Our FREE WINTER Speaker Series starts January 15, 2024!  You will be contacted with registration details if you are a paid up member of TALYR.

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Upcoming events

    • January 15, 2024
    • 10:00 AM
    • February 05, 2024
    • 12:00 PM
    • Zoom virtual meetings

    Winter 2024 Speaker Event Series 

    All Winter 2024 speaker events will be conducted virtually using Zoom software

     January 15

     Seth Klein

     A Good War: mobilizing Canada   for the climate emergency

     January 22

     Nathalie Nguyen-Quoc   Ouellette, PhD

     Unveiling the Cosmos with the   James Webb Space Telescope
     January 29

     Patti Shales Lefkos 

     NEPAL IT'S NEVER TOO LATE: Rediscovering Love, Connection and Personal Resilience on Nepal's Great Himalayan Trail
     February 5

     Rosemary Sadlier

     Black Canadian History - Let's Get Educated!




    • January 15, 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Zoom virtual lecture

    Seth Klein

    A social activist for over 40 years, Seth’s activism started as a high school student in the peace movement, and in the anti-racism movement while attending university.  Before returning to graduate school, he taught high school (economics and history) in Toronto, and grade 6/7 at a First Nations school on BC’s north coast.

    Seth grew up in Montreal, holds a BA in international relations and a B.Ed from the University of Toronto.  He now lives in Vancouver and graduated with an MA in political science from Simon Fraser University.

    Seth Klein is the Team Lead and Director of Strategy of the Climate Emergency Unit (a 5-year project of the David Suzuki Institute that Seth launched in early 2021). Prior to that, he served for 22 years (1996-2018) as the founding British Columbia Director of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, a public policy research institute committed to social, economic and environmental justice.

    He is the author of A Good War: Mobilizing Canada for the Climate Emergency (published by ECW press in 2020) and writes a regular column for Canada’s National Observer. He is an adjunct professor with Simon Fraser University’s Urban Studies program, an honorary research associate with the University of British Columbia’s School for Public Policy and Global Affairs, and remains a research associate with the CCPA’s BC Office.

    A Good War: mobilizing Canada for the climate emergency

    Seth Klein will explore how we can align our politics and economy with what the science says we must do to address the climate crisis. But Klein brings an original and uniquely hopeful take to this challenge. His book is structured around lessons from the Second World War – the last time Canada faced an existential threat. Others have said we need a “wartime approach” to climate change, but he delves into what that could actually look like. Canada’s wartime experience, Klein contends, provides an inspirational reminder that we have done this before. We have mobilized in common cause across class, race and gender, and entirely retooled our economy in the space of a few short years.

    This event is part of the Winter 2024 Speaker series. 

    • January 22, 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Zoom virtual lecture

    Nathalie Nguyen-Quoc Ouellette  PhD

    Nathalie Nguyen-Quoc Ouellette is an astrophysicist, science communicator and lifetime lover of all things space! She obtained her Ph.D. in Physics & Astronomy at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario in 2016.

    Her research focuses on galaxy formation and evolution, particularly those found in clusters. Nathalie is currently the Deputy Director of the Trottier Institute for Research on Exoplanets (iREx) and the Mont-Mégantic Observatory (OMM) at the University of Montréal.  She is also the Outreach Scientist for the James Webb Space Telescope in Canada collaborating with the Canadian Space Agency.

    She is a frequent contributor and analyst in Canadian media on everything related to space. Nathalie organises and participates in science outreach events from local to international scales to encourage the interest and participation of youth and the general public in space science and to increase scientific literacy in Canada.

    Unveiling the Cosmos with the James Webb Space Telescope

    The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) has been dazzling the entire world with its amazing images and discoveries since the start of its scientific mission in 2022. An international collaboration between NASA, the European Space Agency and the Canadian Space Agency, Webb is the largest telescope ever sent to space. In this lecture, Dr. Nathalie Nguyen-Quoc Ouellette will explain how the Webb Telescope uses the power of infrared light to probe the atmospheres of exoplanets, study the dusty birth and death of stars, and detect the most distant galaxies ever observed. You will see the Universe as never before, through Webb’s infrared eye, and learn how astronomers and artists transform this invisible light into the colorful images shown to the public.

