See you on November 12, 2023, at Toronto’s iconic Brick Works.

Special Guest: Harry Forestell

Jeanne Beker

Announcing: Special guest speaker this November

I was wide awake during my brain surgery for Parkinson's. Here's how it changed my life. Harry Forestell

Above: Harry Forestell and quote from CBC First Person article, February 20, 2023.

Porridge for Parkinson’s welcomes Harry Forestell

In a career spanning more than 30 years, Harry has had a front-row seat to the news and newsmakers that shape our world. From salt mines to stock exchanges to the front steps of Downing Street, he has reported from across Europe, the UK and North America.

Harry began as a freelance reporter in the Parliamentary Press Gallery in Ottawa, covering breaking political news for regional papers and local CBC Radio. After a decade as a producer for CBC morning shows in Canada, he moved to London, England, where he established himself as a science and medicine correspondent for broadcasters including BBC World Service and National Public Radio.

After serving as CBC TV’s European Business Correspondent, Harry returned to Canada in 1999, where he was business editor for CBC Television’s national morning show and business correspondent for The National. He returned to London in 2005 as European correspondent for CBC Newsworld’s morning show. In 2010, Harry Forestell became the anchor of CBC New Brunswick News at Six.

In 2015, Harry was diagnosed with Parkinson’s at the age of 53. He was referred to Dr. Lang and his team at the Toronto Western Hospital Movement Disorders Clinic, and in September 2022, he underwent deep brain stimulation (DBS) treatment for Parkinson’s. Harry generously shared his unique experience through CBC First Person and various interviews earlier this year. In May, CBC’s The National broadcast Harry’s powerful interview with Michael J. Fox about living with Parkinson’s.

Harry is married to Jennifer, and they have two daughters.

Read Harry’s CBC First Person story

Watch Harry’s interview with Michael J. Fox