2010-2011 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: Tuesday, May 3, 2011 - 7:00pm
Location: Dick and Jane LeVan Theatre
Event: Centennial Lecture

David Miller is a leading advocate for the creation of sustainable urban economies. In addition to being a strong and forceful champion for the next generation of jobs through sustainability, David advises companies – and governments – on practical measures to make this happen.

As chair of the influential C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group from 2008-2010, Mr. Miller was instrumental in demonstrating the practical and real change cities are already making and can continue to make as they fight climate change and create green jobs. In this capacity, Mr. Miller worked with the World Bank, OECD, the Club de Madrid and other national and international organizations to strengthen the capacity of city governments worldwide to act.

As mayor of Toronto from 2003-2010, addressing climate change was a top priority for Mr. Miller. In July 2007, the City of Toronto released a wide-ranging Climate Change, Clean Air and Sustainable Energy Action Plan, that included over 100 actions to reduce the city’s carbon footprint. In October 2009, the Power to Live Green outlined step-by-step how Toronto will reach 80% reductions in greenhouse gas emissions based on 1990 levels.

Under Mayor Miller’s leadership, the City of Toronto allocated $4 billion to climate change related projects and programmes. Major projects to meet the city’s 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions included over 120 km of new light rail to add to Toronto’s transit system which is the third largest in North America; Tower Renewal, a project designed to a create jobs, promote local food production and revitalize communities through energy efficiency improvements on over 1,000 high-rise residential buildings; and Live Green Toronto, that places community workers in neighbourhoods across the city to identify, raise funds for and work with residents to implement innovative new programmes in all parts of the city.

David Miller is a Harvard trained economist and professional lawyer. He and his wife, lawyer Jill Arthur, are the parents of two children.

Date: Thursday, March 31, 2011 - 7:00pm
Location: Dick and Jane LeVan Theatre
Event: Mac Campbell Lecture Series

A humanitarian, a mentor and a social activist, Farley Flex is perhaps best known as a judge on the most watched Canadian television show in history, Canadian Idol. Farley is an emphatic speaker with a passion to discover, develop and promote the intrinsic talents of young people across the country. Canadian Idol is simply the most high-profile venture in his crusade to help better the lives of people, especially youth, through a variety of innovative social programmes.

Farley was recently named a National Ambassador for Unicef, appointed to the special advisory council to the League of Human Rights, and awarded his second Bob Marley Community Role Model award, for his work in education. He is currently developing a youth social responsibility initiative and an online youth mentorship platform. He is also a partner in the Recess initiative, a social and organizational network platform, working in partnership with school boards and community organizations worldwide. Close to his heart, Farley has also done extensive work motivating youth in First Nations and other marginalized communities.

Donning his entrepreneurial hat, Farley is the president and CEO of Plasma Management and Productions, has managed multiplatinum artists such as rap pioneer Maestro Fresh Wes, and was the founding music director and former VP of business development at FLOW 93.5, Canada’s first urban radio station. He also sits on the boards of BravoFACT, ParticipACTION and the Rotman School of Business ICM Challenge. He has had two high school scholarships named in his honour, and was a member of Toronto’s advisory panel on Community Safety.

Date: Monday, March 7, 2011 - 7:00pm
Location: Dick and Jane LeVan Theatre
Event: Mac Campbell Lecture Series

Between February 2007 and March 2008, Sean Aiken completed an epic journey around North America, working 52 jobs in 52 weeks.

Sean graduated from Capilano University in North Vancouver, British Columbia, with a degree in business administration in 2005. At the top of his class, with a 4.0 cumulative GPA, he was voted class valedictorian. After graduation, Sean struggled to answer the question, “What should I do with my life?” Instead of taking the first job that came along, he found a unique way of figuring it out: The One Week Job Project.

How it worked: Anyone, anywhere, could offer Sean a job for one week. Any money he earned for the work, he asked the employer to donate to charity. He travelled all over the world working 52 jobs in 52 weeks. In total, Sean raised $20,401.60.

On his inspirational quest, Sean tried everything: bungee instructor, dairy farmer, advertising executive, baker, stock trader, firefighter and more. Wherever he could find work, he’d go there, find a couch to crash on and immerse himself in whatever profession was at hand. And then he’d move on.

The media covered the story extensively. The New York Times, Rachael Ray, Good Morning America, CNN, 20/20, CBC Newsworld, FOX News and countless other outlets covered the story.

Yahoo.com sent over 30,000 visitors to the website www.oneweekjob.com in under an hour (crashing the server in the process). Publishers opted for Sean’s upcoming book, which was released in spring 2010.

