Future Speakers

2019 Lineup

Since 2014, the Forward Thinking Speaker Series has showcased over fifteen leaders who have challenged our way of thinking and have shared their stories with Edmontonians. Past presenters have included Sir Salman Rushdie, Former Prime Minister Kim Campbell, Lieutenant General Roméo Dallaire, Dr. Reza Aslan, George Takei and Neil Gaiman.

The following speakers will be coming to Edmonton in 2019:

Up Next: Wednesday, June 12 - Anthony Ray Hinton 

Anthony Ray Hinton was wrongly convicted of two murders in 1985 and was held on Alabama's death row for 28 years. He's the author of The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Rowopens a new window

Wednesday, June 12
Chateau Lacombe Hotel
Tickets are now available on Eventbrite
General Admission tickets - $10 each
Preferred Seating tickets - $75 each


Tuesday, Sept. 17 - Dr. Chris Nowinski 

Dr. Chris Nowinski is a former WWE wrestler and co-founder of the Concussion Legacy Foundationopens a new window which is dedicated to solving the sports concussion crisis through education, policy and research. 

Tuesday, Sept. 17
Chateau Lacombe Hotel
Tickets go on sale Wednesday, Aug. 7 at 10 a.m. on Eventbrite
General Admission tickets - $10 each
Preferred Seating tickets - $75 each


Monday, Oct. 28 - John Douglas

John Douglas is a retired FBI special agent and one of the first criminal profilers. He has written several books on criminal psychology including Mindhunteropens a new window which has been adapted into a series on Netflix. 

Monday, Oct.  28
Edmonton Inn & Conference Centre
Tickets go on sale Wednesday, Sept. 18  at 10 a.m. on Eventbrite
General Admission tickets - $10 each
Preferred Seating tickets - $125 each


Preferred Seating tickets include a seat near the front of the room, access to a post-event reception with the speaker and a charitable tax receipt for a portion of the ticket price. All proceeds support the Stanley A. Milner Library Revitalization Projectopens a new window

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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.caopens a new window.

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