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Upcoming Walrus Foundation Events

RBC Foundation
presents

The Walrus Talks Philanthropy

The state of philanthropy, how it can change for the better, and what giving really means

Theatre Junction Grand, 608 1 St. SW, Calgary
Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 7 p.m.
General Admission: $25
Students: $15
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Featuring:

  • Mustafa Ahmed, poet and student
  • Lorna Crowshoe, City of Calgary
  • Casey Eagle Speaker, Hull Services
  • Sheldon Kennedy, Respect Group
  • Craig Kielburger, Free the Children
  • Lucy Miller, United Way
  • Samantha Nutt, War Child Canada
  • Samuel Weiss, University of Calgary Hotchkiss Brain Institute

And more!

With a welcome by Elizabeth Cannon, president and vice-chancellor, University of Calgary. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. A reception will follow the talks.

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Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers
presents

The Walrus Talks: The Art of Conversation

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

The Rooms, 9 Bonaventure Ave., St. John’s
Thursday, September 25, 2014, 7:30 p.m.
General admission: $25
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Featuring:

  • Mustafa Ahmed, poet and student
  • Michael Crummey, poet and writer
  • Lisa Marie DiLiberto, artistic director, Fixt Point
  • Gen. Rick Hillier, former Chief of Defence Staff
  • Lisa Moore, author
  • Samantha Nutt, War Child Canada
  • Seamus O’Regan, former host of Canada AM

Doors open at 7 p.m. A reception will follow the talks.

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Suncor
presents

The Walrus Talks Energy

Our sustainable energy future, the challenges of energy production, and what lies ahead

National Gallery of Canada, 380 Sussex Dr., Ottawa
Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 7 p.m.
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Featuring:

  • Philippe Dunsky, Dunsky Energy Consulting
  • Chris Henderson, Lumos Energy
  • David Jacobson, former US ambassador to Canada
  • Velma McColl, Earnscliffe Strategy Group
  • Kali Taylor, Student Energy
  • Ali Velshi, Al Jazeera America
  • Deborah Yedlin, Calgary Herald

And more!

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TD
presents

The Walrus Talks Resilience

How cities and communities build themselves to thrive through difficult times

Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas St. W, Toronto
Wednesday, October 9, 2014, 6:30 p.m.
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Featuring:

  • Mustafa Ahmed, poet and student
  • Ajay Heble, University of Guelph
  • Rick Huijbregts, Cisco Canada
  • Annie Kidder, People for Education
  • David Miller, WWF Canada
  • Gabrielle Scrimshaw, Aboriginal Professionals Association of Canada
  • Frances Westley, SIG@Waterloo

And more!

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Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers
presents

The Walrus Talks: The Art of Conversation

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

Convocation Hall, Mount Allison University, 37 York St., Sackville, NB
Thursday, October 16, 2014, 7:00 p.m.
General admission: $10
Students: free
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Featuring:

  • Measha Brueggergosman, Canadian soprano
  • Charlotte Gray, biographer and historian
  • Sarah MacLachlan, publisher
  • Lisa Moore, author
  • Natalie Panek, rocket scientist
  • Shelagh Rogers, broadcaster
  • Marlene Snowman, Royal Canadian Mounted Police
  • Aritha van Herk, historian and author

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. A reception will follow the talks.

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RBC Foundation
presents

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.

Koerner Hall, TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning, 273 Bloor St. W, Toronto
Tuesday, November 25, 2014, 7 p.m.
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Featuring:

  • Terry O’Reilly, CBC Radio host and advertising expert
  • Tom Jackson, actor, singer and activist
  • Molly Johnson, singer-songwriter
  • Michael Koerner, business leader and arts advocate
  • Sonnet L’Abbé, poet and critic
  • Deepa Mehta, film director and screenwriter
  • Justin Poy, president and creative director of The Justin Poy Agency
  • Bill Young, founder of Social Capital Partners

And more!

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. A reception will follow the talks.

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The Walrus Foundation
Past Events

presents

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. (ET)
General Admission: $20
Students: $12
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Walrus TV

Shelagh Rogers recounts meeting author Timothy Findley and finding her most powerful phrase, "tell me about..." (Recorded in Victoria on September 16, 2013.)

Featuring:

  • “Deep Water and Deep Leadership” by Joe MacInnis, physician, explorer, and author
  • “Beads of Destruction” by Sherri Mason, SUNY Fredonia
  • “Swimmable, Drinkable, Fishable Water Is Possible” by Mark Mattson, Lake Ontario Waterkeeper
  • John L. Riley, Nature Conservancy of Canada
  • “Lost Rivers” by Katarina Soukup, filmmaker
  • “The State of the World’s Water: The Twin Crises of Contamination and Supply” by Marq de Villiers, author
  • Rob Williams, Oceans Initiative
  • “Speaking the C-Word” by Chris Wood, journalist and author

Reception to follow.

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presents

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. (PT)
Adults: $20
Students: $12
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Walrus TV

Shelagh Rogers recounts meeting author Timothy Findley and finding her most powerful phrase, "tell me about..." (Recorded in Victoria on September 16, 2013.)

