Biographer and Historian
Charlotte Gray is one of Canada’s best-known writers and author of nine acclaimed books of literary non-fiction. Born in Sheffield, England, she was educated at Oxford University and the London School of Economics. After coming to Canada in 1979, she worked as a political commentator, book reviewer and magazine columnist before she turned to biography and popular history. Charlotte has a deep understanding of and connection to Canada's North, where she lived for several months while researching her bestselling book Gold Diggers: Striking It Rich in the Klondike. Gold Diggers tells the story of the Klondike Gold Rush through the lives of six remarkable individuals and was nominated a Best Book of the year in the Globe and Mail. Charlotte has won the Pierre Berton Award from Canada’s National History Society and is a member of the Order of Canada and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. She lives in Ottawa, Ontario with her husband George Anderson and has three sons.
Don Coxe has forty years of institutional investment experience in the United States and Canada. His education includes studies in modern history from the University of Toronto and a law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School. As a strategist and investor, he has been engaged at the senior level in global capital markets through every recession and boom since the onset of stagflation in 1972. He has worked on the buy side and the sell side in many capacities and has managed both bond and equity portfolios. He has served as CEO, CIO and Research Director for multiple organizations. He is renowned for his ability to connect investment concepts with quotations and analogies drawn from economics, history, law and literature. Beyond gold commodity expertise, Don has a personal tie to the Klondike Gold Rush. During the stampede, his grandfather spent three years in the Yukon as a missionary successfully building and establishing a church. Don works and resides in Chicago, Illinois.
Author and Historian
Michael Gates studied archaeology at the University of Calgary and museum conservation at the Canadian Conservation Institute prior to his 20-year term as the Curator of Collections at the Klondike National Historic Sites in Dawson City. He later became a cultural resource manager for the Yukon Field Unit of Parks Canada in Whitehorse, until retiring in 2008. Michael managed a major complex of cultural resources related to Klondike history, led the artifact recovery from the Dawson City flood of 1979 and the cataloguing, conservation and display of the largest collection of artifacts in the Yukon. He was involved in the recovery of a collection of rare silent movies found in permafrost, the moving of Dredge Number 4 National Historic Site and was team leader in the restoration of the Commissioner’s Residence Historic Site. He has lectured in Europe, the United States and Canada, and has published numerous articles on various aspects of museology, material culture and history, the most notable being his books: Gold at Fortymile Creek (UBC Press), History Hunting in the Yukon and his newest release, Dalton’s Gold Rush Trail (both Harbour Publishing). He currently writes the History Hunter column for the Yukon News and is working with his wife Kathy on a book about Yukon lawyer and Member of Parliament, George Black. He resides in Whitehorse, YT.
Professor, Author and Historian
Terrence Cole is a Professor of History and the Director of the Office of Public History at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He is an expert on Alaskan history, North American gold rush history and world history. He is the celebrated author of five books. The most recent, Fighting for the Forty Ninth Star- is a history of Alaska's struggle for statehood. Terrence was appointed to the Alaska Historical Commission in 2012. His expertise has been summoned by numerous media outlets including PBS (American Experience), the History Channel, BBC and NPR. Terrence and his family live in Fairbanks, Alaska.