    This event is part of the Winter 2024 Speaker series. 

    • January 29, 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Zoom virtual lecture

    Patti Shales Lefkos

    Patti Shales Lefkos is a Canadian writer and journalist. Patti studied journalism at Langara University. She is a graduate of the University of Toronto, Toronto Teachers’ College, Simon Fraser University and the Wilderness Leadership Program at Capilano College. 

    Patti’s articles, profiles, columns and travel writing have appeared in a range of Canadian and international publications. She was part of the San Francisco Chronicle team that won the Lowell Thomas Award for the best newspaper travel section in 2014.

    Her Himalayan adventure travel memoir Nepal One Day at a Time celebrates her creative non-fiction debut. Nepal One Day at a Time is the story of her first trekking trip on her own. Her second book, Grounded by Granite, a tale of family connection and personal resilience, serves as a sequel. It illuminates the childhood experiences that gave Patti the strength and resilience to excel at her outdoor pursuits and humanitarian efforts.

    In April 2015, 9,000 people died and 22,000 were injured in a devastating earthquake in Nepal. As a result Patti and her husband, Barry Hodgins, founded BC non-profit Nepal One Day at a Time to support education in Gorkha province, Nepal, the epicentre of the earthquake. Nepal One Day at a Time partners with Kathmandu based NGO Sambhav Nepal and Vernon BC’s Kalamalka Rotary where Patti is chair of the International Committee.

    NEPAL IT'S NEVER TOO LATE: Rediscovering Love, Connection and Personal Resilience on Nepal's Great Himalayan Trail

    Ms Lefkos' third book, in progress, fills in their trekking adventures as a couple, completing the first 700 km of the Great Himalayan Trail after the age of 65 in 2011 and 2017, and will also tell of their attempt in the fall of 2023, at the age of 76 and 77, to complete up to 800 km of the remaining trek.

    The presentation concerns their mission to encourage others to leap out of their comfort zone, no matter what their age, and to make a difference in the lives of others in developing countries. Patti's talk will highlight not only their adventures but also what they have learned about themselves from these adventures and how they have grown to love and appreciate the warmth and friendship of the people of Nepal.

    This event is part of the Winter 2024 Speaker series. 

    • February 05, 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Zoom virtual lecture

    Rosemary Sadlier

    Rosemary Sadlier OOnt (Order of Ontario) is a social justice advocate, researcher, writer, DEI consultant, and international speaker on Black History, anti-racism and women’s issues. She is the past President, serving for 22 years as the unpaid leader of the Ontario Black History Society - being the driving force of the secured commemoration of February as Black History Month at all levels of government.  She secured August 1st as Emancipation Day municipally in 1995 and provincially in 2008 with a national declaration effected in March 2021. She saw to the creation of the national day for the Hon. Lincoln Alexander and chairs the committee seeing to the installation of a bust of 'Linc' in Queen's Park.

    She was the Royal Commonwealth Society Equality Lead for the Americas & the Caribbean; has given deputations to the UN Rapporteur on Race Relations, the Federal and Provincial Governments and on consultative work with the Royal Ontario Museum, CMHR, The Ward Heritage Interpretative Group, the Bi-National Study of the Underground Railroad and with Historica, and heritage conferences. Previously she served on the final selection committee of the national Mathieu Da Costa Challenge for Canadian Heritage and is a past member of the Canada Post Stamp Advisory Committee.

    An educator, she has developed or contributed to African Canadian curriculum, resources, national exhibits and she is an appointed member of a regulatory board of the Ontario College of Teachers. She was among the first Canadians designated a Global Defender of Human Rights (CTF & Robert Kennedy Center in New York). Honored by Glendon College, York University with an art installation and OCAD issued her an Hon. Doctorate.  She recently received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Women's Empowerment Awards.  

