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.
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Presents The Walrus Talks The Future of Consumerism
|Exploring trends and innovations in health care, technology, and more|
- Vass Bednar, head of public policy, Delphia
- Onur Bodur, professor of marketing, Concordia University
- Tabatha Bull, COO, Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business
- Zayna Khayat, futurist, SE Health
- Rebecca McKillican, CEO, Well.ca
- Craig Patterson, editor-in-chief, Retail Insider
- And more!
Presents The Walrus Talks Boundaries
|How divisions shape our lives, what lies between borders, and what membership means now|
- Keith Banting, Stauffer Dunning Fellow and Professor Emeritus, Queen’s University, and CIFAR advisor
- Samra Habib, writer, photographer, and activist
- Adrian Owen, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience and Imaging, University of Western Ontario, and Koerner Fellow and Co-Director, Azrieli Program in Brain, Mind & Consciousness, CIFAR
- Paige Raibmon, Professor, Department of History, University of British Columbia, and CIFAR fellow
- Prerna Singh, Associate Professor of Political Science and International Studies, Brown University, and CIFAR fellow
- Mary Soderstrom, author of Frenemy Nations: Love and Hate between Neighbo(u)ring States
- Jake Stika, executive director, Next Gen Men
CIFAR is a Canadian-based, global charitable organization that convenes extraordinary minds to address science and humanity’s most important questions.
Présente The Walrus Talks — frontières
|Comment les divisions définissent-elles notre vie? Qu’est-ce qui se trouve entre les limites? Que signifie maintenant l’appartenance à un groupe?|
Le CIFAR est une organisation sans but lucratif basée au Canada qui rassemble de brillants cerveaux pour trouver réponse aux plus grandes questions de la science et de l’humanité.
Presents The Walrus Talks Energy
|Building a Canadian approach to energy transition|
- Shawn McCarthy, journalist
- Eryn Stewart, director, Indigenous Clean Energy Social Enterprise
- Brendan Haley, policy director, Efficiency Canada
- Johanne Gélinas, president and CEO, Transition Énergétique Québec
- Christopher Ragan, academic, economist, and chair of Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission
- Alison Cretney, managing director, Energy Futures Lab
Presents The Walrus Talks Inclusion
|How design, technology, education and more can remove barriers for people with disabilities|
- 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
- And more!