Guest Speakers

Meet our 2021 Guest Speakers.

This year’s Cabaret will feature a conversation between Bishop Kevin Robertson and Bishop Riscylla Shaw

Bishop Kevin Robertson, area bishop of York-Scarborough, December 21, 2016. Photo/Michael Hudson

The Rt. Rev. Kevin Robertson is the area bishop of York-Scarborough. Before being elected bishop in 2016, Bishop Robertson was the incumbent of Christ Church, Deer Park and the Regional Dean of the Eglinton deanery. He previously served as the liturgical officer for York-Scarborough; incumbent of St. Nicholas, Birch Cliff; and incumbent of St. Peter, Oshawa. Bishop Robertson has a Master of Divinity (Hons) from Trinity College at the University of Toronto and a B.A. (Hons) from Huron College at the University of Western Ontario. He was ordained deacon in 1997 and priest in 1998. Bishop Robertson and his spouse Mohan have two children and live in Toronto.

Bishop Riscylla Walsh Shaw, area bishop of Trent-Durham, December 21, 2016. Photo/Michael Hudson

Bishop Riscylla Shaw is the area bishop of Trent-Durham. Before becoming a bishop, Bishop Shaw was the incumbent (rector) of Christ Church, Bolton. Before that she was the incumbent of the Parish of Minden-Kinmount. She earned a Master of Divinity from Wycliffe College in 1999 and was ordained deacon in 2001 and priest the same year. Bishop Shaw is Metis and serves as an Ambassador of Reconciliation in the Diocese of Toronto.

Judy Maddren
Moderator – Judy Maddren

We are honoured that our Bishops will be joined in conversation by CBC’s Judy Maddren.

For many years, Judy started the day with millions of Canadians across Canada, sharing the latest news of the world and our country as host of CBC Radio’s World Report.

In 1990, Judy produced the first public reading of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol with CBC readers in Toronto, and then expanded the readings across Canada. They were, and are, held in dozens of communities across the country each year, raising money to benefit local charities of all kinds. Five years ago the Governor-General awarded Judy the Meritorious Service Medal for her efforts with the Christmas Carol readings.

Both those experiences were all about stories. And since leaving the CBC, she has focused full time on recording Soundportraits, audio-biography interviews of people young and old, for their families. Judy and her husband The Rev. Dr. Tim Elliott are the parents of four children, and, very happily, grandparents of five. Judy and Tim live in Stratford.