Forward Thinking Speaker Series

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 to share their insights, ideas, experiences and viewpoints. Its purpose is to help build better organizations, neighborhoods and communities.

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Dr. Marie Wilson: Keeping Reconciliation Alive

Wednesday, June 19 at 7 p.m.
The Citadel Theatre
Tickets now on sale.
General Admission - $15.00
VIP Seating - $45.00 (includes signed copy of Dr. Wilson's new book North of Nowhere)

Dr. Wilson will discuss her new book North of Nowhere: Song of a Truth and Reconciliation Commissioner and what we can do to further reconciliation across Canada.

This event will be moderated by Chief Wilton Littlechild.

About Dr. Marie Wilson

Dr. Marie Wilson (CM, ONWT, MSC) spent six years crisscrossing the country as a Commissioner of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. She has spoken throughout North America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand on the potential of reconciliation. Born in Ontario, she has lived, studied, and worked as a journalist, teacher, professor, trainer, and executive in Canada, France, Burkina Faso, South Africa, and parts of South America. She lives in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories.

About Chief Wilton Littlechild

Chief Wilton Littlechild is known as a pioneer for the global Indigenous rights movement and served as one of the Commissioners on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. He is a residential school survivor, former Member of Parliament and was Grand Chief of the Confederacy of Treaty Six First Nations.

A recipient of both the Alberta Order of Excellence and the Order of Canada, Chief Littlechild is also an avid sportsman and athlete with dozens of provincial, regional, national and international championships to his name, he was a founder of the North American Indigenous Games, and was selected as a torch bearer and ambassador for the 2010 Olympics.

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Dr. Hayley Wickenheiser

Dr. Hayley Wickenheiser: Dealing with Criticism and Pressure
Sunday, October 27 at 2 p.m.
Horowitz Theatre
Tickets available in early September

How to perform when it matters most. Dr. Hayley Wickenheiser will discuss her illustrious career and provides inspiration for the next generation of athletes and sports in Canada to perform even better.

Dr. Hayley Wickenheiser is considered one of the best female hockey players in the world. Seven world championships, six Olympic appearances, five Olympic medals — she is a titan of sport and a leader both on and off the ice. Today, Wickenheiser is the assistant general manager of player development for the Toronto Maple Leafs as well as a community leader, medical doctor, and businesswoman who inspires audiences to give their best in everything they do.

A first-ballot Hockey Hall of Fame inductee, Wickenheiser’s hockey IQ is highly respected in both the male and female game. She made hockey history as the first female player to notch a point in a men’s professional game and as the first woman in history to play in or coach at four NHL development camps with the Philadelphia Flyers, the Edmonton Oilers, and the Toronto Maple Leafs. Wickenheiser is currently the Assistant General Manager of Player Development for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

She is also a bestselling author having released her first book Over the Boards: Lessons from the Ice in 2021. Wickenheiser holds several honourary degrees from institutions across Canada, as well as a Masters in Kinesiology from the University of Calgary, where she also studied medicine.

The Q&A at this event will be moderated by Nahreman Issa from CTV Edmonton.

Thank you to our Event Sponsor, Friends of EPL.

About Nahreman Issa

Nahreman Issa is an anchor and reporter with CTV Edmonton. She is a passionate storyteller, with 16 years experience covering all kinds of stories. Nahreman is a huge sports fan, with hockey being her number one sport.

When she’s not at an Oilers or Elks game, you can find her playing sports, reading a book or at a mall shopping.

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