Past Events

George Heyman

George Heyman

Date/Time

Date(s) – 28 Jan 2011
All Day

George Heyman is the Executive Director of the Sierra Club of BC. As a long-time labour and community organizer in northwest British Columbia, and former President of the BC Government and Service Employees’ Union, George Heyman was perfectly placed to lead a lively conversation about the proposed “Northern Gateway” oil pipeline, as well as the underlying solidarity, and tensions, between the labour and environmental movements of British Columbia.

Hon. Roy Cullen, P.C., C.A

Hon. Roy Cullen, P.C., C.A

Date/Time

Date(s) – 15 Dec 2010
All Day

While serving as Canada’s Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance, Roy Cullen played a leading role in creating Canada’s anti-money laundering regime. Since retiring from politics in 2008, Cullen has authored a book “The Poverty of Corrupt Nations” about the linkages between corruption and poverty. He led a discussion about his ongoing work to fight large-scale money laundering and corruption through GOPAC, an organization of parliamentarians from around the world who collaborate to tackle corruption in their own governments.

Gar Pardy

Gar Pardy

Date/Time

Date(s) – 17 Nov 2010
All Day

For years Gar Pardy served as Canada’s Director General of Consular Affairs, and emerged as one of the heroes of the Maher Arar affair. He led a discussion on the perils of dual citizenship, and the dangers of politicizing decisions about which Canadians receive Government assistance when they find themselves in trouble overseas. The thoughts he shared with us are outlined in this article.

Robert Fowler

Robert Fowler

Date/Time

Date(s) – 22 Oct 2010
All Day

For 38 years Robert Fowler held some of the most senior positions in the Departments of Foreign Affairs and National Defence. He served as a foreign policy advisor to 5 Prime Ministers, and as Chair of the UN Angola Sanctions Committee he was instrumental in disrupting the trade in blood diamonds. In 2008 Fowler was abducted by Al-Qaeda while serving as the UN Secretary General’s Special Representative to Niger. He spent three months in captivity in the Sahara Desert. The ideas worked through with us came out in this interview with CTV a week later.

Michael Valpy

Michael Valpy

Date/Time

Date(s) – 23 Aug 2010
All Day

Michael Valpy writes about ideas, religion and politics for the Globe and Mail. During his long career at the Globe, he has been a reporter, Toronto and Ottawa based national political columnist, member of the editorial board, deputy managing editor, and Africa-based correspondent during the last years of apartheid. After riding along with Michael Ignatieff on his summer tour, Michael Valpy got off the bus and led a discussion about the Liberal leader and Canadian politics. The main themes of our conversation came out in this article, published a few days later.

Deborah Campbell

Deborah Campbell

Date/Time

Date(s) – 17 Jun 2010
All Day

Deborah Campbell is an award-winning writer who has spent the past decade reporting from such places as Iran, Syria, Lebanon, Qatar, Colombia, Cuba, and Russia. Much of her work is immersive journalism that involves living among the societies she covers. She teaches narrative nonfiction writing at the University of British Columbia. She joined us for the discussion of the media and the Middle East, drawing from this article, for which she won a Gold National Magazine Award.

Erna Paris

Erna Paris

Date/Time

Date(s) – 24 Mar 2010
All Day

Erna Paris began her writing career as a magazine journalist, book reviewer, and radio documentary broadcaster (in French and English) before writing books of literary non-fiction. She is the author of seven acclaimed books of literary non-fiction and the winner of ten national and international writing awards, including a gold medal from the National Magazine Awards Foundation, a bronze medal from The White Award for local issues reporting (Canada-US), and four Media Club of Canada awards for feature writing and radio documentary.

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