TD Presents

The Walrus Talks Sustainability

Toronto 6:30 p.m. (ET), Wednesday, October 9, 2013



  • Climate Is Culture by David Buckland, Cape Farewell
  • High-Rise Living by Katerina Cizek, documentary filmmaker
  • Forests by Karen Clarke-Whistler, TD
  • New Public Partnerships for Public Parks by Dave Harvey, Park People
  • Food by Andrew Heintzman, Investeco Capital
  • Earth Literacy by Dennis O’Hara, The Elliott Allen Institute for Theology and Ecology
  • Population by Doug Saunders, Globe and Mail
  • Lost Rivers by Katarina Soukup, filmmaker

Reception hosted by Ryerson University.

David Buckland is the director of the Cape Farewell project, which brings artists, scientists, and educators together to collectively address and raise awareness about climate change. David is a designer, artist, and filmmaker, whose lens-based works have been exhibited in numerous galleries in London, Paris, and New York, and collected by the National Portrait Gallery, the Centre Pompidou, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the J. Paul Getty Museum.

Katerina Cizek is an Emmy Award–winning documentary maker working across media platforms. Her work has documented the digital revolution and has itself become part of the movement. Currently, she is the director of the National Film Board of Canada’s Highrise project, and for five years she was a filmmaker in residence at St. Michael’s Hospital, during which she made the 2008 Webby Award–winning movie Filmmaker-in-Residence. See also worked on the acclaimed documentary Seeing is Believing: Handicams, Human Rights and the News (2002), co-directed with Peter Wintonick.

Karen Clarke-Whistler, the chief environment officer for TD Bank Financial Group, is responsible for developing and implementing an environmental strategy that meets TD’s stated goal of becoming the environmental leader in North America’s banking industry. A respected environmental scientist, Clarke-Whistler previously worked as an environmental consultant on projects around the globe relating to sustainable development of the natural resource and energy sectors. She has consulted extensively for global banks and has published on a range of topics relating to sustainable development and corporate responsibility.

Dave Harvey is the founder and executive director of Park People. He was awarded a Toronto Community Foundation Vital People grant in 2011 and a Metcalf Foundation Innovation Fellowship in 2010, through which he released a report in September, Fertile Ground for New Thinking: Improving Toronto’s Parks. Prior to his fellowship, Harvey served as senior advisor to the premier of Ontario, working to develop, implement, and communicate the Ontario government’s policy in the areas of environment, natural resources, and municipal affairs. He played a key role in realizing the provincial government’s progressive agenda, including the 1.8 million–acre Greenbelt, the GTA Growth Plan, the City of Toronto Act, and the Go Green Action Plan for Climate Change. He has served on the boards of the non-profit organization LEAF and the Task Force to Bring Back the Don.

Andrew Heintzman is president and co-founder of Investeco Capital, a venture capital firm focused on investing in sustainable companies and sectors. He is also currently a member of Ontario’s Clean Energy Task Force and an adviser to the MGA program at the Munk School of Global Affairs. Heintzman is author of The New Entrepreneurs: Building a Green Economy for the Future, and co-editor of Fueling the Future: How the Battle over Energy Is Changing Everything, Feeding the Future: From Fat to Famine, and Food and Fuel: Solutions for the Future. He was the chair of the Premier’s Climate Change Advisory Panel for the Province of Ontario from 2008 to 2012.

Dennis O’Hara is the director of the Elliott Allen Institute for Theology and Ecology at the University of St. Michael’s College and an assistant professor of ethics and eco-theology at St. Michael’s Faculty of Theology. He has been actively involved in exploring and resolving integrative health care issues, having worked with Health Canada’s Natural Health Products Directorate, the Complementary and Alternative Medicine Issues in Undergraduate Medical Education project, and the World Health Organization. He was a co-investigator in the Canadian Interdisciplinary Network for Complimentary and Alternative Medicine Research. O’Hara has spoken at professional and academic gatherings in Canada, the United States, and Europe, on eco-theology, health care ethics, and the spiritual dimensions of human health.

Doug Saunders is European bureau chief for the Globe and Mail, where he writes the weekly international affairs column. He is the author of Arrival City: The Final Migration and Our Next World, for which he visited twenty locations around the world to study the effects of the last global wave of rural-urban migration. The book won the Donner Prize, which honours the best book on public affairs in Canada, and was one of five finalists for the 2011 Lionel Gelber Prize, which recognizes the world’s best book on international affairs. Saunders is a five-time National Newspaper Award winner.

Katarina Soukup is an independent producer who founded Catbird Productions Inc. in 2006. She has almost ten years of experience working as documentary and multimedia producer with award-winning, internationally acclaimed Inuit filmmakers Igloolik Isuma Productions, the creative team behind the Canadian cinema classic Atanarjuat The Fast Runner (2000). Under Catbird, she has produced Umiaq Skin Boat (2008) and Kakalakkuvik—Where the Children Dwell (2009) by award-winning director Jobie Weetaluktuk, as well as Tusarnituuq! Nagano in the Land of the Inuit (2009), a documentary by Félix Lajeunesse. Tusarnituuq! had its world premiere at the 2009 Montreal World Film Festival and aired on Radio-Canada, ARTV, APTN and SVT Sweden. Before focusing on filmmaking, Soukup’s sound art projects, such as Radio Bicyclette, Live from the Tundra, and Arctic Phonographies, were presented at art venues in Austria, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, the US, and Canada. She recently completed Lost Rivers, a cross-platform documentary for Radio-Canada, and is currently developing a number of documentary, fiction, and interactive projects for Catbird. She holds an MA in media studies from Concordia University, serves on the board of the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, and is co-president of Doc-Québec, the Quebec chapter of the Documentary Organization of Canada.

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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.

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