- Music by Dan Mangan, Juno Award winner
- Sport and Society by Clara Hughes, Olympian
- Science by Jay Ingram, science broadcaster
- Innovation by Ross Hornby, GE Canada
- Cheating by David Ben, author and conjuror
- Culture by Chief Wilton Littlechild, Truth and Reconciliation Commissioner
- Brand by Jim Little, Shawn Communications
- Productivity by Will Ferguson, Scotiabank Giller Prize winner
Dan Mangan is a singer-songwriter and one of Canada’s most exciting new musical voices. He has earned critical acclaim, and at the 2012 Juno Awards he was awarded New Artists of the Year and Alternative Album of the Year. He has won or been shortlisted for many other awards, including the Polaris Music Prize, the XM Verge Music Awards, the Western Canadian Music Awards, and CBC Radio 3’s Bucky Awards.
Clara Hughes is one of Canada’s most decorated Olympians, and the only athlete history to win multiple medals in both the Summer and Winter Games. After winning gold in 2006, she personally contributed $10,000 to the Right to Play program. In 2010, she donated her medal bonus to the Take a Hike inner-city youth program in Vancouver. She is the national spokesperson for Bell Canada’s mental health initiative, the Let’s Talk campaign. An officer of the Order of Canada and a member of the Order of Manitoba, she holds honorary doctorates from various Canadian universities, and has been awarded the International Olympic Committee’s prestigious Sport and the Community Award.
Jay Ingram is a science broadcaster and writer, and co-hosted Daily Planet on the Discovery Channel for sixteen years. He is a Canadian Wildlife columnist and has written twelve books, three of which have won Canadian Science Writers’ Awards. A distinguished alumnus of the University of Alberta, he was named to the Order of Canada in 2009.
Ross Hornby is the vice-president, government affairs and policy, of GE Canada. He is responsible for the company’s engagement on public policy issues with governmentss, and seeks to promote growth of GE’s business in Canada and around the world. Before joining GE, he served as Canada’s ambassador to the European Union in Brussels. One of his achievements was the initiation of free trade negotiations with the European Union.
David Ben is one of the world’s foremost sleight of hand artists. He has developed theatrical works that were staged at the Shaw Festival, Theatre ROM and Luminato in Toronto, the Canadian embassies in Paris and Tokyo, and the Smithsonian in Washington, DC. He has also presented as a speaker at the IdeaCity conference and the Canadian Business Top Fifty Entrepreneur Retreat. He has written several books, and has contributed articles and reviews to the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star, among others.
Chief Wilton Littlechild operates the law firm of J. Wilton Littlechild, Barrister and Solicitor, and is also a commissioner with Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission. He was the first Treaty First Nation person to earn a law degree from the University of Alberta. A founder of the North American Indigenous Games, he has been inducted into seven sports halls of fame. He served as a Member of Parliament and on several senior committees in the House of Commons, and was a parliamentary delegate to the United Nations.
Jim Little was appointed chief marketing officer at Shaw Communications in April 2012, with a mandate to lead the strategic direction for marketing and communications. In this role, he oversees activities to strengthen Shaw’s coporate brand and reputation, maximize sales, increase market share, and maintain industry leadership. He has won numerous awards, including Canadian Marketer of the Year in 2006, and Brand of the Year from Strategy magazine in 2011.
Will Ferguson is a celebrated Canadian author and winner of the 2011 Scotiabank Giller Prize for 419: A Novel. He is a three-time winner of the Stephen Leacock Memorial Media for Humour, for Happiness in 2002, and again in 2005 for Beauty Tips from Moose Jaw, and in 2010 for Beyond Belfast.
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.
Dates, details, and ticket information are available at thewalrus.ca/events.