Dr. Joseph Mensah
Born and raised in Ghana, he immigrated to Canada in 1987, received his Master’s degree in human geography, and later his PhD in human geography from the University of Alberta in Edmonton. He has taught at several universities and colleges in British Columbia. Currently he is the Coordinator of International Development Studies at York University. Joe has lent his expertise to the Global Development Network’s Fifth Global Research Project on Health, for which he received a highly prized sponsorship from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to evaluate Ghana’s National Health Insurance Scheme. Dr. Mensah has authored several journal articles and books, including Black Canadians: History, Experiences, Social Conditions(Fernwood Publishing, 2002) and edited several books, including Understanding Economic Reforms: The Tale of Seven Nations (Palgrave, 2006); and Neoliberalism and Globalization in Africa: Contestations from the Embattled Continent
Born in Toronto, Gil has been a journalist for over twenty years. He published over 2,000 articles in more than 50 different Canadian, American, British, and Israeli daily, weekly, and monthly newspapers and magazines, including The Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Sun, Financial Times, Toronto Computes, We Compute, The Canadian Jewish News, Catholic New Times, Anglican Journal, XTRA!, NOW, (Toronto), Canadian Geographic, Frank (Ottawa),Moment (Washington), Forward, Lilith (New York), enRoute, The Gazette, (Montreal), Sun Times of Canada (Tampa),Winnipeg Free Press, The Jewish Chronicle, The Month (London, Britain), The Jerusalem Report and The Jerusalem Post. He now shares his time between Israel and Canada.
In 1973 Harold was one of the co-founders of The Nation News that grew to become Barbados’ largest circulation newspaper. He now holds the position of the Director and Editor Emeritus since his retirement in 2006. Chair of One Caribbean Media Limited, a company formed in 2006 from the merger of two of the region’s most distinguished and long-standing media enterprises—the Caribbean Communications Network (CCN) Group (Trinidad and Tobago) and the Nation Corporation Group (Barbados). Harold is a former President of the Caribbean Publishing and Broadcasting Association, he remains active in media organizations including the Commonwealth Press Union and the Inter-American Press Association. Also, a former Commonwealth Press Union Fellow and Eisenhower Fellow, he was recognized by Columbia University in the United States for his contribution to Caribbean journalism with the Maria Moors Cabot Citation in 1984. He was also awarded the Gold Crown of Merit (GCM) by Barbados in 2003. Also, Harold is a Distinguished Honorary Fellow of the University of the West Indies, and was awarded the honorary Doctor of Letters Degree by the University of the West Indies in October 2005. He lived in Toronto, Canada, for five years while practicing his craft as a journalist and moved back to his birth place, Barbados in 1973.