McMaster Institute for Research on Aging Presents

The Walrus Talks Mobility

Hamilton 7:00 p.m., Thursday, October 5, 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: $12
Students: $6

David Braley Health Sciences Centre
McMaster Health Campus
100 Main St. W. Hamilton

How can we maintain mobility as we age? How do we design accessible cities? Solutions and ideas for the inclusive society of the future.


  • Parminder Raina, scientific director, McMaster Institute for Research on Aging and Labarge Centre for Mobility in Aging
  • Margaret Denton, vice-president, Hamilton Council on Aging
  • Doreen Spence, Cree elder
  • The Hon. Michael Kirby, founding chair, Mental Health Commission of Canada
  • Dee Mangin, David Braley Chair in Family Medicine, McMaster University
  • Stephen Trumper, instructor, School of Journalism, Ryerson University
  • Adam van Koeverden, Olympian and world champion kayaker
  • Sanjay Khanna, futurist


Parminder Raina

Parminder Raina is a professor in the Department of Health Research Methods, Evaluation, and Impact at McMaster University. He holds a Canada Research Chair in Geroscience and the Raymond and Margaret Labarge Chair in Research and Knowledge Application for Optimal Aging. He is the inaugural scientific director of the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging and the Labarge Centre for Mobility in Aging, and he is the lead investigator of the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging.

Margaret Denton

Margaret Denton is a researcher, academic, community leader, and advocate for older adults in Hamilton and beyond. At McMaster University, Margaret has been director of the Centre for Gerontological Studies, acting chair of the Department of Sociology, and graduate chair of the Department of Health, Aging, and Society. She has served the wider gerontological community as secretary-treasurer and board member of the Canadian Association on Gerontology, and she is a founding board member of the Hamilton Council on Aging. Thanks to her work, Hamilton will be the first Ontario municipality to become an Age Friendly City.

Doreen Spence

Born in Northern Alberta, Doreen Spence is an internationally respected Cree elder who does volunteer work in Native and non-Native communities. Doreen offers her wisdom to local, national, and international organizations, including the United Nations. She assisted the Slovakian government in managing relations with the Roma people. She was the founder and president of the Plains Indian Cultural Survival School Society, and she was appointed secretary of the Dignity Foundation, an Alberta-based human rights organization.

Michael Kirby

Michael Kirby first entered government in 1970 as chief of staff to the premier of Nova Scotia. He later became the deputy chief of staff to Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau. He was summoned to the Senate of Canada in 1984, and in March 2007, Prime Minister Stephen Harper asked him to create and chair the Mental Health Commission of Canada. He later became the chair of Partners for Mental Health, Canada’s first national social movement in support of mental health. He is an officer of the Order of Canada.

Dee Mangin

Dee Mangin is a family physician and the David Braley Chair in Family Medicine at McMaster University. She researches rational prescribing and polypharmacy with a focus on innovative models of primary care and matching burden-of-care with capacity-to-benefit. She is the director of the McMaster University Sentinel and Information Collaboration, a practice-based research network, and she is the medical director and co-founder of, a consumer-information website on adverse drug reactions.

Stephen Trumper

Stephen Trumper has been an instructor at Ryerson University’s School of Journalism since 1995. He was a top editor Toronto Life, Harrowsmith, and Financial Post Magazine; a vice-president of the Canadian Society of Magazine Editors; and a board member of the National Magazine Awards Foundation. He is currently on the board of the Canadian Abilities Foundation, which publishers Abilities. A wheelchair-user, Stephen has been associated with Accessible Media Inc. In 2012, he received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Adam van Koeverden

Adam van Koeverden , an eighty-three-time Canadian kayaking champion, first captured the world’s attention at the 2004 Olympic Games, where he was a double medalist. Since then, he dominated the sport: he was named Canada’s Athlete of the Year in 2012, and he represented Canada at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. He holds a Guinness World Record, and in 2015, he won bronze at the Pan Am and Para Pan Am Games. Today, Adam is an athlete ambassador for Right to Play, a member of the Canadian Olympic Committee’s Athletes’ Commission, and an on-air analyst for CBC Television.

Sanjay Khanna

Sanjay Khanna is a futurist and thought leader who helps businesses, governments, and civil society respond to epochal twenty-first-century change. An affiliate of the University of Toronto’s Massey College, Sanjay studies how key global megatrends affect mental health, decision making, productivity, and social cohesion. He was among twenty-one global experts interviewed for KPMG International’s report Future State 2030: The Global Megatrends Shaping Governments.

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