John Ralston Saul

John Ralston Saul

Writer, A Fair Country, Co-Chair, Institute for Canadian Citizenship

John Ralston Saul is an award-winning author and essayist. His 16 words have been translated into 29 languages in 38 countries. Saul’s philosophical works - Voltaire’s Bastards, The Doubter’s Companion, The Unconscious Civilization and On Equilibrium - have impacted political thought across the world.

Saul is the Co-Chair of the Institute for Canadian Citizenship (ICC), a national organization to support the inclusion of new citizens. The ICC’s Canoo program provides free access to 1,400 cultural and outdoor experiences to any Canadian who received their citizenship within the last 12 months or permanent resident within the first five years of receiving permanent residence status.

Saul is also the President Emeritus of PEN International, founder and Honourary Chair of Français pour l’avenir / French for the Future and sits on the International Advisory Board for the Common Action Forum. He is a Companion of the Order of Canada and the Order of Ontario as well as an Officer in Germany’s Order of Merit and a Chevalier in the Ordre des Artes et des Lettres of France. His many literary awards include Chile’s Pablo Neruda Medal, South Korea’s Manhae Grand Prize for Literature, Italy’s Premio Letterario Internazionale and the Governor General’s Literary Award for Non-Fiction. Saul holds 21 honourary degrees, ranging from McGill University to King’s College London.