CAPP Presents

The Walrus Talks the Art of Conversation

Victoria 6:30 p.m. (PT), Monday, September 16, 2013



  • Empathy and the Polluted Public Square by Jim Hoggan, Hoggan & Associates president
  • Faith and Science by Michael Ingham, retired Bishop of the Diocese of New Westminster
  • It’s Not You, It’s Them: Rules for Arguing in Polite and Impolite Company by Samantha Nutt, War Child Canada executive director
  • The Interview Tool by Shelagh Rogers, CBC broadcaster
  • From Debate to Dialogue by Shauna Sylvester, Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue fellow
  • Building a Movement by Kali Taylor, Student Energy founder
  • Creating Dialogue by Robert Wiersema, bestselling author

Jim Hoggan is the president and owner of Hoggan & Associates, and co-founder of the Stonehouse Standing Circle and the influential website DeSmogBlog, named one of Time magazine’s Best Blogs of 2011 for its work exposing corporate misinformation campaigns. He also serves as a trustee of the Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education and is the former chair of the Climate Project Canada. Hoggan currently sits on Shell Global’s external review committee as an expert adviser on their annual sustainability reporting. In 2009, he led the Province of British Columbia’s Green Energy Advisory Task Force on Community Engagement and First Nations Partnerships. Hoggan is the author of three books, Do the Right Thing: PR Tips for a Skeptical Public (2009), Climate Cover-Up: The Crusade to Deny Global Warming (2009), and Polluted Public Square (Fall 2013). Hoggan has been a member of the David Suzuki Foundation’s board of directors since 2001, and has served as chair since 2007.

Michael Ingham was the Bishop of the Diocese of New Westminster since 1994, retired as of September 1, 2013. He was the dean of Christ Church Cathedral in Vancouver and principal secretary to the primate in Toronto. He was ordained in Ottawa in 1974 after training for his priesthood at the Scottish Episcopal Church and studying at the University of Edinburgh, Harvard University, and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He has been named the third most significant newsmaker in Canada by Maclean’s magazine in 2003, one of the 50 Most Influential Figures in the Anglican Church by Britain’s Daily Telegraph, and is one the 45 People Who Made Vancouver Better by Vancouver Magazine.

Samantha Nutt is an award-winning humanitarian, bestselling author, and acclaimed public speaker. She is the founder and executive director of War Child Canada, a staff physician at Women’s College Hospital, and an assistant professor at the University of Toronto. She is a regular foreign affairs panelist on CBC News’s The National; her written work has appeared in Maclean’s, Reuters, the Globe and Mail, the National Post, and the Huffington Post. She was recently named one of twenty–five Transformational Canadians by the Globe and Mail, a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, and one of Canada’s Five Leading Activists by Time magazine. In July 2011, she was appointed to the Order of Canada.

Shelagh Rogers is a veteran broadcast journalist. She has hosted flagship programs with CBC Radio, including This Morning and Sounds Like Canada, and currently hosts CBC Radio One’s The Next Chapter. In 2000, she won the John Drainie Award, Canada’s most prestigious broadcasting prize. She has received the CBC Transforming Lives Award, and has been honoured for her work to effect reconciliation between Aboriginal and non–Aboriginal people in Canada. She also serves as honorary chair of the Peter Gzowski Invitational Golf Tournament for Literacy.

Shauna Sylvester is a fellow at Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Dialogue, and she is the executive director of Carbon Talks and the CBC Public Square. Sylvester served as the founding director of Canada’s World we well as the Institute for Media, Policy, and Civil Society. She serves on the board of Mountain Equipment Co–op and has held previous board positions for Vancity Credit Union, Vancity Capital, the Voluntary Sector Initiative, and the BC Assessment Authority. Sylvester has been recognized by the Simons Foundation as a peace leader, named one of CBC’s Outstanding Alumni, and is one of the Globe and Mail’s Top 40 Under 40, and received a similar award from Business in Vancouver Magazine. 

Kali Taylor is the founder of Student Energy, which works to create a global movement of students committed to bringing about a sustainable energy future. During her undergrad, Taylor chaired the planning committee for the inaugural International Student Energy Summit, which brought 350 international students to Calgary. She has been awarded the Premier’s Citizenship Award, the Queen Elizabeth II Citizenship Medal, the National Millennium Leadership Scholarship, the Action Award and Most Outstanding Graduate Award at the Haskayne School of Business, and she was named one of Canada’s Top 25 Environmentalists Under 25 by in 2011.

Robert J. Wiersema is a writer, reviewer, teacher, and bookseller. His first novel, Before I Wake, was a national bestseller and a Globe and Mail book of the year that was shortlisted for the Prix Aurora. It has been published in a dozen countries. His other books include Bedtime Story, The World More Full of Weeping, and Walk Like a Man: Coming of Age with the Music of Bruce Springsteen. His reviews and articles appear regularly in a variety of publications, including the Globe and Mail, the National Post, Elle Canada and Quill & Quire. He lives in Victoria, where he teaches creative writing and works as a bookseller.

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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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