    An author, Sadlier has written 7 books on African Canadian history, such as the award winning The Kids Book of Black Canadian History. 

    Black Canadian History - Let's Get Educated!

    Sadlier is dedicated to social justice and using the frame of Black History, seeks to educate and empower others.

    This event is part of the Winter 2024 Speaker series. 

Past events

November 06, 2023 Migration and Culinary Change
October 30, 2023 TALYR Annual General Meeting, 2023
October 30, 2023 What's Really Going On In The South China Sea?
October 23, 2023 Policymaking in Times of Crisis
October 23, 2023 Agatha Christie and Archaeology
October 23, 2023 LIMITED ZOOM-ONLY TICKET PACKAGE FOR THE FALL 2023 SPEAKER SERIES [Includes ONLY 4 Webinars via Zoom]
October 16, 2023 The Right to Learn - Why Gender Apartheid in Afghanistan Matters to All Of Us
October 02, 2023 Battle of the Atlantic
September 18, 2023 AI, Wearables, and our Future Digital Lives
September 11, 2023 COMPLETE TICKET PACKAGE FOR THE FALL 2023 SPEAKER SERIES [Incudes ALL 8 LECTURES: 4 in-person and 4 via Zoom]
September 11, 2023 Laughing in the Dark: The Art Of Comedic Filmmaking
May 15, 2023 Living the Medicine Wheel Teachings
May 08, 2023 Lessons Learned on the Frontlines: The Daily Work of MSF from Crisis to Care
May 01, 2023 150 Years of Canada Taiwan Relations and no Embassy Yet - Does it Matter?
April 24, 2023 CANCELLED - Policymaking in Times of Crisis
April 17, 2023 The Trial of Leo Frank: Precursor to Peril?
April 03, 2023 SPRING 2023 SPEAKER EVENT SERIES (via Zoom)
April 03, 2023 While Nations Talk, Cities Act
February 06, 2023 My Life in 4 Chapters
January 30, 2023 How to Confront a Dictator
January 23, 2023 What Were the Dead Sea Scrolls and Why Should Anyone Care?
January 16, 2023 FREE Winter 2023 Speaker Event Series (via Zoom)
January 16, 2023 The Community Roots of Storytelling Careers
November 07, 2022 How To Fix Eldercare: A Prescription for an Aging Society
October 31, 2022 Understanding Transatlantic Slavery and Canadian Slavery
October 24, 2022 Do We Really Need a Canadian Defence Policy?
October 17, 2022 TALYR Annual General Meeting, 2022
October 17, 2022 Ten Ideas to Make Canadian Healthcare Faster, Better, Smarter
October 03, 2022 Growing Up in the Ice Age: Were Children Drivers of Human Cultural Evolution?
September 19, 2022 Innovation in Humanitarian Assistance and Implications on the War in Ukraine
September 12, 2022 TICKETS ON SALE for FALL 2022 SPEAKER EVENT SERIES (via Zoom)
September 12, 2022 Turkey Since 1923: The Rise of a Regional Superpower
May 16, 2022 How pandemics start - a bat’s perspective
May 09, 2022 Harry Oakes and the Writing of History
May 02, 2022 Wild Algonquin: The Nature of a World Famous Park through the Seasons
April 25, 2022 Moonshots and Groundshots: how research is changing the future of cancer
April 11, 2022 Happily Ever Older
April 04, 2022 Climate Change and Growing Extreme Weather Risk: Canada Must Adapt, NOW
March 28, 2022 Spring 2022 Speaker Event Series (via Zoom)
March 28, 2022 The Wicked Problem with Microplastics and What We Can Do About It
February 07, 2022 They Call Me George: Black Sleeping Car Porters and the making of Modern Canada
January 31, 2022 Lahore - The Cultural Heart of Pakistan
January 24, 2022 Home as Memory, Home as Witness
January 17, 2022 FREE Winter 2022 Speaker Event Series (via Zoom)
January 17, 2022 Medieval Anatomy and the Rise of the Renaissance
November 01, 2021 Architecture: Now I Get It! Understanding the Elements of Architecture
