2019 - 2020 PAST EVENTS
FEBRUARY 20, 2020
FRANCES WRIGHT - "Nation Building"
Frances is very grateful that her parents brought her to Calgary from South Africa when she was six years old.
After earning a B.A., Psychology/Sociology from the University of Calgary and completing the Canadian Securities Course, Frances moved to Ottawa to complete an Honours in Journalism at Carleton University and to work on Parliament Hill.
Over the years, Frances has launched several successful businesses. She has been instrumental in launching several charities such as the Famous 5 Foundation and the Canadian Centre for Adult Male Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse – cc4ms.
Last year, Frances completed a 17 years old project when she and her friends finally enabled the Senate of Canada to restore O Canada! to its inclusive nature – "True patriot love, in ALL of US command!" These words became law on Feb. 7, 2018.
Frances will be speaking about these topics in her presentation of "Nation Building".
On behalf of her friends and colleagues, Frances has accepted a number of awards, the most recent being the Alberta Order of Excellence.
As the happy and proud spouse of Richard Pootmans, former City Councillor for Ward 6, Frances is looking forward to many more years of repaying Canada for allowing her to be a citizen, and to pay tribute to the women who have built Canada – like the Famous 5.
January 23, 2020
Dr. Robert Tanguay - Opiod Crisis
Dr. Tanguay will be speaking about the Opioid Crisis we as a nation are currently facing.
He is a Psychiatrist who completed 2 fellowships, one in Addiction Medicine and one in Pain Medicine. He is the Medical Lead for Alberta Opioid Dependency training program and Alberta Addiction Education Sessions for Alberta Health Services.
Dr. Tanguay is the Regional Director for Alberta and North West Territories for the Canadian Society of Addiction Medicine (CSAM) and the incoming President of the Pain Society of Alberta. He is the founder of the Opioid Deprescribing Program with Alberta Health Services and the Transitional Outpatient Pain Program for Spine (TOPPS) clinic working with spinal surgeons to optimize spinal surgery outcomes and will also become the co-chair of the AHS Alberta Pain Strategy.
Dr. Tanguay is also the lead lecturer for Addiction for the University of Calgary medical school. Academically he is involved in research in addiction, chronic pain, opioids, and cannabis and is a member of the Hotchkiss Brain Institute and the Mathison Centre for Mental Health Research & Education at the University of Calgary.
DECEMBER 19, 2019
Lorne Motley - VP Editorial, Postmedia & Editor-in-chief, Calgary Herald and Calgary Sun
Lorne began fostering his love for newspapers 34 years ago as a copy boy, the entry level job of the newsroom. Born in Didsbury, AB., Lorne attended school in the prairie town of Carstairs before enrolling at Mount Royal in Calgary. He graduated with honours in journalism. In 2010 Mount Royal University awarded him its Legacy Award for lifetime professional achievement.
He now chairs the MRU Journalism Advisory board and also sits on the Dean’s Advisory Committee for the Bissett School of Business and MRU Centre for Communications.
During his tenure, the Calgary Herald has received a broad array of national and international accolades, including numerous National Newspaper Awards, three Citations of Merit in the Michener Awards for public service journalism, the Canadian Hillman Prize in Journalism, dozens of National Magazine awards, and the Online News Association award in breaking news -- the top honour in North American digital journalism.
This spring the Herald was again a winner at the National Newspaper Awards, and a winner of two honours from the International News Media Association, a global competition, for best ideas news journalism.
Lorne is a great lover of small towns, the prairies and its people. He enjoys hiking mountains, reading, live arts and culture, and watching all sports - particularly his son Liam, who plays hockey in the Ivy League at Cornell University. His eldest son and daughter also are university grads and Masters participants. He resides in southwest Calgary with his wife, Suzanne.
NOVEMBER 20, 2019
NATHAN WHITLING - Criminal Lawyer
Nate Whitling is a criminal appellate lawyer who lives and works in Edmonton. Nate graduated from the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Law in 1997, and was then awarded the Horace Harvey Gold Medal as the top student in his graduating class. He then went on to obtain his Master of Laws degree from Harvard Law School in 1998, and served as a law clerk to the Hon. Justice Jack Major at the Supreme Court of Canada in 1999.
Nate has argued cases before the Supreme Court of Canada on many occasions, including the three appeals in the Omar Khadr case.
Nate has received several awards for his legal work including the National Pro Bono Distinguished Service Award, the Harradence Prize, and the University of Alberta Alumni Award of Excellence.
In addition to his legal practice, Nate currently serves as an elected Bencher with the Law Society of Alberta.
OCTOBER 17, 2019
CLEMENT LANTHIER - CEO, Calgary Zoo
It was a passion for animals sparked at a young age that led Clement Lanthier to start a career in veterinary medicine and animal conservation. Now, as CEO of the Calgary Zoo and member of the Canadian Committee of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (CC IUCN), Lanthier oversees a wide range of projects; from the birth of new animals to establishing sustainable conservation programs across the globe.
Lanthier’s became passionate about animals when he was a youngster visiting his family’s vegetable farm. He says while most children grow out of the animal-crazy stage, he got stuck there and never looked back.
Lanthier is proud to work for a zoo with many success stories. But being the head of a large institution means dealing with the tough stuff too.
In 2013, the Calgary Zoo was rocked by record breaking flood waters. “Mother Nature decided differently the day of the flood...that was a massive challenge,” Lanthier says.
Lanthier says the Calgary Zoo will remain dedicated to the happiness of both animals and patrons.
SEPTEMBER 25, 2019
PRESTON MANNING - Former MP and Founder of the Manning Foundation
Mr. Manning will be speaking on Populism: The Western Canadian Experience. It is a subject that is very much in the news these days - in the US with Trump, in Britain with Brexit, in Brazil with their new President - and it suggests that Western Canada in the twentieth century has more experience with this phenomenon - its dangers and positive potentials - than any other area of North America. There are lots of lessons to be learned.
Preston Manning, PC CC AOE is the Founder of the Manning Foundation for Democratic Education and the Manning Centre for Building Democracy which seek to strengthen the knowledge, skills, principles, and ethical foundations of participants in Canada’s political processes.
Born in 1942, Preston Manning is the second son of long time Alberta Premier Ernest C. Manning who was also a prominent Christian layman and broadcaster. Growing up in a household which was both political and evangelical, he became intimately familiar with the political and religious experience of western Canada.
Mr. Manning served as a member of Parliament from 1993 to 2001. He founded two political parties – the Reform Party of Canada and the Canadian Reform Conservative Alliance – both of which became the Official Opposition in the Canadian Parliament, and laid the foundation for the new Conservative Party of Canada. Mr. Manning served as Leader of the Opposition from 1997 to 2000 and was also his party’s science and technology critic. In 2007, he was made a Companion of the Order of Canada and in 2013 was appointed to the Privy Council.
Mr. Manning graduated from the University of Alberta with a BA in Economics and provided consulting services to the energy industry for twenty years before entering the political arena. He has received honorary degrees from eight Canadian universities and is the author of three books, The New Canada, Think Big, and Faith, Leadership, and Public Life. He is currently working on a new book, tentatively entitled Do Something! 300 Ways to Strengthen Democracy and Conservatism in Canada.
Mr. Manning and his wife Sandra divide their time between Calgary and Vancouver. They have five grown children and eleven grandchildren.