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Canada Project Notables Biography Challenge

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Canada Project Notables Biography Challenge

Coordinator - Dave Rutherford

Welcome to the Canada Project Notables Biography Challenge.

We have been given permission to open for view the biographies and family trees of many of our living notables, including our current and former living Prime Ministers and Governors General. Up until recently, we were required to hide these profiles as Unlisted. But most of these profiles have no biography and in most cases the only source is Wikipedia.
At Canada Project we need to do better to put a better face forward to the world.

Right now our main goal is to make these profiles presentable, with an appropriate biography for each person on the list. These are people from the political world, but we should avoid political controversy and concentrate on their genealogy and their accomplishments.

We may expand the challenge to include provincial premiers in the future depending on the response to this challenge, but for the moment we'll concentrate on the following former PM's and GG's:

  1. Joe Clark - Peggy Watkins done!
  2. Brian Mulroney - Brian Nash
  3. Kim Campbell - Laurie Cruthers done!
  4. Jean Chrétien - Peggy Watkins done!
  5. Paul Martin - Dave Rutherford done!
  6. Stephen Harper - Jelena Eckstädt done!
  7. Justin Trudeau - Danielle Liard done!
  8. Edward Schreyer - Shirley (Thompson) Gilbert done!
  9. Adrienne (Poy) Clarkson - Susan (MacKinnon) O’Callaghan done!
  10. Michaëlle Jean - Gilberte (Legault) Renaud done!
  11. David Johnston - Shirley (Thompson) Gilbert done!
  12. Julie Payette - Dave Rutherford done!
  13. Mary (May) Simon - Catherine (Wood) Trewin done!

All of these are privacy protected, so you will need to be placed on the trusted list to complete the biographies. So select a profile and contact the coordinator Dave for trusted list access. Once you've completed the biography, contact the coordinator for your challenge sticker! Profiles will be assigned on a first come first served basis.

Everyone who completes a biography will receive a sticker for their profile for contributing:

... ... ... contributed a biography to the 2021 Canada Project Notables Biography Challenge.

Guidelines for Writing Profiles

  1. Profiles should have as complete a Biography as the available information allows.
    1. Birth and parents should be at the beginning of the Biography.
    2. The life events that show that the person is notable should also be included
  2. All events/facts given in a Biography should of course have a source and inline source citations are preferred.
    1. Primary documents are best, if available.
    2. High quality secondary sources such as the Canadian Encyclopedia, Dictionary of Canadian Biography, and Wikipedia are acceptable.
  3. If not already added, please add spouses to the profile.
  4. Profiles are welcome in either English or French
    1. If you are bilingual, please make an attempt at a bilingual profile
  5. Be very careful with plagiarism and observe the WikiTree rule of not copy and paste from Wikipedia or other sources.

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  • Private Messages: Contact the Profile Managers privately: Dave Rutherford and Canada Project WikiTree. (Best when privacy is an issue.)
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Can I release Julie Payette and ask for someone else to write her bio?

I am not one for writing narrative and I have also lost interest in her. Sorry.

I will be happy to email my notes and links to anyone who takes over.


I'll send you a private message, so after that you can email me with what you've got.
posted by Dave Rutherford
May I be considered for Prime Minister Mulroney's Profile - he used to Deliver groceries to my Grand-Aunt
posted by Brian Nash
Sure Brian! I've signed you up and added you to his trusted list.
posted by Dave Rutherford
May I please do Julie Payette's biography? She is an former astronaut. That would be interesting to research and write!!
Thanks Robynne!

I've added you to Julie's trusted list. If you need further access due to the PPP, just let me know.


posted by Dave Rutherford
Thanks David.

Is there a timeline for this? A deadline?

No hard and fast deadline. Just an expectation that it will get worked on. Some folks have already completed their profile. But others work much more slowly.
posted by Dave Rutherford

Just FYI - I have been looking for details of Julie's 2 ex-spouses and they are very hard to find details on - especially since one of them - Billie Flynn - is a noted former Military test pilot. I may not be able to add much details for the spouses. But I will keep looking.

Yes, they are not as notable as she is, so if they have profiles created, they will likely need to remain unlisted.

She is already connected to our big tree through her parents, so we are mostly interested here in having a presentable biography for her.

posted by Dave Rutherford
Hi, I'd like to work on Kim Campbell's profile. I think I'm already on the trusted list.
posted by Laurie Cruthers

Thanks Laurie. I've added you to the list!

posted by Dave Rutherford
Can you please add me as a profile manager, Dave. I can't add her second husband without being one. Thanks!
posted by Laurie Cruthers
I've added you as a manager for the profile.
posted by Dave Rutherford
Hello, I can work on Michaelle Jean if no won as claimed her.
Thank you Gilberte.

I'll add you to her trusted list.

posted by Dave Rutherford