The annual President's Speakers Series brings noted speakers from across Canada and around the globe to campus to address issues of current interest or importance.


Farah MohamedFarah Mohamed
Service, It's in You to Give
Social entrepreneur, CEO of the Malala Fund, and founder and advisor to G(irls)20
Monday, Oct. 22, 2018, 7 p.m. | Brunton Auditorium

As Chief Executive Officer, Farah Mohamed leads Malala Fund in working toward a world where all girls can learn for 12 years and lead without fear. Mohamed is the founder and former CEO of G(irls)20, where she built an organization dedicated to girls’ education and female labour force participation. She is a recipient of several awards and was named BBC’s 100 Women and Top 25 Most Influential Women in Canada by Women of Influence. She has served as an advisor to the Clinton Global Initiative and Richard Branson’s charity, Virgin Unite.


Jesse WenteJesse Wente
Beyond Reconciliation: Looking Towards the Future of Canada
Broadcaster, advocate, and pop culture philosopher
Monday, Nov. 19, 2018, 7 p.m. | Crabtree Auditorium

Well-known as a film critic and broadcaster across Canada, Jesse Wente was the first nationally syndicated Indigenous columnist for the CBC, covering film and pop culture for 20 local CBC Radio programs, as well as being a regular guest on CBC Newsworld’s News Morning, Weekend Edition, and Q. He previously served as director of film programs at TIFF Bell Lightbox, where he oversaw theatrical, cinematheque, and film circuit programming.

Co-sponsored by the Centre for Canadian Studies as the Edgar and Dorothy Davidson Lecture in Canadian Studies

Robyn MaynardRobyn Maynard
Making Black Lives Matter in Canada: Reflections on Race, Gender, and Social Justice
Writer and author of Policing Black Lives: State violence in Canada from slavery to the present (2017)
Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019, 7 p.m. | Brunton Auditorium

Robyn Maynard has a long history of involvement in community activism and advocacy and has published writing in major newspapers across North America. Her writing on race, gender, and discrimination is taught widely in universities across Canada and the United States.


Co-sponsored by the Botsford Westmorland Fund


Luke AndersonLuke Anderson
Real Change, Right Now: The StopGap Story
Founder of StopGap Foundation, engineer, and social innovator
Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, 7 p.m. | Crabtree Auditorium

Luke Anderson is a licensed professional structural engineer at a leading engineering firm in Toronto and co-founder of the StopGap Foundation, which raises awareness about barriers in our built environment that prevent many people from enjoying the spaces they desire.


Co-sponsored by the Josiah Wood Lecture Fund


Stephen LewisStephen Lewis
Professor of Distinction at Ryerson University, board chair of the Stephen Lewis Foundation, and co-founder and co-director of AIDS-Free World.
Tuesday, March 5, 2019, 7 p.m. | Convocation Hall

Stephen Lewis, CC, author of the best seller Race Against Time, is the co-founder and co-director of the international advocacy organization AIDS-Free World, a professor of distinction at Ryerson University, and board chair of the Stephen Lewis Foundation.
Lewis’ work with the United Nations spanned more than two decades. He was the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa from 2001-2006 and served as Canada's Ambassador to the United Nations from 1984-1988. Lewis was Deputy Executive Director of UNICEF from 1995-1999.
A former leader of the Ontario NDP, Lewis is a past board member of the Clinton Health Access Initiative and the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative. He served as a Commissioner on the Global Commission on HIV & the Law and on the Lancet Commission on Public Health and International Drug Policy.   

Co-sponsored by the Wilford Jonah Lecture Fund