Featuring:

  • “Deep Water and Deep Leadership” by Joe MacInnis, physician, explorer, and author
  • “Swimmable, Drinkable, Fishable Water Is Possible” by Mark Mattson, Lake Ontario Waterkeeper
  • “Lost Rivers” by Katarina Soukup, filmmaker
  • “The Bow River Watershed: Managing for Weather Extremes” by Kim Sturgess, Alberta WaterSMART
  • “Flood Survival Tips” by Chris Turner, journalist and author
  • “The State of the World’s Water: The Twin Crises of Contamination and Supply” by Marq de Villiers, author
  • “The Poetics of Water” by Fred Wah, poet
  • Rob Williams, Oceans Initiative
  • “Speaking the C-Word” by Chris Wood, journalist and author

Reception to follow.

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presents

The Walrus Talks Human Rights

Eighty minutes of leading thinkers on human rights in a local, national, and global context

Isabel Bader Theatre, 93 Charles St. W., Toronto
Wednesday, May 7, 2014, 7 p.m.
Adults: $20
Students: $12
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Walrus TV

Matt Galloway, host of CBC Radio’s Metro Morning, on the art of inclusion. (Recorded in Toronto on October 10, 2012.)

Featuring:

Reception to follow.

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Enbridge
presents

The Walrus Talks States 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.
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Walrus TV

Matt Galloway, host of CBC Radio’s Metro Morning, on the art of inclusion. (Recorded in Toronto on October 10, 2012.)

Featuring:

Reception to follow.

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très_petit
presents

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.
Adults: $20
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Walrus TV

Poet Mustafa Ahmed talks about building the foundation for giving: love. (Recorded in Toronto on November 19, 2013.)

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.

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Suncor
presents

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.
Adults: $20
Students: $12
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Walrus TV

Poet Mustafa Ahmed talks about building the foundation for giving: love. (Recorded in Toronto on November 19, 2013.)

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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presents

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
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Walrus TV

Poet Mustafa Ahmed talks about building the foundation for giving: love. (Recorded in Toronto on November 19, 2013.)

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
presents

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
General admission: $20
Student: $15
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Walrus TV

Jennifer Keesmat on “The Art of Neighbourhood” (The Walrus Talks: The Art of the City, Toronto, 2012).

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
presents

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
AGO members: $17
Public: $20
Students: $12
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Walrus TV

Jennifer Keesmat on “The Art of Neighbourhood” (The Walrus Talks: The Art of the City, Toronto, 2012).

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
presents

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
Adult: $15
Student: $10
OSQAR

Oil Sands Question and Response (OSQAR) is a blog created by Suncor Energy to support constructive dialogue about the oil sands. In our weekly posts, we talk about the energy industry, environmental impact, tailings management and reclamation, water management, and the social and economic implications of oil sands development.

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Walrus TV

Roberta Bondar on “The Art of Ecology” (The Walrus Talks: The Art of the City, Toronto, 2012).

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
presents

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
General admission: $26.25
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Walrus TV

Roberta Bondar on “The Art of Ecology” (The Walrus Talks: The Art of the City, Toronto, 2012).

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
presents

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
General admission seating: $25
What Is Beakerhead

Beakerhead is an annual, citywide, interactive movement that explodes with creativity. It brings together the arts and engineering sectors from across the city, province, country, and world to build, compete, and exhibit interactive works of art, spectacle, and entertainment during an annual week-long international happening each fall.

From outdoor artworks and late-night laboratories, to community contests and celebrations, interactive digital events to event premieres, Beakerhead creates a crucible of human ingenuity, mixing energetic community involvement with international talent. The first Beakerhead will take place in Calgary, Alberta on September 11–15, 2013.

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Walrus TV

Edward Burtynsky on “The Art of the Image” (The Walrus Talks: The Art of the City, Calgary, 2012).

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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Suncor
presents

The Walrus Talks Energy

Our sustainable energy future, the challenges of energy production, our collective impact, and what lies ahead

MaRS Discovery District Auditorium, 101 College St., Toronto
Thursday, April 4, 2013, 6 p.m.
OSQAROil Sands Question and Response (osqar) is a blog created by Suncor Energy to support constructive dialogue about the oil sands. In our weekly posts, we talk about the energy industry, environmental impact, tailings management and reclamation, water management, and the social and economic implications of oil sands development. osqar.suncor.com
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Featuring:

  • “Visualizing Energy” by David Layzell, University of Calgary
  • “Seven Things We Don’t Need to Do About Energy” by Andrew Coyne, Postmedia
  • “Building Community” by Ken Coates, Macdonald-Laurier Institute
  • “The Sustainable Idea” by Marianne McKenna, KPMB Architects
  • “Getting Closer to the Sun” by Andrew Heintzman, Investeco Capital
  • “Seven Ideas that Will Change Everything” by Tom Rand, MaRS Discovery District
  • “Financing Innovation” by Vicky Sharpe, Sustainable Development Technology Canada
  • “Mobilizing for Change” by Kali Taylor, Student Energy

Reception to follow.

