewan Indian Federated College, which provided her with an opportunity to work as an intern for CBC Newsworld. Walker went on to host four seasons of acclaimed Street Cents, a youth oriented consumer and media awareness show. Walker has also worked as a host of Living Saskatchewan, and as a reporter and producer for CBC News: Sunday, Connect with Mark Kelley and The National. She has also guest hosted CBC Radio's The Current and World Report. @connie_walker


Matt Galloway is the host of Metro Morning on CBC Radio One, 99.1 FM, the top rated morning radio program in Toronto. He is also the co-host of Podcast Playlist on CBC Radio One. He has been working at CBC Radio for more than 10 years. He has also anchored CBC Radio's coverage of the 2008 Summer Olympics live from Beijing, the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, the 2014 Winter Olympics live from Sochi, and the 2010 FIFA World Cup. For four consecutive years, he was voted Top Radio Personality in Toronto by the readers and editors of NOW Magazine. He was also named a Toronto Hero of 2011 by Torontoist, and a Mensch of the Year for 2011 by The Grid magazine. In 2012, he was given the Excellence In Community Service Award for addressing issues confronting diverse communities by the Intercultural Dialogue Institute, and in 2013, received the award for Diversity and Social Inclusion by the Tagore Anniversary Celebrations Committee of Toronto. In 2014, 2015, and 2016, Toronto Life magazine named him one of Toronto's 50 most influential people. In 2015, Matt received the African Canadian Achievement Award for Excellence in Media. Matt is a keen cyclist, burgeoning runner, voracious reader, proud Torontonian and messy cook. He currently lives in the west end of Toronto with his wife and their two daughters. @mattgallowaycbc


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