2007-2008 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: Friday, April 11, 2008 - 10:00am
Location: Dick and Jane LeVan Theatre
Event: Guest Speaker

Simon Jackson has always believed in the power of one. At the age of 13, he heard about North America’s rarest bear – the white Kermode or spirit bear – and the plans to develop their last intact habitat on British Columbia’s central coast. He knew he had to help.

Jackson founded the Spirit Bear Youth Coalition – one of the world’s first all youth-run organizations and the first involved in this issue – with the hope of creating a new type of environmental advocacy group.

On April 4th, 2001, at the age of 18, Jackson’s Youth Coalition helped create an historic land-use agreement with logging companies, First Nations, all levels of government, and environmental groups to create a framework for sustainability on the BC coast. The agreement helped protect half and defer development in the other half of the spirit bear’s last intact habitat and went on to look at the entire BC coast. It resulted in the largest land protection measure in the history of North America.

In order to help facilitate this challenge, the first major Hollywood animated movie made for the specific purpose of saving its namesake is in full production. The Spirit Bear, which will be released in 2008.

Today, Jackson remains the full-time volunteer Chairman and Spokesperson of the Spirit Bear Youth Coalition.

  • Awarded a YTV Achievement Award
  • Selected as one of the top 25 Up and Comers by Maclean’s Magazine
  • Receiving one of 20 full scholarships worth $50,000 for community service from TD Canada Trust
  • Honoured as one of Time Magazine’s sixty Heroes for the Planet – one of only six young people selected from around the world.
  • His life’s work was the inspiration for a movie of the week – CTV’s award-winning Spirit Bear: The Simon Jackson Story – which aired across Canada on CTV and internationally through film festivals and on the Disney Channel.
Date: Monday, March 31, 2008 - 9:00am
Location: Dick and Jane LeVan Theatre
Event: Guest Speaker

Dean is a mathematics educator with a passion for advancing the understanding and appreciation of mathematics through teaching excellence, coaching and mentoring. A leader of mathematics dedicated to the improvement of education through roles of influence at the school board, university and provincial levels.

  • Lecturer at the University of Waterloo for the Centre for Education in Mathematics and Computing in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
  • A secondary school mathematics educator for 30.
  • Executive Secretary of the Grand Valley Mathematics Association after being Chair for many years.
  • A recipient of the Prime Minister's Award for teaching in Mathematics, Science and Technology.
  • Life Membership to the Society of Descartes Medallists for Signal Service to Mathematics in the Province of Ontario.
  • Teacher Recognition Award from the Descartes Foundation for outstanding teaching.
  • Astronaut Colonel Chris A. Hadfield named Dean as an influential teacher in his life.
  • Co-author of a Grade 12 Calculus textbook used widely in Ontario and a Mathematics Resource Manual for High School Students and Undergraduate Studies.
  • Author of numerous resources for teachers and students including Wired Math www.wiredmath.ca.
  • For over a quarter of a century he has created and reviewed problems for the Canadian Mathematics Competitions.
  • Also validates several of the contests and is a chief marker for some contests.
  • A leader who coordinates Teacher Development Courses and the mathematics teaching option at the University of Waterloo.
Date: Monday, February 25, 2008 - 7:30pm
Location: Dick and Jane LeVan Theatre
Event: Scholars’ Evening

Robert Sawyer has been called “the dean of Canadian science fiction” by The Ottawa Citizen and “just about the best science-fiction writer out there these days” by The Denver Rocky Mountain News.

He’s also one of only seven writers in history to win all three of the science fiction field’s top honours for best novel of the year. Sawyer gave a spirited talk called “The Social Importance of Science Fiction” in Upper School Assembly on October 1.

He is also the only writer in history to win the top science fiction awards in the U.S., China, Japan, France and Spain. In addition, he’s won an Arthur Ellis Award from the Crime Writers of Canada as well as nine Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Awards (“Auroras”).

Date: Thursday, February 21, 2008 - 12:10pm
Location: Library
Event: Guest Speaker

Dave Bidini’s first book, published in 1998, was the popular and critically acclaimed On a Cold Road, about what it’s like to tour Canada in a rock ‘n’ roll band. He has since written several more books, including Tropic of Hockey (2001) and Baseballissimo (2004). Bidini was the rhythm guitarist for the much-loved Canadian band the Rheostatics. He also starred in the Gemini Award-winning film The Hockey Nomad. For Those About to Rock was his first book for young adults. Dave’s most recent books include Around the World in 57 ½ Gigs, a travelogue of Dave’s solo tour around the world, published by McClelland and Stewart, and For Those About to Write, a guide to writing for young adults, published by Tundra Books. Dave Bidini lives in Toronto with his wife and two children.

