SEPTEMBER 25, 2019
PRESTON MANNING - Former MP and Founder of the Manning Foundation
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.
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.
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.