2018-2019 Guest Speakers

Trinity College School is committed to inviting varied and interesting guest speakers to address the School community. Our guest speakers present to our community during a variety of TCS events such as the Mac Campbell Lecture Series, subject specific lectures and other special occasions such as Scholars' Evening.

Date: Monday, December 10, 2018 - 1:30pm
Location: Cirne Commons
Event: Mac Campbell Lecture Series

Cassie Campbell-Pascall laced up her first pair of skates when she was five years old. Today, she is a heroine of Canadian sport. A passionate and dynamic speaker, Ms. Campbell-Pascall draws on her accomplishments as the captain of the gold medal winning Canadian women’s Olympic hockey team to explore the themes of leadership, teamwork, motivation and determination.

As the former captain of Canada’s national women’s hockey team, Ms. Campbell-Pascall has taken part in three winter Olympic Games, seven International Ice Hockey Federation World Women’s Championships, nine Four Nations Cups and the Torino Ice Tournament. She is the only captain, male or female, to lead Canada to two Olympic gold medals, and is the longest-serving captain in Canadian hockey history. Her teams have won 21 medals in total, comprised of 17 gold medals and four silver medals.

After retiring from professional hockey, Ms. Campbell-Pascall joined Hockey Night in Canada as a rink-side reporter, and became the first woman to do colour commentary on their broadcast. Her first book, H.E.A.R.T., examines her career and offers insight and advice on how to be a better athlete and a better person.

A philanthropist, Ms. Campbell-Pascall runs an annual street hockey tournament that has raised over $3.5 million dollars for the Ronald McDonald House. The Cassie Campbell Community Centre in her hometown of Brampton, Ontario, opened in 2008, and Prince Edward Island officially named March 14th as “Cassie Campbell Day.” In 2012, Ms. Campbell-Pascall received the Order of Hockey in Canada, and received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee from Prime Minister Stephen Harper. She was also inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame, the Ontario Sports Hall of Fame, and she was the first female hockey player to be inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame.

Date: Friday, December 7, 2018 - 1:20pm
Location: Dick and Jane LeVan Theatre
Event: Week Without Walls/Event: Mac Campbell Lecture Series

The life of visionary and activist Spencer West has been marked by both obstacles and triumph. After losing both legs from the pelvis down at the age of five, he entered a world that might have easily defeated him. Instead, he tackled challenge after challenge, learning to navigate in a world set against those with disabilities. His many accomplishments and lessons learned along the way, led him to discover the techniques business leaders, professionals, educators and young people can use to redefine “possible” in their own lives and careers.

Whether headlining corporate conferences, mesmerizing audiences in 20,000-seat stadiums, or leading volunteer excursions for youth and adults, Mr. West’s words and actions have encouraged millions to stand up, face challenges and embrace change. Everyone leaves with pertinent lessons they can apply to redefine what their possible is.

Mr. West’s incredible story is documented in both film and print. His journey is featured in the documentary Redefine Possible: The Story of Spencer West, which debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival, and in his book Standing Tall: My Journey.

Demi Lovato invited Mr. West to open her show on her world tour across North America, where he spoke to and inspired thousands of her fans. He has appeared countless times in the media (ABC News, 60 Minutes, CTV, BBC, TMZ and CNN).

As a featured speaker and co-host of WE Day he has graced over 60 WE Day stages across Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom. He has spoken alongside luminaries and performers such as Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Prince Harry, former U.S. Vice-President Al Gore, Mia Farrow, Martin Luther King III, Jennifer Hudson, Natalie Portman and Miss Piggy, to name a few.

The life lessons Mr. West has learned on his personal journey speak profoundly to audiences facing their own challenges. Mr. West’s inspiring words have reached millions of listeners around the world, including corporations, students, educators, faith-based groups and families. Infused with humor and humility, Mr. West’s talks offer take-home tips and life lessons on how to find opportunity in every challenge, while instilling hope and empowering leaders to motivate others to create positive change.

When Mr. West is not inspiring audiences from the speaking platform, he is helping others to create lasting change by facilitating international volunteer trips in communities where ME to WE’s charity partner works.

Date: Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 7:00pm
Location: Dick and Jane LeVan Theatre
Event: Scholars’ Evening
By Invitation Only

Peter Katz has evolved from a nervous first-timer at an open mic night into to a Juno Award, Canadian Screen Award, and two-time Canadian Folk Music Award nominated singer-songwriter with five albums under his belt. He has toured the world for the past decade in support of his music, sharing the stage and studio with legendary musicians like Academy Award winner and Grammy nominee Glen Hansard, and Garth Hudson (from The Band). A gifted storyteller, Peter infuses his presentations with songs which inspire audiences to create their own path, overcome obstacles and find success in whatever they desire.

CBC Radio Host Tom Power called Mr. Katz’s latest release, We Are The Reckoning, “One of the most heartfelt, beautiful and vulnerable records of the year…an astonishing record,” and NOW Magazine named him “Best Male Vocalist” in Toronto. Mr. Katz’s songs have been used in movies and TV shows such as Reign, Felicity and Hello-Goodbye, as well as in CBC’s Olympic coverage in 2016.

As a speaker, Mr. Katz is a four-time TEDx fellow, who has given countless talks and workshops across Canada.

Date: Friday, September 7, 2018
Location: Dick and Jane LeVan Theatre
Event: Grade 11/12 Leadership Workshop

Orlando Bowen is a keynote speaker focused on equipping people to get off the sidelines and become difference-makers on their teams and in the lives of those around them.

He is a highly sought after speaker and trainer who works with corporations, small businesses and non-profits. When it comes to building teams, creating momentum and employing winning strategies, Mr. Bowen is the real deal. He is also passionate about youth leadership. As a result of that passion, he founded One Voice One Team Youth Leadership Organization to inspire and to teach resilience, leadership and teamwork to youth.

Empowering people to overcome adversity, find their passion and to use their gifts to serve is the reason Mr. Bowen breathes. This gift has placed Mr. Bowen on hundreds of stages, boardrooms and in presentations across North and South America and has garnered him numerous awards.