CAPP Presents

The Walrus Talks: The Art of Conversation

Sackville Thursday, October 16, 2014, 7:00 p.m.

Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers


  • That’s What the Girls Are Saying by Sally Armstrong, journalist and author
  • From the Inside Out by Measha Brueggergosman, Canadian soprano
  • Talking to the Dead by Charlotte Gray, biographer and historian
  • Mothers and Daughters by Lisa Moore, author
  • Youth and Science by Natalie Panek, rocket scientist
  • The Interview Tool by Shelagh Rogers, broadcaster
  • Community Connection by Marlene Snowman, Royal Canadian Mounted Police
  • Slow Talk by Aritha van Herk, historian and author

A reception will follow the talks.

Sally Armstrong is a three-time Amnesty International Media Award winner, the author of Ascent of Women, and a former member of the International Women’s Commission at the UN. Armstrong has covered stories in conflict zones, including Bosnia, Somalia, Rwanda, and Afghanistan. She has received seven honorary doctorates and the gold prize at the National Magazine Awards, and she is a member of the Order of Canada.

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Measha Brueggergosman, a Grammy-nominated Canadian soprano, has made many popular recordings, and her debut, Surprise (2007), garnered a Juno Award for Classical Album of the Year. Measha has received honorary doctorates from St. Thomas University and Acadia University; she was awarded the Grand Prize at the 2002 Montreal International Musical Competition; and she has won prizes at the International Vocal Competition’s-Hertogenbosch, the Queen Sonja International Music Competition, and the ARD International Music Competition. In 2010, three billion people watched her perform at the opening ceremonies of the Vancouver Olympic Games.

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Charlottte Gray is one of Canada’s best-known writers and the author of nine acclaimed books of literary non-fiction. Born in Sheffield, England, and educated at Oxford University and the London School of Economics, she began her career in England as a magazine editor and newspaper columnist. After coming to Canada in 1979, she worked as a political commentator, book reviewer, and magazine columnist before turning to biography and popular history. Charlotte’s most recent book, The Massey Murder: A Maid, Her Master and the Trial that Shocked a Country, was long-listed for British Columbia’s National Award for Canadian Non-fiction and shortlisted for both the Charles Taylor Prize and the Evergreen Award.


Lisa Moore wrote two collections of short stories, Degrees of Nakedness and Open, and three novels, Alligator, February, and Caught. She edited The Penguin Book of Contemporary Short Stories by Canadian Women and recently adapted February for the stage. Open and Alligator were shortlisted for the Giller Prize; Alligator also won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Canada and the Caribbean and was long-listed for the Orange Prize. February and Open were shortlisted for the Winterset Award; February was also long-listed for the Man Booker Prize, and it won the 2013 CBC Canada Reads competition. Caught was shortlisted for the Giller Prize and the Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize. In 2013, Lisa received the Writers’ Trust Engel/Findley Award, for mid-career writers.

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Natalie Panek is a mission system and operations engineer at MDA Space Missions, the organization behind the Canadarm. She has a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering from the University of Calgary, where she participated in the school’s solar car team, helping design their first car and driving it from Austin, Texas, to Calgary in the 2005 North American Solar Challenge. Natalie’s love of space and aviation led her, during her undergraduate studies, to obtain a private pilot’s license to fly a single-engine aircraft. She earned a master’s degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Toronto’s Institute for Aerospace Studies, where she focused on experiments to study combustion in a microgravity environment. She also interned at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and at the International Space University’s Space Studies Program at NASA’s Ames Research Center, where she worked on a mission to Mars.

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Shelagh Rogers is the host of CBC’s The Next Chapter and a prolific Canadian journalist who has worked on flagship programs such as Morningside, Sounds Like Canada, and This Morning. Shelagh holds honorary doctorates from the University of Western Ontario, Mount Allison University, and Memorial University. In September 2011, Shelagh was named an officer of the Order of Canada for promoting the country’s rich culture, for her volunteer work in adult literacy, and for fighting against the stigma of mental illness.

Aritha van Herk, Walrus Talks speaker. Author

Aritha van Herk is a novelist, teacher, and editor. Her award-winning novels and essays have been published and praised nationally and internationally, and her work is the subject of dozens of studies, theses, and papers. She has also written hundreds of reviews and articles on contemporary literature and history. Aritha has won the Seal First Novel Award, the Grant MacEwan Authors’ Award, and the Georges Bugnet Award, and she is currently a professor at the University of Calgary.

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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.

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