Canadian Biographies

Event Number: 18
Tickets: $20.00

Youth under 30: $15.00
School Groups: $9.50

Canadian Biographies

Wednesday, Oct 23
10:15am - 11:30am

(formerly Studio 1398)
3rd Floor, Festival House
1398 Cartwright Street

Meet Elsie MacGill. She was the world’s first female aeronautical engineer, born in 1905, who pioneered her career and the famous Hawker Hurricane plane. As a feminist, she championed women’s rights—many of which we enjoy today. Discover the fascinating life of MacGill and other incredible Canadians, including astronaut Chris Hadfield, civil rights activist Viola Desmond and record-breaking Indigenous athlete Tom Longboat with author Elizabeth MacLeod. The Canadian Biography series will delight kids with bright, comic illustrations, and the empowering message this series offers— especially timely given an increase in encouraging interest in STEM.

Event Participants:

Elizabeth MacLeod


Elizabeth MacLeod has written biographies, picture books, cook books, and many more. She has won many awards, including the Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-fiction, as well as children’s choice awards (Red Cedar, Silver Birch, Red Maple, etc.) across Canada. MacLeod loves discovering amazing stories and sharing them with readers. She’s very nosy so she enjoys finding out how people had the courage to fight for justice or the persistence to overcome problems.