About Us

The Walrus Foundation


In print, online, and in communities across the country, The Walrus provokes new thinking and gets people talking.

To spark conversations on matters vital to Canadians, we publish high-quality, fact-based journalism in The Walrus magazine and at thewalrus.ca. We produce national, ideas-focused events, including our flagship series The Walrus Talks, and we invest in the future by training emerging professionals in media, publishing and non-profit management.

The Walrus believes in the idea of a better Canada — and that a strong democracy depends on informed citizens.

Why “The Walrus”? We get asked this all the time!

The founders of The Walrus sought to dissociate Canada from the “log chomping” and “earnestness” of our national animal (and cliché), the beaver. Enter the walrus: an arctic icon that is curmudgeonly but clever, bulky but agile-the perfect symbol for a publication with the intellectual heft, confidence, and wit to dig deeply into matters vital to Canadians. Like its namesake, which swims with unexpected grace, The Walrus is Canada’s elegant heavyweight.