The Walrus Foundation National Events

Committed to the Canadian conversation

Upcoming Walrus Foundation Events

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The Walrus Talks Climate

Eighty minutes of thought-provoking ideas about our changing climate. From leading thinkers, writers, and performers

Canadian Museum of Nature, 240 McLeod St., Ottawa
Monday, April 28, 2014, 7 p.m.
Featuring:
  • “Pay Attention and Pay For It” by Robert Bateman, artist and naturalist
  • “The Two Degree Target” by Damon Matthews, Concordia University
  • “Environment, Energy and the Economy” by David McLaughlin, University of Waterloo
  • “Overcoming the Contradiction Between Idea and Action” by Liz Miller, Concordia University
  • “Getting Ahead of the Storm with Green Infrastructure” by Faisal Moola, David Suzuki Foundation
  • “Canadian Food after Climate Change” by Lenore Newman, University of the Fraser Valley
  • “The Frontline of Climate Change” by Aaju Peter, Lawyer and culturist
  • “Clean-tech Bulls Versus Climate Bears” by Tom Rand, MaRS Discovery District
  • “Climate Change and Human Rights: A Few Caveats” by Peter Stoett, Concordia University
Reception to follow. More information & tickets

Enbridge

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The Walrus Talks State of Mind at Blue Metropolis

Eighty minutes of lively, thought-provoking ideas from celebrated writers and thinkers

McCord Museum, 690 rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montreal
Saturday, May 3, 2014, 2 p.m.

Featuring:

Reception to follow.

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The Walrus Talks Human Rights

Eighty minutes of leading thinkers on human rights in a local, national, and global context. Lively, informative, and thought provoking

Isabel Bader Theatre, 93 Charles St. W., Toronto
Wednesday, May 7, 2014, 7 p.m.
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The Walrus Talks Water

Eighty minutes of lively, provocative ideas on the impact, use, and health of water in Canadian and global society

Frederic Wood Theatre, 6354 Crescent Rd., Vancouver
Thursday, May 22, 2014, 7 p.m.

Featuring:

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The Walrus Talks Water

Eighty minutes of lively, provocative ideas on the impact, use, and health of water in Canadian and global society

Isabel Bader Theatre, 93 Charles St. W., Toronto
Wednesday, May 28, 2014, 7 p.m.

Featuring:

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Suncor

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The Walrus Talks Energy

Eight leading thinkers discuss our energy future, the challenges of sustainable energy production, and our collective environmental impact

Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings St., Vancouver
Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 7 p.m.

Featuring:

  • “The Political Landscape” by Gary Mason, Globe and Mail
  • “Clean-tech Bulls Versus Climate Bears” by Tom Rand, MaRS Discovery District
  • “Show Me the Numbers” by William E. Rees, University of British Columbia
  • “Energy Caterpillars and Butterflies” by Jonathan Rhone, Axine Water Technologies
  • “First Nations: Key to Sustainable Energy” by Kekinusuqs, Judith Sayers, National Aboriginal Economic Development Chair
  • “Beyond Harold Innis” by Shauna Sylvester, Carbon Talks
  • “Mobilizing for Change” by Kali Taylor, Student Energy

The Walrus Talks speakers will speak to all aspects of the topic, including First Nations perspectives on the key to sustainable energy, energy consumption, the role technological innovations will play in our energy future, youth engagement, and more.

Reception to follow.

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The Walrus Talks Tomorrow

Eight talks by leading thinkers on the big issues of tomorrow

Jack Singer Concert Hall, 205 8 Ave. SE, Calgary
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Photograph by Laura Bombier/Les Stroud ProductionsLaura Bombier/Les Stroud Productions

Featuring:

  • “Why Tomorrow Never Comes” by Joseph Boyden, Giller Prize–winning author
  • “The Future of Canada” by Diane Francis, bestselling author and journalist
  • “The Future of Brand” by Terry O’Reilly, CBC Radio host and advertising expert
  • “The Future of Not Being Afraid of the Future” by Shad, Juno Award–winning musician
  • “The Future of Your Hand” by Michael Sikorsky, mobile app developer
  • “The Future of Survival Through Nature” by Les Stroud, musician, filmmaker, author, and TV’s Survivorman
  • “Physics and our Future” by Neil Turok, director of the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics
  • “The Future of the Past” by Aritha van Herk, novelist, teacher, and editor

With Nii’danamska Brent Scout of the Blackfoot-Kainai Nation (Blood Tribe), providing an opening blessing.

