- “Destiny, Determinism, Divergence and Distributions”Â by Mark Daley, associate vice-president (research), Western University
- “Sharing the Journey: Indigenous Experiences in Postsecondary”Â byÂ Candace Brunette, Director, Indigenous Services, Western University
- âMy Big VoiceâÂ byÂ Elaine Overholt,Â performance and vocal master
- “And the truth is…” by David Simmonds, vice-president, public affairs, McKesson Canada
- “Choose Your Own Destiny (Now With Over 538 Possible Endings!)” byÂ Ryan North, writer of Romeo and/or Juliet, To Be or Not To Be, and creator of Dinosaur Comics
- “Pivoting Moments” by Stephanie DuhaimeÂ (B.A. Economics and BESc, 2003), Foreign Service Officer
- “Purposeful Living” by Karina LeBlanc, retired Olympic Bronze Medalist soccer player, UNICEF Ambassador and motivational speaker
- “WTF is that?” by Kevin Newman, anchor/correspondent, CTV News
Mark Daley believes that every problem can be modelled, understood, and solved with mathematics and that nature produces the most interesting problems. He is Western Universityâs interim associate vice-president (research); an associate professor of computer science, biology, and statistics; and the board chair at Compute Ontario.
Candace Brunette is a Cree woman from Fort Albany First Nation and a proud mother of two boys. She has been working in Aboriginal education for over fourteen years. As a teenager, she left northern Ontario to pursue her education. While completing her undergraduate and Mastersâ degrees, she was employed at U of T. In 2009, Candace became the first Aboriginal Advisor for TVDSB. Currently, she is the Director of Indigenous Services at Western University where she is enrolled in an EdD program. Her dissertation will examine the experiences of Indigenous female leaders leading equity initiatives in postsecondary education.
Elaine Overholt, one of North Americaâs most respected performance coaches and a Billboard charted recording artist, has appeared onstage with Ray Charles, Paul Shaffer, Tina Turner, and Anne Murray. She has also coached Ellen DeGeneres, Richard Gere, Queen Latifah, RenÃ©e Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones, John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer, Zac Efron, and Shawn Mendes. Her TV series, Big Voice, aired on the Oprah Winfrey Network.
As vice-president, public affairs,Â at McKesson Canada, David SimmondsÂ is responsible for media relations, internal communications, corporate and content marketing, corporate social responsibility, and government relations. David is president-elect of Western Alumni, secretary of the board at Casey House, a director at Action Against Hunger Canada, and a member of the board at the Canadian Club of Toronto. In 2015, the Diversity Advancement Network listed David as one of the Top 100 Black Canadians. David has contributed to theÂ Toronto Star, theÂ Globe and Mail, andÂ CBCÂ NewsâsÂ The National.
Ryan North is aÂ New York Times Bestselling author and cartoonist known for his online strip Dinosaur Comics, his critically acclaimed work on MarvelâsÂ Unbeatable Squirrel Girl,Â and his Eisner Awardâwinning writing for theÂ Adventure TimeÂ comic. He is the author of the chooseable-path books Romeo and/or Juliet andÂ To Be or Not To Be. Ryan lives in Toronto with his wife, Jenn, and their dog, Noam Chompsky.
Since joining Canadaâs Foreign Service in 2004, Stephanie Duhaime has worked to advance Canadian interests in some of the worldâs most challenging environments, including Bangladesh, Afghanistan, and Syria. In 2013, Stephanie established Canadaâs diplomatic mission in Iraq, where she served as charge dâaffaires until 2014. She has received the Canadian Foreign Service Officer Award, the Government of Canadaâs Operational Service Medal, and the General Service Medal. She is currently working on assignment with the Privy Council Office.
Karina LeBlancÂ is a recently retired Olympic and professional athlete. She is the longest serving soccer player for Canada, having played for nearly eighteen years. Karina is now an ambassador, motivational speaker, on-air personality, host, and emcee.
Kevin Newman is currently co-host and correspondent to CTV Newsâs investigative series W5 and back-up anchor of CTVâs National News. Previously, at ABC News, Kevin hosted Good Morning America, reported for Nightline, and anchored and reported for World News Tonight with Peter Jennings. Kevin was awarded an honorary doctorate of laws from his alma mater, Western University, in June 2011. With his son, Alex, he co-authored All Out, a national best-selling memoir.
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 conversations on matters vital to Canadians.
Each event offers lively, thoughtful, inspiring, riveting, smart, new thinking from scientists, writers, performers, scholars, and leaders of business and the arts.