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.


2017 Season Pass

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Library Lover Experience passes are still available. General Admission passes are sold out.

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, Olympian Karina LeBlanc, Lieutenant General Roméo Dallaire and Dr. Reza Aslan.

In 2017, EPL cardholders have the opportunity to purchase a season pass for the entire Forward Thinking Speaker Series roster giving them access these acclaimed speakers:

February 28 - A Conversation about Reconciliation with Chief Wilton Littlechild, Dr. Marie Wilson and moderated by Shelagh Rogers
Ramada Conference Centre Kingsway
Tickets on sale Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at 10am
$5 for General Admission and $50 for the Library Lover Experience, 7PM Start


April 27 - An Evening with Joseph Boyden
ATB Financial Arts Barns
Tickets on sale Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 10am
$10 for General Admission, 7PM start
Joseph Boyden


May 15 - Public Health journalist Andre Picard on mental health and urban isolation in partnership with the City of Edmonton
Chateau Lacombe
Tickets on sale Wednesday, April 12, 2017
$10 for for General Admission and $75 for the Library Lover Experience, 7PM start
Andre Picard


September 26 - Women in Politics with former Prime Minister Kim Campbell
Chateau Lacombe
Tickets on sale Wednesday, August 9. 2017 at 10am
$10 for for General Admission and $75 for the Library Lover Experience, 7PM start
Kim Campbell


November 29 - 80 Years of Wisdom with George Takei in partnership with the Edmonton Community Foundation
Shaw Conference Centre, Hall D
Tickets on sale Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at 10am
$15 for General Admission and $200 for the Library Lover Experience, 7PM start
George Takei

The following Season Pass options are available:

  1. Library Lover Experience - Limited to 30 passes. Guarantees front of the room seating and post-event reception at all five events. A tax receipt will also be issued to all Library Lover Experience Pass holders by December 31, 2017 for the portion of the pass.
    $399 ($76 discount over individual event tickets)
  2. General Admission passes are sold out.

Limited tickets are now available on Eventbrite

All ticket proceeds from the event support the Stanley A. Milner Library revitalization project. For more information on the 2017 Season Pass please see the FAQ section.

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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