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.
Questions about the Walrus Talks? Read our FAQ here.
General admission: $20
Isabel Bader Theatre
93 Charles St. W.
Eight speakers for seven minutes each on how cities are shaped by changes in media, technology, culture, and more.
- Peter Nowak, journalist and best-selling author
- John Kim Bell, president, Bell & Bernard Limited
- Rilla Khaled, director of TAG Lab, Concordia University
- Irwin Adam, creative scientist and food futurist
- Mark Zekulin, president of Canopy Growth Corporation
- Karen Li, psychology professor, Concordia University
- Ken Greenberg, urban designer, teacher, and writer
- Britta B., spoken word poet
Peter Nowak, an award-winning journalist and author, contributes regularly to the Globe and Mail, the CBC, New Scientist, and The National in Abu Dhabi. His first book, Sex, Bombs and Burgers: How War, Porn and Fast Food Created Technology as We Know It, was a national bestseller. His second book, Humans 3.0: The Upgrading of the Species, was published in five countries. @peternowak
John Kim Bell‘s (Mohawk) vision has always been ahead of his time. As a disruptor of the status quo for Indigenous peoples his work serves as a testament that change can occur even while up against the limited views of critics and naysayers. He is the founder of Indspire, a national Aboriginal achievement foundation, and the Indspire Awards, which celebrates Indigenous achievement. He is also the world’s first person of Indigenous heritage to conduct a symphony orchestra, and the producer of the first Indigenous ballet, In the land of Spirits. Today, he is a leading consultant in renewable energy and mining projects negotiating benefits for First Nations communities. He is an officer of the Order of Canada and a member of the Order of Ontario.
Rilla Khaled is an associate professor at the Department of Design and Computation Arts at Concordia University and a member of the TAG Lab. She researches ways to design effective, persuasive games; speculative play; the interactions between games, gamification, and culture; participatory game design; and the connections between game design and AI. She holds a Ph.D. in computer science at the Victoria University of Wellington.
Irwin Adam is a creative scientist and food futurist with a background in engineering, biology, and technology. He creates multi-sensorial food experiences including products, technologies, immersive dining installations, and interactive workshops. As founder and creative scientific director of Future Food Studio and Bevlab, Irwin leads multi-disciplinary teams to reimagine how we interact with food. He is currently writing a book on the future of eating. @irwinadam
Mark Zekulin is the president of Canopy Growth Corporation, a trusted source of medicinal marijuana, where he oversees medical and patient outreach, driving operations, and corporate market strategy. Previously, he was counsel at the trade-law firm Cassidy Levy Kent; a senior advisor to Dwight Duncan, the Ontario minister of finance; and a member of the Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.
Karen Li is a psychology professor at Concordia University who studies cognitive aging and the role of executive functions in gait and posture. She directs the Laboratory for Adult Development and Cognitive Aging and is a researcher at both the Perform Centre and the Centre for Research in Human Development. She currently investigates ways to improve cognition and mobility in older adults.
Ken Greenberg is an urban designer, teacher, writer, principal of Greenberg Consultants and a former director of urban design and architecture for the City of Toronto. He won the Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Architecture and the Sustainable Buildings Canada Lifetime Achievement Award. He is the author of Walking Home: The Life and Lessons of a City Builder, and he is the design lead and client representative for Project: Under Gardiner. @KGreenbergTO
Britta B., a Toronto spoken-word poet and arts educator, collaborates with Unity Charity, Leave Out Violence Ontario, and the Stephen Lewis Foundation, among other organizations. She was an artist-in-residence at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and is featured in the AGO exhibition Every. Now. Then: Reframing Nationhood. @missbrittab