Concordia University Presents

The Walrus Talks Disruption (Calgary)

Calgary 7:00 p.m. MT, Thursday, November 9, 2017

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
Student: $15

Theatre Junction Grand
608 1 St. S.W.
Calgary, AB

Seven speakers for seven minutes each on how cities are shaped by changes in media, technology, culture, and more.


  • Michael Adams, bestselling author and president, Environics Institute
  • Ian Gill, president, Discourse Media
  • pk langshaw, directrice, d_verse lab and professor, Design and Computation Arts, Concordia University
  • Steve Shih, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, Concordia University
  • Apoorv Sinha, CEO and founder, Carbon Upcycling Technologies
  • Daniel T’seleie, activist
  • Michèle Stanners, creative community strategist and educator

…And more.


Michael Adams is the founding president of the Environics group of research and communications consulting companies, and the author of six books on public attitudes and social values in Canada and the United States. He is a respected commentator on public affairs, and the founder of the Environics Institute, a non-profit organization that conducts relevant and original research on issues of Canadian public importance. His book, Fire and Ice: The United States, Canada and the Myth of Converging Values, won the Donner Prize in 2004, and it was named by the Literary Review of Canada as one of the most important books published in Canada.


Ian Gill is the president of Discourse Media, a columnist with The Tyee, and the author of four books, including No News Is Bad News: Canada’s Media Collapse – And What Comes Next. Ian has worked at the Vancouver Sun as senior reporter and editor, and with the CBC as a radio columnist and award-winning documentary reporter. He is a former fellow of Journalistes en Europe, and served for several years on the board of Canada’s Centre for Investigative Journalism. In 1994, Ian founded Ecotrust Canada, a Vancouver-based non-profit for coastal communities. Ian has worked extensively with philanthropic foundations and non-profits in Canada, the United States, and his native Australia. In 2015, Ian was a senior fellow with the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation.


pk langshaw created the d_verse research lab in 2006 to explore collaboration and creation through diverse strategies. She applies pluri-disciplinary knowledge to her creative practice and pedagogy, and uses a poetic/politic language to explore biophilic design, feminist commentary, and the narrative object as processes of designing extraordinary habitats and inhabitants. Her projects have been funded by the Hexagram Institute, the Fonds de recherché du Quebec – Société et culture, the McConnell Foundation, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.


Apoorv Sinha is research manager for zEroCor Technologies, a Calgary-based oil field service and technology-development firm. He manages over fifteen active projects for zEroCor Technologies in collaboration with over ten universities. Apoorv is also the head of Carbon Upcycling Technologies, a clean-tech start-up that is commercializing a process to convert carbon dioxide emissions into performance-enhancing fillers for concrete, plastics, and batteries. He was a Leading Change delegate and a Clean50 Emerging Leader in 2016, and is currently a member of the Energy Futures Lab.


Steve Shih is a member of the Centre for Applied Synthetic Biology, and an assistant professor at Concordia University’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He holds a PhD in biomedical engineering from the University of Toronto, where he worked with microfluidics for biological and medical applications. He studied pathway engineering and synthetic biology as a post-doctoral researcher at UC Berkeley and the Joint BioEnergy Institute.


Daniel T’seleie is K’asho Got’ine Dene from Radili Ko (also known as Fort Good Hope, Northwest Territories). He is an articling student at Olthuis Kleer Townshend LLP. Prior to studying law, Daniel worked in education, journalism, government policy, unskilled labour, and lands and environmental management. Daniel is a practitioner and trainer of non-violent direct-action tactics and strategy aimed at environmental and climate justice and assertions of Indigenous sovereignty. He is a founding member of Dene Nahjo, a northern non-profit dedicated to advancing social and environmental justice for northern peoples and promoting Indigenous leadership.


Michèle Stanners leads an advisory practice that specializes in growing the resilience of organizations and teams through community building, learning development, stakeholder engagement, and sustainable brand-value creation. Michèle works with organizations such as the Alberta Ballet, Making Treaty 7, the Alberta College of Art and Design, and the International Women’s Forum, and is sought after for her unique talent to embrace and leverage the power of diversity in response to complex cultural and operational challenges.

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