Events

The Walrus Talks is our national event series about Canada and its place in the world. Each event features seven speakers talking for seven minutes, each from a different perspective, all focusing on a topic that will spark conversation on matters vital to Canadians.

Over the past eight years, The Walrus has convened over 750 thought leaders and industry experts at more than 110 The Walrus Talks, in every province and territory, on a range of topics including Reconciliation, Health, Sustainability, Politics, Science and Innovation, Society and Culture, and the Arts. Each event is approximately eighty minutes of presented ideas, followed by a lively reception with food, drink, and conversation.

We encourage you to join us when we visit your community—but in the meantime, we invite you to watch all The Walrus Talks on YouTube.


Margaret Atwood and the Future of Everything

Writer Margaret Atwood spoke about the Future of Everything as part of The Walrus Talks The Future.

Lido Pimienta on art’s matriarchal future

Internationally-acclaimed musician and winner of the Polaris Prize, Pimienta talks about her struggles to become a performing artist and why the future of art is Indigenous.


 

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    Oct
    23
    Wed
    TD Bank Group Presents The Walrus Talks Inclusion (Waterloo) @ Waterloo Delta Hotel
    Oct 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    Presents The Walrus Talks Inclusion
    How design, technology, education and more can remove barriers for people with disabilities
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    • Luke Anderson, Co-Founder, StopGap Foundation
    • Jutta Treviranus, Director and Founder, Inclusive Design Research Centre at OCAD University
    • Jeff D’Hondt, Indigenous Consultant, City of Toronto
    • Michelle Woolfrey, Co-Founder, Blind Girl Inc.
    • Mahadeo Sukhai, Head of Research and Chief Accessibility Officer, Canadian National Institute for the Blind
    • Tatiana Zakharova, MLA, Playground designer, Earthscape
    • Ahmed Ghoneim, User Research Manager, Ubisoft Toronto
    Accessibility information
    • To provide a fragrance-free event, we request that attendees refrain from wearing colognes, perfumes or other scented or chemical products to The Walrus Talks.
    • If you require special accommodation in order to fully participate in this event, please contact events@thewalrus.ca or (416) 971-5004, ext. 247.

    Oct
    29
    Tue
    Concordia University Presents The Walrus Talks Living Better (Toronto) @ Isabel Bader Theatre
    Oct 29 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    Concordia University logo
    Presents The Walrus Talks Living Better
    The science, culture, and politics changing how we live now.
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    • Ursula Eicker, Canada Excellence Research Chair in Smart, Sustainable and Resilient Communities and Cities, Concordia University
    • Jen Gunter, OB/GYN, women’s health advocate, and New York Times columnist
    • Damian Rogers, poet
    • Nick Saul, president and CEO, Community Food Centres Canada
    • Ziya Tong, science journalist and author of The Reality Bubble
    • Vivek Venkatesh, UNESCO co-chair in prevention of radicalization and violent extremism, associate professor, Concordia University
    • Nora Young, host of CBC’s Spark
    Accessibility information
    • To provide a fragrance-free event, we request that attendees refrain from wearing colognes, perfumes or other scented or chemical products to The Walrus Talks.
    • If you require special accommodation in order to fully participate in this event, please contact events@thewalrus.ca or (416) 971-5004, ext. 247.
    Nov
    12
    Tue
    Western University Presents The Walrus Talks Storytelling (London) @ The Grand Theatre
    Nov 12 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    Western University logo
    Presents The Walrus Talks Storytelling
    Exploring the narratives that help us connect and understand our world.
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    • Casey Plett, author and editor
    • Courtney Gilmour, comedian
    • Jesse Thistle, author and scholar
    • Alan Shepard, president and vice-chancellor of Western University
    • Eternity Martis, award-winning journalist and editor
    • and more!
    Accessibility information
    • To provide a fragrance-free event, we request that attendees refrain from wearing colognes, perfumes or other scented or chemical products to The Walrus Talks.
    • If you require special accommodation in order to fully participate in this event, please contact events@thewalrus.ca or (416) 971-5004, ext. 247.

    Nov
    19
    Tue
    Concordia University Presents The Walrus Talks Living Better (Ottawa) @ National Gallery of Canada
    Nov 19 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    Concordia University logo
    Presents The Walrus Talks Living Better
    The science, culture, and politics changing how we live now.
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    • Séan McCann, singer-songwriter, mental health and recovery advocate
    • Donald Schmitt, architect
    • Navneet Alang, technology and culture writer
    • Christa Couture, writer, musician, cyborg
    • Joel Bothello, assistant professor of management, Concordia University
    • Annahid Dashtgard, co-founder of Anima Leadership
    • Krista Byers-Heinlein, associate professor of psychology and Concordia University Research Chair in Bilingualism
    Accessibility information
    • To provide a fragrance-free event, we request that attendees refrain from wearing colognes, perfumes or other scented or chemical products to The Walrus Talks.
    • If you require special accommodation in order to fully participate in this event, please contact events@thewalrus.ca or (416) 971-5004, ext. 245.