October 25, 2021 Annual General Meeting
October 25, 2021 Indigenous ethnies and Nations
October 18, 2021 Aging: Fact and Fancy
October 04, 2021 Decarbonizing our cities: going beyond transit and intensification
September 27, 2021 A Cybersafety Intro: Understanding Where Your Data Goes and Why It Matters
September 20, 2021 Canada Needs a New Seniors’ Strategy: Lessons from the Pandemic
September 13, 2021 FREE Fall 2021 Speaker Event Series (via Zoom)
September 13, 2021 In Praise of Walking
May 17, 2021 A Romp Through the Roaring 20’s
May 10, 2021 Evil, Memory, and Redemption after COVID
May 03, 2021 The Elvis Presley Story
April 26, 2021 An unrivalled city: Constantinople at the time of the Italian Renaissance
April 19, 2021 Your Discovery Years: Finding Joy in Retirement
April 12, 2021 FREE Spring 2021 Speaker Event Series (via Zoom)
April 12, 2021 A Fascinating Tour of the Universe
February 08, 2021 Ten Events That Shaped Our National Character
February 01, 2021 The Future of Publicly Funded Healthcare in Canada: Do We Need a Private Option?
January 25, 2021 Delivering Health Services to Remote Areas – One Plane at a Time
January 18, 2021 Beyond the Trees: A Journey Alone Across Canada's Arctic
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November 09, 2020 Mozart - The Musicians’ Musician and Everyman's Composer
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October 26, 2020 Human Trafficking: Hidden in Plain Sight in Our Backyard!
October 19, 2020 New Approaches for Treating Cancer
October 05, 2020 Hong Kong, China and the deep roots of the ongoing crisis
September 21, 2020 To See, To Be, To Do: The Landscape of the World's Religions
September 14, 2020 Forensics in Crime Solving
April 06, 2020 The (not so ) Young Persons’ Guide to the Orchestra
March 30, 2020 Publicly Funded Healthcare in the Future
March 30, 2020 CANCELLED Speaker Event until FALL 2020
November 04, 2019 Rush to Danger - Medics in the Line of Fire
October 28, 2019 A Tale of Two Museums: Louvre of Paris, Victoria & Albert of London
October 21, 2019 The Symphonies by Beethoven – the Universe in Music
October 07, 2019 The Fall of the Roman Empire and Why it Matters Today
September 23, 2019 Does Canada really have an immigration problem? Here are the facts
September 16, 2019 True story of Courage and Survival at Auschwitz
September 09, 2019 On the Disruptive Technologies of Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and Virtual Reality
May 13, 2019 Full Disclosure: Beverley McLachlin, former Chief Justice of Canada
May 06, 2019 120 Years of Fear and Fascination with the Automobile
April 29, 2019 Forbidden Fruit: Banned, Censored, and Challenged books from Dante to Harry Potter
April 23, 2019 TALYR Members Only - REGISTER NOW! Dr. Brian Goldman: The Power of Kindness in Healthcare
April 23, 2019 Non-TALYR Members - PURCHASE NOW! Dr. Brian Goldman: The Power of Kindness in Healthcare
April 15, 2019 Truth and Reconciliation - what does it really mean for Canada ?
April 08, 2019 Maintaining the Best of Both Worlds
April 01, 2019 The Road to Marylake
April 01, 2019 Spring 2019 Speaker Event Series - Sold Out
November 05, 2018 Does the Punishment fit the Crime? How Judges Sentence Offenders in Canada
October 29, 2018 End of WWII
October 22, 2018 How to Protect Your Privacy Before it’s Taken Away: Embed Privacy, by Design
October 15, 2018 Wrongful Convictions in Canada
October 01, 2018 Surnames and History
September 24, 2018 Use of Music in Film
