John Ralston Saul was born in Ottawa in 1947. He is is the spouse of Her Excellency The Right Honourable  Adrienne Clarkson, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, and a highly acclaimed and awarded essayist, novelist and philosopher.

He holds a Ph.D. on the modernization of France at King's College, University of London, and he has had a growing impact on political and economic thought in many countries. This was established with his 1995 Massey lectures and the resulting book, The Unconscious Civilization.

Mr. Saul has written five novels, which are translated into a dozen languages. He holds honorary doctorates from a range of Canadian Universities.

Mr. Saul is the patron of the Canadian Centre of International PEN, and founder and Honorary Chair of Le Français pour l'Avenir / French for the Future and Chair of the Advisory Board of the LaFontaine-Baldwin Symposium. Mr. Saul also serves on several other boards.

A Companion in the Order of Canada (1999), Mr. Saul is also Chevalier in the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of France (1996). He received the first Canadian Teacher's Federation Public Education Advocacy Award (2000). In September 2004, Mr. Saul received the Pablo Neruda International Presidential Medal of Honour from the Chilean Government.