Sean realized he hadn’t started on his own journey. He’d started a movement. Thousands of people began following his journey, looking to him for inspiration in their own lives. They commented on the website, wrote about the journey on their blogs. College students were relieved to find others uncertain of their careers. Baby boomers wrote how they’d found the courage to change their jobs, or go back to school and discover their passions once again.

Now at the end of his journey, it’s time to share the complete story and the lessons learned along the way.

Date: Friday, October 29, 2010 - 7:30pm
Location: Dick and Jane LeVan Theatre
Event: Mac Campbell Lecture Series

Joseph MacInnis is a medical doctor who spent three decades studying the physiology and psychology of men and women working under the sea. Between 1964 and 1994, he led 30 expeditions and logged more than 5,000 hours under the Great Lakes and the Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic oceans. Since 1994, he has been using his undersea experiences to explore new ways of improving the relationships between the human family and the natural world.

After graduating medicine from the University of Toronto, Dr. MacInnis had an internship at the Toronto General Hospital and then was awarded a Link Foundation Fellowship to study diving medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. In 1964, he became medical director of Edwin Link’s Man-In Sea Project and in 1965 medical director of Ocean Systems Inc. In 1969, he became a medical consultant to the United States Navy’s SEA LAB 3 programme, and the following year was asked to assist in the research and writing of Canada’s first national ocean policy. Between 1978 and 1983, Dr. MacInnis led the team that discovered, explored and filmed HMS Breadalbane, the world’s northernmost known shipwreck.

Dr. MacInnis turned his attention to the study of humans and machines exploring the deep ocean. In 1985, he was an advisor to the Titanic discovery team and two years later made his first dive to the wreck. In 1991, he was co-leader of one of the most daring deep sea projects ever conducted, a $2 million expedition to film the Titanic in the Imax format and was the first to study the great ship in her biological, geological and metallurgical contexts. This expedition inspired James Cameron’s Hollywood film, Titanic. He also worked with the director on a series of deep-sea documentaries, the 3-D Imax film Aliens of the Deep and a 90-minute live broadcast from the Titanic wreck aired on Discovery Channel.

Between 1996 and 2004, Dr. MacInnis chaired the TD Financial Group’s “Friends of the Environment Foundation”—a unique partnership that has contributed more than $40 to environmental projects across Canada. Dr. MacInnis is actively involved in a number of community service projects including the Trudeau Foundation in Montreal, Pearson College of the Pacific in Victoria, Pollution Probe, the World Wildlife Fund, and the Trudeau Center for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Toronto.

Dr. MacInnis has written 10 books and numerous articles for newspapers and magazines, including Scientific American, National Geographic, and Wired. His books include Underwater Man, Saving the Ocean, Fitzgerald’s Storm, Titanic in a New Light, and Surviving Terrorism. His two most recent books, Breathing Underwater (Penguin) and Aliens of the Deep (National Geographic Books) were published in 2005.

Dr. MacInnis’ work has earned him a number of distinctions including five honorary doctorates, the Queen’s Anniversary Medal, the Admiral’s Medal, and his country’s highest honour, the Order of Canada.

Date: Monday, September 27, 2010 - 7:00pm
Location: Osler Hall
Event: Scholars’ Dinner

In keeping with Trinity College School's tradition of inviting recent graduates to speak at our Scholars’ Dinner, we are delighted to have Greg Dobney ‘01 address our scholars and parents during this special evening. Greg attended TCS for seven years, from 1994 to 2001, and was one of the first members in the revival of "Tottenham House," which is now known as the Junior School. Over the course of his time at TCS, he was involved in the rowing programme, the football team, Nordic skiing, the golf team and participated in the school musical Chess. He won an award in Littleside football (top lineman), as well as awards in both Littleside and Bigside golf. Throughout his TCS career, Greg was not only a Trinity Scholar, but also actively involved in the School and its many service programmes. At his graduation in June 2001, he was awarded the Angus and Lorna Scott award for "outstanding contribution to school life." He has many fond memories of his years in the TCS community and notes that the School has "some of the most engaging and enthusiastic teachers."

Greg attended McGill University where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree; a double major in Psychology and Sociology. Upon graduating, he worked as a research assistant on a project studying Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. He then moved on to working as a one-on-one educator with autistic children at two different education providers in Montreal.

Greg returned to school to pursue law degree and moved to the Gold Coast in Australia to attend Bond University. After completing his first year at Bond, he successfully transferred to Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, to complete the final two years of his degree. Upon his graduation from Queen's, Greg was awarded prizes in both Health Law and in Corporations and Taxation. He graduated this spring and is now articling with the firm Cunningham, Swan, Carty, Little and Bonham in Kingston.