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Bill Buxton

Principal researcher, Microsoft Research

January 30, 2017

Bill Buxton is a relentless advocate for innovation, design, and - especially - the appropriate consideration of human values, capacity, and culture in the conception, implementation, and use of new products and technologies. This is reflected in his research, teaching, talks, and writing. Outside of work, Bill loves the outdoors. He is especially passionate about mountains, including skiing, climbing, and touring. This interest extends to the written word. He has contributed to the literature on mountain history and exploration, is an avid bibliophile, and was on the jury of the 2005 Banff Mountain Book Festival. He is an avid cyclist, and active in kayaking, canoeing, SCUBA diving and windsurfing. Finally, he has a life-long fascination with art.

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AAJU Peter

Executive director, We Day Global

January 30, 2017

Aaju Peter is an Inuit lawyer, activist, sealskin clothes designer, and the subject of the documentary film, Angry Inuk. She is an ardent defender of the rights of Canada’s northern Indigenous people and committed to preserving Inuit culture and language. In 2012, she received the Order of Canada.


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MS. Dalal Al-Waheidi

Executive director of We Day Global

January 22, 2016

Ms. Al-Waheidi is the executive director of We Day Global, where she is responsible for leading the team that brings the power of We Day to cities in Canada, the US and the UK. Ms. Al-Waheidi joined Free the Children in 2002 after graduating from Trent with a degree in International Development Studies, and has held a variety of roles including international project director, chief operations director and executive director.


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Canadian musician, Journalist 

February 9, 2015 

Mr. Kinew is a correspondent with Al Jazeera America, and has had many roles with CBC Radio and TV, including hosting the acclaimed documentary series “8th Fire”, a searing portrayal of indigenous life in modern Canada. He is the host of the 2015 Canada Reads competition: One Book to Break Barriers. For his work as a journalist, Mr. Kinew has been nominated for a Gemini Award, and won both an Adrienne Clarkson RTNDA Award (from the Association of Electronic Journalists) and a Gabriel Award. For his hop-hop debut CD, Live by the Drum (2009), he won an Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Award for Best Rap/Hip-Hop CD.


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CBC radio host

January 10, 2014 

As the 2013-14 Jack Matthews Fellow, Shelagh Rogers will engage people throughout the Trent community in a variety of events. In addition to interacting with students in formal and informal environments in the colleges of the University, Ms. Rogers will be a part of events on the Curve Lake First Nation, Lakefield College School, the Canoe Museum, and at the Market Hall.


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Canadian novelist

September 21, 2012 

The fellowship week will focus on Mr. Boyden’s thoughts in a talk he’ll present entitled, “A Walk to Morning”. In this deeply personal talk on an at times difficult subject, Boyden will address the issues faced by aboriginal youth in rural and urban environments, and our societal implications in those challenges. While best known for his fictional writings, his essays have also won acclaim. His 2007 published lecture From Mushkegowuk To New Orleans: A Mixed Blood Highway is considered a manifesto on independence from oppressive governmental cultures.


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Canadian novelist

January 21, 2011 

Canadian author Nicholas Dickner was chosen as the Jack Matthews Fellow because his writing represents some of the values Jack Matthews held dear, according to Dr. Michael Allcott of Trent University. “Jack had a vision of Canada as a land of global citizens who are deeply connected to the land. His spirit of adventure and belief in the value of learning continues to inform the institutions he helped to establish in our region”. The third annual Jack Matthews lecture, presented by Trent University in cooperation with The Canadian Canoe Museum and Lakefield College School, will reflect on the canoe as a part of Canadian identity and the impact of writer Bill Mason’s books on Mr. Dickner’s thinking about that identity.