2019 - 2020 UPCOMING SPEAKERS
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.
DECEMBER 19, 2019
LORNE MOTLEY - Vice President of Editorial, Western Region for 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.
JANUARY 23, 2020
DR. ROBERT TANGUAY - BSc (Hons), MD, FRCPC, CISAM, CCSAM
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.