2015-2016 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, January 11, 2016 - 7:00pm
Location: Dick and Jane LeVan Theatre
Event: Mac Campbell Lecture Series

Jon Montgomery captured the hearts of Canadians – and the attention of everyone – during the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games. After years of hard work, training and perseverance, Mr. Montgomery won a gold medal in the skeleton, securing his place in history as one of the best. His celebratory walk through Whistler showcased his passion, spirit and sense of humour – traits that he brings to every platform, whether in front of a live audience or acting as the host of The Amazing Race Canada.

A casual trip to Canada Olympic Park left an indelible mark on Mr. Montgomery when he witnessed a skeleton race and immediately fell in love with the sport. Shortly thereafter, he began competing competitively and enjoying quick success.

Mr. Montgomery’s start to his rookie season on the World Cup could not have been drawn more perfectly, and he kicked off his World Cup campaign with a bronze-medal finish on his home track in Calgary. He went on to finish in the top 10 three more times during the season, finishing sixth overall in the World Cup standings. His sophomore season was equally remarkable as he enjoyed a breakout season by achieving five podium finishes, including his first World Cup victory and a silver medal at the World Championships. He placed second overall on the World Cup, and from there he went on to win his first Olympic gold medal at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics.

Since 2013, Montgomery has acted as the host of the hit television program, The Amazing Race Canada, which sees teams of contestants competing with one other as they race to travel the country.

Date: Friday, December 11, 2015 - 1:20pm
Location: Dick and Jane LeVan Theatre
Event: Week Without Walls

Cheryl Perera is an accomplished children's rights activist, a captivating speaker and the founder and president of OneChild, the premiere organization empowering a movement of children and youth taking action against child sex slavery. Her extraordinary contributions to protect children, and her high innovation, achievement and leadership, have earned her honours such as the World of Children Founder's Award and the BRICK Award, and distinguished her as one of Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 and Canada's Top 20 Under 20.

Cheryl became socially involved at age 16, after reading about the exploitation of children, for a high school project. Eager to take action, she traveled to her native country Sri Lanka in 2002, to investigate the exploitation of children. Wanting to get an insider’s look into the child sex industry, she participated in a treacherous sting operation that led to the successful apprehension of a child sex offender. Her breadth of knowledge and bravery attracted the attention of dignitaries, and she was recognized by the Sri Lankan Government, having been offered a placement of one year at the Presidential Secretariat to serve as the President's Nominee on Child Protection, at the age of 17.

At age 19, she established OneChild and, under her leadership, the youth succeeded in their negotiations with Air Canada, to screen their youth-created in-flight video warning against child sex tourism. The project was launched in 2005 on all domestic and international flights, as the first and only one of its kind in Canada and the second in North America. A sought-after dynamic orator, she actively addresses UN organizations, government bodies, business groups, rotary clubs, educators, students, and the media on the importance of children's rights, poverty, education, children in armed conflict, child participation, social responsibility and volunteerism. She has spoken to over 36,000 young people and adults, and undertaken keynote speeches, and served as a panelist at various international and national conferences and events. She has also appeared on US and Canadian TV and radio as a commentator on child rights issues, and generated awareness on child servitude at the 5th World Youth Conference in Istanbul, Turkey. Cheryl was appointed as a member of the Senate committee against Sexual Exploitation of Children and Youth, chaired by Romeo Dallaire, and has also served on the international advisory council and judging panels of World of Children, the BRICK Academy’s “Do Something” and Flare magazine for several years, and participated in the Women's Executive Network expanded WXNWisdom programme.

Cheryl holds an Honours B.A. in ethics, society and law, and political science, from the University of Toronto, and is currently pursuing an M.A.S. in Switzerland, in advanced studies in children's rights. A recipient of many prestigious national and international awards, Cheryl has broken tremendous ground to turn the tables on the child exploitation industry where few would dare to tread.

Date: Monday, September 21, 2015
Location: Osler Hall
Event: Scholars’ Evening

Lauren Friese is one of Canada’s leading digital entrepreneurs, and a voice for the millennial generation. She is the founder of TalentEgg.ca, the website used by four million students and recent graduates every year to find jobs and navigate the tough transition from university to working life.

From this, Lauren has developed a deep understanding of millennials, and what it takes to engage them. Lauren also understands and embodies entrepreneurial drive; from her own post-university experience, she recognized a gap in the market for online career resources, and forged ahead to build a business that is now the definitive leader in its category in Canada.

Lauren has been named one of Canada’s “Most Powerful Women” by the Women’s Executive Network, and was one of FuEL’s “Top 20 Under 30.”