PHIL LIND is the vice-chairman of Rogers Communications Inc. and for forty years was the right-hand man of the company founder, the late Ted Rogers. Indeed, Lind co-authored (with Robert Brehl) Right Hand Man:How Phil Lind Guided the Genius of Ted Rogers, Canada’s Foremost Entrepreneur. In 2019, the book was a finalist for the National Business Book Award. A patron of the arts and a philanthropist, Lind holds a steadfast belief that deeper understanding and connection can create a more inclusive world. From revolutionizing the broadcasting landscape in Canada to transforming the potential of telecommunications, his work has greatly contributed to the social, cultural, and economic wellbeing of Canada. Lind is a long-time supporter and advocate of the University of British Columbia. He has generously invested in many areas of scholarship at the university, including the Phil Lind Initiative, which invites leading US thinkers to UBC for open, thought-provoking dialogue on a range of urgent issues. Lind has also supported the Phil Lind Chair in US Politics and Representation, the US Studies Program, the Rogers Communications Multicultural Film Production Project, and the Belkin Curator’s Forum. Lind has been inducted into the Order of Canada and the Cable Hall of Fame in Denver, Colorado. He is also an avid collector of contemporary art, including such Vancouver superstars as Jeff Wall and Rodney Graham. Lind holds a lifelong passion for fly-fishing, passed down to him from his grandfather Johnny Lind.
ROBERT BREHL is an award-winning journalist formerly at the Toronto Star and Globe and Mail. Brehl now operates his own consulting, communications, and writing firm called abc2 communications inc. (abc2.ca). He is co-author of the bestselling books Relentless: The True Story of the Man behind Rogers Communications, with Ted Rogers; Right Hand Man: How Phil Lind Guided the Genius of Ted Rogers, Canada’s Foremost Entrepreneur, with Phil Lind; and Hurricane Hazel: A Life with Purpose, with Mississauga’s Hazel McCallion, the longest-serving mayor of a major city in Canadian history. Brehl has authored other books, including the bestseller The Best of Milt Dunnell: Over 40 Years of Great Sportswriting, about the legendary Canadian sports columnist from St. Marys, Ontario. Like Right Hand Man, Relentless (2009) was a finalist for the National Business Book Award. Brehl has a book about Calgary oilman and environmentalist David Werklund scheduled for publication in spring 2023.