The Walrus Talks Connections

Ottawa 7:00 p.m. ET, TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2018

The Walrus Talks is a national series of events about Canada and its place in the world. Each event offers thoughtful, inspiring thinking from scholars, writers, performers, scientists, artists, and business leaders.

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General Admission: $20
Students/Seniors: $12

National Gallery of Canada
380 Sussex Dr,
Ottawa, Ontario

The Walrus Talks Connections
With members of the Order of Canada

Seven esteemed Order of Canada recipients share lively seven-minute talks on health, the arts, science, society, and the connections between us all.


  • Susan Aglukark, Inuk singer, songwriter, and keynote speaker
  • Dr. Sandra E. Black, Professor of medicine, Neurology, and Director of the Hurvitz Brain Sciences Research Program, Sunnybrook Research Institute, Director of Toronto Dementia Research Alliance, University of Toronto
  • Edward Burtynsky, photographer
  • Zita Cobb, founder and CEO of Shorefast and innkeeper of the Fogo Island Inn
  • Charmaine Crooks, five-time Olympian
  • Shelagh Rogers, host, CBC’s The Next Chapter and chancellor, University of Victoria
  • Don Tapscott, author and executive chairman of the Blockchain Research Institute

Susan Aglukark

Susan Aglukark is an Inuk singer-songwriter from Arviat, Nunavut with eight albums to her name. She has won numerous awards, including three Junos, a Canadian Aboriginal Music Award, the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, and a Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for lifetime achievement. Aglukark is a former chair of the Arctic Children and Youth Foundation, the founder of the Arctic Rose Project, and a co-founder of the Aboriginal Literacy Initiative.

Dr. Sandra Black

Dr. Sandra E. Black is an internationally renowned cognitive and stroke neurologist and a leading clinical trialist in dementia. Over her thirty-year career she has given more than six hundred talks and published over five hundred papers, and is highly cited. She directs the Toronto Dementia Research Alliance and the Hurvitz Brain Sciences Research Program at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, University of Toronto. She was named to the Order of Ontario in 2011 and appointed Officer to the Order of Canada in 2015 for her contributions to the study of Alzheimer’s disease, stroke, and vascular dementia.

Edward Burtynsky

Edward Burtynskyis one of the world’s most respected fine art photographers. His photographic depictions of global industrial landscapes are included in the collections of over sixty major museums around the world, including the National Gallery of Canada, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Guggenheim Museum in New York. In 2006 he was awarded the title of Officer of the Order of Canada; in 2016 he received the Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts. His imagery is an exploration of the collective impact we as a species are having on the surface of the planet; an inspection of the human systems we’ve imposed onto natural landscapes.

Zita Cobb

Zita Cobb is founder and CEO of Shorefast and innkeeper of the Fogo Island Inn. A registered Canadian charity, Shorefast uses business-minded means to help secure economic and cultural resilience for Fogo Island, Newfoundland, one of Canada’s oldest settlements. Following a successful career in high tech, Zita returned to her home of Fogo Island to help grow another leg on the economy of this singular rural place. Shorefast’s notable achievements include the world-class artist-in-residence program Fogo Island Arts, as well as three innovative social businesses whose operating surpluses are returned to Shorefast for reinvestment in further community development work. Shorefast is behind the award-winning Fogo Island Inn, the Fogo Island Shop, and Fogo Island Fish.

Charmaine Crooks

Charmaine Crooks is a five-time Olympic athlete. Charmaine won a 1984 Olympic silver medal for the 4×400-metre relay and was inducted into the Athletics Canada Hall of Fame. She has sat on the board of the Canadian Olympic Committee and was a founding member of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Bid, the World Anti-Doping Agency Foundation Board, and Right to Play International. Charmaine was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada in 2012. She lives in Vancouver.

Shelagh Rogers

Shelagh Rogers is the host and a producer of The Next Chapter on CBC Radio and the chancellor of the University of Victoria. In 2010, she was appointed an officer of the Order of Canada for her work in mental health, adult literacy, and Canadian culture. In 2011, she became an honorary witness for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. She co-edited Speaking My Truth: Reflections on Reconciliation and Residential School and Reconciliation and the Way Forward.

Don Tapscott

Don Tapscott, executive chairman of the Blockchain Research Institute, is the best-selling author of sixteen books, and one of the world’s leading authorities on the impact of technology on business and society. Don’s most recent book, Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin is Changing Money, Business, and the World, was co-authored with his son, Alex Tapscott. In 2017, Don and Alex co-founded the Blockchain Research Institute, whose eighty-plus projects are the definitive investigation into blockchain strategy, use-cases, implementation challenges, and organizational transformations. Ranked by Thinkers50 as the world’s second-most-influential management thinker, Don is an adjunct professor at the Rotman School of Management, chancellor of Trent University, and a member of the Order of Canada.

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