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General Admission: $25
Evergreen Brick Works
550 Bayview Ave
The trends that define the future of Canada in business, politics, arts, media, and more. Followed by a special 15th anniversary party with great ideas, food, drink, and conversation.
- Margaret Atwood, writer, poet, environmentalist
- Geoff Cape, CEO, Evergreen
- Lisa Charleyboy, writer, editor, storyteller
- Tanya (Toni) De Mello, Director, Human Rights, Ryerson University
- Robert Jago, writer
- Craig Nevill-Manning, head of engineering, Sidewalk Labs
- Mark Collins, VP, Cisco Canada Partner Organization
Join us following the event for a special reception celebrating the 15th anniversary of The Walrus.
This event is part of The Walrus LIVE, a festival of ideas featuring dozens of top thinkers talking about the issues that shape the future of our world.
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Margaret Atwood is the author of more than fifty books of fiction, poetry, and critical essays. Her most recent works are Hag-Seed (2016), a novel re-visitation of Shakespeare’s play The Tempest for the Hogarth Shakespeare Project, and Angel Catbird, a graphic novel with co-creator Johnnie Christmas (Dark Horse, 2016). Other recent works include the MaddAddam trilogy — the Giller and Booker prize-nominated Oryx and Crake (2003), The Year of the Flood (2009), and MaddAddam (2013) and the novel The Heart Goes Last (2015). Her latest book of short stories is Stone Mattress: Nine Tales (2014), and her latest volume of poetry is The Door (2007). Her most recent non-fiction books are Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth (2008) and In Other Worlds: SF and the Human Imagination (2011). Among her most celebrated works are The Blind Assassin, winner of the Booker Prize, Alias Grace, which won the Giller Prize in Canada and the Premio Mondello in Italy, and The Robber Bride, Cat’s Eye, and The Handmaid’s Tale — now a TV series with MGM and Hulu. She lives in Toronto with writer Graeme Gibson.
Geoff Cape is founder and CEO of Evergreen, a national organization dedicated to making cities flourish. Since 1995, Evergreen has enabled over 7,200 projects in communities across the country, including the creation of Evergreen Brick Works in Toronto in 2010, an adaptive re-use of a civic asset and a place where the world can experience sustainable practices. With national award-winning programs, Evergreen has become internationally known for its tackling of environmental and urban challenges. It is currently leading the redevelopment of the Kiln Building at Evergreen Brick Works into a year-round hub that will ignite, accelerate, and celebrate new solutions for low-carbon cities.
Geoff is an Officer of the Order of Canada, a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal, a fellow of the Rockefeller Foundation, a board member of Sustainable Development Technology Canada, and the recipient of a number of awards related to social innovation and sustainability. He holds a BA from Queen’s University and a Master’s of Management from McGill University.
Lisa Charleyboy (Tsilhqot’in from Tsi Deldel First Nation) is an award-winning writer, editor, and storyteller. Huffington Post named her one of three Aboriginals to watch, and the National Post called her an “Aboriginal storyteller for the digital generation.” She is host of CBC Radio One’s New Fire, co-creator of APTN’s Urban Native Girl, and co-editor of three anthologies with Annick Press.
Robert Jago is a journalist, and frequent contributor to The Walrus. He writes on issues of First Nations nationalism, identity, and the relationship between First Nations people and the rest of Canada. Robert is a member of the Nooksack Indian Tribe and the Kwantlen First Nation. He is currently based in Montreal.
Tanya (Toni) De Mello started as an economist, working in business during the day and in the community at night. After working as a management consultant for several years and co-founding two local NGOs in her free time, Tanya did her Master’s degree at Princeton University. That study led her into peace-building, first at the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Geneva, and later at the UNHCR Field Office for Emergency Relief in Senegal through the UN World Food Programme (WFP).
She is now a human rights lawyer and serves as the director of Human Rights Services at Ryerson University. She deals with discrimination, harassment, and sexual violence. Tanya ran for office for the Federal government in 2015 and, well, she lost. But she continues to be extremely engaged in civic life and community service, which she names as her greatest passions. Tanya’s areas of research include unconscious bias and deconstructing the concept of “fit” in interviews!
Craig Nevill-Manning is head of engineering at Sidewalk Labs. Before joining Sidewalk Labs, he founded Google’s first remote engineering centre, located in New York City. In his role as engineering director at Google, he oversaw the development of products including Google Local (now Maps) and Froogle (now Google Shopping), as well as features of web search such as Question Answering and Web Definitions. Prior to joining Google in 2000, he was an assistant professor in the computer science department at Rutgers University, and a post-doctoral fellow in the biochemistry department at Stanford University. He is the author of forty-four peer-reviewed academic publications, and was awarded a Career grant by the National Science Foundation for work combining information retrieval and computational biology. Passionate about great coffee, he co-founded Happy Bones cafe in New York’s Little Italy with his wife Kirsten and partners from New Zealand.
Mark Collins is vice-president of the Canadian Partner Organization for Cisco Canada. He is responsible for managing Cisco’s routes to market and business partnerships in Canada, leading multiple teams tasked with the profitable growth of Cisco’s partner community. Previously at Cisco Canada, Mark served as the director of marketing and was responsible for the development and implementation of Cisco Canada’s branding and demand generation strategy. Prior to that position, he was Cisco Canada’s manager of Connected Architectures and led the Canadian Partner Organization’s Partner Architecture and Business Development teams. Since joining Cisco in 2000, he has also held leadership positions in financial services, outsourcing, and systems integrator sales.