RBC Foundation Presents

The Walrus Talks Social Innovation

Toronto 7:00 p.m. ET, Tuesday, November 22, 2016

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: $25
Student $15

The Telus Centre for Performance & Learning
Koerner Hall
273 Bloor Street W.

  • “Innovation and the Future of Our Cities” by Geoff Cape, CEO, Evergreen
  • “Dear Prime Minister…” by Stephen Huddart, President and CEO, The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation
  • “Fundraising: A New Hope” by David Love, ‘Godfather of Good’ at Agents of Good
  • “Have a CLLWW (Clue)” by Wanda Nanibush, Image and word warrior, curator and community organizer
  • “The Solution Is in the Salad” by Tonya Surman, CEO, Centre for Social Innovation
  • “How 3D Printers Can Impact 1+ Billion Lives” by Julielynn Wong, Physician-scientist, innovator, educator
  • “Innovating Procurement for Social Impact” by Kevin Vuong, Ashoka Emerging Innovator and Co-founder, Public Accessory Commission


Geoff Cape

Geoff Cape founder and CEO of Evergreen, has grown the organization into a nationally recognized leader in urban sustainability. Evergreen has enabled over 7,100 projects over the past twenty-five years, of which the largest is Evergreen Brick Works, a suite of sixteen buildings on a 41-acre campus with conference facilities, exhibition spaces, gardens, markets, offices, demonstration facilities, and a spectacular park setting. Geoff is a board member at Sustainable Development Technology Canada, a fellow with the Rockefeller Foundation, a founding member of the World Entrepreneurship Forum, and a regular participant at the World Economic Forum, Davos. He has received the Governor General’s Golden Jubilee Medal, and in 2015 he was on Mayor John Tory’s transition advisory team. @gcape

Stephen Huddart 2014

Stephen Huddart is president and CEO of the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, a national Montreal-based organization that develops social-innovation and impact investing in Canada. The foundation is a founding partner of Social Innovation Generation, and its other initiatives include Innoweave, the McConnell Reconciliation Initiative, Cities for People, Recode, and Well Ahead. Stephen serves on the boards of Pearson College UWC, Philanthropic Foundations Canada, and Je Fais Montreal, and he has a master’s of management from McGill University. @stephenhuddart

David Love

David Love helps environmental and social-justice organizations reap the benefits of the coming legacy tsunami. He was at WWF-Canada from 1979 to 1999 and is now back at the organization, running its legacy program, which he started in 1982. He also works with his daughter’s fundraising company, Agents of Good, where he is affectionately known as the Godfather of Good. In 2013, his colleagues at the AFP Greater Toronto Chapter gave him their lifetime achievement award. @agentsofgood

Wanda Nanibush is an Anishinaabe-kwe image and word warrior, curator, and community organizer. She is the assistant curator, Canadian and Indigenous art, at the Art Gallery of Ontario, where her exhibition Toronto: Tributes and Tributaries, 1971-1989 is on view until May 2017. She has a master’s in visual studies from the University of Toronto and has taught doctoral courses on Indigenous history and politics at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. @criticalnish

Photo: Paolo Araldi

Tonya Surman is founding CEO of the Centre for Social Innovation, a co-working space, community, and launch pad for people who are changing the world. With four locations in Toronto and one in New York, CSI enables its members to accelerate their success and amplify their social impact. Tonya has been creating and leading social ventures since 1987. @tonyasurman


Julielynn Wong is a Queen’s and Harvard-educated physician, scientist, innovator, and educator who uses technology to benefit the world. She is a 3D-printing, drone, robotics, telemedicine, and digital-health pioneer, and she enables health-care solutions in diverse environments, from outer space to remote communities with limited resource access. Julielynn also founded Medical Makers, a program that empowers innovators, patients, and health-care providers to come up with sustainable, life-saving solutions to health-care problems. @julielynnwong

Kevin Vuong

Kevin Vuong is co-founder of the Public Accessory Commission, a place-making social enterprise that has transformed procurement and infrastructure projects into workforce development opportunities. A former banker and military officer, Kevin is now one of Ashoka’s 100 Emerging Innovator, one of Corporate Knight’s Top 30 Under 30, and a 2015-16 CivicAction DiverseCity Fellow. He was appointed the public fellow for the 2016 Spur Festival. @VuongKevin

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