Speaker Profiles

Ann Dowsett Johnston

Ann Dowsett Johnston

Founding Director

Faces and Voices of Recovery Canada

Ann Dowsett Johnston is the bestselling author of Drink: The Intimate Relationship Between Women and Alcohol, named one of the top 10 books of 2013 by the Washington Post and recipient of the American Alcoholism Research Media Award.

Winner of five gold National Magazine Awards, Ann is also the recipient of a Southam Journalism Fellowship and the Atkinson Fellowship in Public Policy.

A seasoned journalist, she spent most of her career at Maclean’s magazine, where she was best known as the chief architect of the annual university rankings and the annual Maclean’s Guide to Canadian Universities. Columnist, writer and editor, she has shaped a broad range of dynamic publications over a 30-year career.

Ann is also a founding director of Faces and Voices of Recovery Canada, and the co-founder of the National Roundtable on Girls, Women and Alcohol.

A graduate of Queen’s University and a former Vice-Principal of McGill University, Ann was given a
Transforming Lives Award by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health this spring. Ann lives in

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