"The race to build the fastest transatlantic ship will result in the greatest and most appalling disaster..." Charles Hays
Charles Hays was a visionary railway magnate and a member of Canada's business elite. He was aboard the "Titanic" that fateful April night a hundred years ago.
"In a minute there was chaos and confusion. Women rushed hither and thither and then the lights went out." Neshan Krekorian
That's what Neshan Krekorian observed in third class that night. Krekorian was a young Armenian man fleeing the persecution of the Armenian people.
"We were entirely surrounded by large cakes of ice and there was no food or water on the boat." Bridget Bradley
And Bridget Bradley lived to tell the tale of being in a lifeboat after the shock of the sinking. Bradley was a young woman leaving poverty in Ireland for a new life in a new world.
These are just some of the people you'll meet in Titanic: The Canadian Story.
Among the more than 2200 passengers and crew were 130 men, women and children bound for Canada. They came from all walks of life, some called Canada home, others chose it as a place of opportunity or refuge.
In two hours of dramatic and emotional story-telling, we reveal for the first time on television the untold stories of the Canadians aboard through letters, diaries and first-hand accounts from surviving family members.
Their stories are about hope and heartbreak - about souls both lost and saved. The legacy of which still resonates today, from British Columbia to Newfoundland.
Alan Hustak is the author of Titanic: The Canadian Story. His research over the last twenty years into the Canadian connections to the Titanic laid the groundwork for our documentary. He agreed to come on board as both our main historical advisor and as an on-camera participant in the documentary. He is the author of more than a dozen Canadian history books and a veteran Canadian journalist and broadcaster. A revised edition of his book Titanic: The Canadian Story was released in February 2012. Read an interview with Alan Hustak on CBC Live
Olivier Mendez is a Titanic researcher/collector, a founding-member of the French Titanic Association and the editor of their revue Latitude 41. He is one of the authors of Les Français du Titanic published in 2011. His research has focused in particular on two French passengers, sculptor Paul Chevré and musician Roger Bricoux.
Michael Dupuis is a Victoria-based writer and Canadian historian. His research into the Titanic event has focused on how the Canadian media, including female reporters, covered the 'story of the century.' He has published work on Titanic in HerStoria, The Titanic Commutator, and History Magazine. His most recent writing on Titanic is "Canadian Journalists in New York" in Paul Heyer's book Titanic Century: Media, Myth and the Making of a Cultural Icon.
Directors: JACQUELINE CORKERY, MARCY CUTTLER
Producers: WAYNE CHONG, LISA ELLENWOOD
Visual researcher: MICHELLE DEMEYERE
Directors of Photography: MICHAEL SWEENEY csc, SERGE BRUNET, HANS VANDERZANDE, DOUG TRENT
Editors: MURRAY GREEN, AVI LEV, JACQUES MILETTE, VANCE TSCHRITTER
Senior Producer: DOUG GRANT
Executive Producers: MICHAEL CLAYDON, PETER JOHN INGLES