Date: Friday, February 15, 2008 - 7:30pm
Location: Dick and Jane LeVan Theatre
Event: Mac Campbell Lecture Series

The 1994 Rwandan genocide introduced a whole new level of horror to the international community. Since its inception, the United Nations had never faced a humanitarian tragedy of such magnitude. The speed of the killing was five times greater than that of the Nazis at the height of the Holocaust.

Prior to this atrocity Lieutenant-General Roméo Dallaire was leading a UN Assistance Mission in Rwanda (UNAMIR). Dallaire was acutely aware that the signs emerging in early 1994 threatened impending genocide. He swiftly informed his command at the UN, alerting decision-makers to the gravity of the situation. The resources required to halt the genocide however, were never provided.

Despite the lack of support and the limitations of his force, Dallaire exerted untiring personal and professional efforts to protect and save those he could. Dallaire was asked to leave Rwanda on three occasions and chose to stay along with a volunteer force formally under UN command in order to preserve human life. His personal actions, and those of the men he led, stand out as a powerful illustration of human courage and moral conviction. Had Dallaire fulfilled his military commitment he could have chosen to leave the country, understandably blaming circumstances for the lack of results.

He chose to do much more. By using his own personal resources and courage Lieutenant-General Roméo Dallaire highlighted that these kinds of events are the domain of all humanity, and require every individual and organization to play the fullest role possible in the preservation of human life. In his best-selling book, Shake Hands with the Devil, Dallaire recounts the powerful story of betrayal, naïveté, racism and international politics that exposes the failures by humanity to stop the genocide in Rwanda, despite timely warnings. His message is simple and undeniable: “Never again.”

In March 2005, Prime Minister Paul Martin announced Lieutenant-General Dallaire’s summons to the Senate as a member of the Liberal Party of Canada.

Date: Thursday, January 17, 2008 - 7:00pm
Location: Dick and Jane LeVan Theatre
Event: Mac Campbell Lecture Series

Samantha Nutt is a medical doctor with more than 10 years of experience working in war zones. She has helped children in some of the world's most violent flashpoints, working with War Child Canada, the United Nations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Iraq, Afghanistan, The Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Iraq, Burundi, northern Uganda and the Thai-Burmese border.

A specialist in Maternal and Child Health in zones of armed conflict, Family Medicine, Public Health, Refugee Health and Women's Health, Sam is also on staff at Sunnybrook and Women's Health Science Centre and is an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto in the Department of Family and Community Medicine. Sam holds undergraduate degrees in Arts and Science, and in Medicine, from McMaster University and postgraduate degrees in Medicine and in Public Health from the University of Toronto as well as the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (London University).

Chosen by Maclean's Magazine for their annual Honour Roll as one of "12 Canadians making a difference", she is a role model to young Canadians and has received numerous humanitarian awards for her work in support of war-affected children.

Date: Tuesday, January 15, 2008 - 7:00pm
Location: Dick and Jane LeVan Theatre
Event: Junior School Guest Speaker

Ronald Morrish has been an educator and behavior specialist since 1972. He was a teacher with the District School Board of Niagara in St. Catharines, Ontario for 26 years. During that time, he taught regular education and special education classes, was a learning resource teacher, and spent 16 years as the Board’s behavior specialist. In 1997, he became an independent consultant. In addition to presenting at conferences, Mr. Morrish provides professional development programs and courses for teachers, and speaks to parent groups and child care providers, internationally.

Mr. Morrish has written and published three books. His first book, Secrets of Discipline, which was also produced in video format, discusses twelve keys for raising responsible children without deal-making, arguments, and confrontations. His second book, With All Due Respect, focuses on the keys for improving personal discipline skills and building effective school discipline as a team. In 2003, he published Flip Tips, a mini-book of discipline tips and helpful hints, drawn from his books and presentations. Future projects include a set of videos and materials to accompany With All Due Respect.

Mr. Morrish’s educational background includes two undergraduate degrees, one in psychology from Queen’s University and one in education from Lakehead University, as well as a Master’s degree in education from the University of Toronto. In recent years, he has held a variety of posts including President of the Ontario Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders and Co-convener of the Canadian National Conference on Behavioral Disorders.

