2012-2013 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, April 23, 2013 - 7:00pm
Location: Dick and Jane LeVan Theatre
Event: Centennial Lecture/Event: Mac Campbell Lecture Series

Marina Nemat was born in 1965 in Tehran, Iran. After the Islamic Revolution of 1979, she was arrested at the age of sixteen and spent more than two years in Evin, a political prison in Tehran, where she was tortured and came very close to execution. She came to Canada in 1991 and has called it home ever since. Her memoir of her life in Iran, Prisoner of Tehran, was published in Canada by Penguin Canada in 2007, has been published in 28 other countries, and has been an international bestseller. In 2007, Ms. Nemat received the inaugural Human Dignity Award from the European Parliament, and in 2008, she received the prestigious Grinzane Prize in Italy. In 2008/2009, she was an Aurea Fellow at University of Toronto’s Massey College, where she wrote her second book, After Tehran: A Life Reclaimed, which was published by Penguin Canada in 2010.

Ms. Nehmat regularly speaks at high schools, universities, and conferences around the world and sits on the Board of Directors at CCVT (Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture) and on advisory boards at ACAT (Action by Christians for the Abolition of Torture) and PEN Canada. She also teaches memoir writing, in Farsi and in English, at the School of Continuing Studies at University of Toronto and writes book reviews for the Globe and Mail.

Date: Monday, March 25, 2013 - 7:00pm
Location: Dick and Jane LeVan Theatre
Event: Mac Campbell Lecture Series

Gwynne Dyer has worked as a freelance journalist, columnist, broadcaster and lecturer on international affairs for more than 20 years, but he was originally trained as an historian. Born in Newfoundland, he received degrees from Canadian, American and British universities, finishing with a Ph.D. in military and Middle Eastern history from the University of London. He served in three navies and held academic appointments at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and Oxford University before launching his twice-weekly column on international affairs, which is published by over 175 papers in some 45 countries.

His first television series, the seven-part documentary War, was aired in 45 countries in the mid-1980s. One episode, The Profession of Arms, was nominated for an Academy Award. His more recent television work includes the 1994 series The Human Race, and Protection Force, a three-part series on peacekeepers in Bosnia, both of which won Gemini awards. His award-winning radio documentaries include The Gorbachev Revolution, a seven-part series based on Mr. Dyer's experiences in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union in 1987-1990, and Millenium, a six-hour series on the emerging global culture. Mr. Dyer's major study, "War," first published in the 1980s, was completely revised and re-published in 2004. During this decade he also wrote a trio of more contemporary books dealing with the politics and strategy of the post-9/11 world: Ignorant Armies (2003), Future: Tense (2004) and The Mess They Made (2006).

His most recent projects are a book and a radio series called Climate Wars, dealing with the geopolitics of climate change.

Date: Monday, February 11, 2013 - 7:00pm
Location: Dick and Jane LeVan Theatre
Event: Scholars’ Evening

Jesse Hirsh is an Internet strategist, researcher and broadcaster based in Toronto. He has a weekly nationally syndicated column on CBC Radio explaining and analyzing the latest trends and developments in technology using language and examples that are meaningful and relevant to everyday life.

He owns and operates two companies: Openflows Networks Ltd., which specializes in using free and open source software for advanced interactive platforms, and Metaviews Media Management Ltd., which focuses on research and consulting around new media business models.

Jesse is also actively involved with MacLaren McCann, one of North America's most successful multi-disciplinary advertising agencies, as a member of their “Idea Council,” which serves as a combination advisory board and think tank for the company.

For two years, he was the host of an interfaith show on the Rogers and OMNI networks called 3D Dialogue. That show explored all the world’s religions and spiritual paths through interviews with practitioners, gurus, holy people and cynics regarding their rituals, scriptures and beliefs (or lack thereof).

Educated at the McLuhan programme at the University of Toronto, his passion is educating people on the potential benefits and perils of technology.

Date: Monday, September 24, 2012 - 7:00pm
Location: Osler Hall
Event: Scholars’ Dinner

Andrew Woodward attended TCS from 2002 to 2006. He was one of the first students to enter Orchard House when it began in 2002. When he was 16, he won the Sir William Osler Public Speaking Contest (Grade 10) for his speech on a famous Canadian, Hart Massey. Andrew played the trombone in the Trinity Jazz Band and he was an academic steward and House Debates representative. He earned the AP Scholar with Honours award after completing four Advanced Placement courses.

After TCS, Andrew attended Queenʼs University where he studied engineering chemistry – an engineering science programme that was a combination of chemical engineering courses and pure chemistry courses. He completed a thesis project where he worked on improving the flexibility of gels that were used for growing artificial cartilage cells. The most enjoyable components of the project for him were the technical presentations and report writing. He found that throughout all of his degree he was drawn most towards the communication aspects of engineering.

Currently Andrew is finishing his masterʼs degree in theology at Trinity College in the University of Toronto. In May 2011 he returned to TCS to lead the Monday morning chapel services and the annual Reunion Weekend chapel service. For two summers, Andrew worked at The American School in Switzerland, based in Lugano, where he lived in residence with middle school boys from 30 countries. He has learned to read the Old Testament in Hebrew and last summer studied at Tel Aviv University in Israel.

Andrew enjoys meeting new people of different backgrounds, ages and cultures. The possibility that new relationships may lead to future collaboration or opportunities is very exciting to him. He is very much looking forward to visiting TCS for Scholarsʼ Dinner.

Date: Thursday, September 13, 2012 - 7:00pm
Location: Dick and Jane LeVan Theatre
Event: Mac Campbell Lecture Series

In 2011, Patrick Chan became the reigning World Champion (Moscow) establishing world records in all three categories (short programme, long programme and combined score).

Mr. Chan is the 2012 and now six-time Canadian Men’s Skating Champion. He capped an unbeaten season by successfully defending his world figure skating championship in March 2012 in Nice with a solid free skate. He is the 2010-2011 Grand Prix Final champion, the 2008 Four Continents Champion, the 2009 & 2010 World silver medalist, the 2007 World Junior silver medalist and a four-time (2008-2011) Canadian Men's Champion – the youngest in history, at age 17. In 2010, Patrick was fifth in the Vancouver Winter Olympics.

In his early years, Mr. Chan showed talent in downhill skiing, but later focused on other activities. He has an enduring interest in many sports, including taekwondo, tennis, golf and rock climbing.

Mr. Chan is fluent in English, French, and Cantonese, and is learning Mandarin. He graduated from École secondaire Étienne-Brûlé, a French language school in North York. After he became national champion, the school created an annual sporting award in his honour. Mr. Chan was most proficient in physics in high school and considered taking mechanical engineering at university. He plans to enroll in university and is considering a business degree.

Mr. Chan has won numerous off-ice awards for his accomplishments. In 2011, he was honoured with the Lou Marsh Award as Canada’s top male athlete. In January 2008, the Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto (Youth Chapter) conferred him with the 2007 Chinese Canadian Youth of the Year award. In May 2008, he was named Asian of the Year in arts and sports by Asia Network magazine. He was recognized as the 2009 Ontario Male Athlete of the Year. In January 2009, the Globe and Mail named him as one of the most prominent sports personalities in their annual Power List in Canadian sports.

Known for his vibrant and infectious personality, Mr. Chan is an inspiring, down-to-earth young man, with a determination and commitment to produce world-class results.