Concordia University Presents

The Walrus Talks Disruption (Ottawa 2017)

Ottawa 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 24, 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: $12

National Arts Centre
Azrieli Studio
1 Elgin St.
Ottawa, ON

Eight speakers for seven minutes each on the rapidly-changing landscapes of media, government, technology, industry, and more.


  • Jennifer McGrath, PERFORM Chair, Childhood Preventive Health and Data Science and associate professor of psychology, Concordia University
  • Stephen Faul, president and CEO, Frontier College
  • Lisa Charleyboy, writer, editor and storyteller
  • Adam Radomsky, Concordia University Research Chair in Anxiety and Related Disorders and professor of psychology, Concordia University
  • Mike Flanagan, executive vice president, Pivot Technology Solutions
  • Huda Idrees, founder & CEO, Dot Health
  • Julie S. Lalonde, women’s rights advocate
  • Terry O’Reilly, CBC radio host and advertising expert


Jennifer McGrath is an associate professor at Concordia University and the inaugural PERFORM Chair in Childhood Preventive Health and Data Science. Her work in child health inequalities has led to new discoveries in cardiovascular-disease precursors, pediatric sleep, autonomic and endocrine dysregulation, and secondhand smoke and nicotine dependence. She has pioneered rigorous pediatric-ambulatory measurement standards for wearables, and advocates for reproducibility of science through open-source data-science methods.


Stephen Faul is president and CEO of Frontier College, Canada’s national literacy organization. Previously, he was vice-president of Imagine Canada, and he held senior positions at Second Harvest and Operation Eyesight. Stephen is a frequent speaker at York University’s non-profit management program.

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Lisa Charleyboy (Tsilhqot’in from Tsi Deldel First Nation) is an award-winning writer, editor, and storyteller. Huffington Post named her one of three Aboriginals to watch, and the National Post called her an “Aboriginal storyteller for the digital generation.” She is host of CBC Radio One’s New Fire, co-creator of APTN’s Urban Native Girl, and co-editor of three anthologies with Annick Press.


Adam Radomsky is a professor of psychology at Concordia University, where he holds the Research Chair in Anxiety and Related Disorders. He is editor-in-chief of the Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, director of the Anxiety and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders Laboratory, and a core member of the Centre for Clinical Research in Health. He was the founding president of the Canadian Association of Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies.


Mike Flanagan is the executive vice-president, integrated services portfolio, of Pivot Technology Solutions, and is responsible for developing industry-leading IT services. Prior to joining Pivot, Mike worked at CompuCom and Communications Test Design, Inc. He has participated in a number of strategic development and planning sessions with Fortune 1000 leaders, and brings extensive experience in IT-services development and service-delivery management to the Pivot leadership team.


Huda Idrees is the founder and CEO of Dot Health, a digital platform that helps people better understand their health. Previously, she was chief product officer at Wealthsimple, she led accounting and invoicing for Wave Accounting, and she jump-started the design team at Wattpad.

Julie S. Lalonde is an internationally recognized women’s rights advocate and public educator. She works with various organizations dedicated to ending sexual violence, engaging bystanders, and building communities of support. Julie has won numerous awards for her work, including the Governor General’s Award in Commemoration of the Persons Case.


Terry O’Reilly was a copywriter for Campbell Ewald, Doyle Dane Bernbach, and Chiat/Day. He now hosts CBC Radio One’s award-winning show Under the Influence, a follow-up to the hit series The Age of Persuasion. He co-wrote The Age of Persuasion: How Marketing Ate Our Culture. His latest book is This I Know: Marketing Lessons from under the Influence.

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