2018 - 2019 Program
DAVID DOCHERTY, PhD - President, Mount Royal University - February 13, 2019
Dr. David Docherty became the ninth president of Mount Royal University in 2011 and is currently serving his second term. He considers this the best job in the country and particularly enjoys playing the bagpipes for graduating students at each convocation.
David comes to Mount Royal from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, where in addition to teaching from 1994 to 2011, he was senior advisor for campus initiatives and governance in the Office of the Provost and Vice-President: Academic, dean of the Faculty of Arts and chair of the Department of Political Science.
As an expert in parliamentary government in Canada, David is the author of two books, including Mr. Smith Goes to Ottawa: Life in the House of Commons and Legislatures. He has written many articles and chapters on Canadian legislatures and is a media commentator on provincial and national politics. David spoke to the Senate Chamber as part of a symposium celebrating the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation.
With a deep commitment to embracing Indigenous knowledge and perspectives, he was humbled to receive a Blackfoot name and headdress in 2018. He is also a strong advocate for the importance of mental health well-being, including reducing stigma and providing the necessary supports.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts — Political Science (Honours) from Wilfrid Laurier University (1984), a Master of Arts — Political Science from McMaster University (1990) and a Doctorate — Political Science from the University of Toronto (1995).
BILL PTACEK - CEO, Calgary Public Library - January 23, 2019
Bill joined the Calgary Public Library as its CEO in early 2014. Previously, Bill was the Director of the King County Library System in western Washington state, where he led King County to become the Library Journal's "Library of the Year" in 2011.
In his time at the Calgary Public Library, Bill has been busy. He is working hard on developing relationships for the Library with government and community groups and partnerships with the school boards. Among his other initiatives are a full rebranding, a new catalogue and website, a focus on safety at the Central Library, free library cards for all, the growth of the Library’s Foundation, and a refresh in the design and collections at all libraries in the system.
STEVE DONGWORTH - Fire Chief, Calgary Fire Department - December 13, 2018
The City of Calgary announced Steve Dongworth as Calgary’s new Fire Chief effective January 1, 2015. He joined the Calgary Fire Department in 1992, was promoted to Deputy Chief in 2000 and has more than 35 years’ experience in municipal fire and emergency services.
Previously, Dongworth was the Deputy Chief of Community Standards, Recruitment and Training, overseeing the Calgary Fire Department’s Inspection & Investigation sections, Fire Investigators, the Accelerant Detection Canine program and the Fire Cadet program.
Prior to this, Dongworth served in a variety of Deputy Chief commands including Operations, Training, Community Services, Administration and Emergency Management. He has led a wide variety of projects from the development of false alarm fees to the creation of the Community Safety section.
Between 2009 and 2014, Dongworth completed two separate terms as Commander of Calgary 9-1-1. During his time as Commander he worked to provide better services to citizens through a number of initiatives such as a new call evaluation process and becoming one of the first nation-wide safety centres to institute text with 9-1-1.
In recognition for his exemplary work, Dongworth has been awarded The City of Calgary Protective Services Medal, the Alberta Emergency Services Medal, the Slave Lake Medal and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. He also has been awarded the Chief Fire Officer designation by the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs.
Originally from Plymouth, England, he immigrated to Canada with his family in 1991. Dongworth is married, has two adult children and one grandchild.
RETIRED SERGEANT MAJOR JOE SCHULZ - November 14, 2018
Jurgen Manfred Willie (Joe) Schulz served 30 years in the Canadian Army with the Princess Patricia Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI). During the Cold War, he participated in three peacekeeping missions, and trained for different types of warfare including combatting terrorists.
He was born in East Prussia in 1943 in the middle of World War II. As a child, his family was evacuated from East Prussia to evade advancing Russian soldiers. Later, his family was accepted into this country through Canada’s Refugee program in 1953. For a variety of reasons over the following years, school was not my priority and he was asked to leave the school in grade 7.
Joe shares with us that "I’m not political correct. I prefer the term brutally honest or that 'I refuse to bow down to the enforcers of thought and speech control'.I have a loving wife Shaaron and we had two children together. We are still happily married (after 50+ years) and have 5 granddaughters. Shaaron and I moved 17 times with our two children during my time in the army. My hobbies include walking and volunteering with Calgary Public Schools, the Military Museums in Calgary and my church. My most important hobby is being a grandfather and believe me those girls are a full time job."
JASON KENNEY, MLA PC, Leader of the United Conservative Party in Alberta - October 16, 2018
Jason committed himself to public life in the early 1990s as President of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, where he fought hard for lower taxes and fiscal responsibility.
In 1997, Calgary voters elected him to Parliament where he worked to unite conservatives nationally. Since then, he’s been voted the “best overall,” “hardest working,” and “most knowledgeable” MP by his colleagues. Jason was called “perhaps Canada’s best immigration minister" by the National Post, and also led Canada’s two largest ministries: Employment and Social Development, and National Defence. As Multiculturalism Minister, he helped to double the Conservative Party’s support amongst new Canadians.
In March of 2017, Jason was elected leader of PC Alberta. He successfully negotiated a unity agreement between PC Alberta and the Wildrose Party, which was supported by 95% of members in both parties.
On December 14, 2017, Jason was elected to represent the people of Calgary-Lougheed and became Leader of the Official Opposition.
MARTHA HALL FINDLAY, President and CEO of Canada West Foundation - September 12, 2018
Martha Hall Findlay joined the Canada West Foundation as President and CEO on September 1, 2016.
Martha is a thought leader whose insight on issues such as pipelines, international trade, foreign investment and foreign affairs, energy and the environment, and supply management have framed the debate for decision-makers and everyday Canadians. Her career has been diverse, spanning law, technology, politics and public policy.
Previously, Martha was the Chief Legal Officer of EnStream, a Rogers/Bell/TELUS mobile payments joint venture. As a lawyer, senior business executive and successful entrepreneur, Martha has more than 25 years of domestic and international experience with major multinationals as well as startups, primarily in telecommunications and technology.
As an Executive Fellow at the University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy, Martha focused on Canadian economic, social and environmental prosperity in a global context.
She was a member of Parliament from 2008 to 2011, and served as a member of the House of Commons Standing Committees for Finance; Transport; Government Operations and International Trade.
Martha has served as a board director and executive for several policy, environmental, community and cultural organizations, including the Couchiching Institute on Public Affairs; the Canadian Centre for Responsibility to Protect (CCR2P) at University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs; the Georgian Bay Association and Alberta’s CKUA not-for-profit radio network. She is currently Chair of the Board of Alpine Canada and a member of the Advisory Council for the University of Ottawa’s Positive Energy project.