Date: Tuesday, November 20, 2007 - 9:00am
Location: Dick and Jane LeVan Theatre
Event: Guest Speaker

Ms. Ruano is the director of the PASSOS Education and Training Centre in El Salvador. The centre provides training, guidance and research for social action, with specialization in professional training for those who accompany and provide care for people living with drug addictions and the socially disadvantaged. Currently PASSOS has centres in 12 marginal communities of San Salvador that train community outreach workers to offer a viable alternative to the rising problem of urban violence among youth in El Salvador.

Violence in El Salvador – A Social Problem

Social violence is directly related to high levels of poverty and inadequate social programs. Over half of the five million inhabitants of El Salvador live in poverty, with persistent problems of malnutrition, lack of health and education services, escalating unemployment, insecurity and violence. El Salvador is classified as the most violent country in Latin America with an average of 10 murders per day. It is estimated that some 30,000 youth belong to gangs which control entire neighbourhoods and are directly involved in drug trafficking cartels. Violence against women is particularly problematic with high rates of domestic violence and an increasing incidence of “femicide” or killing of women based solely on their gender. The ineffectiveness of police and judicial services exacerbates the problem as does widespread impunity and corruption of government and state institutions.

Soyapango, one of PASSOS target areas, is located within the metropolitan area of the capital San Salvador. It has a total population of over one-half million and is the most densely populated municipality of the country with an average of 9,500 inhabitants per square kilometre. This is considered a high risk zone for violence with a combination of extremely concentrated population, high levels of poverty, overcrowding and inadequate housing, and hugely deficient public services of water, electricity, education and health.

Youth of Soyapango, and other cities throughout El Salvador, are increasingly at risk to become involved in violent and gang-related activity. They live in situations of extreme poverty and social exclusion. Factors that make youth more vulnerable and likely to become involved in violence include drug and alcohol dependency, sexual exploitation, abandonment and abuse, homelessness, dysfunctional families and absence of opportunities for positive socialization. For these youth, involvement in gangs often constitutes their only means of socialization.

Community organizations and government entities are trying to address the problem of social exclusion and violence; however they often lack trained personnel who can offer a constructive and integrated approach to violence prevention among youth. PASSOS’ work specifically addresses this gap with the establishment of a School for Youth Violence Prevention that train community outreach workers and increase awareness of viable solutions among local leaders.

Date: Friday, November 2, 2007 - 7:00pm
Location: Dick and Jane LeVan Theatre
Event: Mac Campbell Lecture Series

Geoff Green has spent the last 15 years adventuring from pole to pole leading expeditions to some of the most spectacular and remote places on Earth. Many notable organizations such as the Discovery Channel, World Wildlife Fund, National Audubon and the Smithsonian Institution enlist Geoff to lead their groups into the world’s most remote and exciting regions. In 2007, Geoff was awarded the prestigious Explorers Club Citation of Merit. In 2005, he was voted one of Canada’s Top 40 Leaders Under 40, and in 2004 Outpost Magazine named Geoff one of the “top six Canadian Explorers” to watch.

As an expedition leader, he is a veteran of 71 Antarctic expeditions and 27 Arctic expeditions. He has recently been spotted in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea, on horseback in Patagonia, on the shores of Pitcairn Island, and in the rainforests of Madagascar. A former school teacher, Geoff has skippered yachts; taught skiing in the Swiss Alps; was the first person to water-ski in both the Polar Regions; has been three times through the Northwest Passage; and led the largest ever expedition to Antarctica during the Millennium.

Geoff is the Founder and Executive Director of the internationally-celebrated program Students on Ice Expeditions, which takes students, teachers, scientists and leaders on powerful educational journeys to the Arctic and the Antarctic.

Geoff is best known as passionate ambassador for the protection of the planet’s global ecosystem.

Date: Monday, October 29, 2007 - 10:30am
Location: Governor’s Room (Library)
Event: Guest Speaker

As a Doctoral candidate at York University in Environmental Studies, Ms. Fishlock has had extensive experience working in Africa, in particular Ghana, Tanzania and Nigeria. Her wealth of knowledge and experience will no doubt help the students to understand the challenges and wonders of living and working in Africa. In conjunction with their literary studies, it will help to provide them with further background knowledge on the development and people of several of the countries appearing in the poetry and prose that they are studying over the course of the term.