Reception to follow.

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RBC Foundation

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The Walrus Talks Philanthropy

The state of philanthropy, how we’re doing it wrong, how it can change for the better, and what giving really means

Isabel Bader Theatre, 93 Charles St. W, Toronto
6:30 p.m. (ET), Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Featuring:

  • “Giving More than Money” by Mustafa Ahmed, poet
  • “HiveMind Gives: Grassroots Crowdfunding” by Margaret Atwood, author
  • “The Next Frontier of Corporate Philanthropy” by Tania Carnegie, KPMG
  • “The Growth of Global Philanthropy” by Tony Elischer, THINK Consulting Solutions
  • “What We Owe” by Mellissa Fung, CBC broadcaster
  • “Attracting Diversity” by Krishan Mehta, Ryerson University
  • “What Not to Give” by Samantha Nutt, War Child Canada
  • “Anybody Can Afford to Give” by Robin Taub, Robin Taub Financial Consulting

With closing remarks from Chair, Business for the Arts, Jim Fleck, OC.

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TD

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The Walrus Talks Sustainability

at the Art Gallery of Ontario

Baillie Court, Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas St. W, Toronto
6:30 p.m. (ET), Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Featuring eighty minutes of lively, thought-provoking ideas about building sustainable cities, and our relationship to our environment, featuring:

Reception hosted by Ryerson University.

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Suncor

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The Walrus Talks Energy

Our sustainable energy future, the challenges of energy production, ideas and inventions that will change the world, and where you fit in

Moyse Hall Theatre, McGill University, 845 Sherbrooke St. W, Montreal
6 p.m. (ET), Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Featuring:

  • “The Energy Conundrum” by Peter Calamai, Institute for Science, Society and Policy
  • “Political Climate” by Sophie Cousineau, Globe and Mail
  • “Finding Efficiency” by Philippe Dunsky, Dunsky Energy Consulting
  • “Aboriginal Power” by Chris Henderson, Lumos Energy
  • “Visualizing Canadian Energy Systems” by David Layzell, University of Calgary
  • “Lighting the Way” by Zetian Mi, McGill University
  • “Pricing Energy” by Bryne Purchase, Queen’s University
  • “Mobilizing for Change” by Kali Taylor, Student Energy

Reception to follow.

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CAPP

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The Walrus Talks the Art of Conversation

The art of the interview, the state of the public square, finding common ground, reconciliation, and more

Belfry Theatre, 1291 Gladstone Ave., Victoria
6:30 p.m. (PT), Monday, September 16, 2013
Graphic by Lisa Arora
Interpretive graphic, drawn live during this event, by getthepicture.ca. Follow this link to download a high-resolution version of the artwork.

Featuring:

  • “Empathy and the Polluted Public Square” by Jim Hoggan, Hoggan & Associates president
  • “Faith and Science” by Michael Ingham, retired Bishop of the Diocese of New Westminster
  • “It’s Not You, It’s Them: Rules for Arguing in Polite and Impolite Company” by Samantha Nutt, War Child Canada executive director
  • “The Interview Tool” by Shelagh Rogers, CBC broadcaster
  • “From Debate to Dialogue” by Shauna Sylvester, Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue fellow
  • “Building a Movement” by Kali Taylor, Student Energy founder
  • “Creating Dialogue” by Robert Wiersema, bestselling author

Reception to follow.

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Beakerhead

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The Walrus Talks Experimentation

Join us at Calgary’s first city-wide spectacle of arts and engineering

Theatre Junction Grand, 608 1 St. SW, Calgary
3 p.m. (MT), Saturday, September 14, 2013

The Walrus Talks Experimentation will focus on creativity, education, art, and science. It will explore that moment when, through experimentation, we step from the known into the unknown.

Sixty thought-provoking minutes, featuring:

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