THE TRUSTEES OF THE
CHARLES TAYLOR PRIZE FOR LITERARY NON-FICTION
VIJAY PARMAR is President of RBC PH&N Investment Counsel, one of Canada's premiere boutique investment counselling firms. He has over 20 years of investment management, wealth planning and business management experience. Vijay is a Trustee of the Crescent School Foundation, and past board member of RBC Global Asset Management Inc. and the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada Pacific District. He also previously led RBC Wealth Management’s fundraising efforts for the United Way Charity Trust in Toronto, and currently serves on its Global Diversity Advisory Council. Vijay earned a BSc from the University of British Columbia and is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA).
DAVID STAINES is a professor of English at the University of Ottawa. Born in Toronto, he received his B.A. from the University of Toronto and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard. He is a founding member of the Scotiabank Giller Prize Advisory Board and he also serves as General Editor of the New Canadian Library and Editor of The Journal of Canadian PoetryIn 1998, the Royal Society of Canada awarded him the Lorne Pierce Medal, and in 2011 he was invested with the Order of Ontario and the Order of Canada.
EDWARD TAYLOR is a physicist at Princess Margaret hospital in Toronto, where he studies the dynamics of molecules involved in the treatment of cancer. Previously he worked as a theoretical condensed matter physicist, publishing close to thirty papers while working at the University of Toronto, McMaster University, The Ohio State University, and the University of Trento in Italy. He received his B.Sc. from McGill University, M.Sc. from Queen’s University, and Ph.D. from the University of Toronto. Son of Charles Taylor, he is proud to help foster his father’s desire to celebrate literary nonfiction in Canada. Edward lives in Toronto with his wife Sandy Tecimer and three daughters, Beatrice, Claire, and Olivia Taylor.
NADINA TAYLOR is currently completing her Ph.D. in Economic History at Laurier University. With B.A.s from Bryn Mawr and Ryerson Universities and an M.A.s from Ryerson and McMaster Universities, she has pursued a lifelong interest in her chosen field, in many ways continuing her father, Charles Taylor’s, quest to explore how and why societies function as they do. A proud mother of Diana, Nadina embraces interests in fitness, music, and theatre.
NOREEN TAYLOR is founder of the RBC Taylor Prize and the Chair of the board of the Charles Taylor Foundation. A member of the Order of Canada and Chancellor of University of Ontario Institute of Technology, she has a lifelong interest in the arts and arts education. After several years of teaching history and art, she oversaw the creation of Claude Watson School for the Arts (Earl Haig). More recently, she has served as Chair of the McMichael Canadian Art Collection and currently chairs Canadian Stage. In addition she is a member of the Board of Directors for the National Ballet of Canada.
Following the lengthy illness of her late husband Charles, she became committed to the improvement of patient care and home care. Initially serving as a community representative for Cancer Care Ontario, and through her leadership and Windfields Farm Ltd.’s generosity, she helped to develop Palliative Care in Ontario. She is now proud to serve as chair of St. Elizabeth’s Health Care, Canada’s leading not-for-profit deliverer of home health care.
Noreen Taylor is President of Windfields Farm Ltd.