Past Speakers

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.

CHIEF WILTON LITTLECHILD, DR. MARIE WILSON AND SHELAGH ROGERS

EPL was proud to host TRC Commissioners Chief Wilton Littlechild, Dr. Marie Wilson on February 28 at the Ramada Conference Centre Kingsway. The event was moderated by Honourary Witness Shelagh Rogers. 


MAYOR DON IVESON and MAYOR NAHEED NENSHI

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Mayors' Forum: Building Strong Communities took place on December 7th, 2016. The event which was moderated by Paula Simons featured both Mayors answering questions from Edmontonians. If you were unable to attend the event you can watch the entire presentation.


Sir Salman Rushdie

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Sir Salman Rushdie: Freedom of Expression took place on Tuesday, October 11th, 2016 at the Chateau Lacombe. One of the most celebrated authors of our time. A brilliant provocateur, he’s penned a handful of classic novels, influenced a generation of writers and received a Queen’s Knighthood for his service to literature.


Paula Simons

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Paula Simons: Digital Disruption and the Discourse of Democracy took place on Thursday, September 15, 2016 in the Stanley A. Milner Library Theatre as part of the Forward Thinking Speaker Series. Paula shared how the world of journalism has and is evolving, especially in the midst of our social media revolution, and how these two worlds converge.


Brian Burke & Anastasia Bucsis

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Karina LeBlanc

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Karina LeBlanc: Making Every Moment Count took place in the Stanley A. Milner Library Theatre on Saturday, July 9th, 2016. Karina LeBlanc is the longest serving player in Canadian soccer history and has proudly represented Canada in three Pan American Games, four FIFA Women’s World Cups, and two Olympic Games including the 2012 London Summer Olympics where she helped lead team Canada to a historic bronze medal win. Pulling from her childhood experiences to her time as a professional athlete, she spoke to how sport can be one of the many ways that can empower us to believe in ourselves.


Dr. Tim Beatley

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EPL presented Dr. Tim Beatley on June 2nd, 2016 in the Stanley A. Milner Library Theatre as part of the Forward Thinking Speaker Series. Dr. Beatley is an internationally recognized sustainable city researcher and author, and is the Project Director for Biophilic Cities. Much of his work focuses on the subject of sustainable communities and creative strategies by which cities and towns can fundamentally reduce their ecological footprints, while at the same time becoming more livable and equitable places.


Dr. Reza Aslan

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EPL presented Dr. Reza Aslan as part of the Forward Thinking Speaker Series on Wednesday, May 18, 2016. Dr. Aslan has a Ph.D. in world religions and is considered the foremost expert in his field. Since the Syrian refugee crises began, Dr. Aslan has been an outspoken advocate for Islam, educating the masses on CNN and Fox News on the fallacies that fuel islamophobia. His presentation gave ideas on strategies to stop islamophobia.


Dr. Dawn Lavell-Harvard

Dr Lavell Harvard enlightened audiences on the challenges, such as violence and abuse, Canada’s indigenous women face on the road to finding vibrant fulfilling lives in December 2015. While in some cases the realities are bleak, Dr Lavell Harvard shared ways that Edmontonians can help to make a difference. Ending a cycle of violence and creating promising futures needs the support of our communities coming together to find solutions.  Whether you’re a single parent, university student, prominent business leader or simply a passionate Edmontonian wanting to make a difference, Dr Lavell Harvard’s presentation left you with concrete ways to support Canada’s indigenous women. View the slides from her powerful presentation. You can now watch her full presentation.


Lorne Rubis

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Many business models are being disrupted. Companies like Uber, Airbnb, Netflix, OpenTable and others are changing the customer experience. Subsequently what disruptions can we expect to happen in the workplace? How will work communities and work itself likely change in the next 5 years? Lorne Rubis, Chief People Officer at ATB Financial shared his insights on today's workplace and where we are headed. Watch his presentation; Lorne Rubis: The Workplace Community 2015-2020.


Gordon Neufeld

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Dr. Gordon Neufeld is a developmental psychologist with over 40 years of experience with children, youth and caregivers. He  graced our EPL audience in June 2015 when he spoke about raising children in the digital era. He is an international speaker with a widespread reputation for making sense of complex problems and for opening doors for change. Dr. Neufeld devotes his time to teaching and training others.


Roméo Dallaire

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Lieutenant General Roméo Dallaire held a powerful presentation on leadership, risk-taking, difficult ethical situations and the role intellectual freedom and freedom of expression has played  to play in Lieutenant General Dallaire's leadership and throughout the world. This presentation was hosted in February 2015 as part of EPL's celebration of Freedom to Read Week.


Margaret Wheatley

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On Monday, Dec. 8, 2014 a thoughtful and inspiring conversation with internationally acclaimed speaker and advisor to Fortune 100 companies Margaret Wheatley was held. She presented the principles that make for healthy community engagement so that the citizens and leaders of Edmonton can learn from their successes and continue to build a thriving and resourceful community. Watch her presentation; Margaret Wheatley: Whatever the Issue, Community is the Answer.


Dr. Gabor Maté

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Dr. Maté has extensive experience working with patients in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside and has championed a compassionate approach to supporting vulnerable populations . Dr. Maté spoke about compassion, addiction and inclusion, and what Edmontonians can do to support their fellow citizens in November 2014. .


Delivering Happiness

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Why is happiness becoming a buzzword in the most successful organizations today? Because it inspires passionate, motivated and engaged employees! Building on the best-selling book by Tony Hsieh; Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion and Purpose, the Delivering Happiness Company has worked with major corporations across North America and around the world. A dynamic presentation was held by Sunny Grosso in October 2014, coaching and Culture Chief at Delivering Happiness™and leader of the DH@Work team.  Sunny used the success story of online shoe retailer Zappos to offer tips on how to inspire passion and purpose in your organization create a positive, sustainable culture.


George Kourounis

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On Tuesday, September 16th, 2014, EPL welcomed global explorer, adventurer, and storm chaser George Kourounis for a free speaking event for EPL cardholders in the Stanley A. Milner Library Theatre.

In front of a jam packed crowd George Kourounis wowed the audience with his presentation called "Chasing Dreams" which covered his journey into a volcano, his intercept of the world's largest volcano, going into the flaming gas crater in Turkmenistan, and talking about being in the middle of Hurricane Catrina. Following the event George Kourounis did a Q&A session with the audience and took pictures with some very happy attendees. Watch his presentation here. 

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