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David Layzell led the University of Calgary’s Institute for Sustainable Energy, Environment, and Economy from 2008 to 2012. Between 1998 and 2008, Layzell established and led Biocap Canada, a national research foundation focused on developing biology-based solutions to climate change and issues relating to energy security. He is also the co-founder of Qubit Systems Inc., a university spin-off company that designs, builds, and markets instruments for research and teaching in the biological and environmental sciences.

Andrew Coyne is a National Post original. He has also worked for Maclean’s, the Globe and Mail, and the Southam newspaper chain, and has contributed to a wide range of publications, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, National Review, Time, and Saturday Night. Coyne is a long-time member of the CBC’s popular At Issue panel on The National.

Ken Coates is a senior fellow at the Macdonald-Laurier Institute and a faculty member at the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy in Regina. He has previously worked at universities in British Columbia, New Zealand, and New Brunswick, and he served as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Saskatchewan. He has published widely in such diverse fields as northern Canadian history, Aboriginal rights and society, and science and technology.

Marianne McKenna is a founding partner of the award-winning practice of kpmb Architects. Prior to forming kpmb, she was an associate at Barton Myers. She has been responsible for many Toronto buildings, including the Royal Conservatory Telus Centre for Performance and Learning, which earned kpmb its eleventh Governor General’s medal. Her architectural designs have appeared across the globe. In 2010, the Women’s Executive Network named McKenna one of Canada’s hundred most powerful women, and in 2012 she was made an officer of the Order of Canada.

Andrew Heintzman is president and co-founder of Investeco Capital, the first Canadian investment company to be exclusively focused on environmental sectors. He is also currently a member of Ontario’s Clean Energy Task Force and an adviser at the Munk School of Global Affairs. Heintzman is the author of The New Entrepreneurs: Building a Green Economy for the Future, and was co-editor of Fueling the Future: How the Battle over Energy is Changing Everything, Feeding the Future: From Fat to Famine, and Food and Fuel: Solutions for the Future. Heintzman was the chair of the Premier’s Climate Change Advisory Panel for the Province of Ontario from 2008 to 2012.

Tom Rand is the managing director of the MaRS Cleantech Fund, he is a senior advisor at MaRS Discovery District, and he sits on the board of several energy organizations. After years as a successful software entrepreneur, he is now focusing his efforts on carbon mitigation. He is active in cleantech venture capital, technology incubation and commercialization, and public advocacy. He is the author of Kick the Fossil Fuel Habit: 10 Clean Technologies to Save Our World.

Vicky Sharpe is the president and CEO of Sustainable Development Technology Canada. With her twenty-five years of experience in the energy industry, she is helping shape the Canadian clean-technology landscape. She provides strategic advice to policy-makers as a member of the Ontario Premier’s Climate Change Advisory Panel. She also sits on the steering committee of the unep sef Alliance, and the board of directors for Alberta Enterprise, Carbon Management Canada, the International Institute for Sustainable Development, and the bioWaste to Energy for Canada Integration Initiative.

Kali Taylor is the founder of Student Energy, which works to create a global movement of students committed to bringing about a sustainable energy future. During her undergrad, Taylor chaired the planning committee for the inaugural International Sutdent Energy Summit, which brought 350 international students to Calgary. She has been awarded the Premier’s Citizenship Award, the Queen Elizabeth II Citizenship Medal, the National Millennium Leadership Scholarship, the Action Award and Most Outstanding Graduate Award at the Haskayne School of Business, and she was named one of Canada’s Top 25 Environmentalists Under 25 by thestarfish.ca in 2011.

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The Walrus Talks is a national series of events produced by the charitable, non-profit Walrus Foundation as part of an educational mandate to provide forums for conversation on matters vital to Canadians. The Walrus Foundation produces The Walrus magazine, the most awarded publication in Canada, as well as producing content at thewalrus.ca, on Walrus TV, and on stages from coast to coast to coast.

The Walrus Talks format features eight speakers for seven minutes each on various themes relating to a single topic. Each event offers lively, thoughtful, inspiring, riveting, smart, new thinking from scientists, writers, performers, scholars, and leaders of business and the arts. Each Talks event is followed by a spirited reception with attendees and participants.

The Walrus Talks delivers fresh ideas and new ways of looking at big issues. The Walrus has no “wings.” Our speakers are chosen to reflect a range of experiences and viewpoints, but they all have one thing in common: the desire for real conversation about issues that affect the future of Canada. Our goal is for audience members to think “I never thought about it that way” when the Talks are over.

In 2014, The Walrus Talks will be held in Calgary, Montreal, Vancouver, Sackville, St. John’s, Ottawa, and Toronto. They will address themes including water, energy, conversation, women, madness and literature, urban spaces, human rights, and climate change.

The Walrus Talks 2014 will feature more than 100 speakers from all walks and from across the country. The Walrus Talks are sponsored by forward-thinking members of the private and public sectors whose support enables the Canadian conversation and encourages dialogue on a wide range of issues.

Dates, details, and ticket information are available at thewalrus.ca/events.