- Nathalie Bondil, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
- Daily tous les jours, design studio
- Terry Fallis, novelist
- Gabrielle Fayant, Assembly of Seven Generations
- Steve Galluccio, playwright and screenwriter
- Steven High, Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling, Concordia University
- Nantali Indongo, Nomadic Massive
- Seth, cartoonist
- Will Straw, McGill Institute for the Study of Canada
Nathali Bondil is director and chief curator of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. In 2008, she became a chevalier of the French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in recognition of her curatorial work on the exhibition Â¡Cuba! Art and History from 1868 to Today. She was awarded the insignia of merit from the University of Montrealâs Faculty of Arts and Science and the Samuel de Champlain Prize from the France-Canada Institute; she is a knight of the Ordre national du QuÃ©bec; and she holds an honorary doctorate from McGill University. Nathalie was appointed vice-chair of the Canada Council for the Arts for a four-year term, effective March 31, 2014.
Daily tous les jours is an interaction-design studio, co-founded in 2010 by Mouna Adraos and Melissa Mongiat, which focuses on participation in public spaces. Mouna and Melissa research new ways to tell stories, design small- and large-scale projects that impact cities, and craft interactive pieces that connect people to their environments and to each other. Their work has won numerous international awards, including best in show at the 2013 Interaction Awards and the grand prize at the 2014 unesco Shenzhen Design Awards.
Terry Fallis is the author of four national bestselling novels, all published by McClelland and Stewart. The Best Laid Plans won the 2008 Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour and cbcâs 2011 Canada Reads competition. Both The High Road and Up and Down were Leacock Medal finalists, and Up and Down also won the 2013 Ontario Library Associationâs Evergreen Award. At the 2013 Libris Awards, the Canadian Booksellers Association named Terry author of the year. His fourth novel, No Relation, came out in May 2014, debuting on the Globe and Mail Bestsellers List, and his fifth, Poles Apart, hits bookstores in October 2015. He is the co-founder of Thornley Fallis, a full-service communications and digital agency with offices in Toronto and Ottawa.
Gabrielle Fayant is co-founder of the Assembly of Seven Generations and program manager for Reach Up! North. She previously worked for a variety of national Aboriginal organizations such as the National Association of Friendship Centres, the Native Womenâs Association of Canada, the Aboriginal Healing Foundation, and ymca Canada. Gabrielle has been engaged in Theresa Spenceâs hunger strike, Idle No More rallies and teach-ins, and in organizing Indigenous Nationhood Movement youth forums across the country. She also oversaw the arrival of the Journey of Nishiyuu, Youth4Lakes, and Pemitaieg Ugjit Nm’tginen walkers in Ottawa. Gabrielle currently plays an advisory role with the Canadian Commission for unesco and sits on the board of directors for the Friendship Centre Movement.
Steve Galluccio started his career in the Montreal underground theatre scene in 1990 and then burst onto the mainstream with his play Mambo Italiano, which became an internationally successful film. He went on to write the Gemini Awardâwinning TV series Ciao Bella; two more feature films, Surviving My Mother and the bilingual Funkytown; and the book MontrÃ©al Ã la Galluccio, a whimsical guide to his beloved hometown. His new play, The St. Leonard Chronicles, opened in 2013 at Montrealâs Centaur Theatre and sold out before its run. The French version premiered at Montrealâs ThÃ©Ã¢tre Jean Duceppe in December 2014 and is travelling to cities across Quebec in 2015.
Steven High is the Canada Research Chair in public history and the co-director of Concordia Universityâs Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling, Canadaâs premiere oral-history research centre. He specializes in deindustrialization, urban studies, forced migration, mass violence, and oral and public history. His first monograph,Â Industrial Sunset: The Making of North Americaâs Rust Belt, 1969-1984, won prestigious book prizes from the American Historical Association, the Canadian Sociology and Anthropology Association, and the Federation of the Humanities and Social Sciences in Canada. He is the primary investigator of a collaborative research project entitled Life Stories of Montrealers Displaced by War, Genocide, and Other Human Rights Violations.
Nantali Indongo is a member of Nomadic Massive, a multilingual hip hop supergroup based in Montreal. She is the co-founder of Hip Hop No Pop, an educational and interactive workshop series that looks at the non-violent origins of hip hop culture and uses hip hop as a tool to encourage storytelling and foster confidence in youth. Nantali is also a researcher and reporter for cbc Radio Montreal, and she sits on the board of the Maison des Jeunes CÃ´te-des-Neiges.
Seth is aÂ CanadianÂ cartoonistÂ best known for his seriesÂ PalookavilleÂ and his mock-autobiographicalÂ graphic novelÂ Itâs a Good Life, If You Donât Weaken. He is the subject of the 2014 documentary filmÂ Sethâs Dominion, which received the grand prize for best animated feature at theÂ Ottawa International Animation Festival. He is also a magazine illustrator and book designer, perhaps best known for his work on theÂ complete collectionÂ ofÂ Charles M. Schulzâs classicÂ comic stripÂ Peanuts. Seth has won a number of industry awards throughout his career, and in 2011, he became the first cartoonist to win the Harbourfront Festival Prize.
Will Straw is director of the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada and a professor in the universityâs Department of Art History and Communication Studies. He directed a six-year research project, Media and Urban Life in Montreal, and currently studies how cities deal with nighttime culture.Â He has written extensively on film, music, and popular culture.
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 conversation on matters vital to Canadians. The Walrus Foundation produces The Walrus magazine, the most awarded publication in Canada, as well as producing content at thewalrus.ca, on Walrus TV, and on stages from coast to coast to coast.
The Walrus Talks format features eight speakers for seven minutes each on various themes relating to a single topic. Each event offers lively, thoughtful, inspiring, riveting, smart, new thinking from scientists, writers, performers, scholars, and leaders of business and the arts. Each Talks event is followed by a spirited reception with attendees and participants.
The Walrus Talks delivers fresh ideas and new ways of looking at big issues. The Walrus has no âwings.â Our speakers are chosen to reflect a range of experiences and viewpoints, but they all have one thing in common: the desire for real conversation about issues that affect the future of Canada. Our goal is for audience members to think âI never thought about it that wayâ when the Talks are over.
In 2015, The Walrus Talks will be held in Calgary, London, Winnipeg, Montreal, Edmonton, Ottawa, Toronto, Halifax, and Victoria. They will address themes including vice, creativity, the Arctic, the animated city, the Aboriginal city, being human, play, and water.
The Walrus Talks 2015 will feature more than 100 speakers from all walks and from across the country. The Walrus Talks are sponsored by forward-thinking members of the private and public sectors whose support enables the Canadian conversation and encourages dialogue on a wide range of issues.
Dates, details, and ticket information are available at thewalrus.ca/events.