EPL announces 2018 Forward Thinking Speaker Series lineup

Five Leaders. Five Topics. One Incredible Pass.

For immediate release:

EDMONTON, AB,  December 7, 2017 – Five powerhouse women will visit Edmonton in 2018 to speak as part of the Edmonton Public Library’s (EPL) Forward Thinking Speaker Series, presented in partnership with Edmonton Community Foundation.

Media critic and Feminist Frequency creator Anita Sarkeesian, criminal defence lawyer Marie Henein, Canadian rugby star Jen Kish, Dragons’ Den venture capitalist Arlene Dickinson, and Indigenous comedian and activist Candy Palmater will share their insights, experiences and viewpoints as part of the ongoing series.

“The goal of the Forward Thinking Speaker Series is to inspire critical thinking and discussion, and ultimately help build community,” said Pilar Martinez, EPL’s Chief Executive Officer. “We are thrilled to be hosting these extraordinary female thought-leaders next year.”

A limited number of season passes are available for 2018, and will go on sale Wednesday, Dec. 13 at 10 a.m. online via epl.ca. General Admission season passes are $49 and Library Lovers season passes are $399. All season passes include guaranteed seats at these popular events, including any speakers added to the lineup.

Individual General Admission and Library Lovers tickets will go on sale prior to each event online via epl.ca.

Having previously supported Forward Thinking Speaker Series events, Edmonton Community Foundation (ECF) has extended their generosity and are partnering with the library for the entire 2018 season.

“ECF is pleased to be sponsoring these events in partnership with EPL,” said Martin Garber-Conrad, ECF’s Chief Executive Officer. “This group of dynamic speakers will spark many thoughtful discussions to our community. We are also delighted to be able to contribute to the Stanley A. Milner Library Revitalization, which serves many citizens with far more than just the printed word.”

All proceeds from the Forward Thinking Speaker Series support EPL’s Stanley A. Milner Library revitalization project.



About the Edmonton Public Library
The Edmonton Public Library (EPL) is proud to be 2014 Library of the Year! We’ve come a long way since 1913 when books were all you could find on our shelves… and we’re just getting started! Today, EPL carries everything you care about. We are Edmonton’s largest lender of all manner of information and entertainment. Our professionally trained staff take you beyond Google with the knowledge, discernment and desire to help you navigate a universe of information. The second most visited place in Edmonton, every year EPL hosts over 16.9 million in-branch and online visits across our 20 branches and website. We deliver our incredible content to you everywhere – in the library, at home or on your handheld device. Unmatched access and unrivalled value – that is today’s EPL. EPL is a registered charity and relies on donations to enhance services. Spread the words. www.epl.ca/give

About Edmonton Community Foundation
Edmonton Community Foundation acts as a bridge between donors and greater Edmonton charities to help create and maintain a strong, vibrant community for generations to come. Through permanent endowment funds, the Foundation disburses 4 per cent of the fund value to charities each year.  ECF is the fourth-largest community foundation in Canada. 

For more information, contact
Heather McIntyre
Communications Specialist
Edmonton Public Library