September 27 – Scorned as Timber, Beloved by Sky: The Story of Emily Carr
Anna Stanisz, Associate Director, Creative Learning & Programs, McMichael Canadian Art Collection
One of the most iconic Canadian painters, Emily Carr is also admired for her autobiographical writings that in a large measure shaped our perception of her artistic career. Anna’s illustrated talk will contextualize this personal narrative with facts and documents discovered by successive Canadian scholars fascinated by Emily’s art and personality. Come and hear a fresh perspective on being a British Columbia woman artist in a world dominated by Group of Seven giants.
October 4 – Canadians’ Fascination with the Weather
David Phillips, Senior Climatologist, Environment and Climate Change Canada
Why is the weather so important to Canadians? Why are we so obsessed with it? David has spent half his career trying to figure out why Canadians are so outwardly disgusted by weather, yet so secretly proud of it at the same time. And Canadians love to talk about it. David will share with you his experiences – both good and bad – in talking about our love/hate relationship with the weather.
What is clear to all Canadians is that something is happening to our weather. It’s almost as if extreme weather has become the norm. And there seems to be more freakish weather. Further, the seasons seem to be out of whack, certainly not what our teachers and parents told us it would be like. Some experts suggest that we may be witnessing the beginning of a profound change to our climate and bad weather may be proof of an overheated, out-of-control planet. On the other hand, it has happened before; maybe we are going through some rough times, experiencing some bad “weather” luck. There is so much we don’t know about our weather. But what has become clear is that our planet is warming and the number of weather-related disasters is on the rise. Could it be that weather is more important to us now than it ever has been? And the rest of the world is doing what Canadians have always done…talking about the weather.
October 11 – Queen Victoria and Canada
Dr. Carolyn Harris, Historian, Author and Royal Commentator; Teacher, University of Toronto, School of Continuing Studies
When Queen Victoria died in 1901, her birthday continued to be a holiday in Canada to honour her role as a Mother of Confederation. Over the course of her 63 year reign, Queen Victoria had a profound impact on Canadian history, politics and culture. Loyalty to the Crown brought Canadians, including the Fathers of Confederation, together and Queen Victoria played a key role in uniting Canada in 1867.
October 18 – The Northwest Passage: Tracing One Warm Line
David Newland, Writer, Musician and Speaker; Zodiac Driver and Expedition Host, Adventure Canada
David Newland has a passion for the Canadian experience. He travels the coasts of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, Newfoundland & Labrador, Greenland, and Nunavut with Adventure Canada.
Using enhanced projected images, video, and original songs, David will touch on the history of Arctic exploration, including the story of Franklin’s lost expedition. He will also introduce Inuit ideas of territory, community, and creative culture, and discuss Arctic wildlife and ecology, including glaciers, sea ice and the potential effects of climate change in the North.
October 25 – The Future of Food and Beverage
Craig Youdale, Dean, Canadian Food and Wine Institute, Niagara College
The Canadian Food and Wine Institute is Canada’s leader in food and beverage training, boasting a combination of culinary, beer, wine and food science training.
The world has seen an explosion of craft beer plus development in cider and distilling. At the same time, restaurants continue to grow and change. Education plays a significant role in supporting these developments.
Craig will discuss where this training is going, what the CFWI has in store for the Niagara region, and how they are preparing students for a future in the food and beverage industry.
November 1 – Tools to Build a High Performing Sustainable Health Care System
Dr. Sacha Bhatia MD, MBA, FRCPC, Director, Women’s College Hospital Institute for Health System Solutions and Virtual Care; Cardiologist, Women’s College Hospital and University Health Network; Adjunct Scientist, Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences; Assistant Professor, University of Toronto’s Department of Medicine and the Institute for Health Policy Management and Evaluation
Canada’s health care system is under significant pressure. An aging population and increasing rates of chronic disease threaten quality and affordability within our system of care. Is there a way forward? Dr. Sacha Bhatia will discuss innovative research that is happening at the Women’s College Hospital Institute for Health System Solutions and Virtual Care (WIHV) to help ensure Canadians get the right care, in the right place, at the right time.