Forward Thinking Speaker Series

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The Forward Thinking Speaker Series reflects EPL’s rich history of taking risks, trying new things, and redefining the modern library. EPL invites thought-leaders from a variety of industries speaking on a variety of topics to share their insights, ideas, experiences, and viewpoints, with the goal of helping us purposefully build better organizations, neighborhoods, and communities.

For a list of upcoming speakers please visit the Future Speakers page.

EPL in partnership with the Edmonton Community Foundation are proud to present 80 Years of Wisdom with George Takei on Wednesday, November 29th as part of the Forward Thinking Speaker Series.

George Takei will share pearls of wisdom and captivating stories from his 80 years. His experience spans from being a child wrongly imprisoned with his family in an internment camp for four years, to being openly gay and an advocate for the LGBTQ community, to his successful career as an actor and now his role as a social media guru with over 10 million Facebook followers. His story is one of hard work, passion and fighting for what's right. Mr Takei has often acted as a voice of inclusion for groups who've been ostracized, and through his work has made tremendous impact to the causes close to his heart.

Tickets for this event go on sale Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at 10am on Eventbrite with all proceeds going to support the Stanley A. Milner Library revitalization project.

WHEN: Wednesday, November 29, 2017 – 7PM (Doors open at 5:30PM)
WHERE: Shaw Conference Centre, Hall D
TICKETS: 

  • General Admission: $15 each, seats are located in the green section.
  • Preferred Seating: $50 each, seats are located in the pink preferred seating section on the map.
  • Library Lovers Experience: $200 each, includes a pre-event reception with Mr. Takei, front of the room seats in the gold section and a tax receipt for a portion of the ticket price.

A seating map of the event is available and includes the locations of the different ticket options. 

Please visit the event FAQ for more information on this event. 

Presented in partnership with Edmonton Community Foundation.


Tickets are now available for purchase on Eventbrite.

EPL will welcome former Prime Minister the Rt. Honourable Kim Campbell and the former Deputy Prime Minister the Honourable Anne McLellan as the next presenters in the Forward Thinking Series. Women in Politics will take place on Tuesday, September 26, 2017.  The event is presented in partnership with Women's Initiative Edmonton.

Join us as they reflect on their remarkable careers and experiences as women taking prime positions in what is otherwise an underrepresented role for women, and share insight into the future of the political realm of Canada.

Tickets for this event go on sale Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at 10am on Eventbrite with all proceeds going to support the Stanley A. Milner Library revitalization project.

WHEN: Tuesday, September 26, 2017, 7:00PM (Doors open at 6:00PM)
WHERE: Chateau Lacombe Hotel
TICKETS:  Tickets are now available through Eventbrite starting at $10 for General Admission and $75 for Library Lover Experience tickets. Library Lover tickets include a premium seat at the event and access to a private reception with both speakers following their presentation. A charitable tax receipt will be issued to Library Lover Experience ticket holders following the event for a portion of the ticket price. All ticket support the Stanley A. Milner Library revitalization project. Please note that tickets cannot be purchased at EPL branch locations.

Presented in partnership with Women's Initiative Edmonton.

Thank you to our media sponsor Avenue Magazine.

If you have any questions about this event or with the ticketing process please email events@epl.ca.


Is there a speaker that you would like to see at a future Forward Thinking Speaker Series presentation? Please send us your recommendations to events@epl.ca.

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