Fall & Winter Speaker Series

& a sample of previous speakers below

London Trio Plus Ottawa’s Premier Gospel Singers

Christmas Carols & Holiday Classics


Thursday, December 19, 2019,
New Start Time: 12 p.m. (NOON)

These fine singers will help us celebrate the  Christmas season with their joyful and uplifting carols and songs of the holidays. Based in Ottawa, through almost three decades the London Trios delighted audiences across Canada and in the Caribbean with their harmonic singing. The group includes the dynamic voices of three London sisters, other family members and friends joined by their desire to bring hope through song. They have produced concerts, written music, organized festivals, mentored young performers and ministered in nursing homes and prisons. In their native Guyana they provide musical support to youth choirs and children. You can hear them sing online and then come to hear them live.

Melissa Chee, PhD Carleton University

Don’t Sugar Coat the Hungry Brain


January 23rd, 2020
New Start Time: 12 p.m. (NOON)

Dr. Chee’s latest research shows that fructose produces apostrophe in the brain that convey hunger and over-eating. A ubiquitous sugar, it permeates the Canadian diet disguised as sweeteners like glucose-fructose syrup or high fructose corn syrup. While sugar is necessary to fuel our mind and body, Dr. Chee’s work cautions against excessive intake of fructose and advocates for restrictions on sugary drinks and processed food where fructose is especial-ly pervasive. Her research team implements cutting-edge neuroscience to monitor and regulate the activity of individual brain cells important for body weight control. Dr. Chee is a neuroscientist, professor, mentor and proud leader of the Chee Lab at Carleton University. She received her PhD from the University of Alberta and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Institute in Boston. She continues to share her expertise globally with research and also teaching collaborations at Harvard Medical School, Boston.

Dr. Elinor Sloan, Carleton University

Thursday, November 21st 2019,
New Start Time: 12 p.m. (NOON)

Topic: “Canada’s Military Role in a Changing World”

Military and strategic studies; US and Canadian Defence Policy; NATO and peacekeeping

Dr. Sloan is an educator, expert on the international military world, a member of the Carleton Board of Directors,author of five books on security and defence issues,guest on political talk shows and writer of many articles in both the news media and professional journals. She is also a wife, mother of two sons and a dog called Macgregor.

A graduate of RMC, she earned an MA at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University, and an MA and PhD at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, Boston. Her research interests include the defence policies and military capabilities of Canada, the USA, major NATO allies, Australia and China, NORAD, ballistic missile defence and the Arctic. She is a former defence analyst with the Department of National Defence, and a former officer in the Canadian Armed Forces

The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin

February 20, 2020
New Start Time: 12 p.m. (NOON)

Topic: “My Journey Through Life
and the Law”

Born in Pincher Creek, Alta, the Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin has had and continues to have an extraordinary career. She has worked in many areas of the law from having her own business to being both the first female Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada. Prime Minister Brian Mulroney nominated her to this high court just seven months after he had appointed her to the Supreme Court of B.C. Prime Minister Jean Chrétien nominated Justice McLachlin as Chief Justice in 2000, a position she held for 17 years becoming the longest serving Chief Justice in Canadian history.

In Ottawa her Honour dealt with many complex, difficult and life changing issues. Her main concern in any judgement was serving her fellow Canadians. Since her retirement she is involved in promoting access to justice at home and abroad. In the same time frame, she has authored two books, a crime novel called ‘Full Disclosure’ last year and her memoir ‘Truth Be Told’ this coming Spring.

Sample of Previous Speakers

A Selection of Previous Speakers

  • Dr. Angel Arnaout,
  • Breast Surgical Oncologist at the Ottawa Hospital, Assistant Professor at the U of O. and an Associate Scientist at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute.


  • BGen Frances Allen,
  • Director General-Cyberspace at the National Defence Headquarters

  • BGen Jennie Carignan,
  • Chief of Staff, Army Operations, DND

  • Senator Nancy Greene,
  • O.C., OBC

  • Lucy van Oldenbarneveld,
  • CBC Newscaster

  • Sam Poole,
  • Shepherd’s Fashions

  • Mayor Jim Watson


  • Craig Oliver,
  • Canadian Journalist


  • Giuliano Zaccardelli,
  • former RCMP Commissioner


  • Rosemary Thompson
  • Director of Communications and Public Affairs, National Arts Centre


  • Joel Haslam
  • CTV News


  • Don Newman,
  • Canadian Journalist


  • Alex Neve,
  • Secretary General of Amnesty International


  • Per Sjögren,
  • Ambassador of Sweden to Canada


  • Julie Nesrallah,
  • Canadian mezzo-soprano and CBC radio host


  • Sharon Johnston,
  • wife of Gov. Gen. David Johnston, Rehabilitation Science Therapist, author


  • Denise Chong,
  • Canadian economist and writer


  • Carol Ann Meehan,
  • 1310 News broadcaster


  • Vicky Heyman,
  • wife and partner of US Ambassador to Canada, Bruce Heyman


  • Michelle Valberg,
  • globally recognized and celebrated photographer


  • Julie Jacobson,
  • wife of former American ambassador to Canada, David Jacobson


  • Charles Bordeleau,
  • Ottawa Police Chief


  • Frank O’Dea,
  • Canadian Entrepreneur – co-founded the Second Cup


  • Tony Greco,
  • Leading Fitness Specialist & Radio Personality