While they represent diverse perspectives, our featured speakers all share a committment to collaboration, and an openess to new ideas.

Their presentations will spark discussion, introduce new concepts, and expand on your understanding of the relationship between universities and the communities they serve.

Keynote speaker:

Natan Obed, President, Inuit Tapiriit Kantami, Session title to be announced. Saturday, October 27th, 12:15 - 12:45, lunchtime plenary. This session will be webcast here.

Evening Session:

"Sharing the Stage: Memorial University and the Arts Community in Newfoundland and Labrador"
7:30 pm, Thursday, October 25th, Open to the public
  • Andy Jones, writer, actor, and director (CODCO, The Adventure of Faustus Bidgood, The Kids in the Hall, and Rare Birds).
  • Pam Hall, interdisciplinary artist and creator of "Towards an Encyclopedia of Local Knowledge
  • Melissa Barbeau, novelist and member of the Port Authority Writing Group
  • Greg Malone, actor and comedian (CODCO, Rare Birds, Maudie)
  • Ian Sutherland, Dean of Memorial's School of Music 

Conference Plenaries:

The State of Public Engagement in Canada and Beyond
10:00 am - 11:00 am, Thursday, October 25th. This session will be webcast here.
  • Ted Hewitt, President, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)
  • Kevin Morgan, Professor of Governance and Development in the School of Geography and Planning, Dean of Engagement, Cardiff University, Wales, UK
  • Sara Woods, Executive Associate to the Senior Vice Chancellor for Community Engagement and Director of the Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Centre, University of Nebraska at Omaha
Advancing Public Engagement in Canada
11:15 am - 12:15 pm, Thursday, October 25th, Conference attendees only. This session will be webcast here.
  • Mathew Johnson, Associate Dean, Engaged Scholarship & Executive Director of the Howard R. Swearer Centre for Public Service, Brown University
  • Michelle Nilson, Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at Simon Fraser University and Academic Co-lead, Community-Campus Engage Canada
  • David Phipps, Executive Director, Research & Innovation Services at York University, and Director, Research Impact Canada


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