2019 - 2020 UPCOMING SPEAKERS
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.
APRIL 1, 2020
Jeromy Farkas, 33, is serving his first term as Ward 11 Councillor and is one of the youngest city politicians ever elected on Calgary City Council. Since taking office, Jeromy has wasted no time in bringing a common sense, fiscally conservative, and data-driven approach to his work on your behalf at City Hall.
Prior to being elected, Jeromy served at the University of Calgary for eight years and ran the Israel Studies Program. Building on his experience as a Research Team Lead in Medicine, Jeromy developed his own successful small business focused on finance and data analysis.
Jeromy is a born and raised Calgarian and graduate of the University of Calgary and Bishop Carroll High School (Go Cardinals!). Jeromy lives in the Ward 11 community of Palliser and comes from a family of entrepreneurs and teachers who have deep roots in Southwest Calgary.
Jeromy is most grateful for the warm welcome Canada gave his family after escaping Communist Hungary in 1956. Jeromy has served on the executive board of the Palliser, Bayview, and Pump Hill Community Association, as a director on the board of the Weaselhead Preservation Society and has worked collaboratively with Mount Royal University to mentor students.
APRIL 22, 2020
Dr. ROB HUEBERT - "The Canadian Arctic and the New Geopolitical Environment"
Rob Huebert is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Calgary. He is also a senior research fellow with the Centre for Military and Strategic Studies. He was a senior research fellow of the Canadian International Council.
In November 2010, he was appointed as a director to the Canadian Polar Commission. Dr. Huebert has taught at Memorial University, Dalhousie University, and the University of Manitoba. His area of research interests include: international relations, strategic studies, the Law of the Sea, maritime affairs, Canadian foreign and defence policy, and circumpolar relations.
He publishes on the issue of Canadian Arctic Security, Maritime Security, and Canadian Defence. His work has appeared in International Journal; Canadian Foreign Policy; Isuma- Canadian Journal of Policy Research and Canadian Military Journal. He was co-editor of Commercial Satellite Imagery and United Nations Peacekeeping and Breaking Ice: Canadian Integrated Ocean Management in the Canadian North.
His most book written with Whitney Lackenbauer and Franklyn Griffiths is Canada and the Changing Arctic: Sovereignty, Security, and Stewardship. He also comments on Canadian security and Arctic issues in both the Canadian and international media.
MAY 2020 - To be confirmed. Stay tuned!
JUNE 17, 2020
SONYA SAVAGE - MINISTER OF ENERGY and DEPUTY GOVERNMENT HOUSE LEADER
The Honourable Sonya Savage was elected as the Member of the Legislative Assembly for Calgary-North West on April 16, 2019. She was appointed Minister of Energy on April 30, 2019.
Prior to serving with the Legislative Assembly, she worked as the senior director of policy and regulatory affairs with the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA). From 2006 to 2015 she worked in policy and government relations for a multinational energy transportation company.
Before focusing her career on the energy industry, she dedicated 13 years to the practice of law. She attended the University of Calgary, where she earned her bachelor of laws in 1992 and her master of laws degree in environment and energy in 2015.
Published works include her master of laws thesis – Bill C-38 and the Evolution of the National Energy Board.