TD Presents

The Walrus Talks Resilience

Calgary Monday, November 2, 2015, 7 p.m. MT



  • “Thriving in the Slums” by Doug Saunders, the Globe and Mail
  • “The Power to Ask and Share” by Ritu Bhasin, bhasin consulting inc.
  • “Building Economic Resilience” by Craig Alexander, C.D. Howe
  • “Is There Any Bitumen in our Resilient Future?” by Chris Turner, award-winning journalist and author
  • “Lessons from Neverland: Empowering Youth as Resilience Leaders” by Robin Cox, Royal Roads University
  • “Resilience Lies Between the Artist and the Engineer” by Ross Curtner, Adjacent Possibilities
  • “Arts at the Heart of Thriving Communities” by Janice Price, The Banff Centre

And more!


Craig Alexander is vice-president, economic analysis, at the C.D. Howe Institute and former senior vice-president and chief economist for TD Bank Group. Craig has twenty years of experience as an economic and financial forecaster and is a regular commentator on public policy. He is a trustee of two pension plans, a former president of the Canadian Association for Business Economics, and a current board member at the National Association for Business Economics.

Ritu - Walrus

Ritu Bhasin, a globally recognized speaker, has delivered programming and coaching to senior executives on topics like cultural competence, diversity, inclusion, and women’s advancement. Over the past twenty years, Ritu has volunteered on community initiatives including the Toronto 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games, Habitat for Humanity, and the YWCA. She received the City of Toronto’s 2014 William P. Hubbard Award for Race Relations, and her book, The Authenticity Principle, will be released in 2016.

Robin with camera - Version 2

Robin Cox is director of the Resilience by Design Innovation Lab and head of Royal Roads University’s Disaster and Emergency Management graduate program. Her research deals with youth and their capacity for community resilience in the face of disasters, climate change, and socio-economic challenges. The RbD is a virtual and face-to-face consortium of academic and community researchers, students, post-doctoral fellows, and young people committed to resilience. Its strategies include arts-based methods, digital storytelling, design, and gamification.

Ross Curtner is a producer, curator, innovation consultant, and co-founder of Adjacent Possibilities, an agency working at the intersection of art, technology, and social innovation. Ross connects unique thinkers—artists, entrepreneurs, and policy makers—to enable creative answers to difficult questions relating to resilience. He has led strategic-planning retreats for cleantech investment groups, created leadership workshops with community food organizations, and consulted for government.

Janice Price is president of the Banff Centre and the former CEO of Luminato, which, during her tenure, became one of the world’s largest and most respected multi-arts festivals. Previously, Janice was president and CEO of Philedelphia’s Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and a vice-president and later interim executive director at New York’s Lincoln Center. She is a current member of the national board of Culture Days.

Doug Saunders, the international-affairs columnist for the Globe and Mail, wrote the books Arrival City: The Final Migration and Our Next World and The Myth of the Muslim Tide. He served as the Globe’s London-based European bureau chief for a decade, after running the paper’s Los Angeles bureau, and has written extensively from East Asia, India, the Middle East, and North Africa. He has won five National Newspaper Awards.

Chris Turner is an award-winning author and a leading Canadian speaker on sustainability. His bestsellers The Leap and The Geography of Hope were National Business Book Award finalists. He won the City of Calgary W.O. Mitchell Book Prize for How to Breathe Underwater: Field Reports from an Age of Radical Change, a collection of his award-winning essays and features.

The Walrus


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, 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 “wings.” 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 “I never thought about it that way” 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.

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