September 17, 2018 Ridgeway 1866: The Hidden History of Canada’s First Modern Battle and the Last Battle Fought in Ontario.
August 06, 2018 Fall 2018 Speaker Series - SOLD OUT
May 14, 2018 Perspectives on the Federal Government
May 07, 2018 Bomb Girls: Trading Aprons for Ammo
April 30, 2018 Richard III: Monstrous or Misunderstood
April 23, 2018 Gardens: A Microcosm for the World’s Environmental Health Issues
April 16, 2018 Engineering Moneyball in Hockey, Baseball and Beyond
April 09, 2018 Orphan 32
February 26, 2018 Spring 2018 Speaker Event Series - PURCHASE series beginning February 26th at 9:00 am
October 30, 2017 Designing a good community to live in
October 23, 2017 Triage for Extinction – Which Species should we Save?
October 16, 2017 The Amazing Universe
October 02, 2017 The United Nations in the Modern World: Blessing or Burden
September 25, 2017 Where Ideas Come From
September 18, 2017 Canadian Fascination with Weather
September 11, 2017 The Symphonies of Mozart - the evolution of genius
July 31, 2017 Fall 2017 Speaker Event Series - SOLD OUT!
May 15, 2017 The Great Lakes: A History of Water Quality and Water Politics
May 08, 2017 Shakespeare – Confronting the Vexed Authorship Question
May 01, 2017 The Great American Songbook 101 - Dissecting the American Songbook
April 24, 2017 Canada on the World Stage: Past, Present and Future
April 10, 2017 Understanding Japanese Society and Culture
April 03, 2017 Bees, Importance and Diversity
October 31, 2016 The Result of Rebellion: North American Political Prisoners in van Diemen's Land
October 24, 2016 Come from the Shadows: Tales of Ontario Archaeology
October 17, 2016 Brazil: Past and Present
September 26, 2016 The Great Escape: A Canadian Story.
September 19, 2016 Dancing on the Edge: Athleticism and Emotion
September 12, 2016 How Music can Impact Health
August 08, 2016 Fall 2016 Speaker Event Series
May 16, 2016 Tin Pan Alley: the Art and Business of the Popular Song
May 09, 2016 Is War still a Rational Option for Conflict Resolution?
May 02, 2016 Why Canadian History is Not Boring!
April 25, 2016 St Petersburg and the Hermitage: Wonder and Opulence
April 18, 2016 Taking it to the Top: The Supreme Court of Canada and the Cases it Hears
April 11, 2016 Food Insecurity, Consumerism and the Corporatization of Food
November 02, 2015 We Animals: Jo-Anne's Journey and Adventures as an Animal Rights Photographer
October 26, 2015 Footbridges as Philanthropy: Bringing Social Change to a Walking World
October 19, 2015 Sir Winston Churchill - A True Renaissance Man
October 05, 2015 How to become an opera buff in under an hour!
September 28, 2015 Ontario’s Opportunities in a Changing Climate
September 21, 2015 The Russia-Ukraine Affair – “my lie is truer than your lie"
August 03, 2015 Fall 2015 Speaker Event Series
May 25, 2015 The Greater Golden Horseshoe in the 21st Century
May 11, 2015 Modern Middle East
May 04, 2015 Happiness
April 27, 2015 Dimensions of Aging: Realities, Intervention, Prevention
April 20, 2015 Produced and abandoned: the best films you have never seen!
April 13, 2015 Innovation in China's Development
November 03, 2014 Pursuit of the Real
October 27, 2014 Prisoners of Tehran
October 06, 2014 Loving Water
September 29, 2014 The European Union: Innovation from Crisis
September 22, 2014 The Aging Brain: Opportunities & Challenges
September 15, 2014 The Play's the Thing - or Is It?
May 26, 2014 Our ailing Parliamentary Democracy - Can it Recover?
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