The Hosts

The Seven Wonders of Canada is hosted by Peter Mansbridge, Mark Kelley, and Shelagh Rogers.

Peter Mansbridge

Peter MansbridgePeter Mansbridge is the Chief Correspondent of CBC News. He anchors CBC's flagship nightly news program, The National, and all CBC News specials. He is also host of CBC Newsworld's Mansbridge: One on One.

Mansbridge began his career in 1968 in Churchill, Manitoba where he helped develop CBC Radio's news service to northern Canada. In 1971, he moved to Winnipeg as a reporter for CBC Radio, and in 1972, joined CBC Television. He became The National's reporter in Saskatchewan in 1975, and, in 1976, was named one of the program's parliamentary correspondents in Ottawa. He became Chief Correspondent and anchor of The National in 1988.

In 40 years with CBC News, Mansbridge has provided comprehensive coverage of the most significant stories in Canada and around the world.

During a decorated career, Mansbridge has received 12 Gemini Awards for excellence in broadcast journalism. He has also received a number of honorary degrees from universities across the country and has been recognized by leading universities in the United States and the United Kingdom.

Born in London, England in 1948, Mansbridge was educated in Ottawa and served in the Royal Canadian Navy in 1966 and 1967.

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Mark Kelley

Mark KelleyMark Kelley is a correspondent for CBC News: The National.

Kelley joined the CBC in 1990. From 1992 to 1995, he was the National Assembly correspondent for Newswatch, the Montreal supper-hour program. He joined The National in 1995, where he served as the Montreal correspondent and covered such stories as the Great Ice Storm of 1998.

From 1998-2002, Kelley co-anchored CBC News: Morning. In 2002, he joined the investigative journalism program CBC News: Disclosure, where he served as a co-host until 2004. During Canada's federal election in 2004, he spent five weeks on the road in CBC's election bus crossing the country to cover the stories unfolding behind the campaign.

Kelley has won two Gemini Awards for Best Host or Interviewer in a news information program (one for his work covering the September 11th attacks on the morning show and one for his reportage on Disclosure). Kelley was also part of a team that won the best news story of the year award from the Canadian Association of Journalists for a story he did on Disclosure about body checking in minor hockey.

Kelley graduated from Concordia University in Montreal, where he studied journalism.

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Shelagh Rogers

Shelagh RogersShelagh Rogers is the founding host of Sounds Like Canada, a program that delves into the complexity and the joy of contemporary life in Canada through personal conversations and interviews.

Rogers began her career in broadcasting at CKWS Radio and Television in Kingston, Ontario. While still a student at Queen's University, she received an offer over the phone to host a nightly country and western music program at CKWS FM. Knowing nothing about country and western music, Rogers jumped right in. That assignment lead to producing her own daily television current affairs program at the age of twenty two, where she interviewed such luminaries as Dr. Benjamin Spock, Buckminster Fuller and Timothy Findley. She also had a memorable three-year stint as the late night weather girl (as they were called then).

In September of 1980, Rogers joined CBC Radio in Ottawa becoming the youngest female staff announcer ever at CBO. There she hosted the local current affairs programs and jazz and classical music broadcasts. In 1982, she became host of the national daily classical concert program Mostly Music. She won an ACTRA award in 1982 for Best Host/Interviewer.

An offer to host the afternoon current affairs program took her to Toronto in 1984. In 1986, she became co-host of Metro Morning, where one morning she interviewed Peter Gzowski about his plans to raise money for literacy. Peter then invited her to come and read the listener mail on Morningside, which she did for the next 12 years. In 1987, she was named host of CBC Radio's weekly national arts forum State of the Arts. Committed to making the cultural life of Canada accessible to all Canadians, Rogers was the founding host of the daily program, The Arts Tonight.

During this time, Rogers was a popular guest on other CBC Radio programs. For 10 years, she was one third of the wildly popular Humline Trio on Basic Black. And she was sidekick to the inimitable Max Ferguson. In 1995, Peter Gzowski created a new role for her: Deputy Host of Morningside.

When Morningside ended, Rogers went to Radio Two for three very successful years as host of Take Five, a five-hour weekday listener request and classical concert program. She was a weekly contributor to TVOntario's award-winning book program Imprint from 1997 to 2000. And she hosted TVO's Saturday Night at the Movies.

In June of 2000, Rogers began two years as host of CBC Radio's premier current affairs program This Morning in the old Morningside time slot. Every weekday morning she presided over conversations about the life of Canada in all its diversity.

Her outside activities include seventeen years of volunteering for Frontier College, Canada's largest literacy network. She hosts an annual Bonspiel for Literacy that has raised more than a quarter of a million dollars for the cause, and has hosted numerous literacy golf tournaments from Whitehorse to Charlottetown, from Regina to Cape Dorset. For a brief time, she was also sous-chef at Mitzi's Sister in Toronto's Parkdale, earning a certificate as best egg-cracker and spring roll maker.
In the fall of 2003, to her great delight, Shelagh and Sounds Like Canada took up permanent residence in Vancouver.

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